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Fall Out Boy Releases “Young And Menace”

Fall Out Boy Released New Single “Young And Menace”

Oops, they did it again.

After all of the hype, and ambiguous mentions of “April 27th” on Fall Out Boy’s Instagram account, the newest thing is finally here.

And it’s totally different from anything Fall Out Boy has done before.

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NOW – That’s What I Call Rock

The hugely successful NOW series has just announced their first-ever Rock Compilation which is set for release on Friday, January 22nd. The curators did a nice job delivering a diverse cross-section of rock music for this excellent collection. Click to see who made the cut on this historic album.

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Thanksgiving Songs

    Thanksgiving Songs – Songs about “Thanks”

    thanksgiving songsIn honor of Thanksgiving, I started a list of great Thanksgiving songs.  I got to my top three and the creative juices stopped; Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” Poi Dog Pondering’s “Thanksgiving” and Stephen Kellogg’s anthemic “Thanksgiving” offering are all strong Thanksgiving songs, but other than those three, only Adam Sandler’s horrible “Thanksgiving” came to mind. So, I shifted my focus to the Best Songs with “Thank” in the title, and one of the aforementioned makes the list. They’re not all beautiful, and often have nothing to do with gratitude, in fact most of them are more on the bitter side…

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Recap of Big Orlando Bands

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy - photo by rarasfarm.com
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy – photo by rarasfarm.com

Fall Out Boy and Weezer Headline Big Orlando Fest

As the temperatures dipped, the steady stream of alcohol began to take its toll on more than a handful of concert-goers and the drizzle started up, the action on the Big Orlando stages began to heat up.

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(For my afternoon session reviews click here: Sleeper Agent, Bear Hands, Big Data, Know Hamilton, Crazy Carls, The Hip Abduction, Kasson, A Hero’s Fate)

I covered the first eight Big Orlando Festival bands that I saw in my summary published yesterday (you can see it here), and today, I focus on the last six acts, which included three killer performances.  Here they are in the order I saw them.

  • Dirty Heads – Saw these Huntington Beach natives at last year’s Big Ticket in Jacksonville, and loved their unique blend of ska and hip hop. The band revolves around front men Jared (Dirty J) Watson  and Dustin (Duddy B) Bushnell. In an interview before the show, Watson summed it up perfectly, “Nothing compares to live music. There’s something magical in the energy of a live show that I just love so much,” and it  showed, as the band seemed to be having a blast from the first moments of “Franco Eyed” to the final notes of “My Sweet Summer,” and the crowd had just as much fun. Check out our interview with Watson here.
  • J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Long hair and rugged-looking, they took the stage looking like a classic Southern Rock quartet spit out of the seventies.  As it turned out, they were not exactly Southern rockers, but definitely boasted a cool, classic rock vibe. Walston deftly bounced between guitar and piano and ripped off impressive throaty vocals.  Their set seemed to wrap up a bit more quickly than planned, but their closing offering, “Heavy Bells,” was one of the best songs we heard throughout the day.
  • Young The Giant – Coming into the show, I suspected that I wouldn’t be crazy about this set, despite the fact that I really enjoy the band’s first two albums. Their music sounded good, the band was tight, and lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice was excellent, but their performance just didn’t impress me.  It was a nice backdrop for chilling in the food tents, but not the kind of moving performance I hope for in a festival headliner.
  • New Politics – Wow! One hell of an entertaining set.  This Copenhagen trio stole the show with an extremely energetic, unpredictable set. Their set boasted half a dozen great songs, which had the crowd bouncing and singing along throughout.  Drummer Louis Vecchio spent more time on his feet than on his stool, guitarist Soren Hansen flew around the stage with reckless abandon, and lead singer David Boyd was an acrobatic madman, back-flipping, break dancing, crowd surfing and doing headstands. He was an athletic freak, but also a fantastic singer and entertainer, and the entire crowd loved him and his mates.  There were many highlights, but “Everywhere I Go,” “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “Harlem” ignited the crowd. My favorite was the Beastie Boys cover of “Sabotage.” Killer stuff!
David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando - photo by rarasfarm.com
David Boyd of New Politics o stage at The Big Orlando – photo by rarasfarm.com
  • Weezer – Last time I saw this band, they were supporting their second album 18 years ago, and honestly, they did not impress me at the time.  Fortunately, their live act is aging nicely.  From the moment Rivers Cuomo grabbed his guitar and ripped into “Hash Pipe,” he seemed to be having a great time.  Their set featured a killer mix of old and new and left the crowd thoroughly satisfied.  Early in the set, Cuomo invited Sleeper Agent’s Alex Kandel to join him for a nice version of the new single “Go Away.” Deeper into the set, I loved the versions of “Say It Ain’t So” and “Pork and Beans,” but the highlight was a fantastic sing along version of “Undone.”  Surprisingly, a good number of fans left after they closed with their encore “Buddy Holly,” apparently more intent on beating the rain and traffic than catching Fall Out Boy.
  • Fall Out Boy – the thousand or so fans who split early missed a blistering set. From the minute they hit the stage, the crowd was totally engaged. I think the set started off good, but they kicked it into a frenzy with a tremendous four song stretch, that went like this: “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Centuries,” “Immortals” and “Dance, Dance.” It was the highlight of a fantastic set. Pete Wentz gets a ton of attention and soaks up the spotlight, but he was literally the least important performer on the stage.  Andy Hurley’s hard driving drums powered the band and Joe Trohman’s guitars punctuated most of the selections, but lead singer Patrick Stump absolutely blew me away with his vocals and is clearly the heart of this band, and on this night was the most impressive performer to grace the main stage.

