‘Tuned In’ review: Rapping secret agent is on the kid-friendly case
Published 7/22/2014 at 4:09 p.m. 0 comments
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a stealthy one. He generates a fresh-feeling mix of hip-hop, R&B, pop and miscellaneous other genres into an across-the-board catchy “The Perfect Quirk” that will appeal to adults even after they figure out it’s a ...
‘Tuned In’ review: ‘Boyhood’ soundtrack rolls out the cliches
Published 7/22/2014 at 4:08 p.m. 0 comments
Filmmaker Richard Linklater is an inventive pioneer with his new “Boyhood,” which chronicles the life of a young man from age 5 to 18. Unfortunately, the “Boyhood” soundtrack isn’t as groundbreaking, though the timeframe of the movie is more or ...
‘Tuned In’ review: After a little trouble, La Roux finds ‘Paradise’
Published 7/22/2014 at 4:02 p.m. 0 comments
It took Elly Jackson five years to reinvent her La Roux sound – an eternity of a delay for a follow-up to the act’s self-titled debut - but she’s finally there with the appropriately titled “Trouble in Paradise.”
‘Tuned In’ review: Odd New Zealanders drop in with ‘Doprah’
Published 7/15/2014 at 4:38 p.m. 0 comments
The duo Doprah comes from one of the most remote cities in the world: Christchurch, New Zealand. Yet judging from their sound, they could be from somewhere even more remote, like another planet.
‘Tuned In’ review: Nonono’s boisterous hit doesn’t represent album
Published 7/15/2014 at 4:11 p.m. 0 comments
You might not recognize the band name or song title, but the Nonono hit “Pumpin Blood” has been all over the place in the past year. “Pumpin Blood” is a “grabber,” an instantly rewarding song built on propulsive rhythm, insistent ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Restless Morrissey still finds no peace
Published 7/15/2014 at 3:28 p.m. 0 comments
Morrissey has been training to be a crotchety old man his entire life, and now that he’s 55, he thinks he’s there.
‘Tuned In’ review: Contrary to title, Foxes’ ‘Glorious’ is just OK
Published 7/8/2014 at 2:46 p.m. 0 comments
British singer-songwriter Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes for some reason, got a huge boost from hitmaking electronica producer Zedd a couple of years ago when she was the featured singer on his hit “Clarity.” Now the 25-year-old vocalist debuts on ...
'Tuned In' review: Corb Lund's 'Counterfeit Blues' is a genuine blast
Published 7/8/2014 at 2:28 p.m. 0 comments
Authentic country/Americana performer Corb Lund has been so busy touring to promote his excellent 2012 album, “Cabin Fever” that he’s been slow to put together a release of new material. So he and his band the Hurtin’ Albertans are instead ...
'Tuned In' review: Hit songwriter Sia seeks something more as singer
Published 7/8/2014 at 2:15 p.m. 0 comments
Sia may not be a household name, but the songwriter has worked with an overwhelming array of A-list vocalists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Shakira, Maroon 5 and Jennifer Lopez. But as a singer, she’s more like ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Edie Carey, Sarah Sample have the antidote to insomnia
Published 7/1/2014 at 4:49 p.m. 0 comments
“’Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort” is a sleep aid without the side effects of medication. The release is a collaboration between singer-songwriter friends, Edie Carey of Chicago and Sarah Sample of Salt Lake City, two talented moms ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Jonathan Butler’s two-fold ‘Dream’ isn’t half bad
Published 7/1/2014 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jonathan Butler lives a couple of dreams on his new “Living My Dream”: that of a guitarist on accessible jazz instrumentals, and that of a singer/guitarist on timeless R&B songs.
‘Tuned In’ review: Robin Thicke’s desperate ‘Paula’ pours it on
Published 7/1/2014 at 4:22 p.m. 0 comments
Paula Patton needs to get back with Robin Thicke or he needs to move on because their separation is making a mess of his career.
‘Tuned In’ review: Mastodon is anything but extinct, heading ‘’Round the Sun’
Published 6/24/2014 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
Atlanta metal band Mastodon remains one of the most respectable bands in one of the least respected genres by retaining its authenticity on the new “Once More ’Round the Sun.”
‘Tuned In’ review: The Antlers soften the blow on ‘Familiars’
Published 6/24/2014 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
The Antlers’ “Familiars” is a mood-altering substance, though effects will vary from listener to listener. The Brooklyn trio steadily loads the new release with unhurried chamber-pop music – or even alt-lounge music, if there is such a thing.
‘Tuned In’ review: Adrian Lux sensualizes EDM with ‘Make Out’
Published 6/24/2014 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments
>Romantics may differ on what constitutes good make-out music: Traditionalists might lean toward Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” while modernists might prefer John Legend’s “All of Me.” But relatively few would think of electronic dance music. Nevertheless, there’s a ...
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