App Show News | idobi http://idobi.com Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:53:56 +0000 en Small Operation, Big Dreams, and a Whole Lotta Love: Take This To Heart http://idobi.com/editorial/small-operation-big-dreams-and-a-whole-lotta-love-take-this-to-heart/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:30 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/small-operation-big-dreams-and-a-whole-lotta-love-take-this-to-heart/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/12795539_973652836049237_4366652306933647716_n-150x150.jpg Hannah Hines spoke with Take This To Heart Records owner Joe Urban to outline... joeurban

Welcome to a playlist with a plot! Hannah Hines spoke with Take This To Heart Records owner Joe Urban to outline his journey and get some great insider advice, but she took some stops along the way to make song recommendations; so you’re not just going to meet Joe and the label, you’re going to hear them too.

In a brainstorming session years ago Joe Urban said the simple but powerful words, “I really want people to take these records to heart.” Now it’s 2016 and Take This To Heart Records is more than just an idea, it’s an impressive indie label based in Massachusetts supporting bands around the country. Joe had been in touring bands before with a DIY ethic allowing him experience in managing and booking. Eventually Joe moved into a different area of the music industry by working at Zing Recording Studios (Killswitch Engage, Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada) which sparked a desire to manage bands and help them put out material they were all proud of. Even though Joe has gone through times where he’s contemplated quitting music, he knows he found what he truly loves doing.  

Running a record label isn’t all colorful vinyl variants and big release days. “I want every band to create their art and get paid properly so that they can attempt to make it their ‘full time job’,” explains Joe on his goal to grow the bands TTTH signs.

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► Beck and Call by Sundressed

Sundressed is instrumentally infectious and vocally vibrant; the combination will leave you feeling like you’re in an internal summer when listening to their jams (especially this one).

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“I’ll even actively hit up bigger labels for my bands when I feel they have a plan/release that makes sense to do at a bigger label. I want to grow with every release but, it’s crazy to think that I can do everything a band may need to be successful.” It’s certainly a daunting task but Joe understands he does need other people to succeed. “I get to work with cool managers, agents, publicists on my bands now and honestly I haven’t really had any bad experiences yet (cross my fingers) as the teams we’ve assembled have been pretty rad.”

While all record labels are run differently, we may mistakenly assume that they control their bands to have a certain sound or image.

“I really don’t have any say in what type of sound my bands are creating. There is a reason I signed them and believe in their music,” says Joe, having been on the band's side himself gives him a better insight into how to handle them. “I do have a passion for songwriting and always give constructive suggestions on where a band can take a song/album. I got to work hand in hand with Traditions on their album as they were super receptive on my ideas, so I’m pretty proud of how their album “Cycles” turned out both sonically and in the songwriting department.”

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You Looked Better at the Party by The Other Stars

If you’re looking for an indie band that tackles the theme of growing up, look no further than The Other Stars. Bonus point: their album artwork for the release “We Were Kids” features an adorable pup.

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While Limewire may be a thing of the past, music lovers now have access to YouTube and streaming services that might or might not directly support artists monetarily.

“If you don’t have money, SHARE MUSIC. Whether it be through word of mouth, posting on social media, adding your personal friends to a band's facebook, etc,” says Joe. “It’s also important to create a community by attending shows and just letting people know that you care about what you are listening to. I’ve found so many good friends through music and mutual interest in bands. It’s really a win/win when you’re a fan of a band and you start seeing how many people really enjoy that band also or even COULD enjoy that band if they just heard their songs.”

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I Was Once an Extrovert by Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves is an emotionally provoking band with their transparent lyrics and often soft to loud song structure; a great addition to any autumn playlist.

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Starting a record label is a lot like that The Office episode when Michael Scott declares bankruptcy by screaming, “I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY!”, but actually running a record label takes a lot of commitment and good intentions. “Before you start, realize that it is a partnership with the bands you put out. You can’t go in and do a half-assed job because that just hurts the art that the bands create. Be ready to work as hard as the band does, if not harder.”

Joe also suggests researching other indie labels. “See what they are doing and what works and doesn’t work. Don’t expect the first release to blow up and don’t get discouraged either if it doesn’t. After you start it, don’t quit and know that you can work 24 hours a day and never get what you want accomplished.”

