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Based in Burlington, Vermont, and self-described as high performance rock and roll, RAQ has seen its fair share of obstacles since it’s inception. Instead of allowing those to hinder their determination to succeed in this business we call “music”, they have used those obstacles as lyrical ammunition giving this band their unique sound featuring complex song structures coupled with quirky yet accessible lyrics and a healthy dose of full-band improvisation.

Each live performance is a free form, unplanned adventure, using the composed songs as a launching pad to take the band and their fans into uncharted musical territory.

Chris Michetti’s intricate guitar playing yields a cascading stream of notes, while Todd Stoops provides uncompromising rhythm and texture on keys, Jay Burwick holds the low end down with his rock solid bass grooves, and Greg Stukey, the back bone of the rhythm section, plays with an almost scientific precision.

RAQ’s high level of technical skill, well-written songs, and a seemingly telepathic connection between each other, sensationalizes the indescribable magic that sets them apart from the rest.


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  • kralj_svemira

    Several years too late, but what the hell. There's a bunch of live stuff available on, they are announced as "rack"

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MaysPlayce

    raq is baq =!!!

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • VietMoneys

    @bigtallbiscuit: I always thought you pronounced the letters, but I have no actual reason to believe this.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • xdreamx19

    pretty week jamming for being nominated as "best new band". there are hundreds of bands that improvise much better. what idiot(s) made these Jammie awards?

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mzingg3

    Stoops is awesome in Kung Fu!!!

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Bigtallbiscuit

    Stupid question is it pronounced: Rake, Rock or Rack?

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jsbrendog

    raq! bring on the fall tour.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • kralj_svemira

    Oh, that's nice to hear, thought they didn't play anymore.

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • aharm1177

    baq in action bowery nyc 4/30/2010

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • NapoMarx

    Stoops you motherfucker

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • SusiSch

    like what i hear

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Nova727

    mmm RAQ

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • weese

    anyone know where to find their setlists online? i was at the 11/24 show at highline and cant find the setlist anywhere. thanks

    27 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Luke8980

    Some of their songs are a little hard for my taste, but great jams especially live

    27 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Roaddoggjc

    These guys are underrated. I saw them last night...great show!

    24 Sep 2006 Reply
  • awesometaylor

    They're on the relix sampler this month, the track is called Bootch Magoo it's great!

    28 Aug 2006 Reply
  • kralj_svemira

    Spectacular. I would like to see them live :-(.

    20 Aug 2006 Reply

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