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Premiere: Forstory wants to break up another day [Double Feature]

In advance of competing in the first finals since the return of Indianapolis’ Battle of the Bands next weekend, indie pop quintet Forstory are back with not one, but two hot new tunes. Frontwoman Sydney Frank describes “Let’s Break Up Another Day” and “Another Day” as two parts in the same story, so it makes ...

Premiere: Paolo James is back with “Stay With Me”

Paolo James wowed me several months back with his debut single “Smooth,” so when I learned about him releasing another new tune earlier this week, I had to make sure it stayed on my radar. Now that “Stay With Me” is available on all digital platforms, you can take a listen for yourself right here on the ...

Cloud City 614 preview: Tobilla

In a few weeks, there will be a new kind of festival in Columbus, Ohio—a festival dedicated to answering the question "What if a city was built by artists?" Many performers, artists, movers, and shakers who are consistently under the radar will have the spotlight this day. One of those artists is hip-hop artist ...

Premiere: WORDS blasts off with the aptly titled “Consume”

[Photo credit: @concertfotoschad on Instagram] It takes a lot for me to be blown away by a live performance these days. Have you heard the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt"? Well, I'm flirting with that going to live shows of bands I don't know, I fear. Fortunately, on occasion a band like WORDS comes along to help ...

Premiere: Hear Shiny Penny Find Their Home

Shiny Penny has become a sort of mainstay in the TUNED UP world, and with good reason: the Kokomo-based trio crafts incredibly catchy tunes that perfectly straddle the line between pop and rock. Unlike many of their pop or rock peers, however, these down-to-earth Indiana natives pen lyrics that often point straight ...

Premiere: Let Boyhood Bravery Take You Down to the Railroads

A few months ago I came across Boyhood Bravery and their single “Nests,” and I enjoyed it so much that I felt compelled to include it in April’s installment of my monthly column. Now the indie folk collective is back with an equally somber new tune in “Railroads,” which we are premiering a day before it releases, ...

Premiere: The existential musings of Jake Riley and the Social Workers in “For All and None” (lyric video)

I blame my frequent business trips to Nashville in the past 2 years, but I've been growing a soft spot for country. Not full on pop country or classic outlaw country, I'm not there yet. Actually, I take that back—Kacey Musgraves and Cassadee Pope have grown on my considerably. Maybe I'm just in denial? Whatever the ...