(Jan 7) Philly's favorite sons Man Man are readying a three week tour, scheduled to kick off on March 4th in Baltimore MD. Famous for kinetic live shows that include playing everything from apples to zithers, the band, likened to "an epic street battle between two Vietnam war vets fighting over who gets to sleep on the sewer grate" by Pitchfork Media, are set to release their much anticipated Anti- Records debut Rabbit Habits on April 8th.
The tour, which includes support act the Extraordinairies, will find Man Man entrenched at the legendary weekend-long South By Southwest music festival in Austin TX, where their riotous junkyard-carny paroxysm of guitars, woozy horns and flying spoons will be performed nightly. A month after the release of Rabbit Habits, Man Man will also perform at the glitzy ATP Vs. Pitchfork festival in the United Kingdom, playing alongside the likes of Of Montreal, Ween and Hot Chip.
Man Man has honed their live show down to a sassy science, touring with such indie heavyweights as Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and the Fiery Furnaces. In a quest to keep the energy flowing, and perhaps to keep from having to brawl with the wise-asses who yell things in quiet moments, Man Man do not break between songs, but rather move from one song to another, commandeering and discarding any of number of the instruments lying at their feet as the mood strikes and the music dictates.
Rabbit Habits, Man Man's third, marks their debut for the acclaimed Anti- Records, home of such notables as Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Neko Case. Successfully capturing the raw spirit and essence of a Man Man live show, the record is the end product of the efforts of a band who are earnestly saying something important, even if you can't always make out the words over the blare of the sousaphone.
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Man Man Tour March 2008: 03-04 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar 03-05 Greensboro, NC - Greene St. Club 03-06 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle 03-07 Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern 03-08 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club 03-09 St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven 03-10 St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven 03-11 Pensacola, FL - Sluggo's 03-12 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon 03-13 to 03-15 Austin, TX - South By Southwest 03-17 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon 03-18 Columbia, MO - Blue Note 03-19 Bloomington, IN - John Waldrom Arts Center 03-20 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall 03-21 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig 03-22 Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre 04-10 NYC - Bowery Ballroom 05-09 to 05-11 Rye, England - ATP vs. Pitchfork