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Bobby Shoebotham: SOTD

Song of the Day: “Drown” – Bobby Shoebotham

I have no idea who Bobby Shoebotham is, but I am pretty damn sure I want to party with him and his buds. “Drown” is a feverish punk rock ditty that’s an absolute blast to listen to.  It’s the first song off of his forthcoming EP and leaves me thirsting for more.

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Godfathers – You Don’t Love Me

Godfathers – You Don’t Love Me – The Un-Valentines SOTD

Happy Valentine’s Day you hopeless romantics out there. In honor of this lovely holiday, it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a song about love. Oh, this is not a love song, but rather an opportunity for the heartbroken to lick their wounds and make room for their next romantic foil.

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Supervillains Show Review

The Supervillains Show Review – Beachside Tavern

Supervillains Show ReviewThey eased into their set with the smooth synth-driven, reggae-flavored “I’m Leaving, and the crowd was immediately swaying along to the music. But, by the end of the following song, the feverishly paced “The Pit,” they were raucously bouncing across the packed floor screaming “Fuck You.” This was my first Supervillains show and ten minutes into the set, I quickly realized that I was in for a hell of a ride.

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Bear Hands – You Should Pay…

I recently traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for a work function. I had never been there and had zero desire to travel back to the cold chill of the Mid-West. However, when I got there I found out that the unknown outpost in bum-fuck Indiana is a bangin’ town with a shout out to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and the beautiful White River State Park hugging the outer edges of the Circle City.

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New Artist Spotlight: The Frights

As a rock music blogger, each year I see numerous live shows and countless bands. Every once in awhile, I’m at a gig reviewing a band when I’m absolutely blown away by one of the opening acts. They are rare but incredibly lucid moments where I realize I’ve stumbled across something special. It happened a few years ago with 21 Pilots, and just happened again this weekend at the SWMRS show at Orlando’s BackBooth.

The Frights at Orlando's Backbooth - rarasfarm
The Frights at Orlando’s Backbooth

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A Sublime Evening in Tampa

A Sublime Evening in Tampa

“Summertime and the living’s easy, and Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras M.G.” say the lyrics to Sublime’s 1996 hit “Doin’ Time”. Fast forward almost twenty years, and neither Bradley Nowell, nor Marshall Goodman, a.k.a Ras M.G. were on the microphone, but the sound they created, and the mellow vibes that go along with it were in the air at Tampa’s Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 14th.

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Radkey Releases Scorching New Single


 

Photo Credit: Andy Hughes
Photo Credit: Andy Hughes

Meet The Next Royal Blood / Black Keys

These three brothers, 20 year-old Isaiah Radke (bass), 17 year-old Solomon Radke (drums), and 21 year-old Dee Radke (vocals/guitar) from Missouri are about to change the rock ‘n roll landscape. They deliver fresh, pure rock music with an absolutely distinctive and powerful sound.

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A few months ago, I was headed out to see Rise Against, and got there early enough to catch the evening’s opening band, and they blew me away. “Radkey are three young brothers from St. Joseph, who defy categorization. They absolutely embody everything that is great about rock ‘n roll. They are different for sure, and in rock music, different is so damn rare these days, and in this case, oh so welcome.” Read the full show review HERE.

Today, they take the next step in their rock ‘n roll odyssey with the release of the title track from their forthcoming debut full-length Dark Black Make-Up.

The brothers Radke are not your typical rock band, they’re from Missouri, they’re home schooled, they’re brothers, they’re young (all under 21) and they’re African-American, but the most critical trait is that they are passionate about their craft and true to themselves, as we see on “Dark Black Make-Up.”

On the single (available here: Dark Black Makeup – Radkey) we witness them beginning to mature as artists on a gritty rocker with socially conscious lyrics. It’s a hard-driving rocker built around Dee’s deep voice. It’s a hard-driving aggressive track with ample touches of punk and garage rock. “That song is about how much of your teenage years can just be such a waste,” says Isaiah, “If you spend all of your time not caring about anything just because you think you’re not supposed to then you’re probably leading such a boring life… Do something. It’s annoying that you can’t necessarily change the fucking world at that age, but you can make your own situation better. Stop wasting time;” incredibly mature for a trio of their age.

Check out “Dark Black Makeup” here:

The album produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) will hit the streets on August 21st, and will feature 13 tracks including a few reimaged tracks that may be familiar. “We wanted to show people that you can still make a proper rock record,” explains Isaiah, “Something that is both super catchy and super heavy. We want people to hear it and think Fuck Yeah! Mostly we just try and only write songs that we love—that we love the shit out of—and that way it never gets boring and it never feels like a drag to play them live. It seems like a simple thing, but we really just want to make the music that we want to hear.”

Dark Black Makeup Tracklisting

1. Dark Black Makeup
2. Romance Dawn
3. Love Spills
4. Parade It
5. Best Friends
6. Le Song
7. Hunger Pain
8. Feed My Brain
9. Sank
10. Song of Solomon
11. Evil Doer
12. Glore
13. Feel

Pre-order the album below:

Also, check out our preview of 12 Can’t Miss rock bands this summer for soe more thoughts on this fantastic new band, as well as a bunch of other artists you need on your Summer 2015 radar: 2015 Rock Concerts

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Add Some Cafeine To Your Musical Diet

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Cafeine – New Love Album Review

The new album from Cafeine somehow slipped past my radar the first two times it ended up in my InBox. Thanks to a persistent PR Rep, I finally took it for a spin a few weeks ago, and can’t get enough of this sweet, catchy alt-rock.

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Cafeine the group is really the multi-talented Xavier Cafeine, a French Canadian multi-instrumentalist who sings, plays all of the instruments and recorded the album himself. The result? A hip, cool collection of pop-laced rock tunes that at different times feels like new wave, punk or ska, but a collection of songs that are always eminently listenable and enjoyable.

New Love is drenched with infectious hooks and catchy riffs, and simply stated is a blast to listen to. Periodically, I conjured up happy memories of classic Oingo Boingo and of more recent Bloc Party, but the music is distinctively fresh and stands on its own. At times the tracks are saccharine sweet, but just as often the songs deliver an engrossingly gritty edge.

A wave of fuzz and distortion immediately demands attention as the album kicks off with the title track which quickly evolves into a melodic pop rocker. New Love delivers hard charging guitar riffs intermixed with dreamy synths and clever lyrics. Cafeine’s voice is not particularly beautiful nor tremendously gritty, but it is undeniably likeable.

The majority of the tracks on the album carefully navigate around the topic of Love, and the inherent trials and tribulations associated with all of the joy and angst brought out by that emotion; on this album, more of the latter. On “I Love You” we hear him exhort “Hey bitch I got a message for you. I don’t like you, you don’t like me, I don’t care anymore.” Aside from the great lyrics, it’s an interesting juxtaposition of poppy bouncy keyboards and edgy vocals.

And then there’s “Fucking Time,” which is just pure musical genius. It’s a hearty rocker, with raging drums, addictive riffs and wonderfully casual lyrics. If not for the title, this one would be a fantastic choice for a summertime radio hit. I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the song, “Wish my life could be a bit better, but there’s no fucking time; wish my songs were a little more clever, at least they fucking rhyme.” I strongly implore to check out the album now, while you still have some fucking time!

Grab the album now on iTunes: New Love – Cafeine

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