Imagine Dragons Release Acoustic EP Live At Allsaints Studios
Earlier today, Imagine Dragons released a new EP featuring a few acoustic tracks off of their recent Gold album Evolve, and one cool and unexpected cover song.
Earlier today, Imagine Dragons released a new EP featuring a few acoustic tracks off of their recent Gold album Evolve, and one cool and unexpected cover song.
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.
Well, this is one hell of a follow-up.
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Our favorite Las Vegas Alt-rockers are back with “I Bet My Life,” the first single off of their forthcoming sophomore album release, and I’ll predict right now that this becomes their fourth #1 single (“It’s Time,” “Radioactive,” “Demons”)
The album is not targeted for release until 2015, but if this single is any indicator, the talented quartet has another smash release in the offing. On “I Bet My Life,” we hear Dan Reynolds and crew taking their identifiable sound to another level.
After starting out with a few seconds of chaos, it’s three minutes of hard driving pop rock with excellent vocals, boisterous harmonies and an addictive vibrant beat.
Vocalist Dan Reynolds explained how this hopeful uplifting song reflects on his relationship with his parents. “This song is about the relationship I’ve had with my parents throughout the years. At times it’s been strained and difficult, but in the end, ‘I Bet My Life’ celebrates the bond that we still hold on to.”
You can buy “I Bet My Life” here, and get a sneak peek through the video provided below.
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We’ve all heard their captivating, addictive single “Stolen Dance” (you do read our song of the week posts, right?); now this uniquely talented German duo is riding that success as they announce their first stateside mini-tour and their debut full-length release. (If you don’t already check out our Song of the Week posts Follow Us on Twitter / Facebook, and check them out here: Fresh Music.)
The long-awaited full-length hits the streets on vinyl on September 30th and digitally on October 14th. The album titled Sadnecessary is now available for pre-order (below). The band has generated tremendous buzz both with critics and the masses, as the success of “Stolen Dance” has exploded. You can check out our choice for the Song of Summer 2104 below – and while you are there notice that the video already has 60 million Youtube views.
The song is apparently also quite the rage within the music community. Here’s one of our RARAs’ Farm favorites, Imagine Dragons taking their spin on a recent night in Germany. Lower quality recording with about 60 million less views, but pretty damn cool, nonetheless.
In addition to the album release, Milky Chance quickly sold out a three stop mini tour later this year, their first in the States. The shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom [October 13], Toronto’s Virgin Mobile Mod Club [October 16], and Los Angeles’s Troubadour on [October 20] sold out within minutes. We can expect a more robust North American tour early next year.
In the mean time, pre-order the album here:
Sadnecessary Track listing:
Flashed Junk Mind
Feathery (slow version)
Down By the River
Loveland (studio version)
Feathery (bonus track)
Loveland (bonus track)
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I remember the first time that I heard the contagious and addictive mastery of “It’s Time” thinking that this Las Vegas based quartet was a one hit wonder likely destined for a short stint on the pop charts. It didn’t take long to prove my first suspicions to be firmly off-base. The debut album, Night Visions was released in the Summer of 2012, and upon first listen made it quite clear that this was an excellent rock band with abundant staying power.
On Monday night, they traveled to the campus of UCF to make their first large venue appearance in the area. Their rise to the top seems quicker than it really was, and it is well-deserved. The band’s passionate fans witnessed an entertaining set that left everyone in the CFE Arena exhausted and energized; fans and band members, alike.
After entertaining sets from Paper Route and The Neigborhood, the crowd was amped up for the main attraction. Subdued music cranked through the PA, belying the fervor to follow, as the crew set-up a unique stage arrangement. One word: Drums! There were four smaller kits strategically placed across the stage, as well as Dan Platzman’s more standard kit. It was a unique set-up, but one that added a very creative element to the show.
The band came out to an extended drum intro to one of their minor hits “Round and Round,” and it was quickly apparent this crowd was ready to party. The majority of the attendees were likely high school age, but the crowd was quite diverse with plenty of UCF students, thirty-somethings, and older rockers (like myself) packing the house.
