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Preview: They Might Be Giants

By Evan Clark

Of any band that’s been around long enough to win awards, establish notable feats, and look back on a career full of achievements, Brooklyn’s They Might Be Giants is perhaps the most interesting, respected, and downright confusing. Of their two Grammy award wins, one was earned under the category “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media” for the disgruntled middle child anthem “Boss of Me” which served as the theme song for “Malcolm in the Middle”, while the other was for “Best Musical Album for Children” with their 13th studio album titled, “Here Come the 123s.” In an age where mainstream music feels so constricted and confined, it’s hard to imagine any band balancing airplay on MTV while contributing music to the soundtracks of Austin Powers movies and Dexter’s Laboratory cartoons as They Might Be Giants have managed to accomplish while still remaining largely unknown.

To describe They Might Be Giants’ music as alternative rock would be a cop out, but at the same time they’re partly responsible for the genre’s emergence in the early 80’s alongside other Alt Rock pioneers Violent Femmes and The Pixies. Now after a career spanning almost thirty years with 15 studio albums, 4 million records sold worldwide, and not much else to prove to anyone or themselves, KRUI’s Low Frequency Series presents They Might Be Giants with opening act Gold Motel. The unpredictability of They Might Be Giants live shows will be on full display alongside the poppy California melodies of the emerging group Gold Motel, all for a evening that might be something special.


KRUI’s Low Frequency Series: They Might Be Giants with Gold Motel
October 30th, 2011
Englert Theatre | Show at 7 PM | $22 adv/$25 door | All ages

Tickets on sale now HERE 

Facebook event HERE