It’s always exciting to stumble across excellent new rock and learn that the artist is from right here in the Sunshine State. Clearwater’s Four Star Riot released their sumptuous new single”Beautiful Soul” this past weekend and it’s a treat for our ears. The song is old school rock featuring soaring vocals, sharp hooks and effortless guitar riffs.
Led by former members of I Call Fives and Thieves, Nominee is on the cusp of releasing their debut EP, Drag Me Out on January 26th. From the sounds of their brand new single “Retrospect,” the album is going to be worthy of our attention.
I remember the first time I listened to Never Trust A Happy Song, and immediately realized I had discovered a fantastically creative new band. Five years after Grouplove’s smashing debut, one of RARAs Farm’s 2011 Albums of the Year, the Los Angeles quintet is poised to release their third album, Big Mess, which is bringing back some of those same warm feelings.
We love our RARAs Farm readers, and we love introducing them to new rock music. Today, we take a peek at a handful of songs that caught our attention from the piles of emails stacked up on our desks. As usual, you’ll recognize some bands and discover a few new ones as well. We present to you our alternative rock songs of the week.
You’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…
We’ve scoured our email boxes to find some hidden Indie gems available for our listening pleasure right now on Soundcloud. Take a few minutes to check out this RARA’s Farm’s crop of fresh new music and discover some excellent new stuff – that we call Gnu Rock.
It helps to have arguably the hottest rock band on the planet closing your festival, but The Big Ticket again delivered a fantastic day of Alternative Rock music that left Jacksonville fans impressed and pleased with a full day of excellent live music highlighted by a killer set from headliners Twenty One Pilots.
The duo from Ohio opened this festival three years ago and delivered one of the most memorable early sets in memory. Now, on a beautiful Sunday a few years later, they’re closing the night out, but still delivering quality music and a spectacular show.
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, the talented duo from Ohio, are dedicated musicians hell bent on constantly refining and improving their stage show. Sunday night, we saw them flying across the stage, leaping into the crowd and climbing the stage trusses. And, all the while delivering their distinctive brand of rock music that is absolutely embraced by their passionate fans.
Most of the bands were well-received by the diverse crowd, but talking to concert-goers as they departed (or sat forever in the parking lot traffic), it was clear that the other crowd favorites included Walk The Moon, Robert Delong, Coleman Hell and X Ambassadors.
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I’ve been to several prior Big Ticket festivals in the past, and don’t ever remember a line-up as talented as this years. Simply put, from the opening island-infused notes of Colorado’s Lola Rising to the thunderous close of Twenty One Pilots, there was no let down on either stage.
I have to confess that more than a few people were frustrated with the new stage arrangement, including myself. With both stages side-by-side, there was a constant sea of people rolling back and forth across the blanket covered fields. Although the idea of two stages fairly close has some merit, these two stages were too close.
On another positive note, the vendors and food stands were excellent, Despite a Sold Out crowd in attendance, the lines at the many food vendors never got out of control and there was tremendous diversity.
But, the truth is, everything other than the music pales in importance when compared to the artists who graced the stage, and on this wonderful day in Jacksonville, the 2015 incarnation of The Big Ticket nailed it. Kudos to X102.9 and Danny Wimmer Presents for another excellent event!
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Photos from the event on our Facebook (we will add more as they become available): Twenty One Pilots
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Let’s face it, they’re the perfect fit for RARA’s Farm, right? In reality, with or without the homophonic similarity, this quintet from North of our border continuously delivers interesting compelling pop rock and their new single “Be Your Man” is yet another prime example.