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This might be the biggest show in Rocker Stalker history! Tonight, Rocker Stalker presents at Knitting Factory in Williamsburg and is honored to have three amazing bands grace the stage: The Courtesy Tier, Newborn and The Gay Blades!

The rocking and rolling starts promptly at 7pm. Cover is $10 adv/$12 at the door, so RSVP buy your tickets HERE.

See you later, rocker stalker stalkers!
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This might be the most exciting week in Rocker Stalker’s existence, with THREE rock-tober shows!

It all kicks of tonight at PIANOS in the Lower East Side with a hard-hitting, face-melting, eardrum-shattering line up featuring Boston’s SUMMONER, Asbury Park’s THE BATTERY ELECTRIC, Dallas’ THE PHUSS and Brooklyn’s STRNGRS! Be there at 7:30pm, RSVP HERE!

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Show #2 rocks BAR MATCHLESS in Brooklyn for the CMJ Music Marathon on TUESDAY 10/21! Official show featuring HEK, THE TOXIC FEMMES, THE COURTESY TIER, STROAMATA, CADAVER DOGS, THE WANS and STRNGRS! Everything gets going at 6:30pm, and is free to CMJ badge-holders and $10 for the public! RSVP and invite your friends! 

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Last but not least, CMJ week closes at SPIKE HILL in Williamsburg at the PARTY ON! OFFICIAL CMJ SHOWCASE! Get a huge dose of awesome music from 5 cities all through the afternoon from 12-6pm on FRIDAY 10/24!  Tunes provided by BLACK WING HALO, DAN ABRAHAM, MENAGE, ISLE OF RHODES, THE GRIZZLED MIGHTY, THE GRAYCES, TESLA ROSSA, THE WANS and CADAVER DOGS!

FREE TO EVERYONE!  RSVP and see you Friday!

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Rocco Deluca is the type of performer who will break and mend your heart all at once. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter/slide guitar extraordinaire graced Brooklyn with his presence on Tuesday Setpember 2 at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg.  DeLuca has been through a few incarnations over the years.  I first heard his tunes back in  2006 when his band and music were the focuses of a documentary  entitled I Trust You To Kill Me,  featuring  Kiefer Sutherland, who acted as the band’s tour manager during that time.  Now, touring as a duo in support of his latest self-titled album, DeLuca was joined by Johnathan Wright on drums.

Tuesday evening was  a treat to say the least. The opener was an intriguing and interesting Brooklyn-based act called The Loom, who put a twist on “indie rock,” integrating a french horn into their sound.   The softspoken DeLuca and unassuming Wright appeared on the stage after a brief soundcheck, creeping up on the audience with undetectable introductions that  launched into walls of sound that seemed almost impossible to achieve by only two musicians. The  musical chemistry between Wright and DeLuca was undeniable as Wright complimented every nuance in DeLuca’s voice and interwove rhythms into DeLuca’s slide guitar variations and dynamic style. Taking selections from the 2014 release, including hymn-infused “Congregate” entrancing “Through Fire,” and hypnotic “Colors of the Cold,” DeLuca’s ethereal voice ebbed and flowed with such sentiment, made all-the-stronger by the yearning nature of the pedal steel,  that  I was on the verge of tears. Heavily influenced by gospel music and hymns, DeLuca took on John Cleveland’s “God Can Do Anything,” crafting a poetic rendition, complete with exquisite vocal runs that trailed off into whispers,  leaving the audience in entranced awe. In between songs, DeLuca was a man of few words but still managed to mention he “wasn’t into the UK scene,” cracking some jokes about British hipsters, which he would “never live down.” Whatever the case, his Brooklyn fans were forgiving, especially when he played a more hip hop beat-infused version of the favorite, “I Trust You to Kill Me,” title track to the aforementioned album, to complete the set. Compelled by the crowd’s cheers, DeLuca agreed to an encore, but not before expressing his gratitude to the audience, the venue and the incredible sound. Closing the night officially and on a powerfully poignant note, DeLuca chose the radiant and emotive “Nightingale,” a song inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Dole of the King’s Daughter.

After the show, I chatted with DeLuca briefly about his next tour stops and future NYC plans. He also mentioned liking my nail polish that glowed brightly in the black light, which gets him brownie points. His kind demeanor and approachable attitude was refreshing to encounter in such a talent.

Rocco DeLuca will be on tour through the fall and will be returning to NYC on October 19 for a performance at Rockwood Music Hall. After years of listening to his albums and finally seeing the live show, I highly recommend checking out a gig near you and guarantee that DeLuca’s beautifully powerful artistry will have you hooked in no time.

Meanwhile, check out all things Rocco DeLuca on his website and Facebook!

 

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It’s finally here! The annual Brooklyn-centric festival Northside is back! I’m SUPER excited to be presenting TWO kickass showcases, the first going down TONIGHT at Bar Matchless!

Doors are at 7pm and bands start at 7:30pm sharp! You’ll get 6 bands for $10 or for free with a Northside badge.

Check out the featured bands and set times for tomorrow’s showcase and RSVP HERE!

7:30pm: Great Woods

8:15pm: Sucker

9pm: The Freaky Baby Daddies

9:45pm: Slim Wray

10:30pm: The Courtesy Tier

11:15pm: The Venetia Fair

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2014 is fast approaching, and to kick off the new year, Rocker Stalker has TWO kickass shows lined up!

