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.
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 New York Rocker and Village Voice, as well as serving as a soundman, roadie and backup musician for Mofungo and other New York-area bands.
Kaplan's vocals were featured in Eluvium's 2013 album Nightmare Ending in the song 'Happiness'.
He sporadically hosts radio programs on WFMU as "Ira the K."
Kaplan's gear is a point of interest for many fans and aspiring guitarists.
- 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.