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Monday, July 6, 2009

7/8: Man Man at the Rock Hall

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 8:00 AM

They look like Pocahontas on her wedding day, dressed in head-to-toe white, faces covered in tribal make-up. But that’s just the go-to costumes for Man Man, who cite everything from Charles Barkley’s elbows to Aztec pajama rituals as influences for their anything-goes style. Their onstage rituals are just as unpredictable and wildly fascinating: percussion breaks that don’t seem to follow any specific rhythm, group shouting, the sporadic pitter-patter of a xylophone and finger-waving dance moves. The Philadelphia band’s music sounds like elevator music the Addams Family might dig, the companion soundtrack to Lord of the Flies or perhaps what you would expect the music of an actual Aztec pajama ritual to sound like. In addition to keyboard and guitar, Man Man play an accordion, a Moog keyboard, soup pots and squeaky toys. While all this chaos may grind on your ears in large doses, the show will entertain endlessly. Their concerts are a remedy for anyone sick of watching bands that conform to society’s norms (or any norms, for that matter). Mystery of Two opens at 7 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (216.781.7625). It’s free. — Danielle Sills

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