Rufus Wainwright will perform with sister Martha on August 25 at the Paramount.

Rufus Wainwright is in mourning—you can hear it on his latest album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (April 2010). Written during his mother’s struggle with breast cancer—a battle she lost in January— Songs for Lulu is the antithesis of his other new work, opera Prima Donna; it’s bare bones, just Wainwright, his piano, and his pain. He cries for his sister, begging her to pick up the phone and come home on "Martha," and yearns for his mother (while borrowing from Shakespeare) on "Sonnet 43." On the whole, it’s a beautiful lament, and we’ll get to hear Wainwright perform the album in its entirety, live at the Paramount Theatre on August 25. One set will be dedicated to Songs for Lulu; the second set will feature an assortment of songs from past albums. And even better: Rufus’s sister Martha will lend backup vocals for this performance.

Tickets ($39-$49) go on sale Saturday, May 15, at 10am at tickets.com, stgpresents.org, or by calling 877-784-4849.

Clip courtesy Q TV

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