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Mick Blankenship Bears a Crown of Apathy on Debut

Dayton and Cincinnati (really southwest Ohio in general) has seen a decent amount of rock acts finding fame beyond their home state, especially since the turn of the century. Mick Blankenship is one such Ohio artist who seems to fit in that mold. Yet, despite putting the work in for much of that time period, bad break after ...

Indy’s Brandon Wadley Impresses With His Unique Blend of Indie Rock on Lower, Permission

About a month and a half ago I had a chance encounter with Indianapolis-based songwriter, Brandon Wadley, while I was in Fountain Square for a Noah Gundersen show. Wadley had just released his new EP less than 3 months prior, and while my mind was dead set on Gundersen’s performance that night, I had promised Wadley that ...

Babbling April – Holy Gold EP

I had to visit this EP just to find out what the heck "acoustic shoegaze" sounds like. It might be fitting that the EP kicks off with the refrain of "I don't give a damn about my reputation." This band is going to make what they want! It's fairly evident that the band is adept at mixing noisy effect with organic sound ...

LOYALS – self titled

Years ago, Tuned Up had the chance to write about a worship band called Skyhook, compliments of our PR friend Rebecca Cicione. That band has since evolved into synth-pop-rock group LOYALS, who landed a deal with Tooth and Nail Records. Now, the two of you reading that recognized the Skyhook name might be wondering, why ...

RÓSA – The Taste of Another EP

RÓSA, is one of the more creative groups out of the emerging pop rock/dance/what have you movement (I don't even know what to call it anymore). "Without You" was a favorite single of ours last year, with it's vaguely downtempo but still dancey composition. We also enjoyed the M83-esque explorations of songs like "Savage" ...

His Dream of Lions – Pseudo Star EP

His Dream of Lions seem to be embarking on a self-commentary of sorts with the release of their new Pseudo Star EP. What exactly is a Pseudo Star? They seem to be exploring this both sonically and lyrically.  "Love Me Like I'm Sick" kicks things off with a pop punk meets mainstream indie pop sound, with lyrics about how ...

Castile – Magenta EP

Castile has been a Columbus band to watch in the Tuned Up camp for a minute. We first head about them via drummer Austin Nill, who years ago drummed with The Wind and the Sea, one of the first local bands we ever covered as a blog. Nill holds down the rhythm as part of the grunge trio Castile, which have been a band for ...