They Might Be Giants Singer Playing Solo

They Might Be Giants accordionist/singer John Linnell will

play his first-ever solo shows in support of his debut disc, State

Songs, due Oct. 26. They include two club shows — one at the

Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., on Nov. 22 and one at Slim's in

San Francisco the following night. He also will play a few in-store

appearances, including one at Tower Records in New York on Oct. 26 and

another at the children's book store Storyopolis in Los Angeles on Nov.

20; an Oct. 30 in-store appearance at Newbury in Boston is tentative.

Eclectic rockers They Might Be Giants, which features Linnell and

singer/guitarist John Flansburgh, most recently released an

MP3-only album, Long Tall Weekend.