The beauty of the Northern Lights can’t be seen unless there’s a backdrop of darkness, and indie rock singer-songwriter Jesse Norell mines that metaphor on debut solo album Aorta Borealis to pay tribute to his daughter Alyssa. Born with Down Syndrome and holes in her heart that needed repair, Alyssa has become Norell’s muse for new music in the emotive vein of Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion, Sunny Day Real Estate, and more. His live show at the Parkway will capture the album’s cinematic feel—expect tugs at your heartstrings in addition to the strumming. FRI, 8 PM. $17 adv, $22 door.