Man Man, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011 There's something unhinged about Man Man. The Philadelphia band careens and stomps through songs at once bizarre, run-down and decadent.

SXSW Music Festival

Man Man, Live In Concert: SXSW 2011

Man Man in Concert at SXSW 2011

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/134532926/134712756" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

There's something downright unhinged about Man Man's act: Led by hyperactive live wire Honus Honus, the Philadelphia band careens and stomps through songs that conjure the addled celebration of an imaginary Skid Row circus. As such, the group gets compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Frank Zappa, who similarly put a ton of artistry and care into the bizarre, run-down and decadent.

On stage at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas during SXSW's fourth day of concerts, Man Man never stayed in one place long: Its set was a dizzying whirlwind of barrelhouse piano, alternately yelped and yowled vocals, and a drummer positioned at the front of the stage, where he belonged. Fans don't often shout for encores from bands playing in the late afternoon on SXSW's outdoor stages, but they can be forgiven their enthusiasm here: When Man Man stopped playing, the silence seemed almost surreal.

Band Personnel: Honus Honus - Vocals, Keyboards; Pow Pow; Critter Crat; Chang Wang (note: Band members trade off instruments that include a clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, sousaphone, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, flute, bass clarinet, drum set, euphonium, Fender Jazz bass, Danelectro baritone guitar, xylophone, marimba and various percussive instruments including pots and pans, toy noise makers, Chinese funeral horns, spoons, smashing plates and fireworks.)

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

A still from Bad History Month's video for "A Warm Recollection." YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

Review

All Songs TV

Bad History Month's 'Warm Recollection' Of Love And Death

Songwriter Sean Bean says "A Warm Recollection," from the band's new album Dead And Loving It, is about "the high stakes of living life in the face of certain death."

David Thomas, Scott Krauss, Eric Drew Feldman, Jim Jones, and Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu, photographed in May 1991. Frank Ockenfels hide caption

toggle caption Frank Ockenfels

Pere Ubu On Mountain Stage

As their return to Mountain Stage approaches, revisit this 1991 performance by the trend-setting "Avant Garage" rockers.

Pere Ubu On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/562812104/562830995" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage

The songwriter and producer performs some of his famous collaborations, including Adele's "Someone Like You" and The Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice."

Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/562554003/562786908" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top