What a wonderful gift Happy Valley has bestowed upon me. After years of complaining about my distain for the virtual lack of a music scene in State College, it seems that Man Man has been slated to perform during finals week. For those unfamiliar with the experimental, gypsy-rock, vaudeville, alternative, generally unclassifiable, Philthadelphia outfit that is Man Man, you are in for a raucous shit-show of a good time. Personally, I have seen them live no less than five times and consider their concerts to be in the realm of a transcendental, quasi-religious experience. Some dismiss the band as "sounding too much like pirates" or being too much of a novelty act in the like of Blue Man Group. Despite the cynics (a group to which I can usually be included), I assure you that this show will blow the fucking roof off of the State Theater. Be prepared for bells, whistles, spoons, bowls, noisemakers, men wearing all white, and some fantastic facial hair.
The show is on May 4th at 8pm. Tickets go on sale at 11am on March 27th. Word on the street is that the show will sell out fast.
For prospective concert attendees, Man Man is co-headlining the show with Cursive (an Omaha Indie band that is signed to Conner Oberst's Saddle Creek Label). As much as I love Man Man, it is hard to appreciate the group to the fullest without seeing them in the live setting. But for the thrill seekers I would recommend their newest record Rabbit Habbits, as it is their most accessible.
A few more choice cuts to check out:
- "Van Helsing Boombox"- Six Demon Bag
- "Top Drawer"- Rabbit Habbits
- "10lB. Moustache"- The Man in the Blue Turban With a Face