Calvin Krime veteran and Sean Na Na main man Sean Tillman keeps some distance from his sexy-sleazebag alter ego--he insists that the Ron Jeremy look-alike getting his ya-yas out onstage is his "brother," Harold Martin Tillman. On his two albums as Har Mar, and especially the new You Can Feel Me (on the Warners pseudoindie Record Collection), Tillman elegantly mimics and mocks the come-ons of the hip-hop cocksman and the smoove R & B lover. But apparently Tillman's shameless live act, which ends with him stripped to his underwear, makes some guys squirm--while opening for Incubus in the south, he was pelted with shoes and bottles by hecklers, and in Oklahoma City he was issued a citation for lewd behavior. Maybe what really bugs those boys is how much some women enjoy the show--the ladies like a guy who's playful, uninhibited, and fearless, no matter how pale and pudgy he looks in his skivvies. The Gossip open both nights; Brooklyn hipsters the Rogers Sisters also open at the Fireside. Saturday, December 14, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600. Sunday, December 15, 7 PM, Fireside Bowl, 2646 W. Fullerton; 773-486-2700.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Dan Monick.