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What the heck does “platetonic” mean? [single reviews]

Poi Dog Pondering - "All Saints Ascension": I'm not sure what "platetonic" is, but it makes me think of geology class in college and not electronic music. Whatever it is, that label for Poi Dog Pondering seems accurate. Not quite rock, neither pure dance. Yet, to call it "electrorock" would be giving this band a term too ...

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Crowd Sourced Reviews: MUTEMATH – “Monument”

I knew that many people I knew would have an opinion on the long awaited new MUTEMATH single "Monument," the first from the forthcoming Vitals, so I gathered some opinions. Listen while you read. Here they are: [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219819093" /] "MUTEMATH has outdone themselves. With the ...

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Crowd sourced reviews: Silversun Pickups – “Nightlight”

It shouldn't surprise anyone that one of the most anticipated alternative releases for the remainder of 2015 will be Silversun Pickups' Better Nature. We asked some followers of  Tuned Up their opinion of the massive first single, "Nightlight." "Listening to this song the second time through put a huge smile on my face ...

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Wait, that song was compared to Bob Dylan?! [single reviews]

Words: Ryan Getz Masha - "Mr. Presley": Masha eschews the stereotypical girly fixations in favor of an infatuation with the ever prominent "Mr. Presley." The feel is similar to a Lorde song, but less minimalistic. Masha's longing in the song is so intense that in the music video we see it implied that she leaves a wake of ...

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Reviewing All Boy / All Girl’s single ‘OK Poncho’

https://soundcloud.com/allboyallgirl/ok-poncho-1 All Boy / All Girl hail from New York, and played my basement last year. They knocked our socks off, and won us over with awesome arrangements, weaving vocals and beaming positive energy. The intro is slightly dissonant, tightly packed and bouncy. Softly sung, deftly ...

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new horizons [single reviews]

Words: Ryan Getz / Household promo photo: Heather Vaught Household - "Wistern": Substream magazine describes "Wistern" as a slab of hardcore punk. The last time I heard a band's music be described as a slab of something I was reading the biography of Columbus post rock powerhouse The End of the Ocean. While "Wistern" isn't ...

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an assortment of song reactions [single reviews]

Words: Ryan Getz / Photo: Pat Johnson J. Jaffe - "Dark Room": Get ready people, this track is a warm up of sorts for the rest of this write up. If you're older, maybe you'll dig this and not the rest of what we talk about! Who knows! This blues rock artist from San Franscisco gives us a track that is busy in all of the ...