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    Zambri – “Carry”

    QRO favorite Zambri has kept us all waiting with bated breath for new material since their stellar EP Bang For Changes wowed us (the Guardian , Fader , and Spin as well) last year and landed on at least one staffer’s "Best Of…" list. This morning Jessica & Cristi...
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    Great Waves – “Sleepers”

    Say hello to Great Waves , a young band out of the Pacific Northwest with both youth and gravitas. Youth + Gravitas = Does Not Compute, most of the time, but Great Waves pulls it off. Lead songstress has a voice that invites comparisons to the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan,...
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    Oh Land – “Sun of a Gun”

    Usually, when someone mentions "Danish" and "pop" in the same sentence, a lazy American’s breakfast comes to mind. But in this case, Danish pop means Oh Land, aka Nanna Øland Fabricius, who gives us a charming, sultry, and altogether fun mix of Top 40 music.  The one-woman act hits...
  • The Radio Dept. – “The New Improved Hypocrisy”

    Fresh off the release of their excellent album, Clinging To a Scheme, Sweden’s The Radio Dept. have just handed everyone a new screw-the-government track, but instead of being a fist-pumping anthem, it’s a smooth, brain-pumping effort. Not your parents’ protest song, and that can only help its cause. Download...
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    Young Adults – “Drifting”

    SUPER CMJ SPECIAL REPORT: YOUNG ADULTS BRINGING IT TO THE SIPPY CUP EVERYTHING CMJ SHOWCASE ON FRIDAY 10/22. DEETZ HERE , PLAN TO BE SCHOOLED. Sporting Surfer Blood textures with a Wavves-style attack, Boston’s Young Adults have got a lot of people excited about their upcoming 12" release Black...
  • Coyote Clean Up – “dumber by the day (neiz the operator dub)”

    Straight outta Detroit Ice Cold Chrissy and the CCU Crew bring you "dumber by the day (neiz the operator dub)", a pretty damn hot track off Double Trouble Doo Doo Bubble. Don’t know what that means? Or don’t want to? Neither do we. The main point is that Coyote...
  • Roman Ruins – “The Comedown” + Beach House remix

    Roman Ruins, aka Graham Hill (touring drummer of Beach House and The Papercuts), has just released a short-but-sweet 7" called PASTOR/AL, which features the sleek, metallic track "Why Party?" and the bedroom swing of "The Comedown" (stream it below!).  Clearly talented aside from his other projects, Hill can surely...
  • Rollerskaters – “Sleep Tight” (Star Slinger Remix)

    The Wavves/Mountain Dew Corporation may be the Kings of the Beach, but the UK’s Star Slinger may have the greatest claim to the King of the Summer title. The DJ/Producer’s signature thump was the soundtrack to the hottest months of the year as he remixed his way through your...
  • Geographer – “Kites”

    Getting a much-deserved re-release is Geographer's Animal Shapes EP, and this time, no one should pass over it.  These three San Fran-area guys have put together a charming & disarming little collection synth-rock that seems poised for an eco-friendly ad campaign.  Uncommonly smooth melodies and inventive rhythms drive Animal...