Perfume Genius

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. With Diamond Rings, Shenandoah Davis. PAIGE RICHMOND

Wed., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2010

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