• The last few months have been a little hectic and I haven’t written as much as I have wanted. But that is about to change. And you guys will be hearing from me more. One thing I have missed doing is 5 albums with Cobra. That piece got off to a good start I thought, and it was something I enjoyed doing, as it gave me a chance to do what I love, and that is just talk music. A few months ago, I was informed of an idea to help Donato’s Basement. So, when that idea came to fruition, I thought what better way to bring back 5 albums with Cobra. Over the next week I will be posting a new piece, each one will be with a member from one of the bands that are playing the show, which is a Benefit for Donato’s Basement.

First up is Dan P. from Heroes Like Villains. This is a band that is no stranger to us here at Tuned Up or our readers. Over the past few years this well-oiled machine has become a staple in the Columbus pop-punk scene and with new music on the way they are poised to continue their mission of world domination. This is a band to keep your eyes on in 2018.

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

This is the first album I could listen to on repeat. It has everything I love. A perfect blend of Hip-hop and rock. I vividly remember hearing “Crawling” and had to immediately find the band name. This album changed my life and got me through my toughest times.

Still Remains – The Serpent

They’re not a band many people know about, but they deserve so much more recognition. I’d describe them as heavy synth rock. “Stay Captive” is just a fun song that can hype you up. Fans of late 2000’s heavy rock and metal would enjoy checking this album out if they haven’t already.

Blink-182 – Enema of the State

This is probably a predictable answer. It’s a great pop punk album. It reminds me of good times playing Tony Hawk.

Nelly – Country Grammar

I love hip-hop and very much enjoy this album. Nelly’s instrumentals had a cool groove in this album. Don’t believe me? Try not to dance to “Ride Wit Me.”

Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds

This album is my guilty pleasure. Let’s face it, “What Goes Around…Comes Around” is an awesome track to listen to after a break up. However, an honorable mention goes to Timberland’s “Shock Value.” I really must combine these albums honestly. I love the collaborations and the dance/hip-hop blend.