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Premiere: Cure Culture – “Remember”

Cure Culture is part of a new era of Columbus bands, it seems. I've been running this site long enough that I've seen one era of bands pass. A few still stand, a few have broken up, and a few are just casually moving along. And some of those are making big waves in the industry. When I say I see a few freshman class of ...

Premiere: Chad Lehr is here to tell us about “Grace”

Chad Lehr is an Indiana name I've heard bounced around Midwest indie music circles for a little over a year now. He first came up when we were booking the inaugural Steadfast Festival, and actually again when we were booking for this year. He has become respected in the Indiana music scene, and he wears several hats in the ...

Premiere: Tiger Drive is “Free To Go” for the stars

Know Tiger Drive? You probably don't. Know OceanSpeak? You might if you've followed Tuned Up for a long time. There have been a few paradigm altering moments in the life of Tuned Up. One of those was a tiny show at Rumba Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. A little band called OceanSpeak was opening for SONS and Come Wind, two other ...

Single review: Eleventh Hour Onset brings the heat with “The White Chapter”

Allow me to introduce you to a young band called Eleventh Hour Onset from Racine, WI. This is a town that I once drove to with some friends in college, simply because they have a Chick-Fil-A in their mall. At the time, our Chicago suburb of Wheaton didn't have the prized fast food chain, so we had to drive an hour and half to ...

Premiere: Just in time for finals, First Responder stirs minds with “Rental Textbook”

It's been fun getting to know the bedroom pop band formerly known as The Sports, who are now called Trying. What's cool about discovering a new band is that you discover as much a conglomerate of musical tastes and aptitudes as you do one entity. And sometimes, a member or close friend of that band brings the members forth ...

Premiere: Xioma – “Penuel”

Aubrey Liston, alias Xioma, has an unassuming background presence lending her cello talents to the full band performances of folk-pop duo The Castros. She has been quietly developing a solo project all this time, and Tuned Up is honored to premiere her inaugural formal mark on the music world. Xioma makes use of little ...

PREMIERE: ABSOLUTE HERO – “THESE TABLES TURN”

If you have ever read any of my pieces then you know how much I love music. Hence why I started writing for Tuned Up. It gives me a chance to talk about bands that I enjoy and over the past 3 and half years I have done just that. Almost every article I have written be it an album review, a concert review or an interview is a ...