Happy 60th Birthday Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo (Watch “Mr. Tough”)

Happy 60th birthday today to Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo who was born on 1/7/57. To epitome of the truest “indie” musician, Kaplan formed Yo La Tengo in the early 80’s following years spent as a music journalist. Yo La Tengo has kept it indie in a variety of forms as the band continues to refrain from ever consider selling out, while keeping it really on smaller labels and venues, while building an essential catalog of albums. Watch Kaplan perform “Mr. Tough” live in early 2007 following the release of I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass.

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