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Ten EPs from 2018 to know (according to Getz)

Not every release is that long. Here are 10 releases that weren't full albums in 2018 that struck my fancy, in no particular order. -Ryan Getz boygenius - self-titled: I've been a Julien Baker fan basically since Mitchell Taylor of Mountains Like Wax (shout out!) told me to check her material out. And now we have this ...

FIVE ALBUMS WITH COBRA: RAY COBRA FROM TUNED UP (THANKSGIVING EDITION)

This is a special edition of five albums with Cobra. Typically, I get a local musician to do this, but today I felt like doing one myself. You knew this was going to happen at some point, right? So, it really shouldn’t be a surprise. Anyways, since it’s not a local musician doing it this month and it’s me, let’s just ...

WARPED TOUR: TEN BANDS TO WATCH + FIVE MORE

Sometime in November of last year, Kevin Lyman shocked the music world when he announced that the 2018 edition of the Vans Warped Tour would be the last. I, like many others, mourned as this festival is the cornerstone of my summer, my musical landscape, and—dare I say it—my life. For 18 years in some shape, form, or ...

2018 Anticipated Records

We got in a lab and scoured the interwebs and very, very methodically came up with THE list of 100 records to watch out for this year. Eh, who are we kidding? We spitballed this. Records listed below are sometimes total guesses, sometimes definitely coming out (even this week!). What did we miss? Let us know. Absolute ...

Topher’s Top Albums of 2017

If 2016 was the “it” year for hip-hop and R&B based on new releases, 2017 was the equivalent for alternative and indie rock. A quick perusal of my top 100 tracks from the year would show you this, from new discoveries I made to long-time favorites of mine returning. The common thread with the vast majority, though, is ...

Brandon Hughes’ tops of 2017

Pictured above: The Aces, the group behind Brandon's favorite song of the year. Brandon Hughes is our pal behind the scenes at Tuned Up, so to speak. He likes to chime in every now and again with some reviews, but he has been a superb advisor and friend the past couple of years, helping us land shows with bands and being ...

Topher’s top 100 songs of 2017

Editor's note: Topher Parks is one of our most prolific writers and I don't know of another person to turn to for advice on the next big alternative rock band, that is as on point as this guy. Enjoy his top 100 songs of the year! 100. Nothing But Thieves – Amsterdam 99. Caro – Eyes on the Ground 98. Juanes – El ...