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They Might Be Giants @ The Life Is Good Festival
TMBG served up a variety of the fans' favorite songs that appealed to both young and old alike
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2010-09-18
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Though they were one of the few acts to participate on both days of the first annual LiG Fest in Canton, MA, They Might Be Giants offered enough music and fun for a week of sets!

From "Alphabet of "Nations" (a somewhat edgy take on the Animaniacs' nation-naming song) to "Dr. Worm," TMBG served up a variety of the fans' favorite songs that appealed to both young and old alike. As the band performed on the "Good Kids" stage, many parents sang along and waved Giants foam fingers that had been distributed. Though the band is best known for (or as) John (Linnell) and John (Flansburgh), the dynamic duo featured the rest of their band, which included guitarist Dan Miller, bassist Danny Weinkauf and drummer Marty Beller (whose daughter was celebrating her fifth birthday at the Festival).

There was also a vocal tribute to local car czar Ernie Boch, Jr. Musically, the extended set flexed its range of multi-genre muscles from the onset, starting with "Pirate Girls 9" and an aerobicizing punk polka through "4 of 2" to a Jackson 5-y rendition of "The Guitar" and a bouncy ambitious anthem called "Never Go to Work" that featured a peppy Zep-y guitar break. From jumping soundchecks to the extended frenzy that is representative of "Istanbul music and dance," the Giants gave it all they had and managed not to scare the many children in attendance at the balloon-filled toddler taken over tent. It was a good way to spend some time at a truly good festival!


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