Greetings Rocker Stalker readers…I’m excited to remind you that I will be joining up with my friends over at Behind the Curtains Media to rock the annual Brooklyn-centric festival, Northside! ¬†We’re putting TWO killer shows starting tomorrow 6/11 at Trash Bar. In sadder news, this will be one of the last shows ever at Trash Bar, so come say good bye to a beloved venue. ¬†Then, Friday we’ll be bringing you a day party at Bar Matchless! ¬†Full details and RSVP links below!

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 at TRASH BAR

7:30PM DOORS: RSVP HERE

$10 or Free for first 40 badges

Featuring:
8pm: Whiskey Bitches
8:50pm: Pussywolf
9:40pm: Sic Vita
10:30pm: War Games
11:20pm: Newborn

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12 at BAR MATCHLESS

1:30PM DOORS: RSVP HERE

$10 or Free for first 25

Featuring:

2pm: Gloomfeather
2:35pm: Active Bird Community
3:10pm: Whiskey Bitches
3:45pm: The Grape And The Grain
4:20pm: The Courtesy Tier
4:55pm: War Games
5:30pm: Newborn

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It’s Saturday night and Rocker Stalker is proud to present a super fun line up at the beloved Mercury Lounge! It’s an all night thing, so get there early!

6pm doors, 21+, $10

7pm- Lady
8- Marco With Love
9- The Clydes
10- Vinyette
11- Cold Blood Club
12- Natural Stranger

RSVP and share the event HERE!

 

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Denver-based “stoner-rock” (or however you prefer to describe heavy, fuzzed out rock ‘n roll) band¬†Luna Sol¬†recently dropped their debut album¬†Blood Moon¬†via Slush Fund Recordings. Though it’s their first record in this formation, the band members are no strangers to the rock world. Fronted by¬†veteran singer and lead guitarist¬†Dave Angstrom¬†(Hermano, Supafuzz), Luna Sol also features¬†local Denver musicians:¬†drummer Pat Gill (The Feds, ‚Äô76 Pinto), guitarist/vocalist Shanda Kolberg (The Swanks) and bassist/vocalist Shannon Fahnestock (The Swindlers).

Keeping everything local, the album¬†was completed at¬†Sierra Estates in Colorado and the artwork was designed by celebrated Denver tattoo artist, Christel Perkins, of¬†Sol¬†Tribe. Adding layers to the band’s already rich history, Luna Sol recruited several star members of the¬†stoner and desert-rock communities: John Garcia (Kyuss, Hermano, Vista Chino) adds vocals on ‚ÄúDecember;” Dandy Brown (Hermano, Orquestra del Desierto) plays¬†bass on ‚ÄúDeath Mountain;‚ÄĚ Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age) plays bass on ‚ÄúPretty Rotten;‚ÄĚ Greg Martin (The Kentucky Headhunters) contributes¬†slide guitar on ‚ÄúDeath Mountain;” Dean Smith (Supafuzz) plays bass on ‚ÄúBridges;‚ÄĚ Jason Groves (Supafuzz, Asylum on the Hill) plays bass on ‚ÄúIn the Shadows;‚ÄĚ and Dizzy Reed (Guns N‚Äô Roses) delivers a Hammond B3 performance on ‚ÄúYour War.‚ÄĚ

Blood Moon¬†is a pure headbanger’s delight. Growling vocals, driving bass lines, furious drumming and fierce riffs permeate the nine tracks, making the debut a must-have rock record. Highlight tracks include¬†the fiery “December,” sludgy “Operator” and sultry “Your War.”

Enjoy the interview with Angstrom and stream Blood Moon below!

Rocker Stalker: How did Denver become home? How did it influence your writing and overall sound?

Dave Angstrom:¬†My wife, Jen, is from Denver. I fell in love with the mountains when we were dating around 2007. We moved here in 2012, and I really dig it. The vibe of the city tucked under the mountains is amazing‚ÄĒthere‚Äôs so much to do creatively. ¬†Also, the folklore and the interesting stories of older times in the area really intrigues me. Colorado has definitely affected the stories in Luna Sol, but my Kentucky roots are alive an well in the riffs!

RS: How does Luna Sol differ from your previous projects and collaborations?

DA:¬†When I moved to Colorado, I made a decision to start a project that had no boundaries musically‚ÄĒone that can float and change as time passes and I grow older. Luna Sol is my first evolving band. I‚Äôm stoked about that. Playing with Shannon, Pat and Shanda is such an honor. They are amazing people and musicians‚ÄĒand writers, too. ¬†It‚Äôs a great vibe and we have all become close friends. We are really starting to become one, which rocks. My other band, Hermano, still exists and has its own thing. We are actually in the process of tracking a new Hermano album for this Summer, but Luna Sol is my main focus now and I dig it.

