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Best Rock Songs of 2013

2013 best rock songs

The Best Rock Songs of 2013

(Make sure you check out our Top Rock Albums 0f 2013)

2013 was a year packed with interesting entertaining rock offerings.  Most commercial radio seems fixated on synth-driven, watered-down, safe music for the masses.  At times, I’m a sucker for that stuff, too, but far more often, I enjoy my rock with a little guitar, as you’ll see below…

Click on the sing titles to check out and grab your own copy of each song.

Bonus Track: Golden, Holly Maher – Our own BrokenBirdie sums this one up perfectly: This Nashville native “really knows how to mix sassy and sweet perfectly…” Maher is not an easy fit into our rock ‘n roll genre, but she’s a blossoming singer songwriter with lots of potential.

24. What Doesn’t Kill You – Jake Bugg – Garage rock 21st Century style. This 19 year-old has a great sound, sometimes punk, sometimes folksy, and this is the best offering from his second album.

23. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys – Really like the guitar intro on this one, and just love the focus on Alex Turner’s vocals, which are his best yet.

22. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities – An example of the synth and drum machine recipe that dominates today’s airwaves, but this one is creative and catchy. 

21. Harlem – New Politics – A bit of a guilty pleasure. Bubble gum rock, but it’s got infectious lyrics and a memorable guitar riff that you’ll never get out of your head.

20. High School Lover – Cayucas – This one has a slick late 60′s surf rock feel which fits this band from Santa Monica perfectly.

19. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend – It’s a great showcase for Ezra Koenig’s vocals, and unbelievably, this is actually the band’s highest charting song of their career.

18. 17 Crimes – AFI – This one is carried by Adam Carson’s drums. It’s got a great singalong chorus about a nasty topic. I should have moved this up to #17 just for the symmetry.

17. Recovery – Frank Turner – It’s fun catchy song with deep meaningful lyrics from one of today’s best rock ‘n roll poets from Tape Deck Heart, one of this year’s best albums.

16. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood – The first single off of their debut album I Love You and it was a breath of fresh air on the Alt-Rock scene. The first of two tracks from the West Coast band on the list.

15. Wake Me Up – Avicii – My wife rarely turns me on to excellent new rock, but this is an exception. This one makes a great driving song, but it’s excellent in any environment and crosses so many musical genres. Love the music bed…

14. Drive Me Home – The Reason – A big rocker from a veteran Canadian band who sound like Kings of Leon, just with a little more talent and a lot more passion and less pretentiousness.

13. Deal with the Devil – Pop Evil – Reminds me a bit of Alice and Chains which is always a good thing. Love Leigh Kakaty’s vocals, but the music from his band mates is even better.

12. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend – Bit of a different feel, where Koenig’s vocals highlight early; and then the song masterfully devolves into a clever mash-up of sounds eerily reminiscent of the late 80’s dance remixes from Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

11. Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold – Best hard rock band around, and this song is a prime example why. Searing guitar solos, hard driving rhythm and killer vocals.

10. Cut Me Some Slack – “Nirvana” featuring Paul McCartney – OK, I named the band… It’s Dave Grohl’s fantastic contribution to Sound City. Paul bringing back haunting “Helter Skelterish” vocals accompanied by the living members of Nirvana, and it works amazingly well.

10. Waves – Blondfire – It’s a great summer vibe, and a tune that highlights the beautiful vocals of Erica Driscoll and an absolutely mesmerizing groove.

9. Bit By Bit – Mother Mother – One of today’s most underrated bands, and this provocative quirky song is the best one from their fantastic album The Sticks. It’s aggressive Alt-rock with a unique blend of boy-girl vocals.

8. Lola Montez – Volbeat – Killer guitar work from new addition Rob Caggiano (Anthrax) and an excellent spotlight for Michael Poulsen’s powerful and distinctive vocals.

7. The Boys Are Back – Dropkick Murphys – Bagpipes and a rousing chorus power this rocker. Just love Ken Casey’s beautifully ragged and harsh vocals. It’s Irish rock at its best, well almost…

6. House of Gold – Twenty One Pilots – Ukelele driven ode to Tyler Glenn’s mother featuring his quirky but perfectly fitting vocals as this duo continues their ascension into rock stardom.

