• Pop Winds – “Drowning In The Dark”

    QRO’s love affair with Arbutus Records rolls on with an mmmp3 gem from Pop Winds, a Montreal-based trio that mixes the bloopier-bleepier side of Flaming Lips with echo chamber vocals, slow n’ steady percussion, and the sweetest rock sax this side of "Walk On The Wild Side." It takes...
  • The Dig - For All Your Sins

    The Dig – “For All Your Sins”

    Ever since catching them at a drunken New Year’s Eve party (QRO photos – you know, as opposed to the sober ones…), been a big fan of The Dig.  "Like Vampire Weekend, but grittier" was an early description, but if anything they’ve gotten better than that in the past...
  • Rival Tribes – “Oceanside Villain”

    As much as I hate to give faceless social media corporations a shout out, got to thank Twitter for the good luck of running into Rival Tribes. The Ithaca-based band just sort of popped up in the feed, sparked my interest, and linked me all the way to their...
  • Sean Nicholas Savage – “Giant In The Sky”

    Hard to believe that the man behind Movin Up In Society is the same Sean Nicholas Savage that we blogged about recently for his disco flashback track "Oo La La" from Mutual Feelings… The disco album was straight synth beats and polyester love, the night to the day of...
  • Jones Street Station - The Understanding

    Jones Street Station – “The Understanding”

    In this century’s over-glut of alt-country, thanks to blue-state alt- learning to appreciate red state -country, not to mention the awfulness that goes for mainstream country music these days (have we finally buried the term ‘New Country’, at least?…), Jones Street Station is refreshingly ‘country-country’, yet have the bio...
  • Luke Rathborne – “Dog Years”

    On his upcoming split EP, I Can Be One/Dog Years, Luke Rathborne channels legends Bob Dylan and John Lennon – as well as contemporary star Devendra Banhart – with his loose, scratchy vocals and swaying, acoustic rhythms. He portrays a cozy, front porch melancholy and his lyrics recall the...
  • I’m From Barcelona – “Get In Line”

    Massive (27 people) I'm From Barcelona (from Sweden) is back soon with a new full-length full of dramatically fun pop and this track is a shining preview of what's to come. Rolling synth melodies, group claps, and harmonic singing stamp the tune with the band's trademarks, and is an...
  • Tommy Guerrero – “Que S’est-iI Passe”

    Skateboarding and music go well together, but not often directly. Tommy Guerrero is bridging that gap by releasing an album called Lifeboats and Follies soon, and this track features a blend of jazz, soul, and Latin rhythm that's an expected representation of someone immersed in skateboarding culture. Stream "Que...
  • The Hood Internet – “Killdear” (P.O.S. vs La Roux)

    Recently, the Minnesota Beatle Project released their 2nd volume of Beatles covers, which featured P.O.S.'s take on "Dear Boy".  Chicago-based The Hood Internet took this track and combined La Roux's "In For The Kill", and this is the result.  It's a cleverly upbeat electro-romp could be your jam at...
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