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Rock Picks of the Week: Nine Inch Nails, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, The Rides, Orianthi

by on Jul.12, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Nine Inch Nails, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, The Rides, Orianthi

'Came Back Haunted,' the new single from Nine Inch Nails, is already in the top 10 active rock tracks and kicks off the rock picks for this week. It's the first release from the new album 'Hesitation Marks', which is due out September 3rd on Columbia. The song is a strong return from Trent Reznor, with his vocal standing up to his past. The bassline, beat, synth and guitar are all back in a big way in this quality track.

The new album will feature guest musicians Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Law).

Nine Inch Nails will kick off their world tour in Japan on July 26 at the Fuji Rocks Festival, and will follow that with festival performances in South Korea, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Ireland, England, France and Italy before kicking of their U.S. tour.

A 31-date North American tour on September 28 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and continue through November 25th in Calgary, Alberta. Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor will each open some of the dates. Tickets go on sale starting June 14th through Live Nation.

Nine Inch Nails will also perform at Lollapalooza on August 2nd, Outside Lands in San Francisco on August 9th, the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend and at the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans November 1st-3rd.

Nine Inch Nails 'Hesitation Marks' Tracklist:
1) The Eater of Dreams
2) Copy of A
3) Came Back Haunted
4) Find My Way
5) All Time Low
6) Disappointed
7) Everything
8) Satellite
9) Various Methods of Escape
10) Running
11) I Would for You
12) In Two
13) While I'm Still Here
14) Black Noise

David Lynch directed the Nine Inch Nails' video for 'Came Back Haunted,' working with Trent for the first time since 1997's 'Lost Highway' soundtrack. The video will give you a headache if you watch it too much

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Stone Sour have released a lyric video for "The Uncanny Valley", a track from the band's latest album, "House of Gold & Bones Part 2", the second installment of the group's two-part concept album. Get both if you haven't yet on CD, and make the actual house out of the packaging. The CD, which arrived everywhere this past April, debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200, marking the group's fourth consecutive Top 10 debut, an incredible achievement for the three-time Grammy-nominated act.

The first three issues of "House of Gold & Bones" (Dark Horse Comics) are available now. Written by Corey Taylor, the comic book follows and develops the story contained within the two-part album and features stunning covers from Jason Shawn Alexander ("Empty Zone", "Batman", "Abe Sapien"). The limited four-issue series is Taylor's debut in the comics genre.

The "House Of Gold & Bones" albums were recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of the band's native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse).

Stone Sour House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 album cover

Buckcherry have released ‘Nothing Left But Tears’ as the new track off their most recent album ‘Confessions.' It's another solid track from a truly underrated American Hard Rock band. Buckcherry have North American tour dates scheduled throughout the summer, followed by a late fall European tour.

Frontman Josh Todd told ABC News Radio recently that Buckcherry’s latest album was originally supposed to serve as the soundtrack for a semi-autobiographical film he was considering making.

“I was writing a screenplay on my own life and I kinda condensed it down into a short film. So really, it wasn’t like a concept record it was like, 'Let’s make the record the soundtrack of the film.'” Todd is preparing to move forward with the 30-minute short in the near future, adding, “We’re working on [the film] right now. We got it casted, the locations, we got a director, you know.”

Guitarist Keith Nelson also revealed that the group has plans to record a live DVD on their current tour. “We just wanna really make sure that it’s something special that we have complete control over,” he explains. “We’ve had stuff that has been on DVD before but certainly not anything we could monitor or have a say in, so this is very exciting for us.”

Release dates for the short film and live DVD have yet to be announced.

buckcherry2012[1] Buckcherry Confessions album cover

Legendary singer-songwriter Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield/CSN/CSN&Y) has united with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg to form the new all-star blues-rock super group The Rides. The band's debut album, 'Can’t Get Enough,', is set for release on August 26 via Provogue Records.

The album features  4 co-written originals, a handful of covers, and a vintage, previously unrecorded Stills gem 'Can’t Get Enough' was inspired by - and is an homage to - the now classic 1968 album Super Session, which featured Stills on guitar on one side, and the late Mike Bloomfield on the other (Bloomfield had founded Electric Flag with Goldberg, who also played on Super Session, as did Blood, Sweat & Tears keyboardist Al Kooper).

