Yo La Tengo
THERE’S A RIOT GOING ON (MATADOR) The band likes to shrug off its longevity (34 years and counting) as a function of inertia, but most bands formed during Ronald Reagan’s first term aren’t making records this great in 2018. Though its title nods to both present-day unrest and Vietnam-era protest funk, the album feels less like a riot and more like an unusually generous tone poem—awash in gorgeous, ambient textures and dreamlike sketches. In meaning, There’s a Riot is characteristically oblique. In function, it is remarkably versatile: This is music for sleeping, waking or thinking, and—if tradition holds—for celebrating Hanukkah with indie rock’s most enduring trio.