The Alt Weekly Roundup (1/27)

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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.

Jimmy Welty—”Gravity”

The first solo single by One with the Riverbed’s Jimmy Welty is an exciting first taste of the project. “Gravity” is an acoustic ballad that manages to be at once foreboding and catchy. Not a bad first song from the black metal guitarist. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison


HIGHWAY SNIPER have arrived with a straight-up head-shot to the world of powerviolence. Fuck your forever wars, your gentrification, and your nepotism. Featuring members of Heart Attack Man and Taking Meds, this band is unforgiving, unrelenting, unafraid and they’re telling you to pay attention—and to fucking do it now.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Midwife—”Anyone Can Play Guitar”

I’ve been following Midwife for a while now, so the announcement of an upcoming EP is thrilling news. The project’s blend of slowcore and drone is a great fit for label The Flenser, and their new single “Anyone Can Play Guitar” is a great example as to why. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison


In “Marbles,” Snarls artfully depict the sort of mental spiral that makes simple tasks seem daunting. The brisk oscillation between varying guitar depths makes it especially stimulating.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Coaches—”New New York” video

“New New York” is from Coaches’ 2018 record, A Bright Crumb of Steel, but the Brooklyn shoegaze riffers just released a surreal and hilarious video for it. It’s difficult to describe the concept briefly, but imagine having a bad trip in which you become hyper-aware of the shit rats go through in New York, and maybe you even question whether we’ve been the rats all along. The song also crushes; sort of like early Spirit of the Beehive crossed with Rozwell Kid at their shreddiest.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Rosie Tucker—”Brand New Beast” 

With puncturing vocal inflections, metaphors and a well-utilized harshness, Rosie Tucker effectively articulated their frustration in “Brand New Beast.” It’s about how the selfishness of a romantic partner can leave someone feeling unsatisfied.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Ellis—”Fall Apart”

On “Fall Apart,” the first single from Ellis’ upcoming debut full-length born again, the singer-songwriter is completely helpless, not even comforted by her favorite songs. The dream pop ballad is 2020’s prettiest resignation letter. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Drug Church—”Bliss Out”

Drug Church’s “Bliss Out” is upheld by grumbling, trotting riffs and vocals that, in spite of lurching, are still pulled deep into the fuzziness. It’s a song about how optimism can sometimes feel synonymous with delusion. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet 

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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