The Alt Weekly Roundup (10/14)

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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.

Julien Baker—”Tokyo” / “Sucker Punch”

Julien Baker’s “Tokyo” is a despair-laden slow burner that ascends just as rapidly as it vanishes, slamming the brakes within a moment of hitting its apex. “Sucker Punch” follows Baker through a drive she’s embarking on to quell her erratic mind, complete with strumming that doesn’t let up and acute vocal upswings.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Ahem—”No Kid (Gold Star)”

Ahem are a Minneapolis power-trio that channel the pop-rock purity of The Cars through a grungy pop-punk lens. “No Kid (Gold Star)” is one of the singles from their fantastic debut album, which is out 11/1 via Forged Artifacts, and it’s a wonderful distillation of their sound. Punchy, sweet, forward-lurching power-pop with ripe harmonies and chunky grunge riffs that never fail to gratify. 

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Fanfare—”Pulling Punches”

Gloriously outfitted with every ingredient to make a perfectly catchy pop-punk track, Fanfare’s “Pulling Punches” is a welcome intro to the Richmond group’s new era. With cover art designed by Corey Purvis, echoing gang vocals, an a heart-beat-raising drum pick up into the chorus, it holds an infectious energy everyone needs as the weather begins to chill.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Prince Daddy & The Hyena—”Fuckin A”

Prince Daddy and the Hyena’s video for “Fuckin’ A” captures their rollicking energy aptly, collaging footage from roller coaster rides and the gnarliness that proliferates when they perform live. The track is from Cosmic Thrill Seekers, their record that was released last June. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Short Fictions—”Really Like You”

With a surprise video drop of the track “Really Like You”, the Pittsburgh emo collective Short Fictions announced their new record is out this December. “Really Like You” is a bell-tinged love song that appears like an early wave of Valentines Day fever, and just feels like getting butterflies.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Arrows In Her—”This Feels Convoluted / Partial Collapse (Essays in Brevity)”

Arrows In Her’s post-hiatus songs have been even stronger than their music when they were a full-time band, and the NJ post-emo band’s latest track, “This Feels Convoluted / Partial Collapse (Essays in Brevity),” is no exception. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Foxy Dads—”New Meds New Me”

Breezy and pillowy, Foxy Dads’ track “New Meds New Me” glides with ease. It’s about longing for simplicity in the face of hardship, or perhaps just some vices to cope with. Like “xanax and a limitless credit card,” as one line goes. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

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