Man Man: “Head On”

Philadelphia’s Man Man made their name on their crazy live shows, but focusing solely on their manic energy does a disservice to their songwriting. Frontman Honus Honus may sing like Tom Waits, but his songs betray influences as diverse as John Lennon, Dr. John, and Captain Beefheart. Last year’s On Oni Pond continued Man Man’s subtle pivot away from their experimental early days, but they still love tinkering with sounds. Dub, dance, and ’60s pop all get the Man Man treatment, with Honus Honus’ heartrending singing acting as the conductor. This is most apparent on “Head On,” easily Man Man’s catchiest song in a career of quirkiness. The band takes over the Mohawk tonight, and to get you ready, we’re offering up this spirited live take on “Head On” that Man Man laid down in our Studio 1A last year.

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