QRO

  • What To Look For : Summer 2007

    The first half of 2007 was full of solid releases, and the second half is shaping up to be even better.  Throughout the summer, while bands are on the road and playing festivals, several more will drop albums and some highly-anticipated:

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  • Musicians as Politicians

    Musicians as Politicians

      As long as there have been hit musicians, there have been hit musicians who want to try their hand at something new: actor, mogul, humanitarian, reality TV, etc.  And as long as there have been elected officials, there have been all sorts of celebrities who’ve wanted to get...
  • Great Opening Tracks Since 2000

     
    An essential moment in the existence of every album is the listener's immediate response to hitting "play" for the first time.  An album's opening track is its first impression, and of course, you can never change it.  Here are some of the...
  • Married Indie Couples

     
    One cool aspect of the indie rock world is that there are a decent amount of married couples in the mix, and they tend to be pretty successful.  Some have been around for decades, some just a couple of years, but they...
  • What To Look For : Spring 2007

    After an already productive start to the year, a bunch more solid indie albums will be released in April and May.  Gonna be a hell of a spring, not to even mention all the nice surprises that are starting to pop up.

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  • 2007 Festival Guide



    From March through September, the indie world blossoms thanks to several relatively new, massive festivals in the United States, and the old reliables in the UK.  These are excellent places to spend a weekend seeing bands from...
  • Music on Late Night TV 2007

    writer’s strike – late night programming in repeats until further notice Tuesday, 12/25/07: Brian Setzer Orchestra (R) (Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC) Wednesday, 12/26/07: Justice (R) (Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC), Isaac Hayes (R) (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC) Thursday, 12/27/07: Editors (R) (Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC), Sara Bareilles (R) (Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC) Friday, 12/28/07: John Mayer...
  • Top 15 Albums of 2006


      

    It's been a complex year, with relatively few massive acts to rely on, paving the way for extraordinary inventiveness, bringing us sounds we never thought we'd hear.  It wasn't easy, but we all learned something new in 2006.
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  • Dresden Dolls: Q&A

     (reprinted) 

    I go to a lot of shows, probably too many. I see all types of bands, big ones, local ones, crappy ones, decent ones. Usually, you'll know exactly where a band is heading when you see their live show, and when I saw the Dresden...