App Show News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:04:30 +0000 en <![CDATA[Premiere: Summer Wars / High Wire – Split EP]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:30:32 +0000 Tom What's better than new music from a great band? When it's new music from... [/imgfull]

What's better than new music from a great band? When it's new music from TWO great bands. Today we're bringing you the new split EP from Summer Wars and High Wire to fill your ears and souls with pop punk goodness. Summer Wars' vocalist Tripp Rowe says of the EP:
"When we went into the studio to do two songs a few months back we knew we wanted it to be part of a split with another band, but we hadn't really figured out who would be a good fit.  It was actually Seth Henderson our producer who suggested High Wire who he was also producing a few weeks after we left.  Once we talked to the guys and heard the tracks they were working on we knew it had to be them. With us being from the Raleigh, NC area and High Wire being from Chicago it created an added benefit that we can promote each other's music in two different parts of the country."

If you were tuned into Gone Fishkin earlier, you'll have heard the premiere of High Wire's awesome track "Nothing Left To Lose", so we know you'll be dying to hear more from them. And we also know that if you were digging our premiere of Summer Wars' "Better Days" last year, you're in for a treat: the Raleigh, NC quartet are raising the bar even higher with their contributions. So hit play below to hear them team up for one epic split, and be sure to pick up the EP here when it drops tomorrow!


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<![CDATA[The Maine: When Culture Creates Family]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:00:33 +0000 Tom The Maine may only be five members but they’ve created a whole little world—and... Photos by Audrey Lew[/caption]

You may often think of “culture” in reference to a country or group of people, maybe even a genre, but what about a specific band? The Maine may only be five members but they’ve created a whole little world—and not just for themselves. 8123 is a large part of that world, as it isn’t just a record label, but a family: including Beach Weather, The Technicolors, and more. It’s not a family you’re born into, but a family you choose. Fans of The Maine and 8123 are a part of something bigger, whether they know it or not.

The Maine’s “fans” get to reach a connection better described as friends because of the band’s consistently transparent creative process and lifestyle. In 2009, the group released a photo book thanks to their pal Dirk Mai called This Is Real Life documenting their daily life on Warped Tour. The book also included journal entries from each of the members; it’s this theme of accessibility that displays their humility and humanism. The Maine are just guys that happened to “make it”, and most of the time the only thing separating you from them is a barricade and a raised platform. Don’t get confused though, The Maine aren’t afraid of sharing the stage either so you’d better make sure you know the words to “Girls Do What They Want”. John O’Callaghan personally is all about sharing, as a songwriter and also a poet. The Black And White era of The Maine reflected this, continuing to be ironically vibrant, with John’s short poetry book Exaltation of April 2011 being adored not only by fans but Tumblr and Pinterest users all over.

In 2013, The Maine finally gave themselves the independent freedom they needed to thrive as creators with the start of 8123. Forever Halloween was released without the major label backing they were used to; they fully embraced their new DIY ethos with an EP titled Imaginary Numbers that same year. As the band was growing and maturing, their fans were as well. More and more fans were turning 18 and turning their bodies into permanent lyric sheets, getting tattoos of “Stay away, sweet misery” and “I am weakness, I am greatness”. And the band seemed to inspire the artistic side of their fans more than ever. There’s no shortage of creativity amongst these “MAINE-iacs” from decorated shoes with album artwork to GIFs, fanart, jewelry and even a nail-art contest.

Blue skies and pink bubblegum found the The Maine in their sweetest era yet, American Candy, and the sugar high lasted all summer. The group was hustling everyday on the Vans Warped Tour where they held free meet and greets daily, because “why would you pay money to meet a human being?” This humble approach was noticed not only by their personal community but the music scene as a whole. The Maine has started to be respected more and more as true “rockstars” from their performances and music, but not at all in their attitude. This mindset teaches their community that no one is too good or too cool for anything or anyone. It’s what makes their shows feel like a party and not a competition. It’s what allows fans to turn “followers” on social media into friends.

John, Jared, Garrett, Pat, and Kennedy have been working on their next album in a fully transparent process captured by weekly video updates. The web series, titled Miserable Youth, was mainly shot in a breathtaking location by the ocean and woods in Northern California. The cinematography alone is captivating thanks to Lupe Bustos, but it’s the intimate feeling of being let in on an otherwise foreign process that is most compelling. There’s no A&R talk on what sound should sell, no talk of numbers or marketing; just pure honest creation of art amongst friends that is simply re-assuring in a world that can feel so cruel and calculated. Most music fans only see and hear the thoughtful finished product; it takes vulnerability to let fans in on the mess that is the process and every fight or hopeless moment that might come with that. Instead of this scaring fans off, this self-exposure builds trust because the community are all in on the “secret” they’ve been trusted with.  

