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Father John Misty Returns to San Diego

Father John Misty plots a return to San Diego with a recently announced April show



    Father John Misty Returns to San Diego
    Alex Matthews
    Joshua Tillman, aka Father John Misty, returns to San Diego in April.

    The ladies man is back: Father John Misty, one of indie-folk rock's most polarizing and fascinating figures, returns to San Diego with a show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on April 12!

    Tickets for the show are general admission/standing-room only, $40 each, and go on sale on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. PST at this link.

    The announcement came Tuesday, Feb. 21, and makes a fine addition to the bayfront venue's other already scheduled shows -- which include Banks (April 13), Steely Dan (April 17), David Crosby (April 23), Willie Nelson (April 26), Rodriguez (May 23), King Crimson (June 19) and Diana Krall (Aug. 8), among others. A full summer/fall concert lineup should be announced in March, so definitely stay tuned to SoundDiego for that.

    But can we get back to Papa John for a minute? San Diegans last saw him at the Observatory North Park in 2015 in between Coachella weekends. For some (cough, me, cough), it was hands-down the show of the year. As a performer and rock & roll frontman, it's hard to beat Father John Misty.

    Born Joshua Tillman, the singer/songwriter's had an interesting career trajectory to say the least: He started out recording eight quiet albums under J Tillman (which he's described as, "All I ended up with was a bunch of half-baked analogies about the blood and the lamb and that didn't really make any sense"), then began drumming in Fleet Foxes in 2008 before quitting at their arguable peak in 2012 -- and embarking on the Father John Misty journey with the "Fear Fun" album.

    If the three recently released singles from the upcoming FJM album, "Pure Comedy" (out on April 7 via Sub Pop) are any indication, it'll be quite the somber, thought-provoking affair -- with all of them dreary, sardonic narratives on our current social and political climates (similar to where he left off with his "Bored in the U.S.A." single).

    Never one to shy away from controversy, Tillman made headlines last summer after spending most of his entire solo set at the XPoNential Festival ranting about the "numbing" role that entertainment plays in society. It should come as no surprise then that his new music -- amid lush orchestral components, choral arrangements, and Laurel Canyon-esque folk/pop constructs -- seems to fall in step.

    While I personally find his new tunes to be very topical and the exact kind of thing we should be listening to these days, I can only hope he saves the lengthy onstage diatribes (however amusing and fitting they may be) for some other unfortunate crowd on another date.

    See you there on April 12 -- with fingers crossed.

    For more information on upcoming shows (and tickets) at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, visit their website here.

    Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays in Diamond Lakes, and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.