Musician Megan Nicole debuted on YouTube in 2009 when her covers of popular songs gained national attention. Her debut EP album, Escape, was released in 2009, adding a whole new legion of fans to her 2.5 million YouTube subscribers. Listen before you go: "Electrified." Monday, August 31, 7:30pm, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Boy band One Direction formed in 2010 after they all auditioned as solo candidates on the popular British singing competition The X Factor. The quintet from London will soon go on a hiatus to pursue solo work, but not before their long-awaited return to Philly's Lincoln Financial Field. Better see them while you can. Listen before you go: "Drag Me Down." Tuesday, September 1, 7pm, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.
Philly-based band The Jersey Corn Pickers consist of five instrumentalists and singers, playing bluegrass and Americana music all over the region. Known for their rowdy live shows, the group has released two albums and often perform at clubs, coffee houses and festivals in the area. Listen before you go: "Katy Daly." Wednesday, September 2, 7pm, Bourbon and Branch, 705 North 2nd Street.
West Philadelphia Orchestra is an ensemble of talented Philly-based musicians who came together to perform Eastern European music and other eclectic styles to the streets of Philly and beyond. The group tours all over the East Coast, playing wild live shows and constantly expanding their repertoire. Listen before you go: "Caje Sukarije." Thursday, September 3, 8pm, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer formed in 2011 and instantly became YouTube phenomenons before gaining international fame while touring with One Direction in 2012. They have since released two albums and been nominated for and won many awards. Listen before you go: "She's Kinda Hot." Friday, September 4, 7:30pm, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ.
California-based rock band The Counting Crows gained popularity after the release of their 1993 debut album, August and Everything After. Since, they have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and were nominated for a 2004 Academy Award for their song "Accidentally in Love." Listen before you go: "Mr. Jones." Saturday, September 5, 7pm, Borgata Festival Park, The Borgata, Atlantic City. —Chelsey Hamilton
Founded in 1997, alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie gained fame in the Indie music scene with the release of their debut album, Something About Airplanes. The band has since released six more studio albums and gained mainstream attention. Listen before you go: "Soul Meets Body." Sunday, September 6, 11pm, TLA, 334 South Street. —Chelsey Hamilton
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