• Elohim - I'm Lost

    Elohim – “I’m Lost” and “Good Day, Bad Day”

    Elohim, who we now know as a sensitive electronic artist-vocalist, and trippy keyboardist with raucous mentalities, released two singles with alternative rock inspired guitar and touching, but edgy lyrics in 2020. Both, “I’m Lost” and the, yes, proverbial “Good Day, Bad Day” came during a crisis of conscience, but...
  • Weezer - All My Favorite Songs

    Weezer – “All My Favorite Songs”

    Somehow, Weezer are still making songs for teens that are relevant. Today comes new single “All My Favorite Songs”, for the upcoming OK Human (out January 29th), with a great accompanying video that’s got the quality & heart that once brought you Mary Lynn Rajskub. Watch the video for...
  • Juanita Stein - The Reckoning

    Juanita Stein – “Reckoning”

    Maybe in 2021 we can have nice things.  There’s obviously been no touring since early March, but artists have been planning for next year, like Juanita Stein, who just announced her U.K. tour dates for next May/June.  She’s also put out a great video for “Reckoning”, from this year’s...
  • Princess Goes To the Butterfly Museum - Cruel World (Phantogram Cover)

    Princess Goes To the Butterfly Museum – “Cruel World” (Phantogram Cover)

    Nine months ago, one of the last concerts that QRO caught before everything shut down was Princess Goes To the Butterfly Museum at Mercury Lounge (QRO photos). Fronted by Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall, they put out single “Vicious” (QRO review) with a video from the before-time of crowded...
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Savior Complex

    Phoebe Bridgers – “Savior Complex”

    It’s the 2020 team-up we’ve all been waiting for: Paul Mescal & a chihuahua!  Actually, it’s this year’s musical it-girl Phoebe Bridgers and television it-girl Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  The two similarly named artists have finally gotten together (not counting when Bridgers wore a Waller-Bridge style outfit on the cover of...
  • Rubbing Alcohol - Evacuation

    Rubbing Alcohol – “Evacuation”

    QRO has known Rubbing Alcohol, a.k.a. Val Loper, for years now as part of longtime favorite Bear Hands.  With his group separated thanks to the pandemic lockdown, Loper was stuck in Connecticut and decided to make some music of his own, with mixer Chris Teti (of The World Is...
  • ASHRR - Dark Eyes

    ASHRR – “Dark Eyes”

    In the ‘80s, when Mark Burgess’ band The Chameleons ended most of their gigs with their angry and sometimes hysterical cover version of Alternative TV’s “Splitting In Two”, the Mancunian singer chanted, “We’re living in strange times,” a reference to their third record (Strange Times), but also a recurring...
  • Jenny Lewis & Serengeti - Unblu

    Jenny Lewis & Serengeti – “Unblu”

    This is going to be a very blue Christmas, so indie songstress Jenny Lewis has teamed up with Chicago-based rapper Serengeti for their own chill piece, “Unblu”, and its Lewis-directed video, released on Lewis’ own Loves Way label. Watch the video for “Unblu”:...
  • The Strokes - The Adults Are Talking

    The Strokes – “The Adults Are Talking”

    Fresh off playing Saturday Night Live and getting their first-ever Grammy nomination for this year’s The New Abnormal (QRO review), The Strokes take on robot baseball players in their great new video for “The Adults Are Talking” (even if the NYCers’ uniforms are more seventies Astros than “Ode to...