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.
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.