They Might be Giants, Moon Hooch Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., March 16, 7:30 p.m. 2013

John Flansburgh and John Linnell maintain an unabashedly smart, proudly square image that’s made them heroes to several generations of geeks while driving away just as many too-cool-for-school kids who can’t be bothered by accordions and songs about science. But behind the purposely cartoony image, They Might Be Giants are deeply subversive musicians. Their early albums in the late 80s were collages of sounds and ideas borrowed from downtown New York art-rock, the city’s young hip-hop scene, and racks of junk-store LPs, combined with lyrics that used surrealism and obscure historical references to tell stories that were often incredibly poignant and sad. (Sometimes, though, a song about the different classifications of mammals is just a song about the different classifications of mammals.) Their new record, Nanobots (Idlewild), touches on genres as diverse as rockabilly, power pop, dub reggae, and glitch techno, and proves that after three decades the Johns’ experimental edge remains sharp. For more on They Might Be Giants, see Flansburgh’s conversation with Abraham Levitan of Shame That Tune in Artist on Artist. —Miles Raymer Moon Hooch opens. 14+

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