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I Don’t Love You, Honeybear: Twitter dot com reacts to Father John Misty’s XPN Fest set

Father John Misty | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Father John Misty | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making the world think Father John Misty is good,” —anonymous.

Whether you think he’s the greatest post-modern performance artist of our generation or just an annoying hack, everybody’s talking about Father John Misty after his wild ride of a “set” at XPNFest Friday. Lovers and haters alike took to the megaphone of the masses — Twitter dot com — to voice their feelings, as one does. We’ve collected a number of the best, for your viewing pleasure. (Unlike that other 45 minutes of FJM’s set, amirite?) Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Father John Misty gets a lot off his chest

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

Josh Tillman, who today was acting as Father John Misty, walked onto the River Stage for a solo set. His manager joined him to pass along a guitar. Tillman rejected the instrument, and what ensued was baffling to say the least. He stood in front of the audience for about half of the time he was slated to, and spent a good chunk of his moment preaching instead of singing. Continue reading →

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A day too short, Governors Ball still brought the heat

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Gov Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Festivals and I have such a love/hate relationship. Not only as a music lover and someone who works in the industry, but as a general human being. There’s the hot humidity of the early days of summer mixed with the tangled bodies of hippies and hipsters gallivanting across an open field, overpriced food and alcohol, and crowds so large you can hardly see the band you’re there to see. At the same time, you’re completely enthralled with the good vibes, the exciting atmosphere, and the thrill of so much good music.

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Indie rock showman Father John Misty took the Fillmore Stage this weekend

Father John Misty | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | <a href=http://hopehelmuth.com target="_blank">hopehelmuth.com</a>
Father John Misty | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Erotic, comedic and at times even disturbing, we experienced all the feels when Father John Misty stopped by The Fillmore on Saturday night.

FJM (offstage name: Josh Tillman) made his mystical presence known to a screaming crowd as he took the stage. Within minutes he dropped down on his knees, holding a fan’s hand while singing. The crowd soaked in all of his spontaneous behavior. Later in the set he lifted someone’s iPhone to the stage to the excitement of a fan who was recording a video – something he did last time he was in town, at Union Transfer.

The crowd soaked in all this spontaneous (and seemingly spontaneous) behavior, and there were definitely fans that were losing their minds. We even had a fainter in the house. It was made very clear that the audience had a new favorite sex symbol. Continue reading →

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Father John Misty covered both Rihanna and Patti Smith last night because he’s Father John Misty

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

It’s been a strange week for covers. First, we got Drake covering Jackson Browne/Nico‘s “These Days”, which still feels like a weird dream. Then last night, at his show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, psilocybin loverboy Father John Misty covered both Rihanna‘s “Kiss It Better” and the Patti Smith/Bruce Springsteen co-penned “Because The Night.” Continue reading →

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Watch #XPNFest artists Alabama Shakes, Josh Ritter, Father John Misty and more on VuHaus

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

The initial lineup for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru, has been announced. The festival is July 22-24th on the Camden, New Jersey Waterfront. Wiggins band headliners include Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, and Father John Misty (solo), with appearances at Wiggins Park from The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Felice Brothers, The Districts, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, David Wax Museum, The Suffers, Darlingside, Chicano Batman, Low Cut Connie, Diane Coffee, The Record Company & more bands to be announced over the next several weeks. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →