Photo by Guy Lowndes


Father John Misty

Aug. 19
5 p.m.
Alternative, Americana, Indie Rock, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

There’s no other artist today quite like singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, the former Fleet Foxes drummer who reinvented himself after leaving that Seattle indie-folk band in 2012 to become Father John Misty. His first album under that name, 2012’s Fear Fun, is accessible in traditional ways, offering the psych-folker “Nancy from Now On,” the rock-oriented “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” and the twangy “I’m Writing a Novel.” But though he had songwriting credits on some recent pop blockbusters (Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Lady Gaga’s Joanne), his solo output has gotten increasingly outré, culminating with this April’s Pure Comedy. The charmingly indulgent 74-minute record practically eschews straightforward melodies in favor of open-ended song structures, the British arranger/composer Gavin Bryars’ gorgeous orchestrations, and conversational musings on religion and 21st-century pop culture. Tennis opens.