On Wednesday, I went out to Cafe du Nord on Market Street for a show by Perfume Genius. I adore this emotionally naked band led by Mike Hadreas. The set was very sweet and the crowd gave a lot back.
The big surprise of the night, though, was the charming opening band, Parenthetical Girls, from Portland, Oregon. They were a perfect opener for the tearful, rich piano ballads of Perfume Genius, countering that melancholy with a blend of Suede and Morrissey's lyrical drama and delivery, New Order's electro-dance cool, M83 and MGMT's perfectly-pitched 80s revivalism, Rufus Wainwright's orchestral sweep and frank queerness, and Portland's special knack for honest-to-goodness indie rock charm and great pop tunes.
I go out for the headliners, but it's often the openers that get me out the next time.