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Sky Ferreira, How to Dress Well, High Highs 

When: Sun., April 7, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
Sky Ferreira's first album, I'm Not Alright, isn't out yet, but it's already easy to feel cynical about her. From her earliest days, she was schooled in the ways of pop by none other than Michael Jackson; her unwavering attitude of bummed-out sexuality seems totally put-upon. But damn, then she opens her mouth. Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" is one of those rare, perfect pop songs that catches you off guard, slithers its way into your brain, and never comes close to annoying, even after hearing it several times in a row. Not trying too hard is the source of Ferreira's cool, and How to Dress Well's Tom Krell could take a lesson here. His immoderate use of layers and textures ultimately causes him to sound so much more fragile than Ferreira. But he's a great songwriter, and the occasional glimpses of a purely soulful Krell, unmediated by the loops, are nothing short of thrilling. REBECCA WILSON

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