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attitude in unexpected places [single reviews]

Simple Plan - "Singing in the Rain": Simple Plan is "all growed up", to borrow a line from Rugrats vernacular. The music video for this song feels loosely inspired by the movie "That Thing You Do!" and the song is similarly a mix of pop punk mixed with retro surf rock. Or, if you would prefer, if pop punk was written by Brian ...

fresh tune meanderings [single reviews]

Ramsey - "Pay": The LA based artist has released a sultry tune that seems to be gaining quite a bit of traction on Soundcloud. The producer and singer has a vocal range that I'm not used to hearing for an artist that plays double duty in this genre. The mood is a little hard to pin down in this song, although the vibe is ...

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Crowd Sourced Reviews: Thrice – “Blood in the Sand”

Thrice's comeback single, "Blood in the Sand," from the forthcoming record To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere has a lot of people talking. Here are what some friends of Tuned Up had to say - listen to the song while you read: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SecJsEelf3c[/youtube] "Beautiful. My eardrums enjoyed ...

a pair of tracks on the eve of SXSW

TOWNeS - "COMe FIND Me": Not much is known about this duo, but they really love Broods and Lorde. That much is obvious from this single - subtly classified as Trip hop on their Soundcloud account. With very little fanfare, the project seems to be amassing plays. What would happen if this single gets exposure on lots of major ...

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Get refreshed with these tunes [single reviews]

Bronco Simmons - "Away She Goes": It's always refreshing to hear a band where you know the passion is there and the talent is self-evident. In the seven minute epic that is "Away She Goes," the swirling synths do a number on what our expectations for what a good old fashioned rock and roll tune can sound like. The Dallas band ...

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Crowd-sourced reviews: M83 – “Do It, Try It”

How can you not be intrigued by an artist that puts out a single as poignant and epic as "Midnight City"? We asked some of our friends what they had to say about the new single from the French electronica artist. "I went from slightly unsure to very quickly absolutely loving it! I think it's different, fun, creative and ...

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feeling laid-back while writing up these tunes!

Photo credit: Paige Farrow / Words: Ryan Getz The Flats - Machinery: Wait a tic, I thought The Flats was a pop punk band. I can't keep these projects from Dean Tartaglia straight. His dream pop meets alt rock project is putting out a split 7" with his other new band Secret Space, very very soon, and this thing of beauty is ...