The Rides bring a historic and distinctively American musical blues rock hybrid into the 21st century. Described by Stills as "the blues band of my dreams", The Rides will embark on a world tour beginning in September.

The project began with Stills and Goldberg writing together at their mutual manager Elliot Roberts’ recommendation. "It was like finding a long lost soul brother" says Goldberg (who hadn’t met Stills before, their shared 1968 credit notwithstanding). "We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song."

When Kenny Wayne Shepherd arrived, The Rides’ three-way chemistry immediately clicked. "The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and career achievement," says 35-year-old, Shepherd, who’s had six #1 Blues albums. "Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together."

That exhilarating creative sorcery blasts through ten tracks, four of them Stills, Shepherd, Goldberg co-writes including the album-opening barnburner "Roadhouse" - about the life of an itinerant bluesman - the melodic, CSN-esque "Don’t Want Lies," and the title track, a groove soaked, guitar-heavy anthem with a soul-baring lead vocal by Stills. Other highlights include a Crazy Horse-calibre interpretation of "Rockin’ in the Free World". "Everyone gets off on this one," says Goldberg, "it’s just a ton of electricity on this Neil Young classic."

The four additional covers are the tracks on which Shepherd sings lead, including "Talk To Me Baby" and "Honey Bee" by blues giants Elmore James and Muddy Waters, respectively, and Iggy and The Stooges’ "Search and Destroy," which The Rides truly make their own. The album closes with the raucous "Word Game," a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, but never recorded. "It’s an old acoustic song that I had fun adapting to an electric band," he says.

The in-the-moment energy and unscripted emotion of "Can’t Get Enough", however, are among the album’s greatest strengths, as is the powerhouse guitar interplay between Stills and Shepherd, and the stellar accompaniment from Goldberg - who, as a teenager in his native Chicago, sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and Howlin’ Wolf, and went on to play keyboards for Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, formed The Electric Flag, and composed with Gerry Goffin.

The album was recorded live in the studio over the course of about a week at EastWest in Los Angeles, helmed by long-time Shepherd producer Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers). Mostly first or second takes made the album’s final cut. In addition to Chris Layton, Shepherd’s drummer, and also a veteran of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, the album features bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne).

In the spirit of that simple, raw authentic 40s and 50s blues music the three of us love, we got in there and boom! A few takes and we were done," says Stills. "The songs have muscle; they don’t sound dated or contrived. They’re very natural and organic. I can’t wait to tour with these guys and start recording again."

Check out the first single, album samples, and the band's EPK below. The Rides will kick off a U.S. Summer tour on August 28 in New York City.

The Rides Can't Get EnoughThe Rides tour datesCurrent Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi has released a new video for the track 'Heaven In This Hell,' the title track of her current album, which came out this past March on Robo Records. The Australian guitarists bandmates in Alice Cooper, Glen Sobel (drums) and Tommy Henriksen (guitar) also appear in the new clip.

Leading up to her latest stint with Alice Cooper and reputation as one of the preeminent female guitarist in rock, Orianthi wrote her first song at the age of 6, was discovered and played alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, and was selected for Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It Tour" that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the fall of 2009, Orianthi released "According To You", her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S.

After recently wrapping up the 'Masters Of Madness' tour for Alice with Marilyn Manson, she will continue to tour this Summer with Alice and has also booked a few of her own headlining shows on off-days. Dates confirmed so far are July 17 in New York City at The Studio at Webster Hall, Mexicali Live in Teaneck, New Jersey on July 21,  as well as London's famed 100 Club on August 7. Her band for these shows will include Alice Cooper band members Glen Sobel on drums and bassist Chuck Garric. Rock on girl!!

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Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

by on Dec.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

Kicking off Rock Picks of the week are the great American Rockers Buckcherry with their new track 'Gluttony' from their upcoming album 'Confessions,' which is due February 19th from Century Media Records. You say I drink too much, you say I smoke too much, you say I f**k too much, A Glutton Enemy has started! It's another great track from the always underated Buckcherry, who continue with another track sure to please all of us fans, and hopefully bring new fans into the fold. Each and every album from Buckcherry is full of quality hard rock and I'm sure the new album will be no exception.

