Called “Music City” for a reason, Nashville is consistently pumping out high caliber bands. One said band is garage/soul rock ‘n rollers Willie and the Giant.  Today, Rocker Stalker is excited to premiere the new track “Long Gone” from their forthcoming debut self-titled album, out April 21 on Cumberland Brothers Music.

“Long Gone” offers up a punky punch from the start, kicking out hip-shaking rhythms,  untethered energy and classic boogie-woogie drive.  Willie and the Giants have already been named “New Band of the Week” by The Guardian UK, which comes as no surprise given the track’s dynamicism and catchy hooks that beg for multiple listens.

Take “Long Gone” for a whirl below and make sure to get your copy of Willie and the Giant on Tuesday! Check out the band on Facebook for upcoming news and pre-order the album HERE.

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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 Girlsout 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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Reporting to you live from the sky in transit from NYC to Austin….some very exciting news for this week’s SXSW Music Festival! Rocker Stalker is bringing you TWO showcases with the help from some awesome friends!

**Thursday, March 19: 1-8pm**

 Rocker Stalker, Behind The Curtains Media, & 1.21 Gigawatts Present the #SonicTonic SXSW Day Party!

at AMLI Downtown (Entrance will be next to Daily Juice on the corner of 3rd and Colorado Street.)
**FREE SHOW**FREE DRINKS**

Line up:

Manic Pixi
Chrome Pony
The Courtesy Tier
Concord America
Gloomfeather
Honduras
Highly Suspect
Flannel Mouth
Dances
The Wans
Victorian Halls

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/892621964121816/
Brought to you by Montauk Brewing Company, Clique Vodka, SwitchBitch Records , Cloudman Labs and Drizly

**Saturday, March 21: 1-6pm**

Rocker Stalker & Little Dickman Records Present the Destroy All Bands Day Party

at Trailer Space Records(1401 Rosewood Avenue)
**FREE SHOW* *FREE DRINKS*

Line Up:

The Mad Doctors
Highly Suspect
Psychiatric Metaphors
Death Lens
Sharkmuffin
The Off White
TV Tramps
The Wans
The Grayces

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/660964957342049/

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Tonight is the night! Rocker Stalker brings some killer bands to Mercury Lounge for the late show, starring Netherlands, Ellis Ashbrook and Highly Suspect!

The party gets started at 9pm! See you there!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/977407755620973/

 

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I know I’m two days late to the usual “year in review,” but here are the Rocker Stalker-approved, top 5 releases of 2014!

1) Royal BloodRoyal Blood 

Every track on this self-titled album is a blistering, in-you-face rock track. This UK duo is bringing the rhythm section to the forefront, embodying the power of a group many times their number.  Royal Blood will be touring with Foo Fighters this summer, so don’t miss their incrdible live show! Get a taste of Royal Blood with the video “Figure It Out:”

2) Reignwolf“Lonely Sunday:”

Yet another teaser to the TBA album from this heavy blues-rock power trio. Originally a solo project of Canadian born, Seattle- based guitar virtuoso Jordan Cook, this band is reigning supreme on the rock circuit, having toured with Black Sabbath this year,  and gaining fans exponentially all over the world. Check out the track “Lonely Sunday” below:

3) The WansHe Said She Said

Follow up to their 2012 self-titled EP, Nashville-based The Wans can be very proud of this past year’s full-length He Said She Said. Ten tracks of non-stop face melting, this grungy garage three-piece took the festival network by storm throughout 2014 and even had song in a BMW commercial.  And, just when you thought they were all business, think twice and get a good laugh with their video for the single “Never Win:”

4) The GraycesWesting

I’m not sure what it is about Nashville, but something awesome must be in the water. Heavy and ominous, The Grayces’ October 2014 release Westing takes you on a dangerous ride through the darkest parts of rock ‘n roll with fierce vocals, penetrating bass lines and unrelenting drums.  The trio embarked on an extensive tour in support of the record, and definitely scared some hipsters when they took the stage here in NYC. Take the plunge with The Grayces’ video “Lord and Gods of Alcohol:”

5) The Phuss– On The Prowl

Ever since I laid eyes and ears on these three gentlemen from Dallas/Fort Worth, I’ve felt better about the future of rock ‘n roll and punk. 2014 was a big one for The Phuss, joining forces with Magnetic Eye Records, toured the nation, and dropping their sophomore album On The Prowl, which has gotten a lot of people talking and a lot of people headbanging.  The Phuss reinvigorate the down ‘n dirty rock mentality that makes their live shows all-the-more-fun.  Party with The Phuss in their video “I Don’t Feel Good:”

Portland’s been a big focus as of late, mostly because of the (hilarious) show Portlandia, but that is about to be out shined. Enter Foxy Lemon, hard-hitting, 70s-tinged bluesy rock ‘n roll quintet.  Rocker Stalker is thrilled and privileged to host the exclusive premiere of the Portlanders’ new single  “The Factory” from their forthcoming, aptly-titled split release, Joint EP, shared with fellow Portland natives, Cambrian Explosion.

