Archive for February, 2013

LA-based, indie rock duo, Broken Anchor, took the plunge and set out on their first east coast tour for the past week and a half. Vocalist/guitarist,  Austin Hartley-Leonard, and drummer, Mike Duffy, stopped by NYC at the  beloved LES room, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on February 15 to serenade the crowd with soulfully sweet tunes and quirky and witty inter-song patter. A week later, the Angelenos took their tunes further uptown to the American Folk Art Museum for the ongoing Free Music Friday series that featured the band in acoustic form.

The pair currently has three self-titled EP’s available, downloadable for FREE on their website (“Ghosts” from Broken Anchor Vol. III was recently featured on Private Practice.)  You can stream their music below and get a glimpse into their full-length record, Fresh Lemonade, due out this summer.

Tuesday evening at Santos Party House buzzed with excitement that reverberated through the smoke-machine clouds as the audience anticipated the high-energy, high-caliber line up, including Richmond, VA’s dancy groovers, Spirit Animal, NYC’s piano-led, indie pop group, Eytan and the Embassy, and LA rockers, Nico Vega.  Spirit Animal warmed up the crowd, enlightening all on entertaining dance moves, and Eytan and the Embassy lifted spirits with their upbeat melodies and peppy rhythms.  Headliners, Nico Vega, impressed with heavy riffs and powerful vocals. Leading-lady Aja Volkman, although small in stature, packed a punch in her performance, bouncing on and off the drum kit and large metal barrels that the band used as percussion.  The audience reflected back the energy radiating from the stage, inducing smiles across the band’s faces.  Nico Vega gave their all, but the crowd still begged for an encore that was passionately fulfilled.

Check out more photos from the night on Rocker Stalker’s Facebook!


Since hearing and covering Semi Precious Weapons beginning in early 2008, I know one thing remains the same: these guys never sacrifice being themselves for ANYONE.   With two full lengths, We Love You and You Love You, an EP,  international and national tours (notably with Lady Gaga), and a relocation from New York to LA  under their belt, fans everywhere (literally) have been awaiting new SPW tunes. The day has arrived!

Unlike their previous hard/party/glam rock material, the new single, “Aviation High” is an epic  electro-dance based track. It’s equally as catching, though,  and  demonstrates a step toward a fresh outfit for SPW as well as the band’s eclectic influences and talents.  And, did I mention it’s already #1 on Soundcloud on it’s debut day?

Check out “Aviation Hight” here, and feel free to spread the word!