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As opposed to an evening-bound serenade, an aubade is a morning love song, sung between two lovers separating at first light. In a statement posted to his website in November, Elvis Perkins—the well-heeled musician son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins—explained why he named his third album, I Aubade, after this mournful melodic tradition: The word captured dawn’s “renewal and translation” and sonically evoked questions of obeying. “And I was led to consider whom and what man-made I have obeyed in lieu of natural and supernatural law,” Perkins writes. These new-age queries mark a musical turn for the tattooed folkie: Listeners will still catch tinges of Bob Dylan on the album’s 13 tracks, but the addition of harps, flutes, and synthesizers give this new offering an ethereal, floating quality. Perkins will merely suggest daybreak when he plays Tuesday night. Elvis Perkins performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $18–$20. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.