The Alt Weekly Roundup (2/3)

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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.

Big Nothing—”Hook”

The new Big Nothing single is called “Hook” and I can’t think of a more appropriately titled song. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Mundy’s Bay—”Moonlight” / “Goodbye”

Mundy’s Bay shared two crooning, tip-toeing dream-pop singles. “Moonlight” feels like a more clarified Pity Sex song.  “Goodbye,” the more grandiose of the two, is about how sometimes your constant thoughts about someone can outlive the relationship you had with them.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Personality Cult—”Telephone”

The latest single from Personality Cult, “Telephone”, is a snappy anthem with racing hooks. It has the punchiness of acts like The Frights and Hunny.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Destroy Boys—”Fences”

“Fences” is a grainy, stinging track with influence derived from both goth and punk. The Destroy Boys song is about resenting someone for failing to exhibit compassion and thus, inflicting anguish. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Meat Jelly—”Pass Interference”

“Pass Interference,” the newest single from Meat Jelly, reminds me a lot of is Dance Gavin Dance was significantly less obnoxious. It’s a twisting and gnarled burst of post-hardcore that never goes quite where you expect, and it looks like the start of an exciting new chapter for the band. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Worst Party Ever—”what about you?” 

Worst Party Ever released a serene, glistening track about how merely existing can feel inundating, like when they pose the question, “does the thought of getting older ever keep you up at night?” It’s an emo song that coasts like an indie one. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Emperor X—”Sad React”

It’s pretty rare for Emperor X to release music these days, so it’s always something to celebrate. And when it’s a song as good as “sad react,” it’s doubly exciting. The track is immediately among his best, a jaunty blend of electronic and Mountain Goats-inspired folk-rock, a jumbled reflection on the political climate and the pervasive influence of social media. Frederic Jameson would be proud. 

Zac Djamoos |@gr8whitebison


The Chicago quartet Melkbelly make jackhammer indie-rock that falls somewhere between Guerrilla Toss, Palehound and Pile. They finally announced the follow-up to their excellent 2017 debut, and the first offering is a smoldering song called “LCR” that showcases everything that makes them appealing; tumbling drum fills, jagged licks, and Miranda Winters’ chaotically catchy “ah-ah-ah-ah-ah”‘s. We’re lucky to have Melkbelly back with us in 2020.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

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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