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Tiger Lillies get tunefully macabre at Oberon

Tiger Lillies singer-songwriter Martyn Jacques at Oberon on Monday.
Tiger Lillies singer-songwriter Martyn Jacques at Oberon on Monday. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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We’re all used to post-punk Brechtian cabaret by now (thanks, Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls!), but the Tiger Lillies, who played Oberon on Monday night, are another matter. This trio, formed in London in 1989, have been performing their songs and full-length theatrical works over more than 30 albums and in shows at clubs, theaters, and even an abandoned prison. They’ve written song cycles based on “Hamlet,” “Woyzeck,” Edward Gorey stories, and their own macabre tales, replete with pimps, prostitutes, murder, mayhem, and ghosts.

The focus of these events is singer-songwriter Martyn Jacques, who performs, outfitted in bowler derby, his face swathed in grease paint. Singing alternately in a high countertenor or Tom Waits growl, he’s a combination of Mack the Knife and a Pagliacci from hell.

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