Riot Fest 2021 Adds Patti Smith, Alkaline Trio, The Flaming Lips and More


Riot Fest has made the final weekend additions to the 2021 event, kicking off September 19th, 2021, which will be the fest’s first-ever Thursday Preview Party. Patti Smith and Her Band and Alkaline Trio will join Thursday night, with additional sets from Joyce Manor (performing their self-titled 2011 debut), WDRL, and Kristeen Young. As for Sunday, The Flaming Lips will return to Riot Fest on Sunday, bringing the fest-favorites back to Douglass Park on September 19 to replace Pixies. Sunday attendees will also get into the Thursday Preview Party for free, with a host of freshly-announced perks included. Tickets are on sale now at the link below.

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Psycho Las Vegas Loses Some Bands Due to Visa and Pandemic Issues


In a story we have been following, Psycho Las Vegas has announced that bands such as Mayhen and Satyricon have dropped off the upcoming metal festival later this month. This is due to ongoing travel/work visa and pandemic related issues. To their credit, the fest has been dealing complaints and addressing on social media, and in emaisl to ticket holders. Other bands still hoping to gain entry into the USA to perform include Efforts are continuing for Emperor, Watain, Crippled Black Phoenix, Cult of Fire, and Psychlona, and we’ll keep tracking this story. Continue reading


GUEST POST: Mark Starr of Insight – Top Albums of the Year 2020


Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, we have a list from Mark Starr of hardcore veterans Insight. Stream their compilation/retrospective Reflection here via Mission Two Entertainment.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Mastodon – Medium Rarities


We have been blessed with a lot of great Mastodon news of late, from celebrating their 20th anniversary, their new song on the Bill And Ted Face The Music soundtrack – “Rufus Lives”, to the band hitting the studio to work on full-length number eight. So 2020 seems like a good time for a good old odds and sods release, the cleverly titled Medium Rarities (Reprise).

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Psycho Las Vegas Announces 2021 Fest with Danzig, Mercyful Fate, Katatonia, Ulver, Emperor, WITTR, and More


Psycho Las Vegas has announced their return in the summer of 2021. If you had tickets for this year, you are in luck! Most of the lineup will return next year, except Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ty Segall & The Freedom Band, and Crowbar. This still looks like one of the best festivals in the world next year, in a year overpacked with re-scheduled events and tours. See the full lineup below.Continue reading


Psycho Las Vegas 2020 Canceled, Festival Set to Return in 2021


Psycho Swim, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/15/19

Psycho Las Vegas has shared the bad news that they have canceled the 2020 festival that was set for August due to ot the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Psycho Las Vegas 2021 has been scheduled to August 19-22, 2021. “Nearly all the bands” have agreed to return for the 2021st dates. The full announcement is expected after they confirm those last bands. Continue reading


Danzig, Emperor, Mercyful Fate, The Flaming Lips, Down, Mayhem, Satyricon and More are Booked for Psycho Las Vegas 2020


Psycho Las Vegas is returning for another round in the desert of Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay this summer on August 14th to 16th. Headlining will be Danzig, Emperor, Mercyful Fate, The Flaming Lips, Down, Mayhem, Satyricon, Blue Oyster Cult, Warpaint, Blonde Redhead, Ty Segall, Watain, Ulver, Thursday, At the Gates, Poison The Well, Cursive, Pinback, Boris, Windhand, Brutus, Mgla, boysetsfire, This Will Destroy You, Kaelan Mikla, Bombers, Mephistofeles and many more. High Roller 3-day VIP is already sold out, but general 3 -Day and pre-party Psycho Swim passes are on sale now at these links:

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Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Zac Brown Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, John Fogerty, ZZ Top Booked for Bourbon and Beyond 2019


Bourbon & Beyond, The World’s Largest Bourbon Festival, has expanded to three days in 2019 and has announced full list Bands, Bourbon Lineup and Onsite Food Vendors for the destination festival. Taking place September 20, 21 & 22 In Louisville, KY, at the newly created Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center. Featuring Foo Fighters, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Zac Brown Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, John Fogerty, and ZZ Top. Plus one-of-a-kind bourbon and culinary experiences, featuring master distillers and celebrity chefs.Continue reading


Roky Erickson, Psychedelic Rock Legend, Dies at Age 71


Sad news today as Roky Erickson, who build a career as a psychedelic rock founding father has died. He was 71 years old. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. A beloved artist by popular and underground acts, Roky first came to attention with seminal 1960s rock band 13th Floor Elevators. Erickson and the band coined the phrase psychedelic rock with the group and had a brief but impactful four years as a band. The bands’ trajectory was slowed down by Erickson’s issues with mental illness and depression. While he sought help, he was systematically abused in the system for years, which impeded his career further. But artists ranging from The Flaming Lips, Dave Grohl, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, ZZ Top, Big Brother and the Holding Company, My Bloody Valentine, Ghost, The Black Angels, Ween, Mazzy Starr, The Verve, and more touted him and 13th Floor Elevators for years in song and in the press as a heavy influence. Ghost’s 2013 cover of ‘If You Have Ghosts’ has almost five million plays on YouTube. The 2007 documentary You’re Going to Miss Me’ led to renewed interest in his career. We send our condolences out to Roky’s family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading