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 →
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 →
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 →
The Austin, Texas based songwriter and singer Shakey Graves works in a lo-fi folk music way. He’s a rich storyteller, a flat picking acoustic guitar player, stomps on a suitcase for a drum, has a whiskey soaked voice and nods to the blues. Graves’ real name is Alejandro Rose-Garcia, brings fresh ideas and energy to the new traditional music scene, and like The Avett Brothers, the Felice Brothers, and JD McPherson, he’s an engaging live performer. Graves performs this Saturday, November 16th at the TLA with The Devil Makes Three. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Unlucky Skin,” from his album, Roll The Bones.