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It’s December, and we’re STILL telling you about new stuff [single reviews]

Vesperteen - "Operate": My, what a long way Vesperteen is from the days of "Obsess Possess" and "Feathers So Hollow!" I once would have pegged Vesperteen as a pensive pop artist with a side of partying and now I think I would, in the words of Willy Wonka, "strike that, reverse it." The synth is strong here. Also, thematically ...

Hoosier Highlights: November Edition

We are now less than a month away from 2019, and yet the quality tunes from the Hoosier State just keep on coming. None of my November picks are really new discoveries, although I would classify a couple of them as proper “first looks”... er, listens. In addition to that steady monthly dose of Hoosier hip-hop, last month ...

think about these tracks [single reviews]

Copeland - "Pope": This song isn't going to be like the others in this write up, so bear with me. I saw a tweet the other day that quoted the link to this song and asked "How do they do it?" How, indeed Mr. Sugars (check out his band Church Tongue). If you feel like being bathed in layers of orchestral good feels and ...

Hoosier Highlights: October Edition

October brought the vibes from quite a few Indianapolis heavyweights, including one of our steady favorites, one of my steady favorites, and as always, a couple of stellar hip-hop artists from the Circle City. October is also the first time since my inaugural Hoosier Highlights (which I didn’t formally call it at that ...

I’m tired… here are some songs to wake me (and you) up [single reviews]

The End of the Ocean - "bravado": This the single from The End of the Ocean I have been waiting for. One of the very first bands we at Tuned Up ever interviewed make their label debut on Equal Vision Records in the very near future. This song has punk sensibilities that are very danceable, yet it still carries the ...

Hoosier Highlights: September Edition

Although September did not in fact see releases from DistincT, Allison Victoria, or Dream Chief—like the artists led us to believe—maybe we'll see those later on in October's installment. Besides, there was plenty of other quality music that I came across last month, including one “older” song I had just discovered a ...

Shiny new tunes [single reviews]

Shiny Penny - "Love Isn't Easy": In many ways, this single is exactly what one should expect from Shiny Penny. And that isn't a bad thing at all. Their trademark pop/blues-rock fusion is on full display in this song, the band's first release in three years. I'll never forget a show at Rumba Cafe I attended where the entire ...