RS: You have several veteran players on various tracks of your new album, Blood Moon. How did you manage to get them on board? Did you write the songs with the guest appearances in mind?

DA:¬†I wish I was that talented! No, I write what comes naturally. If it feels good, and it sounds great through a vintage plexi Marshall, I‚Äôm in. I had a short list of some friends that I really wanted to be a part of this album. I asked Pat, Shanda and Shannon if they were cool with it, and they all agreed it would rock. So I looked at the list and thought of what might work for various badasses and sent emails or made calls begging my friends to be on the album with us. It was very cool of everyone to play on¬†Blood Moon¬†with us. We’re grateful.

RS:¬†What’s the story behind¬†Blood Moon?¬†What can new listeners expect?

DA:¬†I grew up in Kentucky. The Bible belt. There was lots of stuff about sinners and going to hell. It always seemed so intense to me, so when I heard that there were real blood moons happening while we were making the album and that, historically, Christians thought blood moons were a sign of the end times, I thought, ‚ÄúHey, that rocks‚ÄĒBlood Moon¬†it is!‚ÄĚ I love the visual of a real blood moon and the history is fun, too.

RS: Who are some other bands/artists we should be looking out for?

DA:¬†Oh, man, in Denver there are a ton of great bands‚ÄĒBronze, Throttlebomb, Chingaso, Horse, Black Lamb, Reno Divorce, Abrams, Smolder and Burn, Slim Cessna, also Greg Martin Band who are from Kentucky and amazing. Some others from California‚ÄĒHookers and Blow, John Garcia, Dandy Brown‚Ķ man, there are just too many to name or remember.

RS: If you did the scoring for a movie, what would the movie be about?

DA: Guitars. And vintage tube amps. And how they will someday save the world.

RS: In your years in the music arena, what has been the most rewarding? 

DA:¬†The most rewarding thing has been playing music with real people who aren‚Äôt looking for any rockstar BS. My favorite moments musically are all over the place‚ÄĒfrom playing Spain in front of 20,000 people all the way to sitting in my backyard learning a Dylan song under my wishing tree. The real moments are what matters. I‚Äôm thankful for those.

RS: Any upcoming tour dates? I’m hoping for NYC!
DA:¬†We‚Äôll be staying close to Colorado for now, so unfortunately no New York shows, but we’re working on a Fall European tour that should be badass!

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Called “Music City” for a reason, Nashville is consistently pumping out¬†high caliber bands. One said band is garage/soul rock ‘n rollers Willie and the Giant.¬† Today, Rocker Stalker is excited to premiere the new track “Long Gone” from their forthcoming debut self-titled album, out April 21 on¬†Cumberland Brothers Music.

“Long Gone” offers up a punky punch from the start, kicking¬†out hip-shaking rhythms,¬† untethered¬†energy and classic boogie-woogie¬†drive. ¬†Willie and the Giants have already been named “New Band of the Week” by¬†The Guardian UK, which comes as¬†no surprise given the track’s dynamicism and catchy hooks that beg for multiple listens.

Take “Long Gone” for a whirl¬†below and make sure to get your copy of Willie and the Giant¬†on Tuesday! Check out the band on Facebook for upcoming news and pre-order the album HERE.

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This is a moment I’ve been waiting for…for 5 months to be exact. Kickass rock duo Cadaver Dogs are out from Ohio on tour and are gracing the Big Apple with their presence TONIGHT at Arlene’s Grocery!

I’ve been in need of an epic rock show of Cadaver Dogs’ caliber, so it’s pretty much the¬†best news ever to have these boys back in town after their last visit to NYC for CMJ in October. ¬†Since then, the¬†pair ¬†have been rocking tunes from their¬†fiery 2014¬†album called¬†Too Much and have been planning new music and their “Spring Schwing” tour that is ¬†currently in full swing. ¬†You can check the poster below for more dates near you.

You won’t want to¬†¬†miss this evening’s show that is sure to be an ear-bleeding, face-melting good time! ¬†The shenanigans start at 10pm! See you there!

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Hello blogosphere. It’s been a minute, but I’m glad to be back in time to let you know about an¬†amazing show happening tonight in New York City at The Bowery Ballroom.

Tonight, NY’s very own The London Souls celebrate their sophomore release, ¬†Here Come the Girls,¬†out today! If you don’t know these guys, you should start. The album encapsulates everything there is to¬†love about rock ‘n roll:¬†soulful vocals, hooky riffs, heartwarming ballads and face-melting drumming. The best part? There are 13 tracks to enjoy and worthy of multiple listens.

If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, grab ’em¬†HERE.

Another perk of tonight’s show is The Skins are opening! Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.

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Reporting to you live from the sky in transit from NYC to Austin….some very exciting news for this week’s SXSW Music Festival! Rocker Stalker is bringing you TWO showcases with the help from some awesome friends!

