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Toledo’s Bliss Nova are going places with full-length debut

Sometimes bands or artists come along that you feel like you should have known about sooner, and for me, Bliss Nova is one of such bands. Twice the Toledo-based duo has been featured on TUNED UP, and yet the Trzcinski brothers were never once on my own personal radar. That is, not until after I received a pitch email about ...

R.LUM.R. – Surfacing

One of those "whoa that's cool" musical moments happened to me in the most dull of environments - sitting on my couch in my apartment a few summers ago. Cardboard Kids had just released their Mint EP and it was likely a tweet from their singer Jake Germany that led me to seek out R.LUM.R. on YouTube. His song "Show Me" with ...

Motherfolk – Family Ghost

Motherfolk are not a folk band, although they certainly have that feel at times. No, they are decidedly a rock band that feels down to earth despite their at times irreverent social media presence. The tone of this record is so feel good and approachable that when you really dig into the lyrics, you’ll be shook. No ...

Bishop Briggs – CHAMPION

When I think of Bishop Briggs, I think of something a friend said to me at Wonderbus Festival this past summer: “she had the whole place going!” I wasn’t there (shame on me), but I’m not surprised! I also think of one of the first times I saw Briggs appear on TV. She was doing a sort of dance-jog in place like she ...

Square Peg Round Hole – Branches

It’s the first of many cold weekends in Columbus, Ohio. Next week is supposed to be frigid. With the cold comes the desire for peaceful, classy music. Square Peg Round Hole is a band that I had a feeling would deliver on this desire when I pressed “play” on their new album Branches on Spotify. Only a couple of songs ...

The Cordial Sins – In Memory

There are a few sweeping indie bands on the rise right now, and any one of them could be next to conquer alt radio. The Cordial Sins are a group I would place on that list. Their EP In Memory is brief yet captures a driving, addictive sound that is a natural evolution into my favorite iterations of the band thus far. The ...

Skyways – Rollercoaster EP

You know, I just finished writing about a record with a throwback sound in this neighborhood cafe, and I found myself in the mood for another review, something a bit more lighthearted but nonetheless different. I found that need satisfied with Skyways’ Rollercoaster EP. Some real hidden gems emerge in the depths of the ...