Buckcherry just wrapped a string of concert dates in the U.K. and will headline North American shows in late December and January before joining Kid Rock on his upcoming 'Rebel Soul' Tour, kicking off February 2nd in Kansas City, MO. In addition, Buckcherry will also be co-headlining with Queensryche, the Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas on December 31st. The band's will be joined by Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise in festivities that will last from 6pm to 3am. Here's to a kick ass 2013 for Buckcherry!!!

One of my favorite bands, Rival Sons have released the second single from their 'Head Down' album, which is available now on itunes and will be available in the U.S. on January 22nd. 'Until The Sun Comes', is the track that many figured would be a single from the album on initial listen. The video was directed by Simon Gesrel, protégé of Academy Award-winning director Michel Gondry (White Stripes, Bjork).

'Head Down' on Earache Records--which has gotten fantastic reviews including a four-out-of-five star review from The Guardian/U.K., a “Breakthrough Artist” award at this year’s Classic Rock Awards show in London and the current cover Classic Rock Magazine. Head Down reached #1 on the Rock chart in the U.K. Rival Sons look to 2013 to showcase the record here in the U.S. with North American tour dates.

The video is a freaky desert action clip, with crazy motorcycle sand dune racing, with the hills of the desert as a motif for the double entendres of the woman in the song. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says, "I really dig this video; it's a completely new direction for us. Filming videos can be very awkward for me, but this time I got to ride a dirt bike out in the desert where I'm most comfortable; it just felt so natural for the song. We're all pretty good on a bike so we just took turns doing tricks and trying to outdo each other. We ended up with some sweet footage. Nice."

Director Simon Gesrel adds, “The video took about six weeks to make: two weeks of prep and four weeks of animation, including three weeks of post-production. This clip has references from Time Rider to apocalyptic science-fiction, i.e. Mad Max, especially Italian B-movies etc. like Nuovi Barbari--sometimes just the posters for these films are great inspiration! Plus more well-known series such as Knight Rider and Street Hawk etc.

"The character and the bike were made from different toys customized and aged (about four inches). The base of the décor is made of polystyrene covered in real sand. The film set resembles a sand dune. We worked with three different sets, so there were effectively three different bikes and the characters. The set with the girl was shot in live action whereas the other scenes were in stop-motion, image by image. We worked with a naked model covered in glycerine, then covered in sand so the sand stuck. It was hard work despite the presence of a naked lady made of sand.

"I like playing with clichés ('I know you've heard it all before...'); it allows us to be direct with formats for a short clip - at the same time I look to remain accessible. The idea is a meeting of inspiration - a spur of the moment thing, that finishes with a sexual rapport, but I wanted it to remain a clip for everyone; people see what their age permits and it remains fun for everyone."

Rival Sons evoke a retro classic rock vibe, and have been compared to Led Zeppelin, even having been praised by Jimmy Page. Formed in 2008, the Long Beach, CA. quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) wrote, recorded, and mixed 'Head Down' in just 20 days, conjuring the same energy that made their last album a fan and critical favorite. Explains Buchanan: “In the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths…Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you’re bringing your most immediate instincts.”

New Music Express have the exclusive premiere of the video. Watch it here:

The video clip for the Slash track 'Bad Rain' from 'Apocalypse Now' was released awhile ago, and I don't know if it will even be worked at radio, as Slash has mentioned he is already writing for his next album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Kennedy won't be able to cut vocals for it however until after completing the next Alter Bridge record and findiong time to fit it into his schedule, but a video with an animated Slash and Kennedy, strippers and a strip club monster takeover with tattoo conversion for a certain patron has to make Rock Picks of the week.

Geoff Tate, the Queensryche frontman with one of the most recognized voices in hard rock and heavy metal has released a lyric video for the song "Dark Money" from his second solo album, 'Kings & Thieves', which was released on November 6th from InsideOut Music.

