The Alt Weekly Roundup (5/13)

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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.

Elton John Cena — “Try” 

Retirement Party lead vocalist Avery Springer released a track from her solo group, Elton John Cena. “Try” is from an EP that will be available May 17. While much of Retirement Party’s work is high-energy pop-punk, Elton John Cena is closer to bummer pop.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Radiator Hospital — “Guitar”

Radiator Hospital’s latest full-length, Sings Music For Daydreaming”, is packed with their signature power-pop that drifts between peppy, pretty, and downright melancholy. The standout is this despondent piano tune about forgetting the guitar you learned to play with backstage at “the cokehead bar.” Singer Sam Cook-Parrott conjures so much breathtaking emotion and regret out of this incident, muttering, “never thought I’d lose something that I loved so much.” Despite being about an inanimate object, it’s an incredibly moving song about loss that you simply must hear.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Origami Angel — “Ruby” 

Origami Angel shared the first single from their EP that will be released May 31. “Ruby” is about the agony of longing to get to know someone better. Its music video features whimsical animations and a jam session in a park.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Dude York — “Falling” 

The first single from Dude York’s fourth full-length is a bass-driven earworm with super 80’s-esque distortion and vintage harmony effects. The Seattle trio continue to put out solidly executed power-pop that teeters between pop-punk and post-punk, and in a way that none of their contemporaries are doing. They’re one of the most underrated bands of their ilk, so hopefully this new record yanks them up to the Charly Bliss/Bully tier they deserve to be at.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

Teenage Wrist — Counting Flies EP

Teenage Wrist’s EP Counting Flies merges the winding haziness of shoegaze with the enveloping heaviness of grunge. It’s a detour from the intensity of the band’s previous work.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Teen Suicide — Rarities, B-Sides, Demos, Outtakes, & Secret Songs…2009-2019

The historically prolific Sam Ray (American Pleasure Club, Ricky Eat Acid) just dumped 40+ unreleased tracks spanning ten years of songwriting under (and adjacent to?) his former alias, Teen Suicide. It’s difficult to determine exactly which songs belong to which projects throughout his expansive catalog, especially considering this is billed as the final Teen Suicide release even though a good third of the tracks are credited as American Pleasure Club songs? Nevertheless, if you’ve ever listened to this dude’s work then you know what you’re in for: scuzzy, blown-out garage-pop, post-punk, folk, noise, etc. It’s not a great intro for the uninitiated, but for longtime fans, it’s a treasure trove.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

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