- Olivia Bee
- King Tuff, with Cut Worms, Sasami, Tuesday, May 29, 8 p.m., 4483 Logan St., Denver, $20, ages 16-and-over, globehall.com, 720/668-8833
Not to be confused with King Krule, the British jazz-punk musician who played Denver a few weeks ago, King Tuff is the nom de plume of psych-pop phenom Kyle Thomas. The Vermont native is currently making waves with his April release, The Other, on Sub Pop Records. Featuring guest appearances by the likes of Jenny Lewis and Ty Segall (in whose band Thomas started out), this new album dials back the novelty factor in favor of a more earnest but no less ear-catching approach, one that was quickly embraced by the UK press: "The Other sees the slacker goofball King Tuff reborn as a spiritual thinker," writes Uncut magazine, "albeit one with an excellent groove," while Mojo calls it "a much-needed rethink." Whatever you call it, it's definitely working, as evidenced by the recent announcement that King Tuff has been chosen as opening act for Father John Misty's summer tour. Assuming Misty's many fans agree with the critics, you may want to catch him now while you can still afford to.