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pop up finds [relevant discoveries]

Man Mountain: These guys from Monroe, Michigan popped up on my Facebook feed tonight via an invite to an event. Though initially I was merely stoked for Stay Outside who slayed at Tuned Up's inaugural festival (Steadfast Festival) this year, at the recommendation of Spacebar jack of all trades Bryan ...

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Paper Route – Real Emotion

To say that I was underestimating Paper Route's Real Emotion would be an understatement. The band seemed to love teasing us, gradually rolling out singles leading up to the actual announcement of Real Emotion (get a load of that album art, dude.). Real Emotion completes the band's journey through the ...

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been meaning to tell you… [relevant discoveries]

Words: Ryan Getz Decent Criminal: Earlier this year (might have been June?) I once again found myself in the basement of DIY hotspot The House With No Name (curated by Tuned Up contributor Sandeep Sehbi) at the urging of some folks in that community. These dudes played to a house that was hopping ...

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Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust

Words: Ryan Getz Over past few years of being involved with this business/culture, I have run into few artists with as distinctive a sound as Kishi Bashi. The violin protege had me transfixed with his unique brand of orchestral pop from the second I began watching during a Fashion Meets Music ...

Young the Giant

Concert Review + Photos: Young The Giant’s Home of the Strange Tour

Photos by Samantha Skapin Between the Ohio State game and the torrential downpour happening in Columbus last Saturday, Young the Giant's Home of the Strange Tour still rolled through to Express Live! for an incredible sold out show with support from Ra Ra Riot. I was actually lucky enough to ...

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old school meets new school tuned up in these songs [single reviews]

Vesperteen - "What We Could Have Been": Some current fans of Vesperteen may be in for surprise when hearing this song - because of how abrasive it is. It's more in your face than anything we hear on the debut EP from Colin Rigsby's indie pop project, which is quickly gaining traction amongst a young ...

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RG’s Independent’s Day picks – 2016 edition

One of my favorite festivals is upon us yet again. Independent's Day is much more than a music festival but of course there's quite a diverse lineup this year. Here are some artists I'm stoked about that I think people should be stoked about too. Be sure to check out the complete schedule ...