An Evening with Sun Kil Moon Tomorrow Night at Town HallJuly 23rd, 2014
Singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek formed the dreamy, melancholic band Red House Painters 25 years ago in San Francisco. The group put out six full-length albums, but when a series of label mergers led to a three-year delay in the last one’s release, Kozelek began working on more accessible folk-influenced music under the name Sun Kil Moon (the name is a tribute to a South Korean boxer). The group’s first album, Ghosts of the Great Highway (stream it below), came out in 2003, earning comparisons to Neil Young. “His basic sound hasn’t changed much: Ghosts of the Great Highway still highlights Kozelek’s angst-ridden voice and his slow-flowing interplay of folky acoustic guitars and thick, scorching electric guitars,” per the A.V. Club, “but the album drops the abrasion level to near-zero.” And now 11 years later, with the release of the raw and personal Benji (stream it below), Kozelek (above, performing “Carissa”) is still getting just as much critical love: Pitchfork calls the album “astonishing,” while PopMatters opines, “One of modern music’s master storytellers has returned with the nostalgic and intensely personal Benji.” Do yourself a favor and head to Town Hall tomorrow night for an evening with Sun Kil Moon.