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Iolite’s Almost 20 is poignant and incredible

I can't say how remarkable the concept of this record is. If there was one word I would use to describe Nashville's Iolite, it would be resilient. "I almost saw Heaven, and now I'm bringing it down, bringing it down," she sings in the opening track. It's a mission statement of sorts that she could ...

The Pinheads – Is This Real

Sometimes you don't have a lot to say about a record because it's a straightforward album. Such is the case with The Pinheads' Is This Real. I'll try, anyway. Here's a quick shout out to Force Field PR for curating a cool roster of artists that they send to music blogs like this one. This was ...

summer is here [single reviews]

The Orphan, The Poet - "Queen Cobra": TOTP have been through a lot since the early days of Tuned Up, and here we are to chronicle another part of their evolution—the bass driven bop "Queen Cobra." This is arguably the strongest of the three singles released since the Terrible Things EP. "Hot Take: ...

The 7 Best Acts at Sonic Temple 2019

The title speaks for itself. I attended the inaugural Sonic Temple Festival, the rebranded Rock on the Range (effectively). It was an adventurous weekend. Here are my five favorite acts, in no particular order: FEVER 333: The band is without a doubt the current day Rage Against the Machine. In terms ...

Dave Buker & the Historians – It Moves In the Dark

With a title like It Moves in the Dark, I found myself anticipating this release more than perhaps I would have otherwise—not to say I wasn't looking forward to it, rather that my intrigue was piqued. There are a few characteristics in music that get me automatically excited. One of them is an ...

Badflower and company bring the sickness to Indianapolis

Badflower is a band I’ve been following from a distance ever since hearing their song “Soap” some three and a half years ago. In that relatively short span of time, the Los Angeles natives have gone from being an opening act for fellow rockers in clubs around the country to headlining many of ...

If you know us, these picks won’t surprise you [single reviews]

Danger Scene - "Poison": Existential songs that make you dance; that's kind of Danger Scene's forte. The brothers from Franklin, TN have neither been pretentious nor been out to reinvent the wheel. They release hard hitting dance pop, and the hooks seem to be getting stronger and stronger. "American ...