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Katy Perry w/Capital Cities 

When: Fri., June 27, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $29.50-$130
Which version of pop’s reigning glitter blast do you prefer? The pin-up dominatrix straddling Mama Bear Madonna in lascivious V Magazine spreads? The cultural-appropriating Egyptian goddess or Japanese geisha, or the Warped touring pop punklet? Maybe you like Katy Perry more wounded, mourning her text-message divorce from Russell Brand on film or over garish ’90s-era CCM chord progressions? And we’re still on the margins of the California Gurl’s still-young career — if you can envision a role for Katy to play (space aliens, philanthropic do-gooders and witches are not off-limits), she’s probably played it, or will soon. But for all of her erratic wardrobe and sonic forays, one aspect of Perry’s career has been remarkably consistent: her wish to uplift. Indeed, the former Amy Grant wannabe has been prism-ing all over the place since she stepped foot in Nashville to record a gospel album under her given name Katy Hudson at the turn of the 21st century. That far more earnest attempt failed — but as is evidenced by her nearly sold-out arena show, Perry’s later attempts to refract light have most certainly not. Teenage Dream’s “Firework” reignited the self-empowerment narrative, and her most recent album Prism is drenched in pull-yourself-up-isms that, while occasionally overwrought and New Age-y, are refreshing if for no other reason than to prove we now have a pop giant who wants to say something. And Perry’s recently started acting on her own musical platitudes, speaking out for education reform and inviting to raise money for various social causes on her current tour. Ms. Perry’s visual oeuvre may be mercurial, but her message is not. Capital Cities open. RYAN BURLESON


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