Tara Terra


Buzz‘s Most Anticipated Local Releases of 2016

"Tara Terra is a Champaign-Urbana favorite. Pushed by the songwriting skills of Emily Otnes and the production skills of Colin Althaus along with the many other talented members of the band, they all continue to grow as individuals and as a band. On top of their local success, the band also recently recorded an Audiotree Live session, which will be released on January 13th. The Audiotree session will include live versions of new songs (featuring guest vocals) from their upcoming album.

Our prediction is that Otnes, now more experienced and diversified musically, will bring in influence through her experiences in her other projects like Boycut.

“The new record showcases a lot of collaborative writing and arranging as far as the music goes, fun harmonies, and versatility as far as the feel of each song,” said Otnes. “We are experimenting with different textures and are really excited to show off some fun indie-rock bangers.”

Guitarist Colin Althaus also said that they’re hard at work “writing, workshopping and getting ready to hit the studio again.”

-Buzz Magazine

Top live shows of 2015


Church Booty and Tara Terra are up next, Champaign-Urbana. They proved, with their show last Saturday, that they can both pull out a massive crowd and have the entirety of Cowboy Monkey singing along and dancing to their, regardless of the difference in genres between the two. Keep your eyes on both of these bands, because I have a feeling they may be a C-U staple for some time to come." - Smile Politely

Two Nights at Cowboy Monkey

"Pulling in an enormous crowd into the Cowboy Monkey, you could tell things were going to get hot really quick.  Tara Terra continues to grow in their sound, members and power at every new show. With both Colin Althaus and Emily Otnes in the band, there is no lack of excitement. Althaus is arguably one of the best guitarists in the area – especially at such a young age – and Otnes is one of the most successful singer/songwriters in the area. Their undeniable talent is combined with other members like Joey Buttlar on the drums, Alleya Weibel on the violin, Nicholas Soria on bass and bringing in extra vocals from Mariel Fechik of Church Booty. The night was filled with off the wall guitar solos and vocals, combined with the sturdy backbone from the rest of the band. The crowd was jumping, clapping and singing along and one can tell that the band has really hit their pace and is making huge leaps towards their future." - Buzz Magazine