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Perfume Genius (AKA Mike Hadreas; born 1981 or 1982)
Perfume Genius is an American indie musician.

Musical career: Perfume Genius released his debut album 'Learning' in 2010 via Turnstile and Matador Records. The following year he toured alongside Beirut and joined Gold Panda and Mount Kimbie at China's Black Rabbit festival. In 2012, he release album two 'Put Your Back N 2 It' alongside a controversial promotional video. That year he performed at the Frye Art Museum as part of their 'Mw [Moment Magnitude]' exhibit. His track 'Sister Song' appeared in 2013 horror series 'Hemlock Grove'. 2014 saw him unveil his third album 'Too Bright', which became his first chart entry in the UK and US and featured the singles 'Queen' and 'Grid'.

Personal life: In 2008, Perfume Genius re-located from New York to his mother's home in Everett, Washington.

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Perfume Genius Wants To 'joust' With Eminem

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Perfume Genius plans to ''joust'' with Eminem at Coachella.

The indie pop producer has been engaged in a feud with the rapper for years and after they were both announced on the bill for this year's festival, Perfume has revealed how he plans to escalate the situation.

He wrote on Twitter: ''For everyone asking...Yes I plan on fighting Eminem at Coachella. I want to joust (sic)''

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Perfume Genius - No Shape Album Review

Two and a half years since the release of his last, very well received, album ,'Too Bright', Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, is back with his latest release, 'No Shape'. 'Too Bright' certainly raised the Perfume Genius profile exponentially and brought his name further into main stream consciousness. His live performances at Glastonbury and Coachella have also undoubtedly brought him to the attention of a wider audience. To date however you'd still have to say that he's not quite 'broken through', still not a name everyone's (even those with a keen interest in all things musical) familiar with. The release of  'No Shape' should change that, or at the very least, help shift the perspective substantially.

Perfume Genius - No Shape Album Review

'No Shape' still retains the unique identity that makes it as a Perfume Genius record but its elements, for a large proportion, are much more easily connected with. There is a, albeit left field and nuanced, poppiness to some of his new album that has a sublime individuality; both critically astonishing and commercially viable.

Where 'Too Bright' won its audience over with 'My Body' and 'Queen' (amongst others), 'No Shape' picks up the thread and develops it into a wonderful new tapestry of delicate, intense, intricate, elaborate and, above all, captivating songs for Hadreas's new thirteen track, forth album.

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Savages, Perfume Genius And The Twilight Sad Among Plissken Festival 2015 Latest Additions

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The famous Plissken Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this June with a phenomenal line-up. Hard-hitting, electric, and the best quality: this summer is looking amazing for Greece, with some of the best alternative artists and performers around.

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Plissken Festival has announced that Savages, SquarePusher, Electric Wizard, Perfume Genius, and The Twilight Sad will join them in what is sounding like their best festival yet. 

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The 15th Anniversary Line-Up For Primavera Sound Is Finally Here!

Primavera Sound Festival Ride The Strokes Black Keys The Replacements Antony and the Johnsons James Blake Richie Hawtin Simian Mobile Disco Alt-J Patti Smith Belle And Sebastian Damien Rice Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Perfume Genius The New Pornographers Julian Casablancas Interpol Underworld Caribou Foxygen The Eels Babes In Toyland Sleater-Kinney Albert Hammond Jr

Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.

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Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.

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Andrew Lockwood’s Top Albums Of 2014

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Luke Sital-Singh - 'The Fire Inside'
10) Luke Sital-Singh - 'The Fire Inside'
A mixture of previous EP releases and new material 'The Fire Inside' is a fully loaded debut album from the short listed 'Sound Of 2014' artist. Luke wears his heart on his sleeve through tragedy, torment and failed relationships giving rise to some magical musical moments. 

Deptford Goth - 'Songs'
9) Deptford Goth - 'Songs'
The second album from Daniel Woolhouse is a thing of joy that needs to be appreciated without distraction, It's soft, smooth and oh so soothing, it can't fail but to relax and chill you out. If you need to wind down just let it wash over you, you'll feel all the better for it. 

Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright'
8) Perfume Genius - 'Too Bright'

Mike Hadreas has broadened his horizons on this, his fourth album. Here he not only deliveries on his signature piano ballads but also explores new sonic territory to great effect. Too Bright is a multifaceted album full of surprises that never fails to delight.  

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Perfume Genius - Too Bright Album Review

Ever since the release of his debut LP 'Learning' back in 2010, Seattle's Perfume Genius has attracted increasing attention both publicly and critically. His piano led ballads, for which he has become synonymous, lay bare the soul of Mike Hadreas. His penchant for pairing a particularly heartfelt lyric to a moving and evocative score are the work of an artist, if not beyond compare in contemporary music, then at least beyond reproach.

Perfume Genius - Too Bright Album Review

His second album, 'Put Your Back N 2 It' from 2012, quite rightly further cemented the credibility that has been afforded Perfume Genius. With album number three, 'Too Bright', he has gone one step further; he has not only delivered on his signature dishes but also upped the ante with some stunning musical developments.

On 'Too Bright' the genius not only comes from the Michelin starred melancholy but in the sonic exploration of his more challenging and intriguing new tracks. The album is eased in with the a-typical slow brooding ache of 'I Decline' and is still littered with the more familiar sounds for which he has become known. However, 'Too Bright' is also punctuated with some unexpected leftfield gems. The dark overtones of the foreboding and latterly terrifying 'My Body'; the semi-industrial percussive accents, unrelenting synth beat and high pitched screams of 'The Grid' as it gathers a frenzied and Gaggle like momentum; and the David Lynch meets Cindy Talk wonderful weirdness of 'I Am A Mother' are as divergent as they are diverse.

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The Sound Of Seattle: Budweiser Made In America See How Music Has Changed In The Noisy City

Nirvana Foo Fighters Soundgarden Pearl Jam Alice In Chains Mudhoney Fleet Foxes The Head and the Heart Perfume Genius Macklemore Death Cab For Cutie Jimi Hendrix Quincy Jones

Nirvana promo shot
Nirvana remains to be one of the best things to come out of Seattle

Seattle has one of the most legendary music scenes in America so it's only right that we delve into their record collection as Budweiser Made in America festival quickly approaches.

Budweiser Made in America is all for musical diversity, celebrating the different subcultures of sound in all cities be it the country twang of Nashville, the superstar pop of LA or the Motown domination of Detroit. That's why Budweiser have put their heads together to release this series of nationwide music documentaries ahead of the festival, to cement that important ideology of variation and musical freedom.

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OFF Festival Katowice 2014: From Belle And Sebastian To Deafheaven

Posted on25 February 2014

Off Festival Katowice 2014: From Belle And Sebastian To Deafheaven

Perfume Genius, Birmingham Glee Club 5th September 2012 Live Review

Re-scripting music that is deeply personal and introspective on record for the stage is something that many artists struggle with, particularly when they are not yet at the level to fund and fit on-stage a bombastic dectet of assistants (see currently: Bon Iver). Both Serafina Steer and Perfume Genius are perpetrators of such music and yet are unafraid to call on the assistance of others.

Perfume Genius - Live Review

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Perfume Genius - Hood

Perfume Genius' new LP "Put Your Back N 2 It" will be released on 20th February 2012 on Organs (Turnstile).

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