Little May is an Australian, all-female trio that plays mostly folk-pop music with a focus on vocal and string instruments. They are currently on their spring tour, coming to the first U.S. city on June 6th and premiering in Philadelphia on June 8th. Listen before you go: "Boardwalks." Monday, June 8, 9pm, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue.
BC Camplight is the stage name of Philly-via-Manchester musician and songwriter Brian Christinzo. He released his first album, Hide, Run Away, in 2005 and his second, Blink of a Nihilist, in 2007. Both were loved by critics and extremely popular in London. In 2003, Christinzo relocated to Philadelphia, where he signed a record deal with One Little Indian. In recent years, he has performed with his live band all over the city. Listen before you go:"Just Because I Love You." Tuesday, June 9, 8:30pm, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
Lloyd Cole, the England-based singer-songwriter, made a name for himself as the frontman of the popular U.K. ‘80s band Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, and now he’s out there continuing his legacy as a solo artist. His schtick is converting his songs from the ’80s and converting them to folk tunes. Listen before you go: "Rattlesnakes." Wednesday, June 10, 8pm, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
DMX, or Earl Simmons, is one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of all time. DMX came on to the hip-hop scene in 1992, and after an unsteady start, his first five albums all debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200. This made him the only musical artist in history to have five consecutive albums debut at the top slot. Listen before you go: "Party Up (Up in Here.)" Thursday, June 11, 8:30pm, Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South Street.
Canadian-based Celtic punk band The Real McKenzies were founded in 1992 when they became one of the pioneers of the Celtic punk movement. The band performs traditional Scottish songs with a punked-out edge. They released their newest album, Rats in Burlap, this year and have been on tour since March 5th. Listen before you go: "Catch Me." Friday, June 12, 7pm, KungFu Necktie, 1248 North Front Street.—Chelsey Hamilton
Train is an American rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. Train achieved mainstream success with their 1998 self-titled debut album, which was certified double platinum in the U.S. and Canada. The band went on a three-year hiatus and returned to the music scene with the release of their 2014 album, Bulletproof Picasso. Train has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won three, for their hit songs “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me).” The Fray and Matt Nathanson will also perform. Listen before you go: "Drops of Jupiter." Sunday, June 14, 7pm, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. —Chelsey Hamilton
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