The Alt Weekly Roundup (1/17)

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The Alternative Weekly Roundup is a column where our staff plugs a variety of new releases in a concise, streamlined format. Albums, singles, videos, and live sets. Check back each Monday to see what we were jamming the week prior.

Soul Glo – “Jump (Or Get Jumped!!!) ((by the future))”

With the release of “Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!) ((by the future))” and the announcement of their new record Diaspora Problems, Soul Glo seem primed to prove that hardcore’s recent moment in the sun is not going to be confined to just 2021. Pierce Jordan’s rapid, raw vocal delivery and pointed lyrics shine through, but it should also be noted that the band goes absolutely nuts under him. If announcing the record with a single that has this title seems like a mission statement, Jordan makes that all the more clear right off the bat, delivering the line, “we got big big plans coming up in this motherfucker.”

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

The Merrier – “BMO”

The Merrier’s newest single fits in with the pop-Springsteen revival of artists like Bleachers. It’s an explosive pop track featuring an excellent vocal performance from Talor Smith of Biitchseat.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Tape Girl & Peach Rings – “My Boy (Twin Fantasy)”

Tape Girl and Peach Rings have put out a ska Carseat Headrest cover and it’s so fun and playful I couldn’t help but smile and nod along as I listened. Put out on Ska Punk International Records, it incorporates a Sega Genesis as an instrument. Will Toledo should take notes.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

Chastity – Suffer Summer

Chastity’s three-album arc has been a steady climb towards the light. On his 2019 Home Made Satan, he abandoned the melodic hardcore leanings of his debut in favor of a dream pop swirl. On Suffer Summer, he turns in his brightest LP yet, and probably his best.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Beauty – “Jimmy Jet”

Beauty’s “Jimmy Jet” closely resembles a ’70s rock and roll song with a warm, classic-rock vibe meant to be played with the windows down in warm weather. The bright guitar solo at the bridge is a highlight and sounds like FM radio gold.

Madison Van Houten | @madisonvanhalen

Sun June – Somewhere (Expanded)

Somewhere was one of last year’s best records, a warm embrace of smoky indie rock and subtle folk inflections. It stands to reason, then, that the buffed up version Sun June just put out is somehow even better; new additions “Reminded” and “Easy,” which open this version of the album, are luscious and inviting, and new closer “Tom Petty” has the most gorgeous harmonies this side of Fleet Foxes.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Wish Kit – “Miller Lite”

Wish Kit’s “Miller Lite” is a nice little slice of alt-country built off a bouncy melody and some crunchy guitars. There’s a fun dive bar feel to the music that may hide the more emotive lyrics on first listen, like the chorus of “feeling bad about myself / and I can’t shake the thought / all my friends are better off / never even knowing my first name.” It’s the first track off the group’s upcoming debut EP, Hot Gold, which should be one to keep an eye out for in a few weeks.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

Short Fictions – “Don’t Start a Band”

Pittsburgh’s Short Fictions is back with their first new music since 2019’s concise Fates Worse Than Death. “Don’t Start a Band,” though retaining the band’s trademark sardonic lyricism, is one of the band’s lighter tracks, sonically – but if Fates Worse Than Death proved anything, it’s that Short Fictions is as versatile an emo band as they come.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

The Alternative’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist

Each week our editor Lindsy Carrasquillo compiles a playlist of songs our staff has been jamming. We’ll post it on Fridays on Twitter and then include it in each edition of the ‘Weekly Roundup’ to make sure you don’t miss all of the great music we’re recommending.

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