January 3, I’ll be sticking around my home turf at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint.  The first Friday night of the new year will be marked by  The Next Great American NovelistOld Best FriendThe Courtesy Tier, and Ugly, Ugly Words.  Doors at 7pm, $10, 21+. RSVP and invite your friends here!

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On Friday, January 17, Rocker Stalker takes over THE BOWERY ELECTRIC! It’s not just any show, though, it’s my belated birthday bash!  I’ll be celebrating with rock ‘n roll (duh) and some of my favorites,  The Tye TrybeAdult DudeTwin Berlin, and The Battery Electric.   Additionally, I’ll  be donating over ALL my proceeds to Incubus’ Make Yourself Foundation.  The best gift is giving in my opinion. So, come rock out and support my birthday, local music, AND a good cause! Doors a 6:30pm, $10, 21+. RSVP here and share  please!

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Just wanted to take the time to make note of my royal rock weekend spent seeing Queens of the Stone Age. Last I saw these guys, I was in rainy Atlanta, chatting them up in catering.

Friday afternoon I headed up to Boston, and though I missed The Kills (bus delays as usual), my travel anxiety was quickly channeled into extreme excitement for the gentlemen of the hour.  Rocking Boston University’s Agganis Arena, QOTSA’s set featured a great variety from their discography for the hour and a half set, including “Millionaire,” “No One Knows,” “Monsters in the Parasol,” “Sick Sick Sick,” “Make it With Chu,” “I Sat By the Ocean,” “Fairweather Friends,” “Smooth Sailing,” and “Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” to name a few. The night was not without Josh Homme’s goofy antics, who cat called a woman arriving late as she descended the stairs and introduced Jon Theodore as the “best looking drummer in the world.”

Night two at Barclays in Brooklyn was a huge production. I arrived early to catch The Kills, who conquered the stage with Alison Mosshart’s huge vocals and dynamic stage presence, accompanied by a “drum corp”-syle percussion section.  A short set by the duo was followed swiftly by QOTSA.  Though they played an almost-identical set to the Boston gig, the experience was still a whole different one, with a much grander arena atmosphere, aggressive fans, and booming sound system.

I managed to catch a few moments  during the weekend! Check some photos from Saturday at Barclays and “Smooth Sailing” from Boston on the Rocker Stalker Facebook page!

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Oh, and congrats to QOTSA for their THREE Grammy nominations for …Like Clockwork! Well deserved!

Today is the day! It’s Rocker Stalker’s CMJ kick-off at Spike Hill in Williamsburg! The “Wake the Rock Up” showcase features Shady Elders (CO), The Tye Trybe (NY), Crush Distance (NY), Cadaver Dogs (OH), The Phuss(TX), STRNGRS (NY), and Black Wing Halo (NY)  and It’s a FREE!  

Doors at 12pm, runs til 6pm! Check out the Facebook invitation for set times!

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Greetings music lovers! It’s that time of year again when bands and music industry folk infiltrate New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon! This year, Rocker Stalker is taking the “marathon” very seriously, with THREE official and amazing showcases featuring top bands from five states!

First up, on Wednesday, 10/16, the “Wake the Rock Up” showcase features Shady Elders (CO), The Tye Trybe (NY), Crush Distance (NY), Cadaver Dogs (OH), The Phuss(TX), STRNGRS (NY), and Black Wing Halo (NY) at Spike Hill in Brooklyn. It’s a FREE day show from 12pm-6pm. Check out the Facebook invitation for set times!

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Thursday, 10/17, Rocker Stalker is back at Bar Matchless, this time for the “Loud and Proud” CMJ showcase with some evening shenanigans and debauchery brought to you by Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs (TX), Isle of Rhodes (NY), The VeeVees (NY), Cadaver Dogs (OH), The Battery Electric (NJ), The Tye Trybe (NY), The Phuss (TX), and Midnight Spin (NY).  Come rock from 6pm-12am! Invite your friends here.

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The Rocker Stalker finale takes place on Saturday, October 19 at SPiN New York in Manhattan (Fun fact, this club is owned by Susan Surandon.). The “Rock Steady” CMJ showcase keeps the andrenaline going with Raccoon Fighter (NY), The Courtesy Tier (NY), Isle of Rhodes (NY), The Epilogues (CO), The Phuss(TX), The Hsu-Nami (NY/NJ), and The Black Clouds (NJ).  Come close your CMJ the right way! RSVP here!
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Rocktober is in full swing! Rocker Stalker is back at Bar Matchless tonight with the sounds of Dan Abraham, The Inns, The Tye Trybe and The Black Clounds…a whole bunch of music you DON’T WANT TO MISS!

Doors at 7pm 21+, $10.  Facebook event here if you’d like to RSVP and check out Rocker Stalker in the process! See you later!

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Lucky number 13! Rocker Stalker’s only got a few shows left at Bar Matchless, but that doesn’t mean there’s any slowing down.  TONIGHT, September 6, come on out and rock with New Jersey artists Philip Lynch, Casual Shot, The Battery Electric, and Young Rising Sons.

Per usual, it’s 21+ and $10. Doors at 7pm!

RSVP here, and check out photos from the last TWO Rocker Stalker events at Matchles on 8/22 and Mercury Lounge on 8/28!

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