Related Information for Howlin Rain This San Francisco, California group was formed in 2004 by Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire with Ian Gradek. John Moloney (of Sunburned hand of the man) joined the group to record the first album, self titled and released by Birdman Records. This has caught comparisons with the early Grateful Dead and the ear of label impresario Rick Rubin.Upon Moloney's departure in 2006 the group was recreated to record "Magnificent Fiend", co-released by Birdman and American Records in 2008. T.. read more