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Live Blog: They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants performing at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City on October 30, 2011

Tonight, I was lucky enough to be in the front row at the sold out They Might Be Giants concert. The show was the tenth installment of our college radio station’s “Low Frequency” concert series. The Brooklyn-based duo, made up of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, was the perfect fit for a show sponsored by a campus radio organization. Why? Because they got their start in the music business when their self-titled EP was a smash hit on American college radio stations…and have been successful ever since!

Check out my “Storify” assessment of the whole, wonderful night, and let me know what your favorite They Might Be Giants song is in the comments section.

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Monday is For: Joe Pug

Joe Pug

Joe Pug: Singer-Songwriter With a Purpose

Joe Pug seems to do everything with purpose. After experiencing an almost supernatural moment of clarity, the North Carolinian playwrighting student dropped out the day before his senior year of college and promptly moved to Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day and a singer-songwriter by night, he re-worked one of his unfinished plays into a folk record. Then, he began to tour as though he had no place to call home. And the rest is history.

One of my favorite touring musicians to interview, Joe Pug has visited our station many times over the past three years. In fact, he was my very first in-studio interview ever.  

Joe was even kind enough, along with The Englert Theatre, to allow KRUI to tape one of his small, intimate shows last fall.

Pug fully goes the extra mile in all that he does and, musically, he always commits: to filling up any performance space with his booming voice, to strumming his guitar with exuberance, and, most importantly, to writing music that needs to be written.

Listen to his masterpiece, “Hymn #101”: