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Antony & the Johnsons 

Wednesday, February 23, at the Beachland Ballroom.

As the story goes, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson were tooling around New York one day when they came across a CD with a cover that was weird enough to make them buy it. When they took it home to play it, they were blown away. The self-titled CD was by Antony & the Johnsons, and it's amazing. He calls his music "screaming faggotry," though scream is nowhere near what he does with his exquisite voice at his sold-out N.Y. shows. He's a torch singer: sparse, nuanced, and delicate, with songs so beautiful even Archie Bunker would cry. And the twisted underside to his lyrics could be the soundtrack for a gay Lars Von Trier film. Do not miss this show.

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