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Howlin' Wolf, 12PM
Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food
Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM
Free female-led discussion and open house
Playmakers Theater, 2PM
Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko
Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM
5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician
Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM
Live music, drinks, water slides, more
Audubon Park, 5PM
LPO Woodwind Quintet performs
Local trad jazz masters
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 6PM
Bring games, or join one at the store
Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM
Mix of brass standards and funky covers
Spotted Cat, 10PM
Boundary pushing fusion jazz
Maple Leaf, 10PM
Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington
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.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz