idobi Network Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:04:56 +0000 en 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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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Feels Like Home: The Maine Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000 Tom On several occasions I find myself thinking back to the first time I saw... Photo credit: Audrey Lew[/caption]

On several occasions I find myself thinking back to the first time I saw The Maine live. The band had just released their third studio album, and their DIY comeback, Pioneer. Having been a fan of the band four years prior, it was about time I went out and saw them rip a real gig.

"New York City, you always make us feel like we're home," their lead singer John O'Callaghan exclaims. I imagine most cities make the five-piece feel this way: NYC, Rio, Manila, London, etc. The band's charisma and genuine love for the art of making music brings those who share an interest in all things authentic closer. The Maine have played shows across the globe, from rooms the size of basements to coliseums and everything in between.

At each show, each member of the audience is greeted with genuine smiles and the overwhelming sense of gratefulness The Maine exudes naturally. I can't begin to count how many times drummer Pat Kirch has sent out a tweet or a status about how unreal this whole ride has been for them—a gesture so small but so great in the eyes of a supporter. I don't even have to elaborate on their meet and greet policy because they simply don't have one. As it should be, The Maine insists on allowing fans to say hello after their set—even if it means slightly pissing off security at the tiny Studio at Webster Hall. It's wild, but it also requires very little effort, to allow that feeling of being on the same-ground to generate among musicians and their supporters—who see it as a big gesture. The Maine's fans have come a long way, a ten year stretch, and we have not hopped off the ride because it never gets old.

At the end of each day, musicians are left with their tunes and those who listen to them, and The Maine's got a good crowd to last them a lifetime.


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


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Wanna See Killswitch Engage and Anthrax in One Night? Win Tickets From Us! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:00:32 +0000 Tom Killswitch Engage and Anthrax are hitting the road along with special guests The Devil... [/imgfull]

Stop what you're doing: it's #Killthrax time. Legends Killswitch Engage and Anthrax are hitting the road together this month, along with special guests The Devil Wears Prada, in one epic tour presented by SiriusXM Liquid Metal. And what kind of friends would we be to y'all if we didn't supply you with some free tickets? Keep scrolling to see the dates and enter to win!

3/29 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
4/3 Silver Springs, MD - Fillmore
4/4 Wallingford, CT - The Dome
4/7 Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
4/8 Detroit, MI - Fillmore
4/11 Raleigh, NC - Ritz
4/12 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
4/13 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
4/17 Houston, TX - House of Blues
4/18 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
4/22 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
4/23 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
4/28 Denver, CO - Fillmore
5/5 Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
5/7 Boston, MA - House of Blues

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Catch Rival Sons on the Hollow Bones Tour For Free: Win Tickets Now! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:00:18 +0000 Tom We're giving you the chance to see Rival Sons on their upcoming Hollow Bones... [/imgfull]

Is there anything better than a rock 'n' roll show? Actually, there is one thing: when it's free. And we're all about making dreams come true here at idobi, which is why we're giving you the chance to see Rival Sons on their upcoming Hollow Bones tour for free. Feeling lucky, punks? Good. Check out the dates below and enter our giveaway now!

4/29 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
5/2 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
5/3 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
5/9 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
5/14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
5/16 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
5/17 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
5/24 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall

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The Maine Taps a Rare Vein Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:00:29 +0000 Tom The Maine is ten years old in 2017. The core of any band blessed... Photos by Audrey Lew[/caption]

The Maine is ten years old in 2017. There was a time when bands reaching the decade mark was commonplace; back when there was money in the industry it wasn’t particularly unusual to hear about bands celebrating their ten years in existence, with bands such as Motley Crue putting out the Decade of Decadence compilation album, and Slayer releasing the Decade of Aggression live album back in the 1990s. All too often nowadays, one of two things happens: Bands split sooner, or nobody really cares if they’re still together or not. When they do stick around as is the case with The Maine, we’re entitled to ask, why? What is it about a not-particularly-lucrative musical career that is so enticing? This is, after all, a band from Tempe, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. Hardly the rock ’n’ roll capital of the world, but also within reach of one of its bastions.

