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Topher James and Biscuit Brigade – Art and Soul

Art and Soul comes just in time for the holidays (though it isn't a holiday directed record). I know my ears become more keen to jazz and that soulful rock sound around this time of year - I know what you're thinking though. Why is this chump talking about holiday season musical inclinations prior to ...

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Colony House – When I Was Younger

By David Appelt You are about to love this band. I promise. Colony House (composed of Caleb Chapman, Will Chapman, and Scott Mills) could very well be the next big indie rock band. Grabbing their sound from extremely familiar influences, it somehow becomes something completely fresh. From the first ...

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Dreamers – Dreamers

The band formerly known as Motive put out one heckuva fun little EP this week. I first heard of Motive through a local hangout, Brothers Drake Meadery, who booked them semi-regularly. Then, the trio changed their name to Dreamers and a local show followed by a press email I took as a sign that I finally ...

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Tuned Up premiere: TART – “Rabid Dogs”

[photo credit - Sara J. Winston] We at Tuned Up just love premiering songs. Here's another one. Meet TART. TART is a duo, in short, from the Detroit area. Early in our existence, we got the chance to photograph and review a band called The Hounds Below, founded by Jason Stollsteimer from the ...

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Giant Squid – Minoans

I'll be the first to admit that I can be a little clueless when starting to write a review of an album such as this. Minoans doesn't lend itself to a quick recollection later. It demands your full attention. Interesting is the album title - Minoans. The Minoans were a race of people on the island of ...

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Kid Runner – Wake Up Now

We premiered a single from Kid Runner recently, so OF COURSE we're gonna review the EP! What kind of blog would we be if we didn't?! Actually, this review is a couple of days late. Oops. Can I just start out by saying this EP is absolutely massive sounding? If Kid Runner staked a claim on a ...

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Skálmöld – Með vættum

By Steve Knapp In the world of folk metal, what sets bands a part from one another is their ability to dig in and tap into their roots. If they can do this, it takes their music out of the realm of novelty and infuses it with a strong sense of honesty. Icelandic metalheads, Skálmöld, capture this ...