MJ Lenderman Performs Thursday at The Bishop Bar Following Acclaimed 2022 Album Release

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Staff report

Singer-songwriter MJ will perform at The Bishop Bar on Thursday, July 20, in Bloomington, Indiana, according to his publicist.

The show comes hot on the heels of Lenderman’s breakthrough 2022 album, Boat Songs, which garnered widespread critical acclaim and was hailed as one of the year’s finest records by publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, and Paste.

Lenderman’s unique musical style blends warped pedal steels, skuzzed-out guitars, and a haunting voice that echoes the high-lonesome warble of a choirboy.

His songs carry the keen observations and reflections of a front stoop philosopher, resonating with listeners on a deep level. Whether recorded in a lo-fi home setting or within the polished walls of a local studio alongside longtime friends, Lenderman’s music remains authentic and heartfelt.

To catch a glimpse of Lenderman’s exceptional talent, fans can check out a clip of his remarkable full-band performance at SXSW 2022, where he left audiences mesmerized.

“[MJ Lenderman] brings exceptional humor, wit, and empathy to twangy tracks about fulfillment and failure,” praised NPR Music, ranking Boat Songs among the Best Rock Albums of 2022.

Pitchfork also lauded Lenderman’s artistry, noting that he “weaves together poetic hallucinations with unglamorous imagery of daily life,” securing Boat Songs a spot on their esteemed list of The Best Albums of 2022.

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