This year, The Maine is getting ready to celebrate 10 years together with the best party birthday ever: a music festival. 8123 Fest will be held in the band’s influential hometown of Arizona. “I've been a fan of many bands in my lifetime, but I can't always integrate into their fan bases. There's often an imposed hierarchy that I can't be bothered with. I've never had that problem with The Maine,” says Paige “Backstage” Williams, a music scene YouTuber. “No matter when you joined in, you're part of the family. I don't know a lot of bands outside the "mainstream darlings" bubble that could get thousands of people to fly to Arizona after Christmas for a one day festival, flight leaves in the morning.”  Whether you’re attending or wishing you were, you’re a new fan or an old one; we hope you take the time to celebrate not only The Maine but what they represent: music is a culture, a connection or an escape, an art, but most importantly a family.

Look out for more posts from us talking all things The Maine to celebrate the band’s 10 year anniversary!


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<![CDATA[Win Tickets to See Every Time I Die + A T-Shirt From The Merch Table!]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:30:13 +0000 Tom We're giving away a pair of tickets to Every Time I Die's The Low... [/imgfull]

2017 is already shaping up to be way, way better than last year. Why? Because Every Time I Die are heading out on The Low Teens Tour, and they're bringing along Knocked Loose, Harms Way, and Eternal Sleep. Sponsored by our own idobi Howl, tickets are available now to go see this lineup to end all lineups, and we want to make your night even more epic.

That's why we're giving you and a friend the chance to go see this tour, on us—and if you win you'll also get a free shirt right off the merch table from the show, so you can look awesome while you mosh. You in? Check out the dates and enter the giveaway below, then prepare to rock out harder than you've ever done before.

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  • 2/01 – State College, PA @ State Theatre*

  • 2/02 – Whitehall, PA @ Planet Trog*

  • 2/03 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub*

  • 2/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

  • 2/06 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld

  • 2/07 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

  • 2/08 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas Live

  • 2/09 – Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage Morgantown

  • 2/10 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall

  • 2/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room

  • 2/13 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown

  • 2/14 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder

  • 2/15 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder

  • 2/16 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Café

  • 2/17 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

  • 2/18 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

  • 2/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

  • 2/20 – Camarillo, CA @ Rock City Studios

  • 2/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s

  • 2/24 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

  • 2/25 – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note

  • 2/26 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

  • 2/27 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater

  • 3/01 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick

  • 3/02 – London, ON @ London Music Hall

  • 3/03 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

  • 3/04 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey

  • 3/05 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

  • 3/07 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

  • 3/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

  • 3/09 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstaits

  • 3/10 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall

* = No Knocked Loose


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Let Us Introduce You To Your New Favorite Track, Kill The Mountain’s “Ribbon”]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:00:32 +0000 Tom When members of The Dangerous Summer, The Graduate, and Tragic Magic come together, you... [/imgfull]

When members of The Dangerous Summer, The Graduate, and Tragic Magic come together, you get something like Kill The Mountain. The new band is hitting the music scene with an alt rock sound all their own.

"'Ribbon' is our second single off of our upcoming debut EP(set for release this spring). Though it has a dark undertone, it's meant to bring hope in finding the original inspiration and drive that leads one to get back up every time you're knocked down. It's about picking up the pieces and building a better boat." - Matt Kennedy

If you're wondering what to expect from the Nashville based act, you can hit play on our premiere of their new track, "Ribbon", below. Let us know if you like what you hear (and you will) on Twitter!


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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: I Want You Back]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:28 +0000 Tom A Loss For Words modernizes a Jackson 5 classic in this week's (Un)Covered. “I Want You Back”
Writers: Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Deke Richards
Original Release Date: October 7, 1969

The theme of regretting a breakup isn’t exactly shocking material when it comes to pop songs, but what makes “I Want You Back” so unique is the fact that the singer was all of eleven years old when he was begging for a second chance.

The Jackson 5 shot to fame in 1969 with the release of their first single, “I Want You Back”. It was a strong debut for the young group, and, as it was released on their debut album, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, it also paved the way for Diana Ross’s solo career, since she was credited with discovering Motown’s next big thing. The bold orchestration in the song is one of the things that make it so memorable, along with a pre-teen Michael Jackson’s pure vocals carrying the lyrics with the type of confidence you’d expect from someone twice his age. Numerous outlets have included it on lists of Best Pop Songs, and it’s still used in movies and commercials (including, weirdly, a yogurt ad with a cover by The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger) to this day.

