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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:”

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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Today is the day! It’s Rocker Stalker’s CMJ kick-off at Spike Hill in Williamsburg! The “Wake the Rock Up”¬†showcase features¬†Shady Elders (CO), The Tye Trybe (NY), Crush Distance (NY), Cadaver Dogs (OH), The Phuss(TX), STRNGRS (NY), and Black Wing Halo (NY)¬† and¬†It’s a¬†FREE! ¬†

Doors at 12pm, runs til 6pm! Check out the Facebook invitation for set times!

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Greetings music lovers! It’s that time of year again when bands and music industry folk infiltrate New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon! This year, Rocker Stalker is taking the “marathon” very seriously, with THREE official and amazing showcases featuring top bands from five states!

First up, on Wednesday, 10/16, the “Wake the Rock Up” showcase features¬†Shady Elders (CO), The Tye Trybe (NY), Crush Distance (NY), Cadaver Dogs (OH), The Phuss(TX), STRNGRS (NY), and Black Wing Halo (NY)¬†at¬†Spike Hill in Brooklyn. It’s a¬†FREE day show from¬†12pm-6pm. Check out the Facebook invitation for¬†set times!

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Thursday, 10/17, Rocker Stalker is back at Bar Matchless, this time for the “Loud and Proud” CMJ showcase with some evening shenanigans and debauchery brought to you by Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs (TX), Isle of Rhodes (NY), The VeeVees (NY), Cadaver Dogs (OH), The Battery Electric (NJ), The Tye Trybe (NY), The Phuss (TX), and Midnight Spin (NY). ¬†Come rock from 6pm-12am! Invite your friends here.

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The Rocker Stalker finale takes place on¬†Saturday, October 19 at¬†SPiN New York¬†in Manhattan (Fun fact, this club is owned by Susan Surandon.). The “Rock Steady”¬†CMJ showcase keeps the andrenaline going with¬†Raccoon Fighter (NY),¬†The Courtesy Tier (NY), Isle of Rhodes (NY), The Epilogues (CO), The Phuss(TX), The Hsu-Nami (NY/NJ), and¬†The Black Clouds (NJ). ¬†Come close your CMJ the right way! RSVP here!
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The fourth day of SX was a day well spent on South Congress. ¬†I kicked off my day at a small outdoor, garden party with punk and pizza at The Pizza Shop, that had pretty amazing thincrust pizza (even after being spoiled by NYC pizza). ¬†There, punk/rockabilly band out of Austin, Something Called ¬†Nothing¬†was busting out some swinging tracks in the sunshine before The Phuss rocked out a ¬†set accmpanied by some backyard moshing before hitting the stage yet again at Doc Motorworks later that afternoon. ¬†Heading back to Doc Motorworks, Deton, TX’s ¬†The Birds of Night accompanied the 80+degree weather with surfy tones and throwback vibes. ¬†Up next, Fort Worth’s¬†Roaming Soldiers¬†became one of my top new bands of this year’s SXSW, winning my heart with rock ‘n roll grit, bluesy sass, and southern twang. ¬†The close to my day of music wasn’t too shabby. ¬†I got a chance to catch Stilwater, Oklahoma’s rootsy rockers, ¬†Taddy Porter, before scampering off to The Auditorium Shores to see the bizarre antics of the one, the only ¬†The Flaming Lips. ¬†At the Shores, the field was packed with hula hoop dancers and people wearing strobing, seizure-inducing lights/jewelry. A theatrical performance by The Flaming Lips included quirky frontman, Wayne Coyne, wearing a robe of umbillical-like cords, while he held a fetus manikin. The kings of the unexpected, this show certainly lived up to the odd but impressive showmanship.

View the day’s events on Rocker Stalker’s FACEBOOK¬†and “like” the page while you’re there :).

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Day 3, SXSW 2013. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, they did.

I started the day off ¬†with a little dance music that I could see myself working out to, ¬†Brooklyn-based electro/DJ duo No Way Josie ¬†at The Parish, followed by polar opposites, Austin-based folky, pop/rock trio,¬†MARMALAKES. ¬†My Brooklyn favorite, Black Taxi, who have been calling Austin home for the last couple months while they write some new material and share their greatness with TX. These guys will be back in April for a residency at Rockwood Music Hall starting April 26 for three weeks. After a long power walk south of downtown, I finally arrived, sweating, to Doc Motorworks, where Fort Worth’s Ice Eater was breaking it down on stage with a experimental punky rock, featuring music from their aptly titled¬†Don’t Care EP. ¬†In between sets, the audience was, quite frankly, punished with some stand up comedians , but thankfully, my favorite Fort Worthian trio, The Phuss, brought salavation to the afternoon (Vocalist/guitarist Josh Fleming even had some jokes up his sleeve that saved the inter-set banter.). ¬†The ¬†band slammed the stage with their ¬†no-apologies rock, pounding drums, swaggering bass, punky aggression, and undeniable attitude. ¬†Their current self titled record is a must, and ¬†you can grab it here.

Just down the street, at Guero’s Taco Bar (they have the most amazing fajitas, just as a side note), I was lucky to catch a set by Beaumont’s Purple, who was impressing the Tex-mex indulgers with heavy rock fusion led by vocalist/drummer, Hanna Brewer. ¬†The second daily dose of The Phuss followed, quaking the taco bar, bringing about some interpretive dancers and a guy dressed as The Pope, and making it pretty difficult to keep a straight face.

The day’s music came to an earlier close than usual, but I got a chance to explore late-night Austin a bit and get my fill of SXSW chaos for the remainder of the night.

Check out Part III of SXSW here!

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The second evening of CMJ was not about ¬†going long distances, but spending the time, taking in an entire line up of the Rocker Stalker/Outlet Collective ‚ÄúTrios Do it Better‚ÄĚ showcase at¬† Bar Matchless in Greenpoint .¬† Though La Resistance added another band member last minute, the thematic hiccup did not affect the packed house‚Äôs reaction.¬† The following three-pieces, electronic-tinged Black Bird White Sky, bluesy rock Chainwave, and multi-faceted Viva Mayday demonstrated the wide spectrum of sounds in New York.¬† The Gypsy West‚Äôs psychedelic, funky, and progressive sounds, DFW‚Äôs The Phuss‚Äôs loud and gritty rock, and heavy hitters, Lights Resolve filled the room and kept a wide range of tastes engaged.

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CMJ 2012 kicked off on Tuesday October 16. My fifth CMJ, I bounced between Bowery Electric for the 11-hour party hosted by The Outlet Collective and some artists at Rockwood Music Hall.  Folksy, sibling- membered band, Wyatt, began the evening at Bowery Electric. Following the family four-piece, I bounced over to Rockwood Music Hall where pop song veterans, Space Hog entertained in primary colored suits, pumping up the audience for Brooklyn’s Black Taxi, who were welcomed home after some time on the road with a packed venue.  Back at Bowery Electric, indie rockers, The Young Things were prepping the audience for hard-rocking out-of-town guests, The Phuss (Dallas), who captured the attention of the entire room  (video below!).  Next up, The Ugly Club reintroduced the NYC indie sound and folk-punk duo, XNY, closed the show with impassioned vocals and mesmerizing drumming.

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Schoolhouse Rock once noted that ‚Äúthree is a magic number.‚ÄĚ This Wednesday, October 17 at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn, Rocker Stalker, EiPR, and The Outlet Collective present an official CMJ showcase demonstrating the power of three.¬† The ‚ÄúTrios Do it Better‚ÄĚ showcase will feature ¬†¬†La Resistance (NYC), Black Bird White Sky (NYC), ¬†Chainwave (NYC), Viva Mayday (NYC), The Gypsy West(NYC), The Phuss (DFW), and Lights Resolve (NYC), and you will have a chance to dance, groove, and head bang all in one night. ¬†It‚Äôs a not-to-be missed event with 21 of the top music makers. ¬†Doors are at 7:30pm, 21+, FREE entry with CMJ badge, $10 without.

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It’s that time of year again when us music types post frantically about what shows to go to during CMJ week. ¬†This year the festival takes place October 16-20, and I’m thrilled to be presenting three shows, in conjunction with some other great sponsors, The Outlet Collective, EiPR, CitizenMusic, and The Waster.

Additionally, the week will get started a bit early, on October 14 at Trash Bar in Williamsburg with some of my favorite Texans, The Phuss, who ¬†are closing in on New York City, as they continue their midwest/northeast/southern fall tour that started last week. ¬†They’ll be playing two CMJ gigs 10/16 and 10/17 at Bowery Electric and Bar Matchless.

Here’s the week in summary. ¬†Click on each to RSVP on Facebook!
**Pre-CMJ party with The Phuss at Trash Bar, Sunday 10/14, 10pm

**Rocker Stalker, EiPR, and The Outlet Collective Present at Bowery Electric, Tuesday 10/16(*Official show) featuring

  • Wyatt
  • Sami.the.Great
  • Nightmare River Band
  • The Young Things
  • XNY
  • The Phuss
  • Spacecamp

**Rocker Stalker, EiPR, and The Outlet Collective Present “Trios Do it Better” Showcase at Bar Matchless, Wednesday 10/17, 7:30pm (*Official show) featuring

  • Le Resistance
  • Black Bird White Sky
  • Chainwave
  • Viva Mayday
  • The Gypsy West
  • The Phuss
  • Lights Resolve

**The Waster + Rocker Stalker + CitizenMusic Present at Don Pedro’s, Friday 10/18 (*Official show)

  • Wyldlife
  • ¬†Brick + Mortar
  • Tab The Band
  • Walnuts
  • The Gypsy West
  • New Madrid
  • Vulture Shit
  • Black Wing Halo
  • Only Living Boy
  • The Othermen
CitizenMusic + The Waster + Rocker Stalker
3rd Annual CMJ Acoustic Wind-Down @ Pianos
2pm door – free show
  • ¬†Hey Anna
  • Cardboard
  • Cassandra Jenkins
  • ¬†Dan Abraham (of Courtesy Tier)
  • ¬†Only Living Boy
  • Rocket & The Ghost