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Night Idea – Breathing Cold

As is the case with most new bands these days, Night Idea functions as a conglomerate of ideas and inspirations. They paradoxically fit and defy labels at the same time. I heard of these guys through Comrades - a post rock/hardcore band Tuned Up has booked multiple times over the past couple of years. Night Idea, whom ...

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Free Kittens and Bread – American Miserablist

Words: Ryan Getz Free Kittens and Bread are emo influenced rock suitable for the person not regularly inclined toward the genre. In other words - me. I found this band at just the right time. I think I've said this before in Tuned Up reviews, but I love previewing tunes on the artists that submit through the contact ...

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Spirit of the Bear – Remains

As a whole, the focus of most of the reviews you’ll find on Tuned Up will go in one of two distinguishable directions: they’ll cover moderate to big name artists you’ve probably heard of, and then they’ll cover lesser-known artists. Since joining the site, I’ve noticed how immersed the majority of my co-writers are ...

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WE ARE THE MOVIES-GET BUSY LIVING…

Pop-Punk has been my drug of choice for as long as I can remember. And as far as I can tell it always will be. I recently watched a video about James Alex, the lead singer of Beach Slang. The video is called, A Portrait of Beach Slang, A Punk Who Never Grew Up. Basically it is about what the title says. James Alex is in his ...

polyensopure

Polyenso – Pure in the Plastic

Words: Ryan Getz Everyone that obsessively listens to music has a band or four or ten that are paradigm altering for them. For me, Polyenso is one of those bands. Pure in the Plastic, though being a different beast than One Big Particular Loop, is the project that could and ought to propel Polyenso into the ...

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M. Crane – Sweethearts EP

Words: Ryan Getz I try my best to prioritize the review of bands based on the music alone and not who I know. At times, I do get referrals and my curiosity is piqued based on word of mouth - but isn’t that how most people discover stuff under the radar? Aren’t all forms of media a kind of word of mouth? In any case - I ...

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The Gills – self titled

Words: Ryan Getz The Gills' self titled record is one that I could probably listen to start to finish and sway in more or less the same rhythm the whole time. After seeing them live I'd probably have a crick in my neck from headbanging. Not with the same fervor as hearing some of my favorite breakdowns in heavy music, but ...