5. Rose Tattoo – Dropkick MurphysThis is Irish rock at its best. Tender mandolin opening with more of a classic Irish story teller vibe and a memorable chorus. They also released a version with Springsteen on vocals as a Boston Marathon victims’ fundraiser which is just as good as the original.

4. Thanksgiving – Stephen Kellogg – It’s a masterpiece, a ten minute masterpiece, but worth every second of it. Poignant, meaningful lyrics, passionate vocals and superb music. This one should become the definitive Thanksgiving song.

3. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s – A positive, happy, upbeat song, and it’s just fun as hell. This octet delivers a wall of sound, and the music is simply addictive. A great song made better by the great vibe.

2. Afraid – The Neighbourhood – Jesse Rutherford’s vulnerable vocals and deeply introspective lyrics are fantastic, and the song is absolutely great. It is the highlight track from the band’s excellent debut I Love You.

1. Four Simple Words – Frank Turner – This one starts with soft piano accompanied by acoustic guitar, then evolves into a raucous punk rock throwdown. It’s everything wonderful about rock ‘n roll wrapped up into one song. Oh, and the lyrics are perfect, too.

 

There you have it. My list… What did I miss? Let me know in he comments below, and make sure you Follow Us on Twitter and Like our Facebook for rock music updates all year long.

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Cretin

Inaugural Coastline Festival Cooks Up Great Event


Coastline Festival – Tampa Event Review

Noelle Scaggs from Fitz and The Tantrums at Coastline Festival
Noelle Scaggs from Fitz and The Tantrums at Coastline Festival

(Before we get started, just a reminder that we have a slew of photos from the festival itself and all of the bands we reviewed coming this week. Check our Facebook and Twitter for updates. Thanks for visiting…)

Let’s see:

  • Eleven of today’s hottest Indie/Alternative rock acts
  • An eclectic collection of food truck cuisine
  • The best selection of craft beers we’ve ever seen at a festival
  • Great Florida November weather
  • An excellent, well-laid out venue
  • A superbly well-orchestrated event 

Sounds like a perfect recipe for success, and Coastline Festival’s Musiculinary Experience was prepared perfectly.

We made the trip from Orlando hoping to catch a few of Alternative rock’s future stalwarts as they continue their journey to long-term success. We got that for sure, as you’ll see in our band capsules below, but we also experienced a vibrant, positive festival atmosphere.

The venue was laid out nicely with the smaller Gulf Stage just outside of the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater and the Atlantic Stage inside the venue.  The grounds were festively decorated, with inflatable art, and colorful displays dotting the landscape.

Travelling between the stages, the attendees passed through a Food Truck caravan and a Craft Beer Cove that featured a dozen excellent choices, and in a nice touch, offered $3 samples of each offering.  The lines at the food trucks were long as the day passed.  Talenti gelati had a fun area set-up with super-sized lawn games and free sample of their delicious treats.  On the opposite end of the venue was a nice craft area and the autograph tent, which hosted a constant flow of performers and happy fans.

Despite all of the other activities, this festival’s success hinged on the quality of the music artists, and the eight acts we caught were all excellent.  Due to a long-standing commitment at another event, we ended up missing the final three bands, but the eight who opened show were well worth the price of admission.  Our mini-reviews follow, in the order that the bands performed.

Zulu Wave – This local quartet did a great job representing the Tampa rock scene, offering an energetic set and their unique blend of rock that I would best describe as Tribal-rock. It sounds like an unusual description, but the music was good, and the band clearly has potential.

Bruce Driscoll of Blondfire at Coastline Festival
Bruce Driscoll of Blondfire at Coastline Festival

Blondfire – I just loved their recent EP release Where The Kids Are (see the review here) and was interested to see how this young band would perform on a big stage.  Led by brother-sister duo Bruce and Erica Driscoll, the band offered up a fun set.  Lead singer, Erica donned a guitar for the cool grove of “Waves” and shined during an excellent version of Fleetwood Mac’s classic “Dreams,” when she nailed the vocals that Stevie Nicks made famous.  The band offered two excellent new cuts, “Life of the Party” and “Top of the World,” before closing with their hit single “Where The Kids Are” that had the crowd clapping and singing along.

