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Weezer’s Ninth Album Coming Soon

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Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Alternative Rock legends, Weezer exploded into the rock ‘n roll scene with the release of their blue album twenty years ago. This September, they’ll release their ninth full-length, Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

Featuring their first hit, “Undone (The Sweater Song),” the Blue album was an integral release in a year that we at RARA’s Farm felt was a seminal point in rock ‘n roll history. (Check out 1994 Rock Albums) The album also featured “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly” and my personal favorite, “In the Garage.” The album, which sold over 3 million copies, was produced by Ric Ocasek of Cars fame.

For the next seven years, the band kind of meandered about, before reuniting with Ocasek and adding bassist Scott Shriner. The subsequent release of their third album, known affectionately as the Green album was another huge success, featuring “Hash Pipe” and “Island In the Sun.”

Flash forward to 2014, and twenty years after it all started for Weezer, they’re back in the studio with Ocasek. Based on what happened the first two times this crew collaborated, I am extremely anxious to hear the new tracks. Featuring original members, Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell, Patrick Wilson and Shriner, the band is coming off another hiatus. This similar situation and band make-up to the pre-Green album era adds yet another reason to look forward to the release of Everything Will Be Alright In The End. That anticipation will need to carry us thorough the release date of September 30th.

In the meantime, check out the first single, Back To The Shack, on youtube:

Early reports indicate that we’re in store for some of the most heartfelt songs in the band’s history. Meshing this twenty years of maturity with many of the original music-making ingredients lends tremendous promise to the release. The only thing the album is missing is a ‘color’ moniker.

Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Weezer’s new “Orange Album?”

Weezer has announced their initial tour plans in support of the album, as noted below. Keep checking back with RARA’s Farm for updates and a review once the album hits the streets.

Rock On!

 
Weezer Tour Dates
7/24/14 London, ON @ Rock The Park 2014
7/25/14 Belleville, ON @ Empire Rockfest
7/26/14 Rimouski, QC @ Les Grandes Fetes du St-Laurent
8/1/14 Las Vegas, CA @ The Cosmopolitan
8/2/14 Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
8/9/14 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest PNC Plaza
8/13/14 Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
8/14/14 Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge Casino Resort
8/31/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Made In America
9/6/14 Charlotte, NC @ 106.5 The End presents Weenie Roast ‘14
9/12/14 Paso Robles, CA @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
9/13/14 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
9/14/14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
9/19/14 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

Alt-Rock Revolution in Orlando?

X107.3 Orlando’s Alt-Rock Revolution

Their countdown billboards were sprinkled through the area, and we heard their attention grabbing gimmick featuring The Beatles “Revolution” before the station kicked off.  But, is the arrival of Orlando’s new Alt-Rock station X107.3 truly revolutionary? And if so, a revolution worth getting behind?

The station kicked off on noon, June 19th, promising 10,000 consecutive songs without a commercial. Based on my rough estimates, that will take us through July 13th. To be honest, there is a paid sponsor during this time, but in any case, that’s a hell of a  long time without commercials. Enjoy it!

In our travels lately, including The American Authors show at Red, Hot and Boom this weekend, we’ve caught up with a bunch  of folks to capture their initial impressions of Orlando’s new radio offering. Truthfully, the response has not been overwhelmingly positive, and when you visit the station’s Facebook page, you see a lot of similar thoughts. There are still reception issues, but there’s also angst over the playlist.

During the preview, the station plays the same songs over and over (and over) again.  If this is indeed a sign of things to come, this is an incredibly tight and predictable setlist.  If you weren’t sick of Lorde, Bastille, Imagine Dragons and Black Keys, or at least of their biggest recent releases, that might change quickly.

“You say you got a real solution. Well, you know. We’d all love to see the plan”

So, is what we are hearing now the ultimate plan? It’s hard to know for sure, but I suspect the preview is a sign of things to come. The station is a new offering from Cox Communications, they’re a large national radio outfit that continues to grow in Florida. They have two other Alt-Rock offerings in our coverage area, X1029 in Jacksonville and 97X in Tampa. Those stations offer minimal local flavor, sparse DJ interactions and an automated web widget that lets the listeners “take over” the station by selecting from a pre-chosen list of songs. My guess, is that’s the “revolution.”

“Well, you know. You’d better free your mind instead”

I can hear it now, “So, you are saying they’re going to have a small playlist, play just the hits, and basically have us interact with a PC. That sucks right?” Nope – I wouldn’t make that leap at all.  Orlando has exactly one good rock music station; WJRR’s 101.5, but they don’t play this kind of Alt-Rock, rather a more gritty Active Rock.  Redundant as you may think the playlist is, it’s still another choice on the dial, and an option that will offer up and introduce us to excellent new Alt-Rock.  I spend a lot of time listening to Alt-Nation on Sirius XM, and the music on X107.3 is similar, while still offering a few different tracks.  Perfect? Nope, but far better than anything else in Orlando for Alt-Rock today.

I’m pretty sure that X1029 still offers a feature on local Jacksonville Alt-Rock, if their sister station at X107.3 offers the same for Orlando, that’s great news for the many local bands toiling across Central Florida.

Jacksonville and Tampa also have excellent Alt-Rock festivals and the aforementioned Cox stations in those markets play huge roles. Jacksonville’s Welcome To Rockville and Big Ticket Festival are plastered with X1029 presence, and Tampa’s Next Big Thing and Coastline Festivals are similarly sponsored by 97X.  If Orlando reaps similar benefits with a festival or two of our own, it’s nothing but goodness for our legions of Alt-Rock fans.

Check out a few reviews to see the possibilities: The Big Ticket Festival  |  The Coastline Festival

Over the past few years, I’ve interviewed touring Alt-Rock bands and heard them refer to the dearth of outlets for their music in Orlando.  With the arrival of X107.3, this will help change that perception. That’s good for those of us who love live Alt-Rock music! Check out the websites for X1029 and you’ll see a long list of acoustic sessions with bands that were just breaking through at the time. Again, if we see this in Orlando, we’ll be lucky fans. Check out the list here: X1029 Acoustic Sessions 

So, it’s probably not going to be the perfect station for every Orlando Alt-rocker, but this should still be music to our ears. Keep listening, and let’s give this station a chance. If they are successful, we’ll all be happy. I’m excited for this Revolution and anxious to watch X107.3 help grow Orlando’s Alt-Rock universe. And, you can help us grow our Central Florida community of Rock music fans by Following and Liking Us.

Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright. Alright, alright

 Rock On!

Loverboy – Lovin’ Almost A Minute Of It

Mike Reno of Loverboy in Orlando
Mike Reno of Loverboy in Orlando

Loverboy Concert Review

Without a doubt, they’re one of Canada’s most successful rock bands. Loverboy has earned the respect of rock fans everywhere with their straight forward rock ‘n roll and passionate live shows.  But, those days are in the past, and quite frankly, our memories of the band should have been relegated to those hazy 80’s memories.

The last time I saw Loverboy live was in 1982, a cozy venue with just 100,000 of my closest friends at JFK Stadium. That day they killed it and absolutely owned the crowd with one of the first great rock sets I ever heard. Unfortunately, that memory was sullied by what I witnessed this weekend. They played a free WMMO Downtown Concert last night in Orlando, and simply put, sounded like crap.  I felt like I was fleeced on my ticket price; yeah, I know it was free, but still…

The now rotund Mike Reno seemed sincere in his appreciation for the crowd, and put forth a decent effort, but he has lost his range and just didn’t sound sharp.  And, aside from original drummer Matt Frenette, he was one of the few band members who seemed to be playing with at least a mite of heart. The band features all of the original band members except for bassist Scott Smith, but they really didn’t seem to be interacting much with each other..

They played all of their hits, and some uber-mediocre more recent offerings, but most of them fell flat. “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonight were two of the few highlights.  The low point? There were a lot to choose from, but it was either Matt Frenette’s drum Slowlo (when the rest of the band likely went backstage to take some oxygen), or a horrible schmaltzy version of “Take Me To The Top;” which included a weak rendition of The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm,” that seemed like lame cruise ship fare. By the time they offered “It’s Over” in the middle of the set, we were all wishing it was.

I’ll need to go scour the web for some video proof of the fantastic live band they used to be, and purge the vision from last night from my mind.

Rock On!
Cretin

Yes Brings Legendary Albums to Orlando

Yes Brings Special Show to Bob Carr

The Bob Carr performing Arts Center offered up a huge concert announcement earlier today.  Legendary rockers Yes, are coming to town for an intimate evening where they will perform their classic albums Fragile and Close To the Edge in their entirety on Sunday, August 3rd.

The current line-up is a damn good one: Jon Davison vocals, Chris Squire bass, Steve Howe guitar, Alan White drums and Geoff Downes keys.

From the press release:

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 25, 2014] Throughout 2013, the iconic, Grammy®-winning rock band YES marked a career first by performing a triple-header concert featuring three of their classic albums in their entirety. Now, the band is back and ready to rock crowds nationwide with a 35-date summer tour featuring YES performing their 1971 groundbreaking album, “Fragile” and 1972 album “Close To The Edge” in their entirety. YES plays the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on August 3. Tickets go on sale April 18 at 10 a.m.

(Check out the albums on iTunes and a link to all tour dates at bottom of post)

“Fragile” is considered to be YES’ U.S. breakthrough album, peaking at number four on the Billboard Album charts in the U.S. The RIAA-certified, double-platinum album sold over two million copies and features YES’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” It also marks the band’s first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on cover art, who has designed many of the band’s album covers and logos. The band’s album “Close To The Edge”–widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive-rock albums ever recorded–was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at number three. A “Rolling Stone” review noted, “YES’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” Inspired by Siddhartha and their “state of mind” at the time, the Gold-certified album featuring epic suites such as “Close To The Edge” and “You And I,” was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by “Guitar World” (2006).

YES is proud to provide VIP concert packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited edition gifts and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, visit www.yesworld.com.

Follow RARA’s Farm on Twitter and Facebook for updates and show coverage in the months to come.

Rock On!

 

Full Tour schedule: http://concertfix.com/tours/yes

March Central Florida Concert Calendar


March Rock Music Calendar

Hey there! We’ve added a new feature this month, where you can order tickets for a bunch of shows right from this web page. Because we love our fans, we’ve hooked up with the venues and artists who are not reaming us with exorbitant service charge fees.

Orlando

3/01 – Collective Soul, Universal Studios
3/01 – Dishwalla, House of Blues
3/01 – The Manzingers and Off With Their Heads, Backbooth

3/04 – G. Love & Special Sauce with Kristy Lee, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/05 – Local H, Will’s Pub (Get Tickets Here)

3/07 – Saliva, No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
3/07 – The Supervillains, The West End (Sanford)
3/07 – ZZ Ward, Last Love Tour, The Social (Get Tickets Here)
3/07 to 3/09 – The Guess Who, Epcot Center

3/08 – Emily Kopp, House of Blues
3/08 – Thomas Wynn & The Believers, DaVinci (Deland)

3/09 – Foghat, Seminole Harley Davidson (Sanford)

3/14 – Jack Russell’s Great White, No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
3/14 – The Supervillains, Beachside Tavern (New Smyrna Beach)

3/15 – We The Kings, The Beacham (Get Tickets Here)
3/15 – The Georgia Satellites, Harley Davidson of Orlando

3/16 – Paul Simon and Sting, Amway Center

3/20 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)

3/22 – Middle Class Rut, The Social (Get Tickets Here)
3/22 – Mark Cohn, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)

3/23 – We Are The In Crowd, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/24 – Lacuna Coil, Stardust Video and Coffee

3/28 – The Supervillains and Whole Wheat Bread, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/29 – The Moody Blues, Hard Rock Cafe
3/29 – Get The Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)
3/29 – Tommy Tutone, Downtown Orlando

