Better than: Your ex.
Mike Hadreas shifted his weight on the piano bench. "This one's a cover," the singer--who records under the moniker Perfume Genius--noted softly, slowly tapping the keys of the grand piano found under red lights on stage at (le) Poisson Rouge. The melody was familiar, one that concertgoers knew they recognized, but weren't immediately quite sure where to place it. "There is a town in North Ontario, with a dream comfort memory to spare," he whispered slowly through his trembling falsetto. At that moment, it was as if a collective lightbulb lit up above the crowd, and the sold-out downtown venue exploded with cheers. Of course, this was Neil Young's "Helpless" from Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's debut 1970 record, Deja Vu--and, of course, one of the few men on the planet with an arguably weirder upper range than Neil Young was singing it. Date nights everywhere celebrated and held hands.
- Live: The Profoundly Discomforting Perfume Genius At 92Y Tribeca