The Alt Weekly Roundup (12/27)

Posted: by The Editor

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.

Cayley Spivey – “SFU (Revisited)”

Cayley Spivey’s had a big year, ditching her Small Talks moniker and releasing massive electro pop music under her own name. Her latest, a redone, stripped down take of “SFU,” transforms the song into a moving ballad, highlighting her incredible pipes.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Freshman Biology – Only Thing I Want to Keep

Fresh off the heels of dropping Worst Party Ever’s acclaimed Dartland, Matt Boerner is back with a solo album. Only Thing I Want to Keep is a far cry from Worst Party Ever’s emo pop, dipping its toes instead into languid indie folk.


Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

La Dispute – Meantime (2021)

Meantime (2021), according to their Bandcamp page, is a companion piece to La Dispute’s Hear, Here series. In that vein, it’s a brief spoken-word EP that frames Jordan Dreyer’s heartfelt poetry against sparse piano backing.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

The Ditches – “Medication”

A project between Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders and the Dangerous Summer’s AJ Perdomo has been in talks for quite a while, but “Medication” is the first real music we’ve heard from the duo. The Ditches’ debut single makes great use of the contrast between their voices, layered over a delicate piano.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Oversize – In Balance

Shoegaze and grunge have been en vogue in 2021, and there’s been a number of bands who’ve perfected the styles. One such is Oversize, whose debut EP In Balance doesn’t quite reinvent the genre but does demonstrate that Oversize is a band who’ve already figured out exactly what they do well.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Nothing – “Mischa: Those Who Fear Tomorrow”

Nothing’s cover of Integrity’s “Mischa: Those Who Fear Tomorrow” shows a softer side of the band, a more slowcore-influenced side that they toyed with at times on last year’s The Great Dismal. It’s an eerie style in Nothing’s hands, and they absolutely crush it.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Diet Cig – Live at Studio Three

Diet Cig’s one of the more underappreciated bands in the punk sphere, and Live at Studio Three displays why. A sampler of their whole catalog played impeccably live, it’s a spectacular taste of what makes Diet Cig so charming.

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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