• Dpony – “Dlank Start”

    Dpony. Whoah. I stumbled across their EP Gool via a shout-out tweet from Hooray For Earth. Makes sense. Both bands have a knack for straddling the rock/electronic fence. Gool digs deep into hardwired ambient sludge while still preserving the exoskeleton of a rock ensemble. Guitar, drums, bass, synth: everything’s...
  • Breakfast In Fur – “Shine”

    Yet another winner found its way to the MMM-MMMP3s inbox ([email protected])! Breakfast in Fur combine the intimate weirdness of Quilt with the public grandeur of Arcade Fire. The preponderance of unplugged instrumentation gives the album a real earthy feel, while the synths and samples on tracks like "A Quiet...
  • Tayisha Busay – “Tonite”

    I first caught on to the Tayisha Busay vibe with their pert & perky electro-glitterpop EP Shock-Woo!, and it’s been a nasty little love affair ever since. The Brooklyn-based trio bring the noise in the live show with choreography up the yin-yang and plenty of glam to spare –...
  • Calm Palm Vapor – “Galaxy Con Glass”

    First heard of Calm Palm Vapor through QRO fav Panda Riot. The Chicago-based 2 piece was on a bill that QRO & Cream Team were cohosting back in 2010. Great lineup: Secret Colours, Panda Riot, Calm Palm Vapor, and out-of-towners Chatham Rise. I was pretty excited – any event...
  • New Animal – “All I Want Is Gone”

    Music releases towards the end of December and the beginning of the New Year have a way of disappearing into the insatiable void of withering attention spans when the end of the year rolls aroud, and music junkies start to compile "Best Of…" lists (witness the underrepresented Teen Dream...
  • Ravens & Chimes - Past Lives

    Ravens & Chimes – “Past Lives”

    I’ve seen New York’s Ravens & Chimes twice, but both times were at CMJ, which is never the best opportunity to judge a band – especially a New York band.  However, they were strong both times, first time reminding me of Bishop Allen (QRO spotlight on), the second time...
  • David Lowery – “The Palace Guards”

    Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery's solo debut, The Palace Guards, is set to be released soon and (if the title track is any indication) will be highlighted by  semi-psychotic alt-country introspection.  The title track featured here is a "don't leave me"-style rant strum with varying rhythms...
  • Blue Hawaii – “Lilac”

    I feel like I’m late to the Arbutus Records party because every time I try to tell someone about how awesome this label is, they’re all like, "Yeah dumbass, knew that like forever," and then I’m like, "But what about Pop Winds, Sean Nicholas Savage, and Blue Hawaii?" and...
  • Pop Winds – “Drowning In The Dark”

    QRO’s love affair with Arbutus Records rolls on with an mmmp3 gem from Pop Winds, a Montreal-based trio that mixes the bloopier-bleepier side of Flaming Lips with echo chamber vocals, slow n’ steady percussion, and the sweetest rock sax this side of "Walk On The Wild Side." It takes...
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