State Theatre Portland
They Might Be Giants

State Theatre and WCLZ Present

They Might Be Giants


Wed, February 27, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$25 advance / $30 day of show / $40 V.I.P.

This event is 18 and over

Buy tickets at, by calling 888-512-SHOW and in person at the Port City Music Hall Box Office Wednesdays 11am-2pm, and one hour before doors till close for every show.

They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants
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

How many times has a band's 15th album been one of their best? The answer is four. And one of them is Join Us, the new album by They Might Be Giants. Join Us finds John Flansburgh and John Linnell on a creative roll, making music that positively swarms with energy, invention, and an impeccable grasp of the miraculous synergy of words and music.

In 1990, They Might Be Giants created some of their greatest work just as alternative rock was cresting — and went platinum with the classic Flood. In the ensuing 20 years, they've become a beloved and fully diversified institution, conquering all media throughout the known universe, contributing to film and TV soundtracks, making hit DVDs, winning two Grammy awards, becoming Musical Ambassadors for International Space Year, appearing as cartoon characters, writing music for a robot ballet, topping the iTunes podcast charts, and being the subject of the acclaimed documentary Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns. And now the very aptly titled Join Us.

The music is so catchy and beguiling that it's easy to miss the subtle and often complex darkness that lurks in many of these songs, something that's been true since the band's 1986 self-titled debut. So listen closely to the opener, "Can't Keep Johnny Down," or the existential despair of "The Lady and the Tiger," the actually kind of disturbing "Cloisonné," or the way the heraldic folk rock of "Old Pine Box" is actually about a broken-down screw-up. And then there's the heartbreaking closer "You Don't Like Me." "What might not be obvious from a distance in our music is how adult the themes are," says Flansburgh. "Adult lives are filled with disappointment and how to reconcile yourself to the life you ended up with."

It's not all ominous though — there are songs that harbor truth and keen insight within a meticulously crafted pop song, like the sublime party jam "Celebration," the perfect pop of "Let Your Hair Hang Down," and the exuberant Who homage "Judy Is Your Vietnam." "Canajoharie" might be one of the band's greatest songs ever: Not only will it get you to heartily sing the name of an obscure town in upstate New York, but if you dig deeper, it's a powerful insight into the nature of nostalgia.

They Might Be Giants both recall and reinvent pop songwriting; they're in a league with modern masters like Elvis Costello, Sparks and XTC, echoes of whom you can hear in Join Us. As Flansburgh notes, "We're rock people — we grew up in this hypnotizing moment when there was nothing more persuasive than popular song. It was so good, it stole the minds of an entire generation.

Join Us? By all means.
VANDAVEER is the song-singing, record-making, globetrotting project penned and put forth by alt-folk tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger. Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, and currently camped out in the nation's capital, Vandaveer offers up melodic Americana that is both haunting and easy, forlorn and welcoming, with stories as universal as the songs they inhabit. Vandaveer shapeshifts from studio to stage and back with a revolving cast of characters, most prominent among them Rose Guerin, offering up the loveliest harmonies heard this side of Eden.

What started as a solo side project for Heidinger in 2007 blossomed into something more dimensional a year later, with Guerin adding new depth and color to Vandaveer's sound. The two were integral members of DC's Federal Reserve collective, a ramshackle group of folk and not-so-folk types alike curating monthly musical happenings throughout the DC area. Informal collaborations in that environment soon galvanized, with Guerin's voice becoming a reliable fixture in Vandaveer. The band has toured regularly on both sides of the Atlantic since, playing nearly 500 shows, steadily building a diverse fan base from the ground up.

Vandaveer's third full length, Dig Down Deep, offers a collage of churning rhythms, steady guitar and ringing piano beneath tales of war and impermanence, loss and love. The music serves as both mirror and platform for Vandaveer's stories—booming bass drum during moments of turmoil and conquest, throaty cello in moments of peace and predation, trembling keys in moments of uncertainty and hope. Out of the mosaic rise two voices in perfect harmony narrating and navigating the lives of Vandaveer's characters with confidence and grace. With rich lyrical imagery and lush, spectral production courtesy of long-time collaborator Duane Lundy, Dig Down Deep is Vandaveer's finest effort to date — a record both dense and direct, for and from the heart.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101