Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.
This isn't how things are supposed to work. "You're on Fire," the first track off Nanobots, the new They Might Be Giants album, is an urgent, antsy marvel, a disco-glittered pop stomper whose three killer hooks slide over, under, and through each other, all coiled up as tightly as snakes in a cave. ... More >>
It's one of those weeks. My laptop broke, my vehicle broke and ultimately, my wallet's broke. Fortunately, some shows will cost a mere $5 to provide some cheer to get over these betrayals by machines (proof that you don't have to break the bank for a good time practically anytime: check out the pri ... More >>
It is that time of year again. That special time after Mardi Gras, in the middle of Black History Month, when we drop our Valentine's Day chocolates and honor the past and present Presidents of the United States of America (for the shortest month of the year, February seems to really be collecting h ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesThey Might Be Giants The Pageant September 24, 2011 The large (not-quite-but-almost sold out) crowd at the Pageant last night was a perfect cross section of TMBG's fanbase: moms! twenty-somethings! hip toddlers! They were all in attendance, and they were all, of course, incess ... More >>
Tennis SystemIt's a good weekend to have a light wallet -- free shows include the inaugural U. City Jazz Festival in Heman Park, Taste at Solider's Memorial and the Soulard Blues Band playing at the Boathouse in Forest Park. Apologies to They Might Be Giants, which plays the Pageant on Saturd ... More >>
They Might Be Giants returns to the Pageant tomorrow night in support of this summer's Join Us. And we just got a pair of last minute tickets we'd like to give you. Obviously we're working with a short time frame here -- you must be able to collect the tickets from our office in the Loop betw ... More >>
Amidst the flash, bang, and noise of summer movies, there's "Winnie the Pooh", a quiet and relatively bombast-free film that picks up where the 1966 classic left off. The one difference: hipster queen Zooey Deschanel lends her delightful vocals to the soundtrack, including the beloved theme ... More >>
Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week's listen-worthy releases include Iditarod-psychedelic rock outfit Portugal. The Man, college radio fixtures They Might Be Giants and lo-fi up-and-comer Crystal Antlers.
by Bob Weinstein; Wikipedia. Note to self, as a future historical-figure-ghost: If Sarah Palin and Paul Revere are any indication, the best way to trend on Twitter 200 years after your death is to have someone controversial give a particularly strange recounting of your life's work, as inform ... More >>
Pains Of Being Pure At HeartBursting pop band Pains of Being Pure At Heart is coming to Off Broadway in August; if you don't have its latest, Belong, be sure to note that can always get it in button form. In somewhat related news, the Black Lips just announced a show at the Firebird, and in c ... More >>
wikimedia commonsBrooklyn alt-rock pioneer and boundless life enthusiast They Might Be Giants has just announced a whole bunch of fall tour dates, and we've got one of them. The band comes to the Pageant on Saturday, September 24. Tickets are $25.00 and go on sale May 20th at 5 p.m.
Dan ZanesChildren's music isn't just about Raffi, Disney and Kidz Bop anymore, and thank goodness for that. From They Might Be Giants to Elizabeth Mitchell, more and more respected artists are trying their hands at a different kind of children's music, one with an emphasis on inclusive, famil ... More >>
This Saturday, the Pageant celebrates its tenth birthday with a concert by Chuck Berry. $35 general admission tickets are still available; balcony seats are sold out. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from Shooting With Annie. In the venue's lengthy history (a PDF listing its shows is a whoppi ... More >>
Fact: '80s hellraisers The Dead Milkmen are awesome. The snot-nosed-punk yin to They Might Be Giants' goofy-pop yang, DM skewered pop culture like no other band (cf. "Instant Club Hit," the timeless "Punk Rock Girl"). Guitarist Joe Jack Talcum is constantly on tour -- no St. Louis date this time aro ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Good morning, St. Louis! What a weekend. Los Angeles absolutely owned both our Blues and Cardinals on Saturday night, and the Rams were easily defeated (again) on Sunday. But there were plenty of opportunities to get one's mind off the sports losses this past weekend. Here's a recap of our coverage ... More >>
It was a busy weekend for shows in the Lou. If you missed any of our five(!) reviews, check 'em out below --*They Might Be Giants at the Pageant, Friday, October 9*Maxwell, Chrisette Michele and Common at the Scottrade Center, Friday, October 9*Bottle Rockets, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, Friday, Oct ... More >>
Jon GitchoffThe two Johns: Linnell (left) and Flansburgh. Slideshow here. They Might Be Giants has been playing all of its beloved 1990 album Flood in select cities on its current tour. St. Louis - long one of the most popular markets for the band - had the honor of hearing one of these performance ... More >>
Friday, October 9 *They Might Be Giants/Guggenheim Grotto, The Pageant *The Bottle Rockets/Otis Gibbs, Duck Room *Maxwell/Chrisette Michele/Common, Scottrade Center *Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Cicero's *Street Dogs, Pop's *Essince, Vintage Vinyl *Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Broadway Oyster Bar *A ... More >>
Tonight at the Pageant, They Might Be Giants is making its near-annual trip to St. Louis for a show. This time around, the band will be playing the 1990 classic Flood in its entirety, among other songs new and old. HELL. YEAH. As if to prove how much TMBG loves us, here's a snippet of the band's v ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
The Pageant *Arc Angels, featuring Charlie Sexton/Doyle Bramall II and Chris Layton, July 31*Pete Yorn, August 9*They Might Be Giants, October 9They Might Be GiantsFirebird*The Life and Times, July 18*Other Girls/The Sham, July 22*Gil Mantera's Party Dream/El Ten Eleven, July 28*Throw Rag, August 30 ... More >>
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8 p.m. Saturday, September 15. Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
O, G, what's that I C? A handy guide to TMBG!
Smooth jazz fans want answers. We've got 'em.
We chat with the lil'est Tratchenburg, sing seasonal songs and give a concept-album reading list
MapleHood Rekkids will rock for food; R.I.P., Mike Blake.
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Gigantic nearly deifies They Might Be Giants -- and why not?
A double dip of Travolta flicks
Washington Avenue Summerfest heats up
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players make art of your boring vacation pix
Saturday, Feb. 23; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
Monday, Oct. 11; Mississippi Nights
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