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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s Grace with a Key-curated, all-Philly tribute gig

via World Cafe Live

Jeff Buckley fans will celebrate 25 years of the beautifully strange, heartbreaking and uplifting songs on his iconic album Grace this summer, and on the Philadelphia front, The Key is happy to join the festivities on the night of the album’s anniversary with a tribute concert at World Cafe Live starring some of our favorite local artists.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Naeemah Maddox and folk rock band The End Of America will be joined by a host other special guests — including Curtis Cooper, Matt Duke, members of Hardwork Movement and Ruby The Hatchet, and more — on August 23 to celebrate the album that was released on that date in 1994. The musical performance will be preceded by a screening of a documentary on Buckley’s life and career. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett channels Jeff Buckley on “Everybody Here Hates You” for Record Store Day 7″

Courtney Barnett | photo by Mia Mala McDonals | courtesy of the artist

April 13 is the 12th annual Record Store Day, and Courtney Barnett just released a new song to mark the occasion. The brand new “Everybody Here Hates You” is out now digitally, and it’ll be released as a 7″ along with the previously shared single “Small Talk” this Saturday.

Barnett was reportedly listening to a lot of Jeff Buckley back when she was writing songs for her recent album Tell Me How You Really Feel, so if the new track’s title calls to mind Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You,” its probably not a coincidence. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Soraia reflects on the late Jeff Buckley in “Wandering Star”

Soraia | photo by Mark Weiss | courtesy of the artist
Soraia | photo by Mark Weiss | courtesy of the artist

Philly hard rock force of nature Soraia is readying its latest project, Dead Reckoning, due out October 13th on Little Steven Van Zandt’s label Wicked Cool Records.

The band’s past releases have focused on high-octane garage rock — overdriven guitars dishing speedy riffage, racing to keep pace with frontwoman ZouZou Mansour’s dynamic vocals — and this record has no shortage of that, right from the opening punch of “Quicksand.” But Soraia also takes advantage of the vinyl LP format to stretch out into the realm of different sounds and styles like glossy 80s pop (“Why?”), arena-ready slow burn anthems (“Come Down, Angel”) and glimmering retro rock, best exemplified in the song we’re premiering for you today, “Wandering Star.”

The penultimate song of the record incorporates classic 50s guitar arpeggios and a tremolo effect in the vein of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleep Walk,” and when the lyrics kick in, Mansour reflects on love and mortality as it relates to one wandering star in particular. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Jeff Buckley’s journals, John Prine’s songwriting memoirs will hit bookstores soon

Jeff Buckley | via Rolling Stone

“In choosing these pages to share with the world, I’m giving Jeff the chance to speak with his own voice, for the record… and for his fans to see what a sweet, funny, amazing human being he was.”- Mary Guibert- Jeff Buckley’s mom

It’s hard to believe that this coming May 29th will mark the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s death, and now comes word that a new book — Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice — is in the works that will feature, for the first time: handwritten journals, along with some unreleased recordings from the late singer-songwriter. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Jeff Buckley rarities collection You and I via NPR Music

The latest dive into the archives of iconic singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley is You and I,  a ten-song collection of mostly covers from across the canon of 20th century music. We’ve already heard his moving rendition of “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths. Now, thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen, we can hear the whole record – which features covers of Bob Dylan (“Just Like a Woman”), Bukka White (“Poor Boy Long Way From Home”), Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”) and more.  Continue reading →

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Jeff Buckley’s cover of “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths will give you chills

There have been mixed reactions over the years to the amount of unfinished recordings, outtakes, demos, rehearsal tapes, etc. trotted out from the Jeff Buckley archives and packaged as commercial releases. But the latest from the much loved singer-songwriter, who passed away in 1997, sounds incredibly promising.

As anybody who owns Grace will tell you, Buckley was a master of interpretation (see his iconic version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” See also: “Lilac Wine,” recorded over the years by Eartha Kitt and Nina Simone). So it’s amazing to hear that You and I, out on March 16th, is almost entirely covers. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Madonna Sing Tribute to David Bowie, & Listen to Jeff Buckley’s cover of Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman”

Rebel Rebel You tore your dress…………..Rebel Rebel how could they know?? ❤️#rebelheartour

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Madonna is among the many artists who have paid tribute to David Bowie. Watch Madonna cover “Rebel Rebel” live in concert in Houston last night. Continue reading →

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With traces of Jeff Buckley, Zeppelin and CSN&Y, get to know Greylag

Greylag | Photo by Chloe Aftel
Greylag | Photo by Chloe Aftel

Based in Portland, Oregon, Greylag are an indie rock trio featuring Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar, keyboards), and drummer Brady Swan. Their self-titled debut full length album, out on Dead Oceans on October 14th, was produced by Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins). It’s a beguiling collection of roots and rock music from a band that’s been quietly growing a nice following in their hometown over the last four years. Continue reading →