Make a little birdhouse in your soul. It was good advice in 1990, before Kurt Cobain came along and told us something smelled like teen spirit, and we all went wild. They Might Be Giants could be considered the OCR (original college rockers), achieving fame via campus gigs and college radio airwaves. They were geeks who rocked, making allusions to everything from Don Quixote to Chucky. But while their contemporaries the Flaming Lips have continued to pump out relevant albums, TMBG took a detour several years ago to children's music, perhaps realizing their Generation X fans were now parents of Generation Z. Their last album for grownups, The Elyse, came out in 2007, but we can't fault you for not noticing because it was sandwiched between albums teaching counting and the ABCs. Just in case they play something off Flood or Apollo 18, you should be there. Nineties nostalgia is hard to come by.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2 p.m., 2010