App News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:28:13 +0000 en <![CDATA[Too Close To Touch 101]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:55 +0000 Alex Bear Sit down, pay attention, and quickstart your Too Close To Touch fan-career with our... [/imgfull]

The year is 2017. Self-heating coffee mugs are here, cute pets and memes rule the internet, and you’re about to discover your next favorite band. Hitting the ground running since their formation in 2013, Too Close To Touch have put out an EP and not one, but two full-length records in the space of two years. They’ve also toured with Emarosa, I The Mighty, PVRIS, Hands Like Houses, as well as playing Warped. So yeah, blink and you’ll miss this band, the rate they’re headed for the big leagues with every new release. You’ve got a lot to catch up on, so sit down, pay attention, and quickstart your Too Close To Touch fan-career with our handy idobi 101.


Formed: 2013
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Genre: Rock / Alternative
Latest release: Haven't Been Myself
In ten words or less: Moshpit-ready music that finally puts your emotions into words.
Twitter: @TooCloseToTouch
Instagram: @tooclosetotouchband

Level one: Complete. By now you’ve hit play on Haven’t Been Myself, and then hit repeat (a few times over). You’ve progressed onto their debut record Nerve Endings, and dug into their self-titled EP. Each new track you hear reaches deep into your soul, giving voice to feelings you didn’t know how to express before. You haven’t air-guitared round your room as much as you have lately, and your throat hurts from screaming along to all the epic choruses. You’re officially hooked—there’s no turning back now. Level two: Time to learn your guitarists from your drummers, your singers from your bassists. Read on to find out who’s who in Too Close To Touch.


Need to know:

Needs to hire a PI to investigate his phone...

Has exceptional taste in art:

Is older than Mother Nature herself:


Need to know:

Has an impolite alter ego:

Likes to reminisce about simpler times:

Should have stayed on the playground:


Need to know:

Other nicknames include:

Idea of a perfect date:

I'm not real.

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Humble Beardginnings:

#tbt to when I was 17

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Need to know:

Not a fan of #FirstWorldProblems:

Feel free to badger him about how he keeps his mustache in such pristine shape:

A Gentleman's Essential. @BadgerBalm

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Is living his best life:


Need to know:

Has more #squadgoals than T-Swift:


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Says what we’re all thinking:

He walks up to the closet
He goes up to the closet
Now he's at the closet
Damn he's playing the closet?



We’ve already established you’ve started many a moshpit in your bedroom over this band (and you have the broken bedside lamp to prove it). Your Tumblr is full of pretty graphics featuring lyrics that mean more and more to you every day. You’re Too Close to attaining the coveted superfan level, and now you want to experience their music in a live setting where you’re almost able To Touch them (but y’know…don’t. Respect their space. Go be weird over there).  

So you get yourself and your best plus-one tickets, and spend the lead up planning, military-style, so you don’t forget anything—including (but not limited to): your homemade banner, your favorite TCTT beanie, your sharpies (in case you happen to run into the band). You barely sleep the night before, but that’s okay because you’ve got more than enough energy for the whole room. And that room is exactly like you pictured it; lit up by UV stage lights, filling up fast behind you (because of course you made the barrier), powered by a buzz of anticipation. You roll your eyes and smirk at the “no crowdsurfing” signs because you know as soon as the bass kicks in, this place is going to go insane. And with good reason—Too Close To Touch are about to take the stage, and you’re finally here to see it. Aren’t you?

Find out how to win tickets to see Too Close To Touch and Waterparks and graduate from idobi’s Too Close To Touch 101 class with honors.


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<![CDATA[Inbox Jukebox #001 – Vacay, Tigress, Adrian Underhill + Chickenfoot]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000 idobi Staff The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands. [/imgfull]

You're in a diner. The kind of place where the steaks are fried. The mac & cheese is the exact same color and consistency as marshmallow Peeps. Somehow it all tastes amazing. There's a server in a striped apron who calls everybody "honeypie." She slams your food down so hard the table shifts. That's when you notice it. That chromed out, red, green, and yellow glass, music machine. It's straight out of another era. You can't resist. You ask Honeypie for a stack of nickels. She complies. The jingle of the coins sounds sweet as you drop them into the slot, one by one. Then, you let the music play. What's the diner called? It's The Signal Boost. And this is the Inbox Jukebox:
Vacay - "Shoes"

Make sure to grab your shades and your best floral shirt, because hitting play on this next track will take you on a VACAY to somewhere eternally sunny. The singer/songwriter’s new track “Shoes” is a sweet and emotional tale about a girl he had a crush on from his old job. It rightfully belongs on a late 80s soundtrack, and definitely belongs in your headphones.


Tigress - Like It Is

Get ready for a blast of pop rock from across the pond—British quintet Tigress have just announced their new EP Like It Is will be out on May 12th via LAB Records. Get a taste of what’s to come with their most recent single “Power Lines”, and try to stop yourself from drumming along on your desk at work (your boss will understand).



Adrian Underhill - "Not Good Enough"

This is delightfully weird, and we're good with that. Stay tuned for more good, weird, and generally awesome with Adrian Underhill's upcoming debut album, due out later this year on Indica Records.



Chickenfoot - "Divine Termination"

What’s that sound? Oh, it’s just the sound of a supergroup blasting its way back into your speakers for the first time in five years. You can now hear Chickenfoot's brand new track “Divine Termination”, which is spearheading the upcoming best of collection BEST + LIVE. Joe Satriani himself says the track is “bone crunching, hell raising rock, dripping with attitude and vibe. Just the way Chickenfoot likes it!” That’s right—Chickenfoot is made up of frontman Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony of Van Halen, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith. Bow down to the rock gods and mark your calendars for the collection's release on March 10.


