(Sandy) Alex G returns with the impressionistic “Gretel” from new album House of Sugar

Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

(Sandy) Alex G released a new track this morning, “Gretel”, and announced that he will release his new album House of Sugar on September 13th on Domino. The 26-year-old indie star, born Alex Giannascoli in Havertown, PA, posted the album announcement on Twitter this morning, along with cover art by his sister Rachel Giannascoli and a video for “Gretel” by Zev Magasis. Continue reading →


(Sandy) Alex G brings it back to the basement in a First Unitarian Church doubleheader

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Philly’s (Sandy) Alex G spent Friday night performing the first of two sold out shows at First Unitarian Church along with support from Brooklyn’s Half Waif. Alex G has been touring off his 2017 album Rocket, one of my personal favorites of last year, and brought it to his hometown for a much more intimate performance than his Union Transfer headliner last summer. Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Letters to Cleo, Caroline Rose, Keyon Harrold, (Sandy) Alex G and more

Keyon Harrold
Keyon Harrold | photo by Deneka Peniston | courtesy of the artist

It’s starting to get cold out, friends. And before you find yourself faced with the prospect of bundling up in heavy winter attire to get groceries, much less to get to the gig, we recommend you fit in many shows this week as possible this moth. Here are 25 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia: free shows, jazz gigs, folk and funk, and one of the most jam-packed Fridays we’ve seen in a while.    Continue reading →


Phoebe Bridgers covers (Sandy) Alex G’s “Powerful Man”

XPNFest 2018 Behind The Scenes | photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

As if Phoebe Bridgers wasn’t already making all your indie rock dreams come true releasing boygenius’ EP last week with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, she just today shared a cover of (Sandy) Alex G’s “Powerful Man” via Amazon Music. The single is part of Amazon’s “Produced By” series, this time featuring Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers. Conor Oberst is also credited on harmonica. Continue reading →


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

Dr. Dog | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN |

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 →


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

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

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 →


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

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

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 →


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

Alex G | Photo by: Ellen Miller |
Alex G | Photo by Ellen Miller |

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 →