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It’s been a minute since I got to bask in the great songs and banter by Jersey/NY-based rock ‘n rollers The Gay Blades. ¬†This time, they went big, as in Gramercy Theatre big, supporting their Asbury Park brethren, power pop/rock quintet The Parlor Mob.

Since my first intro to The Gay Blades in 2010, I’ve seen them alternate between duo and trio, and this time around, they had settled on a third Gay Blade, sporting two guitars and drums. ¬†The packed crowd eagerly awaited and chanted the band onto the stage as the curtain rose. ¬†The trio launched into the noise-ridden, punky “Rock ‘n Roll, Pt. 1,” taken from the band’s 2011 release Savages,¬†¬†and in between songs, vocalist/guitarist James Wells had no problem picking on someone from the crowd and interspersing comedic banter throughout the set, a must at a¬†Gay Blades show. The audience ate up the band’s energy and excitedly sampled a few new tunes along with favorites, disco-esque “Mick Jagger,” ultra-bubbly but pleading “Try to Understand,” and crowd-pleasing closer “O Shot.”

Catch these guys on Friday October 17 at Black Bear in Brooklyn and check out the photos from Gramecy on Rocker Stalker!

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It’s been a while since my last post, but this topic was worthy of getting back into the swing of things. Last week, Saskatoon-turned-Seattle power trio Reignwolf (a favorite of mine if you know me) hit the east coast for a week and a half of insane shows, fresh off a European tour with Black Sabbath. ¬†I made the trek to Washington DC’s the Rock ‘n Roll Hotel on July 26, where I was barred from photography, so you’ll just have to believe me when I say it was an epic show. ¬†A couple days later, ¬†I convinced some Reignwolf newbies to carpool me down to The Wonder Bar in¬†¬†Asbury¬†Park. The three piece impressed and made instant fans with locals, who weren’t exactly sure what had just shaken their relatively quiet city. Last but not least, Friday, August 1 was the finale at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC. ¬†A sold out evening with Rocker Stalker buddies STRNGRS supporting was an indescribable night. Taking the show down to the floor amongst the crowd, a common Reignwolf show occurrence, was at a whole new level at Bowery, complete with a crowd surfing Jordan Cook (see below), sweat drenched audience, and in a word, mayhem!

All in all, I was rocked like a hurricane and pretty happy about it. Check out all the photos from Bowery Ballroom on Rocker Stalker’s Facebook page!

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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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