The Alt Weekly Roundup (6/10)

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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.

Leith K. Ali — Greenhouse Painters 

Greenhouse Painters by Leith K. Ali feels familiar; it feels like the view outside of your living room window in the winter time. A summer release filled with imagery of snowy streetlights and bundled sweaters, the EP is comforting in a cool way.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Downhaul — Before You Fall Asleep 

Downhaul’s Before You Fall Asleep is my favorite album of 2019 so far, and the band recently shared an alternate version of the record’s penultimate track “Balcony.” Recorded straight to 4-track, this version is acoustic and features an extended outro that adds extra weight to an already hard-hitting track. Not to mention all the proceeds from the single go to the Virginia Beach victims fund, a more than worthy cause.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Knope / Good Sleepy / Closure — A Doggone Split 

Knope, Good Sleepy and Closure teamed up for A Doggone Splitwhich, actually, is the name of the record. In “I’m Not a Punk,” steady vocals weave through threadlike riffs, while “Olympic Cryathlon” opens with a sleek, meticulously composed instrumental piece. “Covers” is more husky and booming.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

American Poetry Club — a little light of our own 

American Poetry Club will release a little light of our own next week, but until then the single “pro pic” is more than a nice taste. The song feels like a rawer cousin to the pleasant indie rock of bands like Strange Ranger and Common Sage, and I can’t wait to see what else the band’s got in store.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison


Instru-metal and progressive jazz band CHON have released their self-titled third full-length album, building off their 2017 release Homey. They get you ready for summertime with noodly guitars and soothing odd time signatures. CHON’s musicianship shines with beautiful fretwork and intricate soundscapes that elicit happiness. This is just another exhibit in their body of work as a superior champion of calming math-rock.

Tyler Holland | @InTyler_WeTrust

Toy Cars — “Julian”

Toy Cars’ latest single “Julian” is yet more evidence that the Jersey three-piece is the most underrated band in rock and roll. The track begins as a breezy and light mid-tempo number, and by the time you get to the rollicking guitar solo, I think you’ll be supporting my aforementioned hypothesis.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

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