Alex Radus’ music draws from across the American songwriting spectrum and beyond, leapfrogging genres and blurring the lines between them. An award-winning and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Radus hails from Pennsylvania’s artistically rich Lehigh and Delaware River Valley region.
Radus began his career as the Y chromosome in the Americana duo, duende, which toured extensively, playing some of the country’s best listening rooms. In the early aughts, duende became a staple of Alphabet City’s Anti-Folk scene at the Sidewalk Café, where Radus performed alongside some of NYC’s best up-and-coming and established songwriters, including Regina Spektor, the Moldy Peaches and Chris Barron.
Radus is known as a “sultry crooner” (The City Paper) and a “master guitarist” (Courier News), but his songwriting always takes center stage. Equally comfortable composing in diverse genres, Radus pairs whimsical and poignant storytelling with a sophisticated mix of Americana, swing, blues, folk, Anti-folk, country and more.
Radus’ music and performances have been featured on radio, film and television, including three songs featured in 2018’s Adolescence, directed by Ashley Avis (Black Beauty). His discography includes: Jewels & Tinware (“creative, original…perfect” – Steel Notes Magazine); Love Me Like You Hate Me (“impressive…eerie, intense and wonderful” – The Morning Call); and duende (“a fluid, melodic hybrid of roots music” – The Village Voice). Most recently, Radus released a self-titled, debut album with his alt rock project, Hot4Robot (“a brilliant vision…a multi-layered, adventurous soundscape” – Underground Music Collective). His upcoming album, Tributaries, was recorded live at the legendary listening room, Godfrey Daniels.
The Alex Radus Trio features Daniel Manchester (Pyrenesia) on upright bass and Charlie Heim (Martha Graham Cracker; Grady Hoss and the Sidewinders) on drums. A staple of the eastern PA music scene, Radus is a frequent performer at Musikfest, Godfrey Daniels, and more.
Alt rock act Hot4Robot is the latest collaboration between celebrated solo artists Alex Radus, a “sullen, sultry crooner” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “refined songwriter” (WDVR), and Dave Cahill, a “surreal” guitarist and composer of “post-apocalyptic, dystopian landscapes” (Elucidator). Blending a colorful palette of influences (Dire Straits, Radiohead, Bowie, Muse, the Pixies), Hot4Robot creates rich, textured soundscapes in service to melody and lyric-driven compositions. Hot4Robot’s debut, self-titled concept rock album is a dark, whimsical and at times humorous exploration of mankind’s use of tech to transcend itself, merging thoughtful commentary with energetic and emotive indie rock delivery. Think a musical version of Netflix’s Black Mirror. Hot4Robot features Evan Straley on bass and Andy Janowiak on drums Every Good Bot Does Fine.
Hot4Robot released its self-titled, debut album on May 18, 2021. Available everywhere.