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Welcome To Rockville Bands

Bands That Shined at 2017’s Welcome To Rockville

The 2017 incarnation of Welcome To Rockville was another one for the ages. There was a bit of negative buzz about the lineup beforehand, but I suspect the great majority of fans who left Metropolitan Park on Sunday night, left the venue thoroughly satisfied.  Like me…

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Welcome To Rockville Set Times

2017 Welcome To Rockville Set Times Announced

Set times for Welcome To Rockville have been made public, and the set-up and scheduling this year, are just about perfect.  This year’s event will unfold over three stages, packed with blistering rock ‘n roll on Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th.

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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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Top Rock Songs of 2014


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2014’s Best Rock Songs

It was one of those years where I found an increasing number of pop songs that truly appealed to me.  You’ll still find a few harder tracks in here, but to me, the best songs from 2014, were often the ones that found their way onto radio.

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Maybe, I’m getting a little softer in my old age, or perhaps my kids are broadening my horizon a bit, but in any event, these are 25 excellent rock songs, all clearly deserving of the accolades I am about to bestow 🙂

Feel free to check out our Top Rock songs from our prior year-end reviews, too:
2013 Top Rock Songs  |  2012 Top Rock Songs  |  2011 Top Rock Songs

(You can click on the song title to snag the song on iTunes)

25. Dangerous (feat. Joywave) – Big Data – Typically I don’t love electro/ drum machine tracks, but I love, love, love the bass in this song. It’s a space age alt-rocker that also boasts nice vocals, sweet harmonies and some cool sound effects.

24. I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons – The first post-NightVisions single and a chance for us to see these talented Las Vegas rockers continue to evolve their sound. It’s a well-produced track with a big sound, and another song with great harmonies.

23. Centuries – Fall Out Boy – Pop-rock that sounds great loud, featuring typically excellent vocal prowess from Patrick Stump. The song has catchy hooks and predictably (and deservedly) has already become a staple on sports broadcasts and games everywhere.

22. Parachute – James Durbin – The American Idol star returned to the scene with his first album of self-penned songs.  This track still features his fantastic voice, catchy guitar riffs, and if anything, more of a pop rock feel than we had heard previously.

21. Fever – The Black Keys – This song is just catchy as hell as we hear The Black Keys throw in an extra serving of keyboards to this previous uber-successful recipe. Do you think Alt-Rock radio played this one enough in 2014? Still, a song worthy of another listen or twelve.

20. Got to My Head – Waters – Addictive gang vocals, and dreamy hooks, this is what Grouplove should still sound like. Fortunately, Waters worked with Ryan Rabin to deliver one of the years catchiest, foot-tapping rockers.

19. This Is the Time (Ballast) – Nothing More – Great, hard rocker with a fresh sound from one of this year’s breakout metal acts. As much as I like this song, it doesn’t do justice to their fantastic live performances.

18. Black River – Wolf Gang – This release was a long-time coming, but worth the wait. As always, Max McElligott’s vocals are compelling, but on this track, we really hear the full five-piece band shine. A sweeping, vibrant rocker.

17. Freak Machine – Fit for Rivals – Our first of two “freak” songs. this is a local band destined for big things. Renee Phoenix’s vocals are gritty and urgent, and the song is a hard-driving introspective blast.

16. Freaks – The Hawk InParis – I just love this cool, slinky, Twin Peaks-esque rocker and its hip vibe. Dan Haseltine’s (Jars Of Clay) vocals and lyrics are compelling but the unique, diverse music is just oh so cool.

15. Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens) – New Politics – Another band that’s even better live, but this Danish trio has mastered the upbeat, aggressive Alt-Rock niche. It’s raucous surf/hip-hop/dance/hard rock, and just a damn good party to listen to.

14. I Am Machine – Three Days Grace – When Adam Gontier split after 20 years, the future looked shaky for these Canadian vets, but Matt Walst has stepped in nicely, and his vocals dominate this hard-driving track, which shows a rejuvenated band moving forward with powerful rock.

13. My Sweet Summer – Dirty Heads – This Huntington Beach group evolves constantly, and every incarnation sounds just a bit better than the last. This one is probably their most mainstream offering, but they still retain their cool indie California ska vibe.

12. Cecilia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness – Mcmahon is a creative guy, and this wonderfully produced track shows how far his career has progressed. It’s a fantastic ode to his newborn daughter, in a song punctuated by great piano and beautiful vocals.

11. Beware the Dog – The Griswolds – Pure addiction, featuring tribal beats and cool guitar riffs, this debut from these high energy Aussie’s is an absolute blast to listen to. It’s a fun rocker that is guaranteed to get you moving, and just the tip of the iceberg from their Be Impressive album.

10. Deadbolt – Skaters – A talented NYC-based trio who remind me of the best parts of the eighties: The Clash, Jesus Mary Chain, etc…, but with a sound all of their own. This fast-paced rocker features clever guitar riffs, freight train drums and great vocals.

9. Cut To the Chase – Fort Lean – Chances are you haven’t heard this one yet. Do it soon, you’ll be glad you did. It’s more mellow than the typical Cretin favorite, but it’s a tremendously well-arranged song. Keyboard driven, but plenty of slinky guitar, and fantastic vocals, and a chorus that is catchy as hell.

8. High – Young Rising Sons – OK, this one is a bit of a guilty pleasure. A foot tapping, head nodding with wonderful vocals. It’s an optimistic rocker that is guaranteed to bounce around your brain for hours.

7. I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore – Rise Against – I actually heard one of my peers call this the band’s worst song ever. That’s asinine. The socially conscious punk rockers are growing, and this is a perfect example. Still a hearty dose of angry punk, combined with soaring guitar rock, and it works damn well.

6. Gotta Get Away – The Black Keys – If nothing else, this finally gave Alt-Rock radio a chance to take “Fever” out of their uber-tight rotation. But the song is special for so many other reasons, and they become abundantly clear within 15 seconds, a great guitar hook, clever keyboards from Danger Mouse, topped with the drums and vocals that make Auerbach and Kearney so special. This one is a breakneck rocker that’s a blast to listen to.

5. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers – Jack Antonoff is an ingenious music talent and proves in this song that Fun. was a lot more than a Nate Reuss project. This one is an optimistic declaration from an introspective guy, wrapped in a delicious, lush keyboard-driven rocker that will bring back pleasant big-eighties memories.

4. Same Damn Life – Seether – It’s a more melodic Seether, and that’s just fine with me. Shaun Morgan’s lyrics are deeply personal, and his vocals better than ever. Their guitars are more clean than previous efforts, but it works wonderfully. I think it’s the band’s best track ever, and that’s saying quite a lot.

3. Geronimo – Sheppard – My favorite new artist of 2014, and this track epitomizes why. Excellent boy/girl vocals and elegant harmonies, perched atop a diverse creative musical backdrop. Listen to this one on headphones, and it gets better with every listen. The music is flawless and absolutely addictive.

2. Noises – Mike Mains & The Branches – My favorite punk rock track of the year, and it’s from a band that is clearly not punk rock. Mains and his crew are fantastically talented, and boast a diverse sampling of music on their excellent Calm Down Everything Is Fine release. This one finds the band pushing their limits and it’s a lightning-paced rocker that’s a fitting showcase for Mains’ vocal prowess. If this stuff is the future of rock ‘n roll, everything is fine.

1. Figure It Out – Royal Blood – Two guys! Drums and a bass – that’s it, and the song delivers an amazingly complete and powerful musical experience. These guys have been together exactly one year, and they’ve provided a much needed jolt of optimism to rock fans worldwide. This track features two musicians already considered near the top of their craft. Drummer Ben Thatcher, is technically polished, adeptly switching from freight train drums to more tender interludes, and the things that Mike Kerr does with his bass are impossible. Oh, and the vocals, they don’t suck either. It’s just a great song, and a perfect choice for song of the year.

