Alex G Live at the Hi-Tone 

The Domino Recording Company artist Alex G plays the Hi-Tone this Friday night, touring on the release of his brand new album, Beach Music. Giannascoli (or G for short) started out as an Internet sensation, releasing multiple records on Bandcamp before getting attention from music media outlets like Noisey, Stereogum, Pitchfork, and more. While Beach Music might be Alex G's introduction to a potentially much larger audience, the Philadelphia songwriter has been working on his lo-fi "bedroom pop" since 2010, releasing seven albums and building a solid fan base in the process. Alex G has obviously already proved to have a solid work ethic, and with a label like Domino behind him, this could be your opportunity for bragging rights of the "I saw him when ... " variety.

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Joining Alex G on tour is Spencer Radcliffe of the bands Best Witches and Blithe Field. Radcliffe also has a new album out this month, making for the first proper release under his own name. Looking In will be released by Run for Cover Records, the Boston label that brought you Elvis Depressedly, Modern Baseball, and, most notably, the vinyl version of Brand New's genre-defining album Déjà Entendu. The Memphis show will be the first of Radcliffe's three gigs with Alex G, and much like Julien Baker (last week's cover story), Radcliffe's music is soft, subtle, and easy on the listener. Radcliffe and Giannascoli seem to be perfect for touring with one another, all the way down to their knack for coming up with vague, one-word song titles. Oxford's Bonus are also on the bill, along with locals Loser Vision. The show takes place in the Hi-Tone small room, and kicks off a stacked weekend for the Crosstown venue.

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