St. Lucia – I didn’t know much about this Brooklyn band, but liked what I heard. The band is the brainchild of South African born Jean Philip Grobler and they offered up a tropical-infused dance rock that made you want to move.  The quintet featured two drum kits and three keyboards, allowing for some fun mixes. Grobler’s vocals were excellent and he put on a bit of a theatrical show, at one time spinning with his guitar before dropping to the stage. As they wrapped the set, he beckoned the crowd, “Let’s do something crazy cause the weekends on its way; okay, let’s jump!” and the party was on.

The Mowgli’s – With a pounding drum beat, this colorful octet stormed onto the stage and immediately got their celebration started with the title track of their new album, Waiting For the Dawn.  It’s one of our candidates for album of the year, so I knew what to expect musically, but I was blown away by their energetic stage show. They offered up tremendous harmonies in a fantastic version of “The Great Divide” and a raucous version of “Emily.” Their music is contagious and their positive energy captivating. Guitarist Michael Vincze shared, “We came all this way to tell your beautiful souls to believe in yourself and anything is possible. Do whatever makes you happy in life! Now put your hands up,  take a deep breath and scream.” Cleansing, therapeutic and  just pretty damn fun. They closed in the middle of the crowd, with a smashing version of their hit “San Francisco” which may have been the song of the festival.

Surfer Blood – As singer John Paul Pitts shared, “We’re from Florida and glad to be back.” The band features smooth Indie rock with a definite surfing subtext to their sound.  The sound works well, and offers the perfect backdrop for Pitts’ versatile vocals, at times hitting the high notes and just as easily offering a snarling growl.   As they wrapped up their set, we saw our first act of spontaneous crowd surfing.

Fitz And The Tantrums -Another band who stormed onto the stage and then kept the energy up for their entire set.  Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs share the vocals and demand constant attention on the stage. Both singers sounded great and were non-stop action as they bounced across the stage. Scaggs, careened around the stage while constantly banging her tambourine and chatted with the Tampa crowd after every song.  The pit was a surging amoeba answering every dictum from the band, hands high above their heads, clapping throughout.  Highlights of their set included an extended version of The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams that caused a spontaneous dance party on the lawn, and a smoking version of “Out of My League.”

 

Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood
Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood at Coastline Festival

The Neighbourhood – This California-based quintet might be the hottest band we saw at Coastline Festival. They are riding a huge crest of popularity that has found their music all over Alternative rock radio as well as on the small screen.  Tattoo-covered lead singer Jesse Rutherford drips with charisma.  He was a whirling dervish all over the stage and adorned in his “D.A.R.E.” shirt interacted with the crowd throughout the set. He had the entire crowd in the palm of his hand, singing along at his commend.  Despite some early sound troubles, the entire band, adorned in their omnipresent black and white sounded superb, as they delivered crowd-pleasing versions of “Sweater Weather,” “Afraid” and “Female Robbery,” while the crowd surfed, danced and sang.

Matt & Kim – Okay, I’ll admit it, I wasn’t expecting much from this duo out of New York as I mistakenly thought of their stuff as a bit soft. Oh my, I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino ooze energy and excitement.  Matt plays keyboards, and Kim beats the drums, and the real-life couple accompany each other on-stage perfectly.  Schifino was a mad-woman, climbing all over her drum kit, smacking her ass and prowling the stage in general.   Johnson was just as energetic and sounded great all night.  They interacted with the crowd throughout, sharing stories and bonding with the crowd. We learned about their sex life, the fact that this is the band’s penultimate stop on this tour, and their appreciation for the great Florida weather. Johnson offered, “This is the finale and I wanna remember this shit when it’s cold in New York.  Let’s heat it up,” and for the next forty minutes, they raised the party to a fever pitch.

Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim at Coastline Festival
Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim at Coastline Festival

It was a great way for us to wrap up a killer day at the inaugural Coastline Festival.  Hopefully this event that so nicely featured the best of today’s alternative rock music scene becomes an annual tradition for Florida’s rock and roll community.

