Tonight: Perfume Genius at the Crocodile, Vampire Weekend at the Paramount

Perfume Genius, with Diamond Rings, Shenandoah Davis. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $10. Mike Hadreas' sad bastard solo project, Perfume Genius, is adored by pretty much everyone who hears it. Pitchfork gave Learning--Hadreas' debut album, which is heavy on piano and tragedy--a whopping 8.2 out of 10. Success has come quickly for the Seattle resident: now 26, he started writing music just two years ago and is already signed to Matador Records. All Hadreas needs next is for the masses of disillusioned, heartbroken 20-somethings to hear songs like "Mr Petersen," which balances bouncing piano with Hadreas' whisper-soft vocals: "He made me a tape of Joy Division/ He told me there was part of him missing." Amidst this success, though, it seems like Hadreas could fall apart at any moment. On a personal level, he's been to rehab and plays few live shows. Combine that with his fragile-as-a-baby-bird music, and Perfume Genius seems just as likely to blow up as to implode. PAIGE RICHMOND

Vampire Weekend, with The Head and the Heart. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877-STG-4TIX. 7:30 p.m. $36.50. All ages. Well, well, well. Look who's come crawling back. After last month's disastrous Marymoor Park debacle - in which frontman Ezra Koenig allegedly lost his voice "moments" before the show and then canceled after leaving fans waiting outside for 90 minutes - Vampire Weekend is back in town for damage control with a pair of make-up dates at the Paramount. Props to Seattle Theatre Group for the speedy rescheduling, and Ezra, suck on some throat lozenges - a twice-jilted tween can make a frightening foe. ERIN K. THOMPSON

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