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Premiere: Label Me Lecter has something to tell you in “Dear World”

Brian "B.YONEST" Penn and Mike Rist are a formidable duo. Don't let that lead in line from this article intimidate you, though. They're really nice, genuine guys. But they know how to pack a punch when they want to. The project known as "label me lecter" has functioned as the main creative outlet for B, who is the primary ...

Premiere: GROVES – “Dimes”

I am being completely genuine when I say that GROVES may have released the most instantaneously enjoyable single I've heard this year. Favorite song? Can't go that far. But holy moly – what an earworm. The band has certainly come across my radar before. People in the Vesperteen camp have recommended them, but this band ...

Posted: After a 2-Year Absence, Mickey Young is Back With Some Dope Shit [Premiere]

It’s “been a while since [he’s] posted,” but after two years away from the game, Mickey Young is finally back with some dope shit. The Indiana-based rapper makes his return to music with a smooth flow over a head-bobbing trap beat. His autobiographical bars and clever wordplay are the track’s centerpiece, but it’s ...

Premiere: Riverhorse brings the zoned out melancholy with “Short Stories”

Tuned Up has another exclusive premiere for ya! Riverhorse is a band from Joliet, IL. That's a tad outside of Chicago. Close enough to be in the suburbs but far enough away to feel like it's own little world outside of the city. In a way the sound of this band goes along with that little geographical anecdote I just ...

Premiere: Graceful Closure’s aim is for all of you to feel “Safe”

Graceful Closure's new song is "safe" in all the right ways, pun completely intended. There's no doubt that many who will listen will detect some familiarity in the tone of the song. Influences from everyone from Maroon 5 and X Ambassadors to A R I Z O N A will jump out at savvy pop fans. Nothing is a rip off though. ...

Premiere: 90’s Kids – “Champagne”

Some of our contributors have been involved with musical projects of their own. A while ago (I lost track of time), we got connected with Corey Mouch of Static Wonder, based in Cincinnati. Fast forward to the present, and Columbus just got one indie pop band richer, thanks to Corey's relocation to Columbus and drive to ...

Premiere: Mythical Motors channels an alternative universe R.E.M in “Concentric Circles”

R.E.M. in an alternative universe. Yep. We haven't had the chance to premiere a song quite like this one yet. Mythical Motors is a rock band that have spent most of their musical career based in Chattanooga, TN. Their vibe is down to earth, but their work ethic is not. Their forthcoming release, of which our featured track ...