Tale of the tape: Two Johns vs. Two Dollar Bill

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Manhattanites might get Billy Joel every month until the end of time, but Brooklynites are arguably getting a better deal. Every month for the next year, the seminal experimental pop band They Might Be Giants will play a residency show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, ensuring that we all get to have a tiny birdhouse in our souls.

But which residency really gives you the most bang for your buck? Let’s go to the tape!

They Might Be Giants ActBill JoelOne show a month until the end of 2015, whether they sell out or not. DurationOne show a month until the shows stop selling out or he just does not feel like doing them anymore. Each show will focus on a different classic album or songs from the Dial-A-Song project. ThemePiano Man, every month. $25 for one show or $100 for four shows plus a free t-shirt.Ticket prices$87–$145.550 people.Venue capacity18,200 people.The L train.Artist transportation to showsPrivate helicopter from and to his Long Island house.1,545 songs, including alternate versions, unreleased songs, live versions, and announcements.Songbook size149 songs, including classical compositions “The best thing about New York City is you and me.”Lyrics about the city“Walking through Bedford-Stuyvesant alone makes you crazy.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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