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Of Monsters And Men @ The Mann Center.

September 21, 2015

20150915_Of Monsters And Men_Spause-9Text and images by Brianna Spause.

The charm of Fairmount Park was hard at work last Tuesday night as the first hints of fall began to creep in.

The sweet sounds of Oh Land’s Nanna Øland Fabricius rolled off the hill at the Mann Center, luring in last minute concertgoers as far as the free parking on Belmont Avenue. After a tremendous swell of sound, Oh Land’s tunes cut out at exactly 7:30 p.m. A faint hint of applause could be heard behind the trees.

A quick trip up the hill found a mass of people sprawled out on the grassy knoll for the Skyline Stage’s last show of the summer season.

Of Monsters and Men then hit the stage as the first stars became visible in the clear night sky. The Icelandic pop-stars sauntered on stage through a thick fog that hung around through songs like “Thousand Eyes” and “Crystals” and then some.

Fronted by the smooth vocals of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar þórhallsson, the five-piece had a few extra hands on stage. Most notable was the addition of Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, who brought their signature sound of the horns to life on stage.

On tour in support of the June release of their latest album, Beneath The Skin, Of Monsters And Men showed some love to Philadelphia with an electrifying performance and a shout out.

“We love playing in Philly,” Hilmarsdóttir said. “You were one of the first places that played our music on the radio. That’s why we love coming back.”

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