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Sweet Summer Rock Sampler


RARA’s FARM’s 2013 Songs of Summer

Here you go, the first rock ‘n roll summer sampler, RARA’s FARM style.  Twelve new rock songs that should either get you in the mood for summer, or if you’re already there, be part of your 2013 summer soundtrack.  You can click on the title to download the tune for iTunes, or make the leap of faith and download all dozen at the end of the article.  You’ll see a heavy tilt to bands from the West Coast and from The Great White North.

Take a look/listen and let us know your thoughts.  Special thanks to occasional contributor Chris Carey who recommended a few of these selections.

Bonus track: It’s Time (iTunes Session) – Imagine Dragons – You’ve all heard this one before, but not like this. A very cool acoustic version.

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker – A definite country feel to this Old Crow Medicine Show remake. Think this one will be the song that defines the Summer of 2013.

Summer Paradise (feat. MKTO) – Simple Plan – A softer side to these Alt-Rock veterans, but another cool song.  This is one that has a nice reggae/ska feel to it. Our first of a bunch of Canadian acts on the list.

Waves – Blondfire – When we reviewed this EP, we noted that this track was the perfect song of summer. Listen yourself and see what you think of this LA-based brother/sister duo. EP Review here

San Francisco – The Mowgli’s – They actually took their name from The Jungle Book character, If that isn’t enough, it’s a fun, poppy rock song with a lot of interesting musical “stuff” going on thanks to the eight piece band from So Cal.

High School Lover – Cayucas – This one has a slick late 60’s surf rock feel which fits this band from Santa Monica. The entire Bigfoot album has a similar vibe. Check out our album review, too.

Awkward (EP Version) – San Cisco – Another fun tune, this one from from last year, and a guilty pop-rock pleasure. Love the boy/girl vocal trade-offs from these Aussies.

Art & A Wife – Rah Rah – another Boy/Girl vocal combo from North of the border.  It’s a cool rocker from this Saskatchewan sextet, with a nice mixture of rollicking good times and tender vocals. Oh, and let’s not ignore that their name is oh so close to ours.

Harlem – New Politics – Simply stated, it’s good old fun pop rock. Great singalong verse and a cool memorable guitar riff from this Denmark import.

Only the Brave – The Last Royals – A fun summer love song from Eric James and Mason Ingram off of a fantastic debut album. Check out our Twistification review.

Michigan Left – Arkells – Love this band’s guitar and retro alt-rock sound. This one is actually more than a year -old, but new to my ears.  Love the chorus which conjures up nice INXS memories. Yup, Canadians, too.

Born To Ruin – Wildlife – Love the big drums that kick off this tune, and the song is just a damn good time from that point on. Another impressive young Canadian band.

Drive Me Home – The Reason – Let’s close with this big rocker which begs comparisons of a more hip Kings of Leon. Good stuff.

As a bonus, here are two more nice choices, and songs which are also appealing fundraisers for good causes.

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And now, the entire RARA’s FARM dozen: