• Dinowalrus - Phone Home From the Edge

    Dinowalrus – “Phone Home From the Edge”

    When Brooklyn’s Dinowalrus came out with % (QRO review) at the beginning of 2010, the impressive slice of kraut/psych/rock/and more needed one thing: a single, as the band got a little too deep into the journey they were creating.  Well now, at the end of 2010, after adding Anton...
  • Keith Canisius - This Time It's Our High

    Keith Canisius – “The Beach House”

    On his latest album, American-born, Copenhagen-residing Keith Canisius develops a wash of electronics and melodies that swirl in harmony like a whirlpool with a force stronger than gravity. He combines shoegaze, bedroom dubstep, and psych-pop elements in a fury to give it a strongly magnetizing force worthy of an...
  • Bikini - RIPJDS EP

    Bikini – ACheerlaeder

    Bikini, a duo based in New York City, is making noise – and interesting noise, at that. On "ACheerlaeder" from their EP RIPJDS, an emphatic vocal dances around an invigorating mix of lighter-than-air electronics and a pulsing drum that’s like a free-spirited campfire stomp from the year 2100. If...
  • Colours

    Grouplove – “Colours” (Single Version)

    Los Angeles’ Grouplove have just gotten slotted as opener for two great tours, on the West Coast with soon-to-be-on-Saturday Night Live Florence & The Machine (QRO photos) and on the East Coast with Denmark’s burgeoning The Joy Formidable (QRO live review).  Their debut EP doesn’t drop until January (when...
  • California Wives

    Slowdance (Loyal Divide Remix)

    Celebrate the Loyal Divide show this Friday (11/5) early with this stone cold smooth remix of Matthew Dear’s "Slowdance". We’ve been big fans of this Chicago-based foursome (sometimes five-some, sometimes six-some) since we stumbled across their well-received EP Labrador (catch two killer tracks of the EP here). The sound...
  • 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...