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<![CDATA[“Sweet Disasters” Aren’t Bad At All When It Comes to Dreamers’ New Video]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:30:48 +0000 Emillie Marvel You're not dreaming, and this video does not exist, so get ready, get set,... [/imgfull]

You're not dreaming, and this video does not exist, so get ready, get set, and get working the night shift with idobi UpRising band DREAMERS. Accompanying the song "Sweet Disaster", you can check out the band's brand new music video below:

"The video for 'Sweet Disaster' is an homage to the cult classic 'Clerks' with a tripped out dream experience.  We filmed it all night at a corner store in Echo Park LA; Nelson, Jacob and the lovely Marissa Luck play the store clerks, and I play all the customers. With all the serious stuff going on in the world we wanted to use the video to escape reality, and hopefully laugh for a few minutes. The video is about the inner mind of all dreamers, as they live out their own sweet disasters in everyday life." —Nick Wold

You've probably heard "Sweet Disaster" on plenty of alternative charts, and now you'll have some cool—and strange—visuals to go along with it. It's time to go see DREAMERS on their trek with The Griswolds!

Tour Dates:

  • February 24 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

  • February 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry Room at the Fillmore

  • February 26 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

  • February 28 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

  • March 2 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

  • March 3 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room

  • March 4 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

  • March 7 - Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar

  • March 9 - Detroit, MI @ El Club

  • March 10 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door

  • March 11 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency

  • March 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

  • March 14 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

  • March 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Visit Casa Bonita with Famous Last Words + The Incubus Tour Vlog]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00:25 +0000 Emillie Marvel If you've ever wanted to see what life is like for the guys who... [/imgfull]

If you've ever wanted to see what life is like for the guys who make up Famous Last Words, your time has come. The Incubus Tour Vlog series takes you behind the scenes on the band's December tour, in support of their latest album The Incubus. (You know, the one you still have on repeat in your car stereo?)

In the second installment, the Petoskey, MI natives swung by Casa Bonita. They've invited you to join in on the fun by documenting the whole trip—from swearing in arcades to indoor waterfalls, great fortunes to more danger ahead, you can relive it all with JT, Craig, Tyler, Mathew, and Evan. Join in on the adventure below!

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<![CDATA[Premiere: Don’t “See Through” or Miss Out on Rival Town’s New Video]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00:52 +0000 Emillie Marvel Remember the killer new track from Rival Town that premiered on Gone Fishkin last... [/imgfull]

Remember the killer new track from Rival Town that premiered on Gone Fishkin last night? Well, we have good news about that... unless you don't like cool music videos to accompany your favorite tracks.

Today, the Canadian pop punk six piece is bringing us the exclusive premiere of their video for "See Through". If you like what you see (and hear), keep an eye out for more material from the band, who are working on a new EP to release this summer.

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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 002]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00:19 +0000 idobi Staff 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.

John Mayer - The Search for Everything
- Wave Two

John Mayer threw the music industry for a loop when he announced that his long-awaited full-length, The Search for Everything, wouldn’t be dropping as a collective unit, but rather in parts that get released every month. Wave One came in January, and now we’re being treated to Wave Two. Featuring standout track, “Helpless,” this four-song EP-ish release is even better than last month’s. If Mayer is going to keep up the monthly releases for the duration of 2017, we’ve got a lot of music to look forward to.

Future - HNDRXX

Just when everybody was settling down from the fireworks of Future’s latest full-length—a surprise release titled FUTURE—he’s lighting the fuse once again for another album a week later. Seriously. This one, HNDRXX, is the record he’s “always wanted to make” and also says it’s his most honest, too. It was rumored that it’d feature a more pop sound to it, and now that we have our hands on it, the rumors were dead on. The album sports some monster anthems in “Incredible” and “Fresh Air”, and with features from The Weeknd, and Rihanna, Future is going to have to prepare himself for lengthy time at the top of the charts.

Acceptance - Colliding By Design

They’ve spent a long time away, but Acceptance are finally back to doing what they do best. Following a ten year hiatus and even longer since their last record, the Seattle-based rock outfit unleashes what is undeniably the highlight of their career in Colliding By Design. Despite the absence, Acceptance show they haven’t missed a beat with an album full of soaring jams, and vocalist Jason Vena sounds better than ever. Strapped for time and can’t check out the full collection? Give “Fire and Rain” and “Goodbye” a listen.

The Chainsmokers - “Something Just Like This”

The Chainsmokers have become kings of crafting pitch-perfect EDM pop with a women vocalist commanding the track, but the duo switches things up with their new single in a massive way. Linking up with a totally unknown small-time band by the name of Coldplay, they unveil “Something Just Like This.” Coldplay’s Chris Martin has pipes that slice through this dreamy pop anthem like through butter, and for such a strange collaboration, it works out beautifully. Yeah, maybe it sounds a little like every other Chainsmokers song, but why fix what ain’t broken? “Something Just Like This” is off their debut album, Memories: Do Not Open, out April 9th.

The 1975 - “By Your Side”

Congrats to The 1975 for nabbing their first ever Brit Award! It was for best British Group, but really, they should have taken home the award for Album of the Year for last year’s I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It. Still, it’s hard to complain, especially because this week the boys also debut a brand new song—kind of: it’s called “By Your Side” and it’s a cover of Sade’s hit from 2000, being released for charity in honor of War Child. The cover takes an atmospheric approach with Auto-Tune draped all over frontman Matt Healy’s vocals, and by the end, you’re just hoping the band can hit the studio ASAP to make another album.

