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Misanthropic Music

It only took one listen to Hy Brasil’s new single “Misanthropic” to realize I has something special dripping through my headphones. The song starts off with a tender guitar before evolving into a passionate, lush ode to our protagonist misanthrope (dressed as a gorilla in the entertaining video).

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Mowgli’s Chat About Their Role in the Rock Jungle

“We try to cultivate a culture of positivity at our shows” – Colin Dieden

The Mowgli’s are a blossoming Alt-rock band, touring across the country on the strength of their excellent second album Kids In Love, making new friends everywhere they play, and making a difference all over the world.  They are just the type of band the world needs to hear more of, and we were able to steal a few minutes of their time backstage before they hit stage in Orlando a few weeks ago.

The Mowgli's HOB-Orlando. Photo: rarasfarm.com
The Mowgli’s at HOB-Orlando. Photo: rarasfarm.com

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Leaving Haven Unleashes New Single

Miss Emma the new single from Leaving Haven
Miss Emma the new single from LEaving Haven

Miss Emma Is Here

Leaving Haven Releases Miss Emma on May 5th.

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RARAs Farm favorites, Leaving Haven are about to release a brand new single. Fresh on the heels of consecutive festival appearances at Earthday Birthday and SunFest, the Orlando quintet will be releasing “Miss Emma” to the masses today.

The song is a vibrant rocker highlighted by nicely layered guitars throughout and a soaring guitar solo during the bridge. The song also offers a nice canvas for Trevor Hastings’ versatile voice. It’s a great listen and a track that is well suited for active rock radio.

Download your copy of the song on the iTunes link above and support an excellent Orlando rock band poised to breakthrough.

Leaving Haven is Trevor Hastings (Vocals), Michael Strippoli (Guitar), Luke Melsenti (Guitar), Madison Macko (Bass) and Benjamin Melsenti (Drums).

You can listen to the song here:

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Interview With Carbon Leaf’s Barry Privett

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Barry Privett of Carbon Leaf Chats With RARAs Farm

Over the past twenty years or so, I’ve heard a bunch of references to this interesting and engaging band out of Virginia.  They’ve developed a rabid, loyal fan base and quite the reputation as excellent live performers.

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I’m a sucker for creative rock bands, and even more so for bands boasting any kind of folksy Irish flair. This eclectic quintet, though, somehow kept slipping through my radar, but that’s about to change, as they are headed to Orlando for a show at The Social on Friday, January 23rd.  To prep for my first Carbon Leaf experience, I caught up with frontman Barry Privett for an engaging interview.

Cretin: There seems to be a recent trend for bands to reimagine previously successful releases. You recently did that with Indian Summer Revisited, what drove that decision?
Barry  Privett: Several reasons: Indian Summer was turning 10 years old, and the label still owned the master recording, but not the songs themselves, so what better way to celebrate than re-record the album – which legally we were now permitted to do – and return the Indian Summer project back into Carbon Leaf’s control. Fans were very enthused by it, and of course the original album still exists. We had a lot of fun making it, and have been around for 21 years, so we’d like to do this with all of our older material, and introduce the music to new fans who may not be familiar with some of it. It’s a great thing to do in between writing and recording new material.

Cretin: When you finished the new album, with ten years of life experiences added to your conscience did you find any one or two songs that took on a totally new meaning to you?
Barry  Privett: We certainly are better at playing the songs now than back then! I can’t say that songs mean something else to me now, though the original subjects of certain songs to fade in and out of memory more now when performing them. I would say the songs become their own thing and the focus is on the energy of the crowd that is singing them back, rather than pondering about a breakup or something. I think that’s a good thing. “One Prairie Outpost” is perhaps the most nostalgic one for me on the album, so that takes me back a bit I think. But I don’t think of ole Jenny every time I sing “Life Less Ordinary.” Not every time anyway.

Cretin: In your live set, what versions of the songs will the fans be hearing?
Barry  Privett: Either more stopped down acoustic or maybe even some around 1-mic, but typically these songs feel the best when the whole band is behind them. Indian Summer was a pretty dense record.