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Jacksonville

3/01 – Iron & Wine, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3/02 – Local H, Jack Rabbits

3/05 – Surfer Blood, Jack Rabbits

3/06 – Dropkick Murphys, Mavericks

3/07 – Jars Of Clay, Murray Hill Theatre

3/08 – Steve Miller Band, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

3/09 – Black 47 at the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival, Francis Field (St Augustine)

3/13 – Jack Russell’s Great White, The Roc Bar

3/16 – La Dispute, The Roc Bar at Brewster’s (Get Tickets Here)

3/19 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Florida Theatre

3/22 – The Moody Blues, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/22 – We Are The In Crowd, Jack Rabbits

3/28 – Citizen Kane, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3/29 – The Mowgli’s, Jack Rabbits

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Tampa Area

3/01 – G. Love & Special Sauce, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) (Get Tickets Here)
3/01 – Saliva, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

3/02 – Collective Soul and Ed Kowalczyk, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg)

3/04 – Local H, Local 662 (st. Petersburg)

3/05 – Shiny Toy Guns, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

3/07 – Don McLean, Capital Theatre (Clearwater)

3/08 – The Flaming Lips amd Zulu Wave at Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Park (Get Tickets Here)
3/08 – Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) (Get Tickets Here)

3/15 – The Outlaws, Florida Southern College (Lakeland)
3/15 – The Supervillains, Cabana Inn (Sarasota)

3/19 – La Dispute, Pianos Become the Teeth, The Orpheum (Get Tickets Here)

3/21 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)
3/21 – Marc Cohn and Emily Kopp, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

3/22 – Al Stewart, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

3/24 – The Moody Blues, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)

3/25 – The Moody Blues, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

3/27 – Indigo Girls, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)

 


Best of The Big Ticket

The Best of The Big Ticket Festival

It’s been 5 days since this year’s version of The Big Ticket hit Jacksonville and I figured it was a good time to reminisce a bit.

This year’s event was year four of X102.9’s annual pilgrimage for Florida’s alt-rock nation; and there are rumors that changes in city ordinances could make it the last.  Hopefully, it’s the typical local news’ blown-out-of-proportion, attention grabbing crap that dominates so many newscasts these days, because this festival is an important event for we local Rock And Roll Animals at RARA’s Farm.

So, some thoughts this year:

Best Act: There were some great sets: Frank Turner, A Day To Remember, The 1975, but everything else paled in comparison to Twenty One Pilots.  This energetic, frenetic duo spent more time in the crowd than on the solid footing of the stage, sounded great, interacted with the crowd, and have clearly grown as artists since last year, when they were, um, the Best Act… Yup, two years in a row…(Check out our review of the 2012 Big Ticket here)

Best Song: “It’s Complicated” A Day To Remember. The crowd was already ratcheted up for these Ocala natives who were tearing through a powerful set. Then, they were pushed over the edge when lead singer Jeremy McKinnon crawled inside a big ball and sang this one from inside the ball, as the crowd bounced him around the park.  Pretty damn cool!

Best Setlist: Lots of great songs and creative selections throughout the day, but lets nod the head to Jimmy Eat World. Every song was good, plenty of hits, and they threw in “Last Christmas,” the only holiday song during the day.

Best New Artist: (New to me anyway) – I really enjoyed Nothing More. Quite frankly, their music is a little rougher than my normal preference, but I liked their sound, and loved their stage show. Every band member of this foursome out of San Antonio made the same kind of impression this year that Twenty One Pilots made last year. Entertaining band…

Hottest Chick in a band: Incomplete. We saw seventeen bands throughout the day and every single performer had a Y chromosome. Apparently all of the talented Alt-Rock women were in the area earlier this year at the Coastline Festival.

Best Topless Moment: Nope, not what you think. In fact, I didn’t see any female breasts, but think there were at least five lead singers who performed at least part of their set topless. We saw shirtless performers from Pepper, The 1975, Black Bottom Lighters, Twenty One Pilots and our winner Frank Turner. Why him? Because after 60 plus shows, his shirt was grimier than the sheets at an hourly motel, and it needed to go…

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Frank Turner and the Tour Flag that traveled the country.

