A They Might Be Giants show is one of the few live shows that requires an explicit “FOR AGES 14+ ONLY” warning. For the past 30 (!) years, Johns Flansburgh and Linnell have effortlessly moved and blurred the lines between geeky “adult” music (Lincoln, Flood, the new Glean) and geeky “kid” music (Here Come The ABCs, Here Come The 123s, Here Comes Science). In the ’80s and ’90s, TMBG struck a chord with an army of put-upon junior-high dorks with songs like “Ana Ng” and “Birdhouse In Your Soul”; today, they delight the offspring of those same dorks with songs like “The Vowel Family,” “Ten Mississippi,” and “I Am a Paleontologist.” TMBG are a geek-rock institution like no other, bridging young and old, past and present, cool and square. Plus, just look at the above still from the Flood promo. GAH.
So let it be known that They Might Be Giants are coming to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall on Saturday, March 19, 2016, and that the show is for AGES 14+ ONLY. The band certainly has plenty of grown-up material to work with these days: 2015 alone has seen the release of the 15-track Glean, the resurrection of the beloved Dial-A-Song project, and plans for two—yes, two—more albums in the coming months. But don’t worry, they’ll probably still play “Particle Man.”
General admission tickets are $27.50, and go on sale Friday, October 30 at noon. Why is the world in love again? A brand new Milwaukee They Might Be Giants show for 2016, of course.