Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, is a veteran musician who should be more famous than he is, given that heâ€™s a stellar singer/songwriter with a sublime set of pipes. On Bye Bye 17, his fifth album under the Har Mar moniker, Tillmann takes a detour from 2009â€™s disco-infused Dark Touches and delves into full-on classic R&B, Sam Cooke-style soul, and early â€™70s-era Al Green-inspired tunes. On the opener, â€śLady, You Shot Me,â€ť bombastic horns support Tillmannâ€™s woeful tale of heartbreak. The singerâ€™s clearly got a sense of humor: Tillmannâ€™s fond of posing flamboyantly in his underwear, despite the fact that he resembles a young Ron Jeremy. But while he sometimes plays the fool, when he opens his mouth to sing, itâ€™s clear his music is no joke. Bye Bye 17 also features a heaping helping of funk (as on the track â€śPrisonerâ€ť) and even a few doo-wop numbers. His funny lyrics shine throughout, as on the clever track â€śRestless Leg,â€ť which is all about moving on after a relationship. Tillmann isnâ€™t afraid to be vulnerable or silly, and while heâ€™s no typical playboy, you may just fall for his swagger. The BBC called Bye Bye 17 a guilty pleasure, but Iâ€™d never feel guilt about enjoying songs this great.
April 12, 2013 â€” Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN
April 13, 2013 â€” The Earl in Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2013 â€” 1982 Bar in Gainesville, FL
April 16, 2013 â€” One Eyed Jack's in New Orleans, LA
April 17, 2013 â€” Mango's in Houston, TX
April 18, 2013 â€” War Room in San Antonio, TX
April 19, 2013 â€” Red 7 in Austin, TX
April 20, 2013 â€” Bryan Street Tavern in Dallas, TX
April 21, 2013 â€” Tricky Falls in El Paso, TX
April 22, 2013 â€” Plush in Tucson, AZ
April 23, 2013 â€” Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ
April 25, 2013 â€” The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA
April 26, 2013 â€” Backstage Bar & Billiards in Las Vegas, NV
April 30, 2013 â€” Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
See Har Mar Superstar's full tour schedule here.
Har Mar Superstar | Bye Bye 17, $4.99, harmarsuperstar.com
By Laurie Henzel
This review appears in the Apr/May 2013 issue of BUST Magazine with cover girl Grimes. Subscribe now.