The Alt Weekly Roundup (6/17)

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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.

Milkmen — 45

Milkmen are disbanding, but not before releasing two final tracks. “”How Sieves Catch Breeze” is bouncy and exhilarating, while “By Now” provides a breakdown of the thoughts of someone who is working diligently to conquer anxiety.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Julien Baker — “Red Door”

“Red Door” has been a sort of Holy Grail for Julien Baker fans for some time now, but it’s finally out for the whole world to hear this week, along with a never-before-heard song called “Conversation Piece.” It’s worth the wait.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Foxing — NPR Tiny Desk 

Foxing revamped three songs from their most recent record, Nearer My God, for an NPR tiny desk concert. The scaled-back instrumentation allows for lead vocalist Conor Murphy’s voice to be more concise and anchored.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Grayling — “Chalk Dust” 

After over three years without new material, Grayling is back with the single “Chalk Dust.” The song accompanied news of a signing with the stellar 6131 Records, so hopefully that means there’s more to come, because “Chalk Dust” is a winner.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Beach Bunny — “Cycles” 

Beach Bunny frontperson Lili Trifilio strayed away from the band’s established swiftness for “Cycles.” The track is fuzzy and cozy, in the likes of Field Medic and Girl in Red.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Sleater-Kinney — “The Future Is Here”

Sleater-Kinney, the only punk band ever, just released the second single from their upcoming ninth studio album The Center Won’t Hold. It’s a bit dancier than you might expect from the trio by now, but it’s just as good as you’d hope.

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Raccoonhead — “That Took Guts, Kiddo”

Raccoonhead is back! For one night, at least. The side project of Adam, guitar player for Forests, is coming out of hiatus for one date of the Forests/Terrible People Japan tour. There’s no promise of new music yet, but it’s as good a time as any to revisit “That Took Guts, Kiddo” from their 2017 EP, a boisterous pop-punk tune that splits the difference between Never Hungover Again and Talon of the Hawk.

Keegan Bradford | @franziamom

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