So, there you have it – I caught 14 very talented alt-rock bands in one incredible day in the fields of Orlando, spent the day with thousands of happy, satisfied fellow rockers and can’t wait to see what next year holds.

See a slew of our Big Orlando photos here.

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Cretin

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The Big O Satisfies Orlando Rock Fans

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Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy at The Big Orlando. Photo by rarasfarm.com.

Big Orlando Festival Recap

As soon as we heard that Orlando had an Alt-Rock station, I began dreaming that a festival like The Big Orlando could someday be hitting a venue in our area.  This weekend, I saw that dream realized, and it had a happy ending.

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The festival is a derivative of Jacksonville’s Big Ticket, and Tampa’s Next Big Thing, two regional showcases that present wonderful opportunities for local alternative rock fans to spend a day feting their favorite artists and being exposed to talented new bands.  For the inaugural Orlando event, the fans at the Orange County Fairgrounds were treated to a line-up that featured huge acts like Weezer and Fall Out Boy, as well as up and coming artists and a handful of talented local bands.

For today, I’ll just share a couple of key takeaways, but make sure you Like our Facebook and Follow our Twitter, because we’ll have capsule reviews of every band, as well as a boatload of killer photos.

A few thoughts:

  • Lineup – This was just about perfect. Diverse, talented and entertaining acts all day; it was a who’s who from today’s modern rock landscape. A good mix of legends, rising acts and local talent.  The only disappointment was that Twin Atlantic did not play due to unknown circumstances, but it didn’t take long to totally forget that quick disappointment.
  • Best Act – Fall Out Boy was great, Weezer was pretty damn good and half a dozen other bands were quite memorable, but everyone was raving about New Politics, and for good reason; they killed it – sounded great and delivered the most energetic, athletic and unpredictable performance of the night. Their act was rock ‘n roll at it’s core!
  • New Discovery – The Hip Abduction. This six-piece from Florida’s West Coast have a unique sound that they call afropop, featuring a handful of eclectic African instruments, most of which I’ve never seen before on stage, let alone on National Geographic Channel, and they sounded fantastic. Fresh, original, and diverse. Great stuff. J’ Roddy delivered a smoking set, too!
  • Best Local Act – There was a lot of good local music on both the Axis and Jagermeister stages. The Crazy Carls had the crowd bouncing and thoroughly engaged throughout their set, led by charismatic frontman Alex Baugh (after the set, I interviewed Baugh and will have that published in the near future) who was a whirling dervish the entire time he was on stage.
  • The Crowd – I suck at estimating crowd size.  My guess is about 7,326 people.  Whatever the number, they were loud and engaged throughout and hung in there during the chilly wet evening.  It was really a fun, relaxed atmosphere, featuring a great mix of ages.
  • Logistics – The promoters nailed the stage rotation. Bands always started on time and for the most part sounded great. Lots of vendors, food and bars, and minimal lines most of the day. Plenty of Port-A-Pots which were surprisingly cleaner than the traditional rest rooms. My only complaint was the bleed through at the Main Stage from the Axis local stage speakers. Next year, they need to find a better configuration for that stage.
