The Alt Weekly Roundup (8/12)

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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.

Pile—Audiotree Far Out 

Pile performed for Audiotree’s “Far Out” series, which captures bands in spots that are unconventional for live music. The indie punk group performed at ReBuilding Exchange’s warehouse in Chicago, an organization that assigns new usages to old items in hopes of reducing the volume of waste that ends up in landfills. 

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Derek Ted—”Sew Me Up” music video

Announcing their signing to Pure Noise Records, lo-fi troubadour Derek Ted has released a sentimentally stitched music video for “Sew Me Up.” It’s the single from the now-released album Better Spirits. 

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

Mt. Pocono—Fear of the Savanna, Terror of the Suburbs

Mt. Pocono’s latest EP is reminiscent of thunderous, distraught mid-2000s emo groups like Taking Back Sunday and +44. “Chinese Water Torture” is an oozing progression of sound which details the circumstances that lead someone to preferring a self-imposed quarantine over the fallout of a romance turned awry.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Jail Socks—”Poplar Avenue”

Shimmering and solid, “Poplar Avenue” rings in a new era of Charlotte trio Jail Socks. The track, which is the group’s first release in over a year, feels like an introspective twilight drive in a town where you can see all the stars. The gang vocals pull you in like your close friends, and it’s the big riffs that make you stay. Currently on a national tour with an EP coming soon, it’s hard to comprehend the gravity of what’s to come for these rockers—but I promise it’s worth the wait. 

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

PVRIS—”Death of Me”

Punk rock band PVRIS is starting their new era off with a…pop single? And it’s a hell of a good look on them. Coming from their second album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, (for me, classic record White Noise) “Death of Me” is a dance-heavy track that doesn’t shy away from synth and disco pop. And I’m here for it. 

Kayla Carmicheal | @kaylacarmicheal


Microwave announced recently announced their signing to Pure Noise Records and the release of their third studio album, Death Is A Warm Blanket. Along with the news, they dropped a thrilling video for lead single, “DIAWB”. This rage-filled track is a true treat for fans that have been longing to hear more of the group’s darker side and a peak into what listeners can expect from the album next month.

Emily Kitchin | @deathnap4cutie

Empty Country—”Ultrasound”

Good news and bad news. Bad first: Cymbals Eat Guitars is finished. Good news: Joe D’Agonstino has a new project, Empty Country, picking up where the indie rockers left off. The band signed to power label Tiny Engines and released their debut single “Ultrasound” this week ahead of a full-length due out next year. 

Zac Djamoos | @greatwhitebison

Chance the Rapper—”Do You Remember”

While many fans aren’t vibing with the newest Chance the Rapper album, second track “Do You Remember” has been on non-stop rotation for me. Chance collaborated with Death Cab For Cutie frontman, Ben Gibbard, to everyone’s surprise. The song reflects a more nostalgic side of Gibbard and strikes a seamless balance with Chance’s smooth storytelling. 

Emily Kitchin | @deathnap4cutie

Destroy Boys—”take no shit”

Destroy Boys has emerged as an East Bay staple with their overwhelming “take no shit” aura that radiates brighter with each release; and “Piedmont” is no exception. It’s an exploration of isolation, both projected and self-inflicted, and the video is a lesson in learning how to feel at home in your own skin.

Olivia Keasling | @residentkilljoy

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