Perfume Genius

Are you someone who believes that people can fundamentally change, or do you think we just are who we are? If you chose the former, you've got something in common with my guest today. Perfume Genius is led by artist Mike Hadreas, and today you will hear him talk about his belief that everyone has the ability to profoundly change who they are and how he himself has experienced change over the last couple of years.

NPR Music's Top 16 Songs Of October

Oct 31, 2019

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The week of October 29th, 2019 brings us more new music from The Spy. This week includes a song from Rufus Wainright's album expected to release next year, a peek at Perfume Genius's dance production, singer and songwriter, Caribou's first new release in over five years, and so much more.

Ryan LaCroix, host of KOSU's All Things Considered and co-host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 25 favorite songs of 2017:

25. Thundercat ft. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins - "Show You The Way"

24. CLOSENESS - "More Romantic"

NPR Music's Songs Of The Summer 2017

Jul 4, 2017

A rock star makes it big, gets hooked on substances and lands in rehab. The rest of the artist's career is viewed as a comeback. Recognize this pattern? Well, Mike Hadreas, the heart of the band Perfume Genius, is a rock star in reverse — because his career started in rehab.

Since releasing his debut album Learning under the name Perfume Genius in 2010, Mike Hadreas and his music have both steadily grown bolder, more daring, more defiant. Over the course of four full-length albums his songs have evolved from intimate piano pieces to grandly orchestrated, stirring pop anthems that often rage against both his inner demons and the social and political injustices Hadreas sees in the world.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt brings us new tunes from the supergroup of Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister, plus Quelle Chris and Perfume Genius.