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Derek Webb – Targets

It's arduous work to be a professional autobiographer: to look at the world and describe it when your life is far from over, and all aspects of it are subject to change. The words, thoughts, and beliefs of yesterday might not resonate with your current frame of reference, and in the public eye it's hard to position yourself ...

Come to the Skyline (you won’t regret it)

A review of Andy Shauf's Neon Skyline by Heather Adam. In September of 2018, I found myself at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre amongst many other people like me: people who had flown in from Canada’s prairies to see the Saskatchewan-born Andy Shauf sing intricate narratives, bringing them to life with bright, fluttering ...

Guest column: Grammys Insider

by R.A.R. (who may or may not be a family member of the Tuned Up founder) Editor's Note: We were contacted by an early follower of Tuned Up a couple weeks ago who was given the rare chance to attend the Grammys while entertaining a business client. Below are her thoughts on the experience. We are jealous! I was ...

Preview: Jax Anderson & Fashion Week at Rumba Cafe

As I lay here on my couch, vegan chocolate chip cookie and blood orange tea in my belly, I'm calm and content. This calmness and rest is needed to prep me for the whirlwind to hit Rumba Cafe this Friday that is Jax Anderson. I'll never forget my first experience with Jax. I was at Rumba Cafe for a Graceful Closure show, ...

How is it February already? [single reviews]

Little Image - "WORTH IT": Little Image—a trio from Dallas, TX—hit my radar a couple of years ago as a band with a markedly indie sound, who quickly gained footing with the indie pop crowd. Their grassroots following of fans who mainly like bands like the 1975 and LANY was noteworthy. This might explain the rebranding, ...

A reflection on Mac Miller’s Circles

Written by Scott Michael Well damn, this isn’t easy. When Mac Miller died, I found out as I was on my way to work. It ruined my day. Mac Miller got me through so much in my life; depression, anger, and when I found some semblance of peace he did too. Things haven’t been the same in the world of music since he passed, ...

Cigarettes After Sex – Cry

Editor's note: This album is very raw and honest depicting various forms of physical intimacy - for that reason, it may not be for everyone. Below is our contributor Taylor Odishaw-Dyck's exploration of the record: This album starts with a warm and bitter foreground. The band’s minimalist approach, which has underlined ...