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They Might Be Giants - Why?

They Might Be Giants will release their second album of 2015, the kids-oriented Why?, on November 27 via Idlewild Recordings. You can check out "Definition of Good" from it below. Pre-orders are available, including special editions that come with a yo-yo.

The September edition of TMBG's ongoing Music Hall of Williamsburg monthly residency happens Sunday (9/27) where they'll be featuring their 1992 album Apollo 18. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

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Spongebob musical

David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Dirty Projectors and other artists are contributing new songs to a Spongebob Squarepants musical. According to Entertainment Weekly, other artists contributing songs include Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, T.I., Jonathon Coulton, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T's, and Lady Antebellum. The musical is directed and co-conceived by Tina Landau who said:

I was drawn to this project not only for its wild theatrical possibility, but also because I felt SpongeBob, at its core, is a layered and hilarious ensemble comedy. SpongeBob himself is of course its center and beating heart -- the eternal innocent in a sea of cynics. He's also the classic underdog hero, and so our production sets him on a hero's journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show's trippy humor and irreverence. We're taking our leads from the TV show but this is an original story, with an original design approach, and original songs written just for the occasion by an amazing array of songwriters. We will present the world of Bikini Bottom and its characters in a whole new way that can only be achieved in the live medium of the theatre.
The Spongebob musical will premiere in June, 2016 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre before moving to Broadway in the fall.

They Might Be Giants

They Might be Giants are continuing their monthly residency at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and have added shows for the remaining months of 2015. (They're taking August off.) On September 27 they'll perform their 1992 album Apollo 18, plus Dial-A-Song selections and more. On October 25 the theme is "Horntober" (featuring the Tricerachops horn section of Stan Harrison on saxophone, Curt Ramm on trumpet,
and Dan "The Machine" Levine on trombone) and on November 29 they'll be back to their roots and play as a duo.

John and John will close out 2015 with three New Year's MHOW shows on December 31, January 1 and January 2. Themes for the two January shows have yet to be announced. Tickets to all five of those MHOW shows are currently on TMBG fanclub presale (password is DIALNYE16), will be on AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/5) at noon and go on sale to the general public on Friday (8/7) at noon.

TMBG have some non-Brooklyn shows too, including a tour of Australia in November, and are dates are listed, along with their two latest Dial-a-Song songs, below.

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Longtime North Brooklyn residents They Might Be Giants have been doing a series of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg this year, playing albums in full, including an upcoming one on May 31 where they'll play 2007's The Else while also highlighting their revamped Dial-a-Song service. They've just added more shows at MHOW: on Sunday, June 21 they'll play two matinee shows "for the whole family" (12:30 PM and 3:30 PM) and then on July 26 they'll play their classic second album, Lincoln, in full. Tickets for those newly-added shows go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In other news, TMBG released their 17th album, Glean, in April. Most of the songs were first heard on their Dial-a-Song service. You can stream it via Rdio below...

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photo: TMBG at Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

As previously announced, They Might Be Giants are playing five Music Hall of Williamsburg shows, three of which have them focusing on specific albums and one of which is a release party for their revamped Dial-A-Song project. The schedule looks like this:

1/25: An Evening with TMBG
2/22: Songs from the First Album, Dial-A-Song and more
3/29: Songs from Flood, Dial-A-Song and more
4/26: A Dial-A-Song Celebration, a Record Release Party and more
5/31: Songs from The Else, Dial-A-Song and more
Tickets for all but the 1/25 show are still available. Also, since we last spoke, their pal Jonathan Coulton was added as an opener to the 2/22 show.

TMBG will also be the VIP guests at the February 10 taping of NPR and WNYC's "Ask Me Another" show which features Jonathan Coulton as the house musician. It takes place at The Bell House, where the show is regularly taped, and if you're unfamilar with the premise, it's a trivia night with comedy and music taped in front of a live audience. Ophira Eisenberg hosts. Tickets for that one, and the following taping which happens February 18, are available.

TMBG in Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

They MIght Be Giants recently announced a relatively intimate hometown show happening January 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (billed as "An Evening with They Might Be Giants"), which quickly sold out. Now they've added four more shows happening at the same venue with one a month through May. The newly-added shows will also having them performing an album in full (plus more) each night, with the First Album on February 22, Flood on March 29, Dial-A-Song on April 26 and The Else on May 31. Tickets for all four shows go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/29) at noon. If you buy the four-show pass, you get a free T-shirt.

