Patty Griffin delivers a singular performance at a sold out show at World Cafe Live

Photo by Joe del Tufo |
Photo by Joe del Tufo |

Patty Griffin played an inspired set last night at a sold out show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia in support of her eighth album, American Kid. Pulling from her eighteen-year career, she opened with an aching rendition of “Be Careful” from 1000 Kisses. Other highlights were the guitar-laden “Flaming Red” and “Top Of The World,” from her recently unearthed Silver Bell album that had been shelved for over a decade. She performed two covers – a haunting version of Dorothy Love Coates’ “The Strange Man” and “The Glory of Love” by Jimmy Durante, which closed the show nicely. What any newcomer would take from this show, aside from the pure professionalism of Griffin and her band, is the incredible wide palette of styles she pulls from. Ultimately it is witnessing one of the most beautiful and singular voices in music, at the top of her game. Opening the show was newcomer Parker Millsap, who performed material from his new self-titled album.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nothing at Boot and Saddle, Patty Griffin at World Café Live, Mark Fosson at Random Tea Room and more

Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Don’t let the band’s name fool you — there will be a lot more than Nothing going on at Boot and Saddle tonight. The noise rock band released its debut album, Guilt of Nothing, in March of this year and has been gaining popularity with the more media attention it gets. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information and listen to a live version of the band’s new song, “Dig,” below.

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WXPN Welcomes Patty Griffin to World Cafe Live on Sunday, June 8th

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin is playing World Cafe Live on Sunday, June 8th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21st at 10 a.m. In May of 2013, Griffin released both American Kid, and in October, her “lost album,” Silver Bell, after being kept on the shelves for 13 years. Originally recorded in 2000, Silver Bell was intended to be the follow-up to Griffin’s 1998 release Flaming Red and included her “Top of the World” and “Truth #2,” both covered by the Dixie Chicks. Opening the show is Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap.

Griffin was recently on World Cafe with David Dye during the Cafe’s Sense of Place: Austin week. During the session, recorded at KUTX in Austin, she performed an unreleased song, “Winter’s Lullabye” that you can watch below. Listen to Griffin’s session here and watch the video below.

World Cafe Sense of Place Austin: Patty Griffin performs “Winter’s Lullaby” from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Photos: Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center

Folk-Americana singer-songwriter Patty Griffin performed on Thursday night to a crowd at the Kimmel Center. Her seventh LP, American Kid, was released last month on New West Records. Check out photos from the show in the gallery above. This week Griffin was David Dye’s guest on the World Cafe; listen to the session here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tressels and Low Cut Connie at The Note, Douglas Thomas at World Cafe Live, Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center

Photos by Abi Reimold |
Photo by Abi Reimold |

Featuring members from The Weeds, Birdie Busch’s band and Buried Beds, Divers are about as local as a group of musicians can get. Their music falls somewhere in between folk, rock and a little country and can go from ambient tones to straight up rock in a heartbeat. They’re playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight; for more information on the 21+ show, click here. Below, watch Divers perform “Take Me Back” for Kettle Pot Tracks’ studio’s On the Hill series.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center on June 6th

PattyGrammy-winning and critically revered American folk performer Patty Griffin makes a Philadelphia appearance next month, headlining Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center. Griffin is on tour in support of her seventh record, American Kid, released this month on New West Records, and this week we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show on Wednesday the 6th of June. Just leave a comment below with your favorite Patty Griffin song and we’ll announce a winner next Thursday afternoon the 30th.

Ground rules: you have to leave your first and last name in the comments, and you have to enter an email where we can contact you if you win (the e-mail will not be made public). Below, watch Griffin performing “Wild Old Dog” at The Living Room in New York last month.


The Week So Far: 9 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Kurt Vile, Grandchildren, Khari Mateen and Dave Hartley’s Top of The Key)


Grandchildren‘s Golden Age is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

It’s been a big week for show announcements, with The Monkees [link], Patty Griffin [link], Pet Shop Boys [link] and The Olms [link] unveiling Philly dates

Joe Pug played a show at Johnny Brenda’s this week – check out a free download of five tracks from the Chicago singer-songwriter [link]

Khari Mateen will kick-off Brewerytown’s summer jazz concert series on May 15th [link]

Take a listen back to this year’s Key Studio Sessions with Volume 7, featuring Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans and Ruby the Hatchet [link]

Kurt Vile shares a new video for “Never Run Away” – he’ll be at Union Transfer on May 18th [link]

Dave Hartley presents an overview of the NBA playoffs in a new edition of Top of Key [link]

Mount Moriah highlighted their sophomore album Miracle Temple during this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

Download a compilation of music from local bands including Cheers Elephant, Roof Doctor and Norwegian Arms c/o Beat the Indie Drum [link]


Just Announced: Patty Griffin to perform at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on 6/6


Touring in support of her seventh studio album American Kid, Patty Griffin has announced a show at the Kimmel Center‘s Verizon Hall on June 6th.  The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter pays tribute to her late father on the new album, following up 2010′s Downtown Church with biographical tales of birthday parties, World War II and family experiences.  American Kid will be released May 7th through New West Records.  Tickets for the summer show go on sale Friday, May 3rd at 10AM – more information will be available here.  Below, watch the official video for Griffin’s song “Ohio” featuring Robert Plant.


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Patty Griffin, Maitland and Reef The Lost Cauze) )

MIsModern Inventors performed five mostly-unreleased songs for a Key Studio Session, filmed by Out of Town Films [link]

PhilaMOCA programmer Eric Bresler previews Cinedelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series for April [link]

Meet Dante Bucci, the local musician who kicked-off WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station this week [link]

Watch local folk duo Maitland perform “Embers” in advance of their Friday, April 5th show at The Trocadero balcony [link]

Mayer Hawthorne‘s new song “Designer Drug” was Tuesday’s My Morning Download [link]

JUMP Magazine shared their recap and photos of Plow United‘s Saturday night show at The Barbary [link]

Stream and download Burn the Wish from local duo Great Red Spots, recorded at West Philly DIY space Sprinkle Kingdom [link]

Reed The Lost Cauze is back with a debut podcast/free download called REEF RADIO, [link]

Unlocked digs into RestorationsLP2 ahead of their record release show this Friday [link]

Take a listen to Wrong World‘s “See These Streets” and see them open for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers on Thursday [link]

Patty Griffin was spotlighted on XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Ohio,” featuring Robert Plant [link]

NPR Music’s First Listen is streaming Kurt Vile‘s Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze before the album’s official release next week [link]