The Alt Weekly Roundup (7/20)

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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.


How MICHELLE managed to make a song about the frustration of a fleeting what-could-have been fling feel as breezy and unbothered as “SUNRISE” is beyond me, but somehow I believe this track is the sonic equivalent of what it must be like to sit in an empty New York City apartment as the warmth of daytime floods in from the windows.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Hospital Sports—On We and You

That the lead single from Hospital Sports’ most recent album is titled “Go to Sleep” is fitting. On We and You is a particularly calming listen, the kind of record you could fall asleep to. That doesn’t mean it isn’t captivating, though; it’s one of the more impressive slowcore records in a long time. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Cry Baby—”1991″

Houston, we have a smash hit! Cry Baby has landed with their music video for their latest single “1991” and there’s just the right amount of nostalgia that it somehow feels shiny and new. The reflective spacesuits, the wide-angle lenses, the bass line, and perfectly placed backing vocals all combine for a stellar ride.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Thank You, I’m Sorry—”Manic Pixie Dream Hurl”

Thank You, I’m Sorry’s February debut The Malta House followed in the tradition of classic emo acoustic beginnings, from The Early November’s Acoustic EP to Dashboard Confessional’s The Swiss Army Romance. Now, the Chicago band takes another familiar step, recasting their stripped back, heart-on-sleeve originals as full-band affairs. But “Manic Pixie Dream Hurl” shows that this transition is anything but tired—the new version is a bright and sparkling introduction to the band’s upcoming album I’m Glad We’re Friends

Jordan Walsh |  @jordalsh


Spice’s new album bears similarity to Black Midi in that they’re both dim and vicious, but the staticiness brings shoegaze to mind, too. It manages to be both palatable and pounding, two traits that don’t frequently coexist in music. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

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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