What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
I have a memory of going to see A Woman Under the Influence. I grew up in the suburbs of New York, and we went to a shopping center where it was playing. It’s so quaint to think you could go see a John Cassavetes film at a shopping center back then. I’d seen a lot of movies, so it wasn’t like I hadn’t seen movies before, but it shook up everything. It was a super heavy art movie, but it was really entertaining, too. It was the idea that art could be so exciting and challenging at the same time.
Ira Kaplan and Yo La Tengo have been making incredible music for a long time, and the indie rock trio keeps getting better—on record and onstage. Their latest album, Fade, ranks as one of their finest. Its opening song, "Ohm," has quickly become a cornerstone of the live show, as Kaplan and crew infuse its sublime melodic drone with spikes of electric psychedelia. It's a thrilling performance, and if you caught the band with Beach House at the Lyric, you know what I mean. Tonight, Yo La Tengo opens for Belle and Sebastian at Merriweather. Get there early and don't miss a minute of their set!