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Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Aerosmith, ZZ Top, L.A. Guns, The Offspring, Charm City Devils, Dead Sara

by on Jul.07, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Aerosmith, ZZ Top, L.A. Guns, The Offspring, Charm City Devils, Dead Sara

Here I am, still playing ketchup on my rock picks of the week, with Aerosmith kicking things off with their number one rock track 'Legendary Child.' The song was originally written and recorded in 1991 during the early sessions for the group's 1993 album 'Get A Grip' but had remained unreleased. I really like the new track, but it didn't hit me as hard as I hoped by the buildup to its release. It is a quality cut, but one that I think could have been taken to an even more rocking level. I know it is a radio track however, and must play to the masses as it toes the line between long time fans and a new generation being exposed to Aerosmith.

The group's upcoming studio effort, 'Music from Another Dimension!' was originaly scheduled for an August 28th release, but has now been pushed back to November 6th. Steven Tyler said of the delay, "Too many [other notable acts] are releasing [their new albums] those weeks. We don't wanna step on their release dates. So we said, 'You know what?! We've got the goods…ain't no doubt about it. We'll wait another couple of months.'"

Aerosmith's North American leg of the band's 'Global Warming' Tour with Cheap Trick is well underway having kicked off a couple of weeks ago in Minneapolis. Bass player Tom Hamilton recently told Billboard that fans attending the shows likely will get treated to a preview of the new album. "It's gonna be, like, a 14-song album, so it's got a lot of range. I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries -- the 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience. It's all there."

Hamilton reveals that while the initial plan was for Aerosmith not to perform any new tunes save for lead single "Legendary Child" on the trek, he says, "We're probably going to say 'To hell with it' and play 'em because they're fun. We're chomping at the bit to play a bunch of these live," while noting that having new material to introduce in concert "really makes you feel like you're walking out there with a loaded weapon."

Hamilton also shared some details about the upcoming album: "I think it just kind of reflects all the eras of our career, everything we've learned over the centuries," he maintains. "The 70s era, just all-out riff rock songs, and then the later stuff that's more melodic, ballady stuff so that we can have girls in our audience."

Hamilton says 'Music from Another Dimension!' will include "songs that have been written over the course of our lifetimes," as well as a rendition of the vintage R&B number 'Shakey Ground,' which was a 1975 hit for the Temptations though Aerosmith based its version on Etta James' rendition. "We needed extra songs for Japan and Europe," Hamilton said, "and we thought, 'OK, we're struggling to get all our own songs written. Maybe we should cover a couple of songs.' I forget who brought ('Shakey Ground') in, and we tried it out and in the course of recording we just had so much fun with it that we wanted to put it on the album. We like to show off our funk roots and show we can get people's butts shaking."

'Music From Another Dimension' track listing:
1. What Could Have Been Love
2. Beautiful
3. Street Jesus
4. Legendary Child
5. Oh Yeah
6. We All Fall Down
7. Another Last Goodbye
8. Out Go the Lights
9. Love Three Times a Day (Hello Goodbye)
10. Closer
11. Shakey Ground
12. Lover A Lot
13. Freedom Fighter
14. Up On The Mountain

Texas rock legends ZZ Top are back with their first new studio recordings in nine years, as the group have recently released the four-track teaser digital E.P. The four-song EP features all new tunes, and was produced by Rick Rubin, who also helmed the sessions for the band's as-yet-untitled new album, which is due out in late summer/early fall. Check out 'Consumption,' 'I Gotsta Get Paid' (which premiered last month in an ad campaign for Jeremiah Weed) and 'Chartreuse' below:

Listen to 'Chartreuse' on rollingstone.com here


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'Texicali' is available at itunes and all digital retail outlets. ZZ Top just wrapped up their 'Gang of Outlaws' tour with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson on June 29th, and are now will play gigs in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Norway for during July. The band returns to the U.S. for headlining dates starting August 14th at Bakersfield's Fox Theater, followed by co-headlining dates later this summer with Lynyrd Skynryd.

