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Hop Along, Alex G join Built to Spill on tour this fall

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Frances Quinlan (of Hop Along) | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

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.

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Alex G, Restorations, Deafheaven recount favorite Philly venues for Consequense of Sound

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Alex G onstage at the First Unitarian Church | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The folks over at Consequence of Sound is currently narrowing down America’s greatest music venues, and will will be publishing the results of their informal survey this Friday. But for now, they asked several artists about their own favorite places to play, and a couple familiar Philly music venues made the cut.  Continue reading →

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Teen Spirit: Alex G’s introspective youth anthems bring out a hometown crowd

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

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alex G at Union Transfer, Bleached at Johnny Brenda’s, Open Mike Eagle at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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.

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Alex G takes a walk in the woods for new “Mud” video

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Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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.

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Alex G plays live at Scotty’s house in new “Bug” video

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Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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.

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Free at Noon Flashback: Philly indie hero Alex G. ends 2015 on a high note

Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

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 →