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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 →

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Alex G headlines a sold-out First Unitarian Church for Beach Music album release

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

Alex G and Girlpool made a graceful return to their current residence of Philadelphia on Saturday night at First Unitarian Church, with enthusiastic sets from opening acts Eskimeaux and Brandon Can’t Dance opening the show. Each of these artists are best experienced in their live form, which made for extremely entertaining sets that were matched with visual imagery projected from dual film projectors by Craig Scheihing. Continue reading →

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From the Bedroom to the Big Leagues: Reflections on the release of Alex G’s Beach Music

Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Like most music blogs that cover indie rock, we’ve been keeping our eyes on Alex G for a little while now, and we’ve dug what we heard. The music grabbed us both initially, when Alex Giannascoli came on The Key’s radar back in summer of 2013, and as it progressed over several releases leading to the new LP Beach House, which is out tomorrow on Domino Records. (Listen to the whole thing streaming via Hype Machine here.) Continue reading →

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Alex G. continues to tease Beach Music with new single, “Kicker”

Alex G | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Alex G | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

The folks over at Domino Records seem to be as excited as we are for the release of Philly do-it-yourself indie artist Alex G.’s first studio album, Beach Music. Over the weekend, they released the third single off the album, teasing fans even more for the album which will likely make Alex G. a much bigger name in the indie rock universe. Continue reading →

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Alex G. gives fans another taste of upcoming album, Beach Music

 

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Alex G. | Photo by Carly McKown

Early last month emerging indie/psych rocker Alex G. released the first track off his much buzzed-about major label debut, Beach Music. Today he gave his growing fan base another hint at what his new release will sound like with the second single, “Salt.”

While “Bug” was largely what we have come to expect from the young indie artist, “Salt” removes the layered and sometimes frantic guitars and substitutes a hushed synth with heavy bass and a more percussive sound. Early in the track, Alex’s vocals also take a much more gentle, sultry approach than in previous recordings – though they eventually slide into the more into the higher-register sound we have some to expect. Check out “Salt” below. Continue reading →