The Alt Weekly Roundup (5/29)

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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.

The Sleeping – “The Animal”

On “The Animal,” the lead single from The Sleeping’s upcoming I Feel Like I’m Becoming a Ghost, their first album in thirteen years, the Long Island band takes on a garage-y post-hardcore sound and stretches it to its limits. It’s clear the band hasn’t lost a step during their hiatus, and it’s a great sign for their fifth LP.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Esta Coda – “Happenstance”

“Happenstance” is Esta Coda’s first song in half a decade, and with a pirate-themed video, it’s a great first single for whatever comes next. The song’s an absolute blast, a jaunty, immediately memorable slice of indie rock.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Crooks & Nannies – “Temper”

Crooks & Nannies’ “Temper” is a wonderful tune that manages to surprise you a slew of times in just over two minutes. Sonically, the group takes some common cues from the type of jaunty indie music umbrella they’d generally fall under, but fuck those conventions up just a bit for the better, throwing in abrasive sounds at unexpected moments that highlight the catchy melodies more through the contrast. It’s the first track off the group’s wacky, must-listen record Real Life.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

New Vision – Somewhere on This Timeline

Somewhere on This Timeline is New Vision spreading their wings. Besides the opening two tracks, little of the EP falls back on the dark pop punk of their previous work. Instead, songs embrace Militarie Gun style aggressive powerpop (“Chokehold,” “Forfeit”) or Third Eye Blind influence (“Silver Tongue”). They’re a far more versatile band than With Love suggested, and while Somewhere on This Timeline should appeal to people who still keep Magnolia and I Wish I Could Stay Here on rotation—as well as fans of such diverse contemporaries like Origami Angel and Scowl—it establishes New Vision as a unique presence in the scene.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Cursejar – “Nora”

“Nora” is the only song Cursejar has put out so far, and what an introduction it is. It’s gritty and dynamic, pulling as much from post-hardcore as it does from emo, and it’s a real treat.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Stateside – “Crash Course (Nosedive to Nowhere)”

Stateside’s newest single comes from their as-yet-untitled sophomore EP due out this summer. It’s cleaner and more immediate than anything off their promising Bitter Spring EP from last year, and a feature from Anklebiter‘s Rachael Braverman solidifies “Crash Course (Nosedive to Nowhere)” as the best song from the up-and-coming California melodic hardcore group.

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 post it on Fridays on Twitter and then include it in each edition of the Weekly Roundup to make sure you don’t miss any of the great music we’re recommending.

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