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Watch Alex G’s dreamy new video for “Bug”

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Nobody captures midtwentysomething ennui quite like Philly’s Alex G. The quiet guitar strums and dreamily chiming harmonic leads, the murmured lyrics, the midtempo pace and listless minimalism. It kind of nails that point in everyone’s life where directon is unclear and the only positive use of time is sprawling out under a graffiti-covered bridge, smoking cigarettes and watching the sun set. That’s pretty much the vibe of the new video for Alex G’s “Bug,” directed by Micah van Hove; it almost feels like a slice-of-life short story, a vignette following a squatter couple about their day. Continue reading →

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Listen to Alex G’s new song “Bug,” get details on his new album Beach Music

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philly indie rock dude Alex G has built up a cult following over the past few years for his prolific, home-recorded discography and meditative live shows. Today we got news on the latest addition to his discography: Beach Music, his first LP since signing to Domino. The album is out October 9th on Domino, with a headlining show at the First Unitarian Church slated for Saturday, November 14th. Listen to the Pavement-esque lead single “Bug” below, and revisit Alex G’s Key Studio Session here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Alex G

It takes a moment to wrap your brain around the sheer volume of music on Alex G‘s Bandcamp page. Five full-lengths, three EPs and four standalone singles, all released in the past five years – most released in the past two – but recorded in fits and starts in various apartment bedrooms and suburban houses, ever since the man behind the project, Alex Giannascoli, was a teenager.

But he’s not just prolific for prolific’s sake; there seems to be a definite method to Alex’s madness, whether you’re talking about his DIY discography or his on-point live band. Instruments are arranged in a minimal but alluring manner – the interplay of chiming guitar lead with the chugging rhythm strums on “Black Hair” is intoxicating; the thumping floor toms on “Soaker” are moving and emotive. Then there are his lyrics, which are just as specific and descriptive as they are loose and mysterious – like “Wicked Boys,” and its mantra-like opening “real men walk / on the outside / and they take it for the team.” Continue reading →

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Philadelphia will be positively present this year at SXSW

Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag
Ground Up at Union Transfer | via facebook.com/skilloverswag

So there’s an official Philadelphia-centric music showcase at this year’s SXSW festival, and we’re psyched for it.

But that’s not the only showcase of Philly’s musical talent that’s going to be rushing Austin this week. Back in October, we heard that Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie landed showcases. Eventually, another slew of Philadelphia artists joined the lineup, including Philly bedroom rocker Alex G, sultry electronic duo Marian Hill, hip hop duo Moosh & Twist, alternative crooner Son Little and indie pop outfit CRUISR, among many others. Continue reading →

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Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth and Alex G. get together on “Too Long Here”

Alex G | Photo by John Vettese
Alex G | Photo by John Vettese

A collaboration between lo-fi musician Alex G and Canadian electronic artist Ryan Hemsworth may be the strangest thing to hear about. But Hemsworth has a clear interest in indie artists, like New Zealand’s Lontalius. For the bedroom-recording Alex G, on the other hand, this is a step into something completely new. The collaborative album, Alone for the First Time, was released in November 2014 and featured Philly native Alex G, Lontalius, and Chicago’s Dawn Golden. Continue reading →

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Alex G’s intimate new video for “Harvey” gives us a glimpse into his world

Alex G in his music video for "Harvey"
Alex G in his music video for “Harvey”

“Success is the only thing I understand,” sings Philly’s Alex G on his introspective song “Harvey,” and you can tell he’s making strides to get there. After receiving a generous amount of press this year, Alex embarked on a long tour that took him around the U.S. and over to the UK; upon returning home, he released a new music video for “Harvey,” the single from his album DSU. Continue reading →

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Catching up with Alex G at Rough Trade East in London

Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck
Alex G performing at Rough Trade East record store in London | photo by Tom Beck

From bedroom recordings to all ages stages, Alex G has become somewhat of a popular name in Philadelphia music community. Since we’ve first written about the breezy lo-fi one-mand band, he’s gotten signed, gotten a few fellow musicians to help him play shows and even had an article written about him in Rolling Stone. What’s next on his list? Apparently he’s set out to conquer Europe.

Monday night, Alex G played a free show at Rough Trade East, a popular chain of record stores in the UK, to promote his new album DSU.  He’ll be in the UK until Sunday, playing a handful of shows in London and one in Manchester before he heads back to Philly. Being the cool guy Alex is, he was more than willing to chill with me backstage after the show to answer a few questions for The Key. Read the Q&A below where we talk about London, the Rolling Stone story and James Joyce. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas at The Keswick, Cloud Nothings at Union Transfer, and Little Strike at Little Berlin

Photo via NAS Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Nas)
photo via facebook.com/Nas

Brooklyn-born MC Nas will be taking the stage at The Keswick tonight. After the release of his debut album Illmatic in 1994, which has been consistently referenced as one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, the famous rapper quickly emerged into the hip hop game. He continued to rise to fame after making his second album, It Was Written, which went platinum twice in one month. Nas has also reached out to work with other artists including Damien Marley, whom he collaborated on an album with and donated earnings to charity in Africa. To find more information on tonight’s show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Nas’ video for his song “Daughters” below. Continue reading →