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They Might Be Giants in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 06/30/2006

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They Might Be Giants in Concert

Concerts

They Might Be Giants in Concert

They Might Be Giants in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 06/30/2006

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Band Members

John Flansburgh: vocals, guitar

John Linnell: vocals, keyboards, accordion, assorted special effects

Marty Beller: drums

Dan Miller: guitar

Danny Weinkauf: bass

Set List

"Older"

"Damn Good Times"

"Experimental Film"

"Meet James Ensor"

"Los Angeles House Of Blues"

"Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)"

"The Alphabet Of Nations"

"Dr. Worm"

"Bee"

"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"

"Why Did You Grow A Beard?/We Live In A Dump"

"James K. Polk"

"Particle Man"

"Fingertips"

For more than 20 years, the alt-rock duo They Might Be Giants has been playing clever and contagious music for fans of all ages. From the underground New York scene to commercial radio success, from college campuses to preschools, TMBG has never compromised the quirky lyrics and eclectic sound for which it's loved. The band performed live from WXPN and World Cafe Live on June 30.

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Childhood friends John Flansburgh and John Linnell found success in the late '80s with the release of their first two albums. In 1994, the duo expanded into a quintet; although showcasing a bolder and bigger sound, TMBG remained true to its distinctive sound. In 2002, "Boss of Me" (the theme to the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle) earned They Might Be Giants a Grammy. Shortly thereafter, the band started making albums geared specifically toward children — not exactly a bold stylistic leap, but one that made Linnell and Flansburgh stars in a whole new genre. Here Come the ABCs came out in 2005, and was followed by a DVD set titled Venue Songs.

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