Following four straight tracks from Pure Comedy, Tillman revisited his second LP I Love You, Honeybear with the irony-soaked “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me,” a sly parody of 70s sensitive balladry that namechecked Willie Nelson to comic effect and produced the biggest audience hosannahs yet. A Latin feel permeated the horn section during “Chateau Lullaby #4,” which again earned a huge audience response. Returning to Pure Comedy, Tillman cleared away the clouds with the relatively subtle “When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay,” which focused on piano, sedate strings and his keening croon. The full force of the ensemble returned for the lush “A Bigger Paper Bag,” before really bearing down on the powerful “Birdie.” Most of the band then left the stage, leaving Tillman alone with the string section for the 13-minute emotional travelogue “Leaving LA.” “This is the only TV show you could get away with doing that song on,” he quipped. - [ACLTV]

Father John Misty's highly orchestrated Pure Comedy tour hit Austin on Tuesday (8/22) for a taping of longrunning PBS live music series Austin City Limits. His performance, taped at the Moody Theater, was a little shorter than what he's been doing at regular shows and was streamed live. An edited-down version will air on PBS stations early next year as part of the series' forthcoming 43rd season, but you can check out pictures in the gallery above and his Austin City Limits setlist is below.

Having played Brooklyn back in the spring, Father John Misty's tour will be back in the NYC area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 14 with Phosphorescent (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.


SETLIST: Father John Misty @ Moody Theater, Austin, TX 8/22/2017
Pure Comedy
Total Entertainment Forever
Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
Ballad of the Dying Man
When You're Smiling and Astride Me
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
A Bigger Paper Bag
Leaving LA
So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
I Love You, Honeybear
Holy Shit

Father John Misty - 2017 Tour Dates
WED, Aug 23 Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
FRI, Aug 25 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO Tickets
SAT, Aug 26 Project Pabst, Portland, OR
SAT, Sep 2 End of the Road Festival, Wiltshire, United Kingdom Tickets
WED, Sep 13 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion , Boston, MA
THU, Sep 14 Capitol Theater (NY), Port Chester, NY
FRI, Sep 15 Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA (The Skyline Stage!)
SAT, Sep 16 City Folk, Ottawa, Canada Tickets
MON, Sep 18 Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
TUE, Sep 19 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI
WED, Sep 20 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
FRI, Sep 22 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO
SAT, Sep 23 Palace Theater (OH), Columbus, OH
MON, Sep 25 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC
TUE, Sep 26 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
WED, Sep 27 Tabernacle (GA), Atlanta, GA
FRI, Sep 29 Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
SAT, Sep 30 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
SUN, Oct 1 White Oak Music Hall , Houston, TX (The Lawn @ White Oak!)
MON, Oct 2 Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX Tickets
WED, Oct 4 Orpheum Theater (AZ), Phoenix, AZ
THU, Oct 5 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
FRI, Oct 6 The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
SAT, Oct 7 The Greek Theatre (Berkeley), Berkeley, CA
WED, Oct 11 Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA
THU, Oct 12 Brooklyn Bowl - The Linq, Las Vegas , NV Tickets
FRI, Oct 13 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
SAT, Oct 14 Fox Theater (CA), Pomona, CA


photos by Tim Griffin

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