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Matthew Logan Vasquez Gets “Personal”

Matthew Logan Vasquez, former frontman for Delta Spirit, has just released “Personal,” an invigorating, catchy rocker that will have you instinctively reaching to crank up the volume.

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Matthew Logan Vasquez

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2015 Rock Song of the Year

It’s been an interesting year for rock music. Lots of excellent new music in the Indie and Alternative universe, but Active Rock seemed to be taken over by non-melodic screaming music which to me just isn’t music to my ears. So, as you will soon discover, this year’s list definitely leans to the Alternative side.

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Top Grossing Tours Of 2015

For anyone wondering why so many aging rock legends hobble back on stage to reunite for the one final, or “this time we really mean it” farewell tour, take a look at the cash they were able to stuff into their deep pockets. With nostalgic Baby Boomers more than willing to pull a few Franklins from their wallets to rekindle their early life memories, plenty of classic rock artists are cashing in.

The Big Ticket crowd
The Big Ticket crowd enjoying the music.

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Meet The 2016 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame released the nominees for their class of 2016 earlier today. Some intriguing options on the list. Check out the full list, as well as my recommended selections.

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Will’s Pub Celebrates 20 In Style

Richard Sherfy All God's Children Will's Pub 20th
Richard Sherfy & All God’s Children at Will’s Pub 20th

Last Sunday, Will’s Pub demonstrated just why they’ve become such an important part of the Orlando rock music scene as they celebrated twenty years of memorable rock ‘n roll in their cozy Mills Avenue venue.

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Rock And Roll Mecca Worth the Trip

Destination Cleveland: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

I recently decided to escape the sweltering summer heat of Orlando for… well, the sweltering summer heat of Cleveland and made my first pilgrimage to the mecca of rock music, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum. What an amazing journey…

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This Summer’s Can’t Miss Rock Concerts

The Best Rock Bands Touring This Summer

A RARAsFarm look at a dozen “Can’t Miss” rock bands touring this summer.

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As we leap into June, and the dog days of summer, I took a look at the best live acts on the road today. There were many killer rock acts to choose from, including a few bands we have not previously seen, but we decided to limit the list to a dozen acts that we can personally vouch for as guaranteed to deliver a great rock ‘n roll music experience.

Here you go – twelve bands from very different rock music genres, but all twelve linked together as the top dozen live rock artists touring this summer; a dozen bands who put on a fantastic show every time they hit the stage.

I list them here in alphabetical order, but every one of these acts delivers a killer show every night, and they are all absolutely worth seeing.

Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees at HOB Orlando
Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees at HOB Orlando. Photo: rarasfarm.com

Frank Turner Concert photo Big Ticket
Frank Turner and the Tour Flag that traveled the country.

Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim at Coastline Festival
Matt Johnson of Matt & Kim at Coastline Festival
Neon Trees Photos Frank Turner Photos Matt & Kim Photos

 

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl is one of the most dynamic front men around, and he’s got one hell of a catalogue of songs to play. The Foo Fighters are playing a bunch of stadiums on this tour, but I’d recommend one of their more intimate arena stops if you can swing it Tour Dates  |
Frank Turner He just might be the best storyteller gracing the rock ‘n roll landscape today.  Every show is a diverse, eclectic collection of wonderful songs from the punk rock icon turned rock ‘n roll troubadour.  (Read our review) Tour Dates | Review
Matt And Kim Surely the most pop-infused artist on our list, but this talented couple dish out fun danceable rock music that is guaranteed to keep you moving. Matt Johnson on keys and drummer Kim Johnson are energetic, athletic, and fun to watch. Tour Dates  |  Review
Neon Trees They’ve had a few big hits, but these talented Alt-rockers truly shine during their killer stage shows, and the spotlight shines brightest on charismatic frontman Tyler Glenn who is one of the best live performers on the rock landscape today. Tour Dates  |  Review
New Politics Energetic Danish pop-punk that translates perfectly in their powerful live show.  Acrobatic lead singer David Boyd flies around the stage, often sings from amidst the crowd and is guaranteed to deliver at least one headstand each show. Tour Dates  |  Review
Nothing More Industrial hard rock out of Texas with a very unique twist. This quartet does a lot of fun and dishes out unique stuff on stage, always delivering an entertaining and loud show. As an added bonus, they are touring with another great live act, Shinedown Tour Dates  |  Review
Of Monsters And Men One of the more mellow rock acts on the list, but the folksy Icelandic quintet always deliver a tight performance and sound perfect. Their unique blend of Indie rock is a joy to listen to and they pour out creative boy/girl rock onstage. Tour Dates  |  Review
Paul McCartney Sir Paul does not tour much, but when he does, it’s “Can’t Miss” rock personified. He is rock ‘n roll royalty, and in his 70’s, still delivers an amazing show every night. Three plus hours of engaging music from the greatest catalog ever and he still glides effortlessly through all of the offerings. Tour Dates  |  Review
Radkey  Three young brothers who know how to rock. They’ve got a unique garage rock sound tinted with clear punk stylings. This trio is uber-talented despite the fact their average age is under twenty. Catch them now while they are still playing smaller venues. Tour Dates  |  Review
Rolling Stones  You may have heard of these young guns out of England? They’re celebrating 50+ years of touring together and still boast the same line-up that first appeared 40 years ago! These guys are timeless and still deliver a great rock ‘n roll experience every time they storm the stage. Tour Dates  |
Super Bob  This Virginia quartet work their asses off; touring constantly and pouring themselves into every show.  Frontman Matt Santoro is a fantastic entertainer, paired with three other maniacs who love playing live. Their blend of dancey hard rock is a guaranteed good time for any rock music fan. Tour Dates  |  Review
21 Pilots  Hip hop meets alt-rock, and this duo have created a fantastic niche in the rock landscape.  Aside from delivering catchy addictive music, these two guys fly around the stage and always deliver an engaging, interactive show. Tour Dates  |  Review