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Preoccupied by Save Face

Self-proclaimed “dad rock”, Save Face is one of most energetic bands you’ll encounter—from their constant touring to their upbeat tunes.

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The bands on TTTH all have their own unique sound from punk to post-hardcore to alternative rock and everything in between.

“We’ve put out great albums this year by The Other Stars, Save Face, Locket, Sundressed and more! Lots of tours this fall too from those bands. The Other Stars already have a brand new full length recorded and it’s going to really blow people away. They are from Worcester so I get to see them all the time/heard all the demos/know all the words to the album already. If you’re a fan of Piebald, Modern Baseball, The Mountain Goats, Front Bottoms… do yourself a favor and check them out!”

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Sitting in a Spinning Room by Fossil Youth

Fossil Youth brings a darkness to pop punk that comes organically, as if they’re not even trying. With a new release on the way this is definitely a band to watch.

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Right now there’s one band Joe (and myself) are especially excited about. “YES! Fossil Youth! We are putting out their new full length “A Glimpse Of Self Joy” on November 4th and it’s a banger. I’ve got to work with Fossil Youth on a split, an EP and now a full length. So really we’ve been on the same page building this band for the most part. Every tour they do gets better and every release sells more, so that’s a good way to gauge if what we are doing is working. It’s rad to get a phone call from a band on tour and have them ask you for more vinyl/CDs because they keep on selling out at shows.”

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Take This To Heart Records may be a small operation but they have big dreams; dreams that can’t be accomplished alone. Every band you love once was playing basement shows and working on EPs just to get their music out there. There’s something undeniably special about discovering an artist in their beginning stages and TTTH makes it simple to discover a bunch in one place. It’s inspiring to find people in the music industry like Joe who didn’t necessarily have an opportunity handed to them, but created an opportunity for themselves. Take This To Heart Records is more than just a label; they’re people, a dream, and a message that it doesn’t matter where or how you start as long as you do it with your heart completely in it.

 

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Premiere: Cameron Walker’s “Just Come Home” http://idobi.com/news/premiere-cameron-walkers-just-come-home/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:58:32 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/premiere-cameron-walkers-just-come-home/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/unnamed-1-1-150x150.jpg If you've been listening, you just heard the premiere of Cameron Walker's new track,...

Where's the best place to find new tracks on a Thursday night? Gone Fishkin, of course, and our fearless pop punk leader didn't let you down this week. If you've been listening, you just heard the premiere of Cameron Walker's new track, "Just Come Home".

The song comes from the music mogul that you've heard in Weatherstar, Nekokat, and The Ready Set. His solo work is just as good as you'd expect it to be, proven by the song below. Check it out again, and let us know what you think on Twitter!

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To hear more from Cameron you can head to his Spotify.

 

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Premiere: mary lynn’s New Album, ‘My Animal’ http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere-mary-lynns-new-album-my-animal/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:00:30 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere-mary-lynns-new-album-my-animal/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/FB_IMG_1473864711893-150x150.jpg The collection doesn't officially launch until tomorrow, but we're here to assure you it... [/imgfull]

If you're wondering what mary lynn is all about, her influences say it all: life, cats,  and outerspace. The Columbus, Ohio artist is full of sounds that'll get your heart soaring and your feet tapping—so feel free to blame any spontaneous dancing on the tunes you'll hear on her upcoming album My Animal.

[blockquotefull] "My Animal is about going through something that pains you, but forces you to grow.  It's about the moments of hope and despair in between, and about learning to trust your inner instincts. It's about what's inside all of us.  I spent years making it the force of rock-pop energy I dreamed of it being, and I am absolutely thrilled that I can finally share it." [/blockquotefull]

The collection doesn't officially launch until tomorrow, but we're here to assure you it is fun. Not that we have to, because we're offering you the first listen of it below. Check it out, and let us know what you think on Twitter!

 

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Stranger Things are Happening in Panic! At The Disco’s “LA Devotee” Video http://idobi.com/news/panic-at-the-disco-la-devotee-video/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:45:21 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/panic-at-the-disco-la-devotee-video/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/panic_LA_Devotee-150x150.png Not many bands can pull off crop circles and a brainwashing cult in a... [/imgfull]

Not many bands can pull off crop circles and a brainwashing cult in a video, but Panic! at the Disco can.

After two days of teasing, Brendon Urie and co. released the video for “L.A. Devotee”, the latest single from this year's Death of a Bachelor. Featuring Noah Schnapp aka Will from Stranger Things, the video sees Urie working his considerable charm in ways that have to be seen to be believed.

Watch the video now and then scroll down to see when and where you can catch Panic! at the Disco early next year on the Death of a Bachelor Tour with MisterWives and Saint Motel! Pre-sale starts this Monday September 26th at 10am local time, and general sale starts Friday, September 30th at 10am localsee the dates below, and pick up your tickets here.

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DEATH OF A BACHELOR TOUR
w/ MisterWives & Saint Motel

- 2/24/17 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
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2/25/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
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2/26/17 - Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
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2/28/17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
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3/2/17 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
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3/4/17 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
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3/7/17 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
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3/8/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
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3/10/17 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
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3/11/17 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
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3/12/17 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
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3/14/17 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
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3/15/17 - Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
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3/17/17 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
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3/18/17 - Orem, UT @ UCCU Center
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3/19/17 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
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3/21/17 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
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3/22/17 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center*
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3/24/17 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center*
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3/25/17 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
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3/26/17 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
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3/28/17 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
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3/29/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
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3/31/17 - Allen, TX @ Allen Event Center
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4/1/17 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
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4/2/17 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
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4/4/17 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
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4/5/17 - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
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4/7/17 - Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
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4/8/17 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
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4/9/17 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
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4/11/17 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
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4/12/17 - Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
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4/14/17 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
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4/15/17 - Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center*

*Panic! At The Disco and MisterWives Only

 

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Photos: Young Guns in NYC http://idobi.com/photos/young-guns-in-nyc/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:39:19 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/photos/young-guns-in-nyc/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/DSC_5750-150x150.jpg idobi photographer Audrey Lew covered the Young Guns show at Gramercy Theatre in NYC....

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(Un)Covered: Comfortably Numb http://idobi.com/editorial/uncovered-comfortably-numb/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:00:51 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/uncovered-comfortably-numb/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/Lonely-the-Brave-150x150.jpg Lonely the Brave tackle a classic Pink Floyd song in this week's (Un)Covered. “Comfortably Numb”
Writers: David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Original Release Date: June 23, 1980 (as a single); November 30, 1979

I often find that people who say Pink Floyd is their favorite band are either stuck in the seventies or are trying to impress someone. Or maybe you’re like me and you grew up listening to Roger Waters and David Gilmour without quite realizing how big an influence their band has had on modern music over the last fifty years.

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One of the longest songs on their 1979 concept album, The Wall, “Comfortably Numb” is considered one of the band’s most renowned (and is actually pretty sure, considering the length of some of their other offerings). There are no less than two guitar solos that take up at least a minute (each), which wash over the song—and you—like a psychedelic wave. Since The Wall is a concept album, it’s only fair to assume that “Comfortably Numb” is part of the narrative; in fact, it tells the story of the album’s protagonist, Pink, who compares his adult feeling of being empty to a childhood sickness. It’s actually really depressing when you consider the lyrics, especially the last few lines: “The child is grown / The dream is gone / I have become comfortably numb.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn5cvK-hL3A

For their most recent EP, Dust & Bones, Cambridge alt-rockers Lonely the Brave recorded a cover of the Pink Floyd track. It can be hard to do justice to a song that’s so intricate, not to mention worshipped by countless fans, but Lonely the Brave pulls it off with style, delivering a rich, brooding version that is at once timeless and modern. The guitar solos are still present and impressive, and singer David Jakes’ smooth voice lulls you into a complacent silence before punching you in the feels as he croons the story of becoming numb.

While purists will scoff at a “new” band tackling a classic, I say they did an impressive job of mimicking the original, and it’s a great way to introduce new fans to the classic rock band.

 

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Photos: I Prevail in Valparaiso http://idobi.com/photos/i-prevail-in-valparaiso/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:04:10 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/photos/i-prevail-in-valparaiso/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/IPrevail_BigShots_9-15-16-9-150x150.jpg idobi photographer Megan Leetz covered the I Prevail show at Big Shots in Valparaiso,...

