[[caption-width:344:L-R: Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James [=McNew=]. None of them surf.]]

YoLaTengo is a [[LongRunners Long Running]] AlternativeRock band from Hoboken, New Jersey. Founded in 1984 by former music reviewer Ira Kaplan (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and his wife Georgia Hubley (drums, vocals), they went though a series of bassists before settling on James [=McNew=] (bass, keyboards, occasional vocals). They've achieved almost no commercial success, but have become a touchstone of indie-rock nerds everywhere thanks to their large back catalogue, consistent output, and endearing songcraft, which is based on a beguiling mix of [[TheKinks Kinks]]-esque pop-rock, [[VelvetUnderground Velvet Underground]] balladry, and [[SonicYouth Sonic Youth]] squall and fuzz. The latter helped popularise them in TheNineties, to the point that they toured with Music/MyBloodyValentine and Music/DinosaurJr in 1992.

'''This band provides examples of:'''
* ConceptAlbum: ''Painful'' and ''And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out'', both about a troubled relationships.
* CoverVersion: at least one on every album. They've also recorded three albums entirely of cover songs: the gentle acoustic ''Fakebook'', the garage-punk ''Fuckbook'', and the collection of barely rehearsed radio requests aptly named ''Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics''.
* CreatorCouple: Kaplan and Hubley
* EpicRocking: extended noise jams such as "The Evil That Men Do (Pablo's Version)", "Blue Line Swinger", "Spec Bebop", "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind", and "The Story of Yo La [[strike:Tengo]] Tango".
** EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Blue Line Swinger"
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Sudden Organ" begins with a rather, well, sudden organ riff.
** And "86-Second Blowout" is exactly 1 minute and 26 seconds.
* GratuitousSpanish: their name. It's apparently a very obscure baseball reference.
* HappilyMarried: Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan. Averted in the case of the married couples in most of their songs.
* LongRunners
* LongTitle: ''I Can Hear the Hearts Beating as One'', ''And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out'', ''I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass''.
* {{Joisey}}: they're from there, but they don't really fit the stereotype.
* NewSoundAlbum: several. ''Painful'' introduced a lot more guitar noise into the mix, ''And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out'' featured slower tempos and drum machines, and ''I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass'' featured strings and horns much prominently than previous albums.
* NoHitWonder: they've never achieved any sort of commercial success, but to the PitchforkMedia crowd they're gods.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: all the band members have this.
* ThePeteBest: Dave Schramm, the second guitarist who left after their first album, as well as pretty much any of the different bassists they worked with before James [=McNew=].
* PopStarComposer: they've done songs for several films.
* ShownTheirWork: Ira Kaplan knows an awful lot about the history of popular music.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: "The Story Of Yo La Tango", which is titled that way as a joke about their name frequently being misspelled. This in turn led to people getting the title wrong by correcting the spelling.
* StockholmSyndrome: "Stockholm Syndrome"
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: they have their tendencies toward this.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: ''Mr. Tough''