Yo La Tengo will tour the UK this Summer. With a difference.

In short, the first half of each gig is dictated by a wheel that’s spun before the performance. The second half will be a usual Yo La Tengo show.

We’ll let the band explain:

“At the beginning of the night, we’ll bring a Wheel of… Fortune? Fate? What ARE those carnival things called? … on stage, and spin it. Whatever comes up, that’s what the first 45 minutes will be. Here are the possibilities…

1. Condo F*cks
Our Ziggy Stardust. If the wheel decides this then loud it is. Maybe they’ll be bringing the likes of Slade, The Kinks and The Troggs home? In one spin, we’ll find out.

2. Dump
As if two bands aren’t enough, James has his own thing going on too. Only the wheel knows if this is the night Dump finally plays your town.

3. The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo
You ask a question; we answer the question, and maybe follow up with a song.

4. The Name Game
Have you ever noticed how many Yo La Tengo songs include someone’s name? More than 45 minutes’ worth, that’s for sure, so who knows which ones we’ll do on any given night.

5. Sitcom Theatre
The lucky audience in attendance the night the wheel lands on this space will get to see band and crew act out a classic sitcom.

6. Songs Starting With S
The only thing more common than a Yo La Tengo song with a name is a Yo La Tengo song starting with S (only one song fits both categories). So many, in fact, that we cannot promise that all of them are on the table, as it were. But we do promise that there will be songs rarely, if ever, heard live.

7. The Sounds of Science part 1
8. The Sounds of Science part 2

All of the lovely sounds we created, but none of that pesky science. We’re leaving the movies at home, and dividing the 90-minute program in half.”

Yeah, we don’t really get it either. Yo La Tengo play the following dates, with ticket links below:

June 6th Edinburgh Queens Hall
June 7th The Sage Gateshead
June 8th Leeds Cockpit
June 9th Birmingham O2 Academy 2
June 10th Oxford O2 Academy
June 12th London Royal Festival Hall (Meltdown)

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