Throughout all her changes in life and music, Sinéad O’Connor has always had that powerful, distinctive voice — a transformative, searing ray of light that she aims like a beacon at herself and the world. In recent years, Irish singer has changed her name to Magda Davitt, and also took on the name Shuhada’ Sadaqat after a conversion to Islam, although she still performs under birth name. Unlike cardboard pop stars, O’Connor is painfully, gloriously human and contradictory, revealing both bravery and sensitivity in equal doses as she challenges the prevailing moral guardians of our times, whether it’s Madonna or the Pope. “I slept outside in the dog shed … I’ve had less rights as a woman, then the dog is my eternal form,” she declares on “Milestones,” an ethereal, strangely moving demo with producer David Holmes.
El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Sun., Feb. 9, 8 p.m.; $85; all ages. (323) 936-6400, www.theelrey.com/events/detail/384295.