This Canadian punk-rock duo first gained fame in 2012, when their debut album, They've Got Secrets, was nominated for "Loud Recording of the Year" at Nova Scotia Music Week. Since, the band has released another album and two singles. They embarked on their Summer 2015 tour Friday, where they will perform in nine cities across the Northeast U.S. Listen before you go: "Skin and Bones." Monday, July 13, 8pm, Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 North Front Street.
Started in 2000 by four Japanese artists, toe is a "math rock" group best known for its clear acoustic and instrumental sound. Since its inception, the band has released 14 albums, and just announced their newest, Hear You, will be released this year. The band is currently one of four on their self-started indie label, Machu Piccu, and tours regularly throughout Japan. Listen before you go:"Two Moons." Tuesday, July 14, 8pm, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
Jesse Lafser is a singer-songwriter from St. Louis, best known for her instrumental talents and clear voice. Originally inspired by folk and ragtime artists, Lafser also incorporates an acoustic folk and roots sound into her music. Lafser gained national attention with her debut 2012 album, Land In Sight. She is currently on tour in the U.S. in honor of her 2015 album, Raised On the Plains. Listen before you go: "Gone Gone Gone." Wednesday, July 15, 8pm, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
I Draw Slow is a five-piece group based out of Dublin incorporating vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. Their sound is a blend of folk, roots, alternative country and Americana, drawing on traditional Irish music and the old-time sound of the Appalachian mountains. Their first album premiered in 2008, and they're currently on tour for their third album released just last year, White Wave Chapel. Listen before you go: "Goldmine." Thursday, July 16, 8pm, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Based out of England, Floetry moved to the U.S. in 2000 and started their sound on the performance poetry stage. Since then, the R&B duo has released two studio albums, one live album and sold over 1,500,000 records nationwide. Consisting of "the Songstress," Marsha Ambrosius, and "the Floacist," Natalie Stewart, the group recorded their latest hit album, Flo'Ology, in 2005 before parting ways. The duo reunited this year for a reunion tour, the first time they've performed together in nine years. Listen before you go: "Say Yes." Friday, July 17, 9pm, TLA, 334 South Street.—Chelsey Hamilton
Umphrey's McGee is a progressive rock and jam band formed in 1997 at the University of Notre Dame. The band has kept their current lineup of six men since 2003 and gained national attention in 2004 after the release of their album Anchor Drops. They've since released six more albums, along with many live albums and DVD releases. The band is currently on their U.S. tour to promote their latest, The London Session. Listen before you go: "In The Kitchen." Saturday, July 18, 6pm, Riverstage at Great Plaza - Penn's Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. —Chelsey Hamilton
If you're looking for something a little different, Ghost Train Orchestra is a Brooklyn-based jazz and instrumental band that specializes in avant-garde reconstruction of obscure music from the 1920s and 1930s. Formed and led by composer/singer Brian Carpenter, the ensemble includes 10 musicians and has recorded three studio albums since 2011. Listen before you go: "Hot Town." Sunday, July 19, 9:15pm, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 North Frankford Avenue. —Chelsey Hamilton