• Sacred Animals – “Still Removed”

    QRO has had its eyes and ears on the Dublin-based outfit Sacred Animals for a while now, waiting for the right time to drop a post, and what better time than right before their show this Friday with QRO fave Kohwi ? Give the track below a spin and...
  • Bobby - Soft Spores

    BOBBY – “Sore Spores”

    The mysterious and somewhat idiosyncratic BOBBY formed among folks (most) from Bennington College, and also includes Molly Sarle of the much-talked-about Mountain Man.  Before they head off on tour with The Low Anthem (QRO spotlight on), check out Sore Spores below. http://soundcloud.com/sickmilk/sore-spores Stream the track "Sore Spores" {audio}/mp3/files/Bobby –...
  • White Mystery – “White Widow”

    Before February turns into March, let’s take a moment to say “I <3 U” to Chicago’s White Mystery. The bro/sis duo lobbed a rock n roll grenade in the face of St. Valentinus on the loveliest of lovely holidays at the Empty Bottle on the 14th of February. From...
  • Nude Sunrise – “Strawberry Jerry”

    Mix a gnarly Grateful Dead instrumental outtro with Neu abrasion and an early-DEVO-esque sense of repetition to get the oddly-affectionate track "Strawberry Jerry". The Chicago-based outfit Nude Sunrise has a penchant for long-form mindfucks, tropes of popular determination, psy-asms. Check out their Bandcamp to hear the more epic "Lean...
  • Chaperone – “Thomas[!]”

    Here’s one of the sweetest little indie rock EPs I’ve heard lately. The Chicago-based Chaperone scores big with their 5-song gem Cripple King . Soulful guy/gal duets sweet talk the listener over lush, folky orchestration tinged with a ripe sense of countrified regret. Above all it’s red-blooded indie rock...
  • SECRETWARS – “Canadian Sun”

    Warm up to some deep water drone vibrations sponsored by Chicago-based SECRETWARS. I know the man behind the mask, but I’ll say no more. In his own words: "Satellite Shadows is the first, well semi-full length release for the ambient-drone artist SECRETWARS . After being buried alive in his...
  • The Seedy Seeds – “Flintlock Fire”

    Here’s a few things about the Seedy Seeds: they know who they are, they’re comfortable in their own skin, and the new album Verb Noun is going to sound however the hell it wants to sound, regardless of whatever chillwave/gravewave/hoaxwavve bullshit Pitchfork is currently BNM shoveling. The trio out...
  • Acid House Kings – “Would You Say Stop?”

    Sweden’s Acid House Kings are set to release their first album in six years in March, and when they do, the world will spin a little more smoothly thanks to the group’s honey-drizzled pop sounds.  “Would You Say Stop?” is a spirited preview of Music Sounds Better With You,...
  • Scars On 45 - Give Me Something

    Scars on 45 – “Give Me Something”

    "I carved your name / In an old oak tree / But the council chopped it down / ‘Cause it was filled with disease" – the opening line to "Give Me Something", the new single by Scars on 45, is as fine a line of Anglo-tragedy as you’re going...
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