Browse many “Best of 2015” lists and you’re likely to find Torres’ Sprinter near the top. With her unvarnished songs about reconciling her identity with her past, Mackenzie Scott’s second album triggers anxieties and makes muscles seize until all that energy becomes kinetic and fuels a surge of guitars and dauntless vocals. It’s powerful on record and downright overwhelming live. Scott will scream until her voice is ragged and the audience cracks. Then she’ll whisper—like when she sings “I am afraid to see my heroes age” on “The Exchange”—and everyone crumbles. Her performances will leave you emotionally spent and wondering how she performs every night. This fall, Torres opens for Garbage and Brandi Carlile, so catch her while she’s still headlining and leaving smaller rooms stunned. Don’t arrive late: Opener Palehound is whip smart, like Speedy Ortiz, with intricate and creative lead guitar lines. Torres performs with Palehound at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com.