The Alt Weekly Roundup (5/25)

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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.


Spielbergs haven’t put out much music, but every time they do it’s a reminder they’re one of the most fun new punk bands going. “Go!” finds the band at their most aggressive, which is a surprisingly good sound for them.

 Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

The Spirit of the Beehive—”The Door is Open”

The Spirit of the Beehive have been making weird and unsettling indie rock for years now, and those are basically the only attributes you can anticipate from any one of their songs. “The Door is Open” phases in and out of reality. Its strange groove works its way through a song that sports vocals pitched in all directions and synthesizer sounds that are at once mellow and alarming in tone. It’s an odd, short little tune, but it holds many mysteries that make it impossible to forget. 

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh

Emo Side Project—If You Sit Really Quietly in the Forest

Emo Side Project is an emo band from a different era. If You Sit Really Quietly in the Forest is the band’s first in half a decade and it sounds like a lost souvenir from the emo revival. There aren’t bands many playing the sort of soft, meditative style that Emo Side Project’s known for and it helps the band’s fifteenth studio album stand out from the crowd.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Pity Party—”Concrete”

Pity Party’s latest track is a punk rock meditation on trauma, one that finds power in turning up the volume and creating a wall of sound. The lyrics in “Concrete” are heavy, hard-to-swallow things, but Sarah Levy surrounds her impassioned vocals in warm, fuzzy, and loud guitars, turning the song into a kind of healing.  

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh


Shamewave’s Grinner is a six tracks of grating, rumbling shoegaze . “Letter Rip” is a standout because it has plenty of brisk momentum, something that a lot of the work in this genre doesn’t, as well as sharply defined hooks. The track bears similarity to psych rock. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Coriky—”Too Many Husbands”

Coriky is composed of three punk legends—Amy Farina, Ian MacKaye, and Joe Lally—and their debut LP is high up on my personal most anticipated list. After the slinky, mysterious harmonies of “Clean Kill,” the Farina-led “Too Many Husbands” is a crunchier, more fervent rock song. Like “Clean Kill,” though, “Too Many Husbands” restrains itself from stepping into bombastic territory. Instead, it inches and worms its way under your skin, giving you the jitters as it brakes toward an abrupt end.

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh

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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