Entries tagged with: Rocks Off
photo via Rodney's Facebook
Rodney Speed, who worked at NYC club Wetlands from 1989 through 2001 and was a staffer and DJ at CBGB, BB King's and Brooklyn Bowl, passed away last week at 53 years old. Jake Szufnarowski, former Wetlands booker, Rodney's bandmate in The Rodney Speed Experience, and current Rocks Off talent buyer, said the following via Relix:
I'm speechless. I'm stunned. I'm in shock. I'm completely devastated. I can hardly breathe, much less talk or type. Today I lost my best friend, my big brother, my little brother, my soul mate and my inspiration all at once. Rocks Off lost our mascot. The Rodney Speed Experience lost our leader. New York City lost our best DJ. The world of Rock N Roll lost our most loving and lively patron saint and its most spirited motivator and cheerleader... And the universe lost our biggest dreamer and its brightest soul.Jake also shared a story of seeing Rodney perform at Wetlands as a surprise guest with members of moe., The Spin Doctors, and more. Here's an excerpt:
Their final song was the Deep Purple classic "Smoke on the Water". One of the first guitar riffs that aspiring axemen learn. But when the band kicked into gear, Rodney's keen musical sense knew something wasn't right. Rodney sang the first line of the song and then turned to the band and told them "hold it, hold it!" He then proceeded to explain to Al Schnier, professional guiatrist extraordianire with more than 1,000 gigs and 1,000,000 miles under his belt, that HE WAS PLAYING THE SONG WRONG!!! Rodney told Al that he the song was in the the wrong key, that it needed to be played in G, and the pointed out the frets on the guitar neck that al needed to play the power chords on. Al complied, and the band followed suit, and Rodney grabbed the mic and screamed "Now that's what IM talkin' about!" and DJ Stitch started cutting and scratching on the phrase "OH SHIT." The band proceeded to tear the house down with a raging version of the tune... and the legend of Rockin Rodney Speed was cemented! I've seen a lot of shit in my day, but I've never seen a literal first-timer school of a buncha of fucken PROS onstage in front of a sold out crowd. Rockin' Rodney Speed is truly one of a kind. When God made Rodney, he didn't brake the mold. Rodney tore that mold out of God's hand, threw it on the ground, and stomped on it like it was a narc at a biker rally. I'm not exaggerating a single fucking piece of that story.Read more at Relix and watch that "Smoke on the Water" video below.
Jake also tweeted, "Wake and funeral for Rodney Speed this 5-8pm Weds Jan 20th at Trambo Funeral Chapel 115th & St Nicholas Ave Harlem NYC."
Cheap Trick paid him tribute too an you can see that below. Rest in peace, Rodney.
Dreamy Brooklyn-based indie rockers Widowspeak are putting out the nostalgically titled third album, All Yours, on September 4 via Captured Tracks. They'll be celebrating the night before with an NYC record release Rocks Off cruise on September 3 on The Jewel which ships off at 8 PM from the Skyport Marina (East 23rd Street & FDR Drive). Also on board will be John Andrew and the Yawns (who played on All Yours). Tickets are on sale now.
That boat show comes after Widowspeak's upcoming tour supporting Lord Huron. You may have also caught them last week at Brooklyn Bowl with Eternal Summers and Small Black. They've added other shows since we last posted and all upcoming tour dates are listed, with a stream of the All Yours' ambling title track, below...
by Ian Chainey
After Rocks Off's inaugural film festival last year, the rock n' roll film fest is returning to NYC for a second year from May 15 through May 17 at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. So far, this year's schedule includes screenings of the Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (tickets) and the acclaimed "doc opera" Super Duper Alice Cooper (tickets), which tracks the rise of the shocking rocker/DJ/golf enthusiast throughout his career.
Super Duper Alice Cooper candidly recounts both the virtues and vices of stardom through the mascaraed eyes of Alice Cooper portrayer Vincent Damon Furnier, who would rise to prominence thanks to a theatrical and over-the-top stage show in an era of theatrical and over-the-top stage shows. The documentary provides greater context for the Detroit native's exploits, making it clearer exactly how and why Cooper was regarded as an innovator by the generation of rockers and metallers that continued his nightmare. The film also includes a deep look into Cooper's struggles with addiction while unpacking the various legends which endeared and vilified the group in equal measure. But, most of all, it explores what happens when the character begins to overtake the player.
The documentary was helmed by directors Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, and Scot McFadyen, all of whom have found a niche with documentaries focusing on metal and hard rock. Their previous filmography includes Rush: Behind the Lighted Stage, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Super Duper Alice Cooper, though, might be their biggest venture thus far, slated to play on 250 domestic screens with loads of international engagements on the docket, as well. And now you can catch the flick by heading down to the Rocks Off film festival. If that doesn't do it, perhaps this Rocks Off tease will: "Did we mention we bought a freakin' popcorn machine?"
Want more Alice, just in the flesh? He'll be hitting the road soon on the Mötley Crüe farewell tour which hits NYC and the surrounding area on 8/29 at Jones Beach, 8/30 at PNC Bank Arts Center, and 10/28 at MSG (tickets).
All the dates, along with the Super Duper Alice Cooper trailer, and an example of a late '70s Alice Cooper concert appear below...
The time has come for the Rocks Off Film Festival at the Kraine Theater in NYC with films about Charles Bradley, the Cockney Rejects, Drivin N Cryin, Slade, Pentagram, Jason Becker and more. Check the schedule.
Speaking of films, thanks to all who came out to our free screening of Crystal Fairy which is also in theaters tonight. Hopefully you enjoyed the movie and weren't upset by the lack of Michael Cera's penis.
Rocks Off is spreading its wings beyond the high seas and live shows, and into the film world by announcing the "only film fest in the world focused on what we all know and love, rock n' roll music!" The Rocks Off Film Festival happens July 12 - 14 at "the deliciously derelict" Kraine Theatre in the East Village. Amongst the screenings are films like Pentagram doc, Last Days Here, East End Babylon (about punks Cockney Rejects), Charles Bradley: Soul of America, and many others.
Visit the film fest's site for tickets. Line-up/Schedule and flyer below...
The Bronx at Bowery Electric in February (more by Harriet Roberts)
LA punks The Bronx released their rippin' new album, The Bronx IV, earlier this year (their first since 2008) and have been on a tour which already hit the NYC-area for two small record release shows and supporting slots on Bad Religion's tour. The Bronx are over in Australia now, and they have no plans to slow down their touring schedule. Upon returning home, they'll play another NYC show on June 4 aboard the Harbor Lights for a Rocks Off Cruise. Tickets for this punk show on a boat go on sale Friday (5/3) at 11:55 AM.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of their new LP, below...
photos by Harriet Roberts
Reverend Horton Heat @ Rocks Off cruise, 4/4/2013
Reverend Horton Heat has been making his alloy of punk, surf, rockabilly for nearly 30 years. He brought his "Stewed, Screwed & Tattooed" tour to NYC last night (4/4) for a Rocks Off show aboard The Princess which cruises the Hudson. Jumpstarting his set with Beavis & Butthead fave "Psychobilly Freakout," the Rev and crew tore through nearly 20 songs for their time afloat. More pictures, including a couple of opening band, Continental, and more tour dates, are below.
photos by David Andrako
"had a blast on the Rocks off cruise on the hudson river with Alabama shakes they were unbelievable" - Felix Joshua
Alabama Shakes, who didn't win a Grammy but whose powerful frontwoman Brittany Howard performed during the Levon Helm tribute, stopped by NYC for a last-minute Valentine's Day show on a boat last night (2/14). The show, which was presented by Rocks Off, was in a crazy crowded dark room filled with fans, and the band played most of their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, including a couple of the bonus tracks. They also included the new-ish song, "Making Me Itch" non-album cut, "Heat Lightning," and ended with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times."
Of course Alabama Shakes are in NYC to play Saturday Night Live this weekend (2/16) with host Christolph Waltz. They spent part of Thursday afternoon rehearsing at the 30 Rock studios. Let's hope this week's SNL is better than recent episodes with Adam Levine and Justin Bieber.
More pictures from Alabama Shakes' Rocks Off show (as well as pics of openers Daddy Long Legs) and the setlist are below.
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes on the Grammmys
So this got announced:
Rocks Off Concert Cruise w/ Alabama ShakesHurry and enter NOW.
We love being in NYC so to give some love back to our friends and fans here we have added a last minute Valentines Day Rocks Off Concert Cruise!! Yes, we are hitting the high seas and doing an intimate show on a boat. Since capacity for this show is limited (250 people) and we want everyone to have an equal opportunity to attend we are doing a lottery for tickets. Enter your name and info below and you will be entered to win the opportunity to purchase 2 tickets to this special show. You can enter the lottery from now until 5pm ET tonight, Wednesday February 13. Winners will be contacted between 6-7pm ET tonight with purchase details.
Additional show details: Show is Thursday February 14, 2013. Rain, Snow or Shine. Boarding starts at 7pm on 2/14 aboard the Destiny at Pier 81, West 41st Street and West Side Highway. Cruise lasts from 8-11pm. Ages 16+. Please only enter once, registering multiple times will not increase your chances, it will only waste your time.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Riverboat Gamblers on a Rocks Off Cruise - 10/13/2012
Riverboat Gamblers are currently touring their way to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Their trek began back on 10/12 in Asbury Park and continued from there to a Rocks Off Concert Cruise where they sailed around Manhattan with Cobra Skulls, Freshkills, and fans. More pictures from that NYC show below...
El-P at Mohawk in Austin, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Well aren't we so special! El-P is currently touring Europe with Despot but so far only has two shows back in the US of A. In addition to the previously discussed appearance at MoogFest, look for El-P to set sail on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 10/19 as part of CMJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you're getting one of those.
So far no word on that new El-P video that was just shot/crowdsourced, but until then check out his "The Full Retard" video and all listed tour dates below.
Amon Tobin ISAM at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this month, Amon Tobin kicked off his 2012 North American ISAM tour, which Holy Other (who just made his NYC debut) is supporting him on. That tour hits NYC this week on Thursday (9/13) at Wellmont Theatre (tickets) and Friday (9/14) at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets). After that, Amon Tobin will stick around NYC to DJ a Rocks Off Cruise on Saturday (9/15) aboard the Jewel with Pure Filth and Jupiter. Tickets for that DJ party on a boat are on sale now.
Amon Tobin recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the tour. You can watch the video of that interview, along with a list of updated dates, below.
photos by Leia Jospe
"That boat was crazy" - Teengirl Fantasy
Teengirl Fantasy on Rocks Off cruise - 8/23/12
Dance duo Teengirl Fantasy celebrated their impressive new record, Tracer, aboard the Harbor Lights for a Rocks Off Cruise last Thursday (8/23). They performed with Kelela on vocals and Dutch E Germ on drums. Lemonade opened the show. If you were there, how was it? Did you pick up one of the giant nitrous balloons that a man was selling outside of the party?
More pictures of Teengirl Fantasy's set are below.
Big Freedia at Santos, May 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Big Freedia is shaking her way across the country, making that thang clap in San Diego tonight (8/16) and eventually heading back from the left coast to NYC. While in NYC, Freedia will attempt a nautical group booty shake by playing a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on August 29th. Tickets are on sale.
So far no word on new material from the queen of the derriere shake, but we can look forward to a new video with the one and only RuPaul. All tour dates are listed below, along with a music video for "Excuse."
The Macy's fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below W. 59th Street at the following access points along 11th Avenue:NYC's 4th of July fireworks begin around 9:20 pm. and last for about 26 minutes, and once again Brooklyn gets the shaft and NJ gets the goods on Independence Day, a Wednesday this year. So try to figure out a good spot by the West Side Highway (see above), or maybe consider Jersey. Maxwell's in Hoboken has Mike Peters of the Alarm playing after the Fireworks, and notes "the end of 11th St. by Maxwell's is one of the best places to view the fireworks!"
The following are NOT viewing areas for the 2012 show:
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Pier 84)
Hudson River Park promenade between W. Houston and 59th Street
Hudson River Park Bike Path between W. Houston and 59th Street
Another option: get on a boat. Rocks Off presents a Fourth of July Cruise aboard The Half Moon with DJ Buffalo Bill. it's $99 a person, but gives you a prime view complete with food and 3 hours of open bar, and it's probably more fun than Circle Line's "Private Pier Party." What other good spots do you know about?
You can also of course just stay home watch the fireworks on TV, complete with "performances" by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. Or not at all.
Meanwhile check out some fireworks in Coney Island tonight and every Friday. They rule and you can watch them from the beach.
Bear in Heaven @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tickets for the Grimes shows at Bowery and MHOW are now on AmEx presale. General sale begins Friday at noon. Grimes of course also plays much sooner and for free in NYC too. (side note: Grimes, get a full band!)
Speaking of shows at MHOW, some may be interested in knowing that fun. plays a free show at the venue on 6/22.
As mentioned, White Rabbits and We Barbarians play a free show at MHOW as well (6/30).
The Fat Wreck/Rocks Off CMJ showcase goes down at MHOW on 10/19 with Lagwagon, Dead To Me, Flatliners, and Useless ID. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale today. General sale starts Friday (6/15) at noon, and CMJ badges will be admitted. (CMJ already!)
The Official BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase, which now includes Hume and Fort Lean, in addition to Frankie Rose and Caveman, who were announced last month happens at MHOW on Friday (6/15). Tickets for that are still available, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge, or you can try to win a pair.
Death Grips was supposed to play MHOW tonight!
Agnostic Front are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing the 1989 LP Live at CBGB on select dates, including at their recent shows in Long Island or Asbury Park. They'll do it again in NYC at Webster Hall on July 5th with support from Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty. Tickets are on sale for the show which is one day before the Cro-Mags/Sick of it All show at the same space. Both shows are part of the the CBGB Festival which has badges of its own and which also recently added a Superchunk/Redd Kross show to its growing schedule.
Start the beatdown week with the Blood for Blood show at Highline Ballroom on June 30th. Tickets are on sale for that as well, and it also features The Unseen, Wisdom in Chains & Cruel Hand. Blood for Blood will also hit Club Lido in Revere, MA on June 29th.
Murphy's Law's Webster Hall appearance is one of at least two for the NYC band in the near future; they will also board the Half Moon as part of a Rocks Off boat cruise on August 12th. Tickets are on sale for what is basically an annual party on the sea (as long as the cops don't intervene)
A listing of all Agnostic Front dates and a live set from 2004, and more, below.
I'm on a boat, with a dick in a box...
Dick Dale on a Rocks Off Cruise (more by Deneka Peniston)
Surf guitar legend Dick Dale will head out for some Midwest/East Coast dates in July, heading as far south as Richmond before looping back to California in the days following. NYC is doubly on his itinerary, including shows at Brooklyn Bowl on July 21 with Lyres, Twin Guns, and DJ Tony Lo-Fi (tickets) and a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 7/22 with Manitoba and The Detroit Cobras (tickets).
For The Detroit Cobras, who just announced a whole bunch more tour dates, the show is one of TWO NYC-area shows scheduled including one at Maxwell's. Head below for a full listing of all updated tour dates and some video.
Peelander-Z @ Public Assembly (BV-CMJ 2011)
Peelander-Z pride themselves on over-the-top shows and now the punk band will kick it up a notch by playing one aboard a moving boat as part of a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on April 12th (that's soon!) with One-Eyed Doll. Tickets for the NYC boat show aboard the Jewel are on sale.
The show is part an April tour Peelander-Z are embarking on in support of Space Vacation, their new LP due on April 10th. Check out a new video for "Star Bowling" from that forthcoming release, with all dates, below.
The Bronx aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise last year (more by Keith Marlowe)
The Bronx are currently working on their fourth eponymous effort (not a typo), but will head out on the road as their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx for a string of dates with Two Gallants in May. All dates are listed below.
The tour includes a two night stay in NYC, except on one of those nights, Mariachi El Bronx will turn back into the Bronx. The Bronx will headline a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on 5/23. Mariachi El Bronx headline a Rocks Off Boat Cruise on 5/24. Two Gallants will open both boat shows. Tickets for both 5/23 and 5/24 go on sale at noon on 3/30.
The last few dates on the MEB/TG tour are with Gogol Bordello including the previously announced June 2nd Wellmont Theater show, though Mariachi El Bronx is not playing the NJ show. They'll instead be up at Hunter Mountain for Mountain Jam on that day.
All tour dates and some live video of The Bronx in action, below...
words by Alanna Wray, photos by Deneka Peniston & Jason House
Dick Dale on a boat (by Deneka Peniston)
Last Sunday (one day after the Kvelertak show), backlit with our lady of liberty and the east river's special scum, The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale played the perfect venue-- on the water. The Jewel, one of the illustrious Rocks Off Concert Cruise's fleet, is an intimate, rocking (from side to side) host to a plethora of shows "that don't suck". Dick Dale, the Jewel's latest jewel, graciously glutted his steadfast fans with all the classics: from a blistering "Miserlou", to the anthemic "Let's Go Trippin'" and back to a virtuous version of "Amazing Grace" (which filled the East River with more righteousness than the Slocum Ferry Disaster.)
At seventy four years old, Dale plays with the antics and agility of a rock n' roll wood sprite. His seamless set moved with the graceful fluidity of 60 years of refinement, grooving through his time honored originals into epic covers of Rumble, Hava Nagila and House of the Rising Sun.
Jimmy Dale, Dick's fresh-faced nineteen year son, backed on set gyrating the double bass like an arena heavyweight. Bassist Sam Bolle of Agent Orange fame played a soulful House of the Rising Son solo smokey as slow sex. The vibe was fuzzy, the sound was wet, the energy was slap happy, the crowd was authentic. After the show Rocks Off bossman Jake Szufnarowski had Dick Dale sign his arm, which has since become his latest tattoo. Dale ended with a "thank you for being my medicine"... and if Dale's got a musical prescription that good, we're glad he's sharing.
Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below
Kvelertak on the Jewel (photo by Greg Cristman)
A hearty thank you goes out to Rocks Off crew and the audience who baorded the Jewel on Saturday to set sail on the East River for the BrooklynVegan/Rocks Off official CMJ showcase. The show, headlined by Kvelertak and featuring Skeletonwitch, Tombs and Psychic Limb, was the second of three NYC shows for the Norwegian band, who played a surprise show at Saint Vitus directly following their Europa gig the night before. Europa was with Skeletonwitch, Turbid North, Battlecross, and Barn Burner.
As the boat pulled away from the dock, Psychic Limb took to the stage with their nihilistic hard-grind. Vocalist Brian Montouri's stage antics were as negative and wild as usual, at one point grabbing a case of beer set aside for the bands and throwing it into the crowd and screaming "free beer" into the microphone. The crowd swarmed the case and after the sound man headed to the front to move the case behind the band (its original spot), Montouri found it again and threw it back to the frothing alcohol-hungry wolves. They won't be asked back on the boat any time soon.
Tombs followed. The cold late fall air whipped through the top tier of the boat and the Brooklyn band managed make it even a little bit more icy. Another well-executed set of black metal-tinged with hardcore from Brooklyn's finest, who performed part of their set with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Surreal and awesome.
Skeletonwitch's uber-fun and tongue-in-cheek blackened thrash kicked the party into overdrive, and was followed by Nowegian party-metal crew Kvelertak. Crowd-surfing, moshpits and general dancing insanity were the center-piece of both sets, which mirrored Kvelertak's set at Europa (but differed from Saint Vitus) (I went to all three). Kelertak literally brought the boat's ceiling down with them during their set, with the bands and audience members ripping the drop ceiling and tiles out of place and leaving a huge mess by the end of the night.
Lots more pictures and video from the Rocks Off Boat Cruise, below...
APTBS @ Terminal 5 in Aug (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
In less than four hours from this post, The Half Moon will set sail from E. 23rd St. & the FDR. Aboard will be the bands Grooms and A Place to Bury Strangers.... and you if you grab a ticket or win a pair from us right now. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Strangers). Include your first and last name. A few winners will be picked at random ASAP and contacted. Good luck!
Dick Dale shows his MLB colors
Surf guitar great Dick Dale is currently on the road and will swing by NYC for a pair of area dates in late October, none of which are CMJ related. Look for Dale on 10/20 at Maxwell's in Hoboken and 10/23 aboard a Rocks Off Concert Cruise. Tickets for both Maxwell's and the Rocks Off show are on sale. Coincidentally, the film that arguably recharged his popularity, Pulp Fiction, is on blu-ray today.
Just one day before that boat show will be another, more insane boat show with the previouslay announce lineup of Skeletonwitch, Kvelertak, and Tombs, plus new addition Psychic Limb (the BV-BBG/Rocks Off official showcase!). Tickets are still available, or get in with your CMJ badge.
And so concludes the world's first Dick Dale/Defeatist/LA Dodgers post. All tour dates and some video is below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rocks Off hosted a boat cruise to the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax). The pictures from the actual concert are coming shortly, but here are some taken on the high seas (the Hudson River) on the way there. They continue below...