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Review: Anthony Mossburg - self titled (2014)

Review: Anthony Mossburg – self titled (2014)

Anthony Mossburg has been quietly making waves in singer songwriter circles for the past few years.  A slew of positive feedback and slightly under the radar buzz pushed the album into the upper ranks of iTunes’ singer songwriter charts during the record’s release week. Now, this kind of record isn’t the sort that I typically...

Review: Diamond Youth – Shake (2014)

Diamond Youth is one of those bands I remember being very excited about upon first hearing about them. I mean, here we have an indie band made up of members from Down to Nothing and Trapped Under Ice, two very popular hardcore bands. So yes, the initial response was a good one.  So naturally, I...
Review: The Overseer - Rest & Let Go (2014)

Review: The Overseer – Rest & Let Go (2014)

With influences such as Underoath, Thrice, Deftones, and As Cities Burn, Arkansas-based metalcore quartet The Overseer made its debut in We Search, We Dig nearly two years ago on Solid State Records. Since then they have toured the country, garnered scores of new fans, and just this past week, released the follow-up to their 2012...
Review: The Worn Flints - If I Stay Awake (2014)

Review: The Worn Flints – If I Stay Awake (2014)

Such a myriad of descriptors flow through my mind while listening to If I Stay Awake that even now formulating a concise review for The Worn Flints is challenging. One immediate thought that comes to mind is recalling our contributor Sandeep Sehbi’s recount of the October 2013 Worst Kept Secret Fest. He said that the...
Review: Weeknight - Post Everything (2014)

Review: Weeknight – Post Everything (2014)

Consider Weeknight a dark horse duo. Dark new wave is probably the best way to describe the sound. Weeknight is rather straightforward in their approach to songwriting. This is likely to be polarizing. For audiophiles like me that enjoy massive sounds, its a plus. Post Everything will bore some people though. The at times monotonous...
Review: Moonshine Bandits - Calicountry

Review: Moonshine Bandits – Calicountry

By Jordan Baker It’s weird how music works sometimes. Depending on the type of music being created, some aspects are more important than others. Things like substance, style, technical prowess, production, lyrics…all having different levels of importance depending on the kind of music. However, usually the music is a little more…orthodox than Moonshine Bandits’ most...
Review: Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow (2014)

Review: Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow (2014)

By Kelc Galluzzo Before listening to Bombay Bicycle Club’s new album, be prepared to throw away any and all expectations you might have if you have listened to their previous albums. The title of the opening track “Overdone” ironically foreshadows the overall sound of the album. Taking a step back from their previous melodic works...
Review: Silversun Pickups - The Singles Collection (2014)

Review: Silversun Pickups – The Singles Collection (2014)

By Corey Dickerson Since the release of their debut EP Pikul (July of 2005) Silversun Pickups has been a huge hit with a lot of people. After their first two records Carnavas and Swoon I just hoped they wouldn’t fall apart on their next record. Their most recent record Neck of the Woods was absolutely...
Review: Mike Mains and the Branches - Calm Down, Everything is Fine (2014)

Review: Mike Mains and the Branches – Calm Down, Everything is Fine (2014)

Mike Mains and the Branches may have released one of the quintessential indie rock records of 2014. Calm Down, Everything is Fine takes everything the band is good at and moves it up a notch. Another reviewer said (paraphrasing) that this album just feels more complete and satisfying than Home, a solid record in and...
Review: Nest - Hadal EP (2014)

Review: Nest – Hadal EP (2014)

By Matt Penfound Hailing from Nashville’s emo and punk scene, Nest is one of two bands which are product of disbanded Veritas. The other being Better Off, currently on tour with Major League. Nest and Better Off periodically play shows together in the Nashville area, but enough about the two and it’s time to focus...
Review: Emergent Heart - The Sheffield EP (2014)

Review: Emergent Heart – The Sheffield EP (2014)

Our friend Kyle Kerley of The Hemlocks (whom played the second ever I AM TUNED UP sponsored concert) tipped us off on this movement, based in Georgia. What started as a virtual collaboration between friends from afar evolved into a project meant to raise awareness of mental health issues, as well as push creative boundaries...
Review: The Hawk in Paris - Freaks LP (2013)

Review: The Hawk in Paris – Freaks LP (2013)

The Hawk in Paris is a side project that we at IATU like a lot. Our review of the Freaks EP also garnered us a lot of web traffic when the title track was featured in the popular TV series Pretty Little Liars. So, obviously yours truly was pretty stoked when a LP for this...

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