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Yo La Tengo is endowed with an abundant sense of musical and personal history. The Hoboken-based trio draw on the best rock music of the last 30 years; during their Lollapalooza performances here last summer they had the crowd swaying to the Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You" and moshing to the Dead C's "Bad Politics." And when the makers of the forthcoming film I Shot Andy Warhol needed a band to play the part of the Velvet Underground, they hired Yo La Tengo. Personal history permeates their latest album, Electr-o-Pura. Its songs--sung by guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley, who are also husband and wife--are an authentic domestic dialogue in which the intimate and the banal are equally significant. But you could fall in love with the record without ever listening to a word; with its masterfully blended palette of organs that wheeze and whisper, guitars that pummel and caress, and vocals that veer from hushed to howled, Electr-o-Pura is one of the best-sounding albums of the year. Opening are Yum Yum, a splendid Chicago pop band that's recording its debut album for Atlantic records, and the Pastels, a Scottish combo that turns chaotic looseness into a virtue. Saturday, 10 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marty Perez.

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