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Bops in unexpected places [single reviews]

Alaina Cross - "Backstabber": I was told in no uncertain terms by Amber Stoneman at Nashville Unsigned that I NEEDED to listen to this song because it's a "MONSTER hit." Can't say I disagree, Amber. This song was recently featured on CMT's "Music City." Alternative pop on Country Music Television? The lines between genres ...

Columbus Covers Columbus ’19: The Turbos

Photo credit: Steven Bustos When I think of bands on the rise here in Columbus, there are a few that come to mind. One of those is the pure rock and roll machine known as The Turbos. This is a band that is showing no signs of slowing down and this writer for one is one that is excited about what the future holds for them. ...

Church Tongue pummels with the provocative album, Hell is Empty

If you know hardcore music and this blog, then you probably also know of Church Tongue. These guys first entered my radar in a real way a few years ago when I woke up to a text from a certain Jeff Stuckel. It read something like the following "Hey Ryan, Church Tongue has a video that's about to go viral. Caleb Shomo ...

Columbus Covers Columbus ’19: Courtney From Work

One of the cool things about local scenes is when new bands form. It’s always so exciting. Especially when there is a lot of talk abut said band. That is the case with Courtney from Work. I remember when I first started seeing the name, it was often. But I never listened or saw them live. Then I started hearing about their ...

Columbus Covers Columbus ’19: Clemens and Co.

If you follow Tuned Up or just stop by from time to time, then you know that we are huge fans of festivals. Over the years we have done Q&As for festivals (duh), we post/write about festivals we like, we have sponsored a few, and we even have our festival, Steadfast Fest (March 9th by the way). The point is we really ...

Columbus Covers Columbus ’19: We Are the Movies

When I think of Columbus and pop-punk one band comes to mind, We are the Movies. Sorry peeps that it isn’t City Lights. They were before my pop-punk days here in Columbus. Over the last three years no pop-punk band in Columbus has killed and owned it the way this five piece has. From the their live shows, which are ...

GO! LISTEN TO THESE NOW [single reviews]

Letrainiump - "Go!": Many critics will say this is a bit too close to The 1975 for comfort. I say The 1975 does not have a monopoly on all electric guitars that sound that way (you know what way I mean). For real though, this is a really fun track. It takes a lot for me to listen to a song three times in the first day I hear ...