Where does one place They Might Be Giants on the musical spectrum? They sort of shift from one end to the other when it comes to genres. Perhaps we could call them “alternative,” but even that label vaguely points to the directions and influences They Might Be Giants have had on the music community. I, for one, can’t help but think they’ve created a wholly different genre all their own, and how much better we are for it.

Though there is one thing you may not know about this platinum-selling, Grammy award-winning group: they are thirty years old. That’s a pretty long time to remain a unit. They stand the test of music history, and having released fifteen (fifteen!) studio albums in that timespan, They Might Be Giants have surely conquered. To celebrate their thirty years, TMBG will be performing a sold-out special 30th anniversary concert at UCLA’s fabulous Royce Hall on Saturday the 28th, complete with cardboard cut-outs and pearls (their website states “[the band] are actively wondering what practical things are made of pearl”).

It was a fateful day in New York City in 1982 when John Linnell met John Flansburgh and the duo took the name that also provides the title of a film starring George C. Scott (of Patton fame). Since their meeting they have traded off lead duties in songwriting and vocal work, often composing unusually catchy tracks with an unusual variety of instrumentation and wordplay. They’ve recorded and prepared a multitude of short but sweet songs that have been commercially and critically successful, having been broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide on all kinds of different media platforms.

As stated before, the band has released a whopping fifteen studio albums, the most recent ones being 2011’s Join Us and the rarities collection, Album Raises New and Troubling Questions. Their third studio album, Flood – featuring the titillating “Birdhouse In Your Soul” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz” inspired head-turner “Istanbul” – was the band’s first album to achieve platinum status. Whilst experimenting with their sound, the two Johns have also dabbled in children’s music, scoring a Grammy with their critically-acclaimed 2005 effort Here Come The 123s.

Even at the age of thirty, nothing seems to be stopping them. They Might Be Giants tours continuously (frequently joined by Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass, and Marty Beller on drums), has been involved in numerous television and film projects, and has an on-going podcast. One can only wonder what the next thirty years has in store for a duo with plenty to talk about and musically inspire.

If you were able to snag a ticket for this special 30th anniversary show at UCLA’s Royce Hall this Saturday, then I’ll see you there! Be sure to look out for our review of the show, and if you aren’t seeing them here in L.A. or you are and you want to see them again (because you most likely will), you can purchase tickets for the following U.S. dates, listed below. You can also check out the rather amazing “making-of” the pink hearse monster car that appears on the cover of Join Us below as well.

They Might Be Giants Tour Dates:

1/27 – Santa Cruz CA Rio Theatre SOLD OUT
1/28 – UCLA Royce Hall Family show SOLD OUT
1/28 – UCLA Royce Hall Adult show SOLD OUT
1/29 – Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre
1/30 – Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre
2/01 – Tulsa OK Cain’s Ballroom
2/02 – Dallas TX The Granada Theatre SOLD OUT
2/03 – Austin TX La Zona Rosa SOLD OUT
2/04 – New Orleans LA Tipitina’s
2/07 – Tampa,FL The Ritz Ybor special LINCOLN show
2/08 – Orlando FL Hard Rock Live
2/09 – Ponte Vedra FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
2/10 – Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
2/11 – Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse special LINCOLN show
2/12 – Chattanooga TN Track 29
2/14 – Charlotte, NC McGlohan Theater
2/15 – Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
2/16 – Charlottesville VA Jefferson Theatre
2/17 – Baltimore MD Ram’s Head Live w/ Corn Mo
3/08 – Northampton MA Calvin Theater
3/09 – Providence RI Lupo’s
3/10 – New York NY Terminal 5

For any and all ticket info and merchandise, go to TMBG’s website.