REVIEW: New York Comic-Con 2018

Ghost Cult invaded New York Comic Con for the first time ever this year and it was, in a word a spectacle. It was a feast for the senses, except the olfactory. The only downside to the entire weekend besides the swarm of people like squiddies in The Matrix was the smell. The smell of movie theater butter popcorn, no doubt delights most people like a childhood memory burned on the brain. To me, it is vomit inducing in mass quantities and there was not one corner of the Javits Center that was not baked in this smell. Other than that is was a perfect combination of geeks, artists, and Cos-players and superfans. Comic-Con is vast and exhilarating. It’s incredible and a little scary to be honest. It was amazing overall. Continue reading

Andy Black Reveals Comic book Artwork At New York Comic Con

Recording artist Andy Biersack has revealed the  cover for his comic book collaboration during New York Comic Con. He worked with writer Scott Tuft (Severed/Swamp Thing) and Artist Eryk Donovan (Batman/Eugenic) to create Ghost of Ohio coming in 2019 rom Z2 Comics. Z2 also has comics unveiling at the con with BABYMETAL and Steve Aoki. He will be onAoki and artists today at Comic Con. Continue reading

New York Comic Con Kicks Off Tomorrow

It’s no surprise that where ever we go and talk to bands and fans of music, they love comics, movies, anime, and everything related. Our greater culture reps all of these things together, not compartmentalized. So this year Ghost Cult is heading to New York Comic Con at the Javits Center from October 4th to the 7th to hang with all the geeks, creators, writers, artists, movie stars, directors, fandom personalities, YouTubers, cosplayers, and also bands and musical artists too! The New York Anime convention is also running parallel to Comic Con too. Many musicians have crossovers to Comic-Con and this year is no exception with Alan Robert (Life Of Agony), Steve Aoki, Andy Black (Black Veil Brides), Babymetal and more will be on hand signing their work, and making big announcements right along with comic companies and movie studios. There are still Thursday passes available, but the rest of the weekend is a sell-out. Check our social channels all weekend for some videos and pictures from the con and our review will soon follow. Continue reading

Remembering Chester Bennington of Linkin Park- 1976 – 2017

Chester Bennington with Stone Temple Pilots, by Meg Loyal Photography

When Chester Bennington died on July 20th, it sent a shockwave through the music world. Although there seems to have been a lesser number of deaths in the music world this year compared to last, they have been no less painful. The fact that he died by suicide is tragic, and should not come with any sort of stigma, or lessen his greatness and accomplishments. As a singer, musician, and icon in the rock world, in many ways, he served as the distinctive voice of the millennial generation, in a way few others have. Continue reading

Steve Aoki Books New Year’s Eve Gig, CES Appearance In Las Vegas Dates 

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America’s premier DJ, Steve Aoki, is ending 2015 strong and kicking off 2016 with a string of high-profile club dates. Steve is booked for New Year’s Eve For Club Liv in Miami Beach, which promises to be insane. He has also just booked a string of five exclusive dates in Las Vegas. This includes Steve’s appearance at the annual CES Technology Conference sponsored by SOL Republic. Aoki who is also a Grammy nominated producer, DJ, Dim Mak label head, brand ambassador, and fashion designer is still supporting his 2014 release Neon Future (Dim Mak) and pre-orders are available for the follow up album Neon Future II.

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Steve Aoki tour dates:

Dec 31: Liv Nite Club – Miami FL

Jan 01: The City Nightclub – Cancun, MX

Jan 02: La Santa Puerto Vallarta – Puerto Vallarta, MX

Jan 03: HOLY SHIP!- Miami, FL

Jan 06: OMNIA Nightclub, CES Conference, Las Vegas NV

Jan 08: Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV

Jan 15: OMNIA Nightclub, Las Vegas NV

Jan 22: Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV

Jan 30: Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV

     

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Pre-order Neon Future II here:

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Free Download: AWOLNATION – I Am (Steve Aoki Remix) + Updated Tour Dates

Aaron Bruno. Photo Credit: Karri Rowe

Aaron Bruno. Photo Credit: Karri Rowe

AWOLNATION are offering a free download of “I Am” remixed by Steve Aoki which can be found here. The song is off of their new album Run, out now via Red Bull Music. The band has kicked off their North American tour with dates posted below.

