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Samedi

May 23rd

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance and drink wine from a tiny cup

 

Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Swampy southern folk rock plus opening band Strange Roux

 

Papa Roach

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Hard rock with heavy metal influence

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with vocals by Elizabeth DeShong, Alfred Walker, Lori Guilbeau and Paul Groves

 

Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBT Youth

Ashe Powerhouse Theatre, 7p.m.

BreakOUT presents stories of transgender youth

 

Woodenhead Forty Year Itch

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Instrumental rock on Canal

Dimanche

May 24th

Tom Leggett

30-90, 5p.m.

New Orleans based singer songwriter jazzes up the new Frenchmen St. venue

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Regular show featuring the “Wolfman” and Russell Batiste

 

Geoff Clapp Organ Quartet

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Clapp is joined by Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto sax


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

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock