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Rosebud Bar, July 27th

We know, it’s a school night, and we’ve got three bands… But it’ll be a good time. This might even be Uranium Daughters debut, and at least one member of the iRays plays in that band, so it’s worth the headache in the morning…!

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Live @ Bob’s Welding Video Taping Singles Released!

We’re proud to unveil the first two video singles from our live taping at Bob’s Welding.
We set out to video tape a live show for a certain composer who had expressed interest in seeing what an Invisible Rays show looked and sounded like. We decided, since this was a time sensitive project, that we’d [...]

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Don’t Run (PYGA, track 02,09)

From time to time we try to document how a song came to be. This is from an older blog, and was written by both Rafi and Ned about the writing and recording of Don’t Run. Click here to listen to Don’t Run and the reprise, Run.
This song ended up as track two on [...]

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PYGA Review From the CD Baby Staff (ca. 2005)

Three minute pop rock instrumentals. That’s right. With so many instrumental rockers concerned with the extended jam, The Invisible Rays ask the following: why make a song ten minutes long when you can make it in three and make it rock? The textured instrumental expanses (created by guitars, bass, drums, well-placed samples, and electronic elements) [...]

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PYGA review from CD Baby (ca. 2005)

Badassmospheric rock that your friends haven’t heard yet
Reviewer: Justin A.
Admittedly, even the website is badass – and the album deserves it. The opener track “Fete Fatale” gave me an idea of what it could sound like if Sonic Youth, Portishead or maybe even My Bloody Valentine ever tried to soundtrack a Philip K Dick novel [...]

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The Boston Noise Reviews Put Your Gun Away (2005)

From The Noise – by Joe Coughlin
There’s a special place in heaven for all-instrumental bands who can really pull it off, ’cause there’s about a dozen if we’re lucky. Except now it’s 13. This is trotted out as “an imaginary spy film soundtrack,” but it would work just as beautifully if they’d titled it “Steaming [...]

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The Boston Noise Reviews STAPS (ca. 2010)

Salute the American Popular Song
11-song CD
Way back in issue #247, I blew considerable sunshine up this all-instro band’s ass for one of the finest things I’d heard that whole year, from anywhere. Why it’s not in their website’s meager press section, I have no idea. They do correctly say there that they “use samples from [...]

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New England Performer Review

The Invisible Rays
Salute the American Popular Song
Boston, MA
Produced by The Invisible Rays // Engineered
and mixed by Rafi Sofer at Q Division Studios
in Cambridge, MA // Mastered by Jeff Lipton at
Peerless Mastering in Boston
Rarely does one come across an album that truly takes you on a emotional and imaginative journey through sea, space and time – [...]

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Closer Listen reviews STAPS

Miskatonic’s second release, our producer, Rafi Sofer, played us what he called a “rough mix” of a song off his band’s upcoming album. He said they weren’t happy with it yet. We were blown away (and briefly considered abandoning our musical pursuits in favor of indoor gardening).
Rafi’s band, The Invisible Rays, were working on [...]

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Videos are almost done

Spent last night trouble shooting Ned’s octapad. Turns out it needs to get recycled.

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