Tune in for Rarity Rock Radio’s Top 10 Favorites of the Month for June 2023 playing daily at 9am, Noon and 6pm PT, including the following new under the radar rock music gems:
1.) “Under You” by Foo Fighters (from new album ‘But Here We Are’)
About the album from Rolling Stone:
““IT CAME IN a flash — it came outta nowhere,” Dave Grohl wails over heat-lightning guitars and pummeling drums at the outset of his band Foo Fighters’ 11th album. Then, he sings a line marked by equal parts amazement and regret: “It happened so fast/and then it was over,” Grohl yawps, his voice breaking on the final word. This summation of life’s brevity and unpredictability is a fitting epigraph for But Here We Are, the first Foo Fighters record to be recorded in the wake of two losses Grohl experienced in 2022 — the band’s longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins died while the band was touring South America last March, and Grohl’s mother Virginia passed away over the summer. But Here We Are, with its matter-of-fact title, depicts grief in immediate terms, refusing to couch the knotty web of feelings conjured by loss in easy-to-hear platitudes. “Someone said I’ll never see your face again/Part of me just can’t believe it’s true,” Grohl whisper-sings on “Under You,” which whipsaws from brooding thickets of guitar into a psych-power-pop flashback, then veers into the sort of anthemic chorus that the Foo Fighters have filled stadiums and festival fields with for decades.”
2.) “Devil In Disguise” by Rancid (from new album ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’)
About the song:
According to Stereogum, “Rancid’s latest is called “Devil In Disguise,” and it’s a muscular two-minute sprint with a big ol’ singalong chorus that might as well come from an ancient folk song.”
3.) “Orange Street” by Rockstone Rockers & Ce’Cile
About the song:
According to Tim Armstrong of Rancid, “ROCKSTONE ROCKERS is a band fronted by Jamaican Singer CECILE. Produced by Jamaican producer Native Wayne Jobson and me. The song ORANGE STREET is a celebration and tribute to Rocksteady / SKA which is one of the most potent ferocious music forms invented in Kingston Jamaica in the 1960s. Orange Street was the center of it all.”
4.) “Let The Rain Come Down” by On Paper (from album ‘Living Proof’)
About the album:
On Paper is an indie band from Cleveland, Ohio. Living Proof is On Paper’s debut album, released in August 2022. It’s a culmination of months of hard work and creative collaboration between everyone involved.
5.) “Who Do You Wanna Be?” by Dream Wife (from new album ‘Social Lubrication’)
About the song:
According to Far Out Magazine, “‘Who Do You Wanna Be?’ is a criticism of faux-activism. The band stated that it is “about running on the capitalist treadmill and falling face first on the pavement. Hollow slogans, social media activism without action, leftist infighting, monetising feminism, ‘girl boss’, all soul-crushing nonsense”. Dream Wife added: “Capitalism consumes everything. We should tear down the unreachable anxiety-filled idea of perfectionism and move from hyper-individualised narrative to collective action to create hopeful, rebellious, collective systems of care.” The politically charged single is accompanied by a music video which sees the band perform the track in an abandoned leisure centre pool in East London. Speaking about the upcoming album, the band described the release as “hyper lusty rock and roll with a political punch, exploring the alchemy of attraction, the lust for life, embracing community and calling out the patriarchy. With a healthy dose of playfulness and fun thrown in.”
6.) “Save The World” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (from upcoming new album ‘Weathervanes’)
About the song:
According to Consequence, the song is “the harrowing account of Isbell’s reaction to school shootings on “Save the World.” The latter once again takes the perspective of a father, one who fears for his daughter’s safety and has panic attacks in the grocery store after hearing a balloon burst.”
7.) “Positive Charge” by THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM (a brand new song)
According to Asbury Park Press, “The Gaslight Anthem have sparked up their fans. The New Brunswick rockers just dropped their first new material in nine years, the single “Positive Charge,” and fans are expressing a very positive reaction on social media.
8.) “Silver Lining” by Armando Moreno & The Revival (a brand new song)
Armando’s ability to orchestrate rock/pop and country with soul leaves no one’s heart untouched!
9.) “New York Comeback” by Lucinda Williams featuring Bruce Springsteen (from upcoming new album ‘Stories From A Rock N Roll Heart’)
About the song and album:
According to NME, “The new single, which also features Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa on backing vocals, is the first preview of new LP ‘Stories From A Rock n Roll Heart’, which is due out on June 30 via Highway 20 Records/Thirty Tigers. The album comes after Williams had to re-learn to play guitar and to walk again after a severe stroke, while her house in Nashville was also damaged by a hurricane just before the start of the COVID lockdown.”
10.) “Palomino” by First Aid Kit (from ‘Palomino’ album)
The Guardian calls the album a “gorgeously upbeat homage to classic rock.”
Plus Blast From The Past song: “Go For It” by Stiff Little Fingers
Followed by Featured Artist of the Month: C.C. Voltage and the song “Berliner Pilsner”
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