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Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep

Prepare Photoshop for this meme. One does not simply put Enter Shikari into a genre.  They are an original electronic rock (ish) band all their own. Their new album is perhaps their most diverse to date.   From heavy breakdowns to melodic choruses, fast to slow tempos, this album is perhaps their best to date.  And that's ...

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ANAMAI – Sallows

In the last few years I’ve been exposed to a large amount of new music; a lot more than I ever imagined. My initial goal was to introduce myself to at least one artist from each genre and use their music as a gateway into the genre itself. In doing so I found some noticeable anomalies that one can’t categorize within a ...

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King Khan & the BBQ Show – Bad News Boys

Have We Surfed This Wave Before? A review of The King Khan & BBQ Show’s Bad News Boys By Steve Knapp Garage punk. Garage rock. Surf punk. Good ol’ rock n’ roll. However you want to label it, The King Khan & BBQ Show is back and giving listeners a schooling in the deep archives of rock, but how interesting ...

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Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Originally members of the band Gobble Gobble (now called Born Gold), vocalist Megan James and producer Corin Roddick released their debut record as Canadian synthpop duo Purity Ring, Shrines, in 2012 to critical acclaim. Three years later, they’ve returned with its follow-up, Another Eternity. Having minimal exposure to ...

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The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

By David Appelt If somehow you have never heard of The Decemberists, you have been missing out for a while. The group has been making waves since 2001 and if you give their music a listen you will see why. They just might be the most quintessential indie rock band in existence. If you care for Portland, thoughtful lyrics, ...

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Lieutenant – If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat for a Week

Nate Mendel. Many know him as the bassist for the Foo Fighters. Others know him as the original bass player for Sunny Day Real Estate. Either way, he’s never really been regarded as a singer, songwriter, or guitarist. Yet, that is precisely what he’s branched off as in his newest musical endeavor, an outlet branded as ...

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Least of These – Mere Image

Least of These, an indie/post-hardcore band is not new to us here at Tuned Up. My first introduction to this band was a show that we booked back in 2013. In the weeks leading up to the show I found myself listening to their first album, Change Will Come almost on daily basis. There was a certain calmness about it. Since that ...