First of Three Nights for They Might be Giants at Mr. Smalls (Thurs., 5/9/24)

They Might Be Giants started in 1982 with two guys named John, who lived in Brooklyn and recorded energetic rock songs with zany lyrics (like this one). The next 30 years or so breaks down like this: over 20 studio albums, the big crossover radio hit (“Birdhouse in Your Soul”), themes for shows like “Malcolm in the Middle,” a new generation of young fans following a slew of children’s albums, Grammys, and platinum sales. Whew! 2018 offered little in the way of a breather. The duo released three new albums, I Like Fun, which features contributions from the group’s live lineup. My Murdered Remains and The Escape Team were the other two. Their latest release is Book, an art and music project that has garnered a Grammy nomination for package design. Mr. Smalls Theatre is immortalized by none other than They Might Be Giants (with a shout-out to defunct Pittsburgh music venue Electric Banana). They will be playing three sold-out shows at Mr. Smalls. Each show will have a dramatically different set list. With 23 different albums that won’t be difficult! 8 p.m. all three nights. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (C.M., R.H.)

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