The Alt Weekly Roundup (7/8)

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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.

Joliette—Luz Devora 

Hailing from Mexico and currently touring for the release of their latest album are Joliette, whose tour with Nuvolascura last month was interrupted and promptly cancelled after they were denied access into the U.S. and banned for five years. This band is absolutely incredible and deserving of all your support, and not to mention their screamo-leaning hardcore sound is tighter than ever on Luz Devora. 

Christopher Thomas | @ChrisMustard

Head North—”Rhodora”

With their hiatus apparently over, Head North have dropped a new single called “Rhodora.” It’s in the same vein as 2017’s underappreciated The Last Living Man Alive Ever in the History of the World; that is,  a crunchy rock and roll track tinged with hints folk-rock. Hopefully it’s a sign of more to come, because the Buffalo trio are one of the most ambitious acts in indie-rock. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Frail Body—”Fixed”

Last month we premiered Massa Nera’s contribution to a four-way split with Frail Body, Infant Island, and dianacrawls. Last week, the rest of the split dropped and immediately turned this summer into a scorcher. Frail Body also released a music video for their track “Fixed”. 

Christopher Thomas | @ChrisMustard


Grayling’s just released another new single called “Cursed.” It’s one of her most aggressive and driving songs yet, anchored by a propulsive bassline and a shout-along chorus of the words, “don’t waste my time.” “Cursed” is anything but a waste of time. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Dayglow—”Hot Rod”

A fever dream of bedroom-pop proportions, Dayglow’s newest music video for “Hot Rod” is a candy-colored treat for fans of flowery melodies and fringe. It’s like if your childhood dreams bloomed into a pastel suburban love story, but one where your crush can shoot lasers with their guitar and skies stay baby blue no matter the season.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Molly Drag—”Out Like a Light”

Not even a year since Thumper, Molly Drag is back with the single “Out Like a Light.” It’s the first track from the slowcore project’s upcoming sixth full-length. Touchstone isn’t out til October, but “Out Like a Light” should be more than enough to hold us over. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Learning Stage—Garage Sesh 

Coarse vocals puncture through a drowsy sound in Learning Stage’s EP Garage Sesh. It’s firmly planted in indie, but a stone’s throw away from bummer pop. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

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