Fresh from a whirlwind European summer tour, Har Mar Superstar is set to co-headline a string of North American dates this fall with Macaulay Culkin's The Pizza Underground, a pizza-themed tribute to The Velvet Underground. Bye Bye 17, the fifth studio album from Har Mar Superstar-aka Sean Tillmann-is out now on Julian Casablancas' Cult Records.
Of the tour, which includes stops in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tillmann says, "I'm very excited to hit the road and share the stage with my pals The Pizza Underground. We're aiming to take you through a magical variety show style experience on your evening out. It'll be a celebration of all things good: soul music, dancing, life, pizza and Lou Reed."
Culkin enthuses, "I don't normally go to concerts, but if I did I'd go to this one."
Released to widespread critical acclaim, Bullett calls Bye Bye 17 "impossibly groovy and infectious." Of the album's first single, "Lady, You Shot Me," Death + Taxes praises, "Har Mar Superstar returns with the song of his career," while MTV Buzzworthy calls it a "Buzzworthy Obsession."Tillmann co-produced the tracks with Jim Eno (Spoon) at his Austin studio with a full live band, before finishing work and remixing the album at Cult Records' New York studios.
Tillmann named his flamboyant alter-ego after the Har Mar mall in suburban St. Paul, MN where he spent his youth watching movies and writing songs about passers-by in the food court. Tillmann explains, "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person. It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life.it was easier to get onstage as this other guy and be outrageous and have it be glorified. I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life so now we're one and the same."
HAR MAR SUPERSTAR TOUR DATES
*with The Pizza Underground
October 17 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory*
October 28 Montreal, QC Le Belmont*
October 29 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern*
October 30 Indianapolis, IN HiFi*
October 31 Maquoketa, IA Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*
November 2 Milwaukee, WI Hotel Foster*
November 3 St. Louis, MO The Firebird*
November 5 Nashville, TN High Watt*
November 6 Atlanta, GA The Earl*
November 7 New Orleans, LA House of Blues*
November 9 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 10 Dallas, TX Trees*
November 12 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room*
November 13 San Diego, CA Casbah*
November 14 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room*
November 15 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater*
November 16 Las Vegas, NV LVCS*
November 18 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriett's*
November 19 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill*
November 20 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill*
November 21 Portland, OR Dantes*
November 22 Seattle, WA Chop Suey*
November 23 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater*
November 24 Calgary, AB The Palomino
November 25 Billings, MT Pub Station*
November 26 Denver, CO Marquis Theater*
November 27 Kansas City, MO Record Bar*
November 28 Omaha, NE Waiting Room*
November 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
December 1 Columbus, OH Skully's Music Diner*
December 5 Washington, D.C. Black Cat*
December 6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall*