• ASHRR - Bad Reasons

    ASHRR – “Bad Reasons”

    Sometimes, the road to a new record can be long and tedious, like watching a sausage dry until we can eat it. Reasons for that vary: being a total perfectionist, utter lack of inspiration, changes in the band’s lineup, a pandemic… Your pick. Thus, when songs start shaping up...
  • The Forms - All Souls Day

    The Forms – “All Souls Day”

    QRO loved New York’s own The Forms (QRO spotlight on) back in the day (like a decade, decade-and-a-half ago), which is why it’s so great to see that they’re back in action, putting together their first album since 2011’s Derealization EP (QRO review). The Steve Albini-recorded album comes out...
  • Staples Jr. Singers - When Do We Get Paid

    Staples Jr. Singers – “When Do We Get Paid”

    On May 6th, Luaka Bop Records will re-release 1975’s When Do We Get Paid by the Staples Jr. Singers. Little-known at the time, the gospel record featured the Aberdeen, Mississippi singers still in their teens, and though members of the group went on to successful careers of their own,...
  • Wet Leg - Angelica

    Wet Leg – “Angelica”

    In the run-up to the April release of their debut full-length, Wet Leg have put out their latest great single & video, “Angelica”. Their massive tour (see below) has sold-out across the world, often getting them bumped into bigger venues. They’re sure to be a massive draw at South-by-Southwest,...
  • Ashrr - Sunshine Low

    ASHRR – “Sunshine Low”

    In 1997’s U2: A Year In Pop, bassist Adam Clayton said something among the lines of “Nothing wrong would happen if we keep trying new things. On the contrary, things will go south if we keep doing the same thing.” A good band, whether you like their music or...
  • Gregory Porter Valentine's Day

    Gregory Porter – “I Will”

    Valentine’s Day 2020 was, unbeknownst at the time, at last gasp of normality, with last year’s just another day of cohabiting (or Zoom), but hopefully this year’s will be back to the new normal. While the actual day falls on a case of the Mondays, for the Saturday night...
  • Broken Social Scene - Curse Your Fail

    Broken Social Scene – “Curse Your Fail”

    On January 14th, Canadian alt-all-stars Broken Social Scene release Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities, a compilation of extras & deep cuts. They just released the previously only available as a 7-inch “Curse Your Fail”, BSS cutting deep. Listen to “Curse Your Fail”:...
  • Abstract Mindstate - Move Yo Body

    Abstract Mindstate – “Move Yo Body”

    Back in August, Chicago turn-of-the-millennium rap greats Abstract Mindstate reunited behind new album Dreams Still Inspire, produced by none other than big local fan Kanye West, and released on his YZY SND label. Now they drop their killer video for “Move Yo Body”, featuring WRLDFMS Tony Williams, and who...
  • Pete Yorn - Elizabeth Taylor

    Pete Yorn – “Elizabeth Taylor”

    Any act of applied preservation, when aimed at historic areas or icons, nearly always automatically wrecks the very thing it set out to protect – like using concrete to capture light. It would be barbarous work to attempt to think of an icon wrapped in a more silvery haze...
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