Music

Everything singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas does in the guise of Perfume Genius shimmers.

With an angelic, androgynous voice, a set of songs that slides from rubbery electro-dance, glassy piano ballads and gutsy glam rock and lyrics examining his own sexuality and the trauma of homophobia, drug abuse and domestic violence, his is a brutally honest — yet poetic — look at youthful corps d’esprit. Since 2010’s “Learning,” Hadreas has always, by his own account, been angry and pointed fingers. With his dashing, new “No Shape,” however, the eight-years’-sober and involved (with his keyboardist Alan Wyffels, a classically trained pianist he met in group therapy) singer sounds wearier but more triumphant — replacing disgust and anger with an edgy positivity.

The Revolution, the legendary funk/rock band behind some of Prince’s most popular albums and tours, is hitting the road this spring. The troupe reunited for a handful of tribute concerts last year in Minneapolis following the sudden death of the iconic singer, performer and songwriter.

Guitarist Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark, keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman and drummer Bobby Z. were all immortalized on screen and on tape after having appeared on Prince’s bestselling album and film, “Purple Rain,” as well as the albums “Around The World in a Day” and “Parade,” before Prince disbanded the group in 1986.

“Who knows what’s next musically? Lennie didn’t. And, neither do I.”

It’s 2:30 a.m., and Philadelphia pianist Andy Kahn is talking about fellow jazz pianist Lennie Tristano, whose improvisational melodies and arrangements, though deeply and rivetingly complex (atonal at times), focused on beauty and freedom. From the simplicity of a love song such as “I Surrender Dear” (with lyrics such as “I may seem proud, I may act gay, It’s just a pose, I’m not that way”) to albums such as 1962’s strange, stirring “The New Tristano,” the late pianist-composer is a portrait in risk and unique display.

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