App News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:38:22 +0000 en <![CDATA[Good Charlotte Share a Dark and Important Message in New “WAR” Music Video]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:30:40 +0000 Alex Bear Good Charlotte have just dropped their most intense music video yet, for fan-favorite “WAR”. [imgfull][/imgfull]

#GCFam, this one’s for you: Good Charlotte have just dropped their most intense music video yet, for fan-favorite “WAR”. The heaviest song off of their recent record Youth Authority, “WAR” has the GC crew getting dark and introspective, and we are here for it. The music video carries a strong and important message about how relationships and reactions affect others, and how sometimes all you need is a helping hand. (P.S. the ending's got us oh so intrigued...let us know your theories about what's next for the Youth Authority!)

The band have just wrapped up a huge bunch of tour dates, but you still have the chance to set sail with 'em to sunnier shores this fall—on Warped Rewind at Sea, that is! 'Til then you’d better make sure you’re 110% prepared to pick up your guitar and start a band the second you hit play on “WAR” below, because it always hits you the hardest when you are not ready…You better get ready, 'cause here it comes (oh-oh, oh-oh)…



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<![CDATA[Join The Geeky Gimp’s Birthday Event to Raise Money for the AbleGamers Charity!]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:30:01 +0000 Alex Bear To celebrate Geek Girl Rioter Erin’s birthday, she’s going to be fundraising for AbleGamers... [imgfull][/imgfull]

Calling all gamers: To celebrate Geek Girl Rioter Erin’s birthday, she’s going to be fundraising for AbleGamers Charity, by streaming games on her Geeky Gimp Twitch channel! Join the party on August 27th from 2pm to 8pm ET right here to donate and witness some awesome gameplay in action! AbleGamers aims to make sure that video games are accessible and affordable for disabled gamers, offering grants, services, and equipment so everyone can play.

Find out more about Erin’s event below, and make sure to stop by this August 27th from 2pm to wish her a HBD and join in the gaming fun—and donate to a wonderful organization while you’re at it!

Visit her event page for more info! And here's a note from Erin:


Join me on my birthday for a fundraising event to benefit AbleGamers Charity!

On August 27th, from 2pm to 8pm EST, I’ll stream games on my Twitch channel and collect donations for this wonderful organization. AbleGamers’ goal is to ensure video games are accessible and affordable for a plethora of disabled gamers; they offer grants, services, and equipment so everyone can game.

Make sure to follow my Twitch page to know when I go live, and pop in the chat on the aforementioned date to find the donate link!

I hope you stop by the stream even if you are unable to contribute financially. Shares on social media are also greatly appreciated – just link to this post! The more we get the word out, the more money we can send to AbleGamers – and then, they can help more people live their gaming dream. Being able to do this on my birthday is the best gift I could receive.

I ran a similar event last year, and raised $446. My goal this year is $500. Let’s see if we can go higher this time.

Happy gaming!


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<![CDATA[Callwood at the Cooler #26]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:00:36 +0000 Brett Callwood “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [/imgfull]
Let’s talk about nazis, shall we?

While we don’t want to hand over power by letting worthless and cowardly white supremacists feel that they actually got to us, it’s undeniable that the recent scenes from the rally in Charlottesville, VA were upsetting. Not upsetting in a, “Well, whoda thunkit? Racism isn’t dead” sort of way, but goddamn my naive, privileged white ass genuinely thought that things had been getting better since, y’know, the 1950s. I had been blissfully wandering around with the opinion rattling in my, apparently clueless, head that give it another couple of generations or so and racism would be suffering its final death rattle along with sexism. Another generation or so after that, homophobia would be done-for. And so on, and so forth. Because, as my wife likes to tell me, I like to see the good in people, sometimes to a fault.

Well, the events in Charlottesville have seriously damaged that optimistic outlook. Or, to change the perspective, it opened my eyes. I’ve watched the documentaries about the KKK on The History Channel and chuckled when it got to the end and offered a look at the modern Klan—six rednecks eating barbecue outside of a trailer, sharing two teeth.

But this wasn’t that. These were young, organized, angry people, mostly men, who arrived in Charlottesville in large numbers. They weren’t all huck-hucking and sputtering their way through sentences—it would be so easy to dismiss them as  inbred redneck hicks, Kid Rock and Nugent fans, toothless roadkill-eaters. That would be satisfying, and kind of comforting, because we could put them in a box and feel like we know what they look like. But it would be false.

There were people on TV spouting their hate in a variety of American accents. There were people in cargo shorts with hipster-looking beards. People in suits. People in heavy metal and punk shirts, and others in completely innocuous clothing. If most of them were to put down their flags and quit yelling their bullshit, they would look like any other white people I know.

That’s scary to me, but I’m learning that black people and other minorities have always known this. They’ve always known it because it’s been a part of their everyday lives, right under my nose. The guy who gets pulled over for the crime of “driving while black” isn’t pulled over by a man carrying a swastika flag. The boss of the black woman who is passed over for a promotion time and time again in favor of less qualified white people isn’t wearing a “Unite the Right” shirt. Their racism isn’t their uniform.



