Archive for June, 2013

Tonight! The EIGHTH Rocker Stalker Presents happens at Brooklyn’s beloved Bar Matchless! I’m super excited about the rock heavy line up this evening, including The Spanish Channel, The Courtesy Tier, STRNGRS , and The Tye Trybe.

Find out more on FACEBOOK and RSVP!

Doors at 7pm, $10, 21+.  Rock on!




That’s right! Rocker Stalker joins forces with the L Magazine and The Gypsy West to rock your Northside Festival weekend!  Tonight, Saturday 6/15  at The Trash Bar and tomorrow 6/16 at Bar Matchless will feature an extensive line-up of top-notch local acts!  Tonight starts at 7pm, and tomorrow begins at 230pm! SEE YA THERE!

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This past weekend was an indulgent one, setting aside two nights for one of my favorite artists, Canandians-turned-Seattlites, Reignwolf, who I’ve mentioned several times since seeing them perform last year in New York.  This time, the power blues rock trio took NYC’s Irving Plaza by storm, as part of their east coast tour and after party for Governor’s Ball.  The rain that came with Reignwolf did not stop fans from venturing out to the festival that, from what I understand, was an epic rock show that ended in the mud.   Surviving the flood and ferry ride (Vocalist/guitarist Jordan Cook mentioned his horoscope predicted “a tragic boating accident will soon claim the lives of the lead singer, guitarist, and drummer of your one-man band.”), a drier venue welcomed them on Friday evening where they joined fellow threepiece, 80’s rock icons, Dinosaur Jr., who demonstrated more stamina than most people half their ages and shook the venue with more than an hour and a half of hazy, loud rock. It was the perfect combination; bands from different eras showcasing the longevity of guitar-heavy rock ‘n roll.  Here’s Reignwolf shredding at Irving, seguing from a take on Moby’s “Natural Blues” into  a RW original, “Into the Dark.”  I don’t need to speak much for this video…and check out some pictures too!  The Reignweekend continued Sunday evening. I made the trek to Philly’s Ortlieb’s Lounge, had some cheesesteaks and energized for the impending, unapologetic rock out. The show got going with Philly/Tristate area-based Satellite Hearts, who, though youthful, sounded beyond their years with classic rock vibes and prococious chops.  They called Reignwolf, “Beowolf,” which added a bit of comic relief and continued the string of hilarious misnamings of the  act (They had been called “Reignworm” when being booked at Irving Plaza). Speaking of Reignworm/Beowolf/Reignwolf, there was no mistaking the awesome spectacle that was their performance. With a smaller venue came a much more intimate show, fusing the band and crowd with an electric set.   Starting out solo,  playing a single kickdrum while singing and wailing on guitar, Cook drew the crowd in before adding bandmates Stitch on bass and Joseph Braley on drums,  who  pummeled the stage and pulled out all the stops. Cook lept on and off his kick drum, reigning (literally) over the audience with his guitar, while Stitch made his way into audience for a friendly jam out.  Favorites of the night included “In the Dark,” “Electric Love” (video below), and a rarely performed cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” during which Cook made his way over to the drumkit to sing, play guitar with one hand, and drum with the other.  The night was unforgettable, and definitely proves why Reignwolf is making huge impressions wherever they go.  They’ll be rocking and ruling at NXNE, Lollapalooza, Squamish Festival, and Austin City Limits, just to name a few stops on their tour.   All I can say is HELL YEAH. Keep it up guys! Here’s a look back on Sunday!


TONIGHT, the seventh installment of Rocker Stalker‘s shows at Bar Matchless  goes down!  Don’t miss sets by Craig Davis Band, Sexy Neighbors, Morningside Lane, and The Tye Trybe!  7pm doors, $10, 21+!  RSVP here!

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The past two days have been a blast to say the least, and they’re just the beginning of a music-packed month.

Tuesday, June 4, upon boarding the lovely boat, Circleline Queens, I knew I was in for a pretty memorable evening with LA’s The Bronx. A feisty punk rock band, a rediculously high-energy, moshing crowd in a room with 7-foot ceilings, AND a view of Manhattan from the water? Rocking and romantic. NY’s Vagina Panther, lady-led, speedy, metal band set a good pace for what was to come. The Bronx hit the deck running, full throttle, blasting through a set ranging from their “I”-“IV” records. Although they joked about it being the “last Bronx show on a boat,” they were probably right when crowd-surfing fans kicked in the ceiling, forcing guards to dismantle pieces of the boat’s first floor. But, hey, it’s a rock show. What did they expect?  Here’s a taste of the ceiling’s demise and some pics!

Last night, I was lucky enough to see Queens of the Stone Age LIVE ON LETTERMAN. The band doesn’t need my help promoting it, but I have to point out how much I love their new record …Like Clockwork that officially (and finally) dropped this past Tuesday.  Full of dark love songs, grabbing melodies, and signature sultriness, QOTSA’s sixth album might be in my tops, especially of 2013.  Letterman was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the band played almost an hour of new songs accompanied by stunning, ghoulish visuals, masterminded by Boneface, and  projected on the backdrop.  The artwork also serves as a sort of animated graphic “novel,” and can be sampled here in this album promo. Though the show felt too short, even with the encore, “Little Sister,” I couldn’t have left the Ed Sullivan Theater feeling any more satisfied.  You can stream the performance on, but here’s my little video of “Smooth Sailing,” and some photos! And to all you lucky Brooklynites, enjoy their show tomorrow!

Tonight, Brooklyn’s alt-rockers Midnight Spin take the stage at the fancy and spacious Gramercy Theatre! Joined by fellow Brooklynites Country Mice and Minneapolis-based The4ontheFloor in support of Chicago’s Filligar, this lineup showcases a solid handful of nationwide rock.

Come on out to midtown and kickstart the summer! Doors at 7pm, 16+, and tickets here or at the door.