I’m not sure where I’ve been for the past fifteen years, but I only recently discovered A Loss For Words (just in time for them to release their last album...) through their cover of The Jackson 5 jam (featuring Dan O’Connor and Alan Day from Four Year Strong). It’s pure pop punk right from the start with their power chords and fast paced percussion—and my gosh, it’s amazing. Earnest and enthusiastic, it makes you want to thrash around a room. And the lyrical content fits in perfectly with pop punk’s usual aesthetic. I’m really regretting not getting into A Loss For Words before they called it quits because if their original music is even half as fun as this cover, they’d probably have made it onto my list of Favorite Bands.

Both versions are insanely catchy, so I can’t actually choose which one I like more! Enjoy the sunshiney pop of the sixties with The Jackson 5 or embrace your pop punk heritage with A Loss For Words—either way, your ears will thank you.


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<![CDATA[1 in 5: How Repealing the ACA will Impact the Disabled Community]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:52 +0000 Tom As January 20th approaches, many communities are preparing for the changes and uncertainty that... Rally in support of the Affordable Care Act in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Photo by LaDawna Howard[/caption]

As January 20th approaches, many communities are preparing for the changes and uncertainty that lie ahead with the new administrations. Among the groups that feel unsafe and under threat, people with disabilities are rarely mentioned or included in the media coverage. Below are a few articles about the repeal of the ACA and how that will impact millions of people. When we think of showing solidarity with marginalized communities, remember that 1 in 5 Americans have a disability and that they are part of every facet of society.

To The Politicians Who Voted To Kill Me

"Late at night, while most of us were sleeping, the Senate voted to kill me. I’m sure that some of you will call me dramatic and say that I’m exaggerating. 'They’re not going to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it―and with something better!'

I’ve heard this so many times, yet even as the repeal has been voted on in the Senate and has been introduced in the House, I still haven’t seen a replacement bill introduced."
Sarah Blahovec, Huffington Post

‘This is a death sentence for me’: Patients react in horror to GOP’s late-night Obamacare repeal
- Brad Reed, Raw Story

Cancer Survivor Tells Paul Ryan: ‘I’d Be Dead’ Without Obamacare
Alana Horowitz Satlin, Huffington Post

Repealing The Affordable Care Act Will Destroy My Family

"When each provision of the Affordable Care Act became reality, it was like another prayer was answered.

Yet some of those same people who had prayed for us, month after month, were furious. They hated President Obama on principle — “Obamacare” could be nothing but a disaster to them. Over and over they railed against Obama’s overreach, voted for politicians who promised to repeal the ACA, ranted against the individual buyer mandate, and against “moochers” who wanted “free healthcare.” And then, when my husband’s next set of MRIs came around, they sent notes about their hopes and prayers..."
- Lea Grover, Bustle

What The Hell Do We Do About The ACA (“Obamacare”) Repeal?
- Meriah Nichols,

Exhibit A for Republican Obamacare repeal challenge: people with HIV
Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

Donald Trump Will Be A Disaster For Autistic People
- Emily Willingham, Forbes

I’m a disabled American. Trump’s policies will be a disaster for people like me.

"For the millions of Americans with disabilities who depend on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to access the health care and public services that mean basic survival, it is policy — not personal insult — that has brought terror and despair in the aftermath of last night’s Trump victory."
- Ari Ne'eman, Vox

What Will the Trump Administration Mean for People With Disabilities?
- Julia Bascom, Slate


Alice Wong is a San Francisco-based degenerate television watcher, cat lover, and coffee drinker. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. You can find her prowling around Twitter: @SFdirewolf   


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<![CDATA[Premiere: You Won’t Be Forgetting Oparu’s “Remember Me” Anytime Soon]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:20 +0000 Tom Under the moniker Oparu, the Los Angeles based act is blending the finest parts... [/imgfull]

Songwriter, singer, and actress Dianna St. Hilaire's latest project is bringing ethereal vibes and experimental sounds to the table. Under the moniker Oparu, the Los Angeles based act is blending the finest parts of electronic, synth, and alternative rock.

[blockquotefull] "'Remember Me'.  The video's isolated majestic beauty represents the transcendence and bonds of the human experience."  - Oparu [/blockquotefull]

After starting her journey in music at a young age through choir, and then piano, Oparu has worked up to all the success she's seen. You can check out her latest video premiering exclusively below, for the track "Remember Me"!

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<![CDATA[Growing Up With The Maine]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:00:33 +0000 Tom With 2017 comes the 10th anniversary of The Maine’s Stay Up, Get Down and... Live photos by Audrey Lew[/caption]

With 2017 comes the 10th anniversary of The Maine’s Stay Up, Get Down and The Way We Talk. The Maine, like many of us, have changed over the past 10 years. Not in a “I like their old stuff better” kind of way, but in a way that lets their 2007 fanbase enjoy their 2017 music just as much as they did a decade ago. Ten years ago none of us were who we are today, and the same can be said for The Maine. They’ve grown along with their audience at every stage—whether that be performances or development.

