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After seeing them the weekend before at Newport Folk Festival, I caught the second night of Fleet Foxes two-night run at Prospect Park on August 2, as a part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

Opening the show was (Sandy) Alex G, who we caught just last month at Bowery Ballroom. Being a pretty big opening gig for a band like Fleet Foxes, this was a more honed in performance form Alex and his band than the looser sets I’m used to seeing from him, but it made for a rather tight performance that seemed to win over the crowd. Of course, he still found a way to inject his humor which was mostly lost on the crowd, but it wouldn’t be an Alex G show without some of that goofy charm.
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(Sandy) Alex G at Bowery Ballroom (July 7, 2017)

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2017

(Sandy) Alex G always seems to find new ways to impress me with the steady evolution of his songwriting, which was already turning heads even from his early days on bandcamp. With his latest album Rocket (released via Domino Records), Alex G has found yet a new way to share his talents, with a bit of a alt-country influence sprinkled in.

This month he returned to New York for a two-night run of MHOW/Bowery Ballroom. We caught the Bowery performance on July 7, which featured opening sets from Cende and Japanese Breakfast.
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It seems like ever since the release of DSU in 2014, Alex G has been at it non-stop, releasing Beach Music, his first album for Domino Records in 2015, and of course, he toured non-stop and seemed to never take a break. Things were a little bit quieter for the band last year, but we had a feeling something had to be on the way. It was just a matter of time.

Sure enough, today Alex G has announced a brand new album named Rocket, which Domino will release on May 19 (preorder here). With today’s announcement he’s also released two offerings from the album, “Bobby” and “Witch.”
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Alex G at Brooklyn Flea (August 2, 2015)

By Will Oliver, November 2nd 2015

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In early August, the hardworking Alex G returned to New York for a free performance at 50 Kent in Williamsburg, as a part of the free concert series put on by Brooklyn Flea. The show also featured opening sets from both Pinegrove and Snoozer.

It was one of my his many New York performances this year, yet another enjoyable set of raw songwriting that hit home. He returned a few more times later in the year in support of his newly released Beach Music, his first release on Domino Records.

Find some photos from his performance posted below.
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Girlpool and Alex G at Music Hall of Williamsburg (July 7, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 26th 2015 — with 1 comment

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On July 7 there was a great lineup of music to be found at Music Hall of Music, featuring a stacked bill of up-and-coming talent in the form of Alex G, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos, and Hello Shark.

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I was only able to get there in time for Alex G, but it was yet another great showing from the always impressive Philadelphia musician who has steadily built a rock solid fanbase in New York that follows his every move. There’s a lot to be excited about with Alex, whose really only getting started.

Girlpool, the L.A. duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, have had quite a year. Last winter they released their debut EP to great acclaim, and this year they quickly followed that up with their impressive debut album Before The World Was Big, both released via Wichita Recordings.

While I enjoy the duo’s recordings, they take a very different shape live. Although there’s a simplicity to their music, that’s a part of the charm, and live you’re able to really absorb this. They mixed songs from their debut album and EP to great results, and delighted us with their warm personalities and wicked sense of humor. People seem to really gravitate towards these girls, and I can see why. There’s a lot to love about Girlpool.

Find photos of both Alex G and Girlpool posted below.
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Alex G at Baby’s All Right (April 15, 2015)

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

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I guess you can say that I’m now addicted to seeing Alex G perform live. There’s just something about the Philadelphia-based songwriter that has me captivated and wanting more, no matter how many times I see him live. I certainly couldn’t pass up a chance at seeing him at Baby’s All Right last Wednesday, especially at the best music venue in New York at the moment.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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