• The Seedy Seeds – “Telephone The Constrictor”

      Another CMJ Special Report on behalf of QRO favorite The Seedy Seeds. This folktronic trio brings the heat all the way from Cincinnati, so give ’em a warm welcome when they pull into town for the festivities. They’ve got a show Wednesday night at the Local 269 ,...
  • Miniboone – “The Other Summer”

    Here’s a CMJ special MMM-MMMP3s post on New York’s Miniboone . These guys killed it at Northside Fest, bringing the energy to QRO/Ampeater’s showcase . We knew we had to have them aboard after hearing their dynamite EP Big Changes . Together with Shark!, this frenetic thunderball of rock...
  • Robbers On High Street

    Robbers On High Street – “Electric Eye”

    The essence of the British Invasion lives on and nobody does it better than Robbers On High Street.  The band continues to put out exciting, charming pop/rock with plenty of style. Put the Mod in your iPod and download their latest single, "Electric Eye", which will be featured on...
  • California Wives

    California Wives – “Blood Red Youth”

    If you need them to, Chicago’s California Wives will help smooth the gap between Phoenix albums. The quartet gushes silky, poignant, and playful lounge rock that’s good enough to tame your nerves until the Frenchmen return.  Mixing a smoky vibe with some ’80s rock/pop fun, California Wives deliver an...
  • You Can Be A Wesley

    You Can Be A Wesley – “Talking Science” and “Old In Florida”

    We were recently graced with two tracks from Boston’s You Can Be A Wesley. This is a blunt transcript of what happened when QRO’s Christy Hannon and Mike Gutierrez got their paws on it. She’s a little bit Goth, he’s a little bit Chillwave: together, they’re totally totally awesome-sauce.  ...
  • Lucinda Black Bear

    Lucinda Black Bear – “Knives”

    On November 2nd, Brooklyn's Lucinda Black Bear will release their album Knives, which – if the title track is any indication – will feature a set of loose, rousing folk-rock that will affect you starting with a jamboree-style foot tap and working its way up.  Definitely keep your ear...
  • School of Seven Bells

    School of Seven Bells – “Heart Is Strange (Active Child Remix)”

    School of Seven Bells recently released their second full-length gem, Disconnect From Desire (review), and each of their hauntingly gorgeous melodies invites a host of remix potential.  Active Child, aka Pat Grossi, put his spin on SVIIB’s "Heart Is Strange" as part of a reciprocal 7" remix EP, which...
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    Magnetic Island – “End In Bender”

    This Brooklyn-based outfit is anchored by two girls, Lisa Liu and SMV, but have been joined by many more throughout the years when they went by the no-fun-to-say moniker Renminbi up to their present incarnation as Magnetic Island. The guitars buzz, the snares smash, and the sonic surf rings...
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    EXCLUSIVE: This Is The Kit – “See Here” (Jim Barr remix)

    Kate Stables of This Is The Kit combines the compositional craft of Joanna Newsom with the boldface punch of a K Records starlet in their heyday. Mix in Liz Phair-meets-Suzanne Vega vocals, and you have a lot of heads turning at her recent release Wriggle Out The Restless. An...