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Man Man, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers 

When: Wed., May 18, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $16-18
Philadelphia's Man Man have become gradually more refined over the last eight years or so, but their early shows were riotous affairs involving much instrument swapping, white tennis outfits, acrobatic percussion feats, and intricate, goofy vocal interplay. It was kind of like watching a band of Tom Waitses trying their hands at no wave and klezmer music while lit on rum. Man Man's new album, Life Fantastic, somewhat reins in the weirdness and manic energy, though you can still hear residual quirks in their boisterous pop songs—as well as an occasional reliance on sentimentality in the melodies. Still, expect dazzlement onstage. New York's Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers rock hard, tunefully and noisily, sometimes coloring outside of the lines to unpredictable, psychedelic effect. DAVE SEGAL

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