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Man Man returns to play Philly Music Fest 2019 alongside Sun Ra Arkestra, Vacationer, Restorations, Arnetta Johnson and more

clockwise from left: Man Man | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | Arnetta Johnson | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Vacationer | photo by Joe Bloss for WXPN | Sun Ra Arkestra | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly avant-garde rockers Man Man have risen from hibernation this year, and will headline the 2019 edition of the Philly Music Fest, just announced today.

The project of songwriter Ryan “Honus Honus” Kattner and drummer Chris “Pow Pow” Powell was a highlight of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival, but has since gone bicostal, with Kattner releasing solo music. Along with some previously-announced west coast tour dates, this gig marks their formal return to action, and their first time playing the city where they got started in four years. Continue reading →

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Interview: Man Man frontman Honus Honus gives us the lowdown on his debut solo record Use Your Delusion

Photo via facebook.com/honushonusbandband
Honus Honus | photo courtesy of the artist

“It is an album about people with real and unrealized dreams. I know that sounds a little pompous but it is true.” From anyone else this may indeed sound pompous, but from Ryan Kattner – better known as Honus Honus of band Man Man – it could not be more intriguing.

Kattner never planned on making a solo record, but when Man Man took a break after their rocking 2013 outing On Oni Pond, he didn’t want to stop writing — so Use Your Delusion was born. It marks the first solo effort for Honus Honus – keeping the stage name established through Man Man – and it gives the dynamic frontman a chance to explore plenty of new opportunities and take some exciting creative chances, while still maintaining the eclectic nature that has made Man Man one of our favorites here at The Key.

While Man Man has released most of their work via indie-rock mainstay ANTI-, Honus Honus decided to take a more DIY approach to his first solo effort. I recently spoke with Kattner over the phone about, among other things, the choice to self-release, the wide variety of collaborators, the solo-record writing process and how he should have become a venture capitalist. Continue reading →

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Man Man to play kick-off show for Brooklyn Brewery Mash, oh yeah and it’s FREE

Man Man | Photo by Matthew Davis
Man Man | Photo by Matthew Davis

If you are a fan of beer and Philly’s own Man Man — and, uh, who isn’t — than The Brooklyn Brewery Mash may be the thing for you. The event, which the brewery describes as, “America’s largest traveling food and arts festival” will hit Philly the week of October 17 and will feature food, comedy, film, music and of course beer. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Man Man brings the Marina Stage to a close with some quintessential antics

Man Man | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Man Man | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

What better way to wrap up the Marina Stage run at the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival than with Philadelphia’s beloved ever-changing art-rock ensemble Man Man.  From Honus Honus’ rock star entrance, to his “costume changes” that included an iridescent cape and white fur coat, the band that consistently brings us far-out, way fun experimental songs absolutely rocked the crowd to their feet.

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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: Ryan Kattner of Man Man talks kids, celebs, and how we should all bring him cloaks for #XPNFest

Honus Honus (Photo by Rachel Barris)
Honus Honus (Photo by Rachel Barris)

I’ve been a fan fan of Man Man for almost a decade now—the same amount of time I’ve lived in Philadelphia. Coincidence? Maybe. But I think there’s something quintessentially Philly about this wacky foursome—something passionate, and unhinged, and maybe a little sweaty—with a big heart underneath all the face-paint. For the past 10 years, I’ve loved watching them grow with the city, transitioning from a ragtag group of gypsy punk weirdos singing fantasy-inspired chants—to a (more) polished quartet crafting real moments of heartache—while never losing their unique essence.

From the start, front man Ryan Kattner (a.k.a. Honus Honus) has been the driving creative force behind the band, as well as one of our fave interview subjects. One year after our last chat, I rung up Kattner again, in advance of Man Man’s set at XPoNential Fest. We talked kids, celebs, and audience requests—read on to get the full scoop. Continue reading →

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Man Man announced their summer tour and, hey, it includes a stop at #xpnfest!

Man Man | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Man Man | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

The last time we saw Philly avant pop stars Man Man, they were throwing a wild pre-New Year’s party at Underground Arts. (Check out photos here.) Today we got some advance word that they’ll be joining us this summer at a festival whose lineup we’re kind of itching to announce around here.

The band rolled out its summer tour plans today, and it includes a July 27th stop at Wiggins Park for the XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru. We weren’t going to tell you this until April 17th, when the rest of the lineup gets announced, but hey, you can’t blame the guys for being so psyched that they beat us to the punch!

The band is still on tour in support of its excellent fifth album, On Oni Pond, released last year; just before the album dropped, the band played an outstanding Free at Noon to wrap up the summer months on The Porch at 30th Street Station. Check out a short video and listen to the set in its entirety below.

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Photos: Man Man and Banned Books threw a pre-New Year’s party at Underground Arts

Man Man | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
Man Man | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

After a year of hard touring in anticipation (and then in celebration) of their excellent 2013 outing On Oni Pond, Philly’s Man Man closed out the year last night with the riled-up live show we’ve come to know and love from them, this time headlining Underground Arts. Opening the show was fellow Philly avant-pop crew Banned Books; check out a gallery of images from the show below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Man Man at Underground Arts, Cold Fronts at Hard Rock Cafe, Everyone Orchestra at the Blockley and more

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Photo via facebook.com/wearemanman

Experimental rock outfit Man Man will take the stage at Underground Arts tonight. The band released its most recent album On Oni Pond back in September, mixing quirky yet intelligent lyricism with huge hooks and a wide range of instrumentation. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show here. Watch the video for “Born Tight” below.

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Just Announced: Man Man bringing it back home for pre-New Year’s gig at Underground Arts

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

After its two-night stand at Union Transfer this Halloween, Philadelphia’s Man Man announced today that it would return home at year’s end for a headlining gig at Underground Arts on the 29th of December. Tickets for the 21+ show go on sale tomorrow at noon via Ticketfly. Below, watch a video of the band playing “End Boss” last time they were in town.