False equivalencies…

If you want to know your enemy, really catch a glimpse, read about an event like Charlottesville on a mainstream newspaper’s website and then read the comments. You won’t have to scroll far down the thread before you find some awful (badly-written) rant from Barb in Minnesota (note: If you are or know of a Barb in Minnesota and you aren’t racist then I apologize but this isn’t about that Barb in Minnesota).
“Hey, I see all you libtard snowflakes up in arms about Charlottesville and the people who died and stuff, but I didn’t hear you crying your bleeding-heart tears when Black Lives Matter and Antifa were rioting and fighting in the streets. Hypocritical brain-damaged leftist, communist crap at its finest.”

The above won’t just be Barb. It’ll be Brian in Maine, who didn’t fight in the Middle East to put up with this socialist, un-American bullshit. Or George in Colorado, who says that the Confederate flag and the statue of Robert E. Lee are part of our history and are not, in fact, symbols of hate. “Do you want a safe space, assholes?”

They’re all wrong. The people keen to point out that the KKK was started by Democrats and that “nazi” means “national socialist” are technically correct and they take joy in telling you so, but any intelligent person knows that the Democratic and Republican parties have changed beyond all recognition since then (which is why I don’t think there are many white supremacists voting Dem). We also know that, whatever the word translates to, nazis are fascists, not socialists.

But the biggest turd in that pile of shit, the one that you’ll hear a lot as this battle likely gets worse before it (hopefully) gets better, is that Antifa and BLM are the same as the white supremacists. That they’re all hate groups, just hating different things. Clearly, that isn’t true.

“When you’re accustomed to privilege,
equality feels like oppression.”

It is true that there are bad apples in both groups, which is inevitable with any large group. There are people who go out spoiling for a fight, looking to cause damage. But it is the ultimate false equivalency to say that they are the same as the white supremacists. The nazis carrying swastikas and spouting hate about really anybody who isn’t like them. It is absolutely not the same thing. Of course Black Lives Matter are angry—they have every reason to be. Maybe those valid emotions boil over and the behavior isn’t becoming of the cause every now and again. But those incidents are minor, and the cause that they stand for is absolutely right.

Antifa stands against fascism, just as the USA has done through war in the past. Who doesn’t think that’s justifiable?

Well, the President certainly thinks that the blame for Charlottesville should be shared. He’s wrong too. But then honestly, if President Trump had gone on air and firmly distanced himself from the nazis, I would have choked on my cornflakes. What he actually said wasn’t surprising at all. That was the President that we’re getting to know.

Are all Trump supporters nazis? Of course not. But I didn’t hear many nazis voicing support for Clinton (either one) or Obama.

Under this administration, they’re only going to get louder. We all need to be ready to be louder still.


“Callwood at the Cooler” is a bi-weekly column which will see me waxing lyrical about events in the news, pop culture and the etc. Sometimes it’ll be light, other times not-so when the rant/monolog demands. The subject matter will vary dramatically so expect anything and keep coming back.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Moral Support Drops New Video for “Complexity”]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:50 +0000 Emillie Marvel Everyone could use a little Moral Support... as in, the band from Philadelphia, PA.... [/imgfull]

Everyone could use a little Moral Support... as in, the band from Philadelphia, PA. A post hardcore outfit with an affinity for unapologetic music and pastel promotional pictures, the group is dropping the video for their new track, "Complexity", with

"'Complexity' was the first song we fully figured out, and it set the tone for the rest of the EP. The other songs were written, but we didn't know the direction we wanted to go until we finished recording 'Complexity'. We went for a sort of angry, raw energy with the tone, which pretty much exactly matches the lyrics. I want people to hear this song and feel that same energy- whatever they have to be pissed about, let this song fuel that aggression." -Tyler Lewandowski (Vocalist)

Moral Support, which started in March of 2017, has already proved they have the energy and the sound to take them to stages with well established acts like Secrets, and Slaves, in just a few months. Check 'em out for yourself with "Complexity" below, then grab your copy of the track here!



"The video for 'Complexity' is about a guy that constantly drinks too much at parties, acts like a jackass, and pisses his friends off. It's an ongoing problem that he can't stop, but he still feels bad about it. In one word, it's about regret. For the shoot, we had about 20 people in a garage on a 90 degree day, so it was sweltering and we were all drenched in sweat. I'm sure you can probably tell in the video if you look hard enough. We had an awesome group of people that made it possible, and we really hope you enjoy it as much as we do." -Tyler Lewandowski (Vocalist)


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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 027]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:20:52 +0000 Joe DeAndrea What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new... [/imgfull]

What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.