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Callwood at the Cooler #2 http://idobi.com/editorial/callwood-at-the-cooler-2/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:00:50 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/callwood-at-the-cooler-2/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/drake-150x150.jpg “Callwood at the Cooler” is a new bi-weekly column which will see me waxing...
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Kid Rock in racially insensitive shocker…

This week, Kid Rock stopped a concert at Boston’s Fenway Park during the song “Born Free” to yell at his baying crowd, “F**k Colin Kaepernick.” Because, you know, the whole world was wondering what Kid Rock had to say about a young black man protesting institutional racism. We saw this athlete putting himself and his reputation on the line for a cause that he, and millions of other people, feel is just, and we all thought, "I wonder what that rapper-turned-country singer thinks of this". Now, of course, Bob Ritchie has a right to an opinion, the same as the rest of us. He can stand in front of his crowd, many of whom would have been sporting confederate flag shirts because, SKYNYRD, and protest the anti-racist protest if he want to, because he’s right—Americans are free to do so. My point is, “Well, DUH.” Of course Kid Rock thinks that. Did anybody think he was going to be sensitive to Kaepernick’s reasons? Nope, despite the fact that, as the father of a biracial son, Kaepernick’s reasoning should have been crystal clear. As a friend of mine recently said, if more people were concerned about the reason for Kaepernick’s protest than the protest itself, there’d be less to protest. So well played, Kid Rock. You pandered to your crowd beautifully. And while you might not have played in front of a confederate flag in a few years, they are visible all over your concerts on shirts and bumper stickers, and you’ve never stood against it. So your “I love the flag” rhetoric is falling on deaf ears here.

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Drake takes HOW much jewelry on tour?

About a week ago, a suspect was arrested for stealing $3 million worth of jewels from Drake’s tour bus, leading the rest of the world to wonder, “Who travels in a tour bus with $3 million worth of jewels.” Not to victim-blame at all—the guy who did this is a terrible person. Stealing is wrong, kids. Don’t steal. Etc. But I worry when I’m traveling with only my phone and passport. Couldn’t Drake have left, like, $2.675 million worth of jewels at home?

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Getting ahead in business… when you’re a punk

Maybe Drake should have read Punk Rock Entrepreneur, literally a business guidebook written from the perspective of somebody in the music industry by artist Caroline Moore. This thing landed on my doorstep this week, and I haven’t been able to stop reading. The message that runs throughout seems to be, “Hey, you don’t have to be ashamed of wanting to earn a dime just because you’re a punk.” Which is fair, and important, because musicians, artists, writers and the like have been weighed down with the concept of “selling out” for as long as music has been a thing. “Care about your work,” Moore says, while also hammering home the virtues of working harder than anyone else. It’s all common sense at the end of the day, but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated and Moore does it in an amusing fashion. Fun read.

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Janet Devlin is hitting back at cyberbullies.

Janet Devlin’s name should be familiar to idobi readers thanks to the attention we’ve given her in the past. The Northern Irish singer prompted a few column inches to be written for all of the right reasons this week when it was announced that she would be releasing “Outernet Song,” which deals with bullying and online obsession.

“This song has long history,” says Devlin. “I started writing it on my ukulele when I was 19. Too many mornings spent watching TV and being told how to dress, how to look, and what to eat had worn away my confidence.”

After appearing in the UK version of The X-Factor, when she started getting some attention across the Atlantic, she noticed a disturbing trend. “I discovered negative remarks about my appearance, unkind assessments of my talent and apparently being over the hill (at age 20!). I soon became pretty desensitized to it all and learnt to ignore them; but not before writing down how I felt to help me process my feelings and move on.”

Good for Devlin. It’s great to hear that a talented young woman is standing up to bullying and inspiring others to do the same. She’ll be coming to the US to tour soon, so look out for the dates.

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Pet Shop Boys to cross the Atlantic…

One British band that has just announced US dates is pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys. New album Super is out now, as is single “Say it to Me,” and both are receiving some hefty critical acclaim. Quite right too—there aren’t too many pop bands from the 1980s that are still making music of this quality (Duran Duran maybe), and PSB have always been known for a spectacular live show despite the a deliberately dry, deadpan approach. The US tour opens in Vegas on October 21, and the band plays Miami Beach on November 16 before going to Mexico and then back to Europe. Should be special.