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Cretin

 


Coastline Festival – Quick Impressions

Coastline Festival Impresses in Tampa

Just waking after a great day of rock music at yesterday’s Coastline Festival in Tampa.  We’ll have a ton of photos and our full festival coverage published in the next day or so, but for now wanted to share our quick impressions, in case you are thinking about going to Day 2 in West Palm Beach today.

If you are on the fence; leap off; this is definitely a show worth seeing and the price is affordable, as well.

The bands

The event features a great broad cross-section of the acts that are defining the current Alt-rock landscape. Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club and Matt and Kim are already headliner-worthy at mid-size venues, and in this event, you get all three.  The bands are a great cross-section of rock. Joy Formidable and The Neighborhood on the heavier side, and Fitz and The Tantrums and St. Lucia more dance-rock.

Jesse Rutherford The Neighbourhood Coastline Festival
Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood at Coastline Festival

Don’t Miss

The early bands were fantastic.  Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood just oozes charisma.  Blondfire, St. Luica and The Mowgli’s were all excellent bands on the rise.; and the energy from Matt and Kim (who close their tour in West Palm) was incredible and needs to be witnessed.

The Women

I was amazed at how many acts featured talented women in their line-up: Joy Formidable, Fitz and the Tantrums, Matt and Kim, The Mowgli’s, Blondfire and St. Lucia. Refreshing for sure

Positivity

There was just a cool. positive vibe with the entire event. The staff was great, the fans were relaxed, the vendors cool, it was a great setting for the Festival, but the bands’ positivity was great throughout the day.  We’ll share a few examples during the full review, but to start, The Mowgli’s may have been the most positive band I’ve ever seen, and they put on a killer show.

Value

You can get in the doors for $30. There are 11 bands and ten hours of excellent rock music. You do the math – this one is a can’t miss show. Now, the beer and merch prices – that’s a different story…

The Atmosphere

Food truck selections were excellent, and there were long-lines once late afternoon hit. Nice selection of vendors, but they weren’t very busy – probably a result of the killer line-up.  Talenti Gelato – amazing!  The Beer Cove offered the best beer selections that I’ve ever seen at a festival, and considering the prices for Bud and Miller Lite, the craft beers were priced right.

That’s it for now – if you are anywhere near West Palm, this is the place to be on Sunday. Do not miss this event!  I made the two hour journey to Tampa for the show and have no regrets…

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Rock On!
Cretin

 


Central Florida November Rock Calendar


November Rock Music Calendar

Some nice possibilities this month. Our “Can’t Miss” shows? Frank Turner, who is an amazing performer and one hell of a song-writer, Paramore with Metric, Twenty One Pilots, 4 different shows on Monday the 5th, and an amazing line-up at the Coastline Festival in the Tampa area.

Orlando

11/01 – Reel Big Fish, House of Blues
11/01 – The Supervillains, Beachside Tavern (New Smyrna Beach)

11/02 – Kurt Vile, The Social
11/02 – Minus the Bear, The Beacham

11/04 – Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory, House of Blues
11/04 – Sleigh Bells, Firestone Live

11/05 – Caught A Ghost, with He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, The Social.  A chance to catch a hot new LA Based 8-piece in a cozy venue. Picture Sam Cooke meets Mike Snow meets Black Keys, LCD Sound system and a hint of Fitz and the Tantrums. Good stuff.
11/05 – Anberlin and The Maine, House of Blues. Local Florida rockers return to Orlando, always a good show.
11/05 – Sublime With Rome and Dirty Heads, Hard Rock Live. A killer night of ska.
11/05 – Paramore, Metric and Hellogoodbye, CFE Arena.  Great triple bill featuring one of RARA’s Farm’s favorite new bands in Metric.

11/07 – 3OH!3 and The Summer Set, House of Blues

11/09 – Frank Turner, The Beacham. This is our show of the month. Turner puts on an amazing live show, and is touring in support of his excellent 2013 release, Tape Deck Heart (our review).