UPDATE: The shows aren't going on sale this Friday anymore but will be on sale soon.

UPDATE 2 (11/4): The shows go on sale Friday, November 7 at noon and the album that will be played each night is slightly different than what the initial post read. Also, all shows will feature material from their Dial-A-Song project and the 4/26 show will double as a release party for that.

TMBG have also been in the process of uploading full albums to YouTube. Since we last spoke, they've added The Spine, Flood, John Henry and Nanobots. You can listen to all of those, with their updated list of dates, below...

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As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.

TMBG in Prospect Park in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

Earlier this year, geek rockers They Might Be Giants released the Idlewild compilation and First Album Live, a digital download of the band performing their 1986 debut on their 2013 tour. Those both followed 2013's Nanobots, their 16th studio album, and now it looks like LP #17 is on the way -- earlier this week the band posted that they're in the studio and their Facebook says "TMBG have big plans for 2015."

At the moment, TMBG have two shows scheduled. First they play a free CT show this Friday (10/17) at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino, and then in 2015 they play a hometown Brooklyn show on January 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show, billed as "An Evening with They Might Giants," go on sale Thursday (10/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/15) at noon.

The band also just posted a full stream of their 2011 album, Join Us. Revisit that below...

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We told you ARMS was releasing a covers EP, and you already heard the Guided By Voices track. Now listen to the entire EP, via Spotify, below...

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ARMS at MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn band ARMS (the current project of former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein) will be paying tribute to some of their influences -- specifically Broadcast, Elliott Smith, Guided by Voices, They Might Be Giants, Matthew Dear, Thunder & Lightning, The Faces and Rufus Wainwright -- on a new covers album, Backwards Record, due out September 2 via Paper Garden Records. We've got the premiere of the video for their cover of GBV's lo-fi classic, "Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory." ARMS' take on the song is -- wait for it -- guided by voices. As in they've recorded the cover a capella. You can watch the video below.

ARMS also have two local shows coming up this weekend. First they play Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/15) with Conveyor (tickets), and then they play the Rooftop Films closing party on Saturday (8/16). Doors open at 8 for that, music at 8:30, and by 9 PM they'll be screening multiple short films. More details here.

GBV cover video, with LP artwork and tracklist, below...

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Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
Vivian Girls

As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.

Check out the full initial list below...

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Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird

Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.

Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:

The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.

At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.

Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.

Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.

Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

The Two Amigos: Wayne Coyne & Moby

We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like TV on the Radio, PIxies, The Julie Ruin, Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Tricky, Night Sins, Placebo, Goldrapp, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from Moby & Wayne Coyne, Terrible Feelings, Heliotropes, Twin Shadow covering Bruce Springsteen, Queens of The Stone Age covering Arctic Monkeys, Kitty, They Might Be Giants, and what may be the newest viral YouTube hit, below.

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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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As mentioned, Brooklyn indie legends They Might Be Giants released their 16th album, Nanobots, about a month ago and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video to single "Icky," below.

The band are currently on tour and have just added a free in-store at Williamsburg, Brooklyn vinyl haven Academy Records Annex on Tuesday, April 16. It starts at 7 PM and the band will stick around to sign copies of Nanobots afterwards. Updated dates are listed below.

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Baby New Year

Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.

One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.

Jay-Z's pal Kanye West is doing a three-night run in Atlantic City right before NYE (12/28-30) at Revel. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Another hip hop option includes Nas at Radio City Music Hall that also features Elle Varner. Tickets are still available.

Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing unifiedpromo@unifiedpromo.com.

Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.

If jam bands are your thing, you might also want to catch The Disco Biscuits, who kick off their four-night run at Best Buy Theater tonight (12/26) and then play NYE at The Theatre at MSG (tickets).

Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.

If you're more into dancing, RJD2 will be DJing at Gramercy Theater with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks; and Moby and many others will be DJing at an as-yet undisclosed location (tickets).

Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.

Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.

Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.

Matthew Dear and Superpitcher are at Le Bain (tix); Ian Pooley, Pat Mahoney and more at Cameo; Onra, Nick Catchdubs, and Samo Sound Boy are at Williamsburg's Villian (tickets).

