A wave of a tour: Beirut will launch its North American outing with an appearance at the Quebec City International Summer Festival (July 13). Frontman Zach Condon and company will then play the Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 26) and the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver (July 28) before crossing the border to play New York's Central Park SummerStage (Aug. 29).
Bring on the beats: Afrobeat act Antibalas kicks off a U.S. tour supporting its new self-titled record (Aug. 7, Daptone Records) by starting at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco (Aug. 10-12). The group is also set to play a free show at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park opening for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Aug. 18). David T. Viecelli of Billions Corp. booked.
The bear is back: Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear returns Sept. 17 with fourth album Shields (Warp Records). The act has already sold out two shows at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 20-21). The group then plays its biggest headlining show in New York to date: Sept. 24 at Radio City Music Hall.
A classy run: New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band will launch a U.S. tour with ragtime shows at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. (July 12) and the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, Kan. (July 13) alongside bluegrass' Del McCoury Band. In 2011, the two groups released American Legacies (McCoury Music), a collaborative album fusing both styles of music. The PHJB will also venture alone at the Jazz Up July concert series in Stamford, Conn. (July 18) and the Newport Folk Festival (July 28-29).
White hot trek: Austin-based band White Denim embarks on a North American tour, playing Salt Lake City's Urban Lounge (Aug. 1) and then doing shows during the first two days of the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival in Happy Valley, Ore. (Aug. 3-5). After that, the act plays Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver (Aug. 6) and Seattle's Tractor Tavern (Aug. 7).