May 28: Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC (SOLD OUT)
May 29: Roseland – Portland, OR (SOLD OUT)
May 30: McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
May 31: BottleRock Music Festival – Napa Valley, CA
Jun 02: The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 03: House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Jun 05: The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
Jun 06: The Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 09: Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Jun 10: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Jun 12: House of Blues – N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Jun 13: The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Jun 14: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN
Jun 16: The National – Richmond, VA
Jun 18: The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
Jun 19: Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE
Jun 20: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA (w/Rolling Stones)
Jun 21: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
Jun 22: Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
Jun 23: Metropolis – Montreal, QC
Jun 25: House of Blues – Boston, MA
Jun 26: Irving Plaza – New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Jun 27: Irving Plaza – New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Jun 28: Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY (SOLD OUT)
Jun 30: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jul 01: Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Jul 02: The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
Jul 03: Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
Jul 05: The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Jul 07: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
Jul 08: Flames Central – Calgary, AB
Jul 11: Channel 93.3’s Big Gig – Englewood, CO
Jul 18: The Point’s Big Summer Show – St. Louis, MO
Jul 19: Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
Jul 21: Cabooze Outdoor Plaza – Minneapolis, MN
Jul 23: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Jul 24: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Jul 25: KRBZ Buzz Beach Ball – Kansas City, KS
Jul 26: Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
Jul 28: Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO (SOLD OUT)
Jul 30: Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
Aug 01: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 07: Montana Fair – Billings, MT
Aug 14: Sziget Festival – Budapest (HU)
Aug 15: Arena Open Air – Vienna (AT)
Aug 21: Open Air Gampel – Gampel Wallis (SI)
Aug 22: Chiemsee Summer – Ubersee (DE)
Aug 28: Leeds Festival – Leeds (UK)
Aug 30: Reading Festival – Reading (UK)
Sep 06: Fashion Meets Music Festival – Columbus, OH
Sep 19: Kaaboo Music Festival – San Diego, CA

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Album Stream: Steve Aoki – Neon Future II

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Steve Aoki is streaming his new album Neon Future II here, and will be released on May 12, 2015 via Dim Mak Records/Ultra Music.

Steve Aoki’s Neon Future II Track Listing
Time Capsule (intro)
I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki) – Steve Aoki & Moxie
Youth Dem (Turn Up) featuring Snoop Lion
Hysteria featuring Matthew Koma
Darker Than Blood featuring Linkin Park
Lightning Strikes – Steve Aoki, NERVO & Tony Junior
Tars (Interlude) featuring Kip Thorne
Home We’ll Go (Take My Hand) – Steve Aoki & Walk Off The Earth
Heaven on Earth featuring Sherry St. Germain
Holding up the World featuring Harrison and Albin Myers
Light Years featuring Rivers Cuomo
Warp Speed (Outro) featuring J.J. Abrams

XTRMST Releases Video For ‘Conformist’

Straight edge hardcore band XTRMST, featuring AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget, have released the first music video for “Conformist”. Watch it here.

The song is off their self-titled debut album, out November 17th via Steve Aoki’s (DJ/producer and former This Machine Kills member) Dim Mak Records. Puget produced and mixed the record at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, CA.

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Havok commented on the band:

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years. We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

“XTRMST” track listing:
01. Words For the Unwanted
02. Conformist
03. Social Deathplay
04. Merciless
05. Exterminate
06. Sharper
07. Extremist
08. The Breed
09. Humanity
10. The Way
11. Swallow Your God
12. Dirty Nails
13. Juliets
14. Coward Bow Your Head

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AFI Members New Hardcore Side-Project Xtrmst, Single Out Today

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Davey Havok and Jade Puget of punk rockers AFI have a new side-project in form of straight-edge hardcore band Xtrmst. Their first single ‘Conformist’ is out today. Their self-titled debut album drops on November from Dim Mak Records, the label run by DJ/producer Steve Aoki 18th. Stream another new song ‘Words for the Unwanted’ below:

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Official Press Release:

AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for Xtrmst, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album,“Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7. In conjunction with this announcement, the pair have posted a brand new album track online called “Words For The Unwanted.” Listen now at www.Xtrmst.com.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name Xtrmst because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

The 14-track Xtrmst album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 18 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine Kills) Steve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the Xtrmst album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen. It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak,” says Aoki. Although no longer a staunch straight-edge follower today, Aoki expands, “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak.”

“I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in. The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take,” says Puget.

Fans began buzzing about Xtrmst this past March, when Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles offered free copies of a four-song cassette featuring a simple XT logo next to a sign that read, “Do you like hardcore? Fan of Straight Edge? If so – take this tape for free!” The tapes disappeared instantly and rumors of a new project from Havok and Puget lit up the Internet. When the rumor mill went into overdrive, Puget took to Twitter to announce, “Now that the cat is out of the bag, Xtrmst is indeed Davey and I. More to come.”

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“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“Xtrmst” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

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