Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Show Preview: Father John Misty “Solo” w/ Kate Berlant

Father John Misty will perform a solo set on
Friday, Oct. 25 at Cat's Cradle with Kate Berlant
The night will have a bit of an nontraditional start, especially considering the catalog of musicians J. Tillman could have called upon to join him on tour. In lieu of music to prep fans for the swanky tunes of Father John Misty, Kate Berlant will perform “psychedelic, absurdist stand-up.” She’s known for her weekly comedy shows in New York and has been part of a handful of prominent comedy festivals and showcases. While part of the beauty of going to a touring concert is the potential in discovering new music that one of your favorite artists digs, I’m definitely not opposed to a good laugh.    

As with most people, I was a Fleet Foxes fan, and guilty of playing "Ragged Wood" way more than anyone ever should. I heard the drummer started a side project and was intrigued. Then I realized that this drummer was also the same one from post-rock outfit Saxon Shore. The combination of backgrounds in indie folk and ambient/shoegaze made me really curious to what Father John Misty, as a band, would sound like. Inevitably, I checked out Fear Fun (2012) and fell in love. Folk harmonies met psych influences, undoubtedly drawn from Tillman's personal background, and I was hooked.

I caught Father John Misty with full band at Bonnaroo this summer. His stage presence was simultaneously laid back and infecting, and the show marked a highlight of the weekend. I expect that feeling not to be lost in a solo show, perhaps it'll be even more amplified because of the intimacy having only one person on stage creates. The narrative he found in his lyrics tells interesting stories, easy to digest yet thought-provoking and sometimes off the wall.  

Tickets for the show on October 25 at Cat's Cradle are $20 and are available online at catscradle.com and at the door. Doors open at 8:00 PM and the show starts at 8:30 PM. 

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