Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that our brains naturally has an ... More >>
We've still got a couple of months before it's time to avoid Times Square like the plague while ringing in 2014, and yet we've already had a year's worth of memorable musical moments (and then some). Ensemble tributes, controversial hip-hop sets that came up in conversations for weeks afterwards, ex ... More >>
They formed here. They came up here. They've been mugged here. They've collectively eaten hundreds of pastrami sandwiches at Katz's here. They Might Be Giants are, through and through, a New York City band, one that's cut its teeth, had its gear stolen and inked its first record deal in its infancy ... More >>
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This isn't how things are supposed to work. "You're on Fire," the first track off Nanobots, the new They Might Be Giants album, is an urgent, antsy marvel, a disco-glittered pop stomper whose three killer hooks slide over, under, and through each other, all coiled up as tightly as snakes in a cave. ... More >>
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Plenty of Mirman for all
They Might Be Giants w/Jonathan Coulton, Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends Williamsburg Waterfront Friday, July 29 Better than: Funny you should ask. Around the 30-minute mark of the the heavens' continued urination on the gathered masses at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday, comedian Todd ... More >>
Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>
That's Flansburgh on the rightJohn Flansburgh stands as the younger, more bespectacled half of They Might Be Giants, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston band he has been playing in for more than half his life (Their latest album is Here Comes Science, their fourth children's album and 14th or so stud ... More >>
Jonathan Coulton doesnt mess around with messing around
So if the idea of Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar singing songs inspired by a Jack Kerouac novel fills you with delight, than by all means, hit Webster Hall tonight. If you're hostile or indifferent, though, go anyway: The Long Winters are opening. John Roderick is perhaps the finest purveyor of sensit ... More >>
Do-gooders converge for a new Brooklyn cultural space
Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja PatelIn the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>
They Might Be Giants American Museum of Natural History Sunday, October 4 The best thing about TMBG's second career as top-shelf purveyors of children's music is how little their onstage demeanor has changed -- they favor a sardonic, half-asleep, deadpan manner whether most of the folks in the f ... More >>
Leaf peeper map of New York State Saturday Korean festival and parade Dance, taekwondo, food, music and cooking lessons. Chile Pepper Fiesta, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Music, chile-chocolate cooking, Qigong lessons, and hot stuff samples. Free with admission to the Gardens ($8 adults, $4 ... More >>
Alternative link here. The answer to the third of the three questions in yesterday's teaser quiz was The Newbeats, whose song "Bread and Butter" easily made it onto either the 10 Best or Runners-Up lists, but which one? Listen to this Youtube clip and see if can figure out in which position ... More >>
Islands--Islands have released the bubbly new track "No You Don't," from their upcoming third album Vapours, the one frontman Nick Thorburn once famously left on the C Train. The song features him switching between a falsetto and more conversational style, with lyrics like "Don't buy dope from the m ... More >>
Another round with the delightfully bizarre filler tracks from a classic album
What you expect ensues
The voice of a generation talks like a regular guy in About a Son
Brooklyn pop lifers stave off a slump, again
Or, I hear what you're saying, but what exactly do you mean?
For the week of December 1319, 2006
Misleadingly named local beat combo suck up juicy bits
The Loser's Lounge ventures into the present and other dangerous conceptual realms
Kvelling over damn near a dozen meanings of life, their average length close to an hour
Behind the Nerd Rock
Cities Die. Should New York Be the First to Clone Itself?