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Pikefruit – Sprig

If you wanted a Sylvan Esso record with vocals reminiscent of a dream-pop Kacey Musgraves, Sprig might be your jam. This album has an allure that is hard for me to resist. It overcomes most shortcomings the EP has—the main one being that sometimes the flow feels odd. I can't tell if that's on ...

Judah & the Lion – Pep Talks

Listening to the opening tracks of this album take me back. Specifically to New Year's Eve this year. I heard this exact introduction live in Bicentennial Park in Nashville. My friends weren't exactly digging the fusion sound of Judah and the Lion, but the "yeah, yeah, yeah, ohhhh's" of "Quarter-Life ...

Songs for avoiding existential dread [single reviews]

Bonelang - "Anvil": The title of this write up is homage to this, the lead single off the genre bending duo from Chicago's forthcoming LP, entitled Sunny, Sonny. Describing Bonelang is hard, but it's the sort of thing that compels me to want to promote them as much as I can. "Anvil" has the makings of ...

Growing up is overrated [single reviews]

To Kill a Monster - “Growing Up”: This is an act that I greatly adore. I first came to know of them years ago through fellow Tuned Up writer Marco Castro, as his band played with them often, and I instantly became a fan, as their live show is something to see. If I had an introduction to the ...

Overgrow – “The Name We Share”

For as long as I can remember, music has been my main coping skill. While I have also written in a journal since I was 12, music has been that one constant. No matter the feeling, music is there. With most milestones in my life, you can ask what band or artist I was listening to at the time, and I can ...

Hoosier Monthly Digest: April 2019 Edition

April was a month of discovery for me, with only one artist being a name I have previously featured on the blog. Last month’s picks include acts ranging indie pop, R&B, folk, and hip-hop, all of which I either just caught wind of in the past month or have new music that released sometime during ...

Visit some new bops with us [single reviews]

[Editor's note - if the playlist embed doesn't work, find all of these songs and more on "Tuned Up's New and Nifty" here] Euvoia - "Visitor": This track is mysterious, playful, and inspires some existential pondering while being insanely catchy. For now the public identity of Euvoia is a secret. I ...