Brand New - Science Fiction

No, your eyes (and ears) aren’t deceiving you: There really is a brand new Brand New album out right at this very moment. After a nearly eight-year long wait, Science Fiction finally arrives via complete surprise—even though a surprise Brand New album also happens to be the most Brand New thing ever. Clocking in at over an hour, the record is a hearty 12 tracks in length as the band makes the wait worth it—“Lit Me Up” is a haunting opener, and the production overall is simply fantastic. We won’t spoil too much, but if this really does end up being the final album of their career, it’s a hell of a way to go out.


Justin Bieber - “Friends” (with BloodPop)

Summer is starting to wind down, but that won’t stop Justin Bieber from attempting to deliver one last parting smash in “Friends.” Linking up with rising producer BloodPop (Lady Gaga, Fifth Harmony), the duo craft a club-ready anthem that’ll be gunning for the top spot on the Billboard charts. Bieber and BloodPop aren’t strangers to one another either: They also collaborated on Bieber’s previous number one, “Sorry,” so they know a thing or two on how to heat up the dancefloor.

Neck Deep - The Peace and The Panic

Having emerged as one of the best pop-punk bands in the game, Neck Deep up the ante on their new full-length, The Peace and The Panic, easily making it the best work of their career. Instead of recreating what made their debut so great, they fine-tune their songwriting in a way that freshens up the pop-punk formula as we know it. “In Bloom” shows their maturity, while standout “Critical Mistake” is heavy on its pop sensibilities.

Weezer - “Mexican Fender”

“Mexican Fender” unveils a new era for Weezer, but really, it’s just more of a continuation of the quality we’ve seen from the band throughout the years. Featured on their upcoming eleventh full-length album, Pacific Daydream, the lead single is packed with feel-good vibes and a textbook Weezer chorus. It’ll be their first LP to drop since 2016’s White Album, but somehow new music from them never seems to come too soon.

Rachel Platten - “Broken Glass”

Rachel Platten, queen of inspirational jams, is back with the first single off her forthcoming full-length, and everyone will naturally wonder how “Broken Glass” compares to her breakout hit, “Fight Song.” Whether it’ll have the same commercial success or not remains to be seen, but the good news is that the song is definitely strong enough to follow suit. Boasting massive vocals and an even bigger, Sia-esque hook, Platten is picking up right where she left off.

Miley Cyrus - “Younger Now”

Miley Cyrus’ new material feels like a return-to-form for a genre she’s never even fully immersed herself in until now—and perhaps that’s the most impressive part about it. Her recent tracks, “Malibu” and “Inspired”, were a far cry away from her dance-driven album Bangerz, and while that was solid in its own right, this foray into a country-tinged adult pop sound just suits her for the better. Her latest, the title track from her forthcoming full-length, is a slow-burn, optimistic pop number with a commanding beat behind it. Younger Now is out on September 29th, and Cyrus is batting a perfect 3 for 3 with its songs released thus far.

Ryan Follese - Ryan Follese

For those expecting something new from Hot Chelle Rae, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. The guys are all up to different things, but what Ryan Follese is doing is the most exciting. With his debut solo album, he puts a total Nashville spin on his signature brand of pop that we grew accustomed to during the Hot Chelle days, so fans should have no problem warming up to this one. His vocals sound better than ever and his songs are undeniably catchy—with “Summer Like You,” Follese is sure to become one of the next big things in country music.

Converge - “Under Duress”

Converge return with a bang on “Under Duress,” the first taste we get from The Dusk In Us, the band’s first record in five years. Out on November 3rd, the single gives us a decent idea of what to expect from the record. Breakneck riffs wreak havoc throughout, while vocalist Jacob Bannon has no problem one-upping their intensity. Like 2012’s All We Love We Leave Behind, “Under Duress” grabs a hold and refuses to let go.

Other new releases:
LCD Soundsystem - “Tonite”
Echosmith - “Future Me”
We the Kings - “Check Yes Juliet (10th Anniversary Edition)”
Julien Baker - “Appointments”
Sammy Adams - “Shining”


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<![CDATA[Premiere: We’re “Gold Coast Dreaming” with Pet Fangs’ Debut Track]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:00:34 +0000 Emillie Marvel We love new bands, and we know you do too, so allow us to... Photo: Steven Taylor[/caption]

We love new bands, and we know you do too, so allow us to introduce you to Pet Fangs. On top of having a cool name, the four piece group has experience playing for acts like Baby Bee and Ryan Adams—and they're bringing it all to their new project.

With their debut single, "Gold Coast Dreaming", they show off their adventurous and timeless sound that'll become an instant classic. We have the exclusive first listen of the song below, for listeners. Check it out, and let us know what you think on Twitter!

