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When Rolling Stone names you “Best New Artist” and your debut album lands in some high-profile Top 10s, it tends to raise expectations for a follow-up. But Rufus Wainwright is used to high expectations. He won a Juno (Canadian Grammy) at age 14 for his contribution to a film his mom—singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle—was scoring. And the most famous Wainwright is still Rufus’ dad, Loudon—a legacy the son addresses via a cover of his father’s “One Man Guy” on his sophomore release, Poses. Influenced far more by Tin Pan Alley standards and classical opera than his folkie pedigree, Wainwright fills Poses with the wry and melancholy balladry of his debut. At tonight’s appearance, expect nothing less than the easy charisma of a born performer when Rufus takes the stage. Tegan & Sara open at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 393-0930. (Daniel Searing)