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The Happy Fits - "Get a Job": THANK YOU, industry powers that be. I was looking for a pop-rock track that didn't feel too contrived and formulaic - and The Happy Fits deliver with their latest music video for "Get a Job." The lighthearted video matches the equally lighthearted track, which knows when to turn up the heat and ...

time for a grab bag of tunes [single reviews]

Manny Houston x Baker Aaron - "Lost": First, I respect how this song is raw and honest without being profane just for the sake of being profane. Everything about this feels genuine, and it's probably fairly accurate to how most of us felt early last year. The hook in the chorus is simple and pointed. Even now, a year and ...

dance into the fog [single reviews]

Dawning - "Ennui": A quick Google search yields the following definition for "Ennui": "a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement." Ironic, considering the peppy nature of this single by Michigan dreampop act Dawning. There's both a haze and an inherent sense of angst ...

Don’t call this a local roundup [single reviews]

UNKNWN811 - "Confident - Extended Version": Listening to the production of this release, the first thing that comes to mind is Alt-J's RELAXER album. My favorite song that record was "Deadcrush," no doubt. Imagine taking that dark, heady production and layering a deadpan flow on top. "Confident" is the result. Don't take ...

Gatto Black Debuts With “8 Days A Week”

Sal Mastrocola of EXNATIONS has released his first single today under the Gatto Black moniker. Unlike the danceable synth-pop he's become known for, this project is decidedly heavier, punchier, and perfectly captures the anxiety of our current circumstances in the context of catchy hardcore. In some ways "8 Days A Week" ...

Crowd Sourced Review: twenty one pilots – Shy Away

It's been out for a couple of weeks now. What? Why, the new twenty one pilots single of course! It's been tradition around here to ask followers of Tuned Up what they think of the lead single from our hometown success story's newest outing. What of the below do you agree with? Who do you disagree with? Is this the best ...

Pop grab bag [single reviews]

CHVRCHES - "He Said She Said": Are you in the mood for some angsty lyrics that will make you feel like you're flying? "He Said She Said," the new single from Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES is here to satiate that craving. I'm going to venture that this is the band's best lead single since The Bones of What You Believe. ...