The song conveys a message of how 'Dark Money' has seemingly infiltrated all aspects of our political system, the destruction it has caused, and how we need to open our eyes to it all.

After the messy split with Queensryche this past June and the legalities surrounding the use of the band name, and the resulting decision that both Tate and his ex-bandmates can use it, Tate is currently rehearsing with his own version of Queensryche with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult). Also part of the project is returning Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray, who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo band.

'Kings & Thieves' track listing:
1. She Slipped Away
2. Take A Bullet
3. In The Dirt
4. Say U Luv It
5. The Way I Roll
6. Tomorrow
7. Evil
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting

Canadian rockers Danko Jones are up next with their latest track, 'Just A Beautiful Day', which comes from the band's new album, 'Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue.' It's the sixth full-length record from the band, was produced in full by their longtime partner Matt DeMatteo and mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith and so many others.

It's the first album recorded with drummer Atom Willard, who is the sixth in Danko Jones' history. Willard was behind the kit for Rocket From The Crypt, he's also played with The Offspring, Social Distortion and Angels & Airwaves. He is the first drummer in the band to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime bassist John "JC" Calabrese.

It's another great offering from a band that has yet to get the recognition they deserve in the U.S.

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a new video, for the Six String Soldiers album track, 'Set Me Free', featuring a live performance recorded in Albuquerque, NM on September 22, 2012. Frank Hannon, Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval have created what is quickly being regarded as one of the most impressive unabashed tributes to the importance of the guitar in rock n' roll music in generations. Six-String Soldiers is a full-length disc of 12 solidly written songs backed by the musicianship of legendary guitarists Dickey Betts, 3-time Grammy Award winner Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and Y&T founder Dave Meniketti.

It all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Frank Hannon judged a “Guitar Contest” put on by 94 ROCK and discovered the talents of guitarist Mike Araiza. The winner’s prize was jamming onstage with Tesla and little did Mike know that 5 years later he would be collaborating on what would become one of musics most guitar-driven albums in a generation. Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval came to Frank Hannon with some small seeds of song ideas to record in his RedHawk Records studio and the three of them teamed up to write 12 songs of great Rock-N-Roll music! They set out to recruit some of histories top legendary guitarists to join them and create the sound of the Six-String Soldiers.

Frank Hannon - Guitar & Vocals
Jeffery Sandoval - Vocals
Mike Araiza - Guitar
Cortney DeAugustine - Drums
Aaron Leigh - Bass

Six-String Soldiers tracklisting:

I’m Alive (f/Pat Travers)
Set Me Free
Six String Soldiers
Lipstick, Smoke And Gasoline (f/Dave Meniketti)
Cross Your Mind
Touch The Ground (f/Dickey Betts)
I’m Just Sayin'
Love, Life And Beauty
To The Light (f/Rick Derringer)
Six-String Soldiers is available now digitally via iTunes, or on CD via

Toronto based rockers Diemonds are up next with their latest 'Get the Fuck Outta Here' from the new album 'The Bad Pack'. Fronted by the beautiful and sexy vocalist Priya Panda, the band combines quality musicianship with a agressive party vibe. Check out their video for the track with one pissed off janitor who escaped an insane asylum after being victim of a prank gone wrong that disfigured him. He vows revenge and gets it, for the most part. It's comedic and shocking, the way Diemonds want it to be!

Diemonds has played shows with the likes of Slash, Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Sebastian Bach, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat and so many more. They continue to get their brand of rock out to the masses by constant touring and outreach to fans.

Diemonds are:
Priya Panda - Sweet Squealin' & High Heelin'
C.C. Diemond - Guitar Rippin' & Whiskey Sippin'
Daniel Dekay - Flyin' Vees & Smokin' Trees
Tommy Cee - Rockin' Bass & Givin' Chase
Aiden Tranquada - Drummin' Thunder & Evil Plunder

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More ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards’ backstage interviews: Steve Vai & ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Buckcherry, Dee Snider, Black Veil Brides and more (video)

by on Apr.26, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

More ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards’ backstage interviews: Steve Vai & ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Buckcherry, Dee Snider, Black Veil Brides and more (video)

Revolver TV has posted more interviews form the recent Golden Gods Awards. Zakk Wylde was backstage after the show and caught up with rock legends Steve Vai and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Buckcherry and Dee Snider. Check out those interviews and more below.

