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The 8 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Saturday

If this year's Coachella had an off day, it was Saturday. Of the festival's three headliners, Saturday night top draw Jack White is probably the least exciting, though he's still an electric presence with a deep catalog. The festival's organizers seemed to sense this, booking White to play second-to-last on the big stage and throwing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Michael Stipe Played A Surprise Solo Set And Covered Perfume Genius Last Night

Michael Stipe hasn't made a ton of music since R.E.M. broke up in 2011, and when he talked to CBS This Morning earlier this month, he was noncommittal about the future of his music career: "I will sing again. [...] Not soon … maybe … I don't know." Maybe he was just being coy; he'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 8:55 am

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

After a couple of monster weeks, the music-video gods finally fell asleep on us this week, giving us warmed-over ideas and slopped-out murky execution and very, very little to get excited about. There are good videos on the list below, but many of them are videos that would've missed the top five during a busier… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 10:20 am

Perfume Genius – “Fool” Video

Too Bright, the intense and powerful new album from Perfume Genius, is one of the year's best, and it's also given us the haunted, surreal, generally unforgettable videos for "Queen" and "Grid." Today, we get a third, for "Fool," that's very much in line with the last two. The video has a very glammed-up Mike… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2014 - 10:19 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it -- or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool'… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Perfume Genius – “Thing”

The Too Bright bonus track "Thing" is on the quieter side of the Perfume Genius spectrum, but the song makes its presence known in jarring fashion even before the ominous drones start to creep up and smother the keyboard notes. "Stop fidgeting, let's do this thing," Mike Hadreas whispers through clenched teeth. "When we gonna… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Watch Perfume Genius Give A Stunning Performance On Letterman

Perfume Genius brought "Queen" to Letterman last night. Rocking an all-white suit with a collar around his neck, Mike Hadreas gave a stunning performance for his late-night TV debut. His voice sounds a little shot, but he's been on tour non-stop since the end of August so that's understandable. What he lacks in vocals, he… More »

By: James Rettig / October 31, 2014 - 10:14 am

Photos: Perfume Genius @ Mississippi Studios, Portland 10/24/14

Perfume Genius played Portland's Mississippi Studios on Friday night, and our photographer Colin McLaughlin was there to capture it. Mike Hadreas gave a characteristically great performance -- his setlist was geared mostly towards songs from his fantastic new album, Too Bright, but he also dipped into his back catalog as well. Matteah Baim opened. Check… More »

By: James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Album Of The Week: Perfume Genius Too Bright

This is one of those difficult weeks, one of those weeks when choosing one favorite album becomes a near-impossible task. It's the week when Aphex Twin came back after a decade-plus absence with SYRO, a warm and welcoming but also complex and overwhelming piece of work. And even though I already wrote about SYRO, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Stream Perfume Genius Too Bright

The new Perfume Genius album Too Bright is the moment that Mike Hadreas moves away from stark, personal singer-songwriter music to something more grand and playful. Hadreas recorded the album in Bristol with Portishead's Adrian Utley, and he uses the album to riff on the idea of the young gay man as a predatory force. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 15, 2014 - 8:39 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Here's one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn't forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would've looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Perfume Genius – “Grid” Video

Perfume Genius is, among many other things, one of our great working music-video artists. His video for "Queen," the first single from forthcoming album Too Bright, was a surreal masterpiece, and his new "Grid" video isn't far behind. The clip, from director Charlotte Rutherford, finds a glammed-up (and eventually bloodied) Mike Hadreas surrounded by dancing,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2014 - 9:45 am

Q&A: Perfume Genius On The Weird Politics Of Being A Gay Artist

If there were any justice in the world, Perfume Genius' sophomore album, 2012's Put Yr Back N 2 It, would have been a much bigger deal. As it was, that record, though critically beloved, drew attention for lots of weird reasons: The promo ad was rejected by YouTube for not being "family safe" (i.e., it… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / September 2, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Watch Perfume Genius Play New Songs “I Decline” & “My Body” At OFF Festival

Perfume Genius was on the lineup for Poland's OFF Festival last weekend and played two new songs from his upcoming album Too Bright. He started the show off with album opener "I Decline," which is a true-to-form contemplative piano ballad, and later played "My Body," which is a much noisier and experimental track. This isn't… More »

By: James Rettig / August 5, 2014 - 6:50 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yeah, it was Weird Al Week round here -- from "Foil" to "Handy" to "Tacky" to "Word Crimes" to "Sports Song," Al coulda claimed spots 1 - 5 on this week's 5 Best Songs and no one would have disagreed except on the order in which those songs were presented. But we're taking the Accordio… More »

By: Stereogum / July 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Some weeks, we get an absolute deluge of great videos, but I can't remember any other weeks as rich as this one. I thought about blowing it out to a top-10 list this week, but that would take forever. So here are the runners-up, in descending order: Hot Sugar's Lynchian dream "Your Nails Look SoMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Perfume Genius – “Queen” Video

A couple of days ago, Perfume Genius announced the new album Too Bright and shared the stark, powerful first single "Queen." Mike Hadreas, the man who performs as Perfume Genius, has said that the album represents a confident, confrontational embrace of queer identity and of the effects it can have, and that sure as hell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2014 - 9:43 am

Perfume Genius – “Queen” + Too Bright Details

Mike Hadreas' work as Perfume Genius has often been described with words like "wounded" and "fragile." His songs detail experiences with abuse, addiction, death, suicide, and the mistreatment of homosexuals with an elegant, but shy, sparseness. His phenomenal 2012 album Put Your Back N 2 It never really got the acclaim it deserved, and the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 15, 2014 - 9:15 am

The National – “Learning” (Perfume Genius Cover)

The National will release "I Need My Girl" as the next single from 2013's Trouble Will Find Me, and the B-side of that single will feature the band covering "Learning," the title track from Perfume Genius' 2010 debut album. This version originally appeared on the Japanese deluxe vinyl of Trouble, but is only now o… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 4, 2014 - 12:16 pm
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