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Cretin: The music has very obvious Celtic influences, especially vocally, but it is not really Celtic rock. How would you classify the band’s style?
Barry  Privett: Right. The Celtic influence percentage is fairly small, but it leaves an obvious footprint. Some of the songs are overt Celtic-rock, but then there’s “Desperation Song,” or “She’s Gone,” or “Oi” that have some of those folk elements more as passing textures. Maybe “She’s Gone” not so much, I don’t know…I should do a spreadsheet. But yeah, you put us next to a beer swilling, Celtic rock band and it’s a different thing, which will often frustrate some people who want to swing beers more. I’m happy to be left of center of that when we choose to work in the genre.

Cretin: For a first timer coming out to see you guys live (like me), what should I expect to see/hear?
Barry  Privett: There will be a lot of styles and instruments. Generally we try to be engaging, fun, but hopefully play well enough where people walk out thinking we are a really great band with good tunes! It’s a fun night.

Cretin: The band has shared the stage with some great names in the music business over your 23 year career. Were there any acts you played with who really influenced the band’s sound?
Barry  Privett: When we were really plying the Celtic stuff early on as a younger band, Great Big Sea was a big influence, but they have kind of a special thing and you can’t just jump up there and be that. And we didn’t, but their fan base was very receptive to us and we still benefit from that association for the few tours we supported them.

Cretin: So you’ve got one show in Orlando before you hit the high seas for The Rock Boat. Sharing the stages with Sister Hazel, BNL, The Mowglis and a handful of other diverse bands. How did this gig come about?
Barry  Privett: It’s maybe our 7th year? We’d played a show or two with Sister Hazel in the past.  I’m not sure how it came about, other than our agent got the gig at the time. It’s great to see some old friends, and see music, which you don’t get to do when you’re in a band, ironically enough. It’s good to commune a bit, and meet fans too. Pretty relaxed atmosphere.

Cretin: Any of the bands on the Rockboat you are particularly excited to see?
Barry  Privett: There are so many I’ve not even heard of, so yeah I will have my list, when we have the free time. I’ve not seen Michael Franti yet, and we’ve ganged around to varying degrees with Sister Hazel, Gaelic Storm, Red Wanting Blue, Will Hoge, Scars on 45, Von Grey….but yeah, most the boat artists this year are new to us, so it should be a great time. The artists are always solid on TRB.

You can catch Barry and his Carbon Leaf mates at The Social on Friday, January 23rd, before they hit the high seas with The Rock Boat, leaving Miami on the 24th.

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July Central Florida Rock Concert Calendar

The dog days of summer for the Central Florida concert season. There are a few good shows, but they are few and far between. The Warped Tour coming through Orlando and Tampa is the highlight for sure.  The artists in bold are our recommended acts this month.

Orlando Concerts

The 07/03/14 American Authors – Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte. Talented Indie rockers are the headline band in a line-up the also includes Echosmith, A Great Big World and Ingrid Michaleson.  It’s free, too.
Thu 07/03/14 The Menzingers – The Social

Tue 07/08/14 Moe – Plaza Live Orlando

Thu 07/10/14 Gold Panda – The Social
The 07/10/14 The Bunny The Bear – Bombshells Tavern

Fri 07/11/14 Trapt – House Of Blues
Fri 07/11/14 The Supervillains – The Social
Fri 07/11/14 Chad Sugg / Rookie Of The Year – Bombshells Tavern

Sat 07/12/14 The Supervillains – The Social

Mon 07/14/14 The Dear Hunter – The Beacham

Thu 07/17/14 BobaFlex – Revival (Clermont)

Sat 07/19/14 Thomas Wynn & The Believers – The Social
Sat 07/19/14 The Lovin’ Spoonful

Sun 07/20/14 Dead Rabbits – Backbooth

Wed 07/23/14 The Fray – Hard Rock Live

Sun 07/27/14 The Vans Warped Tour – Central Florida Fairgrounds
Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, Sleeper Agent, Of Mice & Men, Anberlin, Saves The Day, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Maine, and many many more!

