For 30 years we've been wondering if they are
indeed giants or not. But really, we resoundingly know the answer to that musical quandary, as John Linnell and John Flansburgh have been nerd-rocking us hard for so many years they feel like trusted confidants and besties. They released Join Us
this summer—their 15th album and their first non-children's work since 2007—only to follow it up with the piping fresh Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
, a digital-download album of rarities, outtakes, and a particularly spirited cover of Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping," with the AV Club acting as the "get knocked down" chumba-choir. TMBG are pretty concerned about getting knocked down, also evidenced in the lyrics of "Can't Keep Johnny Down" on Join Us
, with its line of "Outnumbered a million to one/all of the dicks in this dick town/can't keep Johnny down." So take a whiskey drink, or maybe a soda drink, and show all the Johns (plus one Jonathan Coulton) at the Crystal that they can still make you dance your fool faces off with their smart, fun get-down-ness. COURTNEY FERGUSON Also see My, What a Busy Week!