Meghan Trainor - “I’m A Lady”

Justin Timberlake proved that pop songs made for movies don’t necessarily have to be filler. For the upcoming Smurfs movie, because apparently there’s another one of those, queen Meghan Trainor is dishing out another dose of sass in “I’m A Lady.” The track is short but sweet and almost sounds like a continuation of her Title-era. It may be a one-off single, but if this is where her creative juices are flowing towards when it comes to her next record, it’s got the potential to blow last year’s Thank You out of the water.

Jason Derulo - “Swalla”

There are few things better than a Jason Derulo party song, but when you throw Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign into the mix, too, then it’s pretty much game over. This pop-hip-hop triple threat get together for the absolute banger in “Swalla,” and even if it might be February, it’s fiery enough to raise the temperature up like it’s June. “Swalla” has a strong Caribbean vibe and Minaj equips one of her best guest verses as of late, and that right there tells you why it’ll make a huge impact on radio.

Zedd - “Stay”

Zedd taps songstress Alessia Cara for his new single, “Stay,” and it’s basically a match made in pop heaven. Cara carries the song throughout with her infectious vocals, but once the chorus hits, that’s where the song really shines. Zedd takes a page out of Daft Punk’s handbook with a robotic-esque electronic groove, and if you wanted to take bets on which song might be the most remixed this summer, “Stay” could end up being the winner.

Other new releases:
Knuckle Puck - “Indecisive”
Ed Sheeran - “Shape of You (Major Lazer Remix)”
Brighten - “You Love Him”
Seether - “Let You Down”
At The Drive In - “Incurably Innocent”
Passion Pit - “The Undertow”
Kelly Clarkson & Aloe Blacc - “Love Goes On”
Calvin Harris - “Slide” feat. Frank Ocean, Migos
Bush - “Lost In You”
Khalid - “American Teen”
Ruth B. - “Superficial Love”
Tritonal - “Strangers”
Allie X - “‘Casanova”
Enrique Iglesias - “Subeme La Radio”


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<![CDATA[Premiere: “Turn It Up” with Memoryy’s New Single]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:52 +0000 Emillie Marvel Let's "Turn It Up" this Thursday with Memoryy. The electro-pop producer is set to...

Let's "Turn It Up" this Thursday with Memoryy. The electro-pop producer is set to release his next single tomorrow, but we have an exclusive listen of it today. Check out a stream of "Turn It Up" below!

The second single from the Brooklyn, NY act shows off 80s influence and plenty of pop characteristics to jam to. After it becomes your new favorite track, you can watch for his full length album, Skeletons, set to hit shelves this March.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Dear Kora’s New Single Is Better Than Any “Sunflower” You’ve Seen Before]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000 Emillie Marvel If sad songs make you happy, and female-led bands make you wanna conquer the...


If sad songs make you happy, and female-led bands make you wanna conquer the world, we think you'll dig our latest premiere. "Sunflower" is a dynamic track from Orange County act Dear Kora that'll have you rocking all day long.

"I knew I was sleepwalking. I wasn't actually awake, but I was looking for something, looking for everything. "Sunflower" is a heartfelt narrative inspired by vulnerability and the pursuit of something more." - Avery Robitaille

The song is the band's debut single, hinting at what's to come and why we should all be paying attention. With inspiration from vocalist Avery Robitaill's Indonesia upbringing, and a sound like what's found on "Sunflower", we're sure there's a lot in store for the trio. Hit play on the new single below, and let us know what you think on Twitter!

"Since I was raised in Indonesia surrounded by a variety of different cultures, I had an amazing childhood that helped to shape the way I live my life now. Each place we move to/travel to helps us grow as individuals.  It opens our eyes to things in the world we'd never realized were there...

It gives us the knowledge that our bodies are just temporary, and that the material things of this world are so fleeting. But the memories we make, the things we've done/accomplished during our lifetime, the influence we make, and the dreams we pursue are the things stays with us and make us who we are.” - Avery Robitaille


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<![CDATA[Photos: A Day To Remember in Paris]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:27:55 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the A Day To Remember show at Le Trianon...

A Day To Remember

Neck Deep

Moose Blood


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<![CDATA[Witness All The “Bad Behavior” at 8123 Fest with The Maine’s New Video]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:30:13 +0000 Alex Bear If you’re like us and still not over last month’s 8123 Fest, The Maine’s... [/imgfull]

If you’re like us and still not over last month’s 8123 Fest, The Maine’s new video for “Bad Behavior” will have you reliving every second. Hit play on the video below to witness some footage from the Arizona festival and celebrate The Maine, 8123, and ten years of damn good music. The band said of the video:

[blockquotefull]“This is what 10 years with you all sounds like. What 10 years of the family looks like. And after 10 years, this is what it all feels like. You make us feel ok all over. Long live the 8123 cult(ure). #8123”[/blockquotefull]

Has “Bad Behavior” got you ready for the next ten years of The Maine? Us too. So get stoked because you won’t have to wait that long for more music: their new record Lovely Little Lonely will be out on April 7th 2017, and you can pre-order it here!



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<![CDATA[Catch ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ in a Living Room Near You on March 24th]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:24:24 +0000 Emillie Marvel We've needed the Force to get through this week, and thanks to Star Wars,... [/imgfull]

We've needed the Force to get through this week, and thanks to Star Wars, that's exactly what we got. Get stoked, because you'll finally be able to relive the Rogue One experience on March 24th.

