Alex Giannascoli, aka Alex G rose to prominence in the Philly DIY scene while studying at Temple University and has been quickly gaining recognition for his homegrown approach to music. The indie rock/lo-fi artist is known for recording alone in his bedroom, a factor that aids in creating a sound that’s uniquely his own.
Joining him for this special hometown show was folk punk duo Girlpool, as well as Brooklyn’s Eskimeaux and one-man electropop act Brandon Can’t Dance, whom I particularly enjoyed. I was also excited to see Girlpool after hearing about them through friends, and I was not disappointed. I had never heard of Eskimeaux prior to this show but I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by front-woman Gabrielle Smith’s vocals and low-key disposition.
At around 9:45, Alex G took to the stage and was met with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd of mostly teens and 20-somethings. Being that this was a hometown show, many of the attendees were personal friends of Alex or fellow musicians showing their support. Alex played a long set of both old and new songs (Beach Music is his seventh album!) and had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. It seemed like almost everyone in the room was dancing, or at least swaying from side to side, and Alex even busted out a few of his own moves at one point.
In all honesty, this was probably one of the most intimate shows I’ve ever attended, due to both the size of the venue and the feeling of love and support that filled the room. Alex G is without a doubt one of Philadelphia’s finest young musicians, and I can’t wait to see where his career takes him.