• Lucinda Black Bear

    Lucinda Black Bear – “Knives”

    On November 2nd, Brooklyn's Lucinda Black Bear will release their album Knives, which – if the title track is any indication – will feature a set of loose, rousing folk-rock that will affect you starting with a jamboree-style foot tap and working its way up.  Definitely keep your ear...
  • School of Seven Bells

    School of Seven Bells – “Heart Is Strange (Active Child Remix)”

    School of Seven Bells recently released their second full-length gem, Disconnect From Desire (review), and each of their hauntingly gorgeous melodies invites a host of remix potential.  Active Child, aka Pat Grossi, put his spin on SVIIB’s "Heart Is Strange" as part of a reciprocal 7" remix EP, which...
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    Magnetic Island – “End In Bender”

    This Brooklyn-based outfit is anchored by two girls, Lisa Liu and SMV, but have been joined by many more throughout the years when they went by the no-fun-to-say moniker Renminbi up to their present incarnation as Magnetic Island. The guitars buzz, the snares smash, and the sonic surf rings...
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    EXCLUSIVE: This Is The Kit – “See Here” (Jim Barr remix)

    Kate Stables of This Is The Kit combines the compositional craft of Joanna Newsom with the boldface punch of a K Records starlet in their heyday. Mix in Liz Phair-meets-Suzanne Vega vocals, and you have a lot of heads turning at her recent release Wriggle Out The Restless. An...
  • The Sights - Most of What Follows Is True

    The Sights – “How Do You Sleep?”

    Put your pants on tight, because The Sights are back to rock them off.   This new ass-rocking track, "How Do You Sleep?", will be featured on their upcoming album, Most of What Follows Is True, which will be crammed full of hearty, gritty rock that could blow a house down....
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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,...
  • Oh Land

    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...