After the movie hits digital HD, you can pick up a blu-ray copy on April 4th. This isn't the only exciting news to come from a galaxy far, far away, though, because production just kicked off for the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. As if this wasn't enough to keep our little Jedi hearts happy, they've also released a new trailer for Rogue One. We know, it's all too much to take—in the best way.

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<![CDATA[Become the ‘Last Young Renegade’ with All Time Low’s New Album on June 2nd]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:55:40 +0000 Emillie Marvel The Last Young Renegade is on its way. Today, everyone’s best pop punk pals All... [/imgfull]

The Last Young Renegade is on its way. Today, everyone's best pop punk pals All Time Low announced the release of their brand new collection. Along with it came album art, a tracklist, and a hell of a lot of excitement (and conspiracies, because Tumblr.)

Titled Last Young Renegade (as you might have guessed from Alex's jean jacket in the "Dirty Laundry" video), the collection is set to hit shelves on June 2nd. The four month wait will be accompanied by a pre-order that launches on February 24th, complete with what we can only assume are the merch bundles of your dreams.

From a look at the cover of the album, and Alex's statement, the band are going places we haven't seen before—which might be why they've left the initials of each of their previous releases on a license plate. Mere coincidence or an ode to driving away from an old sound? We'll let the fangirls decide. Check out the tracklist and first single, "Dirty Laundry", below!


1. Last Young Renegade
2. Drugs & Candy
3. Dirty Laundry
4. Good Times
5. Nice2KnoU
6. Life of the Party
7. Nightmares
8. Dark Side of Your Room
9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara)
10. Afterglow

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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Stay With Me]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:40 +0000 Sam Devotta A pop-punk version of Sam Smith is exactly what you need right now. “Stay With Me”
Writers: Sam Smith, James Napier, William Phillips, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne
Original Release Date: April 14, 2014

Remember when Sam Smith burst out of nowhere with his soulful voice and Top 40 hit, “Stay With Me”? Yeah, me too.

It’s a beautiful song, with a lovely, simple piano melody; all the power comes from Smith’s full-bodied voice, dripping with emotion. He tugs at our heartstrings as he laments a one-night stand gone wrong because he caught the feels when the relationship wasn’t meant to last. When “Stay With Me” came out, there was a bit of controversy because of how similar it sounded to Tom Petty’s classic “I Won’t Back Down”, but Petty and Smith reached an agreement, and Petty was granted a writing credit.

I hadn’t heard of A Story Told before I stumbled upon this cover, but I’m going to have to look them up now. They speed up Smith’s song just enough to take it from ballad to banger for a cover I’m going to be listening to for a long time. There’s some fancy guitar work going on in the second verse that backs up the strong vocals, and it still packs the same emotional punch as the original while being a little more upbeat.

If I want to cry, I’ll listen to Smith’s original...but if I want to dance, I’ll definitely be throwing on A Story Told.


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<![CDATA[It’s Gonna Be A “Long Night”—Because You’ll Be Watching With Confidence’s New Video Over & Over]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:42:45 +0000 Emillie Marvel Not much for tears? Yeah, that's about to change with With Confidence's latest release.... [/imgfull]

Not much for tears? Yeah, that's about to change with With Confidence's latest release. The Australian pop punkers have shared a video for their heartbreak anthem "Long Night". Filmed spontaneously in the house of the band's A&R rep, you can catch the flick below.

The video focuses on a piano performance that compliments the track beautifully, and also makes you realize exactly how much you need to see the guys live—which you can do, like, really soon. Check out dates for With Confidence's upcoming UK/EU and US tours, while giving "Long Night" a play. (Tissues not included.)

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Tour Dates:
UK/EU Headlining Tour

  • Feb 24 - Underworld - London, United Kingdom

  • Feb 25 - Joiners - Southampton, United Kingdom

  • Feb 26 - Exchange - Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Feb 28 - The Key Club - Leeds, United Kingdom

  • Mar 01 - Sound Control - Manchester, United Kingdom

  • Mar 02 - King Tuts - Glasgow, United Kingdom

  • Mar 03 - Think Tank - Newcastle, United Kingdom

  • Mar 04 - Basement  - Nottingham, United Kingdom

  • Mar 05 - Asylum - Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • Mar 06 - Epic - Norwich, United Kingdom

  • Mar 08 - MTC - Cologne, Germany

  • Mar 09 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany

  • Mar 10 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

  • Mar 11 - Musik + Frieden - Berlin, Germany

  • Mar 12 - Felsenkeller / Naumanns - Leipzig, Germany

  • Mar 13 - Arena - Vienna, Austria

  • Mar 14 - Legend Club - Milano, Italy

  • Mar 15 - Schuur - Lucerne, Switzerland

  • Mar 16 - L'Espace B - Paris, France

  • Mar 17 - Charlatan - Gent, Belgium

  • Mar 18 - Dynamo Basement - Eindhoven, Netherlands

US Tour w/ State Champs

  • Apr 07 - Agora Theatre and Ballroom - Cleveland, OH

  • Apr 08 - St. Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI

  • Apr 09 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL

  • Apr 11 - Wooly's - Des Moines, IA

  • Apr 12 - The Ready Room - St Louis, MO

  • Apr 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO

  • Apr 15 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT

  • Apr 17 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA

  • Apr 18 - Wonder Ballroom     - Portland, OR

  • Apr 19 - The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA

  • Apr 20 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA

  • Apr 21 - The Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA

  • Apr 23 - Observatory North Park - San Diego, CA

  • Apr 25 - Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV

  • Apr 26 - The Pressroom - Phoenix, AZ

  • Apr 28 - Emo's - Austin, TX

  • Apr 29 - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX

  • Apr 30 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX

  • May 02 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN

  • May 03 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

  • May 05 - Beacham Theater - Orlando, FL

  • May 06 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC

  • May 07 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD

  • May 09 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA

  • May 11 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY

  • May 12 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY

  • May 13 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY

  • May 14 - Royale - Boston, MA


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<![CDATA[Photos: The Wonder Years in Paris]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:14:37 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered The Wonder Years show at Backstage By The Mill...

