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Temple Invisible - "Everything From Above": Listening to Temple Invisible is like hearing an engine roar to life, and then being surprised at how elegant it sounds. On one hand, you hear effects akin to a laser gun going "pew pew pew" sci-fi movie style, yet you hear beautiful vocals that strip away the cheese. Let me repeat ...

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The Switch - "Don't Go to Revolver": The first thing that comes to mind when hearing this song is "M83". It might be the emphasis on synths or the high pitched male vocals. This song has my favorite kind of hook. The lyrics are a little awkward at times, but the melody and flow of the song makes up for this slight misstep. ...

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Crowd-sourced Reviews: Sufjan Stevens’ “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

Tuned Up likes to gather thoughts from outside our writer circle from time to time on songs that are widely talked about. Here are some of said thoughts about Sufjan Stevens' "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross," off the forthcoming Asthmatic Kitty release Carrie and ...

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NPR Tiny Desk submissions – Tuned Up picks (entry 3)

It's about time for NPR Music to reveal whom they're flying out to perform behind their famed Tiny Desk, but here are some more of our favorite discoveries of bands that have entered this contest. ATOMGA - "Wacks": The vintage film, the band crowded into the room, the lounge feel. All of these things and more drew me into ...

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NPR Tiny Desk Submissions – Tuned Up favorites (second entry)

The window for submitting to NPR's Tiny Desk contest has closed, but there are over 5000 entrants to sift through. These are a few of our favorites. Maybe someone on NPR's staff will take heed to this post! You never know... Domes - "You Can't Hear Me": Psychedelic effects in a song with pop undertones. What's not to like? ...

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Lions Lions - "Hear Me Out": Want to hear a pop punk band sing about stereos? You found them. Lions Lions prefer to extend their melodies and riffage rather than pack a punch in half the time, like many of their scene counterparts. While the vocals sound a bit teeny-bopper-ish, they fit the huge chorus well. A listen or two, ...

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Not our fault if you avoid these singles…

Jonathan HapeĀ - "Is Mine Fault?": Does Jonathan Hape ever slow down? The answer is no. I may be way off base here, but the band that comes to mind when I hear this song is Depeche Mode - specifically the song "Dream On," which I recall seeing on VH1 as a kid while on vacation in Florida (a very odd connection, but music does ...