All posts by admin

Rock and Roll Fanatic.

Three Days Grace Release Killer New Single

Roland Wilhelm DSC_1351_V1_BB MEDIUM

Three Days Grace Release “I Am Machine”

Three Days Grace continues to show us why they’re one of the most successful active rock artists ever. This talented Canadian foursome simply offers continuous active rock anthems.

Make sure you Like our Facebook at the top of our site for more rock music coverage

This week, they follow-up the hugely successful hit “Painkiller,” their 12th #1 Active Rock single, with another song destined to reach that same impressive pinnacle.

“I Am Machine” is the second straight highlight offering from their forthcoming album release, expected to hit the streets in March, 2015. Judging from these first two singles, we’re in for one hell of an album.

The new release is available now on iTunes here: I Am Machine – Single; and you can check out the video below.

Neil Sanderson offers up: “Sonically, we wanted to create a ‘machine-like’ sound in parts of the song. We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’…relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate. Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape. Every day seems the same. No freedom from the vicious cycle that your life can sometimes become…no control, you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion.”

The song was co-written by the band, produced by Gavin Brown and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. Three Days Grace re-teamed with Gavin Brown, who produced the band’s platinum-selling 2003 self-titled debut album. “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other,” says Sanderson. “Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we’re back in those days where we’re high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands.”

Check out our live concert photos here: Three Days Grace

And, an earlier review of their excellent live show: Orlando Concert


Eyes Set To Kill Announce Tour

Eyes Set To Kill Announce Tour

Make sure you Like Us and Follow Us for continued rock music news, reviews and announcements.

One of the most intriguing hard rock bands around, Eyes Set To Kill announce their ‘Little Liar Tour’ which includes a handful of dates in Florida. Led by sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez, they are clearly not a typical “chick band.” They offer energetic, gritty rock with a melodic edge and have a good reputation as a live act.

“We are exceedingly grateful to have dedicated diehard fans which makes being on the road so worth it” states ESTK singer, Alexia Rodriguez. “We’ve been fortunate to live our dream and bring our music to our fans while introducing them to some fresh, up and coming bands as well” adds Rodriguez.

They are touring in support of their most recent album Masks, which you can pick up on iTunes just above, and are definitely a band worth seeing live. While you wait for them to hit your city, check out the disturbing yet captivating video for “Infected”

The band is currently on the road in the north east and have a string of dates with NONPOINT. Here are all the dates.

14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
15 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster
16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
17 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum
18 – Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Championship Bar
19 – New York, Ny @ Webster Hall
21 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
22 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
23 – Denver, CO @ Marquis
24 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

13 – Sacramento, CA @ Discovery Park (Aftershock Festival)
16 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s (w/ Nonpoint)
18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (w/ Nonpoint)
19 – Cherry Valley, IL @ Take 20 (headline with Righteous Vendetta)
20 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s Music Room (w/ Nonpoint)
21 – Erie, PA @ BT Theater (w/ Nonpoint)
23 – Fostoria, OH @ The New West (w/ Nonpoint)
24 – Pontiac, IL @ Freksters Roadhouse (w/ Nonpoint)
25 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge (w/ Nonpoint)
26 – Libertyville, IL @ Austins (w/ Nonpoint)
27 – Ringle, WI @ Q And Z Expo Center (w/ Nonpoint)
28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Hall (w/ Nonpoint)
30 – LaCrosse, WI @ The Cavalier Theater (w/ Nonpoint)

01 – Mishawaka, IN @ Smith’s Downtown (w/ Nonpoint)
02 – Macomb, IL @ The Forum Live (w/ Nonpoint)
03 – Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock (w/ Nonpoint)

04 – Beckly, WV @ Muncheez (with Scare Don’t Fear)
06 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas (with Scare Don’t Fear)
07 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s (with Scare Don’t Fear)
08 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (with Scare Don’t Fear)
09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (with Scare Don’t Fear)
10 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshells (with Scare Don’t Fear)
11 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre (with Scare Don’t Fear)
12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Atmosphere (with Scare Don’t Fear)
13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits (with Scare Don’t Fear)
14 – Destin, FL @ Club LA (with Scare Don’t Fear)
15 – Bossier City, LA @ Back to Back (with Scare Don’t Fear)

Lacuna Coil Announce US and Canada Tour

Lacuna Coil Tour Announcement

Make sure you Like Us and Follow Us for continued rock music news, reviews and announcements.

