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Alex G Changes Name to (Sandy) Alex G Before Release of New Album 'Rocket'

(Sandy) Alex G
Tonje Thilesen

(Sandy) Alex G

Philadelphia musician Alex Giannascoli is changing his name to (Sandy) Alex G ahead of the release of his next album, Rocket. (The official statement: “Going forward, Alex G will be known as (Sandy) Alex G. We are unable to provide further comment at this time, but would appreciate you using the new titling for all future mentions.”)

Last month, Giannascoli shared “Bobby” and “Witch” from the upcoming LP (Stereogum named the former one of the 5 best songs of the week), and today he’s following that up with another new track, “Proud,” a twangy rocker that unfurls slowly and deliberately like an instant-classic.

“I’m so proud of you/ And everything that you do/ Doesn’t matter what they say/ They ain’t worth a dollar in change,” Giannascoli sings over simple strumming and some country flourishes. It’s not clear if he’s talking about a lover, an idol, or a close friend, and the ambiguity in the song’s lyrics only adds to its strength. Listen below.

Alex G tour dates
MAY
18 Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-Op (SOLD OUT)

JUNE
2 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
3 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
4 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
6 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade: Purgatory
7 Orlando, FL @ The Social
9 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10 Austin, TX @ The Parish
11 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
15 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
16 La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe
17 Orange County, CA @ Constellation Room
18 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
20 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
21 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
22 Portland, OR @ Holocene
24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
25 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
27 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
28 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
29 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
30 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

JULY
1 Detroit, MI @ El Club
2 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
4 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
5 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
6 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
8 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Rocket is out 5/19 via Domino.

This article originally appeared on Stereogum.

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