Thanks for checking out the list, and if you have a few extra minutes take a quick peek at our Top 25 Rock albums of the year – you’ll see a lot of familiar artists over there, too.

Rock On!
Cretin

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2014’s Best Albums According to 2014’s Best

2014’s Top Artists Share Their Favorite Albums

Every year, I painstakingly research the best albums of the year and confidently reveal my Top 25 Rock Albums. But, I’ve always wondered what those talented musicians thought were the best offerings. Now, I know.

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After compiling this year’s list, I reached out to a dozen of the artists that were included on either our Best Albums or Best Songs lists for 2014. A handful (the cooler, more intelligent ones, of course)  happily provided their thoughts, and they had some intriguing selections. Check the picks below and remember to come back next week to see where these artists landed on our Best Of lists.

John Humphrey, Seether:
Great Western Valkyrie by Rival Sons, my favorite new band. Soulful vocals; classic ambient, rock production with a Zeppelin-esque vibe. Bring on the guitar solo! Seether’s Isolate and Medicate will be featured on our Top Albums of 2014.

Leanne Kingwell
My top album of the year is La Petit Mort by James. I believe this group of humans make music for the right reasons; to make sense of the weirdness, worry and wonder of the world. I love Tim Booth’s voice. I love knowing James are still out there, 14 albums in. Waving their wand. Catching my feelings. An honourable mention goes to Camilla Sparksss for daring to do different on her album For You The Wild. And a big thank you to Jonathan L, whose weekly radio show “Lopsided World of L” is my gateway to a world of vital new music makers.  Kingwell’s Choking On Halos will be featured on our Top Albums of 2014.

Renee Phoenix, Fit For Rivals:
Voices by Phantogram is the only album that comes to mind for 2014. I dig electronic music and listening to all the different synth textures. Its fun to sing and dance to in the car… It’s a really interesting album. Fit For Rivals’ “Freak Machine” will be featured on our Top Songs of 2014.

Michael Ian Cummings, Skaters:
My favorite album of this year was by Broncho, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. Usually when a record connects with me immediately it burns out in about a week. Not this one. It’s been on repeat and I’m nowhere near done with it. So good… Skaters’ Manhattan will be featured on our Top Albums of 2014.

James Durbin:
The last full album I bought was the beginning of this year. I got Arctic Monkeys AM. Technically, it came out in late 2013. The record is incredible. Alex Turner’s vocal prowess is off the hook. Come to find we share the same birthday, give or take a year or two. I have difficulty picking just one track as this is one of those rare records where every song is worthy and capable of being a hit single. I trust my 5 1/2 year old Son Hunter; his favorite track is “Knee Sox”.  Touché Arctic Monkeys. Touché.  Durbin’s “Parachute” will be featured on our Top Songs of 2014.

There you go, interesting choices and some damn good music.   I may need to do some last minute reexamining of my choices, which you can see published here Christmas week.

Rock On!
Cretin

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Welcome To Rockville Set Times and Recommendations

Welcome To Rockville Schedule Released

Well, the set times are out for the area’s primo Rock ‘n Roll festival, Welcome To Rockville.  The line-up is basically a “Who’s Who” of today’s hottest hard rock acts.  The full schedule follows, including our choices for the can’t miss artists performing April 26th and 27th at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park.

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You can check out our Festival Preview here: Welcome To Rockville

Here’s your key to the schedule and our recommendations:

RARA’s Prime – These artists are “Can’t Miss”
RARA’s Choice – These artists are highly recommended

Saturday, April 26

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

11:15 AM         Digital Summer
12:30 PM         Rev Theory    RARA’s Choice
2:00 PM           Adelitas Way    RARA’s Choice
3:30 PM           Hellyeah
5:15 PM           Chevelle
7:15 PM           A Day To Remember    RARA’s Choice
9:40 PM           Avenged Sevenfold    RARA’s Prime

