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The DIY Ethos of Sean McVerry’s Death of the Golden Boy

If there's one way I'd describe Sean McVerry's debut album, Death of the Golden Boy, it'd be "personality." What that personality entails cannot be described in such gnomic fashion. Indeed, an album with little proper press, with its title announced shortly before hitting the public, is not ...

Homeplate – Derby City

Indie Vision Music, one of my favorite music blogs, have been been quietly releasing music via their own imprint. This has been happening much more quietly than label founder Brandon Jones would prefer, however releases such as Homeplate's Derby City show that they won't be unnoticed for much ...

Craft & Vinyl goes beyond brick and mortar in the age of COVID

I've only been there a couple of times, but the Grandview Heights, OH hybrid record store, studio, and venue made an impression with its down to earth, easygoing atmosphere. Like countless others, the venue has been struggling with how to make ends meet in a space where socially distant shows are ...

Transitional sounds | Single Reviews

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," ...