Dynamic front man, Dan Reynolds, was an energetic focal point throughout the show. During Amsterdam, he paused, surveyed the crowd and offered “We are so thankful… four years of playing in small clubs and sleeping on your couches, and now playing in venues like this with crowds like this…” Based on the show we witnessed, they are well-suited for these big stages. He had the crowd singing, waving, cheering and bouncing at will throughout the 80 minute set.
During “Hear Me,” I couldn’t help thinking back to the fantastic rock chemistry of Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen. It’s a dark song that offered a deeper glimpse into Reynolds’ style and a great spotlight on Wayne Sermon’s under-rated guitar playing. Sermon also tour it up with a great solo during “Cha Ching (Til We Grow Older).” Bassist Ben McKee had his turn in the spotlight when he ripped into a killer bass solo, that evolved into “Demons” later in the set. But, the music was really focused on the impressive percussion display.
Reynolds and Platzman wailed away on half a dozen of the tracks and the drum sound in the arena was damn near the best I’ve ever heard. The highlight of their playing was a phenomenal version of “Radioactive” – at one point, we had all four core band members standing at a different drum pounding away, and the effect was stunning.
Other highlights included a nice cover medley of Cold War Kids’ Hang Me Up To Dry” and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” a pairing that seemed odd at first blush but one that worked well. During “Underdog” the stage and crowd were covered with huge confetti filled beach balls, and we heard the crowd in great voice numerous times throughout the night, including a great version of “On Top of The World.”
The highlight for me? That same first song I had experienced from the band last summer. “It’s Time” started with a newly arranged guitar opening and a stark vocal from Reynolds. Six words in, and the crowd was loudly singing along – he gave them the second verse, and they nailed it in perfect unison – it was just beautiful. From there, the band kicked into the traditional version and the crowd exploded, ratcheting up the electricity a notch, and their voices actually became more impressive: a goose-bump moment for sure as the crowd was bathed in spotlights and lasers.
After the aforementioned version of “Radioactive,” the band exited the stage, and oddly, were followed by about 1/4 of the crowd, before they returned for one last sing-along with their encore closer “Nothing Left To Say,” an appropriate way to end a powerful rock experience.
(You can check out the full setlist below this review.)
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The opening acts on this billing were also well-worth seeing. Paper Route, were a four piece that reminded me of a cross between Against Me! and Wolfgang. Yeah, an odd pairing, but they sounded very good. The middle act was The Neighborhood, a quintet that just oozes cool California swagger. They’ve got a few killer songs, and a front man who drips with charisma in Jesse Rutherford.
This was also my first trip to UCF’s CFE Arena. It’s a great, modern venue to catch a rock show, and the sound and lighting was superb. When you add in the ease of parking and commuting to the venue, it’s even more appealing. I’ll definitely be back, and there’s a slew of good shows headed their way. Keep an eye on this website or Follow Us on Twitter for info on the upcoming shows.
Round and Round
Cha-Ching (Till We Grow Older)
(bass solo intro)
Hang Me Up To Dry / Stand By Me
On Top of the World
(drum solo intro)
Nothing Left to Say
Labor Day Weekend is pretty much a dud, but the month really picks up with a slew of great shows all over the Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa areas. RARA’s Farm’s favorite live band comes to the Plaza in Orlando, and there’s a killer festival in St. Augustine with one of the most creative line-ups all year.
9/01 – Robbie Krieger, Plaza Live. Yup, the Doors guitarist is on the road again.
9/06 – Switchfoot, Universal Studios. Rock The Universe.
9/06 – The Supervillains, Jesse’s (Winter Haven)
9/07 – Blue October, House of Blues
9/07 – Casting Crowns and Relient K, Universal Studios. Rock The Universe.
9/08 – Rancid, House of Blues. Always a great show for punk rock fans.
9/10 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Hard Rock Live
9/11 – Steely Dan, Hard Rock Live
9/12 – Pepper, House of Blues. Read RARA’s Farm’s review of the bands latest album: Album Review
9/13 – The Vaccines, The Social. These English Alt-Rockers have a cool garage rock vibe and this is the one show this month we don’t want to miss.
