Man Man's expiration date would seem to be approaching. It was a fun gimmick for a few years, but surely the Philadelphia crew's balls-out Beefheart circus show has run its course by now, right?

Man Man's expiration date would seem to be approaching. It was a fun gimmick for a few years, but surely the Philadelphia crew's balls-out Beefheart circus show has run its course by now, right?

Maybe not. After watching the band wander around Paris in street clothes last summer, transforming every handrail and lamppost into their own city-sized drum kit for one of videographer Vincent Moon's splendid Take-Away Shows, it's tough to believe such a talented, enthusiastic pack would be so quick to fade away.

Honus Honus and his merry men would do well to ditch the costumes, expand their horizons and redefine what it means to be Man Man. It worked wonders for local kindred spirits Church of the Red Museum at ComFest, and it could be the difference between longevity and blog-hype burnout.