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You Me At Six Deliver A SUCKAPUNCH

Upon my initial listen I felt a bit underwhelmed but still like there was something I wasn't quite grasping (I blame this in part in having to listen in segments). However, when I was able to listen to the album as a whole, it clicked. The name of this album truly does it justice. The album opens with "Nice To Me" which ...

Present Company – Talking on Couches

Talking on Couches opens with "Probably," a song that blends the droney nature of Lydia Burrell's "Tuxedo" with hints of August Hotel's semi-androgynous brand of synth pop. We might as well through in fellow Minneapolis synth rock group Graveyard Club on the list as well. While this isn't necessarily the precedent for the ...

Spirit of the Bear Resurfaces on Self-Titled Album

I admittedly first discovered Spirit of the Bear through their sister act, Ghost Soul Trio. GST wasted no time setting a high bar, and while SotB continues in a slightly different vein, the same level of musical mastery is most certainly evident here. Spirit of the Bear's self-titled record is one of the first albums to ...

Foo Fighters – In Your Honour: Harshly Underrated.

Often music fans dismiss albums or listen to one song because of its popularity. Many albums have had this treatment, the clear scorn from fans and critics. And we get the odd obnoxious music lover who wouldn’t listen to an album as it isn’t worthy enough, which is ludicrous. But, that is what the modern times have ...

Sean H presents: Top 100 songs of 2020

Editor's note: Sean Huncherick helped us get Tuned Up off the ground way back when, and he's been a good friend and steadfast supporter over the years. He's also a regular attender of Tuned Up favorite Audiofeed Festival. It's our pleasure to share his highlights of 2020: It’s been a long, bizarre year. Songs that sound ...

Green Day – Dookie: A Masterclass Of Snotty Nosed Punk.

‘’Their destiny was rippled in gold and they were always going to become a juggernaut act’’  Green Day is a band that formulated snotty nosed songs in the Californian heat in 1994. An unorthodox trio who didn’t lean on elegance, they truly sparked a pop punk revolution with their 3rd album crudely ...

New Hampshire Bands to Watch in 2021

New Hampshire isn't certainly the largest or most prolific state. In fact, it's apparently not notable enough to even have a Spotify "Sounds Of" playlist for it. This leaves the impression that it's nothing more than a musical flyover state; even its neighbors have a bit more syndication going on. With that said, we've done ...