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Graceful Closure - "Never Let Me Go": Live this has been a staple of the indie pop outfit's set for awhile. Though, given that I saw this song be performed with the original lineup, it probably comes as a shock to many that this song is effectively the debut of Graceful Closure as a duo. The song is an upbeat homage to whom ...

Synthetic Witnesses and Late Night Vibes [Single Reviews]

alt-J – “3WW” The dark, trippy new single from alt-J features an extensive intro, where a thunderous bassline and simplistic guitar strum first take root before singer Joe Newman finally comes in. The lengthy “3WW” does eventually fade away, but not before (twice) reaching its peak on a soaring, almost symphonic ...

Crowd-sourced review: Lorde – “Green Light”

Recently, Lorde finally reemerged and released a single called "Green Light." If you're reading this, you've probably already heard it. Lots of friends of Tuned Up have heard it too, and they chimed in. There's been lots of early praise for the single from critics all across the blogosphere. There are many reasons offered, ...

Pre-gaming for shoegaze with electropop [single reviews]

J A N E - "Fly": Years ago when TU was in its infancy we reviewed an EP by a certain Jane Marczewski from Lynchburg, VA. After a move to Nashville, marriage, and a musical hiatus, she has emerged from her cocoon as J A N E, with a triumphant single called "Fly" which may be prophetic. The song seems to serve as a mission ...

song reactions before I catch a show [single reviews]

Martin Rubashov - "Black Elk": The most striking thing about this song may be the vocals. Full of metaphor and power, the song fits my mood this evening well - prior to taking on this article I was shuffling my iTunes, alternating between dreamy current songs and powerful rock songs with edge and nostalgia. It should be ...

Post-vacay tunes for your enjoyment [single reviews]

Judah and the Lion - "Going to Mars": If ever it were possible for a folky band to sound spacey, Judah and the Lion have mastered it. You probably already know about the genre fusion this Nashville group has become so adept at pulling, but the release of "Going to Mars" proves why they deserve a slot on the latest iteration ...

Is this the new normal? Chainsmokers/Coldplay reaction

Photo: Coldplay Facebook pic of the groups embracing after their performance at the BRIT awards One can almost hear the collective sigh eminating from music publications (and hipsters) around the world in response to two bands at the top of the industry releasing a single that might have been inevitable. Are we joining ...