The core of any band blessed with longevity must surely be friendship. A band spends a lot of time together. Like, a lot. The average tour for an up-and-coming band involves a couple of hours of performing on stage, and a whole lot of sitting around together in-between. Sitting around on a bus/van, sitting around backstage, perhaps sitting around at a middle-of-nowhere diner, but all just sitting. Together. You get to know each other’s smells and dirty habits. It’s certainly a closer relationship than the average day-job colleague thing.

While many would argue that you don’t have to be best friends to make that work, it sure helps if the musicians like each other, and share a mutual respect. If you are tight buddies, it’s going to make the whole thing easier. It’s easier to laugh off your closest friend farting in the bunk above you than someone you’re simply putting up with. Bands do survive in a sea of shared animosity—just ask the aforementioned Motley Crue. But usually, chaos ensues. See Van Halen, Faith No More, and even Oasis.

Here we have Garrett Nickelsen and Patrick Kirch, the rhythm section, who met at the tail-end of 2006 and decided very quickly that they needed to make music together. They held auditions and John O’Callaghan, experiencing some sort of moment of divine intervention, decided to give it a go despite zero vocal experience. Guitarists Jared Monaco and Ryan Osterman soon completed the lineup but by that time, the glue was setting. You have a tight-knit rhythm section and a singer who is new to the game, and you already have interview-talking points.

By December 2007, the boys were signed to Fearless Records, one of the great punk rock indie labels. From there the band never really looked back. But it’s important that we return to the original questions. Why have The Maine, and all of the original members, by the way, remained together for a full ten years? Yes, they got signed relatively quickly. Yes, they’ve pulled in an enviable fan base that happens to be fiercely loyal. Yes, the most recent album, 2015’s American Candy, was well-received and the band hasn’t really suffered a setback since starting, despite passing through labels like Warner, Sire, and Universal. Yes, things have gone almost-weirdly smoothly.

But that’s really the answer. Thanks to some good judgement, some talent, and a whole load of luck, the men of The Maine haven’t really found a good reason to part company. And why the hell should they? Long may they continue.

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


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Premiere: Scott Ryan’s Latest Single, “Tributaries” Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:00:12 +0000 Tom Our latest premiere is coming at us from sonic explorer Scott Ryan. [/imgfull]

Our latest premiere is coming at us from sonic explorer Scott Ryan. The veteran musician is giving us the first listen of his new single, titled "Tributaries". You can check out the new track below!

[blockquotefull] "This set of songs was written during  a time of major upheaval for my wife and I....becoming parents, moving to a new town, financial concern, unemployment, etc. 'Tributaries' in particular I think is a song about a fear of insignificance, as life runs its course." [/blockquotefull]

From growing up in Northwest states like Oregon and Washington to studying music Southern California to touring the West Coast, Ryan has traveled far and wide to keep his dream of music alive. Check out the latest installment in his impressive career below.



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Premiere: Light Your Weekend Fire with Camp Candle’s “Fogged Glass” Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:26 +0000 Tom Philadelphia's Camp Candle has decided to bring the first listen of their new track... [/imgfull]

We've got a jam and a half waiting for you this Friday. Philadelphia's Camp Candle has decided to bring the first listen of their new track "Fogged Glass" to us, and we haven't stopped hitting repeat.

A hybrid of hip hop, indie, pop, and electronic sounds, the duo who met in high school are bringing a special kind of flair to their music. Check out the single, "Fogged Glass", below!


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Win Tickets to Metal Blade’s 35th Anniversary Tour with Whitechapel! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:02 +0000 Tom We're giving away tickets to The Noise Presents Metal Blade's 35th Anniversary Tour with... [/imgfull]

Raise your glass with one hand, and raise a fist with the other—legendary label Metal Blade is turning 35 this year. To celebrate, they're throwing a monster of a party, and it's coming to a city near you. That's right, The Noise Presents Metal Blade's 35th Anniversary Tour will be setting those cold February nights on fire with sets from Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon—that's one hell of a lineup, and we want to see you we're giving away tickets to each date!