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Tyler Joseph Twenty One Pilots Big Ticket
Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots at The Big Ticket
Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando
Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando
Nothing More at Welcome To Rockville
Nothing More at Welcome To Rockville
21 Pilots Photos Super Bob Photos Nothing More Photos

 

Rock On!
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Here Come The Bots

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The Bots – Tour Preview

There seems to be a tag line thrown around in pop culture every 15 years or so that deems “Rock is Dead”.
 

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I heard it during the rise of Hip-Hop…. during the late 90’s early 2000’s when Britney and Fred Durst were dating, and recently with the onset of Dubstep and Skrillex’s rad hairdo. And then, more often than not, the backlash hits and a movement brings everything back to the basics, the fervor of something new dissipates, and the foundation of that blues based music just doesn’t crumble. It happened with the late 70’s punk movement, with the early 90’s Seattle movement, it was there with The White Stripes and The Black Keys showed up, and the rock ‘n roll faithful seem to be coming back to the fold with The Bots.

The Bots are two brothers from Los Angeles, guitarist and vocalist, Mikaiah and Drummer, Anaiah Lei. Their sound crosses boundaries between the snarkiest punk and garage rock, combined with the muddiest blues and soul one could find. As if Bad Brains and Son House were liquefied, blended and force fed to Elvis with a sprig of Isley Brothers.

Their live shows are intense, and frenetic, offering a youthful energy and enthusiasm, touring and gaining accolades with acts as diverse as Blur, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The Bots began recording and touring at the ripe ages of 12 and 15, and have since been featured in nearly every rock magazine as the next big thing in music. Still in their late teens with 3 self-released albums, they were picked up by Fader Records and released the 4-song EP Sincerely Sorry in 2013.

A string of festival tours including The Vans Warped Tour, Coachella, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, cemented their name on the cusp of something big. In October, 2014 the band released their feature length debut, Pink Palms, to critical acclaim and positive reviews. The Bots hometown paper, The Los Angeles Times, dubbed the record; “a mash of frenetic garage rock and lush indie rock” and I couldn’t agree more.

The Bots are hitting the road this summer support the co-headlining Deftones and Incubus venture alongside Death From Above 1979. The full tour is listed below, and it features the following Florida dates:
8/13 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
8/14 Coral Sky Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL

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SUMMER 2015 TOUR
With INCUBUS, DEFTONES, and DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979

* W/ DFA 1979 ONLY
^ W/ INCUBUS AND DEFTONES ONLY

FRIDAY, JULY 17 *
THE NORVA, NORFOLK, VA

SATURDAY, JULY 18 *
THE NATIONAL, RICHMOND, VA

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE, CLARKSTON, MI

THURSDAY, JULY 23 ^
FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE, TINLEY PARK, IL

FRIDAY, JULY 24 *
MERCURY BALLROOM, LOUISVILLE, KY

SATURDAY, JULY 25
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER, CINCINNATI, OH

SUNDAY, JULY 26
LAWN AT WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 ^
EDGEFEST AT TD ECHO BEACH, TORONTO, ON

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 ^
BANK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PAVILION AT MEADOWBROOK, GILFORD, NH

MONDAY, AUGUST 3 *
ALTAR BAR, PITTSBURGH, PA

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER, WANTAGH, NY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7
XFINITY CENTER, MANSFIELD, MA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER, CAMDEN, NJ

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
PNC MUSIC PAVILION, CHARLOTTE, NC

MONDAY, AUGUST 10 *
THE RITZ, RALEIGH, NC

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
AARON’S AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD, ATLANTA, GA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE, TAMPA, FL

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
CORAL SKY AMPHITHEATER, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
BOLD SPHERE MUSIC AT CHAMPIONS SQUARE, NEW ORLEANS, LA

MONDAY, AUGUST 17
AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER, AUSTIN, TX

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 *
PAPER TIGER, SAN ANTONIO, TX

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION PRESENTED BY HUNTSMAN, HOUSTON, TX

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
GEXA ENERGY PAVILION, DALLAS, TX

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE, MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO

MONDAY, AUGUST 24
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26
SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA