Peaceful, subtle and everlasting—that's the kind of music singer/songwriter Mirah has been creating since the late 1990s. This year, she put out Changing Light with some help from a roster of consummate artists like Mary Timony, and members of Deerhoof and tUnE-yArDs for musical reinforcement. Brazen, sonorous and melodically fresh is the music, but Mirah is a lyricist to the core, planting lines like, "You showed me how the water works, it pushes its way through the dirt. It finds the rocks and grinds them soft, it makes them move. The forces old have made me built to withstand what you do. See this rolling stone without a home slipping out from under you." If that doesn't demonstrate suffering as an instrument for gaining a new outlook, it's at least a damn good line—one of many Mirah has crafted with her graceful touch.
Wed., May 21, 7:30 p.m., 2014