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Soul Monsters ‘Dead Set’ Review / Interview with Guitarist Tatsumi Suenaga

Soul Monsters recently released a new single called 'Dead Set' and its currently streamable on Youtube and Bandcamp. It's a self-recorded song mixed by the reputed Mike Bridavsky of Bloomington Indiana's Russian Recording. IATU sits down with guitarist Tatsumi Suenaga of Soul Monsters for a brief QnA on Soul Monsters's most ...

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Crowd sourced reviews: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You”

Crowd sourced reviews are a collection of thoughts Tuned Up collects when we ask the general public about a new song that's generating noteriety. We publish our favorites in articles like this. Some weeks there may be a distinguished guest. This week, "Call Me Maybe" phenom Carly Rae Jepsen seeks to get stuck in the heads ...

Songs worth listening to at 1:37AM

Fingers - "So it Seems": This song is effervescent, lush, and layered beyond anything we've seen from Fingers thus far. This marks the start of a transition to a new identity of sorts, that will culminate in the release of the band's debut full length Little Waves, to be released later this spring. The steady nature of the ...

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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 ...

Cathartic songs you’ll (probably) like

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 ...