They Might Be Giants w. Moon Hooch
The Englert – June 2 at 7:00 p.m.
$25 in advance, $27.50 day of show (14+)
Are you a child of the 1970s? 1980s? 1960s? Do you like science? Have you watched a cartoon in the past 20 years? Did you ever watch Malcolm in the Middle?
If you can answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, you probably know who They Might Be Giants are. If you inexplicably answered ‘No’ to all of these questions–seriously, you never watched a cartoon?–They Might Be Giants is a New York City duo that have been blazing the pop landscape since 1982.
Their music is a fun mash-up of accordions, guitars, horns, drum machines, pianos, cool sound effects and a stylophone. The core duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell have used all of these instruments to attack a variety of different topics from the fact that Constantinople is now Istanbul (“Istanbul Not Constantinople”) and the periodic table (“Meet The Elements”), to even numbers (“Even Numbers”) and palindromes (“I Palindrome I”). Whatever they deal with, the two Johns jump in headfirst and have fun the entire time.
They Might Be Giants were in Iowa City about two years ago, and their show was a joyous occasion. I expect nothing less this time.