Violent Femmes, punk icon X, They Might Be Giants add Mass MoCA to summer tour schedules

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NORTH ADAMS — 2020 is a big year if you're a fan of the Violent Femmes, X or They Might Be Giants.

The Violent Femmes and L.A. punk icons, X, are each celebrating a 40th anniversary this year and are on tour together. They Might Be Giants is on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their third and best-selling album, "Flood." And all three are celebrating, in part, with a stop at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

The museum announced today (March 3), the Violent Femmes, which first debuted their folk punk sound 40 years ago in Milwaukee, will preform in Courtyard C on June 5. X, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its debut album,"Los Angeles," will open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets for museum members go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. and to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $42.50 in advance; $55 week of and $75 for preferred seating. The show is standing room-only, with a "preferred seating" area at the front. The show will be held in the Hunter Center in the event of rain.

"With its self-titled, platinum-selling 1983 debut album, the Violent Femmes instantly became one of the most inventive and surprising bands of the era, brandishing a singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality, which made brilliant stories of anguish, shame and lust into hilariously dark tragicomedies on songs like 'Blister in the Sun,' 'Kiss Off,' and 'Add It Up.'," Mass MoCA said in an email announcing the concert on Tuesday. "The Femmes remain one of the most exciting live bands on the planet."

Mass MoCA, which has yet to unveil its summer season, announced the return of They Might Be Giants in a similar fashion last week in email announcement.

"In honor of the album that made them an international act, They Might Be Giants is celebrating Flood's 30th anniversary in 2020 by performing the album, in its entirety, on stages in select cities across the U.S. On September 5, they're in North Adams for an extended evening of debauched whimsy reminiscent of the band's 2016 concert, which nearly bounced the roof off our Hunter Center. In addition to "Flood," the show's two full sets will span the band's entire career from early favorites to brand new tracks, as well as the live improvisations that the band is known for," the email said.

Tickets, now on sale, are $35 in advance; $45 week of and $65 preferred. The concert is standing room only and scheduled to take place in Courtyard C. The concert will be held in the Hunter Center in the event of inclement weather.

The concerts are in addition to the previously announced concert by 90s rocker Liz Phair, who will perform at Mass MoCA on May 16. Phair is stopping in North Adams prior to going on tour with Alanis Morissette and Garbage this summer as part of the Jagged Little Pill tour. She also is releasing a new album in nearly a decade, "Soberish," in the coming months.

Tickets can be purchased online at massmoca.org, at the box office or by calling 413-662-2111.

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