Yo La Tengo - The Pageant - 1/31/13

Categories: Show Reviews

Jason Stoff
Calexico last night at the Pageant.
Members of co-headliner Calexico helped craft some highlights with cameos on a few numbers; its best contribution was the chaos added to "Moby Octopad." Its opening set was impressive in scope, with all eight members constantly shifting instruments. The band tours with two different accordions. Calexico shape-shifted into a mariachi band and a flamenco ensemble, but its most successful tunes were its most Americanized.

As for the real Yo La Tengo, I was overall pleased. There is no reason to be bummed if the band is a bit too laid back. That's just what happens when Yo La Tengo stops being polite and starts being real.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: In the opening paragraph, I called Yo La Tengo one of my favorite bands. More specifically, Yo La Tengo is the only one of my favorite bands that I often forget is one of my favorite bands.

Overheard: "Party! Party! Party!" just before the band's encore, from a (probably [very]) intoxicated young woman.

By The Way: If I was the kind of guy that yelled things at shows, I would have yelled "I have it!" which is the English translation of Yo La Tengo and a surprisingly fun thing to yell.


-I'll Be Around
-Stupid Things
-We're An American Band
-Avalon Or Someone Similar
-Tears Are In Your Eyes
-The Point Of It
-Cornelia & Jane
-Mr. Tough
-Before We Run
-Moby Octopad
-From A Motel 6
-Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind


-Little Black Egg (Nightcrawlers cover)
-(The) Farmer's Daughter

See Also:
- Photos: Yo La Tengo and Calexico at the Pageant
- Yo La Tengo's Six Best Cover Songs
- Yo La Tengo at The Blue Note, 6/20/11: Review and Setlist
- Show Review + Setlist: Yo La Tengo at the Pageant, Sunday, January 24
- Holiday Jams 2010: Yo La Tengo, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Live at Cicero's, 1987

Location Info


The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Mike Appelstein
Mike Appelstein

I skipped this one out of sheer tiredness. Still wish I'd have gone, but looks like I didn't miss out on a killer setlist.


All around I thought it was a great show.  I enjoyed the Pass the Hatchet jam.  Such sonic seduction should be enjoyed long and loud.  I do agree with Matt that it should have been a bit louder, but that could just be me, I am getting slightly hard of hearing from so many "loud" concerts.   

Dan Buck
Dan Buck

Overall i thought it was a solid show, sure there were a few songs i would have like to hear ( i heard you looking and blue line swinger would top that list) but i like that you dont know what to expect. what i think they should do is just play " an evening with yo la tengo" and play two full sets without an opener. They have such a large selection to choose from, they could do a little bit of everything.

Joe Schwab
Joe Schwab

See the comment above you Les, now that's unprofessional!


The band was as great as any time I've seen them. The setlist, however, was pretty disappointing. If it weren't for Calexico's killer set, I would have left the Pageant kinda bummed.

Joe Schwab
Joe Schwab

Of course this is not their first go round in St. Louis. From what I recall, this was at least their 18th performance in the Gateway City. Seeing them early on, at Cicero's, Mississippi Nights, Wash U., First Rock etc. their catalog was still a bit thin. Playing a bulk of new songs from their latest Matador or Bar None release was the way to go. Now with thirteen official release in their discography, it seems as though this would be the right time to do a "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers show". Let me explain, Tom Petty comes to town, performs 3 songs of the latest record and two hours of recognizable hits. You walk away thinking, wow what a great show, but he didn't play "The Waiting" or "Listen to Her Heart". YLT could easily do a hits show, one song after another of indie Rock classics. I'd love to see it. On the other hand, I've seen them many, many times and some of their shows are the best shows I've ever seen, a few were some of the worst. But what you can expect is the unexpected, so maybe the Petty formula is not for them and maybe it's what keeps them fresh.Unlike Tom Petty their fan base does not necessarily get older, they seem to continue to recruit the next batch of 4 year students. Not bad for a band pushing 30.

Travis Bursik
Travis Bursik

My favorite memory of them was when they played Mississippi Nights and Ira kept getting shocked my the mic so they played acoustic Ramones covers on the floor.

Jake Niehaus
Jake Niehaus

Good review on last night. I was a little disappointed in the setlist and while it made for an interesting watch, the 15 minute jam of Pass the Hatchet was nice...but it sure would've been great to have heard "Sugarcube", "Big Day Coming" or "Double Dare"...three songs that I first heard from the band and have yet to hear live. In 2010, I believe we got an extra five songs. You're right though they are one of my favorite bands and one of the best live bands

Matt Harnish
Matt Harnish

It was one of the quieter loud shows I've ever been to. During one of the awesome feedback squall solos, I turned to the person I was with & said, "I shouldn't be able to have a conversation while this is happening."

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