Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Sweet Unknown by Erika Wennerstrom, out now on Partisan Records.

Erika Wennerstom has always shined in the role of frontwoman, having led her band, Heartless Bastards, to critical acclaim – both on the road and in the studio – as one of America’s great, young rock and roll bands. But when that band went on hiatus in 2016, Erika was ready to create on her own, and that newfound freedom allowed her to put even more of herself into her debut solo album, Sweet Unknown. In a press release, she says “I was able to get deeper and you get another level of my heart and soul.” As a solo artist, we hear Erika in true form, with a delivery that is at once effortless and warm, while also grand and full of heart and passion. And the big, sweeping electric guitars that tear through these songs are more than enough to hold us over until the Bastards get back together again.


—hour 1—

For Now – DMA’S – For Now

Roses – Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now

Better Off – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist

Why – Animal Flag – Void Ripper

Blackout – Frank Turner – Be More Kind

Running – Bully – Losing

Dunce – Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Riddles

War Paint – Frankie Simone

Falling Into Me – Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

Look at Your Hands – Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

Count It Up – Field Music – Open Here

Showstopper – The Dean Ween Group – Rock2

Human For – Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo in Blue

Concrete – Shame – Songs of Praise

—hour 2—

Hologram – The Horrors – V

Home Away From Home (ft. Laura Darlington) – Cut Chemist – Die Cut

Relax – Superorganism – Superorganism

Little Dark Age – MGMT – Little Dark Age

Hit The Ceiling – Thirdstory – Cold Heart

Pristine – Snail Mail – Lush

Erasure (ft. Waxahatchee & Stephin Merritt) – Superchunk – What a Time To Be Alive

Heard Her – Holy – All These Worlds Are Yours

Pulled Up The Ribbon – Okkervil River – Pulled Up The Ribbon

Modern Parenting – Creep Show – Mr. Dynamite

Masseduction – St. Vincent – Masseduction

Antidote – Preoccupations – New Material

Six Wave Hold-Down – Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens

—hour 3—

My Boy – Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

MDM – Jo Passed – Their Prime

Passing Clouds – Hiss Golden Messenger

Plastic – Moses Sumney – Aromanticism

It Keeps Us Dancing – The Family Crest – The War: Act 1


Twisted Highway – Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown

Extraordinary Love – Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown

Like A Bird – Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown

Far Away Truths – Albert Hammond Jr. – Francis Trouble

Hey – Alvvays – Antisocialites

Panic Attack – Liza Anne – Fine But Dying

Plastic Hamburgers – Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead