To infinity and beyond: Baltimore synth-pop trio Future Islands continues to tour behind last year's "On the Water" (Thrill Jockey), playing hometown venue Current Gallery on July 27 before hitting Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz, Calif. (Sept. 3) and Humboldt Brews' music venue Humbrews Next Door in Arcata, Calif. (Sept. 5). September will also bring Thrill Jockey's 20th anniversary celebrations, which will find Future Islands performing at Baltimore's Rams Head Live (Sept. 13) and New York's Webster Hall (Sept. 15) alongside such fellow labelmates as Tortoise and Matmos . . . Summer blooms: Folk/country group Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers runs through a lengthy summer tour that features a pack of free shows, including the Oyster Ridge Music Festival in Kemmerer, Wy. (July 27-29), Newpark Town Center in Park City, Utah (Aug. 2) and New Belgium Brewing Co.'s lively Tour de Fat bicycle parade/festival in Fort Collins, Colo. (Sept. 1). The band will also play New York's Mercury Lounge (Sept. 19) and the Brooklyn Bowl (Sept. 20). Joshua Knight of Monterey International booked . . . Not MIA: Starting at Maymont Park in Richmond, Va., folk duo the Milk Carton Kids embarks on a summer tour along with the Lumineers, supporting Old Crow Medicine Show. The band plays Philadelphia's Electric Factory on Aug. 4, NYC's Central Park SummerStage on Aug. 6 and Boston's House of Blues on Aug. 9. It will also hit such folk festivals as FolkWest in Victoria, British Columbia (Aug. 11-12) and the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo. (Aug. 17-19) . . . Alone, with friends: After finishing a tour supporting electronic group M83, Jonathan Bates' solo project Big Black Delta will return for a short run opening for Jane's Addiction. The stretch begins Aug. 18 at the MGM Grand Theater at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino, then hits Pikes Peak. Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 26), the Idaho Botanical Gardens in Boise (Aug. 29) and the Keller Auditorium at the Portland Center for Performing Arts in Oregon (Sept. 4).