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Coldplay – Everyday Life

There's so much I could say about how Coldplay has impacted and shaped my music listening career. I'll leave it at this - there is one album I liked at age 14 that I still listen to on a regular basis that I don't feel I've outgrown - that is Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. I haven't been as ...

Five Albums With Cobra: Micah SD of Forever Unknown

Words: Ray Cobra/Photo: Crissie Hutmire To me, one of the coolest things about local scenes is watching a band grow. It's so cool to see. Over the last year and a half, I have gotten to do just that. Not only as a band but as people. Forever Unknown are one of the best up and coming bands in ...

RITUAL EULOGY – LOST SOLACE

In the life of Tuned Up, there have been acts that have become "Tuned Up" acts for one reason or another. One those without a doubt is Ritual Eulogy or as some older readers may know them, Bear Your Cross. After numerous line-up changes and a small drift in a sound change, last year they changed their ...

Coyote Kid creeps and inspires with “The Skeleton Man”

How does one review a story driven album without any spoilers? Well, you're about to find out. Coyote Kid is, dare I say, one of the hardest working bands in the Twin Cities at the moment. I first encountered them in their Marah in the Mainsail days at SXSW, playing the rooftop of the Handlebar. An ...

Jax Anderson – Heal

Jax Anderson is pop music’s motivational speaker and everyone’s friend at the same time. When I listen to her sing and watch her perform, I get the sense that she is someone who marches to her own beat and is comfortable with who she is. I’m sure she would contest the latter, as arguably ...

Toledo’s Bliss Nova are going places with full-length debut

Sometimes bands or artists come along that you feel like you should have known about sooner, and for me, Bliss Nova is one of such bands. Twice the Toledo-based duo has been featured on TUNED UP, and yet the Trzcinski brothers were never once on my own personal radar. That is, not until after I ...

R.LUM.R. – Surfacing

One of those "whoa that's cool" musical moments happened to me in the most dull of environments - sitting on my couch in my apartment a few summers ago. Cardboard Kids had just released their Mint EP and it was likely a tweet from their singer Jake Germany that led me to seek out R.LUM.R. on YouTube. ...