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When: Tue., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. 2009

It’s been three years since Yo La Tengo’s I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, but we’ve hardly had to suffer through a drought of music from the band. On Fuckbook (Matador), released this spring under the name Condo Fucks, they ran songs by the Beach Boys, Slade, and Richard Hell through a garage-punk blender. You can’t get the original music they wrote for Adventureland yet, but last year’s They Shoot, We Score (Egon) rounds up Yo La Tengo material from Shortbus, Junebug, Old Joy, and Game 6. And then there’s the splendid new studio album Popular Songs (Matador), which kicks off with the best musical response to the recession I’ve heard yet. The lyrics to “Here to Fall” sound pretty bleak (“I know you’re worried / I’m worried too / But if you’re ready I’m here to fall with you / What else is there for us to do?”), but the song’s groove—think Curtis Mayfield meets Sun Ra at King Tubby’s—never fails to buck me up. Subsequent tracks bring succinct forays into swooning pop, fragile folk rock and playful, 60s-steeped R & B—and then come two long, dreamy space-outs and an even longer feedback eruption. Whatever it takes to help you get out of your head, whether it’s sweet bubblegum backup vocals or ego-destroying noise, the trio are at your service. Tennessean garage rockers Cheap Time open. —Bill Meyer

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