• 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. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage, including our follow-up to this post, 2014′s Top Rock Albums and Top Rock Songs. Follow @rarasfarm   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 […]

    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. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage, including our follow-up to this post, 2014′s Top Rock Albums and Top Rock Songs. Follow @rarasfarm   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 […]

  • Black Mass Tour at House of Blues Orlando Dec 4 2014 Concert Review Philip Snyder Due to miscalculating the volume of traffic that would turn I-4 into gridlock to rubberneck a minor accident, my daughter and I made it to Downtown Disney about twenty minutes after the doors opened. That’s okay, I thought, we would just miss part of Drama Club’s set. Since their act seems to be mostly EDM, I didn’t worry too much about it. Having never been to a show at HOB before, I asked a staff member where to go. He pointed to a line that […]

    Black Mass Tour Concert Review

    Black Mass Tour at House of Blues Orlando Dec 4 2014 Concert Review Philip Snyder Due to miscalculating the volume of traffic that would turn I-4 into gridlock to rubberneck a minor accident, my daughter and I made it to Downtown Disney about twenty minutes after the doors opened. That’s okay, I thought, we would just miss part of Drama Club’s set. Since their act seems to be mostly EDM, I didn’t worry too much about it. Having never been to a show at HOB before, I asked a staff member where to go. He pointed to a line that […]

  • Dirty Heads’ Jared Watson Interview In a whirlwind weekend of Florida festival appearances, we managed to snag a few minutes of Jared  (Dirty J) Watson’s time as they traveled across the Sunshine State, on their way to the Main Stage at the inaugural Big Orlando Festival. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm   Cretin: You guys seem to tour constantly. Every month the band is somewhere out on the road, Does it ever get old? Jared Watson: Yes and no. You definitely get burned out being away from home and […]

    Interview: Jared Watson of Dirty Heads

    Dirty Heads’ Jared Watson Interview In a whirlwind weekend of Florida festival appearances, we managed to snag a few minutes of Jared  (Dirty J) Watson’s time as they traveled across the Sunshine State, on their way to the Main Stage at the inaugural Big Orlando Festival. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm   Cretin: You guys seem to tour constantly. Every month the band is somewhere out on the road, Does it ever get old? Jared Watson: Yes and no. You definitely get burned out being away from home and […]

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    Southern Rockers Molly Hatchet Come Home

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  • Big Orlando Feature Band Recaps As the temperatures dipped, the steady stream of alcohol began to take its toll on more than a handful of concert-goers and the drizzle started up, the action on the Big Orlando stages began to heat up. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm   (For my afternoon session reviews click here: Sleeper Agent, Bear Hands, Big Data, Know Hamilton, Crazy Carls, The Hip Abduction, Kasson, A Hero’s Fate) I covered the first eight Big Orlando Festival bands that I saw in my summary […]

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    Big Orlando Bands Deliver For Orlando Rock Fans

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  • Big Orlando Festival Recap As soon as we heard that Orlando had an Alt-Rock station, I began dreaming that a festival like The Big Orlando could someday be hitting a venue in our area.  This weekend, I saw that dream realized, and it had a happy ending. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for Big Orlando and all rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm . The festival is a derivative of Jacksonville’s Big Ticket, and Tampa’s Next Big Thing, two regional showcases that present wonderful opportunities for local alternative rock fans to spend a day […]

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  • Fit For Rivals New Single: Freak Machine Philip Snyder They’re garnering tremendous buzz in the music industry, tearing up youtube, and impressing audiences across the country, and they are from our own backyard. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm   Fit For Rivals, a fresh, young band hailing from Jacksonville, released their new single titled “Freak Machine”, the title track for their new album set to be released in early 2015. Vocalist Renee Phoenix’s throaty growl, comparable to the vocal style of the legendary Joan Jett, blends perfectly […]

    Fit For Rivals New Single: Freak Machine

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  • Interview with Josh of Radical Something When this talented California band ripped through Orlando a few weeks ago, we cornered vocalist Josh Hallbauer who is more commonly known as Josh Cocktail, and he shared his thoughts on their unique brand of rock, what drives their performances, and what to expect at their entertaining shows. Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm   Cretin: This will be my first time seeing the band, have you played Orlando previously? Josh: We’ve played Orlando once before and the last one was a […]

    Radical Something’s Josh “Cocktail” Hallbauer Interview

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  • New Music with a Classic Rock Vibe Scotland’s Buffalo Sunn has released a captivating new single with a decidedly old school feel. It’s definitely a song worth a listen or twelve… Make sure you Like RARAsFarm’s Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter for rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm   “Ocean” is a delicious new alternative rocker with distinct 60′s classic rock influences. The six-piece outfit from Dublin, Ireland boasts a unique feel that’s both old and comfortable, and fresh and new at the same time. The song is the first single off of their new album By The Ocean, […]

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  • Titusville – From Rockets To Rockers There’s been a bit of a resurgence for rock music along Florida’s East Coast this year. Still, I was surprised to see a notable rock music event targeted for Titusville’s Sandpoint Park… surprised, but absolutely excited by the prospects. The park, which is known as a prime viewing locale for rockets, never struck me as a fitting venue for rockers, but it turned out to be an ideal location. The broad green expanse boasts a picturesque view along the Indian River, and it’s the perfect size for an outdoor rock ‘n roll celebration, and […]

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  • Within Reason Rocks the Florida Coast It’s Wednesday afternoon, and I happen to be cruising through Facebook, when I see a surprising announcement: Within Reason is headed to Central Florida for an outdoor show that weekend with Fuel at, of all places, Titusville! Make sure you Like our Facebook at the top of our site for more rock music coverage, and to see more photos of the band. Follow @rarasfarm I caught these talented Alabama rockers early this year at Welcome to Rockville, and they performed a quick, blistering set to open the main stage (see our Festival review here). […]

    Within Reason Rocks Titusville

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  • River City Extension Readies New Album I remember walking through the Social in Orlando a few years ago after wrapping up an interview with the sadly under-appreciated Drowning Men. On my way out, an eight-piece band crammed onto the postage stamp sized stage captured my attention. Make sure you Follow our Twitter or Like our Facebook at the top of our site for more rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm River City Extension were pure genius, a talented collection of diverse musicians playing their own very unique brand of rock music. So, I grabbed a beer or three and settled in […]

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  • Manchester Orchestra Hope Album Review We saw Andy Hull and Manchester Orchestra back in the summer. At the time he was hinting about a special recording the band was working on in the studio. It came as a bit of a surprise as they were just beginning to support their recent album release, Hope. Make sure you Like our Facebook at the top of our site for more rock music coverage. Follow @rarasfarm The album is a reimagined version of their hit Spring 2014 release, Cope, and it’s a pretty damn cool idea. All 11 songs from Cope are re-recorded in […]

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