Sparks will Fly in Hollywood: They’ve had some big gaps here and there but, for the most part, Sparks have remained remarkably consistent over the course of their career from 1966 (!) until now. This year’s The Girl is Crying in Her Latte, their 25th studio album, is typically brilliant and further proof that the world should know more than “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us.” Here, they’re performing with quirky pop-rockers They Might Be Giants, and that’s an inspired bill.

We spoke to Ron Mael in June 2020, at the start of the pandemic and shortly after the release of their A Steady Drip Drip Drip album.

“I mean, it sounds pretentious to say it, but the point where we feel that we aren’t evolving, then it really isn’t time to continue going,” Mael said. “We don’t want to just be rehashing things from the past. I mean, everything is filtered through your sensibility, so you can’t escape that continuity in what you’re doing, but we definitely try to move on from what we’ve done before. It’s important for us to feel, at least in a certain way, contemporary in what we’re doing.”

Sparks will Fly in Hollywood: The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at the Hollywood Bowl.































































































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