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Caamp – By and By

Since the rise of twenty one pilots, one question has been on the minds of folks entrenched in the central Ohio music scene: who's next? I can't definitively answer that question yet. However, one strong contender has emerged in Americana/folk group Caamp. Given the shiny, polished, ...

what i’m doing instead of going to the state fair [single reviews]

The Chainsmokers & Illenium: "Takeaway (feat. Lennon Stella)": The critical thinker in me says I shouldn't like this track because it's about as formulaic is they come. If you watch this video explaining how to write a Chainsmokers song, the cliches hold true. Yet, I'll be darned if this isn't ...

Steve Slagg – Strange Flesh

[Editor's Note: This review is my attempt to be honest and sensitive with a tricky subject. If anything hits you in a way that you feel merits a follow up discussion, email me at iamtunedup@gmail.com. I would love to have a real, human-to-human conversation outside of the confines of the ...

Guitars that roar, choruses that soar, and so much more. [Single Reviews]

Finish Ticket – “Dream Song”: Have you ever discovered a cool new band, only to have them fall off the face of the earth right afterwards? I can’t tell you how many times that’s happened to me—it's one of the worst feelings in the world. So when I saw that one such band ...

The Black Keys – Let’s Rock

Guest Review by Corby Kissler It was a welcome day when the The Black Keys announced a new album packaged up with a tour to support then new music. It had been awhile since their last album (nearly 5 years to be exact) dropped with the interim time period filled in by Dan Auerbach’s many side ...

Premiere: Hear Shiny Penny Find Their Home

Shiny Penny has become a sort of mainstay in the TUNED UP world, and with good reason: the Kokomo-based trio crafts incredibly catchy tunes that perfectly straddle the line between pop and rock. Unlike many of their pop or rock peers, however, these down-to-earth Indiana natives pen lyrics ...

Jon Worthy and the Bends – Something’s Gotta Give

I made my entry into the Nashville scene in a way that's backward compared to most folks. Most think of Nashville as a Country music city first and discover the other genres later. I started in alternative, making my way into pop, then Americana/folk, and finally into Country. Jon Worthy is a ...