Tue 07/29/14 Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson – House Of Blues

Thu 07/31/14 Dirty Heads – The Beacham. Excellent ska reggae band perfect for summer, and their opening act Pepper is just as good. Great double-booking.
Thu 07/31/14 Lou Gramm – Hard Rock Hotel. The former lead singer of Foreigner at this month’s Velvet Sessions.

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Jacksonville Concerts

Mon 07/05/14 The Supervillains – Freebird Live

Sun 07/13/14 The Dear Hunter – Jax Underbelly

Tue 07/15/14 Dave Matthews Band – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Sat 07/19/14 – Dead Rabbits – 1904

Sun 07/20/14 – American Idol Live – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Sun 07/20/14 – Thomas Wynn & The Believers – Jax Underbelly

Fri 07/25/14 – John Legend – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Sun 07/27/14 – Fall Out Boy / New Politics – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – It’s the Jagermeister Ultimate Summer Of Music

Wed 07/30/14 – Michael Franti, with Trevor Hall – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – Soulshine Music & Yoga Tour

Thu 07/31/14 – Gavin DeGraw – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

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Tampa Area Concerts

Wed 07/02/14 – The Menzingers – Orpheum

Fri 07/04/14 Damon Fowler Group – Skipper’s Smokehouse

Sat 07/05/14 Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) – England Brothers Park (Pinellas Park). It’s “Hairpalooza” where we offer a tribute to Hair Metal, with Pearcy, Winger, Great White and Slaughter
Sat 07/05/14 Moe – Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)
Sat 07/05/14 Go-Go’s – Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater). The “Replay America” tour offers us another fun 80’s flashback. Joining the Go-Go’s are Patty Smyth, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes

Wed 07/09/14 Gold Panda – The Crowbar

Sat 07/12/14 Joan Jett – Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg). The timeless Queen of Punk Rock, plays after the Tampa Bay Rays game.
Sat 07/12/14 Trapt – State Theatre (St. Petersburg)

Wed 07/16/14 Dave Matthews Band – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Fri 07/18/14 The Black Cadillacs with Thomas Wynn & The Believers – The Crowbar

Mon 07/21/14 The Fray – Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

Wed 07/23/14 KISS and Def Leppard – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Fri 07/25/14 The Vans Warped Tour – Vinoy Waterfront Park (st. Petersburg)
Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, Sleeper Agent, Of Mice & Men, Anberlin, Saves The Day, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Maine, and many many more!
Fri 07/25/14 Damon Fowler Group – Skipper’s Smokehouse

Sat 07/26/14 Fall Out Boy, Paramore, New Politics – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Nice triple bill.

March Central Florida Concert Calendar

March Rock Music Calendar

Hey there! We’ve added a new feature this month, where you can order tickets for a bunch of shows right from this web page. Because we love our fans, we’ve hooked up with the venues and artists who are not reaming us with exorbitant service charge fees.


3/01 – Collective Soul, Universal Studios
3/01 – Dishwalla, House of Blues
3/01 – The Manzingers and Off With Their Heads, Backbooth

3/04 – G. Love & Special Sauce with Kristy Lee, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/05 – Local H, Will’s Pub (Get Tickets Here)

3/07 – Saliva, No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
3/07 – The Supervillains, The West End (Sanford)
3/07 – ZZ Ward, Last Love Tour, The Social (Get Tickets Here)
3/07 to 3/09 – The Guess Who, Epcot Center

3/08 – Emily Kopp, House of Blues
3/08 – Thomas Wynn & The Believers, DaVinci (Deland)

3/09 – Foghat, Seminole Harley Davidson (Sanford)

3/14 – Jack Russell’s Great White, No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
3/14 – The Supervillains, Beachside Tavern (New Smyrna Beach)

3/15 – We The Kings, The Beacham (Get Tickets Here)
3/15 – The Georgia Satellites, Harley Davidson of Orlando