"The process of writing the song started with us playing darts at our studio, listening to a Charlotte Gainsbourg record and writing down any little phrases that came to our minds. We eventually picked up instruments and I locked in on a few words that Jory had written down. By the time we left that night we had the first verse and chorus worked out. Jory and Dave got together one night and came up with the 'no more dancing' part. I wrote the other verses and then we all went up to our favorite studio in Louisiana called Dockside Studio - there we overdubbed drums and went crazy with the keys and guitar parts.” - Joe Stark of Pet Fangs


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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Bulletproof]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:06 +0000 Sam Devotta Family Force 5 mashes up all sorts of genres while still making you dance,... Bulletproof”
Writers: Elly Jackson, Ben Langmaid
Original Release Date: June 21, 2009

It’s been several years since “Bulletproof” came out, but I’m having fun jamming to this song and I need to remind everyone about it.


English synthpop duo LaRoux burst onto the scene in 2009 with this banger of a song. It’s actually ridiculous how catchy “Bulletproof” is—the chorus, the verses, even the electronics all come together brilliantly and you won’t be able to stop your shoulders from shimmying along. The lyrics, “I won't let you turn around / And tell me now I'm much too proud / To walk away from something when it's dead” indicate that the song is about the end of a relationship, but it still manages to deliver a positive message: Moving on and staying strong in the face of unhappiness. “Bulletproof” is like wearing sparkly nail polish in the summer—it’s bright and makes you happy, and it’s incredibly hard to remove.


If LaRoux’s original is sparkly nail polish, Family Force 5’s cover is straight-up glitter: A little edgier, and almost impossible to wash off. Just when you think you’ve wiped the last of it away, the electronic opening worms its way back into your head when you least expect it. As far as covers go, this was the perfect choice for FF5 to tackle: The electropop original is close enough to the crunk rock they are known for, so it was easy to adapt it to fit their sound. Former vocalist Solomon “Soul Glow Activatur” Olds obviously has a deeper voice than LaRoux’s Ellie Jackson, but he carries the song well and gives it a robotic feel that works with their heavy instrumentals.

Personally, I’ve always loved how Family Force 5 mash up all sorts of genres while still making you dance, and their cover of “Bulletproof” is no exception.


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<![CDATA[VANDALS – Episode 5 “The Break-Up”]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 idobi Staff Wait... Beach Boys is already the name of a band?? #%!*. What do you get when you mix 2 pop punkers, 1 tour van, and 0 fucks given? VANDALS. It's time to offend pop punk...

NEW EPISODES  - Every Tues @ 1pm ET - Watch Episodes 1–5 NOW!


VANDALS Ep.5 - The Break-Up
Wait... Beach Boys is already the name of a band?? #%!*.

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner

SUBSCRIBE for more #idobiVANDALS



VANDALS Ep.4 - Straight Edge
Jeremy decides to become straight edge. But he tells Nick it's not gonna stop him from drinking beer and smoking pot...

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner


VANDALS Ep.3 - On The Roadie
The bros brainstorm ways to find themselves a roadie. When they stop to ask a hitchhiker for a hand, things don't go as planned...

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major
Andrew Siwicki

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner


VANDALS Ep.2 - Would You Rather
Would you rather have sex while your parents watch or watch your parents have sex? The age old question is finally answered by your 2 favorite pop punkers...

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner


VANDALS Ep.1 - Meet the Band

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner


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<![CDATA[Shondaland is Coming to Netflix!]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:50:56 +0000 Sam Devotta Y'all, Shonda Rhimes just signed a deal with Netflix and we're stoked! [/imgfull]

If you're one of the few people in North America who doesn't have a Netflix subscription, you're gonna want to sign up: Shonda Rhimes just signed a deal to bring her Shondaland production company to the streaming network!

In a multi-year deal, Rhimes and Betsy Beers, her longtime producing partner, joined forces with Netflix to launch a new era of Shondaland. Existing shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal will continue to air on ABC, but the new deal will allow Rhimes and co “the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach”.

We can’t wait to see where Rhimes takes Shondaland next with Netflix’s massive backing power. Let us know what you think of this exciting news!

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television. Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best...We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.” - Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.


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<![CDATA[Photos: The Rocket Summer in Boston]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:46:54 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Audrey Lew covered The Rocket Summer show at Brighton Music Hall in...

The Rocket Summer

Active Bird Community


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<![CDATA[See All 7 BTS Teaser Posters for the ‘Love Yourself’ Series and Our Reaction!]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:51:35 +0000 idobi Staff BTS have released all seven teaser posters for their 'Love Yourself' series. “If I can turn back time, I want to be the best man in the world.” - Jin [Oh...and notice the #smerldoflowers. A clue...][/caption]

Remember when we said BTS were about to break the internet? Well, you got it, buddy: One by one, they've released all seven teaser posters for their Love Yourself series! Keep scrolling to see each individual poster for Suga, Jimin, Rap Monster, V, J-Hope, Jin, and Jungkook. K-pop lovin' Geek Girl Rioter Mel N. has a lot of feels about the new teasers, and you can find her reactions below too!

The Love Yourself posters each have phrases that show the individual members’ attitudes about love, which you can see detailed in the captions below. The series brings the promise of new music, which we’re going to get a taste of next month! We know every ARMY member is gonna be hunting for all the tiny details and hints hidden in these 'til then—so let us know what you take from the images, and stay tuned for what's gonna be one amazing era for the K-pop group.

[caption id="attachment_273902" align="aligncenter" width="756"] "If you can shine, I'm okay." - J-Hope[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_273903" align="aligncenter" width="768"] “Would you not have left me, if I had made different choice.” - V[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_273904" align="aligncenter" width="741"] “Don't come closer. You'll become unhappy.” - Suga[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_273905" align="aligncenter" width="756"] “I lied, because there's no reason to love someone like me.” - Jimin[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_273906" align="aligncenter" width="819"] “I watch you from behind only, because now is not the time.” - Rap Monster[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_273781" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] “The day when you want to run towards where your heart is headed.” - Jungkook[/caption]

Our Reaction

Isn’t Jungkook just adorable? I've already investigated the entire new comeback concept. It’s going to be soooo good! I can't wait!! There are always hidden meanings in things. Whether it’s hidden in a photo on Instagram...a mysterious Twitter their’s always there and it’s not until the next album is released that a lot of it comes to light. It is really cool and well thought out. They must have drama writers in their agency as well.

I am extremely excited about this Love Yourself concept and curious to see how they weave it all together. Big Hit really puts a lot of thought into these concepts and they are really deep—they connect each album with all of their future’s like a long running story. Very creative!!

Big Hit has literally opened up mysterious Twitter and Instagram accounts to lead "ARMY" on a search for info. This company is doing it right for sure...and this  #Love_Yourself comeback is definitely going to be something special.

Also, Suga's new poster reflects his own feelings, he is deeply emotional in his personal life and has openly written lyrics about it under his Agust D albums. And Jimin’s poster says, “I lied, because there’s no reason to love someone like me.” Well his song on the Wings/You Never Walk Alone album was "Lie" and he sings about how he was caught in a lie.

The theories are all over the place, I have gone through the lyrics on the Wings album and in several of the songs Rap Monster talks about loving yourself. In his single “Reflection” he says, "I wish I could love myself" then in “Cypher 4” the lyric:

I love I love I love myself
I love I love I love myself
I know I know I know myself
Ya playa haters you should love yourself

This is repeated through many of the songs on the Wings album. I believe that each poster, and its message, links back to each member's single on Wings. When one reads the lyrics you can make the connections. For example, JHope's poster states "If you shine, I’ll be ok".

His lyrics from his single “Mama” state:

But I didn’t know that my mom’s big contribution
Didn’t create a shortcut, but rather
A shining path of dream

His mother was worried for him but still supported him in following his dream. There are connections in everything.

As for Jin's smeraldo didn't surprise anyone to see him holding the flowers in his poster...also the parallels between his poster and his song “Awake” from Wings are there for us to explore.

Jungkook’s poster…I’m still working on how that ties in…I have some ideas floating...his single on the Wings album was "Begin”; maybe his is about taking care of yourself or you'll get sick. Not sure yet…I’ll get back to you...

One thing is for sure, BTS and Big Hit have done it again. This concept and the mystery of it all, has fans, websites and even Billboard talking, searching and thinking...the excitement is building! Everyone is an investigator...and it's fun! It will definitely be exciting to see which theories are proven correct...there are so many out there. Mine is simple...

#LOVE_YOURSELF Concept Theory:
Wings opens us up to their struggles-->overcoming those struggles in the new album-->then live happily and Love Yourself even though you may have faults.

BTS albums are a journey, from their first to this upcoming one, each concept builds and helps form the next album. I just hope that Love Yourself is the first of many new chapters in the story…I want to hear from this group for years to come.

- Mel N, Geek Girl Riot

What are your theories? Get @ us, y'all!


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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 026]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:50:01 +0000 Joe DeAndrea What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new... [/imgfull]

What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.

Kesha - Rainbow

After battling for what has seemed like an eternity, Kesha hasn’t finished fighting; she’s delivering finishing blows with her brand new album, Rainbow. Her first record in nearly five years, Rainbow undoubtedly includes some of Kesha’s strongest and most inspiring material yet with foot-stomper “Learn to Let Go” and the emotional ballad “Praying.” When it comes to the ongoing legal saga between her and Dr. Luke it remains to be seen if there will, finally, be an end in sight, but Rainbow proves that Kesha isn't giving up.

With Confidence - Better Weather B-Sides

Listening to With Confidence always makes it seem like it’s better weather outside, even when the heat sometimes make us never want to leave the air conditioning. Though their excellent debut dropped last year, the band is treating fans to a little something extra with two b-sides from the Better Weather sessions. To nobody’s surprise, the songs were absolutely good enough to have been featured on the record: “Here for Nothing” leads with an assertive and aggressive chorus, while “Poison” shines with its singalong hook.

Pink - “What About Us”

Whether it’s a song about partying or a song about feeling, Pink sure knows how to make a statement, and she’s doing just that with her comeback single, “What About Us.” Co-penned by producer Steve Mac and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, the lyrical content is vague, but in a way that anyone can relate to. The mid-tempo, inspiring number is the first single off her upcoming album, Beautiful Trauma, set for release on October 13th.

Fifth Harmony - “Angel”

If Fifth Harmony’s first single “Down” was the appetizer, “Angel” is the definitely the main course. The group has settled perfectly into their own as a four-piece, and “Angel” really helps showcase their skill-set to reinvent a new Fifth Harmony identity. A Skrillex-produced jam, the track sports a heavy R&B/hip-hop influence that’s undeniably enjoyable, proving that the girls can hit it out of the park no matter who they collaborate with.

Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 2

New Bebe Rexha music is never something to complain about, but it is a little puzzling why we’ve gotten a collection split into two parts rather than a proper full-length. Regardless, it means that Rexha drops fire in February, and now in August: with the release of All Your Fault: Pt. 2, the six-song EP is far more impressive than its predecessor in terms of quality. With Lil Wayne joining “The Way I Are” and Florida Georgia Line assisting on “Meant to Be,” the songs display a uniqueness about her that can go a long way when separating her from the pack of other pop stars.

Four Year Strong - “Nice To Know”

Some of You Will Like This, Some of You Won’t has basically become the motto of Four Year Strong over the years, but more importantly, it’s the title of their upcoming unplugged/rarities album out on September 8th. While the record includes a new spin on fan favorites like “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die,” “Nice to Know” is one of its never-before-heard tracks. Straying away from their sound of crunchy guitars and signature riffs, the song explores a lighter side of the band while still staying true to who they are as songwriters.

Circa Survive - “Rites of Investiture”

After debuting “Lustration,” the first taste off their upcoming record, The Amulet, Circa Survive are back with another cut in “Rites of Investiture.” In typical Circa fashion, the song is packed with soaring vocals from frontman Anthony Green as commanding drums act as the song’s backbone. Set for release on September 22nd, The Amulet so far has all the makings of yet another solid album in the band’s illustrious discography.

Avicii - AVĪCI

A year long music break for Avicii only made him that much more inspired; today, he unleashes a brand-new EP entitled AVĪCI, which includes six songs tailor-made for smashing the repeat button. Between guest features from AlunaGeorge and Rita Ora, the tracks here range from folky (“Friend of Mine”) to soul-driven (“You Be Love”), but it’s Ora’s contribution to “Lonely Together” that just may shoot Avicii up the charts once again.

Lights - “Savage”

Lights calls her upcoming album her most fierce and care-free effort yet, and judging by the newly released “Savage,” we can see where she’s coming from. The latest Skin&Earth track has an attitude and undeniable groove to it—probably something to do with the fact that Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun played drums on it. Out later this fall, her fourth full-length looks like it might be a special one.

Other new releases:
Haim - “Little of Your Love (BloodPop Remix)
Queens of the Stone Age - “The Evil Has Landed”
Marshmello - “Silence”
Wiz Khalifa - “Something New”
Daughter - “Burn it Down”
Jessie J - “Real Deal”


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<![CDATA[BTS Are Back + Teasing New Music with the ‘Love Yourself’ Series]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:51:32 +0000 Alex Bear BTS are about to break the internet: The K-pop sensations are teasing that new... [imgfull][/imgfull]

“The day when you want to run towards where your heart is headed.”

BTS are about to break the internet: The K-pop sensations have just announced new music is coming real soon—starting with a new music in September! The Love Yourself series has just kicked off with the ultimate teaser—a poster that caused #LOVE_YOURSELF to trend worldwide in a matter of minutes, and there's plans for a whole lot more leadup. If you wondered what Rap Monster was talking about when he said, “...Love myself, Love Yourself" at the Billboard Music Awards, now we know. And like we said, the internet is officially gonna go on hiatus because BTS ARE BACK, Y’ALL. RIP the world wide web.

The Love Yourself series will continue through the rest of the year and into 2018—so make sure to look out for more clues and teasers! The first poster we’ve been blessed with features singer/dancer Jungkook sitting in a wheelchair, along with the phrase, “The day when you want to run towards where your heart is headed”. What does it all mean?!?! We don’t know yet, but what we do know is we’ll be waiting impatiently for every new piece of info—and if you have any theories as to what's next, come @ us.


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<![CDATA[‘2 Dope Queens’ Podcast is Coming to HBO!]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:15:11 +0000 Alex Bear The hit comedy podcast featuring the dynamic duo Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will... [imgfull][/imgfull]

Buckle up, 'cause your two fav BFFs aka the 2 Dope Queens are coming to HBO! The hit comedy podcast featuring the dynamic duo Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will be aired next year as four hour-long specials, where they’ll be telling—yup, you guessed it—even more stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, New York, and everything in between. Phoebe Robinson says:

“2 Dope Queens and HBO going half on a TV baby? A dream come true! The work wife and I are beyond thrilled that the formula we’ve perfected over the past four seasons of doing the podcast (Ignorance x Cocoa Butter + Comedic Honesty) is being brought to this network.”

Jessica Williams adds, “We are so stoked to be partnering with HBO for these specials. Excited to add a couple more Khaleesis to the network!” These quotes alone have us giggling, and we cannot wait to laugh even harder at the new series. Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson and Chenoa Estrada will executive produce the new HBO partnership, so we’re raising a glass to toast in the new year already!


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<![CDATA[Photos: All Time Low in Orlando]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:08:12 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Maysa Askar covered the All Time Low show with Waterparks at House...

All Time Low



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<![CDATA[Premiere: Leave the Universe’s New Video for “N.W.O” Will Make You Wanna Start a Revolution]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:50:49 +0000 Alex Bear Leave the Universe’s new video is a straight-up shot of punk mayhem, complete with... [imgfull][/imgfull]

One look at the current headlines is enough to make you wanna quit everything and lead the #revolution—and today’s premiere is your new anthem to march to. Leave the Universe’s new music video is a straight-up shot of punk mayhem, complete with black and white and in-your-face flashing images (you have been warned). Short for “New World Order,” the track was written the day after the US election. Vocalist Cameron Cole explains the motivation behind the song:

That day I saw the perfect example of a system where the general population was like pieces being moved in an elaborate game by the powers that be for the benefit of a select few. I don’t think that people realize how much power they truly have in the fact that the game masters need the the people in order to thrive. People are kept in check by a fabricated system of money. This song is meant to be a reminder that we as the people do have the power to change a flawed system if we can stand together, instead of against each other, and recognize the true enemy. We have to power to create a new world.

Watching “N.W.O” it’s easy to tell the San Diego alt-rock/trap project is heavily influenced by London’s historic punk scene—in fact, the band just returned from the UK where they wrote their debut EP. And judging from the title track, it’s gonna be explosive. Lucky for y’all there’s not long to go ’til its release on September 1st via Dead 30 Records—and you’ve got the symbolic imagery and energetic sounds of “N.W.O” while you count down the days.



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<![CDATA[With Confidence Drop Two New ‘Better Weather’ B-Sides!]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:22:34 +0000 Alex Bear If you loved last year’s Better Weather, we predict your outlook is about... Photo Credit: Brandon Lung[/caption]

Boy do we have the best With Confidence news for you. If you loved last year’s Better Weather, we predict your outlook is about to get a whole lot sunnier: The band have released two new B-sides called “Here For Nothing” and “Poison”! Hit play on the pop punk perfection below, and get ready to scrawl those lyrics all over the walls. Just in case you hadn’t picked up Better Weather already, you’ll want to immediately after hearing these, so get yourself out from under that rock where you’ve been hiding and get your hands on it here.

We’re really, really, really hoping they’ll play these two tracks live—and there are plenty of chances for this to happen, because they’ve got a whole bunch of tour dates lined up. The band have just announced a fall US tour with Knuckle Puck, Movements, and Homesafe. They’re also heading out on an Australian headliner tour with Seaway and WSTR, before hitting the UK and Europe to support Mayday Parade. You can check out the full list of where they’re playing below while you rock out to these two new summer jams!

Upcoming With Confidence Tour Dates:

With Seaway, WSTR

  • August 17 - The Prince Bandroom - Melbourne, Australia

  • August 18 - The Factory Theatre - Sydney, Australia

  • August 19 - The Brightside - Brisbane, Australia

  • August 20 - The Foundry - Fortitude Valley, Australia

  • August 24 - Fowler's Live - Adelaide, Australia

  • August 25 - The Boston - Northbridge, Australia

  • August 26 - YMCA HQ - Leederville, Australia

With Mayday Parade, All Get Out, Waterparks

  • September 18 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK

  • September 19 - Beckett University - Leeds, UK

  • September 20 - O2 Academy 2 Newcastle - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

  • September 21 - O2 ABC Glasgow - Glasgow, UK

  • September 22 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK

  • September 23 - O2 Institute - Birmingham, UK

  • September 25 - O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, UK

  • September 26 - Junction - Cambridge, UK

  • September 27 - Concorde 2- Brighton, UK

  • September 28 - Engine Rooms - Southampton, UK

  • September 29 - O2 Academy 2 Bristol - Bristol, UK

  • September 30 - O2 Forum Kentish Town - London, UK

  • October 2 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • October 3 - Essigfabrik - Cologne, Germany

