Lindsey Stirling is the perfect artist for the pop culture moment, where remix-mashup-covers often outpace their originals on YouTube, and reality-competition TV shows still proliferate across the dial. The 32-year-old veteran of “America’s Got Talent” and “Dancing with the Stars” is an accomplished mixer. She dances while playing violin, adds classical strings to electronic beats, and gives her own spin to pop hits and classic cover fare. Whatever’s in the mix, it’s working: Three of her albums have topped both the classical and dance charts, and her latest, 2017’s holiday album “Warmer in the Winter,” is the focus of her current tour.
Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. at The Anthem. $75-$229.
For nearly three years, Rhizome has been the District’s preeminent DIY space, a Takoma house turned into a music venue, community center, classroom, workshop, laboratory and more. As a performance space, Rhizome is fixated on the experimental fringes of music, hosting noisemakers, improvisers, sound samplers and deconstructionists from the Washington area and beyond. To celebrate the nonprofit’s third anniversary and raise funds for the future, the venue will host collaborative sets by some of its favorite artists. Along with one from musician and “scholar in residence” Thomas Stanley and painter Khalid Thompson, expect plenty of drone, noise and other postcards from the edge.
Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. at Rhizome DC. $20.
Cat Power has been a reliable presence on the softer side of the rock world for more than two decades. The singer-songwriter has a knack for the somber but has never been afraid to experiment, brightening 2012’s “Sun” with electronic touches. But when she stripped things down for this year’s “Wanderer,” her longtime label balked and told her to do it over. Nevertheless, she persisted, releasing the haunting, folky album elsewhere and launching it with an empowered lead single. “I’m a woman of my word, now haven’t you heard?” she sings on “Woman.” “My word’s the only thing I’ve ever needed.”
Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. (doors) at 9:30 Club. $40.
Cupcakke’s music is, to be blunt, explicit in every way. Sure, there’s the obvious significance: the 21-year-old’s nonstop, practically pornographic punchlines that would make even her most sex-obsessed peers blush. But beyond the raunch, there are her crystal-clear messages — about female empowerment, queer acceptance and sex positivity — and the focused detail she expresses them with. (Her social circle isn’t just small, it’s “smaller than that circle that pop up when you tryna download an app.”) Plus, she is as prolific as she is explicit, dropping a pair of albums this year and returning to the area for the second time.
Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring. $12.50-$55.