Album Review: Audio Jane – A Full Bird’s Wing

dsc-0087_2_origI first heard Hope Sandoval sing with The Jesus and Mary Chain on their 1994 song “Sometimes Always”, and I was immediately in love. I never saw the video, never saw any live performances, but was internally grabbed and shook by her voice and found it to be the sexiest voice that I had ever heard. The same went for Adele when I first heard her sing on “Chasing Pavements” those cracks, wisps, and breaths can bring new dimensions to a song. As if they are singing on the bow of a pirate ship coming out of the fog…or the top of a New England lighthouse into a dark and torrent sea…or with lasers tuned directly to your soul….

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Album Review: 3 Pill Morning – Never Look Back

NLB_CoverMinneapolis is such an underrated city for music, even with the likes of Prince as a beacon for that city. Husker Du, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum all call The Twin Cities home as well. It’s a great place for a particular brand of rock music to thrive and new music from 3 Pill Morning is no different. Never Look Back is the band’s follow up to their 2012 debut Top 100 Black Tie Love Affair and continues to highlight the band’s melodic, but heavy, sound.

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New Music Friday: Crank It Up Edition

metallica hard wiredIt’s Friday. Let’s celebrate with some killer new hard rock that has just recently hit the streets. A few tracks from some big names and a few from some bands you probably need to get to know.

All of these tracks can also be heard on our new Spotify Playlist, “RARAs Crank It Loud” which is linked below.

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FFDP, Shinedown, SIXX A.M. Announce Orlando Show

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and SHINEDOWN with special guests SIXX:A.M. and AS LIONS add Orlando to their current tour with a stop at Amway Center on December 8th. 

Read from the press release below

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Check Out RARAs Radio

raras radioYou’ve read it here countless times. Today’s rock radio in the good old USA is kind of weak… ok, it totally sucks. There are some decent stations out there, but even those few listenable stations are rehashing the same hits from the past five decades.  So, being the caring folks that we are, we have an alternative for you…

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Hey Mercedes – Everything’s Fine at The Social

IMG_2351Hey Mercedes are a punktastic, jolly good time of a band from the Chicago / Milwaukee area. Raked from the ashes of the understated Braid, the band formed in 1999 and released their most notable album Everynight Fire Works in October of 2001. The band released one more album, Loses Control, two years later and called it quits in 2005. They burned fast and bright, and left some really great material behind, great enough for a 15 year anniversary tour of the Everynight Fire Works record.

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A Night Filled with Hi-Fi Fun and Great Lo-Fi Melodies

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On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of seeing two exciting bands at Will’s Pub. Crowd pleasers to the sold out show were Teen Suicide and Elvis Depressedly. I was not overly familiar with the music of either band previously, so my ears were in for a new treat.

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Christopher Sluka – Introversions

meshuggah28082013You know what?…. I don’t much care for music snobs… I fall into the “if it’s good, than it’s fucking good, and there is nothing you can do about it…club” I love the blistering, continental drift of Meshuggah, as much as I love the inspirational groove of Stevie Wonder, I fall for Gordon Lightfoot every time, Mike Patton is my hero, and good lord the synth-driven songwriting of Tear For Fears is stellar.

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