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NF – The Search

This week brought the much-anticipated release of hip-hop anomaly NF’s The Search. The album is rather long form consisting of 20 tracks, about 18 of which are full-length songs. Nevertheless, one has a hard time finding filler tracks in the midst of what could arguably be considered the artist’s most appealing release ...

A Guy Walks Into a Bar… and Mini Mansions Are Back

Mini Mansions isn’t a band that constantly churns out new music on a regular basis: between Michael Shuman’s tenure in Queens of the Stone Age and both Tyler Parkford and Zach Dawes having musical ties to Arctic Monkeys, the psych pop trio stays rather busy with other work. So on the rare occasion that they do release a ...

Caamp – By and By

Since the rise of twenty one pilots, one question has been on the minds of folks entrenched in the central Ohio music scene: who's next? I can't definitively answer that question yet. However, one strong contender has emerged in Americana/folk group Caamp. Given the shiny, polished, high-charisma product of twenty one ...

Steve Slagg – Strange Flesh

[Editor's Note: This review is my attempt to be honest and sensitive with a tricky subject. If anything hits you in a way that you feel merits a follow up discussion, email me at iamtunedup@gmail.com. I would love to have a real, human-to-human conversation outside of the confines of the interwebs]. With an album as ...

The Black Keys – Let’s Rock

Guest Review by Corby Kissler It was a welcome day when the The Black Keys announced a new album packaged up with a tour to support then new music. It had been awhile since their last album (nearly 5 years to be exact) dropped with the interim time period filled in by Dan Auerbach’s many side projects. When the ...

Jon Worthy and the Bends – Something’s Gotta Give

I made my entry into the Nashville scene in a way that's backward compared to most folks. Most think of Nashville as a Country music city first and discover the other genres later. I started in alternative, making my way into pop, then Americana/folk, and finally into Country. Jon Worthy is a Nashville musician who leads ...

Egypt Speaks – Wanderer

"What was that for?" a somewhat precocious Egypt Ali asks on the opening track on her full length Wanderer. "For you to listen to later" replies a voice on the other end of the recorder. The date is October 1, 2014. "I like people." It's Egypt's simple answer to why she does what she does. The question was proposed to ...