Ira Kaplan

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Ira Kaplan
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Ira Kaplan in 2005
Background information
Born (1957-01-07) January 7, 1957 (age 61)
Queens, New York, United States
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active1984–present
Associated actsYo La Tengo

Ira Kaplan (born January 7, 1957) is the co-founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the American indie rock band Yo La Tengo. He is married to Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo's vocalist, drummer, songwriter and co-founder.[1]

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Kaplan formed Yo La Tengo in the early 1980s. Previously, he worked as a music critic for such publications as the SoHo Weekly News, New York Rocker and Village Voice,[2] as well as serving as a soundman, roadie and backup musician for Mofungo and other New York-area bands.[3][4]

Kaplan's life, family, and musical development were chronicled in the book Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, by Jesse Jarnow (Avery Books, 2012).[5]

Kaplan's vocals were featured in Eluvium's 2013 album Nightmare Ending in the song "Happiness".

He sporadically hosts a free-form radio program on WFMU under the name "Ira the K."[6]


Kaplan's gear is a point of interest for many fans and aspiring guitarists.[7]




  • Pro Co RAT (Two units are used)
  • Boss TU-2 Tuner
  • Boss OD-2 TURBO OverDrive
  • Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer
  • Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
  • Digitech PDS-8000 Delay
  • Line 6 DL4
  • Line 6 MM4
  • Mu-Tron III +
  • Vox Wah
  • Custom switching unit for routing & triggering between the two amplifiers.


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