3/16 – Paul Simon and Sting, Amway Center

3/20 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)

3/22 – Middle Class Rut, The Social (Get Tickets Here)
3/22 – Mark Cohn, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)

3/23 – We Are The In Crowd, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/24 – Lacuna Coil, Stardust Video and Coffee

3/28 – The Supervillains and Whole Wheat Bread, The Social (Get Tickets Here)

3/29 – The Moody Blues, Hard Rock Cafe
3/29 – Get The Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin, Plaza Live Orlando (Get Tickets Here)
3/29 – Tommy Tutone, Downtown Orlando

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3/01 – Iron & Wine, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3/02 – Local H, Jack Rabbits

3/05 – Surfer Blood, Jack Rabbits

3/06 – Dropkick Murphys, Mavericks

3/07 – Jars Of Clay, Murray Hill Theatre

3/08 – Steve Miller Band, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

3/09 – Black 47 at the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival, Francis Field (St Augustine)

3/13 – Jack Russell’s Great White, The Roc Bar

3/16 – La Dispute, The Roc Bar at Brewster’s (Get Tickets Here)

3/19 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Florida Theatre

3/22 – The Moody Blues, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/22 – We Are The In Crowd, Jack Rabbits

3/28 – Citizen Kane, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3/29 – The Mowgli’s, Jack Rabbits

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Tampa Area

3/01 – G. Love & Special Sauce, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) (Get Tickets Here)
3/01 – Saliva, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

3/02 – Collective Soul and Ed Kowalczyk, Mahaffey Theater (Saint Petersburg)

3/04 – Local H, Local 662 (st. Petersburg)

3/05 – Shiny Toy Guns, State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

3/07 – Don McLean, Capital Theatre (Clearwater)

3/08 – The Flaming Lips amd Zulu Wave at Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Park (Get Tickets Here)
3/08 – Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg) (Get Tickets Here)

3/15 – The Outlaws, Florida Southern College (Lakeland)
3/15 – The Supervillains, Cabana Inn (Sarasota)

3/19 – La Dispute, Pianos Become the Teeth, The Orpheum (Get Tickets Here)

3/21 – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)
3/21 – Marc Cohn and Emily Kopp, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

3/22 – Al Stewart, Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

3/24 – The Moody Blues, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)

3/25 – The Moody Blues, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

3/27 – Indigo Girls, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall (Sarasota)


Central Florida July Rock Concert Calendar


July Rock Music Calendar

Lots to choose from as we head into the dog days of summer. This month, we start off with Jacksonville, as we received a great submittal from Mariah Holland, one of our new contributors. Mariah includes a great look at the local acts playing the Jacksonville music scene, which we’ve woven in with the national acts.

Vans Warped Tour is probably the biggest area event with stops in both Orlando and Tampa.  Make sure you follow us for all the latest concert information, show announcements and presale offers.


7/03 – Saltwater Grass, Bonnie Blue, Jacksonvegas, Dirt Floor Krackers, Freebird Live

7/05 – Impending Doom, Gideon, Wolves at the Gate, Fit for a King w/ Others, Murray Hill Theatre

7/05 – Allele, Endo w/ Others, Brewster’s Megaplex

7/05 – Alter Eagles (Eagles Tribute), Bryce Alaxtair Band, Freebird Live

7/08 – Relient K, The Almost, The Rocketboys, Freebird Live

7/10 – Authority Zero and Ballyhoo, Freebird Live
7/10 – Matt Pond, Jack Rabbits

7/14 – The Maine, A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, Freebird Live

7/17 – I Am Endseeker, Islander, Skyburner, Murray Hill Theatre

7/20 – Sublime with Rome and Pennywise, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

7/23 – Mychildren Mybride, I Am the Witness, Cadience, Murray Hill Theatre

7/24 – Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

7/25 – Pschedelic Furs, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

7/26 – Appetite for Destruction (Guns N Roses Tribute), Red White & Crue (Motley Crue Tribute),
Poison’d (Poison Tribute), Freebird Live

7/27 – Decided By Fate, Phinehas, Beware the Neverending, Leaders, Awakener, Murray Hill Theatre

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7/11 – Authority Zero and Ballyhoo, The Beacham
7/11 – Matt Pond, The Social

7/13 – Gregg Allman and Hank Williams Jr., UCF Arena

7/16 – The Maine, Rocket to the Moon and This Century – Nice triple bill at The Beacham

7/18 – Marilyn Manson, Hard Rock Live

7/20 – The Dropa Stone, Orlando City Soccer Club

7/25 – Toad the Wet Sprocket, Hard Rock Hotel

7/26 – The Psychedelic Furs, Plaza Theatre

7/28 – Vans Warped Tour, Central Florida Fairgrounds. A ton of bands invade the city including Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Reel Big Fish and The Used.


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Tampa Area

7/04 – The Guess Who, Sutton Park (Palmetto)

7/05 – Soul Asylum, Hogan’s Beach

7/06 – Candlebox and Saliva, Ed Smith Stadium (Sarasota)
7/06 – We the Kings and The Ready Setc

7/07 – Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

7/12 – Ballyhoo! and Authority Zero, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

7/12 – Matt Pond, New World Brewery

7/20 – Marilyn Manson, Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

7/23 – 311, Pennywise and Sublime With Rome, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/26 – Vans Warped Tour, Vinoy Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg)

7/27 – Toad the Wet Sprocket, State Theatre (St. Petersburg)

7/28 – Psychedelic Furs, State Theatre (St. Petersburg)

7/29 – Black Sabbath, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/31 – Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many others, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


Central Florida December Rock Concert Listing

The months starts off with one of the best one day festivals in the entire country, X102.9’s The Big Ticket at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville.  After that, it’s a relatively slow holiday month.


12.01, Everclear and Eve 6 – The Beacham. Still haven’t been to this venue yet, but this would be a good show to check it out with.  Both bands are excellent live. Here’s our most recent Everclear review to give you an idea.

12.02, Richard Marx – The Plaza Theatre

12.03, The Silversun Pickups – Hard Rock Live

12.06, Vince Neil – Hard Rock Live. Motley Crue’s front man…

12.07, Southern Culture On the Skids – The Social. These guys are just an absolute blast to catch live. Highly recommended.

12.08, Sum 41 – HOB-Orlando.  Great Alt-Rock with a punk twist. Always put on a good show.
12.08, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – West End Trading (Sanford)

12.14, Emily Kopp – Backbooth
12.14 – 12.15, New Found Glory – The Social

12.16, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Always a good show, excellent musicians, great lights and this year they promise a new twist.

12.22, The Starting Line and Fake Problems – HOB-Orlando

12.31, Thomas Wynn & The Believers – Will’s Pub


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12.02, X102.9 The Big Ticket – Metropolitan Park. This is the show of the month in Central Florida, and probably the one best day of the year: Rise Against, Bush, Fun., Anberlin, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, Of Monsters And Men, Imagine Dragons, Paper Tongues, The Joy Formidable, Twenty One Pilots

12.06, Southern Culture On the Skids – Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)

12.13, Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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Tampa Area

12.01, 97X The Next Big Thing – Vinoy Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg)
Mutemath, Rise Against, Bush, Silversun Pickups, Fun., Grouplove, Flogging Molly, Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men and more

12.01, Richard Marx – Capitol Theatre

12.03 – 12.04, Eddie Vedder – Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

12.07, Pat Travers – Cocktails (New Port Richie)
12.07, Sum 41 – Ritz Ybor

12.08, Southern Culture On the Skids – Skipper’s Smokehouse

12.11, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick – Tampa Bay Times Forum. Still rockin’ after all these years.

12.14, Vince Neil – Jannus Live (St. Petersburg)

12.15, Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Tampa Bay Times Forum

12.29, Donna the Buffalo – Skipper’s Smokehouse

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