L.A. Guns are back with their first new studio album in seven years, 'Hollywood Forever,' which features the awesome new track, 'You Better Not Love Me.' The track brings forth the best of that sleazy, dynamic L.A. Guns sound we all know and love. The album is the fourth L.A. Guns record produced by the legendary Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, and many more), and he definitely brings out the best in the boys on this one.

Former L.A. Guns member Kelly Nickels makes a special appearance on the album, playing bass on 'Venus Bomb' and providing backing vocals on other tracks. Phil Lewis, Steven Riley, Stacey Blades and Scott Griffith are poised to make this L.A. Guns offering a big success. Order the new album here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/hollywood-forever/id524457881


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'Hollywood Forever' Track List:
Hollywood Forever
You Better Not Love Me
Eel Pie
Sweet Mystery
Burn
Vine St. Shimmy
Dirty Black Night
Underneath The Sun
Queenie
Crazy Tango
Venus Bomb
I Won’t Play
Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
Araña Negra (originally recorded by The Bicicletas)

L.A. Guns U.S. tour dates
Jul. 7 - Enfield , CT - 4th of July Town Celebration
Jul. 14 - Howland, ME - Sebois Stream Campgrounds/ MudRun Concert Series
Jul. 15 - Portland, ME - Asylum
Jul. 20 - Tuscon, AZ - AVA Ampitheater- Casino Del Sol (w/Warrant & Skid Row)
Jul. 21 - Tempe , AZ - 910 Live (w/Forming Stories, Ethan 103 & Sunset Strip)
Aug. 17 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
Aug. 18 - Santa Ana, CA - Malone's
Aug. 24 - Englewood, NJ - Begen Performing Arts Center (w/Skid Row)
Aug. 25 - Amityville, NY - Ollies/Revolution (w/Skid Row)
Oct. 13 - Centerville, MD - Island Bay Day

Huntington Beach, CA. rockers The Offspring are up next in Rock Picks with their great new track 'Days Go By.' It's the title track from their new album, which was released on June 26th. The track has that distinct Offspring sound, with a party vibe video behind it. It's good to have the guys back in a big way, as this new track is already top 10 on multiple rock charts. The band will be hitting the road starting with a couple of Canadian dates starting July 14th, then will continue through the summer in North America, wrapped around a lone date in Russia on August 5th. Offspring will also be a part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood on August 18th, which this year pays tribute to Sunset Strip legends The Doors. Check out these interview clips with Dexter and Noodles. They'll give you all the lowdown on what's happening with the Offspring.


Order the album here: iTunes - http://smarturl.it/daysgobyalbum Amazon - http://smarturl.it/dgbamazon

Offspring Tour Dates:
Jul. 14 - Quebec, CA - Festival d'ete International de Quebec
Jul. 15 - Sarnia, Canada - Bayfest
Jul. 17 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Jul. 18 - Columbus, OH - Columbus Commons
Jul. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Fair St. Louis
Jul. 21 - Milwuakee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Jul. 23 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Jul. 25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Jul. 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues
Jul. 28 - Rochester, NY - Bonzai 2012 at Highland Bowl Amphitheatre
Jul. 29 - Syracuse, NY - WKRL's K-Rockathon
Aug. 5 - Anapa, Russia - Kubana Festival
Aug. 10 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Thoroughbred Club - Seaside Stage
Aug. 18 - West Hollywood, CA - Sunset Strip Music Festival
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Sep. 9 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage
Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
Sep. 16 - Charlotte, NC - Live Nation
Sep. 29 - Auburn, WA - KISW's Pain in the Grass

Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils are up next with a cover of a track that is a rocking version of a traditional American folk song first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. It became well-known in the 2000 film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?,' with that version by The Soggy Bottom Boys. 'Man Of Constant Sorrow'

