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Dr. Dog officially kicks off summer at Festival Pier with (Sandy) Alex G.

Dr. Dog | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

There is an old proverb dating back to the year two thousand that goes something like “If Dr. Dog didn’t play a show, did summer ever really begin in Philadelphia?” And though it’s a rhetorical question, don’t doubt the power of a good doctor. Case in point – everything in my technological wheelhouse stated that we were due for a storm, probably a big one. Scott, Toby, Zach, Eric, and Frank had other plans, and the rain that was threatening to cancel their show never showed up. It’s a rare ability, and quite frankly impossible to prove, but there were nothing but believers in the house at Festival Pier on Saturday night. Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G’s Live at Third Man Records set is available now

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Philly indie rocker (Sandy) Alex G announced the release of a new live set via Third Man Records, a recording of his performance in the Nashville label’s Blue Room series. The Live at Third Man Records LP features tracks from his latest album, the indie-folk pop outing Rocket, which he’s been promoting on this past tour. The self-released lo-fi bedroom singles that prompted his rise in the DIY scene also resurface on the live record. Listen below for a sample of this intimate, unplugged take on “Bobby,” and grab the full LP here, via Third Man Records. (Sandy) Alex G will play Festival Pier June 23 with Dr. Dog. Tickets and info at the WXPN concert calendar. Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G played an acoustic set at Everybody Hits last night with Coma Cinema

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

Philly rockstar (Sandy) Alex G surprised Everybody Hits on Thursday night with an intimate, by-request, solo acoustic set in support of headliner (and his long-time friend) Coma Cinema. The 185-capacity venue capped around 8 p.m., and a warm, tight-knit feeling filled the room as everyone grew ready for a night of lyrical, lo-fi sounds. Continue reading →

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Watch (Sandy) Alex G perform a stripped version of “Poison Root” in a creepy puppet house

Alex G | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Alex G | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

Though (Sandy) Alex G grew a cult-like following through online presence, it wasn’t of his own doing; it was the fans grassroots approach to his Bandcamp tunes. In reality, it seems that Alex Giannascoli tries to remain pretty absent from the interwebs — whether it be on social media or in his various music videos.

So when I saw that there was a video via Fader (in high definition quality and beautifully filmed, might I add) featuring exclusively him and violinist, Molly Germer, I was a tad surprised at this uncharacteristic move. But then I learned that the one-shot video was filmed at a creepy puppet palace, and all was right with the world once more. Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G announces new headlining tour dates and an opening spot with Fleet Foxes

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

On July 17th, the Fleet Foxes Instagram account posted an announcement that they had added several artists to their upcoming US tour(Sandy) Alex G in the Northeast, Natalie Prass in the Northwest, Bedouine in the Southwest, and Nap Eyes in the Midwest in addition to the already-billed Animal Collective and Beach House.

For a good 24 hours, information on this news was nowhere else to be found, save the account (likely run by frontman Robin Pecknold) answering direct fan inquiries in the comments section. Either way, I naively thought that it was safe to assume the addition of Philly’s own Alex G to the upcoming July 31st show at The Mann Center was a given, as he had no other scheduled shows that day and Philadelphia is a Northeast location. Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G ends tour with an epic, sold out night at Union Transfer

Alex G | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
(Sandy) Alex G | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

On Saturday night, (Sandy) Alex G ended a string of tour dates back home by selling out Union Transfer. After five weeks on the road with Cende and Japanese Breakfast opening for him, the bands were in top form and you could feel the excitement as fans crowded the room. Throughout all three sets it was a fun, laid back gig, complete with Tom Cochrane’s “Life is the Highway” serving as entrance and exit music. Continue reading →

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Hear Porches’ auto-tune stripped remix of (Sandy) Alex G’s “Sportstar”

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

(Sandy) Alex G’s Rocket is a mighty fine, complex collection of some of his most eclectic, genre-crashing gems to date. One of these standout beauties is the dreamlike ballad “Sportstar,” in which frontman Giannascoli warps his voice with otherworldly auto-tune amidst a thick atmospheric soundscape of gauzy guitars and echoing piano. Aaron Maine’s NY-based synth-pop project, Porches, recently remixed the surreal tune, providing a clarified, breezy companion

Stripping away layers of vocal processing, Porches’ remix of the song summons the deeper and tad demonic Alex G monotone that we all know and love, while spicing it up with a hint of electro-steel drum, island music vibes. Continue reading →