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Rock Picks of the Week: Chevelle, The Winery Dogs, Black Label Society, Blackberry Smoke, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Bruce Springsteen, Lynam, Heaven’s Basement

by on Apr.03, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Chevelle, The Winery Dogs, Black Label Society, Blackberry Smoke, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Bruce Springsteen, Lynam, Heaven’s Basement

Rock Picks of The Week are back! It's been a bit, so I'm bringing some tracks that have been out for a hot minute. First up is the latest track from Chevelle 'Take Out The Gunman.' It comes from their upcoming album 'La Gargola,' which was just released yesterday (Apr. 1). Brothers Pete Loeffler (lead vocals and guitar), Sam Loeffler (drums and percussion) along with Pete and Sam's brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini bring another quality lead track that is already Top 5 on the Active Rock charts. After the success of their last album 'Hats off to the Bull,' Chevelle recorded their seventh album once again with Producer Joe Barresi. Another great track from Chevelle that looks destined to go to #1 on the Rock charts!

Chevelle will begin a Spring U.S. tour on Apr. 4 with special guests Middle Class Rut on select shows.

Apr. 4 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Apr. 5 - St. Louis, M) - The Pageant
Apr. 7 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
Apr. 8 - Springfield, MO - Gillioz Theatre
Apr. 10 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
Apr. 12 - San Antonio, TX - St. Mary’s University
Apr. 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Apr. 15 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Apr. 17 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Apr. 19 - St. Paul, MN – Myth
Apr. 21 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Apr. 22 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Apr. 23 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Apr. 25 - Tampa, FL - 98 Rock Fest
Apr. 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville
May 17 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range

Chevelle Take Out The Guman single cover

Chevelle La Gargola album cover

The Winery Dogs were my number one album for 2013, and they are set to release two new special versions of that same self-titled and self-produced debut album on April 15. 'The Winery Dogs Special Edition' will be comprised of two CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is the live 'Unleashed In Japan 2013', with 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their tour this past July, The track 'Criminal,' previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics will also be a part of the release.

'Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition' will be sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, a DVD featuring four music videos with interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a studio diary written by Mike Portnoy, and some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.

'Time Machine' comes from the original and special versions of the album, and while the video has been out for some time, it deserves to be recognized and receive significant rock radio airplay. Request this track and this band on your local rock stations!

The Winery Dogs just got off the boat on the Monsters of Rock cruise and will continue to tour the U.S. through June, followed by a seven date European tour that includes a set at the Sonisphere Festival. The Winery Dog Dog Camp will follow all that on Jun. 21-25 in Big Indian, New York. Get all the details on the upcoming camp here. You can also look for The Winery Dogs to perform on The Arsenio Hall Show this June 23.

The Winery Dogs special edition cover

Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society are back with their stellar new track and video for 'My Dying Time.' It comes from the new album 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican,' the first all new album from the band since 'The Order of the Black' was released in 2009. The new album will be out on April 8.

Zakk and the band have a full slate ahead in 2014, with the project already off to a great start with this well received track. There are a variety of different bundles behind the album here: www.shop.blacklabelsociety.com. Watch for BLS headlining the Revolver Golden Gods Tour starting April 16 in Seattle with special guests Down, Devil You Know and Butcher Babies. Zakk will be presenting the Dimebag Darrel "Best Guitarist" Award along side new label-mate and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley. The award show will take place on April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

BLS - Revolver Golden Gods Tour
Apr. 16 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR - Roseland
Apr. 18 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
Apr. 19 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
Apr. 21 - Billings, MT - Shrine Auditorium
Apr. 25 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Apr. 26 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Apr. 29 - Ybor City, FL (Tampa) - The Ritz
Apr. 30 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
May 2 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
May 4 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore
May 5 - Clifton Park, NY (Albany) - Northern Lights
May 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
May 8 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
May 9 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
May 12 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
May 13 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
May 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
May 17 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's
May 19 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District
May 20 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
May 21 - St. Paul, MN (Minneapolis) - Myth
May 23 - Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) - Verizon Theater
May 27 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
May 28 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Jun. 1 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Jun. 2 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex -- Rockwell
Jun. 4 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
Jun. 5 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Jun. 6 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Jun. 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater

Black Label Society Catacombs of the Black Vatican

Blackberry Smoke - 'Shakin' Hands With The Holy Ghost'

Atlanta, Georgia's own Blackberry Smoke have been around for over 13 years now perfecting their brand of country-rock and doing it right. Their latest album, 'The Whippoorwill' was recorded in just five days in an old Methodist church in Ashville, North Carolina and is full of great southern vibed rock and country tinged tracks. The band are signed to Zac Brown Band's record label Southern Ground, and have done extensive touring supporting the Zac Brown Band. They are currently on a headlining U.S. tour that will take them into August. The U.S. tour includes stops at the Bonaroo Festival in June, and The Peach Music Festival in August. They'll head over to Europe in October and November, before wrapping up their touring year on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man Cruise from Nov. 16-20.

Blackberry Smoke shot a video for their track 'Shakin’ Hands With The Holy Ghost' in London last year, after playing the Classic Rock Awards after-show party. Watch the kick ass results. These guys are the real deal and deserve to break big in the U.S.

