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Rock Picks of the Week: Bush, Lenny Kravitz, My Darkest Days, Cold, Broken Teeth

by on Aug.31, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Bush are back with their first album of new material in 10 years called “The Sea Of Memories”, to be released on September 13. Produced by Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica), the CD is the first to be made available via Bush’s own imprint, Zuma Rock Records, through an exclusive partnership with eOne Music. The first track “The Sound of Winter” is marking a major comeback for the band and is on it’s way to approaching the success of some of their previous tracks from the 90′s.

About the album, singer Gavin Rossdale said about the album: “When making music, you have a choice to repeat what you’ve done or move on. It would’ve been safe to just rework (1994′s debut album) ‘Sixteen Stone’ over and over, but what kind of life would that be? When you’re driving down the road, you’re focused on what’s in front of you; you don’t really think to keep checking in your rear view mirror. I like the idea of art changing, developing and morphing.”

The current Bush lineup includes original drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz. Traynor replaced original axeman Nigel Pulsford in 2001 while Britz has stepped in for Dave Parsons.

Bush has announced a headlining tour of North America that will kick off September 13 at the Babcock Theatre in Billings, Montana. On September 27 at 4th & B in San Diego, Bush will begin a tour with Chevelle and special guests Filter. Bush has also partnered with I Love All Access to offer a variety of VIP packages for the tour.

Look for Gavin Rossdale on “Chelsea Lately” September 21 and on September 22, Bush will perform on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”


Lenny Kravitz is back with the first single from his new release “Black and White America” called “Stand.” It’s another great track from Lenny, exuding positivity and joy, while delivering an impowering message. Lenny has always been known as a student of the musical past, with his music and image harking back to the 60′s and 70′s. In this video from recordstoreday.com, Lenny himself gets a good look at his new baby. The vinyl release is also out only at participating indie record stores. The smell, the packaging, the photos..it’s all good with vinyl!


Lenny has been branching out into acting in the last couple of years, first with a critically acclaimed dramatic role in “Precious”, and next with the role of Cinna, a fashion stylist who designs outrageous costumes for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to wear while participating in the Hunger Games. Cinna develops a close friendship with Katniss, and his designs help shape her character. “The Hunger Games” movie will be released on March 23, 2012. The movie is based on best selling trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins.

Lenny also continues with his acting chops in his new extended directors cut for the first single “Stand”. Lenny plays three different characters, including band leader Desmond Ritchie, drummer in The Fab Three, Bubba Washington and game show host Bart Billingsworth. Lenny looks ready to take Wayne Brady’s job on “Let’s Make A Deal” if he wants it.

Lenny will be headlining the free Samsung & AT&T Summer Krush 2011 Concert Series on August 31 at Terminal 5 in New York City. Also look for Lenny performing as part of the Toyota Concert Series on the NBC’s Today show on Friday, September 2nd in New York City. Lenny will be touring Europe until the end of November, so don’t expect a full North American tour until early 2012.


Lenny also released a “behind the scenes” for his video “Stand” from the set of “Run For Your Money.” Bart Billingsworth, Desmond Richie and Bubba Washington are all profiled in this hilarious film:

Up next are Toronto, Canada rockers My Darkest Days, who have been working thier ass off in 2011, and it’s paying off! Non-stop touring has gotten the band big-time exposure, and now they are onto the third single from their self-titled debut album. After the success of the first two singles “Porn Star Dancing” and “Move Your Body”, the band are onto “Every Lie” for the new single. It’s approaching top 20 at active rock, with top 10 potential.

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The guys are back on the road Septemeber 1st in their hometown of Toronto at the Canadian National exhibition, before hitting Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, including shows with Finger Eleven, Great White and Sick Puppies.


Cold “Wicked World” is the next Rock Pick of the Week. Cold are wrapping up a summer tour with Volbeat with three consecutive nights at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, before continuing on solo with dates in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The song comes from the Jacksonville, Florida band’s 5th studio album “Superfiction.”

Cold have been in the game for quite awhile, having formed in 1996, broken up in 2006, and gotten back together in 2009. “Wicked World” is a current top 20 track at active rock radio.


Up next is ex-Dangerous Toys frontman Jason McMaster’s band Broken Teeth with a straight ahead kick ass rocker called “Bullet”. The song is featured on the band’s latest album, “Viva La Rock, Fantastico.” ‘Bullet’ is the third video release from the record. McMaster was inducted into the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame on June 4th in his home town of Corpus Christi, TX. McMaster is the first metal artist to be honored by the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame.

A vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with two gold-certified records under his belt, McMaster is notorious for being one of the busiest musicians in rock and roll. His rock and roll resume dates back to 1982, when he fronted influential progressive metal band Watchtower, later moving on to make headlines with the southern sleaze rock act Dangerous Toys. In recent years, Jason has been channeling his talent into the Austin-based hard rock act Broken Teeth, having released five albums since the band’s formation in 1999; along with two albums from his NWOHB influenced band IGNITOR, and various tribute bands. His impact on the Texas rock and metal scene was previously recognized in 1998, with an induction into the Texas Music Hall Of Fame.

The South Texas Music Walk of Fame honors six new Texas artists every year, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that kickstarts the annual WaterStreet Market Music & Arts Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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