They Might Be Giants play nice at The Paramount

The Examiner, March 24, 2013
by Sharmila Tredger

Just when you thought, John Flansburgh and John Linnell’s interpretation of their laboratory science-like approach to music couldn’t get any more kaleidoscopic. Friday night’s far-out performance at The Paramount in Huntington, NY went above and beyond the expectations of those in attendance. They Might Be Giants, just a few weeks into their first leg of their US and Australian tour and just having released their 16th album, entitled “Nanobots”, played to a motley crowd of abstract teens and Gen Xers, some dressed as the web-shooting, Spider-Man, others parading as the bean-toting, Jack from Benjamin Tabart’s, "Jack and the Beanstalk".

They Might Be Giants thirty years of whimsical earned them a wondrous amount of notoriety and success. With a Grammy under their belt for “Boss of Me” and having sold over 4 million records, John Flansburgh (singer-songwriter, left-handed rhythm guitar), John Linnell (singer-songwriter, accordion, keyboard), Dan Miller (songwriter, guitar, synthesizer), Danny Weinkauf (composer, bass guitar) and Marty Beller (songwriter, drummer) entertained the masses with classics like, “Birdhouse In Your Soul”, “Mesopotamians” and “Don’t Let’s Start”. With a set list of 20+ song’s, “Apes vs. People” “DR. Worm” and “He’s Loco”(Avatars of They) were a few of the crowd pleasing hits that discharged effervescently throughout.

Quirky has a new outfit and They Might Be Giants where it well. Check out their newly released album “Nanobots” on iTunes and if you’ve never experienced a six foot something airborne bass player, catch them on this leg of the US tour or in Australia and be prepared to have “fun”.

Moon Hooch’s, saxophonists, Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur and drummer, James Muschler, cooled off the stage and kicked it into colossal gear. This sax whaling, drum thrashing trio, hails from underneath New York City's concrete sidewalks, where straphanger's get their dance groove on before heading to and from work. These Brooklyn based distinguished musicians mix of jazz and electronic house music, define their music as cave” like. Their 13 track self-titled album is upbeat and fresh. This is one band to keep both your ears and eyes out for.