In 2007, Mika’s fluid, silky falsetto and bright-minded lyrical outlook made a worldwide hit out of Life in Cartoon Motion, the London-based pop singer’s debut. He also made a bit of a splash in America. On the new Songs for Sorrow EP, Mika mixes articulated softcore pop with eager balladry and succeeds with an unexpected phrase or three and a nice sense of pacing. But he can still sound like Jason Mraz singing cabaret; according to Mika and (le) poisson rouge, this acoustic set will be his only stateside performance of the summer.

Tue., June 23, 9:30 p.m., 2009