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Yoko Ono? Oh yes…

Maybe Janet Devlin has been reading up on Yoko Ono, another strong woman who has done plenty of work for women over the years, including her 1964 performance art piece Cut, which saw her kneeling in front of women in her audience and asking them to cut pieces off their clothes with scissors, in protest against violence towards women. This week, she put out a plea on her Facebook page asking for contributions from the public towards a new project, called Arising. She said:
"WOMEN OF ALL AGES, FROM ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A TESTAMENT OF HARM DONE TO YOU FOR BEING A WOMAN. WRITE YOUR TESTAMENT IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE, IN YOUR OWN WORDS, AND WRITE HOWEVER OPENLY YOU WISH. YOU MAY SIGN YOUR FIRST NAME IF YOU WISH, BUT DO NOT GIVE YOUR FULL NAME. SEND A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR EYES. THE TESTAMENTS OF HARM AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR EYES WILL BE EXHIBITED IN MY INSTALLATION ARISING, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – FEBRUARY 5 2017, AT REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM. I VERY MUCH HOPE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION."

Ono is one of the most polarizing figures in music and art, and has been for many years. But few could argue that her cause is worthwhile.

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“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/monologue demands. The subject matter will vary dramatically so expect anything and keep coming back.

 

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Premiere: The Catching’s EP ‘Teenage Fiction Part 1’ http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere-the-catchings-ep-teenage-fiction-part-1/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:00:42 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere-the-catchings-ep-teenage-fiction-part-1/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/The-Catching-Promo-150x150.jpg A few months ago, we brought you The Catching’s new single “Nothing Good About... [/imgfull]

A few months ago, we brought you The Catching's new single "Nothing Good About Goodbye". Today, we're topping that with the premiere of their full EP. The collection won't be released until Friday, but you can hear it four days early below!

"We are very excited to release this EP which has been in the making for over a year. We have grown as a band and as people with these songs by our side and now it's their time to be put out into the universe. I remember singing the oohs for "Seventeen" for the first time on my couch a year and a half ago. I remember writing "Wild Ones" and "Worldwide Girl" with the band at my house in the conservatory..."

Titled Teenage Fiction Part 1, the EP captures the feeling of being Seventeen with the world at your feet. Pop vibes and young energy get to work lifting your spirits from the word go, because after all, they just wanna see you dance dance. Give the album a listen, and let us know what you think on Twitter!

"I remember writing the chorus for "Ready Set Go" during a family barbecue with everyone wondering where I went. These memories mean everything to me, so my hope is that these songs will create some inspiration and memories for other people too..."



"The experience we had making this EP was incredible with the amazing atmosphere of Nashville surrounding us. Skidd is an incredible producer and we worked really well with him and had the chance to delve into new musical areas we had yet to discover. If you dig it, just wait till part 2... You're not gonna wanna miss that." - Holden Glazer (vocalist/bassist)

 

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Premiere: Rachael Bawn’s Acoustic Version of “Broken” http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere-rachael-bawns-acoustic-version-of-broken/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:00:44 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere-rachael-bawns-acoustic-version-of-broken/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2016/09/rachael-5232-150x150.jpg When did you find out what you wanna be when you grew up? Yeah,... [/imgfull]

When did you find out what you wanna be when you grew up? Yeah, we're still waiting to figure it out too—unlike Rachael Bawn, who's been addicted to the stage since the age of four.

Growing up with all of the same greats that were on your elementary school playlist (Mariah, Britney, Christina), Rachael honed her talent and crafted her persona. It wasn't an exclusively uphill trajectory, however: She moved to the city, she found the life experience her songs needed, and then rethought it all after a tragedy.

Fast forward to 2016, and she's finally releasing her debut album, hoping to give courage to those who need it in her songs. Today, we're premiering an acoustic version of the album's first single "Broken". Check it out below, and keep an eye out for the collection this fall!

[blockquotefull] "'Broken' is about pushing through hurt, and holding on to the hope that things will get better. Choosing to be courageous, choosing to find joy, and choosing to get back up again is what makes us strong. This song is about overcoming." [/blockquotefull]

 

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