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A first-listen response to Grizzly Bear’s “Painted Ruins”

I once met someone whose two favorite bands were Grizzly Bear and Anberlin. I remember being fascinated by that dichotomy, and then a few weeks later seeing Grizzly Bear open for The xx at what was then the LC Pavilion (now Express! Live). Since that show I've always felt I've never really given the ...

Pre-Eclipse jams [single reviews]

Sleeping at Last - "August 21, 2017: Total Solar Eclipse": Sleeping at Last's instrumental tracks have been favorites of mine, for a long time. The newly launched Astronomy series by the Wheaton, IL songwriter starts with this aptly titled song (I don't have to explain to you what it means). I can feel ...

I’m in denial about summer ending [single reviews]

I’m in denial about summer ending [single reviews]

Wavorly - "Pressure": What year is it? Wavorly is back with a radio single entitled "Pressure" that all at once is classic Wavorly and summer-2017 danceable. I might even say the song is vaguely MUTEMATH-esque. Nostalgia with freshness. Insert your own cliche descriptor here. Bottom line - I like this ...

40 Nashville bands to watch [always more to come]

40 Nashville bands to watch [always more to come]

Tuned Up was overdue for another list. These are so fun to put together. Lately we've been really into the Nashville scene in general. We find new artists almost daily that we like from there. Here are 40 of them. Chances are we'll do a list with another 40 in the near future. Til then, ...

RELEVANT DISCOVERIES: THREE BANDS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR PLAYLISTS

For as long as I can remember I have loved punk rock and all its sub-genres. But mind you I’m not a fan of genres and sub-genres. To me, it’s all punk. But for you genre freaks out there I had to mention that. Anyways one off-shoot I have never been that fond of is ska. Yes, that includes The Mighty ...

Booty&theKidd grooves well on “Victoria’s Living Room”

Want to groove in a chilled out yet still funky way? Check out these reimagined live versions of a trio of Booty&theKidd songs. I suppose that "fleshed out" might be a better way to label these songs as the group has added a full band to back up their already enjoyable sound. But, have you heard of ...

Hanging with the Vespies: a reflection on a pop-filled weekend

As a resident of Columbus, Ohio it has breathtaking to watch the attention twenty one pilots has driven to our city's scene. This platform has allowed a handful of other bands to rise to prominence in the pop scene. Two bands at the forefront of this movement both headlined shows in Columbus this ...