The Alt Weekly Roundup (7/13)

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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.

NNAMDÏ—”Stressed Out”

NNAMDÏ is on a roll. After releasing the incredible BRAT in April, the Chicago artist released an amazing single “Impatient” and a fiery EP Black Plight just days apart, and now he’s returned again with another great song called “Stressed Out” (with proceeds going to Brave Space Alliance). The title matches the theme here, with a beat that ticks anxiously and lyrics that invoke stress dreams that won’t seem to leave, even in waking life. [Since this blurb was written, he dropped another album called Krazy Karl].

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh

Sinking—Only Echoes

Sinking is an emo band heir to two of the genre’s great traditions: gerund band names and flying under the radar. I’m attempting to address the latter here, because Only Echoes is one of the most promising debut LPs of the year. Think the melody of empire! empire! with the driving energy of a band like Charmer. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

No Home—”YY”

No Home’s “YY” has its sights set: a gauzy but dark synthesizer wavering in and out in a constant cycle and a beat that sounds like something snapping in half, over and over. This is a song that sits in a scorching glow, one that sounds weary and mournful and fed up all at once—“maybe I’m okay with my fall from grace,” the London artist sings. The effect is transfixing, and the song is remarkable for it. 

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh

The Dangerous Summer—”Fuck Them All”

“Fuck Them All” is the start of a new era for The Dangerous Summer. The band’s first single on their own label, it’s a catchy ode to going one’s own way. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Ellis—Bedroom Covers 

Ellis is one of my favorite new artists, and her new Bedroom Covers EP is proof she’s one of the most versatile new artists too. Her Taylor Swift cover is phenomenal, but it’s her cover of The Used’s “Buried Myself Alive” that shines. There’s no way it should work, but it does. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Teenage Halloween—”Stationary”

Teenage Halloween return with a new single from their upcoming self-titled full-length, and it’s a predictably energized and spirited punk track that I can’t seem to get enough of. “Stationary” opens the album with a meta-commentary on songwriting (“my thoughts all seem to rhyme/existential, I’ll take it”) that sets the scene perfectly for the rollicking identity examination to follow. Passing gas stations and flopping down on old mattresses, Teenage Halloween rock their way to self-understanding. 

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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