Greg from Como Tapes dropped us a line this week to share a podcast he’s been working on for a few years, and boy are we glad he did. The Vermont / New Jersey tape label has been producing its Musicians Talk series since 2013, sitting down with local favorites and national up-and-comers to get into their heads about songwriting and to hear some live performances.
The album that many believe launched Alex G from Temple house shows to gigs all around the world is getting re-issued on Run For Cover Records. DSU (short for Dream State University) was first put out on the tiny Brooklyn label Orchid Tapes just over than two years ago. Continue reading →
Indie rock heroes Built to Spill have announced a run of dates along the east coast for the fall, and they’ll be taking Hop Along and Alex G along for the ride. Though no Philly date is listed on the schedule, the trio will hit the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on October 8th and this is one bill well worth the return bridge toll.
If you were standing up front, close to the stage last night at Union Transfer, you’d have noticed a disproportionate demographic of 17- to 20-year-olds, holding iPhones instead of beer and waiting bright-faced and wide-eyed for the double-bill of Philly’s own Alex Giannascoli — better known as Alex G — and New York’s Porches.
Concurring that Giannascoli’s fans were largely a younger demographic, the 19-year-old next to me expressed his moderate and considered sartorial disdain for his generation: “They’re all dressed weird too.”
That said, many were wearing band shirts advertising their adoration for the Philly-based, highly prolific DIY bedroom-recording-studio songwriter.
On the contrary, Porches tees were few and far between, and the blank faces on the crowd seemed to suggest that this was largely an introduction to the music of opening band Your Friend. Continue reading →
Alex G brings a spring tour home to Union Transfer tonight. The Havertown native has been supporting last year’s Domino Records debut Beach Music in a big way, criss-crossing the country, booking international festivals and now headlining his largest Philly show to date. Pretty cool stuff for a band that got its start in the Temple house show scene. Watch the video for “Mud” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show with Porches and Your Friend here.
Alex G has shared another video for a track off of last year’s Beach Music LP, this time choosing the quiet and quick “Mud.” It was directed by Colin Acchione (the brother of Alex G band guitarist Sam) and follows Alex and Emily Yacina (who provides backing vocals on “Mud”) as they explore the woods in the rain.
Alex G is no longer a well-kept secret of the Temple house show scene. These days if he plays a basement, it’s a surprise set kept under wraps until after the last band on the lineup plays. If he plays a show in Philly at all, it’s a sold-out gig at the First Unitarian Church or a headlining spot at Union Transfer.
Meanwhile, a flurry of announcements about festival slots around the globe are streaming in and today the band starts a two week jaunt across Europe and the UK (and not for the first time). But, luckily for us, he’s not leaving his Philadelphia roots behind just yet as we see in a new video for “Bug,” taken from last year’s Domino Records debut Beach Music.
LA-bred duo Girlpool and Havertown’s Alex G. have both had years to remember in Philadelphia, releasing major LPs and heading out on national tours – so their live collaboration is definitely something that caught our attention. Continue reading →
Alex G. is someone that we here at The Key have been keeping a keen eye on for a while now. The release of his first proper label album Beach Music this year marked his first step into the world of being a nationally-recognized indie rock singer-songwriter. But the Havertown native is a testament to how the internet age has transformed the way in which a musician can break: his eleven previous albums and EPs were released directly to Bandcamp.
His time kicking around the Temple DIY scene garnered him significant attention and made him a comfortable and skilled live performer, which he showed off Friday afternoon at World Cafe Live. The upstairs venue was packed to gills with an excited audience, one that skewed young, with many in attendance the same age as the performers. Alex G and co. pulled mostly from his newest album but also played some songs off of 2014’s DSU and 2015’s Trick. Continue reading →