Alex G at the Rickshaw Stop
Alex G (Photo: Ruby Perez)

Wrapping almost entirely around the block stood a line of young people as they waited impatiently to enter the Rickshaw Stop. At nearly 9 p.m., openers Foie Gras were well done with their set, and the dark and abrasive sounds of Oakland’s Never Young could be heard thumping inside. Meanwhile, much of the crowd that would later fill the venue stood in a singular line, outside the venue.

Alex G at the Rickshaw Stop
Alex G

This was unfortunate, considering the show’s roster included a well rounded lineup; Foie Gras, Never Young, Elvis Depressedly, and Alex G were all due to perform.

Hailing from South Carolina, Elvis Depressedly are makers of sad, distorted pop music that is best suited for when you find yourself consumed in your own benevolent, dejected thoughts.

Alex G at the Rickshaw Stop
Alex G

Reminiscent of early 90 forgoers such as Rocketship, this is the band you turn to when you’re attempting to make sense of the world, or in many ways, just trying to feel ok.

Alex G at the Rickshaw Stop
Alex G

Their performance was much like their sound: Clouded, hazy and somewhat distant, however none the less all engaging. Notable was the group of eager teenagers with fat X’s marked across their hands, singing along and bobbling enthusiastically in the front. These are the true music fans when you think about it: Being young and excited about something is the kind of thing that gets lost with age. When a band has a group of very young people at their show truly ecstatic about what they’re doing, you know they’re doing it right.

Alex G at the Rickshaw Stop
Alex G

With a new album entitled New Alhambra due later in the year on Orchid Tapes, Elvis Depressedly performed songs both old and new. Much of the set including tracks from 2013’s Holo Pleasures and 2012’s Hotter Sadness.

Elvis Depressedly at the Rickshaw Stop
Elvis Depressedly

Alex G has seemingly come out of nowhere this year; selling out of three pressings of his debut album DSU in the span of a few months, his work has garnered a bevy of fans and deeply praising feature on Fader.

Elvis Depressedly at the Rickshaw Stop
Elvis Depressedly

Standing on stage, this 21-year-old is completely unassuming; his hair, dark and greasy, is only accentuated by a faded black t shirt and jeans. He resembles any college dude who likes Pavement. However, once entering his set with his four piece band, it becomes obvious why his popularity has garnered so much attention.

Elvis Depressedly at the Rickshaw Stop
Elvis Depressedly

Alex is alert and focused during his set, and seems far more mature than his age would indicate. The performance included a wide range of Alex’s discography, including hard hitters such as “Mary” and “Animals," which are older releases from his album Trick.

Elvis Depressedly at the Rickshaw Stop
Elvis Depressedly

Aside from a few technical difficulties, the most disappointing part of Alex G’s set was its eventual end. Fingers crossed for his continued popularity and future San Francisco dates.

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