The Alt Weekly Roundup (10/4)

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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.

Kicksie – “Too Well”

“Too Well” is a bit of a curveball for Kicksie. The song injects some slinky post-punk into the singer-songwriter’s typical power pop, resulting in a track that’s as bouncy as ever with a fuzzy coating. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Cherish This – A Secret Kept Between You and Me

Earlier this year Cherish This dropped a debut self-titled EP, and they’ve clearly got no intentions of slowing down. A Secret Kept Between You and Me is a further refinement of their scrappy emo-pop, and another step forward on the Florida band’s quest for world domination

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Oscar Bait – Everything Louder Than Everything Else

Oscar Bait is emocore in the truest sense, in that it takes the framework of hardcore and adds a melodic touch. But they are able to truly stake out their own lane, garnering comparisons to One Step Closer and Iron Chic without necessarily aping any act in particular. What you hear on Everything Louder Than Everything Else is just what comes out for a band that has been together for over five years, which is a ten-minute EP of pop delight. 

Hugo Reyes | @hvreyes5

Overgrow – “Time Moves Slow”

What makes Overgrow so captivating is their ability to blend the spaciousness of post-rock with the melody of pop rock and the earnestness of emo. It’s a winning mix, one that’s rocketed likeminded groups like Gates or Valleyheart to modest success. Hopefully when Overgrow’s LP drops early next year they’ll enjoy the same; until then, “Time Moves Slow” is a wonderful holdover. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Broken Hearts Are Blue – “In the Hour So Small”

Broken Hearts Are Blue is an example of a rare type of ‘90s emo band who not only reformed to put out new material but reformed to just about double their ‘90s output since their reunion — including their best stuff yet. “In the Hour So Small” is their latest, the second single off their upcoming Dark Whimsy and Soft Surrealism, and it suggests their next LP might well be their best. It’s got the same bright (but melancholic!) guitar work the band made their name on with a new sense of restraint. 

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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