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Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


They Might Be Giants Trade Particle Man for Nanobots


They Might Be Giants make their triumphant return to the Crescent City this Friday, March 8. The Brooklyn-based band has just embarked on a 60-date international tour supporting the just-released Nanobots, their thirteenth studio album. As they continue on their prolific recording career, They Might Be Giants have found even more ways to blend their mix of children's music and unconventional indie.

 

From odes to venues to songs spanning the entire globe, Friday's show at the House of Blues promises a wide offering of the TMBG musical smorgasbord.

 

On Nanobots, released today, the Johns and their band have struck gold in the form of succinct songs and quirky transitions. Nanobots' longest track, the moody dance jam “The Darlings of Lumberland”, stands at a little over three minutes. Its shortest track? A meager six seconds (“Hive Mind”) that starts a chain reaction of bite-sized tracks. Those seconds of music and occasional phrases recall Apollo 18's “Fingertips”, coming on like teasers themselves yet blending effortlessly with other tracks. A lot can be said for a band that still appreciates the LP as a standalone medium; something to be played from opening song to final fade out.

 

There are singles amongst the 25 tracks, however. The three songs that make up the album's eponymous teaser EP make an appearance within the first 20 minutes. “Call Your Mom” is They Might Be Giants at their most straightforward; a definite highlight. Other standouts include the ticking clock guitars of “Stone Cold Coup d'Etat” and the 60's-tinged “Icky”. There's really no question if TMBG are back; with Nanobots, it's like they never left.

 




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock