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King Tuff opens for Father John Misty on Wednesday at Union Transfer

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STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media

Rare is the case when music lovers headed to a small club show should be just as excited for the opener as the headliner. Such is the situation on Wednesday where Joshua Tillman, who these days goes by the Father John Misty moniker, takes the headline slot at Union Transfer by simple virtue of his having been a member of indie-folk darlings Fleet Foxes. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve top billing, but let’s agree that it could’ve gone either way with opener King Tuff.

Another artist better known by a stage name, King Tuff is the brainchild of long-haired, self-taught bedazzler, virtuoso and all around natural creative force, Kyle Thomas. Having milled about with a couple of different projects in recent years, it was in 2012 that Thomas refocused on King Tuff and gave the world King Tuff, the album, pleasing virtually all who chose to gaze their ears upon its fuzzy glory.

Last year, he delivered the eerily titled Black Moon Spell, which continued along the lines of his previous effort in its garage rock tinged with late-60s power-trio wallops that no one else seems to be doing these days. Check out the title track or the ridiculously catchy stomp of the single “Madness” for clarification.

Black Moon Spell is an album that has a wide reach as far as audience, that’s if you believe the press release sent out to advance the album which decreed: “Punx, squares, skaters, farmers, bartenders, grandparents, stoners, carpenters, hobos, heshers, babes, babies, plumbers, strippers, art teachers, teenagers, townies, moms, dads, truck drivers, and witches will all love this record.”

Oh yeah, and it was Thomas himself who wrote that declaration.

The thing is, he’s probably spot on, and for good measure, let’s go ahead and add, “Father John Misty fans” to the list. If you have tickets, enjoy the sold-out concert Wednesday and let King Tuff weave his irresistible spell.

IF YOU GO

What: Father John Misty in concert. King Tuff opens
When: 8 p.m. April 1. Doors open at 7.  Show is all ages.
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.
Tickets: $25 – Show is Sold Out
Info.: Call 215-232-2100 or visit http://utphilly.com

King Tuff. Photo by  Dan Monick

King Tuff.
Photo by Dan Monick

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