Loud & Clear: The Rare Occasions win ‘Best Rock Song’ in John Lennon Songwriting Contest

We knew New England rock band the Rare Occasions were up to something good when they played some new tracks at our SXSW party with Berklee College of Music back in March. They then confirmed those suspicions in May with the release of the Feelers EP, one of our favorite records of the year.

Yesterday, the EP’s riff-roaring track “Dysphoric” was named winner of John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the “rock category.” The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting competition which helps fund the John Lennon Educational Tourbus and teaches kids about songwriting and recording/production. There are also some sweet prizes headed the band’s way, and have a shot at the Song of the Year prize with comes with a cool $20,000 payday.

In the meantime, the Rare Occasions have a few occasions for you to catch them play live, including a CMJ gig in NYC October 23, a show at Church in Boston October 29, and then another with Dirty Heads and Knox Hamilton at Providence’s Lupo’s on November 3.

Check out the video for “Dysphoric” below…

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