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the rare occasions



John Lennon Songwriting Contest Song of the Year


NEW England Music Awards
Best In State, RHODE Island


WBRU Rock Hunt Champions

“They’re the kind of band that creates music that both slaps you and kisses you, sometimes within seconds of one another, with equal seduction and genuine ease.” - Michael Marotta, Vanyaland

“A car chase on a distant cliff, filmed in black and white” - Jon Simmons, Sound of Boston

“The Rare Occasions ...craft little indie pop symphonies [with] tiered arrangements, pushing forward and pulling back sonic asides that give these 3-½-minute-long songs decent sweep” - Scott McLennan,

songs from planet earth


Drawing inspiration from each successive wave of garage rock, The Rare Occasions put their own dark spin on retro. Pairing dizzying cacophonies of angular riffs with sweet indie pop melodies, The Rare Occasions have crafted a multifaceted and charismatic brand of indie rock. The Los Angeles quartet’s three self-produced, critically-acclaimed EPs demonstrate the band’s capacity to keep the listener in anticipation, from the blistering psych-anthem “Dysphoric” (Feelers) to the dreamlike “Bug Eyes” (Futureproof) . This variability and depth of styles, layered with lyrical themes of existentialism and self-reflection, are what both define The Rare Occasions and set them apart.

The band first turned heads in their native Providence, Rhode Island when they won the WBRU Rock Hunt, headlined the Summer Concert Series at Waterplace Park, and performed in front of packed audiences at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and The Met. Meanwhile, they tore through the Boston club circuit, building a dedicated following.

The Rare Occasions went on to perform for festival audiences at SXSW and CMJ, as well as open for international touring acts, including Guster, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, AJR, and Knox Hamilton. “Dysphoric” took home the coveted ‘Song of the Year’ award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2014.

This year, The Rare Occasions have been expanding their West Coast presence and establishing themselves in Los Angeles. In the midst of all their live shows, the band is recording a set of new material that shows the dramatic development of their expansive style.



by The Rare Occasions