Yo La Tengo members wear drag in Nashville performance amid outcry over new Tennessee law

Three cheers for Yo La Tengo


In the wake of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signing a law that restricts drag performances in public, members of indie rock band Yo La Tengo donned women’s clothes during the second half of their set at The Basement East Monday, March 13.

After a brief intermission following their first set, band members Ira Kaplan and James McNew returned dressed in drag for a furious and relentless second set kicked off by “This Stupid World,” from their recently-released album of the same name.

Kaplan wore makeup, a red dress and a long black wig. McNew had shawl and a sun hat. Drummer Georgia Hubley remained unchanged.

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