fun. blends rock and roll with theatrics at the Mann Center (photos, review)

fun. | Photo by Noah Silvestry |
fun. | Photo by Noah Silvestry |

All photos by Noah Silvestry |

Prior to New York-based pop group fun.‘s stop at The Mann Center, I had given each of their two albums several listens, both of which offered excellent songwriting overshadowed by a notably polished and produced sound, customary to today’s pop music. Live, however, the band takes on a new dimension, appearing sooner as a rock band than anything else. It comes as no surprise that fun. has developed one of the most devout audiences I’ve seen at a concert in a while; frontman Nate Ruess’s lustrous vocals being supported by the impressive musicianship of core members Andrew Dost and Jake Antonoff in addition to a talented and energetic live band (including Philadelphia native Will Noon on drums).

I knew I would be getting a show, yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that fun. puts on a concert that verges on being theatrical. Continue reading →