Charm City Devils were originally formed in 2007 by singer/song writer and former SR-71 drummer John Allen. Besides Allen the band includes Anthony Arambula (bass), Jason Hesier (Drums), Victor Karrera (Guitar) and Nick Kay (Guitar). After signing with Eleven Seven Music, Mötley Crüe bassist and Eleven Seven Music chairman, Nikki Sixx, suggested the band's current name Charm City Devils. Their debut album 'Let's Rock-N-Roll' was released in 2009, and two singles from it, 'Let's Rock n' Roll (Endless Road)' and 'Best of the Worst' garnered airplay around the country. They were named best new rock band by iTunes for 2009. Now, the band will release their sophomore album "Sins" on new label Fat Lady Music this July 31st. The band worked with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central) on this new offering, and you can pre-order from Newbury Comics and get a limited autographed CD Booklet with your purchase!

While working on the new album, Charm City Devils were discussing classic songs and if they should incorporate something into their set. Frontman John Allen explains, "There were many ideas kicked around, but which one? 'Man of Constant Sorrow' came up and we decided to give it a try. It’s an incredibly powerful song, but it was a challenge to develop and arrange it in a way that captured the essence of the song but would also ROCK! We all loved the version from 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' Skidd and I built a foundation and with much tweaking and editing, and I think we delivered a great version of the song. The song transcends generations. It’s a timeless classic and it’s been around a long time. I’m excited to bring it to a whole new group of rock fans."

I'm looking forward to seeing these guys in San Luis Obispo on August 8th, and hope to lineup an interview as well.

Charm City Devil 'Sinner's Ball' Tour 2012:
Jul. 14 - Chesaning Showboat RockFest - Chesaning, MI
Jul. 16 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Jul. 19 - L'Auberge Casino Resort - Lake Charles, LA
Jul. 20 - Club La Vela Gulfside Amphitheatre - Panama City Beach, FL
Jul. 21 - Carlisle Bike Fest - Carlisle, PA
Jul. 22 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
Jul. 25 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 26 - Station 7 - Laurel, DE
Jul. 27 - David Ulrich City Courtyard - Lockport, NY
Jul. 29 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 31 - The Brick - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 1 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
Aug. 3 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Aug. 5 - Boomer's Garden - Lewiston, ID
Aug. 7 - Modesto Centre Plaza - Modesto, CA
Aug. 8 - SLO Brewing Company - San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug. 10 - Senator Theatre - Chico, CA
Aug. 11 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
Aug. 13 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Sep. 1 - Rock Allegiance 2012 - Hershey, PA
Sep. 22 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
Oct. 13 - Island Bay Day Festival - Centreville, MD

John Allen taped a Musicians Opposed to Bullying PSA during their recent tour stop at Rocklahoma. Courtney Campbell of Earplugs Required conceived the idea for Musicians Opposed to Bulying to help spread a message of tolerance, understanding and inclusion. Get more info here: www.musiciansopposedtobullying.com

Los Angeles' own Dead Sara's are up next with their track 'Weatherman.' Fronted by singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley, the band are carrying the torch for female fronted rock bands, which we need more of. The ladies have garnered praise from female rock legends including Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, who was recently asked by the Wall Street Journal which female rock singers she admired, Slick namechecked Armstrong, citing her "strong, urgent sound."

Rounded out by also bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, Dead Sara are rocking on the Vans Warped tour through August 5th in Portland, Oregon. They are also slated to perform on the main stage at this years Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood, CA. on August 13th. The festival honors Sunset Strip legends The Doors, so there is a possibility we will see Dead Sara covering a song from the L.A. rock legends.

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Rock Picks of the Week: Slash, Seether, Rise Against, Crossfade, Emphatic, Mutemath

by on Mar.13, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Slash, Seether, Rise Against, Crossfade, Emphatic, Mutemath

Slash is back with the first track 'You're A Lie' from his upcoming album 'Apocalyptic Love' out May 22. This new project with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is the most anticipated hard rock release of the year so far, and by all indications from the first track, it is going to live up to all expectations. 'You're A Lie' is my favorite track of 2012 so far.