11/10 – Cindy Lauper, House of Blues
11/10 – Kevin Devine, The Social

 11/13 – O.A.R., House of Blues

11/16 – The Avett Brothers, CFE Arena

11/17 – Mike Doughty, The Social
11/17 – Third Eye Blind, House of Blues

11/18 – Rookie of the Year, Backbooth

11/20 – Rusted Root and Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Plaza Theatre

11/22 – Janelle Monae, Hard Rock Live
11/22 – Twenty One Pilots and Robert DeLong, House of Blues. Twenty One Pilots are just fantastic live and Robert DeLong is a hot new artist. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect: Twenty One Pilots Review

11/23 – Eagles, Amway Center

11/25 – Johnny Marr, The Beacham

11/29 – “The Glamour Kills Tour” featuring Mayday Parade, House of Blues
11/29 – The Supervillains, Social

11/30 – The Supervillains, The Social
11/30 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Jacksonville

11/02 – Barenaked Ladies, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

11/03 – Reel Big Fish, Freebird Live

11/05 – Less Than Jake, Freebird Live

11/06 – Frank Turner, Jack Rabbits.  See our review of his excellent 2013 release, Tape Deck Heart (review).
11/06 – Widespread Panic, Moran Theater

11/08 – Passion Pit, The Joy Formidable, Two Door Cinema Club and St. Lucia, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. A great line-up, including one of the best touring bands around in Joy Formidable (see our show review).
11/08 – Three Dog Night, Florida Theatre

11/10 – “Old City Music Fest” with Kansas and Uncle Cracker, St. Augustine Flea Market

11/11 – Kevin Devine, Jack Rabbits

11/15 – The Avett Brothers, St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
11/15 – Great White, Jacksonville Fairgrounds

11/19 – Twenty One Pilots and Robert DeLong, Freebird Live

11/24 – Johnny Marr, Freebird Live

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Tampa Area

11/01 – Sleigh Bells, State Theatre (St. Petersburg)

11/02 – Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, England Brothers Park (Pinellas Park)
11/02 – Birds Of Chicago, Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill (St. Petersburg)
11/02 – Reel Big Fish, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

11/05 – Gwar, The Ritz Ybor

11/08 – Cyndi Lauper, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

11/09 – “Coastline Festival” with Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Fitz And The Tantrums, The joy Formidable, The Mowgli’s, Surfer Blood, St. Lucia, The Royal Concept, The Neighborhood and Blondfire.  This is just one hell of a line-up. Love-love -love Blondfire and Neighborhood… MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

11/15 – Bret Michaels, Palladium Theater At St. Petersburg College

11/16 – Mike Doughty, The Crowbar

11/17 – O.A.R., Jannus Live (st. Petersburg)

11/19 – Buddy Guy, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

11/20 – Eagles, Tampa Bay Times Forum

11/21 – Twenty One Pilots and Robert DeLong, The Ritz Ybor

11/22 – Roger McGuinn, The Largo Cultural Center – The legendary voice of the Byrds.
11/22 – Rusted Root, State Theare (st. Petersburg) – The pride of Pittsburgh PA.

11/27 – Mayday Parade, Orpheum



Sweet Summer Rock Sampler


RARA’s FARM’s 2013 Songs of Summer

Here you go, the first rock ‘n roll summer sampler, RARA’s FARM style.  Twelve new rock songs that should either get you in the mood for summer, or if you’re already there, be part of your 2013 summer soundtrack.  You can click on the title to download the tune for iTunes, or make the leap of faith and download all dozen at the end of the article.  You’ll see a heavy tilt to bands from the West Coast and from The Great White North.

Take a look/listen and let us know your thoughts.  Special thanks to occasional contributor Chris Carey who recommended a few of these selections.

Bonus track: It’s Time (iTunes Session) – Imagine Dragons – You’ve all heard this one before, but not like this. A very cool acoustic version.

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker – A definite country feel to this Old Crow Medicine Show remake. Think this one will be the song that defines the Summer of 2013.

Summer Paradise (feat. MKTO) – Simple Plan – A softer side to these Alt-Rock veterans, but another cool song.  This is one that has a nice reggae/ska feel to it. Our first of a bunch of Canadian acts on the list.

