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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 →

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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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