9/13 – Joe Satriani and Steve Morse Band, Hard Rock Live
9/16 – Hunter Valentine and Girl In A Coma, Wooten Park (Tavares) – All Girl rock band that absolutely rocks. Check out our review of Hunter Valentine’s last album: Album Review
9/16 – Title Fight, BackBooth
9/17 – Matisyahu, Hard Rock Live
9/18 – Stone Temple Pilots and Filter, House of Blues. This show is absolutely intriguing. STP has jettisoned the troublesome Scott Weiland and brought in Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. And, Filter is a fantastic bonus for an opener. Don’t miss this one.
9/19 – Fun. with Tegan and Sara, UCF Arena. Nice double bill at UCF. We loved Fun. at last year’s Big Ticket: Festival Review and Fun. photos.
9/21 – Eddie Money, Downtown Orlando. The latest installment of WMMO’s Downtown Concert Series. Free classic rock ‘n roll!
9/22 – Yellowcard, House of Blues. Check out our review of their excellent show last year: Yellowacard Rocks HOB
9/23 – Imagine Dragons, Paper Route and The Neighborhood, UCF Arena. Imagine Dragons is the big draw, but The Neighborhood is a big appeal for us.
9/24 – Alt-J, House of Blues
9/25 – Colin Hay, Plaza Live. The front man from Men At Work from the land down under…
9/26 – Cowboy Mouth, Plaza Live. The unofficial band of RARA’s FARM – we all love Cowboy Mouth, because they put on the becy live shows on the planet. Come join us for our annual dose of Fred LeBlanc, JTG, and their unique blend of rock ‘n roll. Here’s a glimpse inside the head of front man Fred Leblanc.
9/26 – Ra Ra Riot, The Social. If not for Cowboy Mouth playing down the street, this would be the place to be.
9/26 – Brett Michaels, Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions
9/27 to 9/29 – Starship Feat. Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center. Still a great performer with a catalog worthy of his stellar voice. Want to get an idea of what you’re in store for? Check out our show review.
9/28 – L.A. Guns Feat. Steve Riley and Phil Lewis, Green Parrot (Casselberry)
9/29 – Enter The Haggis, The Social. A unique blend of Indie/Folk rock.
9/06 – Black Flag, The Roc Bar. Four decades of thrash from this prolific hardcore punk band.
9/08 – Steely Dan, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
0/13 – The Supervillains, The Standard (St. Augustine)
9/13 to 9/14 – Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Francis Field (St. Augustine). Cool festival with a limited run across the country. This stop includes Fun. and The Vaccines. Check out their website for details.
9/18 – Title Fight, The Roc Bar.
9/26 – Colin Hay, Ponte Vedra Music Hall
9/26 – Enter The Haggis. Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)
9/26 – Rick Springfield, Florida Theatre. Cretin just read his autobiography. Definitely a recommended read…
9/30 – Sick Puppies, Redlight King, Charming Liars, Freebird Live
9/01 – Eddie Money, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
9/06 – Blue October, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
9/06 – The Supervillains, Jesse’s (Winter Haven)
9/07 – Authority Zero, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)
9/07 – John Mayer and Philip Phillips, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/07 – Rancid, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
9/11 – Joe Satriani and Steve Morse Band, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater)
9/11 – Pepper, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
9/12 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
9/12 – Matt Pond, New World Brewery
9/13 – Pet Shop Boys, Mahaffey Theater
9/13 – Rick Springfield, Ruth Eckerd Hall(Clearwater)
9/14 – Depeche Mode, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – the only area appearance for these stalwarts of new wave…
9/14 – Steely Dan, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)
9/15 – Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Uncle Cracker, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Great triple bill – all three acts put on excellent shows.
9/24 – Colin Hay, The Largo Cultural Center
9/24 – Imagine Dragons, Paper Route and The Neighborhood, USF Sun Dome. Imagine Dragons is the big draw, but The Neighborhood is a big appeal for us.