With Knuckle Puck, Movements and Homesafe

  • 10/11 - St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall

  • 10/12 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

  • 10/13 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck

  • 10/14 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

  • 10/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

  • 10/17 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos

  • 10/18 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

  • 10/20 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street

  • 10/21 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

  • 10/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

  • 10/23 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic

  • 10/24 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre

  • 10/26 - Dallas, TX @ RBC Dallas

  • 10/27 - Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live

  • 10/28 - Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown

  • 10/30 - Nashville, TN @ RockeTown

  • 10/31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

  • 11/01 - Orlando, FL @ The Social

  • 11/02 - Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater

  • 11/03 - Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar

  • 11/04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

  • 11/05 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club

  • 11/07 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

  • 11/08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts

  • 11/09 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents

  • 11/10 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

  • 11/11 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at the Outer Space

  • 11/12 - Cambridge, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

  • 11/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

  • 11/15 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House

  • 11/16 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

  • 11/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

  • 11/18 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall

  • 11/19 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's Music Diner


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<![CDATA[Find What You Were Made For with TWLOHA’s 2017 World Suicide Prevention Week Campaign]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:15:16 +0000 Emillie Marvel For this year's World Suicide Prevention Week (9/10-9/16), TWLOHA has launched the #IWasMadeFor campaign.... [/imgfull]

Finding what you're here for can make all the difference when you feel lost in the world. Whether it's in the little moments, or a passion that drives you forward, purpose gives you direction, and helps you realize how valuable your life has always been.

For this year's World Suicide Prevention Week (9/10-9/16), TWLOHA has launched the #IWasMadeFor campaign. Following the theme of "Stay. Find what you were made for," a quote pulled from the book When Hope Speaks by Jessica Morris, the non-profit will offer exclusive merchandise to extend their fundraising efforts. 100% of profit from the World Suicide Prevention packs will go into treatment and recovery.

Find out more about the #IWasMadeFor campaign, and make your contribution, here.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: The Former Me’s New Video Will Help You “Get a Grip” on Your Week]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:50:22 +0000 Alex Bear The Former Me’s new video for “Get a Grip” has all the pop punk... [imgfull][/imgfull]

Your Wednesday looks like it needs an injection of pop punk. Luckily, today’s premiere has provided: The Former Me’s new video for “Get a Grip” has all the energy you’ll need to kick ass the rest of the week. The St. Louis, MO band shares:

"'Get a Grip' is a song written not about the family in your bloodline, but the family you choose to surround yourself with. Random humans you found on this earth and you decided that you liked them enough to want to constantly be around them. We all have our own problems but we look to each other to distract ourselves from the bullshit and pretend the world isn't such a shitty place for a night. This is the family you see more than your real family and they know more about you than they do. This song goes out to all of us."

Packing a punch of fast-paced riffs and classic gang vocals so catchy you can’t resist joining in—just like the crowds in the video. The band and their fans look like they’re having a blast in this compilation of live show footage, and you’re about to be swept up in the good times the second you hit play below. And who could blame you? This is pop punk at its finest, and we already know you won’t be able to get enough, so we’re just gonna leave the link to The Former Me's brand new EP, I Know This Gets Better, right here for ya. You’re welcome.



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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Take Me Home Tonight]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:06 +0000 Sam Devotta It's Eddie Money vs Every Avenue to see who sounds the most plaintive when... Take Me Home Tonight”
Writers: Mike Leeson, Peter Vale, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector
Original Release Date: August 16, 1986

You may not recognize the name “Eddie Money”, but you’ll be able to sing along to one of his biggest hits:

It’s no surprise that “Take Me Home Tonight” was produced in the eighties: One listen to that synth-filled intro, and you know what era Eddie Money was living in. But the eighties weren’t the only decade to have a big influence on the song—part of the chorus blends in a snippet from The Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby”. In fact, Eddie Money talked Ronnie Spector (of The Ronettes) out of retirement long enough to feature on his song, and her popularity resurged as a result. Similarly, “Take Me Home Tonight” was a comeback song for Money who, after a string of hits in the seventies, went on a mini hiatus in 1983. As far as comebacks go, he couldn’t have picked a better song to re-enter the spotlight: It immediately catches our attention with those keys and Money’s plaintive vocals, and Ronnie Spector’s call-and-answer cameo makes it truly memorable.

To be honest, my very favorite version of this song is actually called “Stake Me Out Tonight”, as sung by Charles Boyle to Jake Peralta in season two of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Before that episode though, the best cover belonged to Every Avenue (speaking of going on hiatus...whatever happened to them?) who released it on Punk Goes Classic Rock in 2010. In their case, Ronnie Spector’s part was given to Juliet Simms, who provides some great background vocals throughout the song. Every Avenue rearranges the track a little, starting with the chorus and replacing Money’s original synth-y intro, before wrapping back around to the first verse. They modernize the song as well, playing up the percussion, while still keeping the eighties flavor with their electric guitars.

Eddie Money’s version is, of course, a classic, and it’s a delight to hear Ronnie Spector, even if it’s only a couple of lines...but I’ve been missing Every Avenue lately, so their cover is the one I’ve had on repeat.


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