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Nightmare and the Cat – Simple

By Juliet Kozlow I caught Nightmare and the Cat while they toured with Neon Trees and Smallpools and fell in love with them. In my live review of the night,  I called them something to the extent of Amish Addams family punk rock and I stand by that still wholeheartedly. Therefore, I was excited to see how they could ...

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Amative – Flatlined

This EP has been out for a little while, but the band's debut music video just premiered on Under The Gun Review, so we thought a review was appropriate… Hello! Allow Tuned Up to introduce you to Amative. Long time readers might recall our interview with the band before a Memphis May Fire show (whom they served as local ...

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Stillglow – WRATH

Stillglow are an interesting breed. You either get them or you don't. If you're on the fence the WRATH EP might be a good place to start. The three piece from Maryland prefers to let their aggression speak for itself in the songwriting rather than the stage presence at live shows. Dan Haight's guitar playing is spot on ...

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White Reaper – White Reaper

It's a little rare these days, but I love a good noisy rock band. Note that I didn't say hard rock or metal to you casual listeners out there. There is a distinction - just a friendly reminder from your neighborhood reviewer. Anyway, I checked out White Reaper on a whim like I do a lot these days. In the past I've found in ...

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The Orwells – Disgraceland

First of all “Disgraceland” is a badass name for an album, so props to The Orwells for that.  While we are on the topic of good names, I was actually drawn to originally listening to The Orwells because I thought it was a cool band name, assuming they call themselves that because of George Orwell.  This is the first ...

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Islander – Violence & Destruction

For years nu metal has been scoffed at any time someone hears those two words in the same breath. Ever since a decreased level of popularity in the mid 2000’s, the style of music pioneered by Korn in the mid to late ‘90s has lost quite a bit of its staying power. However, in the past year or two the once-dead genre has ...

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Ever Burning Bright – Against All Odds

Reviewing a fresh-faced band - not to the national scene, but to an audience in general is always a daunting task. You want to encourage their passion while giving constructive criticism that doesn't turn off readers new to the group from checking them out. Ever Burning Bright, a group of friends from Columbus is a hard ...