Perfume Genius

Mike Hadreas kicked off the year with controversy when YouTube blocked an ad for his new music video, which featured Hadreas in his underwear being cradled in the arms of a hairy Hungarian porn star. Luckily, all of that silly hoo-ha ended up being only a momentary distraction from the brilliance of Hadreas' second album as Perfume Genius, February's Put Your Back N 2 It. Hadreas' new songs continue the starkly reflective style he first established on 2010's critically acclaimed Learning; his willingness to address such themes as sexuality, suicide, and, yes, pornography—and to not just address them but transform them into moments of eloquent musical beauty—brand him as Seattle's bravest songwriter. With Parenthetical Girls. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Thu., April 19, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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