Robotic Pirate Monkey

Formed by three friends and fellow Colorado-based DJs — Matt Flesher, Andrew Hathaway and Matt Berryhill — Robotic Pirate Monkey has risen quickly through the congested ranks of the burgeoning electronic music world.

The group’s heavy usage of computers to create explosive, untamed samples and song manipulations coupled with its feverish live performances turns most of its concerts into massive dance parties, hence the group’s quick ascension to popularity.

In less than three years, Robotic Pirate Monkey has relentlessly toured the nation, sharing the spotlight with artists such as Big Gigantic, Zeds Dead, Mstrkrft, Gramatik and Conspirator.

Robotic Pirate Monkey will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Kicks N Licks and Alpha Data.

Tickets are $13 and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.

For information, call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com.

Umphrey’s McGee

Since 1997, South Bend, Ind.’s Umphrey’s McGee has been one of the pioneers of the prog-rock jam band movement. Combining influences from Yes and Zappa with the Dead, Zeppelin and Phish, the group has been labeled one of the innovators of modern-day jam music, as well as one of its best-reviewed live acts.

With a seemingly countless number of studio albums, compilations and bootlegs released, Umphrey’s McGee most recently added to its list of recordings with the 2011 studio effort, “Death by Stereo.”

The sextet will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 the day of the show and are available online at etix.com or at the Music Farm box office. Doors open at 7 p.m.

This is a 16-and-up event.

For information, call 577-6989 or go to musicfarm.com.

Ben Rector

Oklahoma-born, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Ben Rector isn’t snazzy or over-the-top.

His music isn’t groundbreaking, nor is it contrived or gimmicky.

Rector has made quite a name for himself just by doing things the old-fashioned way: chops and late nights.

The 26-year-old college graduate began writing songs as a teenager and, at the time, became the youngest winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest when his song “Conversation” took the top prize in the contest’s pop category seven years ago. Rector was a freshman at the University of Arkansas at the time and went on to build the foundation of a respected music career during his tenure there.

His emotionally dawning lyrics and capability for immersing himself in his vocals has led many of Rector’s songs to appear on film and television soundtracks.

His latest record, last year’s “Something Like This,” charted on iTunes in several categories, even reaching the No. 4 spot on the top overall albums chart.

Ben Rector will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Alpha Rev. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show and are available online at etix.com or at the Music Farm box office. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

This is a 16-and-up event.

For information, call 577-6989 or go to musicfarm.com.