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ASW for Crisis Text Line: Seattle based singer/songwriter ASW, aka Alex Wagner, is livestreaming this week to raise funds for the Crisis Text Line. The artist, known for blending alt-rock, psych and progressive house, has struggled with bipolar disorder himself.

According to the press release: “After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013, Alex Wagner was placed on an involuntary hold for a week in a hospital’s mental health wing. Since then, his mental health recovery led him to volunteer 200 hours over the last year with CTL, listening to people and bringing them to a state of calm. In the midst of an isolating global pandemic that saw the number of people with symptoms of mental health disorders climb from 10% to over 41% in less than two years, Alex’s mission is to soothe those struggling with his volunteerism and music.”

So he knows what he’s talking about. ASW’s latest single is “A Garden Overrun,” out May 7. That’s taken from the Dahlia EP, out via Popgang Records.

Tune in at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 6 via Twitch.

LA Weekly