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For the first half of the decade, Devon Welsh fronted Majical Cloudz, an artsy pop duo that paired Welsh’s nearly monotone pronouncements with ethereal synthscapes. When Majical Cloudz disbanded in 2016, Welsh struck out as a solo artist, and on his recently released debut Dream Songs, the singer-songwriter has come out of the clouds and back down to Earth. After replacing his old act’s synthesizers with strings, sax, and guitar, Welsh’s voice—with its gently affected, Morrissey-ian melodrama—finds the pocket amid pastoral, almost parochial, instrumentation. The result is even more naked and honest than Majical Cloudz. “I want to love more and better, I want to surrender more, I want to live with less fear, I want to participate in healing and connecting,” Welsh wrote of the album. “I think I subconsciously write about the things I’m hoping for, and the songs on this album are about those desires.” On Dream Songs, Welsh is crystal clear. Read more>>> Devon Welsh performs at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $13–$15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Union Stage presents an evening of music and comedy with The Office star Creed Bratton. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$40.
Break the Chain, a documentary about the perils of hidden-in-plain-sight human trafficking in the U.S., screens at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $14–$20.
Legal scholar Justin Driver speaks at Politics and Prose at The Wharf about his new book The Schoolhouse Gate, a deeply researched study of Supreme Court decisions that have impacted public schools in America. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
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