Steely Dan is a jazz-rock band founded by frontmen Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972. In the late-70s and early-80s the band gained critical and commercial success before disbanding in 1981. Steely Dan reunited in 1993 and has toured steadily ever since, now incorporating elements of funk, R&B and pop into their sound. Since reuniting, they've released two new albums and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Listen before you go: "The Royal Scam." Monday, August 3, 7pm, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Market Street, Camden, NJ.
Jounce is an alternative, post-punk band based out of Brooklyn. Founded in the early-2000s, childhood friends Danny Tamberelli and Matt Desteno created the band out of their passion for songwriting and 90s rock. Jounce performs throughout the East Coast and West Coast, and are currently finishing up their fall 2014 tour. Listen before you go: "Precipitation." Tuesday, August 4, 8pm, The Boot & Saddle, 1131 South Broad Street.
Meghan Trainor is a pop singer-songwriter who reached fame with the release of her 2014 girl-power anthem "All About That Bass." Now signed with Epic Records, Trainor grew up writing music and released three independent records before her song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Trainor's debut EP album, Title, was released in late 2014, and she recently completed her four-month international tour to promote it. Listen before you go: "Dear Future Husband." Wednesday, August 5, 7pm, Festival Pier, 601 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard.
Nicki Minaj gained national attention after signing with Young Money Records in 2009. Her debut studio album, Pink Friday, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2010. Now an international superstar, Minaj has won four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard 's Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award. She’s also the fiancé of Philly bred rapper Meek Mill, so expect a little something extra special out of this show. Listen before you go: "Anaconda." Thursday, August 6, 7pm, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Market Street, Camden, NJ.
Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle teamed up to create Appalachian roots music, harmonizing their voices with their skills on the banjo, fiddle and guitar. Specializing in folk music, their shows are a captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art. The duo is currently touring throughout the U.S. and Canada. Listen before you go: "Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow." Friday, August 7, 8pm, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
The Tough Shits identify themselves as a witty punk/art rock band, located right here in Philly. The foursome pride themselves on their sometimes satirical songs and fun personalities. Now signed with Burger Records, the band frequently perform in Philly and all over the East Coast. Listen before you go: "She's A Loner." Saturday, August 8, 8:30pm, Boot & Saddle, 1131 South Broad Street.
Hawaiian-based reggae pop star Mishka started his career in 1999 with his debut album, Mishka. He has since released four full-length albums, all of which have gained international critical acclaim. His last three releases reached No. 1 on Billboard's Reggae chart, and he continues to tour extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Japan. Listen before you go: "Happy." Sunday, August 9, 7:30pm, Tin Angel, 20 South 2nd Street.
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