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King Khan & the BBQ Show – Bad News Boys

Have We Surfed This Wave Before? A review of The King Khan & BBQ Show’s Bad News Boys By Steve Knapp Garage punk. Garage rock. Surf punk. Good ol’ rock n’ roll. However you want to label it, The King Khan & BBQ Show is back and giving listeners a schooling in the deep archives of ...

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Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Originally members of the band Gobble Gobble (now called Born Gold), vocalist Megan James and producer Corin Roddick released their debut record as Canadian synthpop duo Purity Ring, Shrines, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Three years later, they’ve returned with its follow-up, Another Eternity. Having ...

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The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

By David Appelt If somehow you have never heard of The Decemberists, you have been missing out for a while. The group has been making waves since 2001 and if you give their music a listen you will see why. They just might be the most quintessential indie rock band in existence. If you care for ...

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Lieutenant – If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat for a Week

Nate Mendel. Many know him as the bassist for the Foo Fighters. Others know him as the original bass player for Sunny Day Real Estate. Either way, he’s never really been regarded as a singer, songwriter, or guitarist. Yet, that is precisely what he’s branched off as in his newest musical endeavor, ...

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Least of These – Mere Image

Least of These, an indie/post-hardcore band is not new to us here at Tuned Up. My first introduction to this band was a show that we booked back in 2013. In the weeks leading up to the show I found myself listening to their first album, Change Will Come almost on daily basis. There was a certain ...

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The Black Ryder – The Door Behind the Door

I've been on a hunt. A hunt that might have started around the time I discovered M83 and was rejuvenated when I discovered Nothing last year. A hunt, dare I say, I didn't realize fully I was on. Wintertime has afforded me some great new discoveries in years past. Last year I fell in love with ...

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Torche – Restarter

By Jack Lynch Metalheads Torche have keen ear for aesthetics (read: making shit as loud as legally possible), and a coherent, long-form vision on their latest album, Restarter. Setting the album’s tone is opening track “Annihilation Affair,” a polyrhythmic mosh pit stomp in a constantly ...