To say you’ve “grown up” with Sparks, the Los Angeles–raised brothers who released their debut album in 1971, is to suggest a vertigo-inducing oscillation of witty pop kicks and refreshingly distanced cerebral strategies. Like Queen, only funnier, Russell Mael’s eternal falsetto plays off Ron Mael’s needling baroque omnipop keyboards in songs ranging from ’70s hits like “Amateur Hour,” “Propaganda,” and “Something for the Girl with Everything” through their amazing Giorgio Moroder electropop collaboration, No. 1 in Heaven, the 2002 classical gas Lil’ Beethoven, a pop musical titled The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, and many more. Here, however, you’ll find nothing more (nor less) than the brothers alone as they reprise the “Two Hands One Mouth” tour that kicked off last year in Europe.
Mon., Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 23, 2013