Father John Misty

Back in July, one-time Seattleite Josh Tillman gave one of the most entertaining performances of this year's Capitol Hill Block Party, during which he quipped, "I think I've probably washed everyone in this audience's dishes at some point in my life." Tillman's kitchen-boy duties are a distant thing of the past: Father John Misty's current tour is selling out dates across the country; in December he'll board a Caribbean-bound ocean liner to perform on the USS Coachella cruise; and he's made such high-profile fans as Glee's Dianna Agron, who recently tweeted a photo of Misty's Fear Fun album with the caption "Father John Misty. Making me happy." in between tweets of cute cat pictures and a birthday message to Lea Michele. There's a divide between those who find Misty's public persona irritating and those who find it hilarious, but the artfulness of Fear Fun is undeniable, and the true highlight of his live performances isn't the now-infamous hip-shaking but his strikingly beautiful singing voice. With Jenny O. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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