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JOSH NOLAN-KIND HEART TO FOLLOW

Josh Nolan is one of those artists I know what I was doing the first time I heard him. The first time I heard him was also the first time I heard him live. He was filling in on guitar for Lexington, Kentucky rock group Those Crosstown Rivals (R.I.P), a band I miss dearly. Even that night I was very impressed with his ...

X Ambassadors – Orion

Here's a question. Can X Ambassadors pull off a two-fer with the release of Orion? Unless you've been hiding on a remote island, you've probably heard "Renegades" or "Unsteady," which brought the people together via an anthem for the underdog and a desperate love song. Orion, after "Hey Child," leaves and impression that ...

Eclectic reflections from the Cobra [single reviews]

Tyler Childers - “House Fire”: Tyler Childers is a name that some Tuned Up readers may recognize, as he is an artist that we have covered a few times. You might even say he is a favorite. But you also may recognize the name because he is changing country music for the better. He is part of this revival of sorts, along ...

Comrades – For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming

It seems that is record is one that expresses a beautiful tension found throughout life and spiritual journeys. There's a phrase used by Christian scholars and theologians describing the here and now "already and not yet." This refers to God's Kingdom. It is here but not fully realized. The gears are turning but the process ...

As Cities Burn – Scream Through the Walls

It's summer, and Audiofeed 2019 is just under a month away. I'm sitting on my front porch, enjoying the weather and listening to some local music (Carole Walker and the Bittertones, to be precise). I'm also pondering the bevy of releases I have to write about, and one I absolutely cannot skip is As Cities Burn's Scream ...

Flying Lotus – Flamagra

The new Flying Lotus record is one that is going to fly (no pun intended) over the heads of many. But those that get it, will really get it. If you know this act, you probably have read headlines about the 3D experience this artist is advertising for upcoming shows and festivals. I won't pretend to know anything about it ...

Iolite’s Almost 20 is poignant and incredible

I can't say how remarkable the concept of this record is. If there was one word I would use to describe Nashville's Iolite, it would be resilient. "I almost saw Heaven, and now I'm bringing it down, bringing it down," she sings in the opening track. It's a mission statement of sorts that she could easily apply to the rest ...