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May 7, 2012

One of 2012’s Must-Sees: Father John Misty at Neumos Tonight

We’ve been fans of Josh Tillman for quite a while. From his solo stuff (as the more mysterious and melanchonic J. Tillman), to his time on the throne with the Fleet Foxes, we’ve always appreciated his commanding voice and his unparallelled musicianship.

His latest project, Father John Misty, goes above and beyond all his previous contributions in our book. With tinges of psychedelic rock layered over thoughtful folk rock arrangements and signature harmonies, the result is an album full of songs that are sad and dark, yet catchy and accessible.

While we don’t often quote descriptors cited by press materials, SubPop offered some great ones we feel capture a few more obscure dimensions of inspiration perfectly. Along with other apt comparisons, SubPop asserts Father John Misty’s lyrics elicit “the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.”

With a confidence and swagger we’ve never seen from him before, Josh Tillman has come into his own. And musically speaking, that’s a great thing.

Watch the two videos below to get a taste of what’s in store and don’t miss the live experience at Neumos tonight. We expect it will be one of the best shows of the year.

5/7 Father John Misty / Har Mar Superstar @ Neumos :: Doors at $8 :: Tickets are $13 :: 21+

May 7, 2012

The Best Live Music in Seattle This Week

Our top picks this week.

5/7 (Monday) – Father John Misty @ Neumos

A former Fox finds his swagger and star turn after ditching Seattle for L.A.

5/8 (Tuesday) – Black Keys @ Key Arena

Everyone’s favorite mainstream blues rock duo from Akron, OH

5/9 (Wednesday) – The Drums @ Neumos

Brooklyn-based retro-loving youthful rock

5/9 (Wednesday) – Roaming Herds Of Buffalo @ Barboza

Goofy, fun-loving pop rock from Seattle

5/10 (Thursday) – Beach Fossils @ Neumos

Another excellent reverby young band from Brooklyn

5/11 (Friday) – Allo Darlin @ Vera Project

London-based, fun-loving twee pop group playing the 10th anniversary fête of fun-loving “sparkly indie pop” blog Three Imaginary Girls

5/12 (Saturday) – The Moondoggies @ Tractor

The finest purveyors of Seattle-based Americana

5/13 (Sunday) – Great Lake Swimmers @ Tractor

Quite possibly the finest purveyors of “melodic folk rock” around today

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