9/24 – Ra Ra Riot, Orpheum
9/26 – Blues Traveler, Floyd’s at Hard Rock Casino
9/26 – O’Brother, Crowbar
9/27 – Enter The Haggis, Skipper’s Steakhouse
9/28 – Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck, Ruth Eckerd Music Hall (Clearwater). The legendary mind behind the original Beach Boys, paired with Jeff Beck!
9/29 – Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco and Twenty One Pilots, USF Sun Dome. This is just a killer line-up. Three phenomenal live acts.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It’s a great month Rock And Roll Animals with a diverse appetite for rock music. The weekend of May 17th in Orlando is a whole month’s worth of great, and very different rock music packed into three fantastic nights – from the ultimate in classic rock, to some great new punk and a killer free show. Over the rest of the month there is amazing alternative rock all over the schedule. Lots of stuff to choose from, especially when you add in Jacksonville and Tampa area shows. Nice…
05/01 – The Black Crowes, House of Blues
05/02 – The Airborne Toxic Event, The Beacham. One of the most talented rock bands touring today. This show is a must see. Rescheduled to 6/8
05/02 – Willie Nelson, Savannah Center (The Villages)
05/03 – Suicidal Tendencies, The Plaza Live. Remember catching these guys in Philly just as they were starting out. fun show…
05/04 – Of Montreal, The Social
05/05 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Hard Rock Live – Legendary.
05/06 – The Joy Formidable, The Social – Excellent live Alt-Rockers we got to check out in a short festival set last year. Looking forward to their headlining set. See our review.
05/08 – Phoenix, House of Blues – This band is HOT. This will likely be your last chance to see them in a small venue.
05/10 – Cheap Trick, Hard Rock Live – Always a great show!
05/10 – Alkaline Trip, House of Blues
05/17 – The Bastard Suns, The West End (Sanford) – This Atlanta-based group is fantastic live. Punk, ska, reggae mix at one of our favorite local venues. See a recent review.
05/17 – Bloc Party, The Beacham. Fun Alt-rock.
05/18 – Paul McCartney, Amway Center. The biggest show ever in Orlando. His first of two amazing night. See our preview.
05/18 – Brett Michaels, Downtown Orlando
05/18 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center – Another rock legend on a two night Orlando gig. See our show review.
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05/19 – Paul McCartney, Amway Center – Night two, and then he’s off to tour the world.
05/19 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, Epcot Center
05/21 – The Hush Sound and Hockey, The Social
05/23 – Bad Veins, The Social – Ben Davis’s band. Good stuff.
05/23 – The Original Wailers, Milken’s Reef (Port Canaveral)
05/24 – Yngwie Malmsteen, The Plaza Live
05/30 – The Fixx, Hard Rock Hotel. Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions, Orlando’s Best (and only) Rock And Roll cocktail party.
05/31 – Ours, The Social
05/02 – The Smashing Pumpkins, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05/03 – Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, St. Augustine Amphitheatre – Three excellent midwestern American classic rock acts.
05/05 – Bob Dylan, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
05/05 – Donna the Buffalo, Freebird Live
05/08 – Black Francis (aka Frank Black), Jax Underbelly
05/11 – Imagine Dragons, St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Super hot Alt-Rockers.
05/17 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Florida Theatre
05/24 – Sevendust, The Roc Bar
05/01 – The Airborne Toxic Event, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg) Rescheduled to 6/9
05/01 – Peter Murphy, Orpheum
05/01 – Willie Nelson, Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)
05/03 – Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Youngblood Hawke and more, and at a fantastic price!
05/04 – Donna the Buffalo, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
05/04 – Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds. REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted NugentWe The Kings, New Found Glory and more.
05/05 – The Joy Formidable, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/05 – The Wallflowers, Funshine Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds.
05/07 – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)
05/18 – Bryan Adams, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)
05/18 – The Original Wailers, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/22 – Bad Veins, The Crowbar
05/23 – The Hush Sound and Hockey, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/26 – Sevendust, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)
05/26 – Yngwie Malmsteen, Orpheum
05/30 – Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg) – Part of the bands’ Summerland Tour. Everclear always puts on a killer set. Live and Filter are great live artists, too.
05/31 – The Fixx, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater) – Cy Curnin is an excellent and talented front man, definitely worth checking out live.