We’ve got a mix of new and notable rock, coldwave, and grunge-pop for you in this week’s #listenup, our weekly new music roundup:

Girlpool, “Magnifying Glass”
Watch 40 fresh seconds from the Philly duo’s recently released debut LP, Before the World Was Big. They’ll be rolling through the UK come September.



Colder, “Turn Your Back”
Should I be ashamed to say this is my introduction to French coldwave? Well, I’m not, but I do like the way it washes over me. It feels nice, refreshing. It’s probably even nicer if you’re in some sort of e-induced trance. Colder’s first release since a deliberate 10-year break from music, “Turn Your Back” and a five-track EP of remixes are out now for your downloading, moodily dancing pleasure.


Heyrocco, “Loser Denial”
Listen to some fun, grungy garage pop from this exciting young trio out of South Carolina. The single comes out 10 July, along with their debut album, Teenage Movie Soundtrack.


Little May, “Home”
A dark thread runs through this expansive new track from the Australian three-piece, but tender harmonies and tambourines lift the song to an altogether lighter place by song’s end. The first single off their upcoming debut LP, it’s one of a handful of songs they recorded with The National’s Aaron Dessner, who also had a very palpable hand in producing the record.


Ratatat, “Abrasive”
Watch a collection of dancing, pole-vaulting characters–brought to life via 4,000 hand-drawn illustrations by band member E.VAX–exuberantly do their thing to an instrumental soundtrack that includes, at times, up to 30 layers of guitar. The track is off the band’s fifth studio album, Magnifique, out 17 July.


By Mareva Lindo

Radio-loving, magazine-reading, beer-drinking Chicagoan, journalist and troubadour.