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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Preview - Har Mar Superstar

Har Mar Superstar (Sean Tillmann) might be a little more well known in the UK than stateside. He's starting his North American tour this week and I'll be catching him next Tuesday at the Hi Dive in Denver. He's touring behind a new CD, Dark Touches. By all accounts, his stage shows are over the top, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. His tour schedule will be taking him across North America (and beyond come late November).

Underlying the dance club aesthetic of his music is a wicked sense of humor. The story behind the first single, Tall Boy, is that he wrote it for Britney Spears, who gave it a pass. What might have been a coquettish come-on from Britney has a different sense when Har Mar Superstar sings it. The video accentuates this.

The juxtaposition of straight pop dance music, double entendres, and Har Mar's somewhat nebbish appearance is crazy enough to be quite fun. Har Mar Superstar also created the Crappy Holiday video series. These vids push the bounds of good taste (right out the window and into traffic), but they're really funny.

Catch Har Mar Superstar if you get the chance -- I'll post my review after the show next week.

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