Win Passes to the 2018 Kansas City Planet Comicon

What if you could go to a party and chat with Alice Cooper, John Cusack, Jason Mamoa, Danny Trejo and others?  You’d jump at the chance, of course!

Media Mikes is giving (4) lucky readers the chance to win weekend passes to the 2018 Kansas City Planet Comicon.  If you’ve ever attended, or read our annual write-ups, you know that Planet Comicon is THE Midwest convention and the one that all of the others strive to be.

All you have to do is let us know below what guest you would like to see at a future convention.  On February 14, (4) random commenters will be chosen to receive (2) weekend passes to attend the show.

Planet Comicon runs from February 16 -19, 2018 and will be held at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  For more information click HERE

Good Luck!

2018 Will Be an Interesting Year for Television

“Television” refers as much to the transmission of video content through the airwaves as it does to the format in which said content is presented to consumers. And both of them are in a state of constant shift – or better said, evolution – fueled by the spread of new technologies that are no longer based on radio waves but the internet. The internet has determined individuals and companies at all levels to create and share content, and this content ranges from casino reviews and daily personal blog posts to serialized content made available to the consumers on-demand, through internet streaming, on any device with a screen and an internet connection. This has already affected the viewer base of traditional TV stations – the decline is slow but steady – and this impact is expected to increase in the coming years.

But the decrease in the number of viewers is just one of the many things changing in the world of television. The most interesting part is the one with brand new content creators entering the competition, with content that’s good enough to compete with what traditional creators have to offer. One of the biggest phenomena of the last years was a series called “Stranger Things”, created by global online video streaming giant Netflix. The company is well aware of the fact that it has to create high-quality content to be able to attract – and maintain – its viewer base in the long run, and with this series, it has given birth to the perfect example that has truly become a global phenomenon. To make things even more attractive internationally, Netflix dubs its content in several languages and offers subtitles in even more, thus making the experience as familiar and enjoyable as possible.

Fresh, original, and enjoyable content is the key to growing and maintaining one’s viewer base – and Netflix is doing just that. For 2018, it plans to invest a whopping $8 billion in original content. And not just any content. Some of its serialized projects have been very well received in the last couple of years – Netflix has received several Academy Award nominations for its documentaries, a Golden Globe for its “The Crown”, and many other awards and accolades for its original programming. And this original, quality content is available not only over the airwaves or through cable but also on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops – basically any screen that can be connected, either directly or indirectly, to the internet.

Streaming is becoming the most attractive new method of delivering serialized – and feature-length – content to viewers, preferred especially by younger generations. Cord-cutters, as they are often referred to, no longer settle for the traditional means of receiving content over the airwaves or through cable. Instead, they choose to stream their content when they want and pay for it directly instead of an interrupted viewing experience through traditional channels. And Netflix is by far not the only major media company to do this – others like Disney, who plans to launch its own Netflix alternative, and Apple, are following its path.

With so many changes and new players entering the ring, 2018 will be an interesting year for television.

Final Cross-Country Run of The Vans Warped Tour Will Take Place In 2018

Final Cross-Country Run of The Vans Warped Tour
Will Take Place in 2018

Farewell Tour Celebrates Historic Legacy With Nods Toward
25th Anniversary In 2019

Read the Official Statement from Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman
www.vanswarpedtour.com

Read the Exclusive Interview with Lyman and Vans Vice President of Events and Promotions,
Steve Van Doren on Billboard.com

November 15, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Vans Warped Tour, widely known as one of the most successful and longest running festivals of its kind, will have its final cross country run in 2018. It will mark the tour’s 24th year on the road. “I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour, and today with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that the last full cross-country run will take place in 2018” shared Lyman in the official statement. To read Kevin’s full statement, click here:

Billboard.com exclusively interviewed Kevin Lyman and Steve Van Doren on the decision and plans for the future. Read it here

Dates for the 2018 tour have been revealed. See them in full at http://vanswarpedtour.com/2017/finaltour

While the lineup has not been announced, fans have seen artists like Blink-182, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy, NOFX, Green Day, The Used, Paramore, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Machine Gun Kelly, The Black Eyed Peas, My Chemical Romance, Neck Deep, Pierce The Veil and more take the Warped Tour stage over the years. The final summer will not disappoint.

Black Veil Brides Release New Song “When They Call My Name”, New Album Out January 12, 2018

BLACK VEIL BRIDES RELEASE NEW SONG “WHEN THEY CALL MY NAME”
NEW ALBUM VALE OUT JANUARY 12, 2018, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY
NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES WITH ASKING ALEXANDRIA KICKS OFF IN JANUARY

NEW YORK, NY (November 3, 2017) — Today, BLACK VEIL BRIDES release new song “When They Call My Name” off their highly anticipated fifth full length album, VALE [LAVA/Republic Records].

Listen to “When They Call My Name” Here!

After quietly fueling fan anticipation over the past month, BLACK VEIL BRIDES share the details for their anxiously awaited fifth full-length album, VALE [LAVA/Republic Records]—available, January 12, 2018. Pre-Order VALE Here!

The official pre-order grants fans immediate downloads of the first three songs to be released off VALE, “My Vow,” “The Outsider,” and now “When They Call My Name.” Listen to “My Vow” Here and “The Outsider” Here!

Produced by longtime collaborator John Feldmann [blink-182, Panic! At the Disco], VALE sees BLACK VEIL BRIDES sharpen their signature sound to knife point precision.

