After the mysterious first single “Open” hit the internet, critics and listeners alike had a lot to say about Rhye’s stunning, sexy female vocalist—until the group finally revealed itself to be a male duo. Perhaps this speaks more to the emotion and unadulterated tenderness in Mike Milosh’s voice, yet the delicious mix of pop and r&b crooning makes Rhye one of the year’s most fascinating takes on that latter genre. The comparisons to Sade are impossible to avoid, but don’t write the duo off as derivative.

Wed., April 17, 6 p.m., 2013

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