Episode 2: Alex Riggs
Release Date: 07/05/2022
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Alex (formerly known as al) Riggs and I spoke in early June about their latest album, themselves, right when it was released. We discussed the current situation in the queer country scene, the anxieties of releasing a record and receiving little press, and how coming into herself has changed her approach to music.
Two days later, themselves got a review in Pitchfork and rocketed to the top of Bandcamp's charts. Listen today to find out why!
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"The Bardo" -- Alex Riggs (2:07)
"Pekar on Letterman" -- Alex Riggs (14:54)
"No Moral" -- Alex Riggs (33:58)
"Where the Lavender Grows" -- Mya Byrne (50:48)
"Spalding Gray" -- Alex Riggs (54:04)