Our favorite Italian goth rockers, Lacuna Coil have just announced their upcoming tour plans for North America. Fronted by talented, versatile boy/girl vocalists Andrea Ferro and Cristina Scabbia they offer a unique blend of rock that translates into a powerful, energetic live show. The veteran rockers are definitely worth seeing live.  The dates released today include three Florida dates including two nights in Jacksonville before closing the tour in Orlando.

Here’s a quick glimpse of our recent concert review for the band: Lacuna Coil – caught the end of their set, and quickly wished I had seen the whole thing. Goth metal with underlying catchy melodies.   Christina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro nicely traded off girl-boy lead vocals and sounded strong.
Lacuna Coil Concert Photos

Lacuna Coil at Welcome To Rockville
Lacuna Coil at Welcome To Rockville.

The band is touring in support of Broken Crown Halo their latest release on Century Media. They will be supported on the road by Devil You Know, Starset and Unlocking The Truth, as noted in the schedule below. Up and coming Canadian band Incura have been added to all Canadian shows.

Lacuna Coil front woman Cristina Scabbia had this to say:

“Hello all!! Busy year for Lacuna Coil …and we couldn’t be happier! We will be back in the US and (finally!) Canada again! We are very excited to announce that, and to bring the new songs and the new dark aura back on the road. Our friend Howard Jones and his band Devil You Know will be joining us in the madness. It will be a great tour and you have to share the fun with us!”

North American Tour
Sept 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival (Discovery Park)
Sept 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sept 17 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sept 19 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Sept 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sept 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Sept 23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Sept 24 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
Sept 25 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Sept 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Culture Center
Sept 27 – Thunder Bay, ONT @ Crocks
Sept 29 – Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Sept 30 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall
Oct 1 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
Oct 3 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Oct 5 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Oct 7 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
Oct 8 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Oct 11 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 12 – New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Oct 15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
Oct 16 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
Oct 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
Oct 19 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Orlando)

*Devil You Know – support all dates
*Starset will join the tour Sept. 23 – Oct. 12 (except: Oct. 7&8)
*Incura on all Canadian shows
*Unlocking The Truth will join on Oct. 7&8

Man On Earth Album Review

Man On Earth Album Review

I literally get dozens of albums a week in my InBox and it is basically impossible to listen to everything that comes through the mailbox, but this offering from Man On Earth, a band totally unfamiliar to me, caught my attention.

First, the email came from a band member, bassist Adam Root, and that always makes a positive impression to me, as I have a great deal of respect for hard-working passionate bands.  Their bio mentioned linkages to three bands I have a great deal of appreciation for: Theory Of A Deadman, Fun., and Lenny Kravitz, and they have a relationship with a professional hockey team (sure it’s just the Islanders, but still…).  Interest piqued, I downloaded the album and took it for a spin, and I was not disappointed.

The eponymously titled album is a fun offering that boasts big, powerful rock songs; music that should translate excellently on stage. At times gritty garage rock, pop punk and mainstream rock, it’s a nice mix of songs that will appeal to most active rock fans. We immediately get good insight into what the albums has in store for us with the hard-driving drums and aggressive bass line that kick-off the subtly titled first track, “Bang Bang Bitch.”

Throughout the album, the New York City band’s talent and diversity is frequently on display. “If Not Then, When” boasts searing guitars, and “On Our Own” is bouncy pop punk that rekindles fun memories of Sum 41. “We Are The Dreamers” is borderline sappy, but Steven Nathan’s vocals and lyrics are worthy of attention, and the tender Knopfler-esque guitar damn near beautiful.

My favorite track is the radio hit-in-waiting, “Lost In These Lights.” It’s a little slicker and poppier than most of the tracks. It’s a clean, well-produced, catchy tune that would feel perfect blasting through any car stereo.

As noted, there are a handful of highlights, but the record is at times a little uneven, and there are a few tracks that will get minimal play on my iPod, but overall, it’s an album worth owning from a band that should be on the radar of rock fans throughout the country.

Rock On!

Check out the album on iTunes:

Weezer’s Ninth Album Coming Soon


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!

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

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

Rock On!


Full Tour schedule: