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(Sandy) Alex G





Weekend Warrior, July 7 - 9

This Saturday, Union Transfer hosts a billing that generates power via proximity. (Sandy) Alex G floats feathered layers of intersecting instrumentation, establishing a complex reassuring sense of melody. Placing pensively introspective narratives on top of delicately detailed compositions, his tunes are capable of swaying you into submission and/or abruptly shifting sonic gears and ripping it up. And as we await the official release of her new album Soft Sounds From Another Planet (due out July 14 via Dead Oceans), Japanese Breakfast captivates with cosmos-venturing, silky serenades and dramatically danceable tracks that waft into the ether, while sinking in deep. In support of their recent full-length debut #1 Hit Single, available via Double Double Whammy, Brooklyn quartet Cende cracks the doors open with a jangly, jarring brand of power pop. - Michael Colavita

More place to chill this weekend…

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT (Sandy) Alex G, Japanese Breakfast

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT Sumerlands, SUN Pine Barons

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Groovy Movies, Secret Nudist Friends, SAT Upholstery

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Flat Mary Road, Baker Man/Clamfight/DJ Deejay, SAT Stereotytans, Ill Fated Natives, Kaytronalia, Spells/Kieran Loftus, Wolf Dem, Teknacolor Ninja/The Tough Shits, SUN Dead Laughs, Old Arrows, Vital Stats

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Francie Cool, Deer Scout

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Stone, Tortuga, Rob Levy, SUN Flex Squad, Celebrity Flash, Lavish The Villain, Cas YoungStar, Ash Ava, Heem Luciano

TLA (334 South St.) SUN Foxtrot and the Get Down

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Blame Candy

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Conjunto/Dibbs and the Detonators , SAT Heart Harbor, Sunday Muse/Denelle Anderson, Rico Anderson, Jeremy Isaac, Taylor Samuels, Ms. Tia McNeil, Tracey Preston, Dave Watson, SUN Jesse Ruben

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Saver, Post War Dream, Here/Now, Oso/Vessna Scheff, Edenspore, Tiny Hueman, Femme Collective, SAT The Wayside Shakeup, Ginny Mill and The Barter Kings, SUN RIP Eternal, Holy Mountain/P-Slur

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Ace and The Kings, Granz, Elk Embassy, The Stonewall Vessels, Posture

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Chris Cornell Tribute: Andorra, Kid Felix, Soraia, Plantation

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Maggie Mae, SAT Metroplex, Crossed Keys, SUN The Stone Eye, Sublaymen

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo, Foxx Boogie

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT In The Presence Of Wolves (Album Release), Robbie Casablanca, SUN The Morelings, Stellarscope

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Star Castillo, Track Jumpas, Microwave Frank

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ PiERSON, SUN Piano Fight Club: Burnt Sienna

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Eyes of the Living

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Lady HD, Slomo Sapiens, Local Smokes, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Stephan Hayes, SAT Razor Boomarang, The Parameters, Somethin’ Divine

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Laser Background, Grubby Little Hands

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Honey Radar, Telepathic, SAT Petunia, McGarnagle (Record Release) / Puke Party, Secret Seahorse, A Ship Named Beagle

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Addie Pray





The Deli Philly's June Record of the Month: Rocket - (Sandy) Alex G

Beyond the glow of a blue screen, a new world comes into view, a space unbound from the material conventions of health and wealth - one’s knowledge and technical prowess act as the key to foraging for content. Free from the traditional constraints that have plagued musicians for decades, there is more room available for experimentation, for tooling around with parts until a flash of understanding allows oneself to arrive at new avenues for conveying one’s art. Software is increasingly accessible and powerful, while platforms such as Bandcamp and Soundcloud allow artists to self-publish and organically develop a following. Alex Giannascoli, the 24-year-old Philly recording artist behind the moniker (Sandy) Alex G, is a prime example of what can be accomplished when making music and making it available is placed in the hands of the artist. Over the past 6 years, Giannascoli has gone from bedroom-pop aficionado to indie-rock sensation, recently releasing his latest album, Rocket, via Domino Records.

The record exhibits a rare sophistication in arrangement, hosting a range of compositions that span from sunny bluegrass and folk ballads to more challenging songs that pummel the listener under a heavy sonic fist. “Horse” and “Brick” hit fast, and play into one another, an off-kilter rhythmic barrage of kaleidoscopic guitars that fold into an industrial head-bobber complete with frantically swirling strings and screaming. This moment of intense catharsis is cut cleanly with piano and auto-tuned vocals, leading eager listeners by the hand in an act of assurance and faith in the album’s direction. Tracks such as “County” and “Guilty” incorporate jazz modalities that are woven in with lush, pop palettes, showcasing his sensibility for meshing a variety of influences into one clean package. “Bobby” and “Proud” open up the space of the record to work in endearing Americana and elements of country, demonstrating his seemingly effortless mastery of melody.

Taken under a microscope, Rocket is composed of a host of genres, yet from start to finish it eludes classification. An understanding of the principles respective to each style at play grants Alex the ability to draw from the wealth of Western guitar-pop to occupy a territory unique to the project, a space that is respectful of his predecessors while making a statement that is characteristically his own. - Josh Kelly





New (Sandy) Alex G LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

We've been posting our favorites from the slew of eclectic tracks released by prolific Philly singer-songwriter and former Deli Philly Artist of the Year, Alex Giannascoli [formerly Alex G and now (Sandy) Alex G]. Well, his new, highly anticipated LP Rocket is out now via Domino, and we are absolutely psyched to share it with you. It's a captivating showcase of his songwriting talents, and we have no doubt that the album will be introducing him to a much wider audience in the near future. So kickstart your weekend off right by pressing "play" below, and don't miss his summer tour closer at Union Transfer on Saturday, July 8 with Japanese Breakfast and Cende!





New Track: "Proud" - (Sandy) Alex G

Henceforth, Alex Giannascoli will now be referred to as (Sandy) Alex G. With his new album, Rocket, slated for release on May 19 via Domino, “Proud” is its latest single to arrive. A relaxing weave of twinkling keys, strumming and tambourine develops the low-key, heart-warming, country-folk tune. It’s a sticky, slow-down-and-look-around ode, whose slow-motion style, lyric-depicting video complements it tone. You’ll find yourself humming that melody before too long. You can catch (Sandy) Alex G performing next in Philly on Saturday, July 8 at Union Transfer with Japanese Breakfast and Cende.

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