Holy Ghost! and Midnight Magic are at Brooklyn Bowl (sold out) and after that, Holy Ghost!'s DFA labelmate Juan Maclean will DJ an afterparty at the same venue (tickets).

Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.

If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.

For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.

Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit,  plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.

After that, DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, Sasha Go Hard, and others will play an afterparty at 285 Kent (tickets).

Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).

More indie rock: Blonde Redhead and Beach Fossils are at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair from us.

Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile across the Hudson, The Hold Steady will ring in 2013 with Lucero at The Wellmont Theatre in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Before that, Lucero will do a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) with Nude Beach supporting on night 1 and Hollis Brown on night 2. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both are still available.

Amanda Palmer will be at Terminal 5, playing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety which will surely be a spectacle. She'll play a set of originals too. Tickets are still available.

If you'd like to party like it's 1929, Spirit Family Reunion are bringing the old time religion to Pianos. Tickets are still available, includes a champagne toast.

More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).

The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.

My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

After that, Capitol Theatre will host Steve Miller Band on 12/30 (tickets) and funky METERS with Dumpstaphunk on NYE (tickets).

For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.

To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.

Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.

What did we miss?

Heading to Austin? We have a list of shows happening there too. Update: And Chicago too.

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Longtime Brooklynites They Might Be Giants have put this finishing touches on their new "adult" album which will be out early next year. To go with that LP, the band are going on a very long tour that begins February 27 in Portland, ME and hits just about everywhere in North America... except NYC. Of course that's because they're already playing three New Year's shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The 12/29 and 12/31 shows are sold-out but you can still get tickets to the 12/30 show.

The new dates do include NY shows though: 3/21 @ Tarrytown Music Hall, and 3/22 in Huntington, NY @ The Paramount. Tickets to the Long Island show go on venue pre-sale starting 10am on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Password = "PULSE". General sale begins Friday, Nov. 16. All tour dates are listed below.

Speaking of holidays, if you know a TMGB fan (or are one) and don't know what to get him this season, John & John have the answer: the new Holiday Bundle which includes the new DVD compilation Them Ain't Big Eye Ants, a set of "Paranormal, Cryptids, Hoaxes and Myths" playing cards, a travel mug, reprints of some classic '80s show flyers, a t-shirt and more. The DVD includes a nifty electronic rendition of "Istambul (Not Constantinople)" which you can watch below.

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Freedom To Love

Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):

The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.

You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.

The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:

Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow

Thank you. And be safe.

Best wishes,
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.

Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".

In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).

Beth Orton
Beth Orton

Beth Orton and Sam Amidon have been added to the Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality benefit that happens on October 30 at Beacon Theater. The Doveman-presented show also features Rufus Wainright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more. Tickets  are still available with proceeds going to benefit Freedom to Marry.

Meanwhile, Beth's tour hits NYC tonight at Town Hall tonight (10/4) with Sam opening, and tickets are still available. Beth Orton's Sugaring Season is out this week (stream via Spotify) and you can watch her performing "Magpie" from it on Letterman below.

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The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The National

Doveman (aka Thoms Bartlett) and BOOM for Equality are teaming up to present Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality, which will happen in NYC on October 30 at Beacon Theater. Doveman, who is known for bringing out tons of interesting guests to his shows, has curated a lineup which includes Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more TBA. Artist lineup is also subject to change without notice. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM and are on Artist Presale now (password: "boomforequality") with a Local Presale starting today (9/7) at 4 PM. Proceeds will benefit Freedom to Marry.

As mentioned, Doveman is also continuing his Burgundy Stain Sessions residency at Le Poisson Rouge, though the dates have slightly changed since we last posted. His next one happens at the Manhattan venue on October 12 and will follow that with another on December 13. Lineups for those shows have not been announced yet.

For Rufus Wainwright, the show falls in the middle of his extensive international tour, which now also includes an Atlantic City show which happens on February 8, 2013 at The Borgata. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of Wainwrights, tickets just went on sale for Martha's upcoming shows at Littlefield and Le Poisson Rouge.

Justin Vivian Bond, meanwhile, is hosting Weimar New York for Obama on September 18 at the Abrons Arts Center. The show is a benefit in celebration of President Obama's "unprecedented commitment to the LGBT comunity" and features music directed by Lance Horne and performances by Alan Cumming, Joey Arias, Bridget Everett, Flotilla DeBarge, Rosateresa Castro-Vargas, Dirty Martini, Tigger!, Theo Bleckmann, Curtis Eller, Machine Dazzle, Tammy Faye Starlite, and more TBA. You can reserve seats and donate HERE.

