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Gavin Degraw Shares New Video

Check Out New Music From Gavin DeGraw

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Gavin Degraw has quickly became one of the country’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, and he’s about to release his greatest hits, Finest Hour, The Best of Gavin DeGraw. The album comes out on October 21st, but in the meantime, he’s released his latest video.

Check out the video for “Fire,” directed by Mark Seliger & Barney Miller. Personally, I really dig the song, but not too crazy about the video.

Foxing Reveals North American Tour

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Foxing Announce Fall N. America Tour Dates

He is the face and the inspiration behind Live, and their seminal 1995 album Throwing Copper, and one hell of an entertaining performer, and shortly, we’ll be able to catch him performing the album live acoustically.

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Foxing are about to set out on a two and a half month tour that will find them circumnavigating the entire country, including three October dates in Florida.  The Missouri quintet hit the road tonight, and run straight through mid-December.

In October, they tour with Brand New and Cymbals Eat Guitars, including their three stops in Florida (see dates below).  Later on during their tour, they tag-up with Modern Baseball to a run of  co-headlining shows with Gates.

Foxing released a new version of their debut full-length The Albatross via Triple Crown Records this past summer.  Freshly remixed and remastered, this new version of The Albatross takes the swelling, orchestral, starkly personal album to new heights.  Never ones to sit still, the band also created, directed and filmed videos for two of the tracks on the album, including the emotional and powerful ballad “The Medic.”

Producer and mixing engineer Ryan Wasoba explains of the band’s decision to remix and remaster the record, “”By the time we started mixing, most songs had well over 100 tracks. While there was no exact rush to release The Albatross, we did not have the luxury to let the record sit for a few weeks and come back to it with fresh ears. I wasn’t able to listen objectively until after the album was mastered and released.”  Continues bassist Josh Coll, “Because of time, money and other issues that plague recording, we weren’t able to dedicate all the attention to the mix and mastering that it deserved. Once we signed with Triple Crown we’re able to revisit everything. It was a delicate process of cleaning up and bringing out certain qualities in the record that were already there. I think it sounds wonderful.”

Tour Dates:
10/07/14 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s*
10/08/14 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Underworld*
10/09/14 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen* w/ Kevin Devine
10/10/14 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft*
10/11/14 – Annadale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College*
10/12/14 – Richmond, VA – The National $
10/13/14 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel $
10/14/14 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
10/15/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle $
10/16/14 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium $
10/17/14 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre $
10/18/14 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center $
10/19/14 – Austin, TX -Stubb’s $
10/20/14 – Shreveport, LA – Bear’s on Fairfield
10/21/14 – Birmingham, AL – Iron CIty Live $
10/22/14 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford $
10/24/14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando $
10/25/14 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach $
10/26/14 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing $
10/28/14 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues $
10/29/14 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte $
10/30/14 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva $
10/31/14 – Gainesville, FL @ THE FEST
11/03/14 – Memphis, TN @ Carcosa
11/11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater^
11/12/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room^
11/13/14 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot^
11/14/14 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop^
11/15/14 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge^
11/16/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater^
11/18/14 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater^
11/19/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock^
11/20/14 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder#
11/21/14 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge#
11/22/14 – Vancouver, BC @ 333#
11/23/14 – Portland, OR @ Slabtown#
11/24/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Submission Art Space#
11/25/14 – Los Angeles @ Jewel’s Catch One#
11/26/14 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction#
11/28/14 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West#
11/29/14 – Albuquerque, NM @The Gasworks#
12/01/14 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom w/ Listener
12/11/14 – Philadelphia, PA @Theater of Living Arts^
12/12/14 – New York NY @ Gramercy Theater^
12/13/14 – Hamden, CT @ The Space^
12/14/14 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise Rock Club^
12/15/14 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg^

* = w/ Into It. Over It. & KittyHawk
$ = w/ Brand New & Cymbals Eat Guitars
^ = w/ Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Crying, Somos
# = w/ Gates

Ed Kowalczyk – Throwing Copper Live Acoustic

Kowalczyk. Photo credit Douglas Sonders
Kowalczyk. Photo credit Douglas Sonders

Live’s Ed Kowalczyk To Honor Throwing Copper

He is the face and the inspiration behind Live, and their seminal 1995 album Throwing Copper, and one hell of an entertaining performer, and shortly, we’ll be able to catch him performing the album live acoustically.

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Ed Kowalczyk, the legendary songwriter and former lead-singer of Live is hitting the road in support of the album’s 20th Anniversary.  The Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour is already mapped through the East Coast and Midwest (no Florida dates yet)  and will be a can’t miss event this Winter.

Throwing Copper is one of the defining albums of the 1990’s and is absolutely packed with rock music masterpieces. “Stripped back, intimate and disarming, Ed Kowalczyk will appear onstage with a new unplugged production, some of rock’s most profound anthems and the voice that has attracted legions of fans for more than two decades.”

Live are one of the pre-eminent Alternative rock bands in history, and the driving force behind the band was clearly Kowalczyk.  They sold more than 20 million albums and have toured the world numerous times.  And, since leaving the band, Kowalczyk has continued to make music and tour, always putting on an engaging, entertaining show.  On this tour, you can expect to hear some of alternative rock’s most iconic hits, including “Lightning Crashes”, “I Alone”, “Selling the Drama”, “The Dolphin’s Cry”, “Overcome” and “Heaven.” 