The Wonder Years

Trash Boat

Tiny Moving Parts


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<![CDATA[Diary of 8123 Fest]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:30:16 +0000 Sam Devotta From landing in Phoenix the day "Bad Behavior" came out, to standing in line... That feel when you travel miles away to meet one of your favorite bands...[/caption]

Thursday January 19, 2017

Well, I made it. Welcome to Phoenix! When The Maine announced 8123 Fest in September, I knew I had to attend. I watched their live Facebook stream when they made the announcement, and cried when golden tickets sold out in ten seconds even though I was on the website at 7:59pm, and cried a second time when my sister bought GA tickets, and then spent two paychecks on our plane tickets, and now I’m here!

It’s not nearly as warm as I’ve been led to believe. Still warmer than Toronto, though. And no one told me there would be palm trees here! I feel like I’m on a movie set!

Phoenix is surprisingly small, but they have a magnificent light rail system. So cheap, so convenient. It came in handy when I found out The Maine was premiering a new song on the radio, and had to race back to our hotel for WiFi.

In retrospect, I could have found out where the radio station was, but maybe I shouldn’t go out stalking bands in a new city? Probably not the safest thing to do.

Bad Behavior” is soooo good. I can’t wait to hear it live! Speaking of: Lovely, Little, Lonely comes out the week before my birthday. The Maine comes to Toronto the week after my birthday. Guess I know what present I’m getting myself this year.

Also: A ROCKET TO THE MOON has been confirmed as the “special guest” for Saturday. I’ve suspected it since October, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. I’m probably going to cry when they play “Like We Used To”.

Friday January 20, 2017

I will not think about how I’m missing the Pioneer show right now, I will not think about how I’m missing the Pioneer show right now...

My one non-The Maine related thing I wanted to do in Phoenix was visit the Desert Botanical Gardens, which is what we did this morning. So many cacti!!

Note to self: drinking from a cactus is actually toxic, contrary to what the movies show us. Also, avoid the cholla cactus at all costs, it will literally grow all over you.

After lunch at Counter Burger (10/10, would recommend), we went to the 8123 pop up shop, which was conveniently around the corner. It opened yesterday, but it looked like a lot of people had already ransacked the shelves. I’m not saying I spent a lot of money, but I don’t regret the sweatpants or t-shirt (or sweatshirt) at all. There weren’t a lot of sizes left, and there were still so many people milling around. Apparently they’ll have merch at the show too...I’m going to have to set a budget for myself.

We saw Pat as soon as we walked in! I think he was with his parents, and he looked a little precarious on his crutches, but he was still chatting with people, which was pretty cool. We also met Tim Kirch, who was running around refilling stock, but still taking the time to say hello to everybody.

For such a small space, it held a lot. One wall was covered in ads for Lovely, Little, Lonely ; another had giant “M”’s all over it; a corner was covered in posters of The Maine. There was also a backdrop of the 8123/M logos—I’m guessing for the meet & greet on Sunday?

I really liked the “art gallery”: it had two variations of the Pioneer cover (the one used for the Good Love EP, and the one used for the Pioneer/Good Love release), plus these fantastic portraits of each band member in their Forever Halloween makeup on a bed of leaves and flowers. Such vivid colors!

It’s been raining all day, and I’m a little worried tomorrow will be chilly. Can you believe I’ve had to wear a sweater and a jacket all day??

Saturday January 21, 2017 – 8123 Fest!!!

I’m an emotional mess, but what an incredible day!

Thankfully, it didn’t rain today, even though it was cloudy this morning. Why is it that everytime I go to an outdoor festival it rains (I’m looking at you, Warped Tour, four years in a row)???

Doors were at 1pm, and we got to the Crescent Ballroom around noon, which meant we had to line up about a block away. I did catch a glimpse of the billboard with the Lovely, Little, Lonely  ad—such an epic way to announce a new album! I’m pretty sure we heard John rehearsing, but I’m not sure if he was in the building beside us or the parking structure across the street.

When they finally opened the gates, it was a mini stampede to get into the parking lot—think Simba almost getting trampled by wildebeests except even more intense. Apparently there were 2700 people—I’m so impressed that The Maine managed to pull that many people into Phoenix on a random weekend in January, of all the months.

I had just enough time to stand in the merch line (I swear, I have an unhealthy addiction to 8123 merch) and scrawl a sappy message on their newly painted white van, which was parked in the far corner, before we scrambled towards the main stage for John the Ghost. I think I hurt my face smiling so hard when John ambled out and said “Boo” before starting “Everyone is a DJ” (get it? Because he’s a ghost!). It was also really sweet when he paused between songs to thank us for singing the words along with him. Halfway through their second song, the sun came out—it still wasn’t as hot as I thought it’d be, but at least I didn’t have to wear my jacket (until the sun went down and it got cold again).

I’ve never really listened to Brighton, but it was cool to see them live. They were a lot more mellow than I expected, but who doesn’t love a good band reunion?

Despite my dislike for drinking alcohol at festivals (I try not to use porta potties any more than absolutely necessary), I considered getting one of the themed drinks—Another Night on Margarita and Miserable Mule—just to get the plastic purple cup emblazoned with “ten years of The Maine” in bright orange, but by the time we decided to risk it, all the cups were gone.

It was no big deal, though, because then I’d have had to hold it during Beach Weather, and there was no way I wouldn’t have spilled half of it. Maybe I’m just a Nick Santino fangirl, but I love all of his projects, and Beach Weather is so addictive! “Sex, Drugs, Etc” might be my new favorite song, though I’ll admit I lost whatever cool I had when they closed their set with “Swoon”—that bass line speaks to my soul.

I didn’t realize until much later that the secondary stage was inside the Crescent Ballroom venue, so I unfortunately missed Joel Kanitz playing as Gorgeous War. Instead, we stood in the world’s longest food line (I swear we were there for two hours), but since it was right in the middle of the parking lot, we could still see/hear the main stage. Unpopular opinion: I’m not a huge fan of State Champs, but I respect Ryan Scott Graham’s side project Speak Low if You Speak Love. He was very mellow, but the crowd—those of us who weren’t waiting for food, anyway—seemed to be into it. A lot of band members were walking by: we saw Pat on his little scooter/walker, plus Jared, Garrett, and Kennedy (no John, probably because he would have been ambushed); I also spotted Jess Bowen and spent a minute freaking out because she’s actually my queen.

By the time we got to the food trucks, The Technicolors were on stage—I couldn’t see them because I was too busy waiting for my BBQ chicken fries and there was a fence in my way—but there were about a dozen girls around us who were flailing around to them.

Note to self: listen to The Technicolors. I’ve only ever heard them live and didn’t pay that much attention to them at the time.

I can’t even describe how I felt when Nick, Halvo, Justin, and Andrew got together on stage as A Rocket to the Moon for the first time in four years...even when Halvo ruined the special moment by requesting a bathroom break. Still, it was glorious. Most of their set was from On Your Side, but that was more than okay with me. I haven’t listened to that album in about a year, but as my sister is my witness, I remembered every word and shrieked along as loud as I could. And yes, I did tear up during “Like We Used To”, a song that makes me cry on a good day and, apparently, turns me into a complete wreck when I hear it live.

We had to book it to the other end of the parking lot and squeeze in with half the crowd to catch This Century’s short set. It was only Joel and Alex Silverman, but it was still awesome hearing them tiptoe through songs they haven’t played in years. They looked really emotional, too, and I think it really hit the crowd in the heart to see how grateful they were to play together again. I missed the last part of their set, though, because I wanted to get a good spot for The Summer Set.

Last year, TSS was one of my favorite concerts because of how high-energy it was, and they didn’t disappoint this time either. I know a lot of people were upset that they didn’t end with “Chelsea” (I mean, it was the song that made them, so it was pretty surprising that they didn’t even mention it) but I loved that they ended with “Lightning in a Bottle”. I didn’t give a fuck about tomorrow, I was too busy living in the moment, and I think they really captured that feeling.

In between TSS and The Maine, we ended up chatting with some of the girls around us. A couple of them were from Nevada, others were from Texas. They were impressed that we’d come all the way from Canada, but during John the Ghost’s set, he’d called out people from the UK and New Zealand, so I guess we really didn’t travel that far.

When The Maine opened their set with “We All Roll Along”, there was one breathtaking moment as all of us screamed the line “8123 means everything to me”. I wasn't close enough to see the expressions on the band members’ faces, but I could feel how utterly delighted they were. I’m still not sure how they managed to play anything else after that...I know I lost my voice by the second song, but they kept it going for another two hours.

I could list all the songs that I wish they’d play (seriously, no “Miles Away”???), but I really can’t complain. Let’s be real: they could play every song they’ve ever written, and I’d still want more. I can’t really describe the feeling of standing in that crowd, listening to their set, and knowing that I was one of the lucky ones to be witnessing it in real time. I can’t describe it without sounding like a complete sap and possibly crying (again), but it was a night I’ll never forget.

Some of my favorite parts:

  • “Bad Behavior”, which is just as good live as it sounded through my phone in our hotel room on Thursday.

  • When John’s acoustic guitar stopped working before “Take Me Dancing” and he panicked, not knowing what to do with his arms while Garrett joked that even after ten years, they still mess up.

  • During “Girls Do What They Want”, they pulled this one kid from the audience, Andrew, who I guess they’ve met before because they were all stoked to see him. He did a great job and after he was done, John announced that his band (1000 Miles of Fire) would open for their Denver show this spring. I can’t even imagine standing on stage with The Maine (pretty sure I’d forget the lyrics), nevermind what it must have felt like to have them openly support your dreams in front of 3000 people. How many other bands take time out of their own anniversary show to give their fans a chance to shine?

  • Probably my favorite story though, was the one John told near the end about how Tim Kirch used to literally kick him in the butt when they were in middle school, but now he’s such a huge influence on everything the band does. I’m surprised they didn’t bring him out on stage to really embarrass him, but I love how The Maine always makes sure to give people their due.

If I had a choice, I’d have stood in that parking lot for hours under the stars, listening to The Maine and screaming along. Unfortunately, they had to end at some point, but they made sure to go out with a bang. As if to gently remind us as to why we were all gathered together in the parking lot in the first place, The Maine closed out the show with a condensed version of “Another Night on Mars” and a rendition of “We'll All Be”, reinforcing the idea that we're in this together whether we're best friends or complete strangers.

The “Make America Emo Again” after party started almost immediately after they left the stage, but we had to line up to get into the Crescent Ballroom. At first, nothing was going on—just lots of people standing around drinking—but then Gunz came out (idobi represent!) and played a set of pop-punk favorites: All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy...all the greats. And then Halvo came out as his DJ-ing alter-ego Ted Lavender and played a whole lot of disco, I think...we left shortly thereafter, so who knows how the rest of the night went down!

I’m equal parts exhausted and exhilarated. I can’t believe the show is over, but I’m so glad I came out for it.

Sunday January 22, 2017

Oh my gosh, so this morning we went to Matt’s Big Breakfast for brunch (which is about a block away from where the "M" wall used to be), and Reeve and Austin from Beach Weather were sitting at the table across from us!!! I was too frazzled to say hello, but really, I’m just glad Nick wasn’t there, or I wouldn’t have been able to eat my steak & eggs.

[caption id="attachment_266726" align="aligncenter" width="4608"] The former "M" wall[/caption]

Then we stood in our second long line of the weekend—this time, for the free meet & greet. When we got to the pop-up shop, the line was already wrapped around the block, and there was still an hour to go before the meet & greet would even start! I’d guess that there were at least 1000 people in line by the time the doors opened.

By the time we got to the front, we’d be in line for nearly three hours. Admittedly, there isn’t a whole lot to do in Phoenix (why are half their stores closed on Sundays? And the ones that are open...why do they close at five?). But I desperately wished there had been a Starbucks nearby so I could have stolen their WiFi—it’s tragic, not being able to use the internet when I’m traveling.

Unfortunately, since it had been several hours, once inside we had to move quickly. We were put into groups of 4-6, and then had approximately twenty seconds to talk to each band member before posing for a group photo (I was right, that one banner was reserved for the meet & greet photos).

It wasn’t much time to have a conversation, but each band member gave us free hugs and thanked us for coming. Typical me, I panicked right as we got to the front of the line, so I made my sister go first, which meant she got to pose with John. I did, however, get to show him my “Miles Away” tattoo, and he told us to “enjoy Monday” (after we told him that we were flying back home on Tuesday).

It was over so fast after waiting for hours, but it was worth it to share such a milestone experience with one of my favorite bands.


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<![CDATA[Callwood at the Cooler #13]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:00:36 +0000 idobi Staff “Callwood at the Cooler” isees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [/imgfull]
Pop rocks…

So the Grammys came and went. People won stuff, backs were slapped—it was typical awards fare. The aftermath, as ever, saw mass debate about who should have won something but didn’t, who won something but shouldn’t have, all that jazz. Personally, I’ve never paid it much attention beyond what my professional obligations dictate. English band The Wildhearts have never won a Grammy, so it’s probably not aimed directly at me.

That said, my interest was tickled when I heard that thrash metal giants Metallica would be performing with Lady Gaga. On a musical level, I was immediately fascinated. Gaga undeniably has a tremendous set of pipes and, if she isn’t the old school metal kid that I’ve been told that she is all this week, she is certainly a majestic oddball, a breath of fresh air in the contemporary pop environment thanks to her desire to simply be a bit different. These two acts together was interesting.

But there was more to it than that. My favorite thing about the whole idea was that it was going to upset fans of both artists. Metallica fans have barely gotten over Lulu, the album that the band collaborated on with Lou Reed shortly before the Velvet Underground man passed away. That was another occasion where fans of neither side were happy. It was too Metallica-like for Reed fans, and just too damned weird for Metallica fans.

I loved it. My inner punk adored the fact that these guys just went ahead and did what they wanted to do, to hell with the commercial consequences. Lulu is weird, to its great credit. It’s awkward, and not at all like Transformer or Master of Puppets. It requires effort.


So, with that in mind, many metal-heads were not at all ready for their boys to get in a proverbial bed with Lady Gaga. Screw 'em all. Were it not for some technical malfunctions, and some very awkward fake moshing from the hired dancers, the performance would have been a rousing success. Gaga’s voice alongside 'tallica singer James Hetfield’s rasp worked deliciously. I hope they work together again, and with drummer Lars Ulrich referring to Gaga as the “quintessential fifth member of Metallica,” the chances are good.

What’s fascinating as we move forward is that the annoyance coming from the Metallica fans seems to stem from a feeling of betrayal. Gaga is “pop,” she’s “mainstream,” and so our underground heroes (in truth, Metallica hasn’t been underground for decades) shouldn’t be collaborating with her, encouraging her. Words like “sell-out” get tossed around willy-nilly. This isn’t only dumb, it’s short-sighted. It’s extremely unattractive snobbery. It’s a feeling of ownership over a band that should be allowed to at least try to evolve, and make its own mistakes along the way.

The whole thing arises from a bigger issue. On a fundamental level, many people who consider themselves rock ’n’ roll, alternative, underground, general fans of what they consider to be real art, whatever, feel above pop. I felt this way through my twenties and much of my thirties. It’s a mistake, and it’s silly.


Embracing the song machine...

Looking inside of myself, my objections with pop used to be that it was manufactured, that the pop star doesn’t write their own music, that they often lip-sync, and that they get all of the radio-play that could go to bands that I like. As it turns out, many other people feel that same way, so let’s look at those one at a time.

The first two are part of the same point. My outlook on pop changed when I stopped looking at, for example, Katy Perry as an individual. In a musical sense, I started looking at “Katy Perry” as a group, a project, fronted by the young lady that we see all over the TV. Behind her, there is a team of talented people writing music, producing music, doing research, basically working their asses off. That idea changed the world for me, because now I hear the words “Katy Perry” and imagine this collection of artists, creating.


Yes, there’s a cynical side to it all. There are people whose job is to figure out what will sell, as opposed to what will be artistically challenging. But if you dig into that, what does it mean? Which songs will appeal to the most people? So that basically means catchy melodies. Which, honestly, has always been what pop music has been about, from early Beatles to Duran Duran. Pop = popular. They’re just doing more work with the demographics now. There’s more math.

But that doesn’t mean that, because lots of people like it, you can’t. Lots of people like chicken. The “manufactured” argument is explained in stunning detail by John Seabrook in his book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory. But it all comes down to the same thing. A Katy Perry has a ton of producers and engineers working on her music. But why do we not consider those people talented?

Look it like this, and for me at least, it seems less objectionable. Sure, the talent of the actual pop singer might be limited, but then so is the talent of many rock ’n’ roll frontmen and women. The greatness comes from the whole group. The only real difference is that, in pop, the real talent are often hidden from public view.

Yeah, sometimes they lip-sync at awards ceremonies and stuff. That sucks. I just try to avoid those performances. If they go on tour and lip-sync to a paying audience, that would suck a lot harder but I think those instances are few and far between nowadays.

The final point in that list is complete nonsense. The very idea that: Were Miley Cyrus not on the radio, then Carcass would be? Nope.

Essentially, in the past five years or so I’ve allowed myself to like pop music, and to appreciate it for what it is. And Lady Gaga is as good as it gets right now, pop-wise. She might still work with a team, but that woman is an artist. I’m not telling other people to like it, but at least try to dislike it for the right reasons. Appreciate the work that’s going on, accept that there are real musicians, nameless musicians, doing great work, and then simply decide whether or not you like individual songs.


“Callwood at the Cooler” is a new 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[Win Tickets To See Dua Lipa!]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:49:33 +0000 Fish We're giving away a pair of tickets to each of the select dates of...

We're giving away a pair of tickets to each of the select dates of the upcoming Dua Lipa tour! So if you are in the area of the cities below you're in luck! Enter to win your pair of tickets below:


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<![CDATA[Escape into the Weekend with The Bourgeois’ New Track]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:00:27 +0000 Alex Bear The Tulsa trio's new single "An Infinite Void" is a dizzy ode to indie... [/imgfull]

Sometimes you just need to unwind after a long week, and, thanks to The Bourgeois, you've got the soundtrack to your Friday night chill session. The Tulsa trio's new single "An Infinite Void" is a dizzy ode to indie rock, and will have you floating away right into the weekend.

[blockquotefull]"We're all desperate for answers.  I think that's why large groups of people are willing to rally behind people who pretend to have them."[/blockquotefull]

Following last summer's Designer Genes EP, "An Infinite Void" showcases a multifaceted and introspective side to the band—and in times like these, this song explores a much-needed escape from reality.


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<![CDATA[Waterparks 101]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:47 +0000 Alex Bear Settle in and take notes, because it's time to learn everything you need to... [/imgfull]

Wake up, sleepyhead, it’s time to crawl out from that rock you’ve been napping under, because there’s a new band you should’ve heard by now. A band that is putting the pop back into pop punk. A band that got the attention of Good Charlotte's Joel and Benji Madden. This band toured with some huge names and played Warped Tour—before their debut album even dropped. A band whose aforementioned debut album Double Dare became a favorite record for existing fans in the scene and new kids just starting out. Woah, you still haven't guessed it yet? That band is Waterparks. It’s okay, we’ve got your back. We won’t tell anyone about your pop punk faux-pas. Instead, settle in and take notes, because below you’ll find everything you need to know to become a Waterparks fan in idobi’s 101 starter pack. You’re welcome.


Formed: 2011
Hometown: Houston, TX
Genre: Pop punk
Latest release: Double Dare
In ten words or less: Pop punk that’s way more fun than any (actual) Waterpark
Twitter: @waterparks
Instagram: @waterparks
Must-buy merch:

So, now you’ve got the basics. You’ve listened to Double Dare, and realized long before the record was over that you’re going to hit repeat for all eternity. You’ve stalked followed the band on socials, STARTED TYPING IN ALL CAPS JUST BECAUSE, and you’ve bought all their merch (yep, even the pillows). Well done grasshopper, you’ve officially become a level one beginner. Now it’s time to get to know the band members—Awsten, Geoff, and Otto—idobi style. You ready?



Need to know:

Is known to be a *diva* 


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But has also been known to ask super deep and philosophical questions: 

Is probably 80% orange juice:


Need to know:

He watches parallel parking as a hobby:

Shares his name with his father and a stuffed giraffe:

Owner of famous cast:


Need to Know:

Should not give up his day job:

Doesn’t get out much:

But knows how to prepare for the outside world if needed:

Is so magical on the drums he can bend time and space:


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Congrats, you can now hold your own with your fellow Gloom Boys on the interweb. Your walls are adorned with brightly-hued posters and you’re feeling like this new era of pop punk couldn’t get any sweeter. By now you know all the lyrics to “Take Her To The Moon”, “Dizzy” is your go-to angsty anthem, and “21 Questions” is no longer just a game. The three guys feel like old friends and their music just “gets” you. So what’s next? The only thing left to complete your orientation is to witness the Waterparks experience live.

So you go—you get your tickets, anxiously count down the days on your calendar, roadtrip with the friends you introduced to Waterparks along the way (obviously). You arrive at your local venue hours before doors, making friends in the queue behind you, taking it in turns to go to the nearest Starbucks for more coffee and snacks. The doors finally open and you rush in to take your place on the barrier where you belong. You already know you’re in for a good time before the house lights go down and they bound onstage--



We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, aren’t we?

This is where you are now. We’ve taken you as far as we can; the live show is yours to experience. You’re ready. What are you waiting for?

Find out how to win tickets to see Waterparks and Too Close To Touch and graduate from idobi’s Waterparks 101 class with honors.


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