The Alt Weekly Roundup (7/29)

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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.

Jeff Rosenstock—”Monday At The Beach” 


In his surprise new track, Jeff Rosenstock makes a valiant effort to cast his existential worries aside to unwind at the beach, only for them to haunt him anyway. The track has a nursery rhyme-like melody, making it less vigorous than some of his most hailed work. Still slaps. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Harmony Woods—”Ghosts”

Harmony Woods’ Sofia Verbilla is the sort of musician who makes me feel like a fuck-up. She’s only 19, and her newest single “Ghosts” is one of the best rock n roll songs I’ve heard this year. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Peach Club—Post Modern Siren

If the assertive energy of Bikini Kill was fused with a staticky sound, it would yield Peach Club’s EP Post Modern Siren. It’s swarming with resilient chants, lo-fi production and drawling vocals.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Magic Ray Gun—Media Sleuth 

If I call it post-country (post-country adjacent?) I might get yelled at. But Anderson Ragan’s (Diva Sweetly, Pictures of Vernon) newest project Magic Ray Gun’s two track EP Media Sleuth has all the twang-filled charm and harmonica feature-ettes that fans of myriad folky sub-genres will find endearing. It keeps the quintessential quirky lyricism that Ragan has a knack for, with matching punny track titles to boot (“28 Day Slater” is a hit).

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy


Redhead’s new EP Spiral zig-zags between a sampler platter of sounds. “Float” and “Name (Room)” are overcast emo akin to Charmer, complete with steady guitar pieces. The most outstanding track is the unraveled, gyrating “Glass,” which is closer to dream-pop.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

The Early November—”Hit by a Car”

The Early November might be the only band I can think of who’s been both more prolific and better post-reunion. I know, I know, Room’s Too Cold is a classic, but listen to their newest single “Hit by a Car” and tell me it’s not the best Ace has ever sounded. It’s a totally refreshing new direction for the band, and it has me confident that Lilac will be every bit as beautiful and fresh as the plant it’s named after. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Gully Boys—”Neopet Graveyard”

Electrifying and charming just like the group’s sound, three piece minneapolis outfit Gully Boys have released their first music video for “Neopet Graveyard.” Picture this: a psychedelic day-trip vlog of a trio of best friends exploring the Mall of America soundtracked by buzzing rock n roll.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Alone I Walk—”Get Up”

Alone I Walk’s latest single “Get Up” sounds like a long-lost Drive-Thru records single (minus the misogyny). That is to say, it’s a pop-punk song I’m not ashamed to listen to. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

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