• Yo La Tengo performed five songs from their upcoming album, Fade, at World Cafe Live on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
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    Yo La Tengo performed five songs from their upcoming album, Fade, at World Cafe Live on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
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  • Ira Kaplan sings during Yo La Tengo's cover of The Spinners' "I'll Be Around."
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  • Georgia Hubley normally plays drums for Yo La Tengo, but on Friday she stepped out from behind the kit to handle keyboard.
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  • Kaplan and Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew (left) have been making music together since 1992.
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    Kaplan and Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew (left) have been making music together since 1992.
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  • Hubley sings lead vocals on Fade's gorgeous centerpiece "Cornelia and Jane."
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    Hubley sings lead vocals on Fade's gorgeous centerpiece "Cornelia and Jane."
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  • Kaplan takes a break from vocals during Fade's "Is That Enough?"M
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  • McNew, seen here playing "Ohm" during Friday's concert, also makes amazing music as Dump.
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    McNew, seen here playing "Ohm" during Friday's concert, also makes amazing music as Dump.
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The pride of Hoboken, N.J., and record collectors everywhere, Yo La Tengo is set to release its 13th studio album, Fade, on Jan. 15. The iconic indie-rock band visited World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Friday to perform some of the best songs from the new record.

When Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew played WXPN's XPoNential Music Festival in the summer of 2011, they paid tribute to Philadelphia music history by including members of Sun Ra's Arkestra in full regalia. On Friday, the nod was to Philly's Thom Bell and The Spinners, with a song that bears the same name as one from Fade, "I'll Be Around."

Set List
  • "Ohm"
  • "Cornelia and Jane"
  • "I'll Be Around"
  • "Is That Enough"
  • "Before We Run"
  • "I'll Be Around" (The Spinners cover)
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