1 Dec 2008 7:25 am   //   Filed under: Music


A highlight from the holiday weekend was seeing They Might Be Giants perform their entire Flood album at the 9:30 Club in D.C. Friday. (“It’s a brand new record! For 1990!”)

Here’s the thing about rock concerts: They aren’t very much fun. Concert venues treat fans like cattle. The lines are long, the tickets expensive, the beer warm. Usually you have to stand up for three straight hours. Depending on the crowd, there’s probably somebody right in front of you who is so annoying they distract from the rest of the show. It’s hard to see the stage. Occasionally the volume is painfully loud, or there’s a light shining in your eyes. Bathrooms are a disaster. Parking is a joke.

But when you leave, you forget about these things. You remember the music. And the friends you were with. And the rocking out. And how fantastic it was to watch a band play that song that you’ve listened to 65 times on your iPod.