“For his newest creative offering, the Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour, Kowalczyk will perform a breathtaking acoustic set that celebrates the 20th anniversary of this seminal Live album, along with a few surprises. “I’m so excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper in this new unplugged production”, Ed says. “Fans can expect to see and hear me like never before!”

We caught Kowalczyk last year, and he puts on a fantastic show, as you can see here” Velvet Sessions Concert Review.  Having a chance to witness him playing these legendary tracks in an acoustic setting should just ratchet that experience up a notch.

Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour
Wed-Feb-04 The Center for the Arts Natick, MA
Thu-Feb-05 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
Fri-Feb-06 Flying Monkey Perf. Center Plymouth, NH
Sat-Feb-07 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Thu-Feb-12 City Winery New York, NY
Fri-Feb-13 City Winery New York, NY
Sun-Feb-15 Boulton Ctr for the Perf. Arts Bay Shore, NY
Fri-Feb-20 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
Sun-Feb-22 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Tue-Feb-24 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Wed-Feb-25 Pasant Theatre at The Wharton Ctr E. Lansing, MI
Fri-Feb-27 Blueberry Hill – Duck Room St. Louis, MO
Sat-Feb-28 City Winery Chicago, IL
Sun-Mar-01 City Winery Chicago, IL
Mon-Mar-02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

Cage The Elephant News: TV, Tour and Live EP

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Big Announcements From Cage The Elephant

Cage the Elephant is one of RARA’s Farm’s favorite bands, and they’ve twice had albums make our year-end Top 10 lists, but somehow, we’ve never caught this talented quintet live.

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Deep Hands Live Session EP

…And that’s a shame, because their live performances are near legendary.  Fortunately, the Kentucky rockers on the verge of releasing their Deep Hands Live Session EP.  The live album offers recordings of the band’s huge hit singles “Come A Little Closer” and “Shake Me Down” from a recent stop in Los Angeles. In addition, we hear two of the highlighted tracks from our review, “Cigarette Daydreams” and “Spiderhead.” Check out our review of the band’s excellent third album here: Cage The Elephant – Melophobia, while we await the October 7th release of the EP.

Live From The Artists Den Appearance

Live from the Artists Den is one of the coolest live performance shows on television today.  They feature creative artists performing in unique settings.  For Cage The Elephant, it will be a live show recorded in Santa Barbara, California on October 15th, with a 2015 air date.  Somehow, I pictured them recording from a prison in the deep woods of Kentucky…

Final US Tour Stops

They spent much of the summer with another killer rock band, The Black Keys, and have just a handful of shows left this year. Fortunately for us Floridians, the last two stops are at the Coral Skies Music Festival at two different Florida venues (see dates and venues below and make sure to Follow/Like Us for our upcoming Festival preview).

Check out the band’s full music catalog on iTunes: Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant Remaining Fall Tour Dates

10/16 Highland, CA @ San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino (w/ Walk the Moon)
10/18 Houston, TX @ Buzzfest
10/25 Tampa, FL @ Coral Skies Music Festival
10/26 West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Skies Music Festival

Cage the Elephant Deep Hands Live Session EP track listing:
1. Spiderhead
2. Cigarette Daydreams
3. It’s Just Forever
4. Come A Little Closer
5. Shake Me Down

Smile Empty Soul’s Sean Danielsen Announces Solo Plans


Sean Danielsen photographed in Orlando by RARASFARM
Sean Danielsen photographed in Orlando by RARASFARM

Sean Danielsen Solo Release

For the past decade, you’ve appreciated his music as the driving force behind underrated hard rockers Smile Empty Soul, but for the next few months, he’ll be spotlighting his solo effort.

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Sean Danielsen, the primary writer and guitarist/vocalist for Smile has just wrapped his second solo EP “Food Chain” which hits the streets on November 4th. The new EP is a full-band offering, unlike his previous solo effort, which was an acoustic selection. The shows, however, will be solo acoustic efforts.

“I’m really excited to be releasing my own solo music and doing my own shows,” said Danielsen. “It’s a nice change of pace for me, and a challenge that I’m looking forward to.” We’ve caught Smile Empty Soul a few times, and Danielsen is a solid front man, who seems to be more comfortable in the spotlight in recent years. He’s a super talented singer and guitarist, and I suspect he will shine during these acoustic offerings.

Check out our recent review: Smile Empty Soul at Bombshells
And our Smile Empty Soul Photo Gallery

Sean Danielsen solo tour

10/31 – Houston, TX @ BFE Club
11/01 – San Leon, TX @ 12th St. Pier
11/02 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks
11/06 – Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge
11/07 – Sioux, City IA @ The Chesterfield
11/09 – Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks
11/10 – Algona, IA @ Afterlife Lounge
11/11 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
11/12 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theater
11/13 – Lafayette, IN @ Hideaway
11/14 – Battle Creek, MI @ Warehouse
11/15 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
11/17 – Akron, OH @ Rippers Rock House
11/18 – Mogantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon
11/19 – Louisville, KY @ Diamonds Pub
11/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Mad Magician
11/21 – Joplin, MO @ Rock 3405
11/22 – Cape Girardeau, MO @ Pitter’s

Three Days Grace Release Killer New Single


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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.

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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

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Eyes Set To Kill Announce Tour

Eyes Set To Kill Announce Tour

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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.

AUGUST
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

SEPTEMBER
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)

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

OCTOBER – LITTLE LIAR TOUR:
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


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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

 

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