The band hits the road on January 10th, 2018 for their North American co-headline tour with Asking Alexandria in Salt Lake City and will hit major markets across the country including New York’s Terminal 5 on February 8th and more! Tickets & VIP Packages are on-sale now. Check out the full itinerary below and purchase tickets here!

To keep in touch with the band, join the new BVB ARMY and be the first to get news by Text Message! Sign up at www.BVBARMY.com OR Text BVBV to 856-282-2769

BLACK VEIL BRIDES have shocked and electrified modern rock back to life. Their critically acclaimed self-titled fourth album, Black Veil Brides, bowed in the Top of the Billboard Top 200 and received “Album of the Year” at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards. It followed up 2013’s Wretched and Divine, which crashed the Top 200 at #7 and yielded the signature smash “In The End” proclaimed “Song of the Year” at the Revolver Golden God Awards. Playing to millions of rabid fans worldwide, they’ve ignited festivals such as Download and Rock on the Range and been tapped for high-profile tours with Avenged Sevenfold, Slash, Mötley Crüe, Hollywood Undead, and more.

Tour Dates:
1/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
1/11 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
1/12 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
1/13 St. Paul, MN Myth Live
1/15 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
1/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – Indoor
1/18 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
1/19 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club Stage
1/20 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
2/2 Worcester, MA Palladium
2/3 Portland, ME State Theatre
2/4 Montreal, QC M Telus
2/5 Toronto, ON Rebel
2/7 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
2/8 New York, NY Terminal 5
2/9 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
2/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
2/12 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
2/13 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
2/14 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
2/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
2/17 Houston, TX House of Blues
2/19 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
2/20 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
2/22 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
2/23 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
2/24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
2/25 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
2/27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
3/1 San Francisco, CA The Warfield Theatre
3/2 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

Neck Deep Announce 2018 North American Tour

Neck Deep Announce 2018 North American Tour
Ticket Packages On Sale Now

General On-Sale Begins Friday, August 11th @ 10am Local Time

Upcoming Album, “The Peace and The Panic”,
Available For Pre-Order through Apple Music

Neck Deep took some time out of the last few moments of their headline set on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour yesterday announcing to fans that they will be returning to North America early next year for a headlining tour. This tour will bring Neck Deep to Santa Ana on January 18th and take them across the United States and Canada to cities like Seattle, Orlando, Toronto, New York, and Kansas City before returning back to Los Angeles on February 28th. The band will be touring in support of their highly anticipated album, The Peace and The Panic, due out August 18th via Hopeless Records. Ticket packages are now available for pre-sale to the Neck Deep Soundcheck Club with general on-sale beginning this Friday, August 11th at 10am Local Time. For tickets, please head to https://www.ndsoundcheckclub.com/.

Neck Deep gave fans a sample of what this upcoming tour will be like when playing songs “Where Do We Go When We Go,” “Happy Judgement Day” and “Motion Sickness,” off the new record live on Warped all summer long. All three songs have seen support from places like Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon playlists, along with numerous radio spins and features on SiriusXM.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
January 18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
January 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
January 22 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
January 23 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
January 24 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
January 26 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
January 27 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theatre
January 28 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
January 30 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
January 31 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
February 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
February 2 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
February 3 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
February 5 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
February 6 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
February 7 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
February 8 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
February 9 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic
February 10 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
February 12 – Chicago, IL – Concord
February 13 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
February 14 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
February 16 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre
February 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
February 20 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
February 21 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
February 23 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre
February 24 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
February 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
February 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
February 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Henry Fonda Theatre

If you cannot wait until 2018 to see the band, they recently announced a special run of U.S. acoustic in-stores and signings. Fans who pre-order the album directly from the store will receive guaranteed entry to the acoustic set and signing. Limited space is available. The participating stores include Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.Y.E. in Philadelphia, PA, Sound Garden in Baltimore, MD and Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ.

Additionally, Neck Deep is partnering with Urban Outfitters for a release show at Space 15 Twenty on August 11th. The first 350 fans that purchase the UO exclusive vinyl album at Space 15 Twenty between August 8th and August 11th will receive a laminate to attend the event/performance on August 11th. Fans will also receive a poster the day of the event.While there, fans will enjoy an intimate full band performance and complimentary beverages from PBR. Additionally, there will be exclusive “Dog” T-shirt for sale only available at Space 15 Twenty and a limited giveaway of an exclusive Neck Deep and Emo Nite poster. Space 15 Twenty is located at 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Upcoming In-Store Performances + Signings
August 11th – Space 15 Twenty – Los Angeles, CA
August 13th – Looney Tunes – West Babylon, NY
August 14th – Gallery of Sound – Wilkes-Barre, PA
August 15th – F.Y.E.- Philadelphia, PA
August 16th – Sound Garden – Baltimore, MD
August 17th – Vintage Vinyl- Fords, NJ

The upcoming 11-track album, produced by Mike Green (Pierce The Veil, Paramore), is a meditation on the constant duality of life and the struggles that come with it. It comes blessed with an acknowledgement that seizing the day and having a laugh with your mates is important, but so is the personal growth that comes with pain and existential crisis. The Peace and The Panic is now available for pre-order through Apple Music or at https://neckdeep.lnk.to/TPATP.

Neck Deep is Ben Barlow (Vocals), Matt West (Guitar), Sam Bowden (Guitar), Fil Thorpe-Evans (Bass and Vocals) and Dani Washington (Drums).

For more information on Neck Deep, The Peace and The Panic and this upcoming tour, please visit http://neckdeepuk.com/.

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