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Perfume Genius, Parenthetical Girls 

When: Tue., April 17, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10-12
Horrifying manifestations of sexual depravity aren't pretty or entertaining, but they are what inspire Seattle singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas to make gorgeous music as Perfume Genius. From its title, one might easily mistake the subject matter—or genre—of his second album, Put Your Back N 2 It. I can't emphasize this strongly enough: There are no dance anthems on this album. This is music to contemplate suffering to (your own, the world's). Most of the songs are under three minutes, over before they seem like they should be, and, thanks to Hadreas' sweeping piano and hints of rockabilly, leave you wanting more. They are also heartbreaking, even if you don't listen to the lyrics, which I don't recommend if you're already feeling down. But despite theatrical percussion, Hadreas is never dramatic, singing with quiet, relatable clarity even when confronting incest and semen-covered corpses. REBECCA WILSON

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