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Robyn Hitchcock’s ‘The Man Upstairs’

The cover is a skeleton in a hat, sitting at a desk looking upward. 10 songs, 38 minutes. A lean release. Instrumented with some strings. Primarily Robyn singing, with his typical poetic writing sung over what sounds like an acoustic guitar. The joy when listening to Robyn Hitchcock albums are following his meandering ...

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Kevin Drew’s solo effort ‘Darlings’

Life, death, love, heartbreak. and an awe for all the mystery that is life. This is Kevin Drew at his most introspective. He’s looking the future in the face, the prospect of loss, change, and the unknown. But he’s embracing it, wistfully. The new Kevin Drew album is a doozy. If you’re familiar with his prior work, ...

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Taking a look at Royal Blood

Royal Blood has been covered a few times now by Tuned Up. Previously, Topher Parks recommended Royal Blood in a Relevant Discoveries post. I found these guys while reading up on how to split a guitar signal into a bass and guitar cab, while pitch shifting the guitar into a bass sound. These guys were a comment / link on ...

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Sleepwave – Broken Compass

By Brandon Walls While listening to Sleepwave's album, Broken Compass, one would be authentically dissapointed to think that this is an Underoath 2.0. Sleepwave brings a 90's rock era sound with a synth heavy ambient vibe that could almost be compared to Angels and Airwaves. This album is wholly a new direction for Spencer ...

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The American Scene – Haze

Honesty time - The American Scene was one of the earliest bands I reviewed for Tuned Up. I was stoked to be on ANY publicity email list, especially one responsible for Rise Records, Topshelf Records, AND Count Your Lucky Stars. Whoa. So, before inbox was clogged with hundreds of unread emails at a time, I listened to Safe ...

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Gelatinus Cube – The New Corn

Gelatinus Cube. You are scarce to find a band like them (or named like them). What does Gelatinus Cube make you think of? LSD? Insanity? English slang for some foreign dish? Just a random conglomeration of the American English lexicon (or "linguistic adventure" as Robin Williams might say - see his bit on golf for this ...

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The Griswolds – Be Impressive

By Juliet Kozlow The Griswolds are on track to blow up. They've been making a name for themselves on the festival circuit, having performed at stateside festivals such as Lollapalooza, Firefly, and Hangout Fest earlier this year and Big Day Out and London Calling overseas and down under. They have been relentlessly touring ...