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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

 

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Super Bob – Killer Album Review

Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando
Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando

Killer New Music From Super Bob

This Virginia-based quartet is one of the most hard-working, charismatic and energetic rock acts touring these days, and they’ve finally carved out the time to record a new album, and it’s been worth the wait.

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The new album, Killer, immediately explodes through your speakers with the high-energy “Capt Crunch.” It includes all of the Super Bob elements you’ve grown accustomed to in their live shows, sans four maniacal performers flying around the stage. But trust me, you crank this up, and you’ll be flying around your place. It’s their trademark sound, which is a hyper-hip Rage Against The Machine / Rob Zombie / Nine Inch Nails kind of thing… Kind of, but not really, it’s probably best to slip on some good headphones, clear some space on the floor and as the chorus implores: “Let the mother fuckers know who their fucking with!”

Killer is part hip-hop, part hard rock, and 100% loud, invigorating, shake your ass dance music.  The songs feature generous samples, a bouncing, aggressive rhythm section and vibrant vocals from frontman Matt Santoro. It’s edgy, aggressive stuff that is a blast to listen to.  It doesn’t exactly capture the amazing live experience the band delivers, but nothing could; nonetheless, it’s an album worth listening to for any fans of hard dance-infused rock.

Highlights from the album include the title track, which is also the first single; a thumping anthem laced with samples and an excellent canvas for Santoro’s vocals.  “F.T.W.” features powerful drums from Chris Faircloth and “Guns Drawn” a more stripped down song (well, by Super Bob standards) is a nice showcase for Adam Smith’s guitar work.

My favorite track is “Public Execution,” which kicks off with throbbing Drew Recny bass chords before growing into a filthy dancy rocker that is absolutely addictive and already better than just about anything else gracing the airwaves today.

Santoro shared a bit of the challenge recording an album when your band is on the road 250 nights per year. “We’ve been working on it for two years because we are on the road so much. When we started, our producer lived in Pompano Beach, then be moved to Madison, Wisconsin. So now, we tour up to Madison, spend a few days in the studio, tour in the area, record for a few more days then head back out… he met us at a house in the middle of nowhere, Illinois… he met us in Myrtle at a house we rented there… we just brought him wherever we were going.” (You can see our recent Super Bob show review here, which includes additional quotes from Santoro.)

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Super Bob Delivers Fun Rock Set to Orlando

Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando
Matt Santoro of Super Bob in Orlando

Super Bob Rocks Orlando

“We’re a live, in your face freak show.” – Matt Santoro, Super Bob

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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen as many tattoos and piercings on stage at one time, but I can tell you with certainty, that it’s even more rare to see a rock act deliver such a fun, engaging and energetic show.

Super Bob is a hard-working quartet out of Virginia who pour their hearts and souls into their uber-entertaining thrill-ride of an hour-long set. According to dynamic front man Matt Santoro, the hyperactive foursome rip through 250+ shows per year.

Santoro, a quiet, humble gentleman off-stage is a frenetic, active madman behind the mic. He was engaging all night and quickly bonded with the crowd. “We’re here to have a good time!” The crowd roared and he knowingly replied “We’re gonna get along fine,” and the party was on.

The band members were whirling dervishes flying across the stage, but clearly a tight, choreographed unit. Bassist Drew Recny is a theatrical performer who dishes out pristine bass riffs as he incessantly bounced around, swapping spots with Adam Smith, an entertaining guitarist with an infectious style and smile. Chris Faircloth kept the band tight on drums and is equally entertaining, doling out distinctive drums, punctuated with assorted stick tricks.

Adam Smith of Super Bob in Orlando
Adam Smith of Super Bob in Orlando

The music was industrial tinged, hard-edged dance rock, and the show was a fantastic spectacle. Highlights from the set included an electrifying “Superfly,” a song that Santoro attributed to a guy names Super Dave, a raucous version of “Freak” and a fun singalong version of “Fuck California.” Several times throughout the show, Santoro fondly mentioned local rockers Traverser who brought Super Bob to town to support their CD release party a year ago. “We were going to play one cover from Traverser, but their music is as hard as a math problem, so we’re not gonna play it.”

But they did play one cover, and it was a clear crowd favorite, as they put their own spin on an American dance classic, “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO. I asked Santoro why that song? “It’s the only cover we’ve ever done. My voice is kind of my voice and I have trouble singing other people’s songs, so any song that we were going to cover had to be pretty easy. It’s not hard vocally, plus we wanted to change it and that was a candidate for really being able to change. We made it a lot heavier and a lot different.”

“Covers are covers.” offered Santoro, “Why take a great song and then play that great song, because you’re probably not as good as the performers who recorded that great song? We always thought the best covers are like when Manson did “Sweet Dreams” or Limp Bizkit did “Faith.” Bands like that take a cover song, and then they make it their own unique song, and we wanted to do that.” And, they did. They made it their own, and it blended into their set fantastically.

“We have a brand new record coming out March 3rd and we just released a new video last week for a song called “Killer.” We didn’t catch “Killer” on this night, but we did hear “Captain Crunch,” another new song from their soon to be released ten song full-length. Santoro did note that they’d be adding about six new songs to their setlist in March.

The back story to the recording of the album was quite interesting. Per Santoro, “We’ve been working on it for two years because we are on the road so much. When we started, our producer lived in Pompano Beach, then be moved to Madison, Wisconsin. So now, we tour up to Madison, spend a few days in the studio, tour in the area, record for a few more days then head back out… he met us at a house in the middle of nowhere, Illinois… he met us in Myrtle at a house we rented there… we just brought him wherever we were going.” The album will be released on March 3rd, and we expect to have a review right here for you then.

The opening acts in the Maniacal Mojo production, all from the Sunshine State, were engaging in their own right. We caught hard rocking bands Breathing Theory and Before The Fire, who both delivered powerful sets. Joshua Poullion of Before The Fire tore it up on stage and literally, probably tore up his broken arm.

Our favorite local pop rock band, A Brilliant Lie delivered some excellent rock, powered by their three guitar set-up. Speaking to talented vocalist Tara Lightfoot before the show, she noted that they’ll be working on some new music in the very near future, as well. We can assure you that we’ll be all over that coverage when it happens.

But as good as the opening acts were, this night was focused on the foursome from Virginia. I’ve seen hundreds of bands over the past decade and these guys are one of the most entertaining acts I’ve come across during that time. I strongly recommended checking them out any time they’re in your area.

Drew Recny of Super Bob in Orlando
Drew Recny of Super Bob in Orlando

I’ll leave you with one quote from the stage that perfectly captures the beauty of Super Bob “Rock and roll is about two things; first it’s about having fun, and more importantly, it’s about being yourself!” These fantastically talented musicians epitomize that philosophy perfectly.

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