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Album Premiere: She Bears mixes class and power with “Great Lakes Tidal Wave”

The Athens, OH transplants to Columbus band She Bears have been on the Tuned Up radar for quite awhile. I first became acquainted with vocalist Stephen Pence as a regular at Kobo (RIP), where he bartended.  I lived nearby on Tompkins Street, in Old North Columbus, Ohio. There isn't a whole lot of ...

Today, I bring to you a band that wears its heart on its sleeve….

Today I bring to you a band that wears its heart on its sleeve. A band that has an emotional connection to each word written their songs. When I first met these guys, it was a show they shared with us and had no idea what to expect. I remember asking them what kind of music they played and their ...

SOPHOMORE SLUMP FEST PREVIEW: ACTION/ADVENTURE

Action/Adventure is a pop punk/easycore band from Chicago that I came to know of last August. They played a stacked show here in Columbus at Donatos Basement with locals Sleepjacket (R.I.P.) and Heroes like Villains. And touring bands Southpaw and Knockout Kid. That show was easily my favorite show of ...

Stroll on to these songs [single reviews]

MUTEMATH - "Stroll On": Here are what some friends of TU had to say. "Both of their new songs gave me classic MM vibes and it doesn't surprise me to know they were both "shelf" songs in some way shape or form. I dig it mostly because I've listened to S/T an embarrassing amount of times and am ...

DED Brings The Misanthropy Back to Nu Metal on Debut

For much of the mid 2000s and early 2010s, nu metal was considered the laughing stock of the rock and metal super-genres, but a few years ago it made a vengeful comeback and arguably has been back in full swing ever since. Don’t get me wrong, we’re relatively far removed from nu metal’s 2001 ...

SOPHOMORE SLUMP FEST PREVIEW: HEROES LIKE VILLAINS

Over the years we at Tuned Up have called a few bands Tuned Up bands. One band that truly has become that is Heroes like Villains. The Columbus 5 piece pop punk have been long time supporters of us and us of them. I honestly cannot count the times we have covered them, be it the review of their debut ...

Toro y Moi returns with the oddly named “Boo Boo”

Toro y Moi was a paradigm altering artist for me. At times I yearn for the early days of music journalism when the wide world of subgenres was just beginning to open up to me, a kid who's bread and butter was hard Christian rock for years! One of those albums to shake up my musical perception was ...