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Rules for Ruined Hearts | SINGLES REVIEW

Weekly, Jessie Villa (“Rules”) release date: March 11th, 2020 So this obviously came out a while ago, but I joined the Tuned Up team just recently and had to include one of my favorite singles of the Spring! Weekly is a trio of musicians in Nashville: Zach Hughes (artist name Oh Steady), Rand Walter (artist name ...

In Defense Of Joy Oladokun’s Own Happiness | ALBUM REVIEW

Recently featured as Billboard Pride’s Artist of the Month and on Spotify’s physical billboard on 12th Ave as you head into Nashville’s downtown, Joy Oladokun is not only an artist to watch but possesses a voice and perspective that gracefully demands to be listened to.  In a time of sleekly-branded pop ...

A bleak Netflix series inspires a listen to Bekah Fly’s “The Earth Experiment”

As one does, I found myself scrolling through Netflix one evening. Though much of my time these days is spent on music discovery and promotion, I have a tendency to pull up something hearkening at my nostalgia. I grew up on TV docuseries like Trauma: Life in the ER, and I have two uncles that are doctors, so medicine has ...

fending off a second lockdown [single reviews]

Future Islands - "For Sure": The crowd-pleasing dreampop act has returned with an aggressive, anthemic track that is the kind of lead single we need right now. Samuel T. Herring's vocals are as on point as ever. He is pointed in his delivery. I just know that live probably half of this is going to come out as growls. Future ...

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

Turning on this album for the second time made me realize how much energy I had from this week. Earlier this week I had myself all but convinced I was coming down with a case of COVID, and I was doing the "is this allergies? is this all in my head?" game in my mind. Why the second time? The first time I listened to this ...

Crown The Empire Release 10-Year Anniversary Acoustic Album “07102010”

The post-hardcore band Crown The Empire recently released a new acoustic album titled 07102010 via Rise Records. This album commemorates their 10-year anniversary combining songs from their entire catalogue into one beautiful, un-plugged masterpiece, including a mastered version of the 2018 demo released called "Everything ...

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 ...