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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 ...

A TUNED UP EXCLUSIVE: NEW LANGUAGE – HOUSE OF CARDS

If you are a regular follower of Tuned Up or of myself then you know that music is my world. I eat, sleep, and breathe music. It’s what I know. So when I get a hold of something new I dive right in, and that is the case with “House of Cards” by New Language. This track is crazy good. Speaking of crazy, the crazy thing ...

Premiere: Trippin’ into a new era with EUVOIA

I don't recall the exact date, but I remember one day receiving a random text message from Jared Condon at work. In the text was a link to a Dropbox audio file. He asked for my opinion, but demanded I keep the song and the circumstances around it a secret. This song was part of a process that would culminate in a new ...

Premiere: Feel the Connection with Indie Pop Duo AVERLY

Though Jonny Carroll and Jonathan Class first came together as AVERLY from a message “out of the blue” a year ago, the seeds for their relationship had already been sown years before, when the two met through a mutual friend. It all started with a single, “Patient,” and soon what had begun as an artist-producer ...