Live Review: Alex G @ Ottobar — 10/29/21

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Alex G performs on the second of two sold out nights at Ottobar in Baltimore on Oct. 29, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Do-it-yourself artists obviously have resources at their disposal that simply weren’t there for musicians of the past. But that doesn’t necessarily put success any closer within reach, nor does it grant an artist any listeners.

The fact that Alex Giannascoli recorded his first album as a senior at Haverford High School, even in today’s day and age, is an impressive achievement, and by attracting his initial fan base in organic fashion, he set the course for what would be a remarkable rise to prominence over the course of a decade while staying true to his lo-fi sound and his hands-on approach to creating unreserved songs.

Recently selling out two back-to-back shows at Ottobar in Baltimore as his musical vehicle known as Alex G, previously known as (Sandy) Alex G, showed his momentum hasn’t been slowed by the pandemic.

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Don’t Miss: Your Friend @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 3/9/16

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Taryn Miller aka Your Friend (Photo by Crystal Lee Farris)

Taryn Miller is Your Friend.

No, really she is. She’s performing as such at the Rock and Roll Hotel tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9. She’s Your Friend.

The bedroom-pop chanteuse has won praise for her lilting yet brooding synthy style.

Said Stereogum: “Miller has a knack for combining disparate sounds into a unified palette, deploying everything from guitar samples to drum loops to field recordings to ominous synth sounds in service of her distinct sonic point of view. The resulting music exists in a shadowy space between Radiohead’s cinematic brooding and Wye Oak at their slowest and stateliest.”

Taryn released her debut album, Gumption, on Jan. 29, and she’s opening for Porches and Alex G, her labelmates at the Domino Recording Co., tomorrow as part of her tour to support the album.

Taryn began writing the songs that would become Gumption at her studio space and apartment in Lawrence, Kan., after returning from touring in mid-2014 including some dates with Courtney Barnett. She took a field recorder to her family farm in Winfield, Kansas, in the process of trying to capture a dreamy, nostalgic vibe. You can hear the results yourself in slow, contemplative songs like “Come Back from It.”

Watch the official music video for “Come Back from It” on YouTube:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye8z8J1EoLA]

You can stream the some of the album Gumption on Soundcloud:

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Tickets are available online!

Your Friend
Opening for Porches and Alex G
Rock and Roll Hotel
Wednesday, March 9
Doors @7pm
$13.50/$15
All ages