Bebel Gilberto was born to Brazilian music royalty, so there could be a certain burden placed on her to carry out a legacy. Instead, the Brazilian American singer — the daughter of pioneering Brazilian musician João Gilberto and the dynamic vocalist Miúcha — has carved out her own tender brand of bossa nova. The 53-year-old singer set a high bar for herself nearly two decades ago with her monumental album “Tanto Tempo.” These days, Bebel is still setting the pace for bossa nova artists while putting her own stamp on popular songs, including an absolutely breathtaking cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” which has become one of her in-concert staples. June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $45.
Eva Moolchan, who performs as Sneaks, made her name in the local music scene with various projects that hovered around punk and electro pop. On her latest album, “Highway Hypnosis,” you can almost hear the young singer’s mind darting around, as no track extends beyond three minutes. Instead of getting lost in the murky pinballing of sounds, the songs emerge as succinct handcrafted missives from an artist who is dedicated to doing things on her own terms. Once you think you’re close to tracing where Moolchan is going with her delirious tracks, she has already set course for a different sonic dimension. June 23 at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Free.
You might think that Knife Wife unintentionally sounds fast and loose like other young upstart bands, but that would be shorting its deliberately mystifying tracks. The young D.C. trio flexes their knack for churning rhythms by stringing droning guitars and piercing drums, which lends a worthy counterpunch to their dreamily huffed lyrics. The band recently announced its first collection of songs, “Family Party,” led by the track “Dogs,” which offers a glimpse into its enchanting brand of rock. Listen for the infectious — and inscrutable — group chant (“all the little dogs in the fridge”) that is cut by pithy coos and comes soaked in a syrupy guitar line. June 26 at 7 p.m. at Rhizome. $7.
The story goes that Cate Le Bon formed her new soul-emptying album “Reward” concurrently with an intensive furniture-making course. The 36-year-old Welsh native’s approach in song crafting always felt strikingly off-kilter by throwing convention to the wind with oblique lyric phrasing and elliptical guitar riffs. How could she keep listeners on their toes? By making a more straightforward album while keeping her aural signature. There’s an analogue between the rigid structure found in manipulating materials into household furnishings and music-making, so sink into your seat and be moved by these tender, heart-wrenching songs. June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat. $15-$18.