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Buckcherry's Josh Todd revealed that the band's new album is finished, is currently being mixed, and is slated for release this September. The album is based on the seven sins, and will be the soundtrack to a short film based on true events in Todd's life. Todd also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which will be shot in June and called 'Confessions'.

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Zakk finds out what's up with the "Dee Snider machine":

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Possum interviewed Jake Pitts and Jinxx of Black Veil Brides backstage after they won best guitarist awards, with Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria and Zakk poking their face in the place to congratulate the guys.

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Carla Harvey from the Butcher Babies conducts exclusive interviews with the night's performers, winners, nominees and legendary rock icons live from the Black Carpet including Slash, Sixx AM, Slipknot, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Anthrax, Chris Jericho, Buckcherry and more.

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Listen to new Soundgarden ‘Live To Rise’ from ‘Avengers Assemble’ Soundtrack

by on Apr.04, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Listen to new Soundgarden ‘Live To Rise’ from ‘Avengers Assemble’ Soundtrack

Soundgarden's new track 'Live to Rise' from the 'Avengers Assemble' soundtrack, is now available online at The soundtrack will be released just three days before the film on May 1. The song will be featured in the end credits of what will be one of the biggest movies of the summer. The soundtrack includes many of today's biggest and best hard rock groups.

Soundgarden stated in an official press release when releasing a snippet earlier this week: "We've been hard at work on our new album, which will come out this Fall. When the opportunity arose to write an original song for the film came our way, we thought it could be a cool match. We are excited to release our new song, which is also the only new song in the film. Here's a taste. Loudest of Love." Adam Kaspar, who co-produced Sondgarden's last record, 1996's "Down On The Upside", has been working with the group on the new album as well. Soundgarden will also undertake a brief tour in 2012, starting with a May 25 appearance at the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid, Spain.

'Avengers Assemble' Track Listing:
1. Live to Rise - Soundgarden
2. I'm Alive - Shinedown
3. Dirt and Roses - Rise Against
4. Even If I Could - Papa Roach
5. Unbroken - Black Veil Brides
6. Breath - Scott Weiland
7. Comeback - Redlight King
8. Into the Blue - Bush
9. A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix) - Evanescence
10. Count Me Out - PUSHERJONES
11. Shoot to Thrill - Theory of a Deadman
12. Wherever I Go - Buckcherry
13. From Out of Nowhere - Five Finger Death Punch
14. Shake the Ground - Cherri Bomb

Additional track on the international release:
15. Pistols At Dawn - Kasabian

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Buckcherry back in the studio webisodes and tour dates

by on Mar.30, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Buckcherry back in the studio webisodes and tour dates

Buckcherry are now back in the studio and have posted In Studio Update Episodes #1 'Pre Production' & #2 'Envy.' Check them both out below and see the creative process at play.

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Buckcherry have booked their first US tour of 2012. Here's the dates:
Apr. 21 - Oyster Bake - San Antonio, TX
Apr. 22 - Radio Show - Wichita Falls, TX
Apr. 24 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Apr. 25 - The Ballroom at Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Apr. 27 - Pop's - St Louis, MO
May 9 - KRRO Fest - Sioux Falls, SD
May 11 - Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
May 13 - KAZR Lazerfest - Des Moines, IA
May 16 - Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC
May 17 - The Plaza - Baltimore, MD
May 18 - Paramount - Huntington, NY
May 20 - Bamboozle - Asbury Park, NJ
May 21 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY
May 24 - Hard Rock Live - Biloxi, MS
May 26 - Balloonfest - El Paso, TX
May 27 - Walter Gerells - Carlsbad, NM
Jun. 2 - JD Legends - Franklin, OH
Jul. 1 - Boonstock - Gibbons, Canada
Jul. 8 - Calgary Stampede - Calgary, Canada
Jul. 14 - JD Legends - Franklin, OH
Jul. 19 - Rockfest - Cadott, WI

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