Alternately praised and dismissed for his decade-long run as an ironic, '80s-loving R&B lothario, Minnesota native and current NYC resident Sean Tillmann has wisely reinvented the sound of his Har Mar Superstar alter ego on his fifth album, Bye Bye 17. Apparently tired of playing the role of oversexed, skivvies-baring Prince acolyte, Tillmann adopts a classy Motown-friendly sound on lead single "Lady, You Shot Me," not too far removed from the likes of Mayer Hawthorne. No longer saving his "serious" songs for his unjustly overlooked rock band Sean Na Na, Bye Bye 17 is the sound of Tillmann laying it all on the line with newfound sincerity. With Purple, Lizzo. 18+.
Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., 2013