6 - Friday, February 8, 2013
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
6 - Friday, February 8, 2013 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
The band will play.songs from its new LP Fade at the Feb. 8 show in Ann Arbor.
Yo La Tengo to
perform new work
Business as usual.
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of intense, arcade-style fun to
The game also incorporates
an oft-frustrating, somewhat
clunky platforming component
that relies on pulling, grappling
and leaping with Dante's various
abilities. An unfriendly camera
makes the occasional jump take
15 more tries than necessary,
and the breaks from the action
fail to add much to the game,
sometimes making it feel like the
platforming aspect was forced
or added as an afterthought.
Exploration leads to rewards,
however, and to get the highest
scores players should aim to find
all of a level's secrets.
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By MAX RADWIN
Daily Fine Arts Editor
Yo La Tengo returns to Ann
Arbor Friday for a one-night
performance at The Michigan
continuing its Yo La Tengo
tour in Toron-
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putting on the 8$p.m.
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ward to playing
in the 87-year-
old theater, which it has done
"It's a lot different of an
experience than other venues
in town," said bassist James
McNew. "(It's) really beautiful. I
think I also went to the movies
there on my night off."
The band is touring to pro-
mote their 13th album, Fade,
which dropped Jan. 14.
"We focused on making
a shorter record this time,"
McNew said. "Most of the songs
are a little more economical. All
of our albums have been double
albums for the last 10 years or so,
and this is the first single album
we've made in a very long time."
With the new album comes
the band's first attempt at a
music video in nearly 15 years.
Phil Morrison directed the
video to "I'll Be Around" (which,
in addition to featuring Superc-
hunk's Mac McCaughan, shows
the band preparing some sort
of tortilla dish, with the recipe
appearing on the screen for
those who might want to join
in). The band also made a video
for "Before We Run," a song that
also appears on "Fade."
But fans attending Friday's
performance don't have to worry
about it being Fade-dominated
or about missing any of their
favorite songs that the band has
produced in their almost 30-year
"We've been mostly playing
a lot of songs off of Fade (while
on tour). But we're playing two
sets. The first set will be mostly
quiet material, and the second
set is louder. We'll mix it up.
The set changes every night and
there are lots of old songs."
Yo La Tengo has always been
known to "mix it up," take
chances and do the unorthodox.
The band is famous for its cover
songs - including everything
from The Ramones to Todd
Rundgren to Devo - several of
which were played impromptu
and by request on WFMU, a
radio' station headquartered
near their hometown of Hobo-
ken, New Jersey. Many of their
covers were released in a 2006
compilation album titled "Yo La
Tengo is Murdering the Clas-
The band's tendency to
cover just about anything, to
keep its sound evolving and to
stay outside of the mold of any
given genre has made it hard to
define. The one genre that con-
tinues to resurface, despite the
band's mainstream success, is
"indie." But McNew finds the
term more problematic than
"I always felt we were rock
music. I still don't know what
indie means. I guess it meant
something back when major
labels existed, but that was a
very long time ago."
Since 1984, critics have put
Yo La Tengo under the label of
experimental, rock 'n' roll, alter-
native, electronic and every-
thing in between.
"I never really paid attention
to it," McNew said. "But I just
don't care. We don't really care
about being in a category and,
for some reason, we've never
really been in one."
By JULIAN AIDAN
There's something about
being a half-angel, half-demon,
ass-kicking badass that really
gets on peo-
ple's nerves. In B
May Cry" 's DmC: Devil
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that badass, vayiOj
and "people" Capcom
refers to the
hordes of hellspawn who want
your head on a stake.
Set in a different universe
than the four previous games,
"DmC" takes place in a contem-
porary dystopia ruled by a giant
scum-sucking demon, Mundis,
who runs just about everything
via a propaganda-ridden news
network and a brainwashing,
drink. Players control a brand
new Dante - dark hair and
Jersey accent, compliments
of the house - on a mission to
jump, shoot and smash his way
through the city and dethrone
Dante gets dragged in and out
of Limbo by Mundis's forces,
exploring a parallel and ter-
rifying dimension ridden with
pissed-off flying demon robot
babies and overgrown with a
nondescript black goop. Think
Detroit following a tanker spill
and joined by a few hundred
monsters that would make Love-
The game doesn't reinvent the
wheel, but it makes for a pretty
sweet ride. "DmC" puts a wealth
of weapons in the player's
hands, with most having either a
demonic or angelic tint. Carving
up a chainsaw-wielding Skele-
tor wannabe with a holy scythe
is every bit as viable an option as
using a pair of pistols or a comi-
cally large heliborn axe to cave
in its face.
The gameplay should feel
familiar to "Devil May Cry"
veterans: challenging (espe-
cially on the harder difficulties),
frantic, hack-and-slash insan-
ity against wave after wave
of nightmare-inducing living
embodiments of hate. A combo
meter rewards stylish combat,
allowing competitive players to
compete online for high scores
and adding another dimension
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characters, Wesker from the
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