Since the turn of the century, Sean Tillmann, doing business as Har Mar Superstar (above, performing “How Did I Get Through the Day” live in studio for KCMP FM the Current), has been known for his onstage antics—whether it’s slowly stripping or break-dancing or even doing both at the same time—at his sex-charged energetic live shows. But the reason he’s opened for big names like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sia, the Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs is because he’s a supremely talented singer and songwriter, aptly evident on his sixth full-length, this year’s Best Summer Ever (stream it below), conceived as a fake compilation album, featuring the one-time Broad City participant’s best songs from 1950 to 1985. “While there is often an inherent tongue-in-cheek quality to Best Summer Ever, Tillmann never fails to take the music seriously. Even when he underlines the irony, as he does on the spoken word outro to ‘Haircut,’ you can’t help but leave impressed by his highly resonant vocal chops and dedication to the process,” according to AllMusic. “Ultimately, with Best Summer Ever, Tillmann has made an album that works as both a time-traveling pop odyssey and a superb fake compilation.” Hear how the new tunes sound live, and make your weekend last a little longer, when Har Mar Superstar plays The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday night. Austin, Texas, nine-piece Sweet Spirit open the show.
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More than a decade ago, Sean Tillmann decided to leave behind indie guitar rock for a more crowd-pleasing, sex-charged version of R&B. And performing, often shirtless, as the dynamic Har Mar Superstar, he found a newer, bigger audience. Since then, he’s moved from Minnesota to New York City and hit the road with bands like the Strokes, Father John Misty and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Har Mar Superstar (above, doing one of the year’s top singles, “Lady You Shot Me”) put out his most acclaimed album, Bye Bye 17 (stream it below), this past spring, and after performing across Europe, he returns home to host the Obnoxiously Non-Denominational Holiday Party tonight at The Bowery Ballroom. And since it is a fiesta, Har Mar has guests: Lizzo, Computer Magic, See Through and DJ Jenny Eliscu.
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Slowly taking off his clothes,
Har Mar Superstar
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More than a decade ago, Sean Tillmann decided to leave behind indie guitar rock for a more crowd-pleasing, sex-charged version of R&B. And performing, often shirtless, as the dynamic Har Mar Superstar, he found a newer, bigger audience. Since then, he’s moved from Minnesota to New York City and hit the road with bands like the Strokes, Father John Misty and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Har Mar Superstar (above, performing “EZ Pass”) has a new album, Bye Bye 17, out next month, and ahead of his show on Monday at The Bowery Ballroom with the Virgins, he exchanged e-mails with The House List while on a long drive through the Midwest where he revealed himself to be a fan of Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” (“Footloose, bro”) and Philly rockers Free Energy, plus he answered Five Questions.
What’s the best part of playing New York City?
I love taking a taxi home from the show. It gives me whole new levels of partying possibilities. The show always benefits from that luxury.
Living in NYC, is there any special relevance to playing The Bowery Ballroom?
The Bowery Ballroom is one my favorite places to see shows. It’s a classic. It feels like homecoming playing there mid-tour. People are always impressed when you tell them you’re playing there.
Your fifth Har Mar album, Bye Bye 17, comes out next month. When you release new music is there some sense of relief that it’s done, or is it really just the beginning and you’re excited to play the new tunes live?
This is definitely just the beginning. I love playing live, and new songs make it so much more exciting. Bye Bye 17 is particularly exciting because the response has been huge and immediate. The songs make people pay attention.
After all these years on the road, what have you learned to make touring easier?
Touring with your friends makes everything easier. Stay at hotels with free breakfast.
Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
Love songs are best when they’re sad. Real-life experience helps you channel the emotions. Next time someone tears your heart out, write a love song. It feels good. —R. Zizmor
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