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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shamir at the First Unitarian Church, Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Leif Vollebekk at World Cafe Live, and many, many more

Shamir | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Recent Philly-via-Vegas transplant Shamir closes out a busy year of touring with a hometown show at the Church tonight, following the release of their new album Revelations last month. Shamir’s vibrant and introspective pop songs touch on everything from queer identity to being a millennial, all with a blunt and witty honesty. Read The Key’s interview with Shamir here, watch the video for “90’s Kids” below and find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Leif Vollebekk

As with most Americans who have heard the guy, we were introduced to Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk through North Americana, his ode to his travels through the United States, released at the beginning of 2014. On the record which owes influence to mid-70s Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley, Vollebekk creates a spacious and rich sonic landscape with “the best band in the world,” as he notes in his bio. While this type of songwriting doesn’t tread new ground per se, the singer-songwriter brings a poetry, grace, and soulfulness not often heard. And gosh darn if he ain’t a heck of a songwriter. Continue reading →

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Download “Southern United States,” a dusty, poetic take on Americana by Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk

Photo by Alec Cairncross
Photo by Alec Cairncross
Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk is about to release a dusty, folksy collection of acoustic rooted songs, North Americana, on January 28th. Like Dylan and The Band, Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch, Vollebekk’s sophomore album straddles the past – Sixties and Seventies folk-rock is at the core – yet sounds so contemporary. Below, download the country influenced “Southern United States.”