Mal Devisa

In 2016, the voice of 19-year-old Mal Devisa walloped the indie music world. Her debut album “Kiid” showcased a booming vocal range that could envelop a grand concert hall as easily as it could pinpoint your heartstrings in an intimate rock club. Unfortunately, a mysterious illness knocked the singer — born Deja Carr — out of commission in 2017 and the Amherst, Mass.-raised musician has largely been sidelined since. There were a couple of short recordings, punctuated by a groovy bass beat and slick production, released in 2018. But the highlight was still the understated fury bellowing from Carr’s lungs that hinted that she has recovered and is primed to reclaim her voice. Friday at 8 p.m. at DC9. $13-$15.

Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger creates folk music, but with a potent punch of funk. The mastermind behind the troupe M.C. Taylor is one of music’s most reliable excavators of the anxieties that come with trying to make art and raise a family on this frustratingly cruel planet. Hiss Golden Messenger’s 11th album, “Terms of Surrender,” is aimed directly at confronting that despair with more upbeat, straightforward rock rhythms. These often mask much of the angst that courses through Taylor’s lyrics, which the singer intended as a love letter to his children. Wednesday at 7 p.m. (doors) at 9:30 Club. $26.


One of the brainiest rap debuts of 2019 emerged from the mind of Mavi, a 20-year-old MC who spends his daylight hours bouncing around lecture halls of Howard University studying neuroscience. It’s fitting that the album, “Let The Sun Talk,” materialized on the streaming site SoundCloud as one dense 32-minute track. Its brilliance lies in the Charlotte native — born Omavi Minder — guiding you through the heaviness of his psyche by untangling knotty rhymes atop crisp jazz-inflected beats. Thursday at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd. $12-$15.

Damien Jurado

What does an indie rock journeyman do after releasing a sci-fi-inspired trilogy of albums that explores mysticism and spirituality? For Seattle native Damien Jurado, it meant packing up to Los Angeles and releasing his most spare and affecting works yet. Jurado’s 2018 album “The Horizon Just Laughed” is an elegant ode to the 47-year-old’s hometown and the bittersweetness of leaving the past behind. His latest, “In the Shape of a Storm,” is even more stripped-down, serving as a tender tribute to his friend and collaborator, the late singer-songwriter Richard Swift. The rocker’s show will honor his cohort with more than just music — Jurado connected with his current tour mate, stand-up comedian Nick Thune, at Swift’s memorial service. Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Miracle Theatre. $25-$30.