Archive for March, 2013

Hair, girls, money, (partial) nudity, and parties. That’s rock n’ roll, and that’s The VeeVees and their debut video for single “Dog Day Revel.”    Just a duo, Garret Cillo (guitar/vocals) and Andrea Belifiore (drums) create a volatile blues-rock sound among the two of them and embody the attitude and power of many.  “Dog Day Revel” offers a sample of what The VeeVees are all about, no-apologies, 70’s-inspired, riff-ridden rock ‘n roll. Check out hte debut video here and catch the Brooklyn-based pair on March 27 at Arlene’s Grocery!

Apparently, it has taken almost a week to get back into the swing of things, so hello again! To reiterate, SXSW 2013 was the best yet of my five consecutive trips down to Austin for the festival.

Wednesday, March 13, which marked the second day of SXSW’s music week left me in awe (without knowing the rest of the week would leave me feeling the same).  I spent most of the day at one of my favorite ATX venues, Rusty’s waiting with bated breath for epic acts inlcuding Eagles of Death Metal and Reignwolf.  Sticking around all day paid off, as I heard a bevy of bands that impressed on all three of the venue’s stages.

Soulful Southern Californians, The Mowgli’s, kicked my day off with aptly sunny tunes. The LA octet  recently released a music video, ode to  NorCal counterpart, entitled “San Francisco.”   A solid set of upbeat and dancable pop kept the spirit up, as Oxoford, UK’s A Silent Film, made it their goal to rile up the SX crowd.  You can check out their record, Sound and Snow here.  On the outside stage, hometowners,The Rocketboys were having a ball playing their indie rock anthems in the sunshine, showcasing their rich harmonies. Their record Build Anyway is out now.  Back indoors, sibling-led blondfire filled the room with ethereal alt-pop sounds from their EP, Where the Kids Are.  One big moment I was looking forward to was upon me, as I stood in sweaty anticipation for  some of my rock ‘n roll heroes, Eagles Of Death Metal. Flirtatious and sassy Jesse Hughes, who donned a t-shirt reading “Pigeons of Shit Metal,” winked and danced his way through the set of adrenalized ‘hits,’ defining the ultimate frontman.

I took a momentary break to see NYC’s Hollis Brown rock out an acoustic set at The Deli Magazine’s “Hangover Hangout,” a little break with acoustic sets. Hollis Brown stripped down to two members, taking a bit of a break themselves from their ongoing tour.  Check these guys out when they are back in NY on March 30  and their album Ride on the Train.

Back at Rusty’s, I found my self headbanging to Brazilian Black Drawing Chalks,  who I can’t say much else about since I don’t speak Portugese except they were awesome. Following suit, space rock, Cosmic Suckerpunch, who has twin guitar and bass players (fun fact) which contrasted with gypsy folk group  The Herbert Bail Orchestra, that literally was an orchestra of  nine plus members.   Back outside, London and Johanessberg-rooted and now Arizona-based KONGOS made up for four (genetically related) brothers, who generate a sort of tribal indie rock. Classical guitarist Alain Johannes performed with impassioned spirit, driving the audience to hush themselves to hear the guitar’s subtle nuances.  Closing my night with perfection, I was yet again privileged to hear the phenomenal Reignwolf whose prevous appearance in NYC last year rattled my brain.  Starting off solo, with guitar, kick drum, and vocals, Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf proved himself a top bluesman of the 21st century. Joined onstage, the one-man-band became three, and together they yet again blew the minds of all onlookers with incredible riffs and authentic rock ‘n roll, even including a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.”

A picture says a thousand words, so check out Day 2’s photos on Rocker Stalker’s Facebook Page.   Here are a couple videos for your viewing soundtrack!

I’m back in Austin! What a relief!  I’m down in Texas for the annual SXSW Festival, a personal 5th! Day 1 was the perfect day of music, weather, and food, and I was lucky to catch some incredible bands.  I kicked the day off at Hotel Vegas with Parisian rockers, Hooka Hey, who were definitely worth the wait of the soundman’s eternal set up. Following them, Austin-based The Preservation provided uplifting spacerock to fight any oncoming afternoon sleepiness.  I bounced over to the Red Bull Space where an all Los Angeles line-up impressed and made me completely homesick! When I arrived, dancy quartet Hands, was riling up the crowd.  Next, surfy and punky Beach Party  and dual-drummer, electro-rock/industrial Big Black Delta kept my day at a high. Plus, I really liked Beach Party’s bassist’s Clash t-shirt!  Closing off my time at the Red Bull Space was Best Coast, who has been making waves with their light indie vibes. Back at Hotel Vegas, I got my face melted upon entering by Austin’s The Venus Illuminato who were breaking down some serious blues rock. The late show started off with mellow indie trio Cheree, then the pace was accelerated by psych-rock, projection-embellished Holy Wave out of El Paso. Concluding my first SXSW day, I caught up with Joshua Tree-founded Gram Rabbit, one of my favorite bands from California (here I go with that nostalgia again…), who packed the room with heavy riffs, experiental tinges, and cowboy attitude.

Check out some photos from Rocker Stalker’s SX start!


Here we go again! Rocker Stalker in Brooklyn!  This time, hitting the Paperbox! Killer line up that goes national!   TrebucheT from Dallas joins some New Yorkers: Viva Mayday, Ellis Ashbrook, and The Hsu Nami!

Fun starts at 8pm! 21+, $10!  Bring your dancing shoes, bring your friends.  RSVP here!

The Paper Box is located at 17 Meadow St. Brooklyn, NY 11206





Rocker Stalker is moving venues and boroughs for a bit, to Bar Matchless in Brooklyn!  TONIGHT is the first of many gigs to come, and I’m super thrilled to presents a rockin’ line up including Stroamata, Permanent Arms, Black Wing Halo, and Hunters and Runners.  Here is the Facebook event!


Doors at 7pm, 21+, $10.

Bar Matchless is located at 557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222.


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