Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas put out one of our favorite albums of the year so far in the form of his sophomore LP Put Your Back N 2 It, an album of heartbreaking tenderness and honesty. “Dark Parts” is certainly one of the most cathartic moments of the record, and is actually written for and about his mother. Hadreas says that when he played it to his mother she cried, but it most have been a good kind of crying because she stars in the video for the song, alongside her son. Check it out below.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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