Ever since his 2012 breakthrough hit single, "Adorn," Miguel Pimentel has faced a contradiction: There's the 21st-century loverman vibe much of his public wants him to incarnate -- a new-generation R. Kelly, without the repellent baggage -- and the more eclectic, left-field artist he justifiably regards as his truer self. He made his loftier aims almost comically clear when he dressed in spiritual-guru white and asked fans to do the same for an invite-only show ­premiering his new album, Wildheart, in Los Angeles earlier in June.

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