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NPR Tiny Desk submissions – Tuned Up favorites (first entry)

NPR is having a contest in which the winner will be flown out to their studios to film one of their famous Tiny Desk concerts. These sessions are known for forcing known and unknown bands alike to strip down their sound into its rawest form. Bands and artists all over the US are flooding the internet with submissions for this ...

Untitled single reviews (because I chose to be lame tonight, ok?!)

Chris August - "The Maker": Unbeknownst to me, this singer won a Dove award for Male Vocalist of the Year. Whenever I see the name "Chris" mentioned with Dove Awards I assume we're talking about Chris Tomlin! OK, I digressed there. "The Maker," the first single from the forthcoming full length record due out April 7th, could ...

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Thom Yorke releases ‘Youwouldn’tlikemewhenI’mangry’

Stream / Download Link.  Its chill, with reverb'd vocals. Tom-tom sounds on a synth drum kit. Really cool saw waves. Simple sounds but used to make a sparse yet beautiful soundscape.   It seems Thom Yorke isn’t out of surprises yet for us. His 2014 solo album reportedly sold VERY well, despite being released ...

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Get lost in these tunes, not necessarily holiday related

Purity Ring - "Push Pull": Purity Ring is back outta nowhere with the lush, yet less sparse than normal tune "Push Pull". While Purity Ring became known for their eerie, mysteriously endearing tracks backed by one hook or beat, the duo opts for a fuller sound. This will alienate some people, no doubt. While Meg's vocals sound ...

Single reviews – Black Friday edition

The Mantles - "Memory": Releasing a 7" next week, and the below video might be good incentive to make an investment. The feel good garage - psych vibes are sure to bring cheer any time of the year. I'm enjoying a revisit of this song on Black Friday inside a suburban Starbucks. I feel like this song would be equally suitable ...

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What people are saying about the new Imagine Dragons single

Since the Nickelback writeup was wildly popular, I decided to start a new series I'm calling "What the people say". Imagine Dragons is the second group to get the crowd sourced review treatment. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QlqqhzLVFo[/youtube] "This song is so addicting. I've listened to it at least a ...

Walk through that turnstile and feast your eyes on this skyline of music…

Turnstile - "Gravity": I expected chaos. Instead I got a mix between straightforward rock and hardcore. The vocals sound like Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. I very much dig this. Now I realize why people are so stoked to see them live in my hometown. Sometimes simple descriptors are best for a band - Turnstile ...