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A Born Performer: Father John Misty brings humor and heartache to Union Transfer

Father John Misty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Father John Misty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Atop a velvety-red high school talent show style curtain, life flickers nervously into a heart-shaped neon sign that reads, “No Photography” as if it has watched over the old Spaghetti Warehouse floor for years. Father John Misty’s band takes the stage and greets the sold-out Union Transfer crowd’s ovation with the swelling intro to I Love You, Honeybear, the title track off Misty’s cherished 2015 love-LP. Josh Tillman, the man behind the moniker, prances on stage donning black head-to-toe, topped with a big ol’ hat I can only assume he snagged from the Scarecrow of Oz in exchange for some ‘shrooms and a private show. After staggering about the the stage bathed in blood-red light, his golden pipes a-blazin’ microphone stand a-flailin’, Father John bids us goodnight and his roadies begin unplugging guitars and packing up. Concert over. Continue reading →

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Meet Shilpa Ray, Sonny & The Sunsets and Jack Ladder on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Shilpa Ray | Photo by Erbu Yildiz
Shilpa Ray | Photo by Erbu Yildiz

It’s a very special Indie Rock Hit Parade that’s coming your way at 11pm tonight on WXPN! Listen for our newest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session, featuring an exclusive performance of all new songs from Shilpa Ray! The Brooklyn-based singer will preview tracks from her upcoming album in an explosive live set. We’ll also spotlight the new album from San Francisco’s Sonny & The Sunsets, and hear a few of these brand new tracks in the mix:

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Fall for Father John Misty, of Montreal & Hot Chip on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman
Father John Misty | Photo by Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back to fill your head with love. Tune in to WXPN at 11pm tonight for, among other things, a spotlight on the acclaimed new album from Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear. We’ll also hear a few of these heart-shaped tracks in the mix:

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Father John Misty “I Went to the Store One Day” in a Paris cafe for La Blogothèque

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Accompanied by quiet French conversations from passer-bys, Josh Tillman of Father John Misty recently recorded a Take Away Show with La Blogothèque in Paris. The singer performed “I Went to the Store One Day” from his new album I Love You, Honeybear. It was a romantic setting in the candlelit Parisian cafe and the opening scene features snapshots of historical paintings backed by the dramatic strums of Tillman’s guitar. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Ryley Walker, Darla and more

Ryley Walker
Ryley Walker | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia has presented its session with Ryley Walker. The Chicago guitarist will release his sophomore LP Primrose Green at the end of March, but stopped by the WXPN studios last summer to record a few tracks as preview. You can now hear “Griffith Bucks Blues” off of the new LP (below), as well as a handful of others by visiting the Folkadelphia bandcamp page here.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Father John Misty puts on a witty, one-of-a-kind show

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Indie folk artist Father John Misty took the stage at today’s Free At Noon and unleashed his charm on a packed room of buzzing fans. After finishing their first song “I Love You, Honeybear” off of their upcoming album Honeybear, lead singer J. Tillman joked “All the best rock moments happened at noon. I think Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar at noon.” Continue reading →