Myles Kennedy joined Slash on two tracks on his solo album, and they were the best part of what was a great album. After extensive touring, Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) and Slash were more than ready to deliver a stellar album, at least when Slash could get the hardest working man in rock, Myles Kennedy to fit in some recording. Myles will have some time to devote to rocking these new tracks on tour as his Alter Bridge bandmates will be concentrating on Creed for awhile.

"I completely left the lyrics to Myles. As far away from lyric writing as I can get, the better," Slash told Rolling Stone, laughing. "He's a good lyricist, so it's not an issue."

The song was the second track Slash brought to Kennedy, but it wasn't done until the very end of the sessions. "We changed the arrangement twice, and it was the last thing we worked on in the studio when we were doing the album," he says. "It was the last one we did and, funnily enough, the first one we released."

Did he know it was a single? "The single concept has always been the last thing I ever want to deal with," he says. "I come from that AOR mentality where a single to me can be a five-minute, six-minute, really cool rock track."

Now that one is chosen and the record is nearly done, save for a few mixes, Slash can turn his attention to the upcoming live shows. "I'm looking forward to going out and jamming the stuff live and doing what it is that I do best," he says.

The concert will feature several new songs. "There's a song called 'Anastasia,' which would be killer for us to play live because it's probably the longest, most instrumentally adventurous song on the record. There's a lot of guitar in it," he says. "There's the song called 'Apocalyptic Love,' which is the title track of the record and the first song we ever did together."

A full tour kicks off on May 3 in Baltimore, and the band will play a number of big Rock festivals including Carolina Rebellion on May 5, Rock On The Range on May 19 and Rocklahoma on May 25, and other radio station festivals.

Slash will also rock the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A.on April 11, sharing a stage with Marilyn Manson, Sixx A.M., Evanescence and more on a night when KISS' Gene Simmons will be honored. "I love Gene. Gene's awesome, so it's good that he's getting an award at that event," he says.

Slash will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame next month with Guns N' Roses. According to Slash, he still doesn't know what will happen. "It's just far enough away at this point where I'm not focusing on it at all and there's been no new news about what's gonna happen there," he says.

Slash is also part of series of commercials for the L.A.I.R. (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo with none other than Betty White.

Apocalyptic Love tracklist:
"Apocalyptic Love"
"One Last Thrill"
"Standing in the Sun"
"You’re a Lie"
"No More Heroes"
"Halo"
"We Will Roam"
"Anastasia"
"Not for Me"
"Bad Rain"
"Hard & Fast"
"Far and Away"
"Shots Fired"


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Seether keep the rock coming with another Top 10 track, 'No Resolution.' It's the third single from the 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray' album, and continues the success of the first two releases from the album;'Country Song' and Tonight.'

Seether is on tour in the UK with 3 Doors Down until March 15, play a couple of headlining gigs in Istanbul and Italy, then head out for a big North American trek with Nickelback, Bush and My Darkest Days starting April 10 in Moline, IL.

Seether has been nominated for Best Live Band in the Revolver Golden Gods on Apr. 11 and you can now have the complete Seether 'Collection' with just one click at itunes. Four studio album and one live album for only $24.99.


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Rise Against have another kick ass track with 'Satellite' from the 'Endgame' album in the rock picks of the week. The band just played shows on Mar. 9 & 10 in Helsinki, Finland, and are continuing on with shows in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. They return for a U.S. tour starting April 15 in San Diego, CA. with openers A Day To Remember and Title Fight.

