Review: Father John Misty at The Bluebird 

click to enlarge PRESS PHOTO

Father John Misty danced his way through a set at the Bloomington venue on Thursday, January 10, to a hypnotized crowd. Josh Tillman, former drummer of Fleet Foxes, is larger than life when he takes on his role as front man. The singer dances with movements from the birth of 60s psych-rock, chastises himself and the crowd between songs with a sharp balance of wit and humility, and performs with a level of charisma that radiates outward concentrically into the audience.

The album, Fear Fun, has been awarded and praised from every corner of the independent music world. Almost every 'Best of 2012' list on the internet acknowledged the songwriter's work. He's taken the spotlight on serious, melodramatic folk and turned it on its head by introducing elements of roots rock, psychedelia, and sarcasm. The narrative voice that he found by leaving Seattle reinvigorated the solo project as J. Tillman, changing the tone and direction into what he's doing today. Reincarnated as Father John Misty, Tillman uses his gorgeous voice to tell bleakly fantastic stories about life in Los Angeles.

As an artist he's an symbol of self-assessing humility and fear. His intelligence shines through in every interview, as well as his humor.

The show in Bloomington was spectacular. The crowd was mesmerized by Tillman's onstage persona as the band led the audience through the weirdly profound adventures turned into song in Fear Fun.

Speaking of...

  • Review: Shovels and Rope at Bluebird
  • Review: Shovels and Rope at Bluebird

    Shovels and Rope, the husband and wife duo Michael Trent and Carey Ann Hearst from Charleston, showcased their stripped down and energetic sound with every song.
    • Oct 9, 2014
  • More »

Latest in Live Music Reviews

  • Review: Lily and Madeleine at Deluxe
  • Review: Lily and Madeleine at Deluxe

    If one thing could be taken away from the show it’s that Lily & Madeleine, with their amazing voices and beautiful songs, are genuine. Sometimes that’s a big deal.
    • Oct 28, 2014
  • Review: 40 Fingers at the Jazz Kitchen
  • Review: 40 Fingers at the Jazz Kitchen

    If it gets better than this anywhere else, I don’t need to travel there. Because the best is here at home.
    • Oct 22, 2014
  • Slideshow: Betty Who at Old National Centre
  • Slideshow: Betty Who at Old National Centre

    Betty Who brought her High Society Tour to the Old National Centre on Wednesday where she sang of her heartbreak dream and showed the crowd that somebody does love them. Opening for Who was artists Joywave and Great Good Fine OK.
    • Oct 16, 2014
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Recent Comments

Reader Reviews

  • Joyful Noise
    Place is the They are cool people and hook you up…
  • Om India Plaza
    I didn't realize they provided online ordering. I'm curious what exactly one would order from…
  • Om India Plaza
    My experience with this place was a total…

More by Jordan Martich

© 2014 NUVO | Website powered by Foundation