• Very Truly Yours – “Across The Sea”

    Here’s a little gem from Chicago’s Very Truly Yours called "Across The Sea" from the Happy Prince compilation Happy Gift For The Pop Kids. Bright melodies, spot-on vocal harmonies, a golden-era indie vibe that will have you snuggling up next to your flannel-clad significant other, or maybe a dog...
  • Sleeping Bag – “Slime”

    Hipster Runoff would call Sleeping Bag a "fuzzy, buzzy buzzband" if the Indiana-based band scored high enough on the meme-o-meter. But QRO is just an honest, hardworking music mag, so we’ll just call Sleeping Bag "good stuff." Bright pop melodies and lo-fi textures describe the catchy opener "Slime" off...
  • Heart-Sick Groans – “Surfer Friend”

    I was just thinking the other day about the disproportionate amount of coverage QRO gives Swedish bands. But then again, Swedes are disproportionately talented when it comes to indie rock. Don’t ask me why. I was talking to Nervous Nellie about it in an interview we did in Berlin...
  • Tonstartssbandht – “Black Country”

    This is Tonstartssbandht. They are good. They are from Ukraine, Moscow, Russian Federation, and were sent here by Putin to spread post-Soviet good cheer. But then they went rogue. Very rogue. Like a James Bond movie, they embarked on a Mission Impossible. This song "Black Country" from An When....
  • Whale Belly – “Louise, Queen of Greenwood”

    QRO just dropped an MMM-MMMP3 on "Poor Man’s Dance" by NYC-based alt-Americana mavens Whale Belly. Now we’ve got our hands on the video for "Louise, Queen of Greenwood," have a look! It’s cobbled together out of old family footage: watch for grandpa manboob at 3:28. Whale Belly have a...
  • SARALEE – “no we didn’t know” (Demo)

    Here’s a band name with zero future prospects. Huge corporations with fleets of lawyers don’t have much of a sense of humor when it comes to sharing naming rights. But snack cakes aside, SARALEE the band has got a tasty treat with their new demo. It reminds me of...
  • Names Divine – “The Golden Phallus, His Holy Waifs, and the Coming of the Eucharist”

    Long title on this track, right? So you’re probably not going to remember the name, but you’ll remember the sound of this song by Chicago’s Names Divine. Seasick psych lilt smitten with dreamy moon-visions and a powerful, acerbic female lead vocal that cuts the melody out of the air...
  • Whale Belly – “Poor Man’s Dance”

    A pop song about debt? Shudder! Wasn’t Obama supposed to save us from all our nightmares? The good news is that when NYC-based Whale Belly kicks in the Thin Lizzy vibes (that’s Free Energy vibes for you lamestreamers) you won’t give a damn how many digits your school debt...
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    Mike Watt – “arrow-pierced-egg-man”

    No one in the world has had a musical career like Mike Watt.  The bassist founded one of the most important punk bands of the eighties, the legendary Minutemen, along with guitarist D. Boon & drummer George Hurley – only for the sixty seconds to be cut short when...
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