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


The Rare Occasions put their own dark spin on retro. A dizzying cacophony of angular riffs and dripping wet lyrics, the Boston-via-Providence post-punks first formed in a Tufts University practice space in 2012. Since then, The Rare Occasions have performed for festival audiences at SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York City, self-produced two critically-acclaimed EPs, and opened for internationally touring acts including Guster, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, AJR, and Knox Hamilton. Their blistering psych-anthem "Dysphoric" took home the coveted 'Song of the Year' in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.



by The Rare Occasions