  • The Venue – The fairgrounds are just the right size.  If I were in charge, I’d figure out a way to give the fans access to the lakefront, and maybe make use of the livestock pavillion, but other than that, not sure I’d change a damn thing. I can’t wait to get back here again.

For an inaugural event, The Big Orlando was fantastic. Hopefully, it is only the first iteration of what will become an annual event in The City Beautiful. Great bands, nice venue, killer staff, and an absolute bargain!

Remember to check back this week as we have a lot of additional coverage headed your way!

We’ve added our band reviews:
Afternoon session reviews here: Sleeper Agent, Bear Hands, Big Data, Know Hamilton, Crazy Carls, The Hip Abduction, Kasson, A Hero’s Fate
Evening session reviews here: Fall Out Boy, Weezer, New Politics, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads, J. Roddy Walston & The Business

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Cretin

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Rivers Cuomo of Weezer at The Big Orlando Festival. Photo by rarasfarm.com.

Big Orlando Line-Up Review and a few Samples

Big Orlando Line-Up and Videos

Well there’s been some exciting change since I last wrote about the Big Orlando, Central Florida’s biggest rock music event in years.  The line-up was filled out, and the newly announced bands are pretty damn impressive.

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Make sure you check out some videos of our featured bands below the article.

We already knew about Alternative rock legends Weezer and one of the hottest bands around, Fall Out Boy, riding the huge success of their latest single “Centuries.”  In addition, we were excited to see our favorite edgy ska band, Dirty Heads, Alt-Nation favorite Young The Giant and two very hot alternative bands, Big Data and J. Roddy Walston and The Business.

Since that first review, things have been kicked up a notch.  The big news for me was the addition of Sleeper Agent.  The Kentucky-based band has one of the most unique sounds on rock radio today, and they are famous for their entertaining shows.  They are a can’t miss band.  Another band in the same vein with a great live reputation is another newly added act, New Politics.

Know Hamilton, of “We Can Work It Out” fame is another intriguing artist.  An interesting surprise for me was the addition of The Crazy Carls. We’ve wandered into The Flagler Tavern in New Smyrna Beach twice in the past year and both times, found these talented guys gracing the stage. They are uber-talented and charismatic as hell, and local guys to top it off.  Make sure you check them out.

The final four announced bands are all talented as well: Bear Hands, Twin Atlantic, The Hip Abduction and A Heroes Fate.  All told – 14 excellent alternative rock bands in one fantastic day in Central Florida – December 7th and Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Tickets are available here: The Big Orlando

If you cannot make the 12/7 show, most of these same bands are playing the Big Ticket in Jacksonville on 12/5. More info here: The Big Ticket.

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Cretin

To whet your appetite, here are some live looks at the 5 bands we are most looking forward to. Like our Facebook page as we will be adding video for every performing band this weekend as we countdown to The Big Orlando.

Big Orlando Alt-Rock Festival Could Use A Hand

The Big Orlando Street Team Needs You!

I caught up with Lauren Luna fro The Big Orlando production team today and she shared a great opportunity for Orlando area alternative rock fans.

The Big Orlando comes storming into Orlando on December 7th (get more festival information here), and boasts a fantastic line-up including Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads, Big Data J. Roddy Walston and more. The group putting on this event have pulled off similar festivals in Jacksonville and Tampa, and they are well run musical feasts, and now is a great opportunity for a few enterprising Central Floridians to get in on the action, and to reap some nice rewards.

Lauren noted that the festival is looking for Street Team members:

The work? Sounds fun – use your social media connections to publicize the event a few times a week, attend local events to hand out circulars, and help spread the word around time.

The reward: A pair of VIP tickets to the event! You can get more info on the VIP tickets at the link provided above.

It’s a great volunteer opportunity with a killer payoff. If you are interested, ACT FAST, as there are limited opportunities available.

Reach out to Lauren via Twitter at @fmradiochick

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The Big Orlando – Huge Alt-Rock Festival Heads to Orlando

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The Big Orlando Alt-Rock Festival

After a few years of watching the season’s best alt-rock festivals hit Jacksonville and Tampa, we finally get to see this killer line-up make a stop at Orlando. This is something we hoped for when we heard that X107.3 was coming to Orlando, and couldn’t be happier to see this come to fruition (See our prediction here).

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December 7th will be the date which will live in infamy for Orlando rockers.  The headliners are a great cross-section of artists spanning the alternative rock scene over the past twenty years.  We will get to see two RARA’s Farm favorites, Weezer and Dirty Heads, as well as other stalwarts who we have not caught live yet: Fall Out Boy, Young The Giant,  J Roddy, Big Data, Bear Hands, Twin Atlantic, Islander, and more.  J. Roddy, Bear Hands and Big Data are three acts we are anxious to see.

The venue for the first annual edition of The Big Orlando festival is the Central Florida Fairgrounds. I absolutely love the Metropolitan Park venue for the Big Ticket in Jacksonville and am curious to see how the The Big Orlando stacks up.  And, how long before local fans shorten this to the Big “O”?

“After four years of success with X102.9 in Jacksonville and The Big Ticket, I am very excited to launch this new festival with Cox Media’s new alternative station X107.3 and AEG Live. We look forward to bringing an incredible alternative festival to Orlando,” says The Big Orlando producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents.

For those of you interested, the Jacksonville festival, The Big Ticket, which is one of the best run festivals we’ve experienced in the past, is being held on Friday December 5th.  Very similar line-up, but substitute Alt-J, Chevelle and New Politics for Young The Giant, Twin Atlantic and Islander.  Sounds like a nice long weekend, eh?

Ticket Information

A special discounted presale for The Big Orlando runs from Friday, September 19 at 10:00 AM ET through Sunday, September 21 at 11:59 PM ET at www.TheBigOrlando.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Military discounts are also available as noted below.  The presale offers a limited number of general admission and VIP tickets at discounted prices as follows (plus fees):

General Admission: $34.50
VIP: $89.50

Regularly priced general admission and VIP tickets go on sale Monday, September 22 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time at www.TheBigOrlando.com. Ticket prices will be as follows until September 29, when prices will increase:

General Admission: $39.50
VIP: $89.50
4-Pack: $119.00

VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.

Ticket discounts will also be available for active military through The Big Orlando partner GovX. For full details about all tickets, military ticket discounts, and VIP packages, visit: www.TheBigOrlando.com.

Central Florida Fairgrounds is located at 4603 W. Colonial Drive, only 3 miles west of downtown Orlando. The Fairgrounds are set on 87 acres with ample free parking and a Lynx Bus stop at the main entrance.

Links

Below are all of the links that you’ll need, but do us a favor, please, and Like / Follow Us first for continued coverage of The Big Orlando, and all things that rock!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rarasfarm
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Website: www.TheBigOrlando.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBigOrlando
Twitter: twitter.com/bigorlandofest
Instagram: instagram.com/bigorlandofest

The Big Ticket: www.x1029.com/s/big-ticket-2014/

See you in December…
Rock On!
Cretin