“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 →
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 →
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 →
Just in time for the upcoming Halloween season, Philly multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Alexander Giannascoli, aka Alex G, has rifled through a stash of costumes and masks for his latest music video, “Hollow.” Continue reading →
If you’ve been following the pages and website Rolling Stone as of late, you might have noticed that local Philly artists have made quite a few appearances in the iconic rock magazine’s coverage, particularly from the city’s DIY scene. Here are a few we noticed in the past month. Continue reading →
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 →
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 Stone, and, 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 →
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.
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.
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.