**Thursday, March 19: 1-8pm**

 Rocker Stalker, Behind The Curtains Media, & 1.21 Gigawatts Present the #SonicTonic SXSW Day Party!

at AMLI Downtown (Entrance will be next to Daily Juice on the corner of 3rd and Colorado Street.)
**FREE SHOW**FREE DRINKS**

Line up:

Manic Pixi
Chrome Pony
The Courtesy Tier
Concord America
Gloomfeather
Honduras
Highly Suspect
Flannel Mouth
Dances
The Wans
Victorian Halls

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/892621964121816/
Brought to you by Montauk Brewing Company, Clique Vodka, SwitchBitch Records , Cloudman Labs and Drizly

**Saturday, March 21: 1-6pm**

Rocker Stalker & Little Dickman Records Present the Destroy All Bands Day Party

at Trailer Space Records(1401 Rosewood Avenue)
**FREE SHOW* *FREE DRINKS*

Line Up:

The Mad Doctors
Highly Suspect
Psychiatric Metaphors
Death Lens
Sharkmuffin
The Off White
TV Tramps
The Wans
The Grayces

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/660964957342049/

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Tonight is the night! Rocker Stalker brings some killer bands to Mercury Lounge for the late show, starring Netherlands, Ellis Ashbrook and Highly Suspect!

The party gets started at 9pm! See you there!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/977407755620973/

 

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I know I’m two days late to the usual “year in review,” but here are the Rocker Stalker-approved, top 5 releases of 2014!

1) Royal BloodRoyal Blood 

Every track on this self-titled album is a blistering, in-you-face rock track. This UK duo is bringing the rhythm section to the forefront, embodying¬†the power of a group many times their number. ¬†Royal Blood will be touring with Foo Fighters this summer, so don’t miss their incrdible live show! Get a taste of Royal Blood with the¬†video “Figure It Out:”

2)¬†Reignwolf“Lonely Sunday:”

Yet another teaser to the TBA¬†album from this heavy blues-rock power trio. Originally a solo project of Canadian born, Seattle- based guitar virtuoso Jordan Cook, this band is reigning supreme on the rock circuit, having toured with Black Sabbath this year, ¬†and gaining fans exponentially all over the world. Check out the track “Lonely Sunday” below:

3) The WansHe Said She Said

Follow up to their 2012 self-titled EP, Nashville-based The Wans can be very proud of this past year’s full-length He Said She Said. Ten tracks of non-stop face melting, this grungy garage three-piece took the festival network by storm throughout 2014 and even had song in a BMW commercial. ¬†And, just when you thought they were all business, think twice and get a good laugh with their video for the single “Never Win:”

4) The GraycesWesting

I’m not sure what it is about Nashville, but something awesome must be in the water. Heavy and ominous, The Grayces’ October 2014 release¬†Westing¬†takes you on a dangerous ride through the darkest parts of rock ‘n roll with fierce vocals, penetrating bass lines and unrelenting drums. ¬†The trio embarked on an extensive tour in support of the record, and definitely scared some hipsters when they took the stage here in NYC. Take the plunge with The Grayces’ video¬†“Lord and Gods of Alcohol:”

5) The Phuss–¬†On The Prowl

Ever since I laid eyes and ears on these three gentlemen from Dallas/Fort Worth, I’ve felt better about the future of rock ‘n roll and punk. 2014 was a big one for The Phuss, joining forces with Magnetic Eye Records, toured the nation, and dropping their sophomore album¬†On The Prowl,¬†which has gotten a lot of people talking and a lot of people headbanging. ¬†The Phuss reinvigorate the down ‘n dirty rock mentality that makes their live shows all-the-more-fun. ¬†Party with The Phuss in their video “I Don’t Feel Good:”

Portland’s been a big focus as of late, mostly because of the (hilarious) show Portlandia, but that is about to be out shined. Enter Foxy Lemon, hard-hitting, 70s-tinged bluesy rock ‘n roll quintet. ¬†Rocker Stalker is thrilled and privileged to host the exclusive premiere of the Portlanders’ new single ¬†“The Factory” from their forthcoming, aptly-titled split release,¬†Joint EP, shared with fellow Portland natives, Cambrian Explosion.

“The Factory,” which you can stream below, ¬†churns out grungy blues rock goodness. Opening with grumbles and howls with sassy riffs and yearning vocals, it soon¬†surges¬†into a adrenaline-infused, slide guitar¬†¬†explosion that melts you to the core. Foxy Lemon prove rock ‘n roll is alive and well in the Northwest, and I an only hope they make their way east soon.

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Stay updated on all things Foxy Lemon and visit them on the interwebs, and in the meantime, rock out to “The Factory!”