Waves – Blondfire – When we reviewed this EP, we noted that this track was the perfect song of summer. Listen yourself and see what you think of this LA-based brother/sister duo. EP Review here

San Francisco – The Mowgli’s – They actually took their name from The Jungle Book character, If that isn’t enough, it’s a fun, poppy rock song with a lot of interesting musical “stuff” going on thanks to the eight piece band from So Cal.

High School Lover – Cayucas – This one has a slick late 60’s surf rock feel which fits this band from Santa Monica. The entire Bigfoot album has a similar vibe. Check out our album review, too.

Awkward (EP Version) – San Cisco – Another fun tune, this one from from last year, and a guilty pop-rock pleasure. Love the boy/girl vocal trade-offs from these Aussies.

Art & A Wife – Rah Rah – another Boy/Girl vocal combo from North of the border.  It’s a cool rocker from this Saskatchewan sextet, with a nice mixture of rollicking good times and tender vocals. Oh, and let’s not ignore that their name is oh so close to ours.

Harlem – New Politics – Simply stated, it’s good old fun pop rock. Great singalong verse and a cool memorable guitar riff from this Denmark import.

Only the Brave – The Last Royals – A fun summer love song from Eric James and Mason Ingram off of a fantastic debut album. Check out our Twistification review.

Michigan Left – Arkells – Love this band’s guitar and retro alt-rock sound. This one is actually more than a year -old, but new to my ears.  Love the chorus which conjures up nice INXS memories. Yup, Canadians, too.

Born To Ruin – Wildlife – Love the big drums that kick off this tune, and the song is just a damn good time from that point on. Another impressive young Canadian band.

Drive Me Home – The Reason – Let’s close with this big rocker which begs comparisons of a more hip Kings of Leon. Good stuff.

As a bonus, here are two more nice choices, and songs which are also appealing fundraisers for good causes.

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And now, the entire RARA’s FARM dozen:


Blondfire Where the Kids Are EP Review


Blondfire’s Where the Kids Are EP Review

As far as sneak previews go, this one is quite enthralling.

Blondfire is a talented brother-sister combination from Los Angeles by way of Michigan who recently released the attention-grabbing Where the Kids Are. The EP is an advance preview of their Modern Art/Warner Bros. Records debut, Young Heart, and deftly spotlights the tremendous talent of siblings Bruce and Erica Driscoll, and certainly whets our appetite for the full release later this year.

Blondfire Where the Kids Are EP Cover
Blondfire Where the Kids Are EP Cover

The children of musically inclined parents of Brazilian-American descent, the Driscolls have been writing, producing and performing their own music for years. As we see on this EP, they’ve mastered the art.  Erica Driscoll plays keyboards and guitars while her brother Bruce drives the scintillating beats.  The music is original and pure catchy pop, but, it’s Erica’s vocals that dominate the EP.  Her voice is engaging, hypnotic and absolutely addictive.

The EP offers a nice cross-section of the duo’s abilities, highlighted by the perfect summertime rocker “Waves.”  This track grabs your attention from the opening guitar riff and keeps you hooked throughout.  Erica’s vocals are sweet and pretty (can you say that on a rock record), but offer a subtle edge that is captivating, and that meshes perfectly with the hypnotic music.  It’s a sure-fire hit guaranteed to be one of the tunes that defines the summer of 2013.

The title track, “Where the Kids Are” is another excellent song and one that deservedly saw plenty of airplay on Sirius XM’s Alt-Nation.  It’s a bit of a darker sound featuring nice drums from Bruce Driscoll, and dominated by Erica’s keyboard lines.

The other two tracks are solid. Bruce contributes prominent background vocals to the catchy “Hide and Seek,” and “Walking With Giants” hearkens  back nice eighties flash backs, where Erica conjures up sweet memories of the talented Teri Nunn. There’s also a fifth track that I’ve seen floating around, which is killer remake of Atlas Genius’ hit single “Trojans.”

If you haven’t already done it, grab the EP below to hold you over until the full album is released.

Rock On!
Cretin