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 Soho Weekly News, 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 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).
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."
Kaplan's gear is a point of interest for many fans and aspiring guitarists.Candy Apple Red Fender Jazzmaster, with tortoise shell pickguard.
Sunburst Fender Jaguar
Natural Fender Stratocaster
Sunburst Jerry Donahue Signature Telecaster
Purple Sparkle Danelectro 12-string
Candy Apple Red Fender Coronado
Fender Super Reverb
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 +
Custom switching unit for routing & triggering between the two amplifiers.