In 1844, the Democrats were split (plus ça change...!)
On Friday night, the mighty They Might Be Giants played at the Somerville Theatre (MA), with Apollo Sunshine matching up impressively with an unimaginably eclectic opening set. A splendid time was had by all.
The TMBG video is from an in-store appearance last year in Braintree, MA.
Below are a few pix I took at Friday's show.
Unlike other shows I've seen in the past few months, the band and the venue decided not to be jerks about allowing fans to take photos, and for that I thank them.
At various shows of late (perhaps it's because I frequent Boomer dinosaur shows, I don't know), including Dylan/Costello at the whatever-the-fuck-they-call-the-Worcester-Centrum now and John Fogerty at the Orpheum — acts you wouldn't think would go for anti-fan fascism — ultra-vigilant ushers dampened the proceedings by constantly threatening photo-takers (even those who had the courtesy to turn off their camera flashes) with eviction. Sometimes they confiscated their cameras / memory cards. At both venues, the security people claimed the no-cameras rule was the band's decision. Boo! Hiss!
Are these rockers vain because they're older than they've ever been (and now they're even older)? Well, no such inhospitality from John & John, I'm happy to report.
Without further ado here are, respectively, They Might Be Giants, John Linnell, John Flansburgh, and Apollo Sunshine....