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

11:45 PM         Gemini Syndrome
1:15 PM           Middle Class Rut
2:45 PM           Chiodos
4:15 PM           Alter Bridge    RARA’s Choice
6:15 PM           Volbeat    RARA’s Prime
8:20 PM           The Cult

Jägermeister Stage

11:15 AM         World Gone
12:30 PM         Silvertung (Jägermeister Band)
2:00 PM           Evergreen Terrace
3:30 PM           Smile Empty Soul
5:15 PM           Memphis May Fire
7:15 PM           We Came As Romans    RARA’s Choice

Ernie Ball Stage

11:45 AM         Cathercist (Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner)
1:15 PM           Monster Truck
2:45 PM           We As Human
4:15 PM           Devour The Day
6:15 PM           Fozzy    RARA’s Choice

Sunday, April 27

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

Noon                Within Reason
1:15 PM           Sick Puppies    RARA’s Choice
2:35 PM           Black Label Society
4:15 PM           Seether    RARA’s Prime
6:25 PM           Five Finger Death Punch
8:50 PM           Korn     RARA’s Choice

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

12:35 PM         The Pretty Reckless     RARA’s Choice
1:55 PM           Black Stone Cherry     RARA’s Choice
3:25 PM           Theory of a Deadman
5:15 PM           Staind
7:35 PM           Rob Zombie      RARA’s Choice

Jägermeister Stage

Noon                Ghost Of War (Jägermeister Band)
1:15 PM           Kyng
2:35 PM           Lacuna Coil
4:15 PM           Emmure
6:25 PM           Motionless In White

Ernie Ball Stage

12:35 PM         Twelve Foot Ninja
1:55 PM           Nothing More    RARA’s Prime
3:25 PM           Butcher Babies
5:15 PM           Trivium

Jacksonville is About to Become Rockville

Welcome To Rockville, Florida!

Florida rock fans are in for a tremendous rock ‘n roll experience this April, when The Welcome To Rockville Festival comes storming through the city previously known as Jacksonville.

The festival boasts one of the best hard rock line-ups in the country (see the bands below) with an all-star line-up of diverse hard-rocking acts coming to Metropolita Park on April 26th and 27th.  Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are the featured headliners on their respective evenings, but they have plenty of impressive company throughout the two days.

The Saturday line-up features two veteran hard rock acts near and dear to our heart, Motorhead and The Cult, as well as two acts featured in our 2013 Albums of the Year edition, Avenged Sevenfold and our featured act of Day 1, Volbeat.  Aside from those four powerhouse acts, we highly recommend checking out Sacramento rockers Middle Class Rut, a dynamic dup who always put on a great show.

Day 2, Sunday the 27th offers another killer day of rock, with an even more impressive line-up.  Korn, Staind, Rob Zombie, Theory of A Deadman and our featured act of Day 2, Five Finger Death Punch are the highlights, but there’s plenty more.  Seether is a great live act, and RARA’s Farm favorite Sick Puppies are another act to catch.

Of the thirty plus bands invading Jacksonville for this huge event, our “Can’t Miss Artist” of the festival is Nothing More.  This quartet from Texas are an extremely promising band and a blast to watch. Their explosive rock is creative and distinctive and their stage show is absolutely fantastic.

Check out the full line-up here: Welcome To Rockville Artists

The Metropolitan Park venue is one very familiar to RARA’s Farm and one of the best festival grounds in the state.

Tickets are on sale now.

Here are the RARA’s Farm favorites in the line-up:

Saturday

Avenged Sevenfold
The Cult
Motorhead
Volbeat
Chevelle
Alterbridge
Hell Yeah
Adelitas Way
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Rev Theory
We As Human
Fozzy
Smile Empty Soul
Devour the Day
Sunday

Korn
Five Finger Death Punch
Rob Zombie
Staind
Theory of a Deadman
Seether
Black Stone Cherry
Sick Puppies
Nothing More
Skindred
Lacuna Coil
Twelve Foot Ninjas
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Rock On!
Cretin