Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on August 13, 2013

photos by Ryan Muir

"Oh! Forgot to mention. I saw They Might Be Giants in Prospect Park this weekend--for free!--and it was beyond wonderful." - Jessica Sinsheimer

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

Who doesn't like They Might Be Giants? Everyone came out for this super fun, packed show--I ran into coworkers and people from pool league and there were tons of families and little kids. A little boy and girl hoisted on their parents' shoulders were so cute with their dancing and high fives that I didn't even mind them blocking my view. I saw six hula hoops being carried around, but it would have been hard to find a spot with enough room to use them.

TMBG had five or eight musicians on stage most of the time, depending on whether the Tricerachops horn section was out. In the middle of the set, they stripped down to just a duo of John and John on accordion and guitar for "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" that dragged out the ending. Other highlights were "Doctor Worm," "Don't Lets Start," and a funny conversation with one of them using a robot voice. [Visible Spit]

Brooklyn's favorite geek rockers, They Might Be Giants, played the second to last Celebrate Brooklyn! show of 2013 at Prospect Park over the weekend (8/10) before the series fully wrapped up on Sunday with a live score for Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was rescheduled from 8/8). The big free outdoor show saw the band playing a 24-song set which included a handful of cuts from their newest album, Nanobots, and a number of older favorites too. Pictures (including openers Moon Hooch), the setlist, and a video from the show are in this post.

TMBG have also since announced an international fall tour, which includes dates in the US and Europe. The new tour includes another NYC show happening on November 2 at Terminal 5. The description for the new tour reads:

Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG's boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. Don't miss this unforgettable show.
The Terminal 5 show is also 14+ (even with a parent or guardian), despite most T5 shows being all ages. Tickets for that show are currently on Internet presale, an AmEx presale begins Wednesday (8/14) at noon, and the general on-sale begins Friday (8/16) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the pictures, video and setlist from Prospect Park, below...

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They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

Moon Hooch

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants & Moon Hooch @ Celebrate Brooklyn - 8/11/2013

They Might Be Giants - "You're On Fire" at Prospect Park - 8/10/13

They Might Be Giants at Prospect Park - 8/10/13 Setlist: (<
You're on Fire
Withered Hope
The Guitar
Nanobots
Damn Good Times
Icky
New York City (cub cover)
Ana Ng
When Will You Die
Black Ops
Cloisonné
The Mesopotamians
We Live in a Dump
Don't Let's Start
Istanbul
Lost My Mind
Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head
Dr. Worm
I'll Sink Manhattan
Call You Mom
Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had a Deal

Encore:
Tesla
Mr Me
Birdhouse in Your Soul

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They Might Be Giants -- 2013 Tour Dates
Sep 7: Philadelphia, PA (FREE) - WHYY Connections Festival
Oct 10: Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Oct 11: Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live
Oct 12: Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Oct 15: Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater
Oct 16: Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
Oct 17: Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
Oct 18: Jacksonville, FL - Free Bird Live
Oct 19: Orlando, FL - Nerdapalooza
Oct 20: Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
Oct 22: Austin, TX - Stubb's
Oct 24: Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Oct 25: Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 26: Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall *Special Family Show*
Oct 26: Los Angeles, CA - Royce Hall *Evening Show*
Oct 27: Santa Cruz, CA - The Rio Theatre
Nov 1: Uncasville, CT - Wolf's Den at Mohegan Sun
Nov 2: New York, NY - Terminal 5
Nov 15: Edinburgh, Scotland - The Queen's Hall
Nov 17: Belfast, Ireland - Limelight
Nov 18: Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
Nov 19: London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov 20: Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Nov 22: Weissenhauser Strand, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekenders Festival
Nov 23: Berlin, Germany - Astra

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Comments (43)

Which one is the good John?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 9:08 AM

9:08-the one with running water

Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2013 9:21 AM

Loved how all the kids had to watch that opening band with two dudes blowing each other. ROCK AND ROLL ISN'T DEAD!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 9:22 AM

Damn they got old and fat. That wasn't supposed to happen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 9:38 AM

Normally I wouldn't visit T5 for TMBG but they anounced they will be playing a certian album front to back which I didn't see here. That possesed me to buy a ticket without thinking twice!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 9:59 AM

9:59 - the website says it's the 1st album, so good choice.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:00 AM

9:38 - you weren't supposed to become a sniveling little twat who will never consistently play 3,000 capacity venues for 30+ years, but here we are.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:04 AM

Here's a Jimbone analogy for you louses:

Hating on TMBG is akin to living a sad, joyless life. Go home, please. NYC doesn't want you, or need you.

Posted by Jimbone | August 13, 2013 10:14 AM

stroller rock

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:23 AM

LOL @ "Jimbone"
Whatevs, grandpa. You're like the geek rock D.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:33 AM

Kids on shoulders blocking my view? Fuck that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:43 AM

Moon Hooch at Celebrate Brooklyn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzlQr-J09Kk

Posted by Anon I. Mouse | August 13, 2013 11:02 AM

TMBG playing the alternate version of Black Ops at Celebrate Brooklyn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCzUKrfZZWs

Posted by Anon I. Mouse | August 13, 2013 11:04 AM

10:04 doesn't realize that she's looking in a mirror ranting at herself, like a little bitch parakeet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 11:49 AM

crappy show

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 2:20 PM

X-Clan medley was unexpected but not unwelcome

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 2:45 PM

I've seen them a bunch of times going back to 1988. This set was just OK. They are really tight and know their act well, but I found this one to lack some of the novelty and fire of their early years, before the family friendly conversion. They are still subversive, but more in a Jimmy Fallon way as opposed to a Jimmy Kimmel way if you know what I mean.

Just the same, looking forward to that T5 show where they bust out that old school TMBG. Leave the dinosaur head, take the saxophone.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 3:08 PM

The Doodlebops opened and were amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 3:09 PM

10:33

And I'm brought up again in a post I have a faint chance of posting in hahaha.

Posted by D | August 13, 2013 3:28 PM

^you should get into TMBG D. They're might be some 50+ trim at their shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 3:36 PM

Yo D, fuck you man. I get brought up in more posts than you. How's it feel to be #2??

Posted by Max Horwich | August 13, 2013 3:42 PM

^ Hahaha I will ALWAYS hold the crown bitch.

You come up because you incessantly post about yourself via multiple identities you wackjob.

Posted by D | August 13, 2013 4:00 PM

I always knew we'd throw down in a There Might Be Giants thread. You're mine, asswipe!

Posted by Max Horwich | August 13, 2013 4:09 PM

Plz D. Did you go to Wesleyan? I didn't think so bitch.

Posted by Max Horwich | August 13, 2013 4:12 PM

Awww look at the wiwl transplant throwing out "yo" and parroting me with "bitch".

Fuck Wesleyan.

Throw down? LOL. You've lost already by picking a fight with me because it shows how insecure you are.

You're a wannabe king fucking with the real deal.

Checkmate.

Posted by D | August 13, 2013 4:21 PM

Oh I so love it when fat shut in losers argue with themselves on BV! More, gentleman! More!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 4:26 PM

Do you have a fat cock, player?

Posted by Max Horwich | August 13, 2013 4:26 PM

4:26 I will have you know that I am quite slender. I went to Wesleyan University and maintain a vegan diet, unlike that fatass D and his XXL cargo shorts.

Posted by Max Horwich | August 13, 2013 4:31 PM

I think it's cute to watch people fight to be "king of BV comments" because we all know I am the king and will always be the king...

Posted by The original hummus guy | August 13, 2013 4:36 PM

What about me? I offer great diversity from comment to comment!

Posted by The original iPods guy | August 13, 2013 4:40 PM

boring. you need to step up the jokes fatso. try again now. entertain me, you fat fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 5:16 PM

Regular nerds are okay. They’re willing to stay up until six in the morning watching horror movies and drinking mountain dew, and they eventually grow up and get rich and let you sleep on their couch as long as you want. Sure, they may be a little too fond of D&D&D (Dungeons and Dragons and Dio), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cool in their own way. But some nerds are more than just nerds. Some of them are real creeps. I’m sure you knew a few in high school: the kids who liked trains and transistor radios and freaked out if anyone mentioned sex and then had to change schools because they got caught masturbating in class.

The worst of the nerds tended to pair off. There’d always be one who was a squirrelly, introverted spastic, and one who was a tiny bit better-looking and had maybe kissed a girl but was still a complete dweeb. Of course, the squirrelly one secretly thinks that his dapper friend is the coolest dude in the universe and is eaten up by jealousy, and the dapper one secretly thinks that the squirrelly one is cramping his style. This dynamic generally manifests itself as loud arguments over Star Trek minutiae. These duos can be found at just about any school in the nation, drawn together by the fact that nobody else can stand them.

Imagine two of these kids forming a band. Surely they would have shrill, irritating voices, “hilariously weird” lyrics, and zany music videos. Their music would be just like them: sexless, and jittery; hiding behind wackiness and intellectual airs to conceal torment and misery; pathetic and annoying. Their fan base would consist of all the outcasts nerdy enough to tolerate them, mirroring the sad rejects-sticking-together dynamic of their friendship.

They Might Be Giants.

Posted by Dr. David Thorpe | August 13, 2013 5:58 PM

I'll sink Manhattan!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 9:13 PM

Impressive, 5:58. But I could just as easily destroy you in a similar fashion if I knew who you were. Anyone could with enough observational skill and wit. Though from the fact that you come from the point of view of a majority you include yourself in versus a minority you dislike suggests you're a boring person that lacks interesting views and opinions. While you want to think of yourself as smart and interesting, you sense you are often treated as insufferable, which is because you are. Knowing this, you come to anonymous Internet forums to try to prove your intellect and get out some of the rage you feel at others. But you hit enter and the sadness remains - because, still, no one really likes you. You are merely endured.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:21 PM

5:58 is right.

10:21, is bitter

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2013 10:27 PM

SMH @ 5:58
TLDR. Can you summarize it in, oh I dunno, 25 words or less for us that don't have half the afternoon to read through a single post?
Thanks so much, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2013 11:27 AM

10:21, he left his name (and profession), google him up! I'd love to see you take down this bully :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2013 11:58 AM

Dear Flansy,

How dare you announce "Mr. Me" and play "Hey Mister DJ" instead!

Despite not know your setlist, it was still a GREAT show!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2013 2:44 PM

Sitting up in the early morning hours of Snowmageddon, and stoking the fire every half hour, I have some pent-up musical energy. So I'm doing what I love - playing some random tracks for you all!

Posted by Josiah | February 9, 2014 11:56 AM

I've seen them about 3 times over the years (St Louis, Lawrence KS, KC MO), but missed them when they were in town in 2013. So bummed. Glad you got to go! :)

Posted by Samantha | February 20, 2014 5:56 AM

And as soon as you got sick of their singing, you could eat them! It's perfect! 

Posted by Julio | May 13, 2014 3:39 AM

Where's the button that let's me post this to my facebook page? ha ha ha! Where people will actually see it!

Posted by Jaylene | June 2, 2014 6:57 AM

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