The band are making some stops at record stores around the country to meet and sign autographs for fans. Here's the record stores:
San Diego, CA
Sunday, April 15th at 4:30pm
M-Theory
915 Washington Street
San Diego 92024

San Jose, CA
Tuesday, April 17th at 4:30pm
Streetlight
980 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128-3501

Boise, ID
Friday, April 20th at 4:30pm
Record Exchange
1105 W Idaho St
Boise, ID 83702-5625

Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, April 21st at 4:30pm
Graywhale
1773 West 4700 South
Taylorsville, UT 84129

Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, May 1st at 4:30pm
Criminal Records
1154 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Indianapolis, IN
Friday, May 4th at 4:30pm
Luna Music
5202 North College Avenue
Indianapolis Indiana 46220

Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, May 5th at 4:30pm
Everybody’s Records
6106 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213-1402


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Columbia, South Carolina's Crossfade are up next with the great track 'Prove You Wrong.' It comes from the band's third album 'We All Bleed' through Eleven Seven Music. The band consists of Ed Sloan on lead vocals and guitar, newest addition Les Hall on lead guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals, and Mitch James on backing vocals and bass.

The evolution marks a tidal shift in Sloan’s previous role as Crossfade’s singular commandeering voice, but he is the first to admit that sharing duties with Hall was an organic, if not essential benchmark in the band’s growth.

The pair has been buddies since the seventh grade in South Carolina, where they were both regarded as young guitar prodigies. As an adult, Hall was writing music for film scores and serving as a session and touring musician for the likes of Trey Anastasio and 70 Volt Parade, Howie Day and a number of local Columbia, S.C., acts. In 2006, “I randomly stopped by Eddie’s studio to hear tracks for Crossfade’s second album, and he told me they needed an additional guitar player to tour,” Hall says. “I learned both albums in a day and played through one song with the band and that was it; we went out and did our first show together. It immediately felt like home, playing this heavy stuff with your brothers.”

Hall longed to contribute in a fulltime role with the group—as a songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and arranger—which Sloan embraced. “I had to decide whether to tour with another band and collect a paycheck, or invest in something I really believed in,” Hall says. “Eddie and I had such a bond and mutual respect for each other. I told him I’d quit everything else and join the group if I could be part of the writing.”

Crossfade was dropped by Columbia Records, and Sloan has serious periods of self doubt, but Crossfade has overcome the adversity and cruelty the music business can present and have come back with a vengeance.

'Prove You Wrong' is a fantastic song with an equally fantastic video. Animation and band footage present an emotional song in a visually stunning way.

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Omaha, Nebraska rockers Emphatic are back in Rock Picks of the Week with their second single 'Get Paid' from the album 'Damage.' It follows the success of the first single 'Bounce' and continues the groove oriented hard rocking sound from the band. This is another song that was released awhile back, but really hasn't gotten the attention or airplay it deserved. I do hope the band continues to get recognition from this track, and will be able to release a third single as well, so this current album and project gets its due.

Emphatic are:
Patrick Wilson: vocals
Justin McCain: lead guitar/vocals
Lance Dowdle: guitar/vocals
Alan Larson: Bass

Emphatic will be playing Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH on May 19, Rockapalooza in Jackson, MI and on June 27 with Puddle Of Mudd in Duluth, MN at Clyde Iron Works.


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New Orleans band MuteMath make their first appearance in Rock picks with 'Blood Pressure', from the band's third studio album 'Odd Soul.' The group consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany, drummer Darren King, guitarist Todd Gummerman, and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas. The video for the song was written, directed, and filmed in less than 24 hours during an off day in Los Angeles at the Warner Bros. Records parking lot. The band also released the second single 'Allies' last month, so I have included that as well. MuteMath have an infectious appeal and they continue to enlighten audiences and listeners with their brand of rock.


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Mutemath have a few U.S. tour dates left before they go down under for an Australian tour that kicks off on May 5.
Mar 18 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 5 - Bear Tooth - Anchorage, AK
Apr. 20 & 21 - Rites of Spring - Nashville, TN

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