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Tuned Up exclusive: Michael McQuaid (part deux)

It's a rainy day here at Tuned Up HQ. Maybe part 2 of our exclusive premieres from Tennessee's Michael McQuaid will help? Today, we have two more videos - a track from his upcoming Heart&Soul EP titled "Pitch Black" and a cover of the wildly infectious "Latch" by Disclosure and Sam Smith. What do ...

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Shonen Knife – a hybrid review and interview regarding Overdrive

By Lucy Kaplan After my interview with Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, he mentioned to me that his record label Good Charamel Records, has a signed artist that will also be in Chicago soon. He introduced me to  an all-female band from Osaka, Shonen Knife, mentioning “Shonen Knife is one of the ...

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Commentary: How to Build A Music City – a fair question

Image graphic credit: Columbus Songwriters Association Where comes to mind when asked to name a music city? Hmmm. Let me guess what the top five answers to this would be: Austin. Nashville. LA. New York. Um. Wait, "Um" isn't the name of a city. Perhaps Chicago? In any case, most people in the US ...

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Mosey Jones – Spinning

You know you've been writing reviews for a very long time when you start drawing comparisons between multiple unknown bands. Such is the case with my adventure "spinning" this album. Pun intended. There's a band called Gelatinus Cube in Columbus that is anything but emo-ish pop punk. Yet, the nasally ...

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He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit

North Carolina rockers He Is Legend are back after years of silence and an indefinite hiatus. With their first full-length in over five years, Heavy Fruit has picked up right where the Wilmington natives left off. The record opens up with brief feedback leading into the riff-heavy “No Visitors”. ...

Callin’ for more single reviews? Here ya are.

Callin’ for more single reviews? Here ya are.

Scandroid - "Empty Streets": Dark industrial new wave. That's the moniker I give this sound. I know little of this artist, but it gives hope to a style of music that unfortunately has Blood On the Dance Floor as its main representative to the world at the moment. The song is club ready and arena ready ...

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Tightfest preview: Hyrrokkin

Tightfest is on its way to becoming one of the most interesting underground music festivals in the midwest. A bevy of math, emo, psychedelic, post punk, screamo, hardcore and skramz bands will descend on the Dude Locker for a memorable day of jams on September 13th in Columbus, OH. This is a ...