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They Might Be Touring

Eclectic modern rock act They Might Be Giants will kick off a U.S. tour March 13 in Austin, Texas. Currently confirmed dates concentrate on theaters and clubs in Midwest and Southeast U.S., and wrap A

Eclectic modern rock act They Might Be Giants will kick off a U.S. tour March 13 in Austin, Texas. Currently confirmed dates concentrate on theaters and clubs in Midwest and Southeast U.S., and wrap April 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

The group, which is based in the New York borough of Brooklyn, is nominated for a Grammy in the best song written for a motion picture, television, or other visual media category for its theme song to the Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle." The TMBG track, which was expanded from a 30-second theme to a full song for the show's Restless soundtrack album, will compete against "A Love Before Time" from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (written by Jorge Calandrelli, Tan Dun, and James Schamus), Sting and David Hartley's "My Funny Friend and Me" from "The Emperor's New Groove," Diane Warren's "There You'll Be" sung by Faith Hill for the "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack, and Brian McKnight's "Win" from "Men of Honor" (written by McKnight and Brandon Barnes).

The group's soundtrack work doesn't end with "Malcolm," though. Principal members John Flansburgh and John Linnell penned the track "So To Be One of Us," which is sung the characters in the just-released Disney flick "Return to Neverland" (see today's "Billboard Bits").

As previously reported, They Might Be Giants will follow it's latest album, "Mink Car" (Restless), with a long-awaited children's album, "No!." That album will be released in April on the band's own TMBG label, which will be distributed through Rounder Records. August will bring the release of "Dial-A-Song: An Anthology," a double-disc compilation featuring songs from the group's phone-machine song service, which has been a staging area and showcase for demos of TMBG songs at 718-387-6962 since the mid-'80s.

Here are They Might Be Giants' tour dates:

March 13: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
March 14: Houston (Numbers)
March 15: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
March 16: Tulsa, Okla. (Saeger Center)
March 17: Kansas City, Mo. (Beaumont)
March 18: Columbia, Mo. (The Blue Note)
March 20: St Louis, Mo. (The Pageant)
March 21: Memphis, Tenn. (New Daisy Theater)
March 22: Tallahassee, Fla. (Cow Haus)
March 23: Tampa, Fla. (Univ. of S. Florida)
March 24: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
March 26: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Carefree Theatre)
March 27: Gainesville, Fla. (Palace)
March 28: Panama City, Fla. (Panama City Beach)
March 29: Jacksonville, Fla. (Marquee Theatre)
March 30: Atlanta (Roxy)
March 31: Charleston, S.C. (Music Farm)
April 2: Raleigh, N.C. (Ritz)
April 3: Asheville, N.C. (Asheville Music Zone)
April 4: Indianapolis (Vogue)
April 5: Cincinnati, Ohio (Bogarts)
April 6: Columbus, Ohio (New Port Music Hall)