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel - 'Deceived'

It is good to have Jake E. Lee back. Let me repeat...it is good to have Jake E. Lee back. His new project's self-titled debut album has been out for a bit on Frontiers Records, and it really is a quality collection with many different guest vocalists as well as main man DJ Smith.

Big-name guests on the album like Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera), Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz (Slash), Scott Reeder (ex-Kyuss), Maria Brink (In This Moment), Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch), Robin Zander & Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) and Sass Jordan (SUN) help make it an interesting album to listen to, but it comes down to the core band. Bassist Ronnie Mancuso and drummer Jonas Fairley join Jake and Smith on this pick, and this may just be the best song on the album.

Jake E Lee Red Dragon Cartel album cover

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - 'Just Like Fire Would'

One of the better tracks on the 'High Hopes' album from the Boss, who will be inducting his own E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week. The album was panned a bit by critics for not being a completely evolved project, as most of the tracks were left over from his previous album. The addition of Tom Morello to the band has added a new dynamic, but I would to hear what more new music with his involvement will sound like, as I hope he can bring Bruce a little more rage with the next project. Morello will also be a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, as he has been tapped to induct KISS.

Bruce and The E Street Band will be back on the road in the U.S. starting April 6 in Dallas. The tour will continue through May and include a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 3.

HBO will premiere 'Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes,' chronicling the making of his 18th studio album, tomorrow night (April 4) at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The half-hour documentary by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny delves into the making of 'High Hopes,' which reached the No. 1 position in 20 countries after its January release. The film features rare behind-the-scenes studio and rehearsal segments, exclusive E Street Band tour footage and revealing interviews with Springsteen and album collaborator Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The two discuss their artistic choices for the project and how Morello brought a distinctive twist to Springsteen’s material.

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes album cover

Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'

This great Dream Theater cut comes from the band's self-titled 12th studio album. It’s the second record to feature Mike Mangini on drums after Mike Portnoy’s departure in 2010, and the first time Mangini has had the contributed as a writer, since the material for 2011 album 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events' was already completed before he joined the band.

Guitarist John Petrucci says about the album, "This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic.”

The latest track and video highlights the epidemic of returning U.S. war veterans suicide rates. More U.S. military personnel and returning veterans have died by suicide since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began than have died fighting there. The video includes actualities from actual returning vets, and shows the difficulty of adjusting back onto society after dealing with the atrocities of war. The video concludes with an update on the soldiers featured, and the www.saveawarrior.org webiste link, which you can go to and find out how you can help.

Dream Theater are currently on a U.S. tour until April 20, with dates continuing in Mexico, with European and South American dates keeping them busy until the end of July.

Dream Theater 2013 album cover

Lynam - 'Cold'

The Birmingham, Alabama rockers Lynam, led by frontman and songwriter Jacob Bunton, were originally formed in 2001, and have released multiple albums over the years. The band released 3 albums independently from 2002 - 2004 (White Trash Superstar, Bling! Bling!, and Life In Reverse), then in 2005, Lynam signed a deal with DRT/Universal Records and released the critically acclaimed album 'Slave To The Machine' in 2006. This album peaked at #21 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and #19 on the Heat- seekers chart. The first single ‘Tanis’ went to #1 on both the active rock independent and main-stream rock independent charts. The band’s album 'Tragic City Symphony' (Megaforce/Mascot Records) featured the radio singles ‘Save My Soul’, ‘Lindsay Says’, and ‘Porn Star’. All three singles reached the top 10 on the active rock independent chart with ‘Save My Soul’ reaching top 5 with over 10 million in audience. Several of the album’s songs also were used in motion pictures, MTV, VH1, HBO, and video games. A Live album entitled 'Thank You Goodnight!' was released in November 2010 through Island Def Jam/New Ocean Media.

Bunton branched out, recording and joining Steven Adler's lastest project, Adler, but that project is in limbo for the moment. Jacob's Adler band mate Lonny Paul has since joined Lynam, along with returning bassist Mark Dzier. Their newest E.P. 'Halfway To Hell,' includes the blistering rock track 'Cold.' Lynam will be on the road all Summer long and into the Fall. Check out the band's facebook page for all the upcoming dates and check them out if they will be rocking near you!

Lynam Halfway To Hell album cover

Heaven's Basement - 'Nothing Left To Lose'

The UK rockers already made some inroads in the U.S. with their first track 'Fire, Fire' from their debut album 'Filthy Empire,' and now they have ascended even further up the charts with 'Nothing Left To Lose.'

The band consists of Aaron Buchanan (Vocals), Sid Glover (Guitar), Rob Ellershaw (Bass) and Chris Rivers (Drums). They are currently on their first major headlining tour of Europe, after touring the U.S. at the tail end of last year and earlier this year with the likes of Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Pop Evil and The Pretty Reckless. The band will follow the Europe tour with gigs in Latin America, then return to the U.S. starting May 6 in Pittsburgh for a slate of shows that will include Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH. and Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK.

Heaven's Basement's high octane brand of rock is certain to carry them even further in U.S. popularity. Their latest album is full of potential radio tracks and I can see Heaven's Basement headlining U.S. gigs at some point in the near future.

Heaven's Basement Nothing Left To Lose single

Heaven's Basement Filthy Empire cover

Heaven's Basement

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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

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

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."


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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!


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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.


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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.

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.


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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.


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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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