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The Indigo - "The Way You Say No": "How do you say 'no' so well?" ask The Indigo in their debut single. The band carry elements of 90s alternative alongside shades of Jack Johnson and Ben Harper. An airy and poignant guitar picking hook carries the most distinctive element of the song. The band's ...

DOWNER INC – Whatever This Is (EP Review)

Vocalist Kellin Quinn (from Sleeping with Sirens) has finally released his long-awaited six-song EP, Whatever This Is, under the solo-project moniker of Downer Inc. Listeners will be drawn into Quinn's psyche as he combines his familiar vocal projections with emotions about current events and the ...

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 ...

Summer Lives on in Photo Ops’ ‘Pure of Heart’

"Nobody's forthcoming with what the future holds." Not to beat a dead horse, but it's sentiments like these that feel particular contextualized for this year. But in a larger sense, it expresses a certain cynicism that many 20-and-30-somethings are experiencing. "Just work hard and you'll succeed," ...

Fenne Lily 'Breach' Artwork by Nicole Loucaides

Fenne Lily Makes Folk Music For Isolation On ‘Breach’ | Album Review

It's difficult to separate music from our current contexts, and that's all the more true six months into a global pandemic. Fenne Lily's Dead Oceans label debut Breach is written specifically for isolation, though it takes inspiration from a month of intentional solitude in Berlin after a tour. Over ...

The Pineapple Thief’s “Versions of the Truth” is an unlikely combo of a prog album | Album Review

The first I heard of KScope Records was a few years ago when Columbus, OH prog-pop duo The Receiver released their LP All Burn via the label. At the time The Receiver, in my opinion, were pioneers of a sound as distinctive as was it was hard to articulate. Fast forward to 2020, and I'm listening to ...

Who knew Cancel Culture could get stuck in your head? | Single reviews

Carver Commodore - "Cancel Culture": After only listening to this song a few times, I found myself muttering to myself that obnoxious yet infectious chorus on repeat. "Cancel, culture. Cancel, CANCEL culture!" I barely know the song, and I already have a love-hate relationship with it. Which, if you ...