“The Factory,” which you can stream below,  churns out grungy blues rock goodness. Opening with grumbles and howls with sassy riffs and yearning vocals, it soon surges into a adrenaline-infused, slide guitar  explosion that melts you to the core. Foxy Lemon prove rock ‘n roll is alive and well in the Northwest, and I an only hope they make their way east soon.

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Stay updated on all things Foxy Lemon and visit them on the interwebs, and in the meantime, rock out to “The Factory!”

 

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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Not my first trip to Austin, but my inaugural attendance at Austin City Limits, I was treated to three days of bliss featuring some of the top acts of my generation, notable emerging bands, amazing food and perfect weather.  Between 8 stages, thousands of people, and miles of walking, I was able to take advantage of some VIP luxuries and city’s downtown shenanigans.

On Friday, October 3, I kicked off my day with England’s newest hit-makers, psych/indie pop-rock group Temples who have been gaining notoriety with their throwback vibes and newest LP Sun Structures. Next up, some of Nashville’s tops, rootys rockers  Blank Range and soulful Lake Street Dive, which features vocal powerhouse Rachael Price, kept the afternoon energy surging.  I took a break from the rock ‘n roll to sample what the kids like these days, the eletro-poppy dance creations CHVRCHES, before the one and only song-writing master Beck graced the stage. With an ever-growing repertoire, Beck selected tunes from basically every album released to date, ranging from  Mutations, Odelay, Midnight Vultures, Sea Change,  Guero, The Information, Modern Guilt to the latest release, Morning Phase. Pretty killer way to start the weekend.

The next day, I was already hurting but amped for what the day would bring. Soaking up the 90-degree weather, I started day 2 with Canadian songwriter Mac DeMarco, who had all the teenage girls screaming for his nerdy yet charming demeanor and playful indie rock tunes off his recent release Salad Days. Across Zilker Park, one of New York’s pride and joys, Interpol, ran the gamut of their (almost) 20 year career, including the 2014 album El Pintor, showcasing their signature dancy alt-rock cadence that never fails to crowd-please. Zig-zagging back across Zilker, Nashville’s grungy garage rockers The Wans took the stage and launched a counterattack on “laptop music.” The power trio performed their ultra-rockin’ album He said She Said  in full along with selections from their 2012 EP, proving that real instruments are still the way to go. The band recently debuted a hilarious video for the track “Never Winthat makes those who are all-too-familiar with epic fails feel a little less terrible, and will be heading out on tour starting October 16 and playing TWO Rocker Stalker showcases on October 21 (Bar Matchless) and October 24 (Spike Hill)By the time Eminem and Skrillex hit the stage,I could only muster up the energy to listen from afar before heading out.

Closing day of Austin City Limits was bittersweet with an emphasis on sweet.  Yet another Nashville act, modoc, opened the day, showing off the city’s knack for pure rock ‘n roll with just the right amount of southern tinges.  Switching gears and genres, the legendary AFI shook the stage with tastes of their ever-evolving punky/hardcore/melodic sound. Lead vocalist Davey Havoc, even after almost 20 years of stomping around, gave audiences an energetic performance, climbing over crowds and leaping into the air throughout the set. A Thousand Horses brought the country to the festival before the beloved Austin-based, indie rock pioneers Spoon  put some pep in onlookers’ steps.  Last but certainly not least, the quintessential rock band, Pearl Jam, closed out the three days with a phenomenal set, blowing the minds of the seas of people throughout the park. Playing almost an hour and a half of favorites from the 90’s to Lightening Bolt, and even a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to match the band’s revolutionary spirit, the group didn’t tire easily, as they pushed through a half hour encore much to the park rules’ dismay. Eddie Veddar  was willing to take the party elsewhere, as he teased their sound guy about hosting an afterparty at his house nearby. Solid as ever, Pearl Jam wrapped up the weekend on a perfect (and epic) note.

For anyone contemplating a trip to Austin for ACL, it’s a must! I can’t wait to go back again, but in the meantime…

Check out some photos from the weekend on Rocker Stalker’s Facebook and give it a ‘like’ while you’re at it :)!

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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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