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Just Announced: Courtney Marie Andrews will join Shakey Graves and The Wild Reeds at The Fillmore next month

Courtney Marie Andrews | photo by Laura E. Partain

Those who were captivated by Courtney Marie Andrews‘ XPN Fest performance need not wait long to see the artist back in town. Andrews has been touring non-stop lately in support of her recent record May Your Kindness Remain, and her lengthy fall tour now includes a stop at The Fillmore opening for Shakey Graves, part of a stacked triple-bill that will give attendees a glimpse of three distinctly different approaches to the contemporary folk/Americana genre. Continue reading →

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PHOTOS: Shakey Graves at Union Transfer

Shakey Graves | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Last night, Austin’s Alejandro Rose-Garcia — better known as Shakey Graves — held court to a packed house at Union Transfer. On tour in support of his latest record, Can’t Wake Up, Rose-Garcia showcased music from across his career, opening with “Only Son” from 2014’s And the War Came, breaking out the title track of his 2011 debut Roll The Bones, and playing a large portion of the night solo acoustic.

Check out a gallery of photos from the show below. Shakey Graves returns to Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 18th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Man of Constant Sorrows: Shakey Graves Rips at the Electric Factory

Shakey Graves | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Shakey Graves | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

There’s a lot that can be said of Alejandro Rose-Garcia. The man who hits the under the alias Shakey Graves is certainly no stranger to the limelight, having appeared in movies and television such as Friday Night Lights before moving on to music. Even though Saturday night at the Electric Factory was a far cry from his DIY-esque moments at Union Transfer earlier this year, Graves is still a force to be reckoned with and doesn’t lose an ounce of his irrepressible charm in a room that’s double the size. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Big Time Nashville Star” by Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves | Photo  by Kelsey Stanger
Shakey Graves | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Singer and songwriter Shakey Graves is back on the road, with a stop in Philly on November 14th at the Electric Factory, with Those Darlins opening. In November, 2014, Shakey Graves visited World Cafe and did an interview and performance. Joining him in the studio was Esmé Patterson, who sings on the album, most notably on the song “Dearly Departed.” Watch a performance of that song below, and download a Cafe performance of “Big Time Nashville Star.”

Listen to the World Cafe session here. Continue reading →

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Initial Philadelphia Folk Festival 2015 lineup includes Arlo Guthrie, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Shakey Graves

Arlo Guthrie | photo via risingsonrecords.com

The initial wave of Philadelphia Folk Festival 2015 artists was announced today, and it includes an appearance by folk scene legend Arlo Guthrie, performing for the 50th anniversary of his album (and song) Alice’s Restaurant.

Also appearing are Kansas City mother-son duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Austin troubadour Shakey Graves, and Colombian ensemble El Caribefunk, who made a splash at last year’s Folk Festival during their summer residency in Philadelphia. Local Brazilian-dance troupe PhillyBloco and Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap are on tap as well. Continue reading →

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No Country For Old Americana: Shakey Graves at Union Transfer

Shakey Graves | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Shakey Graves | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Alejandro Rose-Garcia is a man of simple pleasures. He hoisted the can of Coors Light and toasted the crowd, throwing back a long sip. “I guess I should be drinking something a bit more locale-specific,” he chuckles. A few minutes earlier, he walked out onto the stage, wearing a black hoodie and looking like he just woke up from a nap, and set up his own guitars and kick drum. There’s lots of girls screaming, but he doesn’t acknowledge it—not yet, anyways—busying himself with cables on the stage. No muss, no fuss, no cowboy hat, and no stagehands. Shakey Graves was in the house. Wednesday night at Union Transfer, Graves proved he’s out to change the Americana game. Continue reading →

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Download Shakey Graves’ Nobody’s Fool, entire discography Name Your Price through Wednesday

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

When you click on an artist’s Bandcamp profile and see the “Name Your Price” detail, a wave of relief comes into the mix. In what appears to be a celebration of his latest release, folk artist Shakey Graves announced via Twitter that his entire Bandcamp discography will be free or name your price until Wednesday. Continue reading →

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I’m Shakin’: World Cafe Live was rocked by Shakey Graves

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

I’m not gonna lie: The first time I was introduced to Shakey Graves, I was more than a bit skeptical. A fellow music nerd showed me a video of Graves jangling away on his arch-top guitar, stomping like mad on a suitcase-turned-kick-drum, yowling away about God knows what, and I instantly reacted with the obligatory “UGH. Yet another Mumford-esque, insipid, nu-folkster poseur.”

In the interstitial year or so, I’ve come around to Graves. And after seeing him perform live at a very sold-out World Café on Wednesday night, I must say: If it is all just an act, then it’s a pretty damn good one. Graves—the stage name of one Alejandro Rose-Garcia—brought his deeply rooted brand of stomp-folk to Philly in support of his brilliant, just-released album, And The War Came. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s, Orenda Fink at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, and Shakey Graves at World Cafe Live

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Philly garage rock outfit Purling Hiss will take on Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The band’s distortion-infused sound has made the group a Philly favorite and they have continued to gain a following around the country thanks to relentless touring. Their recent album Weirdon, released by label Drag City in September, has received enthusiastic reviews, with Consequence of Sound saying that it proves frontman Mike Polizze  “to be one of Philadelphia’s best, a tough feat considering the talent bursting out of the city.” For more information on tonight’s show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →