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Slonk Donkerson

Gigawatts mag going out with a bang (and many bands) @ Alphaville on May 14/15

1.21 Gigawatts - a Brooklyn DIY magazine that did a great job of covering the scene's punky, garagey and psych emerging bands - is sadly closing and it will be gracing us one final time with their hosting skills come this weekend at Alphaville. With Deli favorites like Dead Stars, HaybabyDances, and 11 more taking the stage we can expect a weekend of great music and spectacular shows. On top of getting 14 amazing bands performing in two days, it’s all just $10. Insane, right? It is always with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye, but Gigawatts really knows how to go out with a bang (and how to give you more bang for your buck). So head on over to Alphaville this Saturday and Sunday for some memorable performances. Check out the playlist below to get a feeling of what you’ll be listening. - Adriana Ballester

Slonk Donkerson brings their '80s guitar rock to Palisades on 04.23

Most people remember the '80s for post punk, new wave and cheesy synth pop, but that decade produced also a lot of great guitar rock bands like R.E.M. and Weezer that prepared a fertile ground for the college rock and grunge explosions of the '90s. Slonk Donkerson's super solid debut album, entitled 'The Lunar Martini Motorbike Club and Their Respective Destinies,' effortlessly gathers several of the aforementioned influences in ten powerful tracks. Older single 'Watching Every Channel at Once' is still their catchiest, but the entire albums offers a rare songwriting consistency. Check out opening track Sonata and don't miss their live appearance at Palisades on April 23.


Weekly Feature: Slonk Donkerson plays Mercury on 01.04

Take some heavy guitar riffs and lace it with upbeat, raspy vocals that take you on a journey back to grunge rock’s early roots. That’s what the Brooklyn power trio Slonk Donkerson sounds like to us. These up-and-comers go hardcore without destroying the integrity of their catchy song composition. See them live at The Mercury Lounge on January 4th with other like minded NYC guitar rock bands. - LINK: Michael Haskoor's interview with Slonk Donkerson.


Thursday: The Deli's Fuzz Rock + Afrobeat CMJ Stages at Spike Hill

The third day of the 2014 CMJ marathon reserves a rather unusual double Deli bill at Spike Hill in Williamsburg. We'll start with 90 minutes of semi-unadulterated wall of fuzz with 3 noisy but melodious Brooklyn bands, and progress to a late night of afrobeat and funk!

Check out the lineup below and do not dare missing this one - whichever of the two genres you are into.

Full Deli CMJ 2013 schedule here.

Spike Hill - $6


Heeney **
8.30  Dead Stars **
9.00 Slonk Donkerson **
9.40 People's Champ
10.30 Sway Machinery
11.30 EMEFE
12.30 Mammal Dap (Boston)


Slonk Donkerson to open for Grant Hart at Cake Shop on 9.13 (tomorrow)

Can you imagine an updated, more jolly version of grunge, which is actually really good? That’s what the Brooklyn power trio Slonk Donkerson sounds like to us. They list themselves as a generic hard-rock and post-punk fusion, and look back to golden indie classics like The Replacements and early R.E.M., but we feel like "The Donks" give us more than that. Their songs are hardcore enough without getting to the point of being unbearable, leaving plenty of room for fetching, grungy vocals. Listen to the title track from their latest EP “Watching Every Channel at Once” below via Bandcamp, which has an incredibly high production value for its lo-fi-ish quality. The band is set to play Cake Shop tomorrow (09.13) with legendary Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü, Nova Mob) and Franny and Zooey. – Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


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