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Premiere: FLAVIA lives up to her name with the rich, colorful “I Don’t Wanna Be Here”

It's been a hot minute since we've done a song premiere around these parts. Fortunately for us (and you all), we came across a fun little ditty from LA's FLAVIA. When I read that "Her live shows are a sonic and visual experience with colorful light and projection displays," that caught my eye right away, as I'm a very ...

Premiere: Sarob eases his way into your ears with “Transitions: Phase II”

If you've been following Tuned Up for any length of time you might have picked up on the fact that I, Ryan, have a tendency to gravitate toward dreamy, atmospheric music. This is regardless of genre. This tends to evoke "the feels," as they say, in me on the most consistent basis. This might be why, in the hip-hop realm ...

Premiere: Digisaurus is back in town with “Hit & Run”

Words: Ryan Getz | Photo: Erika Mulligan Digisaurus, the indie pop-meets-disco project of James Allison, is one of those projects that Tuned Up has been privileged to follow. Today, I noticed one of those Facebook rewind posts shared by a friend who promoted a secret house show featuring metalcore rising stars, Silent ...

Premiere: Label Me Lecter has something to tell you in “Dear World”

Brian "B.YONEST" Penn and Mike Rist are a formidable duo. Don't let that lead in line from this article intimidate you, though. They're really nice, genuine guys. But they know how to pack a punch when they want to. The project known as "label me lecter" has functioned as the main creative outlet for B, who is the primary ...

Premiere: GROVES – “Dimes”

I am being completely genuine when I say that GROVES may have released the most instantaneously enjoyable single I've heard this year. Favorite song? Can't go that far. But holy moly – what an earworm. The band has certainly come across my radar before. People in the Vesperteen camp have recommended them, but this band ...

Posted: After a 2-Year Absence, Mickey Young is Back With Some Dope Shit [Premiere]

It’s “been a while since [he’s] posted,” but after two years away from the game, Mickey Young is finally back with some dope shit. The Indiana-based rapper makes his return to music with a smooth flow over a head-bobbing trap beat. His autobiographical bars and clever wordplay are the track’s centerpiece, but it’s ...

Premiere: Riverhorse brings the zoned out melancholy with “Short Stories”

Tuned Up has another exclusive premiere for ya! Riverhorse is a band from Joliet, IL. That's a tad outside of Chicago. Close enough to be in the suburbs but far enough away to feel like it's own little world outside of the city. In a way the sound of this band goes along with that little geographical anecdote I just ...