Live Tonight: XXYYXX, Kishi Bashi, Matt Pond PA, Suzanne Vega

If he weren’t headlining, Marcel Everett, aka XXYYXX, wouldn’t be allowed into this show. Just 18, the Florida-based electronic musician has already made a name for using lo-fi, ambient elements in singles like “Angel” and “Pay Attention” and remixing songs by heavy hitters like Tinashe, Usher, and Waka Flocka Flame. More power to you, kid. With Djao, Philip Grass. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15. 21 and over. ACP

Seattle-born, Norfolk, Va.-raised singer/multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi kicks off his second full-length, Lighght, with a 47-second violin solo. Near the end of the song, the line between what’s natural and what’s digitally manipulated blurs to create a frenetic sound somewhere between organic and experimental—wonder if he picked that up from his many shows opening for Of Montreal. Kishi Bashi’s versatile voice adds even more whimsy to the album. The Showbox. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. All ages. ACP

Feel-good indie-poppers Matt Pond PA celebrate the 10th anniversary of its album Emblems by playing it in its entirety, but there’s plenty of other material to draw upon as well, like last year’s equally pleasing The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand. With The Lighthouse and the Whaler. The Tractor, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, 8:30 p.m. $15. 21 and over. DL

Suzanne Vega’s cool and restrained vocal style leads one to wonder what it is about a singer that makes him or her good. Her easy, sing-song speaking wouldn’t be particularly interesting were it not for the mysterious subtleties of corruption and innocence she weaves into her lyrics. Her melodies are engaging but simple nonetheless. Yet in the seven years since the release of her last album of new material, the artist has been capitalizing on that catalog—which includes the most recognized song about child abuse, “Luka,” and the one about the famous Seinfeld hangout, “Tom’s Diner”—with a four-volume series, “Close-Up,” which reinterprets those songs and culminates in a four-disc set this August. Her latest album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, dropped in February. With Ari Hest. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 7 p.m. all ages, 10 p.m. 21 and over. $25–$50 adv. JM

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