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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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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall, Wild Child at Union Transfer, Onyx at The Trocadero and more

hezekiah jones
Hezekiah Jones | photo by Lisa Schaffer

Raphael Cutrufello, better known by his moniker Hezekiah Jones, has been steadily growing a devout following in the Philly are and beyond in the last decade. Recently, we at The Key were lucky enough to have Jones and his band mates into the studio to play some tracks from their brand new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw. Tonight is the album’s official release party at The Ardmore Music Hall with special guests the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Lauryn Peacock. For more information on the record release show tonight, click here. 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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20 must see shows in November

Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/

As we enter November, there’s a month filled with excellent shows coming into Philly. Here’s 20 must see shows that we suggest you choose from to put on your social calendar. Continue reading →

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Lyle Lovett to Lovers League: 54 scenes from the 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

Two friends enjoying the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
Two friends enjoying the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival is, on one level, about the music – and this year the music came in all scales. A headlining Saturday night set from Americana titan Lyle Lovett. Sets by buzzworthy up-and-comers Shakey Graves and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. And the music of the Philadelphia region was represented in force, from Band of Rivals and Lovers League performing in the campground to PhillyBloco taking the main stage and Hoots and Hellmouth helping close the festival out on Sunday night.

But in addition to being a great festival for hearing music, it’s a great festival for seeing a music community. Philly Folk is easily among the most photogenic music gatherings in our region, and to mark its 54th year, we’ve gathered together 54 photos from last weekend’s festival, shot by photographer Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Steve Gunn, Left & Right and more

Steve Gunn
Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | http://laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com/

Guitarist and singer Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Folkadelphia Session. The Philadelphia native performed songs from last year’s Way Out Weather, a record that put his boundary-pushing guitar playing in the spotlight. Check out “Milly’s Garden” below and get the full session here.

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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 →