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Alex G’s album release show sells out The Fire

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

On Sunday night, lo-fi fans and Philly basement enthusiasts rallied together as hometown hero Alex G put on a sold out show at the Fire. The concert marked the end of their month long tour with Orchid Tapes labelmates Elvis Depressedly as well as the release of Alex G’s latest album, obscurely dubbed DSU. The album has been garnishing the 21-year-old tons of attention for many reasons, most notably because it was made without ever setting foot into a studio. Continue reading →

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Hang out with Alex G and friends at The Fire on August 17th

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie singer-songwriter, Alexander Giannascoli, better known as Alex G, will be playing at the Fire on August 17th to celebrate the release of his new LP, DSU. The album has gotten a lot of attention lately, from Pitchfork and Rolling Stoneand, of course, the Key. In his review, John Vettese pictured Giannascoli as “a creative introvert holed up in some West Philly apartment or Fishtown warehouse, layering guitar drones and drum loops, harnessing the right feedback tones, crafting songs that expunge his ennui to tape.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alex G at Walla Fest in Norristown

Alex G | Photo by Abi Reimold
Alex G | Photo by Abi Reimold

Walla Fest continues at the Centre Theater in Norristown today with a dozen more acts, capped off by a performance from Alex G.  The Philadelphia bandleader / songwriter, who has been an Internet sensation for several years, released a brand new LP called DSU just a few weeks ago that caught the attention of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.  His instantly memorable guitar melodies are paired with relatable lyrics that fans scream back at him from the crowd, whether he’s playing in a basement or on a stage.  More information for Walla Fest can be found here.  Listen to “After Ur Gone” below.

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Alex G, Pine Barons, Abi Reimold, The Snails and more on Walla Fest 2014

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The Snails | via facebook.com/thesnailspa2

 

Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. This year’s Walla Fest lineup has been released, and it features some of the best local musicians the Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan area has to offer including reggae group The Snails (who are back for their second year in a row), bedroom pop musician Alex G, folkish alt-rockers Pine Barons, cathartic singer-songwriter Abi Reimold mellow rock band Free Cake for Every Creature.  The festival will be held inside of Norristown’s Centre Theater. If you’re looking for more information about the fest, including the full lineup and ticket information, you can head right here to the festival’s website. Also, you can check out some tunes by Alex G below.

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Listen to Alex G’s euphoric new single “Harvey,” see him at Michael Jordan house tomorrow

Alex G | Photo by Abi Reimold
Alex G | Photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia artist Alex G has released a new single from his upcoming full-length album DSU. The track called “Harvey” has a wistful sound with hypnotizing harmonies and blissful music. It puts the listener in a euphoric state, but as quickly as “Harvey” starts, it ends. The listener falls down the rabbit hole and is left to struggle alone coming down from the high. Like a drug, the song becomes addictive — it’s hard to take it off repeat. Listen to “Harvey” below, and catch Alex G tomorrow night at West Philly show house Michael Jordan; information on the show can be found at its Facebook event page.

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Pi Lam announces line-up for Human BBQ XXXVI, including Slingshot Dakota, Laser Background, Alex G and more

Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net
Slingshot Dakota | photo by Ryan Russell | www.ryanrussell.net

West Philly’s punk frat house Pi Lam has announced the line-up for its 36th annual Human BBQ, taking place Saturday, April 5th.  The 18-band, day-long festival will feature performers from across the genre spectrum, including Haverford fan favorites Alex G, psych-Americana outfit Heat Thunder and “rotten fuzz punk” four-piece Mumblr.  Heading up the meat and music event are upbeat pop punkers Slingshot Dakota, post-hardcore emo outfit Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe and indie rockers Cold Fronts.  The mostly-local bill is filled out by Laser Background, Roof Doctor, ScooterJinx, Told Slant, Is and of The, No Stranger, Memorial Gore, The Interest Group, David Phosphor Walrus and Teenage Bigfoot.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Check out music from some of the acts below.

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Watch Winthrop of The Hundred Acre Woods perform an acoustic version of “Base of My Heart” (playing Golden Tea House tonight)

The Hundred Acre Woods | via Facebook

Folky Philly indie rock outfit The Hundred Acre Woods recently visited Space Jam Sessions – the new video project of local photographer (and Key contributor) Allison Newbold – where frontman Winthrop Stevens performed the gut-wrenching “Base of My Heart.” Totally stripped down to an acoustic and his voice, the music thrives with its simply heavenly melody. The band throws a release party for its new EP Cold In the Morning tonight at Golden Tea House alongside Alex G, I Kill Giants, Au Revoir, and SHMNS. For more info, check out the Facebook event.

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Palehound brings DIY passion and aggression to Philly this Friday

Ellen Kempner of Palehound | Courtesy of Exploding in Sound Records

New York based Palehound released the six song Bent Nail EP back in October, and I have to say I’m disappointed I did not hear about them until now. A lot of potential is wrapped up in this band, from the songwriting and lo-fi tunes, to singer Ellen Kempner’s striking voice.

Similarities can definitely be drawn to Philly’s own Hop Along - both feature passionate and aggressive front women backed by calculated hooks that result in something that is heartfelt and catchy.

“Drooler” contains a softly trudging verse that leads into a blown-up chorus where Kempner exclaims “Vandalize my body / If it helps you sleep soundly.” This song definitely grows on you. “Psycho Speak” is a trip through stories of rich lovers, bad neighbors, and laziness that flows with a non-stop upbeat guitar riff.

The band’s most notable song comes with “Pet Carrot,” with a great amount of humor and honesty intertwined throughout. Kempner takes us through this song as her voice dips and dives across her vocal range, but the guitar and bass also also pop. The EP finishes strong with “I Get Clean,” which focuses on the inability to clear your mind and “Flytrap,” which is a powerful humming ballad.

Palehound will be playing a show at Dog Morgue this Friday with Krill, Alex G, Pumba, and Anchor 3. Stream Bent Nail below, and download it via Bandcamp.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Lights at MilkBoy, Alex G at PhilaMOCA, Kite Party at Boot and Saddle

goodnightlightsPhilly alterna-indie mainstays Goodnight Lights must have cranked up the “epic” knob on their amps since we heard from them last. Yesterday, the five-piece band quietly unleashed a new track called “Convinced,” a selection from their recent recording stint with Bill Moriarty over at Waking Studio in East Falls, and it’s thundering drums and soaring guitar licks sound massive in a Siamese Dream via Synthetica kind of way. The song is a teaser for a five-song EP the band plans to release in 2014, but tonight, they open up the show at MilkBoy alongside Born Cages and NGHBRS; tickets and information can be found here. Listen to “Convinced” below.

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