Worship at the altar of Father John Misty at the Danforth Music Hall

Worship at the altar of Father John Misty at the Danforth Music Hall

(Image: Emma Tillman) (Image: Emma Tillman)
 

When the American folk musician Father John Misty (otherwise known as Josh Tillman) released his debut album, Fear Fun, in 2012, he quickly transformed from an obscure ex–Fleet Foxes drummer into a solo heavy-hitter. His arsenal of psychedelic folk evokes the roots-rock forefathers of the 1960s and ’70s: drawled-out melodies, twangy guitar licks, ubiquitous tambourine. Where Fear Fun found success in tradition, Tillman’s sophomore record, I Love You, Honeybear, finds its groove breaking the rules. The new batch of love songs, which Tillman wrote for his wife, are still steeped in the tradition of solo-era John Lennon and Harry Nilsson, but feature a slew of compelling accompanists—a ragtime jazz combo, electronic percussionist, and mariachi band—that lend spontaneity to the disc. Hear it for yourself when Tillman brings his vintage persona to Toronto this Wednesday. The event is sold out, but, as always, there are ways.

Wed. Feb. 18. $29.50–$32.75. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., 416-778-8163, collectiveconcerts.com.