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Why you need to know who Shakey Graves is (and go to his shows)

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A whole lotta shake-ing goin’ on…

While Shakey Graves has been an increasingly regular name in Austin show listings over the past year-plus, other bands in Austin with similar-sounding names also evoke an old-timey, unsettling mood. Here, a quick cheat sheet for the uninitiated.

Shakey Graves. The performance name of solo singer Alejandro Rose-Garcia, supposedly created while on a camping trip with friends where they gave each other “campfire Indian guide names” like Spooky Wagons and Spinster Jones.

Shivery Shakes. Not a sonic contemporary of Rose-Garcia, this four-piece is all about driving indie-pop that would work great in an opening spot for bands like Surfer Blood.

Whiskey Shivers. A raucous five-piece bluegrass and roots-focused group with banjo, fiddle and other throwback elements that liken them to Shakey Graves, more so since the two acts regularly pair up for shows.

White Ghost Shivers. The most tenured group of this bunch does throwback Prohibition-vintage swing jazz, complete with era-appropriate costuming. Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers? They sure do.

Whiskey Sisters. This newish project for the Mother Truckers’ Teal Collins is a six-piece country-rock act that has elements of Damnations TX and the Dixie Chicks going on.

Alabama Shakes. Not from Austin and in no way connected (so far as we know) to any of these acts, but they were everywhere in 2012 so their inclusion here felt compulsory. Plus, they’re scheduled to play March 13 at Rodeo Austin (during South by Southwest, so speculate away).

Upcoming shows:

Shakey Graves continues his Wednesady night residency at the Parish through the end of the month (www.theparishaustin.com).

He’s also on the bill Friday at Club DeVille (www.clubdeville.com).

Online: shakeygraves.com.

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