Shamir performs at U Street Music Hall in 2015. He’s back in Washington this weekend for a show at the Rock & Roll Hotel. (Kyle Gustafson for The Washington Post)
Noura Mint Seymali

Noura Mint Seymali has big shoes to fill. Hailing from the African country of Mauritania, she comes from a family of griots and musicians. Her father, Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, wrote the country’s national anthem, and her stepmother was the legendary Dimi Mint Abba, whose powerhouse vocals earned her the nickname “the diva of the desert.” Following their paths, Seymali began performing at age 13. She adapts Moorish folk and roots music into a contemporary style that preserves the tradition yet translates it for a universal audience. Her band, which includes her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, on guitar, folds in blues and funk influences for a sound that transcends Northern Africa’s geographical borders. June 8 at 8:30 p.m. (doors) at Tropicalia. $18-$20.


With the boy-band resurgence largely led by the international music community (see: South Korea’s BTS), Latin America has answered the call with CNCO. The pop quintet got its shot at stardom after winning the 2015 inaugural season of “La Banda,” a Spanish-language singing competition created by Simon Cowell and executive-produced by Ricky Martin, who got his start in the Latin boy band Menudo. CNCO cooks up a contagious blend of reggaeton rhythms, R&B harmonies and pop sensibilities with a worldwide appeal (the band has netted billions — with a B — of views on YouTube). The singers’ diverse backgrounds — Ecuadoran, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mexican — help to extend their reach that much more. With two No. 1 Latin albums and multiple awards already under its belt, CNCO has its sights set on crossing over and leaving any notions of a television curse in the dust. June 10 at noon at Merriweather Post Pavilion. $20-$50.


A year ago, Shamir almost quit making music. The success of the singer-songwriter’s 2015 debut album, “Ratchet,” came with increased pressure to conform to a singular, marketable sound. But the Las Vegas native is a shape-shifter who defies expectation: bubbly electro-pop on “Ratchet,” grungy lo-fi indie on “Revelations,” rough-edged guitar rock on “Resolution.” His warm countertenor, often characterized as having an androgynous quality, floats across any backdrop. It’s an apt comparison for Shamir, who pushes the boundaries of gender just as much as he pushes the idea of genre and whose fearlessness is the anchor of his starmaking qualities. June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hotel. $25.

Pianos Become the Teeth

Baltimore post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth rose to fame in a rumble with death. Frontman Kyle Durfey mourned his father’s struggles with multiple sclerosis over the course of three albums that loosely mirror the stages of grief. 2011’s “The Lack Long After” roared through the agony of the loss (and became a seminal screamo album in the process), while 2014’s “Keep You” dialed back the yelling and inched toward more restrained melodies that could resemble acceptance. But through the storm is always something brighter. “Wait for Love,” released in February, is the result of the emotional rush of marriage and parenthood spun into song — an embodiment of boundless highs offsetting a cavernous low. Emo, it turns out, doesn’t have to mean a dance in the dark all the time. June 13 at 6:30 p.m. (doors) at Union Stage. $17-$30.