On Eleni Mandell’s 11th album, Wake Up Again (Yep Roc Records), the L.A. singer was inspired by her experiences teaching songwriting classes to women inmates at prisons in Southern California, as part of MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors initiative and with the William James Association. The inmates’ stories of loss and guilt inform Mandell’s own songs, such as “Circumstance.” “I live in grey and blue/That’s the colors they choose/And when the voice says to stop/You have to drop to the ground until they say you can get back up,” she relates coolly as a Beatlesque guitar arpeggio slowly unwinds behind her. Mandell rocks it up a little on “Air” and the enigmatic “What’s Your Handle (Radio Waves),” in contrast to a dreamier interlude like “Empty Locket,” which floats on a gentle nest of harmonies. With Zander Schloss, Supermoon, and Tony Gilkyson.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Sun., March 1, 8 p.m.; $12; ages 21 & over. (213) 389-3856, www.bootlegtheater.org/e/eleni-mandell-supermoon-zander-schloss-tony-gilkyson-92133079521.