Most Engaging Performer: Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull offered up some funny one liners, but this is Frank Turner’s specialty. He was funny, engaging and entertaining throughout his set, and his lyrics were witty and creative. He’s also a great storyteller and I loved hearing the recap of the Tour banner that a fan brought to a show in Cleveland and henceforth has somehow managed, with no help from the band, to be at every show on the tour.

Best Food: I have no clue, but the funnel cake sucked and the $7 hot dog was worse. The pizza, at least, was edible. Let’s give this one to Monster, not only because it was free, but I actually liked the taste of their Rehab offering.

That’s it for me.  What did I miss?  Let me know in the comments below.

For a full recap of the day, visit the RARA’s Farm 2013 Big Ticket Festival Recap.

Rock On!
Cretin

 

 

Sting and Paul Simon Headed to Orlando – Together!

Paul Simon and Sting Announce Amway Center Tour Stop

Two of rock musics most iconic singer-songwriters are collaborating on a once-in-a-lifetime tour. Sting and Paul Simon hit the road this winter on a tour that brings them to Orlando’s Amway Center on Sunday, March 16th.

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From the Amway Center Press Release:

Paul Simon & Sting, two of music’s most renowned and enduring artists, embark on a concert tour throughout North America in February and March 2014. Both artists have explored world rhythms and pushed the boundaries of popular music and through their music, continue to speak to generations of fans. Now, Paul Simon & Sting perform a series of concerts On Stage Together.

As friends for many years, their collaboration on a tour is a natural fit. During each performance, audiences are treated to the unique pleasure of experiencing these two innovative musicians On Stage Together, in addition to solo performances with their respective bands, in what will surely be one of the most highly anticipated concert events of 2014.

Tickets for Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together go on sale to the general public Monday, November 18. The artists’ fans will have access to a pre-sale through their respective official websites, starting Wednesday, November 6 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express® Card Members have an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public.

At RARA’s Farm, we’ve seen both artists live, and separately they put on great shows.  Catching them in the same show and sharing the stage together is one of those rare can’t miss moments.

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Orlando October Rock Calendar


Orlando Rock Concert Calendar

Welcome to Rocktober – another nice mix of rock shows across the region this month.  Some killer hard rock featuring some huge acts at big venues.  Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, A Day To Remember and more.  Check their shows out below…

Orlando

10/01 – Sick Puppies, Redlight King and Charming Liars, House of Blues.

10/04 – Saves The Day, The Social

10/05 – City and Colour, House of Blues

10/06 – Eve 6, The Social
10/06 – Black Taxi, Will’s Pub

10/08 – Portugal The Man with Crystal Fighters, House of Blues
10/08 – Sigur Ros, CFE Arena

10/09 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Beacham

10/10 – The English Beat, Plaza Live Orlando

10/13 – Hinder with Candlebox and Devour the Day, House of Blues
10/13 – Voodoo Glow Skulls, Will’s Pub

10/16 – Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones, Amway Center. A killer doble bill at the Big House.

10/18 – Atlas Genius, House of Blues

10/19 – Matt Nathanson, House of Blues
10/19 – They Might Be Giants, Orange County Convention Center

10/20 – Finch, The Beacham

10/24 – A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonder Years, CFE Arena. This line-up is a guaranteed night to remember.

10/25 – WJRR Halloweenie Roast: Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine and more, CFE Arena. Second consecutive day of great rock on the campus of UCF.

10/26 – Kix, Radisson Center (Cape Canaveral)

10/29 – Barenaked Ladies, Hard Rock Live

10/30 – John Fogerty, Hard Rock Live. He was a last-minute fill-in for Fun. at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and blew the crowd away.
10/30 – Story of the Year, Hawthorne heights and more, The Beacham

10/31 – Nine Inch Nails with Gary Numan, Amway Center. Just an amazing way to spend Halloween.

 

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