Consistency has never been the hallmark of Duke Coffeehouse, the odd-angled little room on the university's east campus that hosts a few dozen sporadic shows each year. That unpredictable nature yields wonderful surprises such as this late-semester stop by Maria Minerva, an Estonian producer and singer living in London but releasing music through Los Angeles' wonderfully warped Not Not Fun empire. In the last three years, Minerva's music has stepped largely out of its synth-pop cloud, where melodies felt like the liquid fuel of a fog machine, and into an atmosphere more direct and lucid. The same multilayered, mechanized coo that shaped her early output remains, but her tone is more decided now, taking shape in front of beats that click, pop and propel. See Gulls, a new quartet featuring members or veterans of Schooner, Organos and T0W3RS, opens, alongside Fruit.
—Grayson Haver Currin