The Alt Weekly Roundup (3/28)

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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.

Wander – Home

There is a case to be made, in complete sincerity, that Wander’s last LP March is one of the three or so best post-rock albums of the 2010s. So their long-awaited new Home has big shoes to fill, but the Oakland four-piece gives it their best. Home is a triumph too, affirming their place at the forefront of the genre.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Greet Death – “Panic Song”

Last week, Greet Death added to their string of excellent singles put out this year with “Panic Song.” While the previous tracks have been acoustic-based, Greet Death whip out the electric guitars for “Panic Song,” sounding almost like Band of Horses at their highest moments, but just a little wilder and heavier. The lyrics are great and there’s a ton going on with the instrumentals that make the track — like the other tunes the band has put out this year — endlessly replayable.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

Why Not – “In Love with the Sound”

Fresh off the heels of their Very Why Not EP, Minnesota pop rock weirdos Why Not are already prepping their debut LP. “In Love with the Sound” is bouncy and propulsive, soaked in auto tune and full of all the quirks the trio is known for. Why Not is a leap for the trio, a real masterclass in staying unique while being super accessible, and it all starts with “In Love with the Sound.”

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Camp Cope – Running with the Hurricane

The three singles from Running with the Hurricane suggested that Camp Cope’s third LP would be a mellower affair, and in that sense they were a good taste of what to expect. But it’s misleading, in a sense, in the way that that implies the record might be less exciting than previous efforts; part of Camp Cope’s appeal is their palpable and raucous energy. But where Running with the Hurricane might not place the same emphasis on driving tempos and shout to the rafters hooks, it makes up for it all with a renewed sense of melody and an understated beauty. It could very well be the Melbourne three-piece’s most refined and moving release yet. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Guppy – “That Thing You Do”

Guppy’s last single off their new album has big ’60s vibes. The sing-along oooohs, the humid guitar riffs, “That Thing You Do” drums and the Beach Boys harmonies all come together to create a languid-summer-day feel that is perfect for brooding in the shade with dark sunglasses on.

Jami Fowler | @Audiocurio

Weatherday / Asian Glow – Weatherglow

Weatherday and Asian Glow are two of the most prominent names in a new wave of lo-fi artists making eclectic, challenging, ambitious indie rock, so it makes sense for the two to collaborate – even if they live in different countries. Their collaborative Weatherglow is as good as one would expect, each bringing out the best in their partner for a phenomenal EP.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Semantics – “Get in the Car”

Brisbane punks Semantics’ newest single almost feels like a garagier take on mid-era Green Day, snotty and poppy in equal measure.

 Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Various Artists – Ramones-esque

The new Ramones-esque compilation is a blast – two and a half fiery hours of lo-fi pop-punk that does justice to the band. It’s also meant to help raise money to make Narcan more affordable, so it’s a great comp for a great cause.

 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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