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April 29th

The Funky Meters

Tip’s. 9p.m.

NOLA funk originators

 

The Last Waltz

Saenger, 9p.m.

Band’s masterpiece recreated 40 years later

 

Los Lobos

Republic, 8p.m.

Famed Mexican-American rockers

 

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Joy, 10p.m.

Russo, Benevento, & co. create an American Beauty

 

The Roots with Hot 8

Orpheum, 9p.m.

Tribute Clarence “Trixie” Slaugher

 

The New Mastersounds

Joy, 12a.m.

Jazz fusion & funk quartet

 

“I Can Play Drum”

30/90, 1:30a.m.

Freeman & Weedie Percussion Night

 

Marcia Ball

Le Petit, 9p.m.

NOLA’s top songstress

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.

All aboard for NOLA trumpet great!

 

Tuba Skinny

D.b.a., 6p.m.

Trad jazz greats for the swing dance set

 

Communion

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

My Jerusalem, Purple, Los Coast and Luxley


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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