Antony and the Johnsons – By Sarah Liss

In his own quietly reverent way, Antony Hegarty is a subcultural superhero. At another time, he could’ve been cast as some sort of sideshow freak, a towering soft-spoken fellow with a penchant for fuzzy sweaters and gender fluidity, a gentle giant who sings with a quivering, androgynous bray. But somehow, the music he makes with his Antony and the Johnsons ensemble — heart-on-sleeve sentimentality delivered in a wash of unapologetically ornate orchestral pop — has been widely embraced.