It was a rambunctious evening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, with a one-two punch from co-headliners Man Man and Murder By Death. Samantha Crain, a folk singer from Oklahoma with a luscious voice, opened the show and set the tone for her friends Murder By Death, an equally earnest outfit that seems to exist in another era, some whiskey-soaked forlorn decade of the past. Aided by propane-tank percussion elements, a stirring cello, and even, at times, a mandolin, they brought bootstompin' sing-alongs and pummeled the audience with narrative-infused numbers new and old.
Man Man staged a triumphant return, led by Honus Honus, who despite some publicly discussed personal issues in recent years, seems back to being a totally normal, well-adjusted maniac. At points throughout the show, he wore an alien mask (these were also available at their merch booth), and a Little Red Riding Hood outfit, as he led his day-glo-hued cast of characters in a full-on freak jam. Included in the set were songs from their upcoming, yet-untitled next album. Check out our gallery below for photos of all the drama, and at least one obligatory shot of a dude in Man Man face paint.