PODCAST: Episode 105: Iva Toric Talks Occult Rock, Self-Care, and More!

Ghost Cult caught up with singer, musician Iva Toric recently to chat about her music career and her spate of singles and videos she has released in 2020. We chatted about the three tracks out now, Finally Today’Actions Speak Louder’ (which Ghost Cult premiered), and ‘Dark Side Of Me’. We also discussed a myriad of topics such as Iva’s interesting musical training, her many influences, mental health concerns, her plans for her upcoming full-length album, and much more. Follow and purchase Iva’s music at this link and check out our chat below. Continue reading

Deftones’ Career-Defining Album “White Pony” Turns 20

Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on. Continue reading

Watch Robb Flynn of Machine Head Cover Tool, Muse, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and More

Robb Flynn of Machine Head is hosting another one of “happy hour” unplugged shows live-streamed on YouTube. Robb plays a bunch of covers and originals by fan request, including Muse – ‘Time Is Running Out’, Tool – ‘Sober’, Lynyrd Skynyrd– ‘Simple Man’, and Machine Head’s – ‘The Burning Red’. Check it out! 

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Tool Has Canceled Their Previously Postponed Tour Dates

Tool has opted to cancel their planned North American tour, rather than reschedule. The band cited their many fans’ fiscal well-being and felt it wasn’t fair to fans strapped for cash to wait potentially a year to see the band. All fans will get a full refund as per email instructions coming soon. Read their statement here. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #372: Interview With Don De Leaumont of The Great Southern Brainfart

Don De Leaumont has been running The Great Southern Brainfart blog for over a decade. Now he has compiled a collection of essays and stories in his new book, Southeast of Heaven! Curtis and Keefy caught up with Don to hear his story.  Dumb and Dumbest #372 is streaming now and it’s all an Interview With Don De Leaumont of The Great Southern Brainfart! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #371: South African Metal with Monolith!

South Africa has a booming heavy music scene, especially the emerging Death Metal bands. Curtis and Keefy caught up with Andy from Monolith to chat it up! Dumb and Dumbest #371 is streaming now and it’s all about South African Metal with Monolith! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #370: Jessica Pimentel on Coronavirus and More!

Jessica Pimentel is an acclaimed actress of stage and screen (Maria Ruiz on Orange Is the New Black, countless other roles) and also a notable metal vocalist and musician (Alekhine’s Gun, Brujeria, Black Heart Sutra, Gimmie Radio DJ) and ambassador for the industry. Matt and Keefy had Jessica on the pod reflecting on her life and career and sharing some thoughtful commentary about surviving the Coronavirus pandemic quarantine with your wits intact. Dumb and Dumbest #370 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Jessica Pimentel on Coronavirus and More! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #369: Duncan Wardle ( TedX Speaker) on Coronavirus!

There is a lot of talk about Innovation in the world, but to be truly innovative goes well beyond the low hanging fruit for creative types. Matt and Keefy get schooled by one of the best in the business. Dumb and Dumbest # 369 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Duncan Wardle ( TedX Speaker and Former head of Innovation and Creativity for Disney) on CoronavirusHumor and Promoting Your Band! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #368: Humor and Promoting Your Band

Now more than ever, injecting humor into your content marketing matters. Matt and Curtis break this topic down on the pod. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #368 is streaming now and it’s all about Humor and Promoting Your Band! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Tool Has Postponed the First Leg of Their Upcoming North American Tour

Tool has announced due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the band has been forced to cancel the first leg of their upcoming North American Tour. Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. All previously purchased tickets for the above dates will be honored for the rescheduled performances. The band shared the news on their Facebook and other social networks. They continue to tour in support of their global smash album, the Grammy Award-winning Fear Inoculum (Tool Disecctional/RCA). Check out our review and photos from the first leg here! Continue reading