New York City’s resplendent Town Hall is quite a place to have a birthday party. Amid the glistening chandeliers and velvety red carpet, an unassuming crowd filed in, featuring a mix of young kids with neon hair, older folks with silver hair, and everyone in between. Yo La Tengo’s longstanding, universal appeal manifested.
For the Hoboken trio’s thirtieth anniversary, they invited several friends and fans for a couple of back-to-back celebrations in Times Square, featuring opening bands/YLT BFF’s Antietam on 12/3 and The Feelies on 12/4. Sadly, I was only able to attend the latter show, but happily (and not surprisingly) it was excellent.
The Feelies appeared on stage at 8pm on the dot, and though half the audience were still searching for their seats, people still called out “Hi guys!” and “Hey Stan!”