The band’s first full length album, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, was released in 2008. At the height of pop-punk popularity, the album’s alternative vibe fell right in with the same fanbase that was listening to All Time Low, We The Kings, and Paramore (bands that all had incredibly popular 2007 hits). Girls were swooning over bands and romantic songs set the stage for the group to gain quick popularity. Can’t Stop,Won’t Stop featured plenty of typical boy/girl relatable relationship-y style songs, and the music videos for the album’s singles highlighted John’s longer emo boy hair, a combination that fit in with the 15-16 year old girl demographic.

In 2010 The Maine released their sophomore studio album. Black and White’s track listing had similar themed songs to Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, but also slid in some tracks that took a hard look at growing up. Songs like “Every Road” and “Growing up” talked about being on your own, and not letting the past stop you from moving forward. These songs fit right in with the now 16-18 year old fan base, who had grown over the past few years, and who were figuring out what to do with their lives post high school.

2011 welcomed Pioneer, the heaviest rock album released by The Maine. At this point The Maine had left Warner Bros. to develop Pioneer independently. Employing more guitar and drums, the album had a darker side to it, with songs like “Misery” and “Some Days” looking at a more depressing side of The Maine that we hadn’t seen before. Those are clearly more adult themes, that their then 17-19 year old fans were often dealing with or knew people that were. Fans at that age could relate to the band not only through their lyrics but also to a period of time in which they were trying to figure out who they were—on their own.

Forever Halloween, released in 2013, is by far the most mature and depressing of all of The Maine’s albums. Although many of the tracks had an upbeat tune to them, their lyrics showed a much more serious side to the band. Songs about relationships now dealt with the real struggles that come with them, instead of the light hearted scope that previous albums looked at them through. I don’t think many people would expect a song titled “Happy” to have lyrics like “Here is my guide on how to be alone, just drink till you’re gone and passed out on the floor...when will everything I have ever be good enough...this ain't a fairy tale and I don’t think I’ll ever be happy.” The concept of identity is something that people in their early 20s have likely grappled with, and the album does a good job of representing the idea that not everything is as it seems; that sometimes we hide behind the mask that is our own face. This is a time in life where responsibility kicks in and the problems of the real world present themselves. Fans could relate their own struggles to the ones displayed in Forever Halloween. If you were to ask a stranger who recorded this album and who recorded Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, they would be surprised to hear it is the same group. Many artists’ sound stays the same year to year, but The Maine have obviously come a long way from where they have started.

The band’s most recent album, American Candy, released in 2015, has a much more more lighthearted and fun feel to it. In the scheme of tones, it’s almost like the music had hit rock bottom and had nowhere to go but up. Even the bubblegum album art is in stark contrast with Forever Halloween’s black and white skeletal cover. The songs almost feel like grown up versions of The Maine’s first couple of albums. They have the dancey beat but make social commentary without being self-degrading. The music has grown drastically over the past seven years and so have their listeners. Now in their early to mid-twenties, the average listener is starting to figure themselves out and has developed a rhythm to their life.

We thought we were just listening to one of our favorite band’s new album, year after year, but we didn’t notice the music was growing up with us. Day to day changes in ourselves often go unnoticed, but looking back at ten years ago we see how much we’ve grown. The same can be said of The Maine; day to day they made some great music but looking back we can see how much it has changed and how they’ve grow with us along the way.


Postscript: As a long time listener, I want to say thank you to The Maine for being there with all of us and putting into words and song what we couldn’t. Thank you for a wonderful ten years of music and here’s to a fantastic ten (hopefully) more.


Look out for more posts from us talking all things The Maine to celebrate the band’s 10 year anniversary!


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<![CDATA[Premiere: You’ll Never Want to “Clean” Figure Eight’s New Track Out Of Your Collection]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:37 +0000 Tom Long Island, NY has a reputation for giving us killer musicians, and Figure Eight... Photo: Haydon Sitomer[/caption]

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Long Island, NY has a reputation for giving us killer musicians, and Figure Eight is no exception to the rule. The latest project from multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Meyers is gearing up to release a new album, and we've got the latest track from it streaming exclusively below.

[blockquotefull] "'Clean' came together over a few years of scattered ideas. It was sort of inspired by an Owen song that has a similar riff, but then became its own deal." [/blockquotefull]

Titled "Clean", it's a good sample of the absolutely dynamite sounds to come. Think emo meets punk meets the raw emotion of basement jam sessions, and you'll have a good idea of what you're in for—and what you're about to spin over and over. Hit play below, and get the Figure Eight addiction started early.


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<![CDATA[TEST]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:14:23 +0000 Tom TEST  

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