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Slightly Stoopid Whet Our Appetites

Slightly Stoopid (Photo: Jeff Farsai)
Slightly Stoopid (Photo: Jeff Farsai)

New Music and Tour From Slightly Stoopid

As we slide into June, we get to enjoy a nice treat from our favorite summer rockers, as Slightly Stoopid release the addictive “Prophet,” the lead single off of their forthcoming album.

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The music of Slightly Stoopid always feels like the perfect accompaniment to summer, and with the release of “Prophet” we get our first taste of their much anticipated June 30th full-length release of Meanwhile…Back At The Lab. To keep the cool summer vibe going, they’ll be touring with a killer line-up shortly after the release, including a handful of outdoor dates in The Sunshine State.

The new track is a catchy, breezy offering that is destined to be worn out on your Summer 2015 playlists. To get your first peek at the infectious track, laced with catchy riffs and a sweet summer vibe, check out the video released just hours ago – you’ll be one of the first to hear the track that currently has less than 500 views:

The song has an incredibly intriguing backstory as well, and might sound familiar to fans of Sublime. “The Prophet”, was penned by a 16 year-old Miles Doughty as a collaboration with the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime. Nowell’s early version was released after his death on Sublime’s Everything Under The Sun rarities box set.

“Remembering first jamming this song with Brad in my living room, and now working with Field Marshall “Ras MG” (Marshall Goodman) to bring the song to where it is today… its really just a story of life and what you make of it. I think brad would be proud to hear the evolution of the song” – Miles Doughty

Snag the single in iTunes: The Prophet – Single – Slightly Stoopid

You can pre-order the album here:

To top the new music announcement, the California rockers also announced tour dates with their good friends, and RARA’s Farm favorites The Dirty Heads. The Everything Is Awesome Tour kicks off July 8th and includes four Florida dates:

  • July 23rd – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • July 24th – Riverfront Park, Cocoa Beach
  • July 25th – Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton
  • July 26th – Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

Grab tickets or see the full tour routing here: Slightly Stoopid Tour

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Leaving Haven Unleashes New Single

Miss Emma the new single from Leaving Haven
Miss Emma the new single from LEaving Haven

Miss Emma Is Here

Leaving Haven Releases Miss Emma on May 5th.

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RARAs Farm favorites, Leaving Haven are about to release a brand new single. Fresh on the heels of consecutive festival appearances at Earthday Birthday and SunFest, the Orlando quintet will be releasing “Miss Emma” to the masses today.

The song is a vibrant rocker highlighted by nicely layered guitars throughout and a soaring guitar solo during the bridge. The song also offers a nice canvas for Trevor Hastings’ versatile voice. It’s a great listen and a track that is well suited for active rock radio.

Download your copy of the song on the iTunes link above and support an excellent Orlando rock band poised to breakthrough.

Leaving Haven is Trevor Hastings (Vocals), Michael Strippoli (Guitar), Luke Melsenti (Guitar), Madison Macko (Bass) and Benjamin Melsenti (Drums).

You can listen to the song here:

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PJ Bond Offers Up The Better Option

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The Better Option Single Review

Xtra Mile Recordings just might boast the most talented artist roster in the rock industry these days. The label boasts RARAsFarm favorites Frank Turner, Against Me!, A Silent Film and Larry And His Flask, and a few dozen other talented rock acts. One of those acts is PJ Bond.

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Bond’s new single “The Better Option” is a delicious slice of Americana. He’s a songwriter with a comfortable yet distinctive sound, delivering heartfelt lyrics on the back of captivating lyrics on this excellent offering off of his soon to be released Sophomore album Where Are You (out May 4th).

The music is folksy rock delivered with a bit of an edge. The songs explodes with a killer acoustic riff and boasts that same instant familiarity that I feel when listening to Jeff Tweedy or The Old 97’s. The mixture of guitar offerings throughout the song makes the song even more interesting than similar offerings from the aforementioned contemporaries. The heavily distorted guitar spotlighted in the middle of the song is pure 70’s genius and almost as good as the wilting guitar that carries the song to it’s excellent finish.

Snag it here on iTunes: Where Were You?
Or, Preorder the album below.

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The Hippest Thing in Philly

Punk Rock Girl Recreated

I recently wrapped up my album review of Soko’s new release, My Dreams Dictate My Reality, and was slammed with a few wonderful memories of my early years in Philly. (Read it here, especially if you remember The Revival).

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Then coincidentally, in my InBox that afternoon, arrived the latest offering from In The Pocket, a special project that screams Philly Rock Royalty.

David Uosikkinen of Hooters’ fame put this concept together a few years ago, and it’s been a fun journey ever since. For rock fans still in Philly, I am sure it is even more of a fantastic experience, but rock music fans everywhere will enjoy this creative rock music.  Check out our interview with Uosikkinen from 2012 to learn a little bit more about this cool collaborative endeavor.

Uosikkinen’s brainchild was to assemble a group of Philadelphia music legends, lock them in a studio and have them collaborate on re-imagining a hit song from the city’s rich musical past. Each musician is given the musical freedom to put their own distinctive spin on each recording. Every few months, they release a new offering, and follow that up with a live show or two. Over the past few years, I’ve become a big fan and have enjoyed the musical ear candy, including their cuts at “Open My Eyes” (Todd Rundgren/Nazz), “Beat Up Guitar” (Hooters), “Change Reaction” (Robert Hazard) and “Disco Inferno” (The Trammps).

l-r: William Wittman, David Uosikkinen, Pete Donnelly, Tommy Conwell, Richard Bush - Photo by Dallyn Pavey/Dish Public Relations
William Wittman, David Uosikkinen, Pete Donnelly, Tommy Conwell, Richard Bush – Photo by Dallyn Pavey/Dish Public Relations

The new song, the 12th in the series, is an under-appreciated punk classic, “Punk Rock Girl” originally recorded by The Dead Milkmen in 1988. On this version, we are treated to Richard Bush (The A’s) on vocals and he puts his unique and pleasing spin on this angsty rocker. The song is less edgy than the original, and more of a feverish party version highlighted by a some killer guitar riffs from Tommy Conwell that actually boast a bit of a cool rockabilly vibe, and he’s accompanied nicely by William Wittman (Cindy Lauper) also on guitar.  Uosikkinen and bassist Pete Donnelly (NRBQ) drive the aggressive, rollicking rhythm throughout.

I always loved the lyrics on the original, including nostalgic references to Zipperhead and Mojo Nixon, as well as the mistaken reference in “…someone played a Beach Boys song on the jukebox,
It was “California Dreamin’…” and Bush delivers them in that distinctive voice and style that made the A’s so poignant a few decades earlier.

In another nice twist, Uosikkinen and In The Pocket are joined by two of his Hooters’ brethren. Rob Hyman’s melodica is a wonderful and noticeable addition to this version, while Eric Bazilian’s hurdy gurdy is a bit understated, but still a nice creative addition.

The 1988 original was a masterpiece, and this one might just be a bit better! It’s a blast to listen to and a song that’s even better if you’re personally connected to the Philadelphia music scene of the 80’s and 90’s.

Check out a video of the song with recorded in the studio below, as well as a slew of killer photos here: “Punk Rock Girl” recording session.

I highly recommend you snag their music now on iTunes now:

Punk Rock Girl – Single – David Uosikkinen’s in the Pocket

And just for good measure, the original from The Dead Milkman: Punk Rock Girl – Beelzebubba

You can catch Uosikkinen and friends on March 28th at the Ardmore Music Hall. Get tickets here. For those of us in Florida and outside of the Philly region will need to pop on their music, enjoy the flood of nostalgia and wonder what their next offering will be – always a fun trip down memory lane…

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Muse – Debuts Psycho

Muse Debuts Psycho – New Single

A few months before the release of their new album, Muse has finally released a new single to give us a taste of what we are in store for, and it’s music to our ears.

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Check out the powerful new single (and video) from Muse. “Psycho” will be featured on Drones, the band’s seventh album, due out on June 9th on Warner Bros. Records, and which can be pre-ordered at the bottom of the post.

The song is a gritty rocker, featuring all of the elements of Muse that we’ve grown to appreciate – hard-driving guitar riffs, thunderous bass and drums and diverse vocals from Matthew Bellamy, including a few nicely interspersed Marilyn Manson-esque moments. Checking in at a robust 5 and a half minutes, it’s a nice long rock ‘n roll excursion that will entertain any rock fans.

As you’ll see in the captivating video and hear in the lyrics, the psycho immortalized in this song is a maniacal war fighter / killing machine. Listen to it below and let us know what you think.

TRACKLISTING

1. Dead Inside
2. [Drill Sergeant]
3. Psycho
4. Mercy
5. Reapers
6. The Handler
7. [JFK]
8. Defector
9. Revolt
10. Aftermath
11. The Globalist
12. Drones

The first official single from the album, “Dead Inside,” will debut the week of March 23rd.

Pre-order Drones here:

Jet Black Alley Cat – Memphis Blues

Single Review – Jet Black Alley Cat

Slinky, cool Jet Black Alley Cat have just released their follow-up single to “Poison,” and it’s a song that is worthy of being on the radar of pop rock fans.

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The Nashville-based quintet splashed onto the scene less than a year ago, and now with “Memphis Blues,” they’ve already delivered their second captivating video, which definitely complements the song well. The tagline on their video is appropriate – “This song and this film is a feeling . Fall in love with it.”  The new single is a poppy alt-rock tune with a catchy dance vibe to it that’s just a blast to listen to. Joe Wilkinson’s voice reminds me a bit of Sir SLy’s Landon Jacobs, but the music is more mainstream – in a deliciously good way.

With each listen, I appreciate the song a bit more. The guitars are clever and catchy, and evolve nicely over the course of the four minute journey, including a nicely spotlighted solo or two, one of the benefits of a band with multiple guitar players. If you’re a fan of popular rock, I suggest you take it for a spin.

This new band has already seen nice success, garnering airplay on both MTVu and Nashville’s independent station, Lightning 100, and from what I’ve heard here, that’s just the beginning.

Snag the single on iTunes here, and check out the video below and see if you fall in love with it, too.

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Teens in Agnes Blue Dole Out Something Special

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Agnes Blue Single Review

The first time I listened to this bluesy rocker, I loved it. When I went back and read the band’s bio and saw that the elder statesman in the band was a youthful 16 year-old, I was amazed.

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If you dismiss the youth of the band members and focus only on the energetic debut single, “All Around,” you’ll be impressed by the fresh sound from Queensland, Australia’s Agnes Blue. The catchy song is a refreshing, spirited rocker. But it’s just not right to dismiss the fact that guitarist/singer Jack Blandford is the elder statesman by two years, at a grizzled 16 compared to his younger sister, 14 year-old Frea on drums.

A duo this young shouldn’t be making music this unique, this edgy, this polished, this GOOD. The song is a sweeping blues-infused rocker, which should appeal to any rock music fan. So much of the music tossed around as rock these days is watered down, synth-driven pop, but not this track. No, this is everything that’s good about rock ‘n roll. “All Around” is guitar driven rock, with sweet riffs, a killer solo, nice drums and gritty vocals that nicely conjure up images of Velvet Underground era Lou Reed. The quality of the song-writing and musicianship belies the band’s age, and demands attention.

Jack Blandford offered “‘All Around’ was an old song of mine. When preparing to record our second E.P, I saw it in an old song- writing book and thought we should try it out. It is a simple song and it worked straight away with the band. It’s got a great feel to it and it has a bit of surf/rock groove. Our producer James Russell also liked it from the start and he worked hard to get it sounding amazing.”

Check it out and let me know what you think?

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Distinctive New Rock from Soko

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SOKO – Who Wears The Pants Single Review

Simply put, she’s one of the most fresh, diverse, unpredictable artists gracing today’s musical landscape, and she’s about to release her most rock-infused music of her blossoming career.

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French born Soko has proven herself a successful (award winning) actress, an accomplished producer, the intriguing subject of a hugely popular viral kissing video, and quite the diverse self-taught musician – and she’s just getting started!

Today, she announced the forthcoming release of My Dreams Dictate My Reality, her second full-length album, which will be released on March 3rd. The album which promises to be brimming “with angst, shouts, and beautiful chaos,” was produced by Ross Robinson who has previously worked with her favorite band The Cure. The album will be released on Soko’s record label Babycat Records and will feature a hypnotic duet, “Lovetrap,” with Ariel Pink.

Today, we get our first taste of what we’re in store for on My Dreams Dictate My Realities and the first tasty sip is intoxicating. “Who Wears The Pants” is an edgy upbeat rocker, boasting poignant lyrics about sexuality. Her vocals are reminiscent of raw, gritty garage rock, while the masterfully produced music is a mixed tempo joyride. It’s captivating stuff that leaves me thirsting for the full album release.

For folks interested in pre-ordering the album, she is offering the most creative pre-order packages that I’ve ever seen. Yeah, the normal perks like vinyl, or autographed copies are available, but you’ll also have the chance to tack on a shopping trip, a home-cooked meal, a pajama party and a whole lot more. Check it out here: Pre-Order Bundles

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