The Alt Weekly Roundup (3/11)

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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.

Illuminati Hotties — “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog” 

In a sea of music centering on love, Illuminati Hotties offered a refreshing perspective with “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog.” The poppy track is about taking a stronger interest in someone’s pet than the person themselves. The music video is kept simple, only including what viewers truly desire—two dogs playing.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Sunsleeper — “Soften Up”

Sunsleeper shared a single titled “Soften Up” that characterizes the coping process for people who don’t fare well with unresolved emotions. Turns out, it’ll end poorly—if it even ends at all.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Harker — “Flex Yr Head”

Harker’s latest single “Flex Yr Head” is an exciting slice of throwback punk that solidifies Wiretap Records as one of the best punk labels around. It has the messiness of classics like At the Drive-In but the infectiousness of a band like MxPx. In short, it’s got it all.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Wild Pink — “How’s the Tap Here?

Wild Pink just released their B-sides and remixes EP, 5 Songs. Closer “How’s the Tap Here” is the best of these, a stunning mid-tempo rocker that could’ve easily fit on last year’s gorgeous Yolk in the Fur. It’s proof that even Wild Pink’s B-sides are beautiful.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Stella Donnelly — Beware of the Dogs

Versatile Australian singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly’s debut full-length Beware of the Dogs is a showcase of daring lyrics through a range of emotions. It is guided by airy arrangements and never sways in candor, led by the powerful track “Boys Will Be Boys.”

Tyler Holland | @InTyler_WeTrust

Laik — “Unsatisfied” 

Although Laik’s latest single is called “Unsatisfied,” its monster hook will leave you anything but. Bad jokes aside, the song is an indie-pop ear worm. The electronic flourishes make for a nice touch and it wouldn’t be altogether hard to imagine the song on alt-rock radio.  

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Blushh — “All My Friends”

Last week, L.A. songwriter Blushh returned with a new single, “All My Friends,” that’s yet another addition to her developing collection of explosive rippers. At four minutes, it’s double the length of every track on her dual EP’s, It’s Fine (2017) and THX 4 ASKING (2018), but songwriter Shab Ferdowsi is already an expert at fanning a flaming grunge-punk tune until it bursts, gloriously. The spitting guitar lead arrives right at the peak of its climax, yielding one of the most epic rock song conclusions of the young year.  

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

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