All Doveman, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainright, and Justin Vivian Bond dates are listed below.

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They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
They Might Be Giants
Geek rockers They Might Be Giants released a deluxe, 10th Anniversary Edition (digital only) of their first family album, 2002's No!, via iTunes which includes seven new bonus tracks. One of those bonus tracks, the live version of "Robot Parade," can be streamed below.

TMBG will play three New Year's shows in their hometown of Brooklyn this year at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 29, 30, and 31. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon.

No other dates to report at the moment, but the 3 NYC shows in list format and that song stream are below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

They Might Be Giants

Back before SXSW, on March 10th to be exact, They Might Be Giants played a headlining show at NYC's Terminal 5. Here are some pictures. More below...

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The Long Winters (Roderick second from left)
The Long Winters

The Long Winters frontman John Roderick will play a few shows with Aimee Mann in January followed by a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on 1/28/12. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All dates are listed below.

1/28 is the same date that Aimee plays a NYC show at Zankel Hall which is one day after she plays Music Hall of Williamsburg (both shows are without John and now sold out or close to sold out). Aimee has also announced a NJ show in Red Bank and other dates since we last spoke. They are all listed below.

Back to John Roderick for a second. You can buy his guitar on eBay...

Do you want to play guitar like John Roderick? Sorry, can't be done. But, you can play his guitar as much as you'd like! Just win his solid body Hohner EX Artist electric guitar, whose unique sound has appeared in The Long Winter's recordings. Small Print: Guitar has been used. It's got a few scrapes (nothing that's visible from a stadium seat - see photos), needs a set-up (easy!), but has been lovingly modified - with embellished pick-ups (blood red nail polish, an 80's classic). Comes with a Gibson Explorer Guitar case (some use on outside, but like new on inside with instructions for programming the unused combo lock). Don't let THIS ONE get away. Donated by John to benefit Suz, all proceeds help her recover from severe illness. Thanks for lookin'!
John has also been keeping busy collaborating with Jonathan Coulton. John appear's on Jon's new album Artificial Heart, as do Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants who Jonathan is opening for at Terminal 5 in NYC on March 10th. Tickets are still on sale. TMBG have also announced more dates since we last spoke, They're all listed below.

Roderick also appears in Coulton's new video for "Nemeses" which came out before the even newer Coulton video for "Sticking it to Myself", both of which can be watched, with all the tour dates below...

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They Might Be Giants at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by David Andrako)
They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants are celebrating 30 years (!) as a band and will be celebrating on the road while also suppoting their most recent album Join Us, and an upcoming rarites collection entitled Album Raises New and Troubling Questions due via Idlewild Recordings on 11/1. The band will be skipping around the Midwest and West Coast for the bulk of the rest of the year. Then after TBA shows in January & early February, TMBG will play a big NYC show on March 10th, 2012 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today (10/19) with regular sale hitting on Friday.

All tour dates, recent video for "Can't Keep Johnny Down" featuring actor Rip Torn and an album teaser sung by a hummingbird on a stick are all below...

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photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

Jonathan Coulton @ Williamsburg Watefront
jonathan Coulton

After playing a waterfront show last month with They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton will take to the high seas on Friday August 19th for a show aboard the Jewel, a Rocks Off NYC Concert Cruise. Tickets are on sale. The show is a prelude to his US tour with TMBG which will occur in two legs: East Coast/Midwest in September and West Coast in November. Full tour schedule is below.

If you can't make it on Friday, you can still catch comedian/songwriter "JoCo" on a boat, but the destination will be much different...

JoCo Cruise Crazy II is a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise in 2012 on Holland America's ms Westerdam, with music, comedy and performances from Jonathan Coulton and friends. It departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 19th and returns February 26th, with ports of call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Willemstad (Curacao), Antilles.
Other performers slated for the cruise include Marian Call, Vi Hart, John Hodgman, MC Frontalot, Paul and Storm, David Rees, John Roderick, Paul F. Tompkins, Wil Wheaton, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and cabins are still available.

All dates and more of a second set of pictures from Coulton's rainy appearance at Williamsburg Waterfront, below...

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