• Kaiser Chiefs : Yours Truly, Angry Mob

     In 2005, Kaiser Chiefs stormed the UK charts with their debut album, Employment, and now comes their follow-up, Yours Truly, Angry Mob.  Employment had four hit singles in “Oh My God”, “I Predict a Riot”, “Everyday I Love You Less and Less”, and...
  • Polarkreis 18 : Polarkreis 18

     For whatever reason, German bands have created an impressive niche in electronic rock.  The Notwist and a whole slew of acts on the Morr label have pushed the technological side of guitar rock well beyond bedroom tinkering into a savvy artform.  ...
  • Underwater Sleeping Society : All Other Lights Go Out

     If Sweden is the "new Canada" of indie-rock, then there are already people looking for the "new Sweden", and some may look just across the Gulf of Bothnia to Finland.  With All Other Lights Go Out, Helsinki’s own Underwater Sleeping Society would seem...
  • Pop Levi : The Return to Form Black Magick Party

     "Electric" is a term essential to describing Pop Levi's music.  Not necessarily electrical in that he's always plugged in and blowing out amps, but more simply: dynamic.  There's a polarizing desperation in his voice that basically begs for attention - not for attention...
  • The Early Years : The Great Awakening EP

     Only six months after the release of their self-titled debut (QRO Review), UK’s The Early Years have given themselves some extra touring material with their new EP, Great Awakening.  Mostly recorded at the same time as The Early Years, the band doesn’t...
  • Burn To Shine – Portland, OR DVD

     The concert videography in Burn to Shine is good, especially if you're the kind of viewer who simply likes to watch musicians play without a whole lot of nonsense. ...
  • The Besnard Lakes : The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

     There's something a little sinister about The Besnard Lakes.  Much like the horse that graces the album cover of The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, their sound has a fiery soul that gallops at a slow, deliberate pace, but is full of...
  • Winterpills : The Light Divides

     On the softer side of rock is fertile style of acoustic pop that Winterpills are thriving on.  On their second album, The Light Divides, they elaborately branch rhythms into a variety of shadowy moods while smoothly balancing weighty vocals with lush melodies.   ...
  • Cedars : Another Season EP

     While Cedars hail from the capital of the United States, they feel like they come from the capital of the United Kingdom.  This isn’t just because their Another Season EP has track titles that bring to mind Britpop all-stars Blur with "The Great...