• Thurston Moore – “American Coffin”

    With the new solo album Demolished Thoughts set for release by Thurston Moore this May, I thought I’d take the opportunity to have a glance back at some of his previous solo work. The track "American Coffin" comes off Trees Outside the Academy (2007), Moore’s second solo album after...
  • Time Wharp – “clstrphlia.”

    I saw Time Wharp via an impromptu U-Stream performance that looked to be filmed in some random, musty basement with the camera pointed at a blinding light, a grey wall, half a soundboard, and not much else. Couldn’t see who was behind the soundboard, kinda mysterious. I guess that...
  • The Pass – “Vinyl”

    There’s a sub-genre of music that you might call helium-inflected, up-tempo dance rock. Put Foster The People in that category, Passion Pit too, and the Pass probably belongs there as well. Hard to get a read on these bands from the albums alone because acts that lean so heavily...
  • Julian Lynch – “Terra”

    The title track off Julian Lynch’s new album Terra crafts a dreamy vision of a world cobbled together out of acoustic strums, saxo-ma-phone, spacey synth, harmonica, and a host of percussive elements identified as "world music" to everyone except ethnomusicologists who know better. Sounds like a clutter, but in...
  • The Shrapnelles – “HIV”

    Fast, loud, hard strummy punk rock from Calgary, Canada: meet the Shrapnelles. It’s almost a shame that such a catchy song is named "HIV" because you feel sort of bad about jamming out to it. But hey, that’s old school punk provocation. Take it in stride, and work out...
  • SECRETWARS – “CMKY (Know Your Colors Version)”

    SECRETWARS, the mysterious electronic demiurge out of Chicago, just dropped two albums or so of back catalogue material onto the scene. QRO is working through it right now. Big, geometrical, neon phantasms. "CMKY" comes off his Best Of album, which is more pro-spective than retro-spective, given SECRETWARS’ relatively recent...
  • Shark? – “Shark?”

    QRO’s psyched to see that the string of great 7"s Shark? has been putting out will finally culminate in a full-length album. Few bands gig harder in the NYC rock scene than the Brooklyn band (I think they played like 5 or 6 gigs at the last CMJ festival),...
  • Rare Child - Mistakes & Let the Sky Light Up

    Rarechild – “Mistakes” & “Let the Sky Light Up”

    Amongst the million-and-one Brooklyn bands, it would have been easy to lose sight of Rahim, as their darkly constructed material was hardly accessible on first listen.  But given more spins to their full-length Laughter (QRO review), and it becomes something very impressive – a standout amongst the million-and-one Brooklyn...
  • Wax Idols – “All Too Human”

    Wax Idols is headed up by Heather Fedewa (formerly of Hunx & his Punx, currently of Blasted Canyons), and she reaches out to a revolving ensemble of west coast killers to help her nail down a heavy, heady, hearty sound. Bikini Kill meets Bangles, alternating between snare-driven pop hooks...
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