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2015 is coming to a close, and I can’t believe it! This year sped by and was the most adventurous year for Rocker Stalker yet. Between¬†presenting showcases at SXSW (3!) and CMJ (6!) ¬†and attending Aftershock and VooDoo Fests, and hosting over a dozen shows throughout the year in NYC, I’ve had a pretty great time. ¬†More importantly, though, there have been some incredible releases this year! Here are my top 5:

  1. Mister Asylum¬†by Highly Suspect: I’ve had my ears on these guys for about four years and was privileged to have them on a few shows ¬†in New York and SXSW before they burst from the Brooklyn “local” scene into the international spotlight. Their debut album that dropped in July is both a sultry, heavy alternative/bluesy rock delight and¬†vulnerable record that ¬†you can rock out and cozy up to. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a ROCK band making headway so quickly. And now, up for two Grammy¬†nominations, Highly Suspect might just be the next, most highly prized music act of the 2000’s. ¬†*Highlight tracks: “Lydia,” “Mom,” “23”¬†

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2.¬†Blood Moon¬†by Luna Sol: Back in the spring, I was lucky enough to interview Dave Angstrom,¬†a name you may recognize from “stoner rock” staples, Hermano and Supafuzz, and main man behind Luna Sol. ¬†The Denver-based group’s debut, released via Slush Fund Recordings, ¬†is heavy, dark and gritty; three words that describe almost all of my favorite music. ¬†And, to make things even MORE awesome, there are guest spots from¬†Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age),¬†Dizzy Reed (Guns N‚Äô Roses) ¬†and¬†John Garcia (Kyuss, Vista Chino), to name a few, lending to the already expertly-crafted, fiery and sludgy goodness. *Highlight tracks: ‘Your War,” “Operator,” “December”¬†

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3.¬†High Country¬†by¬†The Sword:¬†After catching these gentleman a few years back at SXSW, I fell in love with Austin’s hometown rock heroes. Their 5th studio album is fraught with masterful, headbanging riffs mixed with some space-rock/psychedelic influences¬†and some more up-to-date electro-effects. ¬†Those who weren’t able to live through the glory of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and the 70’s in general (yours truly included), can bask in the The Sword’s modern take on vintage vibes. ¬†I caught them recently at Webster Hall in New York City and once again, they blew my mind!¬†*Highlight tracks: “Mist & Shadow,” “The Dreamthieves,” “Buzzards”

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4. We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are¬†by Fable Cry:¬†These Nashville-based characters call themselves “theatrical scamp rock.” But, “what does that MEAN?” you may ask. A short and sweet answer is: vaudevillian, unique gypsy punk-infused rock. If you’re in search of the most out-of-the-box album of 2015, look no further. A combination of creepy, spooky, playful and creative, Fable Cry’s sophomore release is like having Halloween year-round. ¬†It’s only a matter of time before Tim Burton finds these guys and has them¬†score his next film. *Highlight tracks: “The Good Doctor,” “Fancy Dancing,” “You Ain’t My Baby No More”

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5. ¬†Temporary Love by The Brinks: OK, so this might be the black sheep of the list upon first listen, but you may recognize Australian-born, LA-based vocalist/guitarist Scott Mellis from Rocker Stalker’s “highly stalked.” His new band, The Brinks, a duo comprised of Mellis and producer Matt Friedman, dropped their 6-song EP earlier this month.¬†Executive produced by Pusha T¬†and Salaam Remi¬†and avidly supported by Pharrell Williams,¬†Temporary Love¬†showcases Mellis’ ethereal, spine-tingling vocals over bubbly dance-infused tracks. ¬†*Highlight tracks: “Temporary Love,” “Hide Your Love,” “Stoned”

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Wishing everyone a happy 2016!

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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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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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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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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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This is most exciting show yet! Rocker Stalker presents an AMAZING line up on Monday 8/18 at one of the best LES spots, Mercury Lounge, featuring¬†Toronto’s awesome sibling trio M√©nage, surfy rock duo Slim Wray, the wild and whacky Ugly, Ugly Words, top notch rock act Prospector, and grungy rockers Graveyard Lovers!

Doors are at 6:30pm, 21+, $10!

RSVP HERE! And GRAB YOUR TICKETS!

See you there!

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If you’re like me, you take finding new music really seriously, so seriously that you Shazam your computer, the TV, or even movies at the theater. This is in fact how I came across Nashville-based grungy rock trio The Wans, whose song ¬†“Want You” from their 2012 self-titled EP was featured on¬†USA Network’s¬†Necessary Roughness.¬†I unabashedly reached out last year and managed to keep in touch like any rocker pen pals would.

Over the¬†past year, I’ve seen the band’s notoriety increase exponentially, as they’ve landed¬†spots at Forecastle Festival, Hangout Festival and soon, Austin City Limits. ¬†Additionally, they announced¬†a forthcoming full-length album,¬†He Said She Said,¬†out September 9, produced by¬†Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson), mixed¬†by Vance Powell (Jack White, Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys) and mastered by¬†Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, Kings of Leon). ¬†Several of the tracks are already out via tastemaker sites like USA Today, Consequence of Sound, Flavorwire, PopMatters, and The AV Club,¬†riling up anticipation of the release.¬† When the band was planning their “Takeover Tour” a few months back, I did the Rocker Stalker thing to do and booked them a gig at Pianos for August 2. ¬†I had been waiting what seemed like ages to see the band live, so¬†I took full advantage and saw them three more times after Pianos at The Bowery Electric (supporting Jesse Malin), Niagara Bar, and The Legendary Dobb’s in Philadelphia. The gigs were a blast and obviously addictive, as the trio was consistently the stand out band of the night, bringing their high-powered¬†energy and tight musicianship to the stage. Check out the photos from the week on Rocker Stalker’s Facebook page!

¬†But let’s get down to business. ¬†The new album is¬†just plain badass.¬†However good music possesses you, be it headbanging, dancing, flailing, moshing¬†or taking your clothes off, He Said She Said¬†will lead you to do so.¬†¬†Fraught with bursts¬†of¬†raging¬†rock, sexy grooves, and dejected lyrics, this record blends Simon Kerr’s ¬†smooth and sultry upper register vocals¬†and¬†distorted guitars, Mark Petaccia’s ¬†heavy, pounding drums, and Thomas Bragg’s penetrating bass riffs into a smoothie of rock perfection. ¬†If you’re into “recommended if you like”¬†comparisons, The Wans’ sound ¬†evokes a large dose of¬†Queens of the Stone Age and Nirvana, splashed¬†with Led Zeppelin, Chris Cornell/Soundgarden and¬†tinges of punky brashness, a la¬†JEFF the Brotherhood or Bass Drum of Death. ¬†Opening with the ironically triumphant melodies of ¬†“Never Win,” The Wans show off their knack for ear catching songwriting. I hear there’s going to be a pretty awesome video to accompany it too, so stay on the look out!¬†He Said She Said¬†plummets into the dark depths of the unbridled “You’re Wasting” ¬†and “The Holy One,” which ¬†slinks along with¬†grinding slide guitars¬†and smashing drums. ¬†“What I’m Feeling” builds on¬†grooving bass lines and oozes with seduction and growing tension, which pushes the tortured¬†sentiment to erupt¬†on¬†“So Cruel,” as Kerr laments over and over, ” Why are you so cruel? Try to be a man but you treat me like a fool!” ¬†The Wans take a minor breather with a “balladic” but¬†burdened¬†“Turn Your Back,”¬†and though the slightly subdued mood seeps into the raw opening vocals of “Take Me Home,” it quickly escalates into fits of wailing choruses. “I Can’t Fix You” is probably the most contagious singalong track with “Oh’s” and “Ow’s'” that will be stuck in your head for days, and the discordant chords¬†of ¬†“Tired” ¬†aptly embody¬†the pain of the song’s message. Last but definitely not least, “Black Pony” (featured recently in a BMW commercial), is pure bluesy, grunge greatness,¬†pushing the album to a climactic close with hypnotic beats, crunching guitars, and angst-ridden welps. The point is, this might be my favorite album of 2014 so far, and I’d recommend getting your hands on it.¬†That’s what she said, and that’s final.

Keep your eyes peeled for more from The Wans, but in the meantime pre-order He Said She Said on Bandcamp and find the band on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Happy rocking!

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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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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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