2/22 Brighton Music Hall, Boston
2/23 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
2/24 Fillmore, Silver Spring
2/25 Irving Plaza, New York
2/26 House of Blues, Cleveland
3/1 Deluxe @ Old National Centre, Indianapolis
3/2 Bogart’s, Cincinnati
3/3 Mercury Ballroom, Louisville
3/4 St. Andrews Hall, Detroit
3/5 House of Blues, Chicago
3/8 Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
3/9 House of Blues, San Diego
3/10 The Fillmore, San Francisco
3/11 Ace of Spades, Sacramento
3/14 House of Blues, Houston
3/15 House of Blues, Dallas
3/16 House of Blues, New Orleans

All you have to do is enter our giveaway below, and get ready to catch this epic tour at a venue near you!

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Join VISTA and Become a “Henchman” Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:30:26 +0000 Tom VISTA is back with a vengeance and a new song. Credit: Holly Turner[/caption]

If one of your resolutions this year is to listen to more badass female-fronted bands, VISTA will help you get a head start. After releasing their debut EP, VERSUS, last year and reorganizing their line-up, the anthemic alternative rock trio is back with a vengeance—this time with a new single, “Henchmen”.
“‘Henchmen’ is a headfirst dive into part of the musical world we have created. We wanted to come out strong with this one. We wanted to resonate with people who have been feeling held back, oppressed. But we also wanted to show people very clearly what this iteration of VISTA is capable of sonically. And we’re only just beginning.” - Hope Vista

Give the dangerously good song a spin, then hope (im)patiently for a nation-wide VISTA tour. And if you’re in New York, catch the band opening for Against the Current tonight at Irving Plaza!


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Win Tickets to See Whiskey Myers on their Mud Tour! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:00:50 +0000 Tom The SiriusXM Outlaw Country Presents Whiskey Myers is almost upon us, and we're giving... [/imgfull]

It's your lucky day...we're feelin' generous, and there's a tour of epic proportions coming... the SiriusXM Outlaw Country Presents Whiskey Myers Mud Tour is almost upon us, and we're giving away tickets to each date, just because. Get your dose of country when the Texas natives roll up to your town and rock the hell out of it—what could be sweeter than that? Oh yeah, when you get to rock out for FREE.

1/19 - Nashville - Cannery Ballroom
1/20 - St. Louis - Delmar Hall
2/04 - Boston - Brighton Music Hall
2/09 - New York - Gramercy Theatre
2/10 - Asbury Park - Wonder Bar
2/16 - Washington DC - The Fillmore
2/17 - Philadelphia - Foundry @ Fillmore
3/08 - Sacramento - Goldfield Trading Post
3/11 - Seattle - The Crocodile
3/23 - Charlotte - The Underground
3/30 - Atlanta - Terminal West
4/01 - Orlando - The Social
4/13 - Cleveland - Cambridge Room @ HOB
4/15 - Detroit - St. Andrew's Hall
4/20 - New Orleans - Parish Room
4/21 - Dallas - House of Blues
4/22 - Houston - House of Blues
4/29 - San Antonio - The Aztec Theater

All you need to do is enter our giveaway below, and get ready to catch this epic tour at a venue near you!

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You Are Watching a Band Called The Maine Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:00:52 +0000 Tom You’re standing in a small venue. People milling about, chatting or ordering another drink... Photos by Audrey Lew[/caption]

You’re standing in a small venue. People milling about, chatting or ordering another drink at the sticky bar while everyone waits impatiently for the band to come out. The excitement is palpable. It’s nothing unusualisn’t this what a pre-concert venue always looks like?but what’s different is the band you’re waiting for. A band of five dudes from Arizona, a band called The Maine.

If you talk to any The Maine fan, one of the most frequent adjectives you'll hear (apart from “super-awesome-I-love-them-so-much”) is “hard-working”. And rightfully so; not only are they constantly putting out new music, they're also almost always on tour. Yes, a lot of bands spend the majority of their year putting on shows, but The Maine doesn’t just perform for you: they welcome you with open arms.

You’re five rows away from the stage, but it doesn’t feel like there’s any distance between you and the boys. It feels like they’re performing just for you, especially when they play your favorite song, the one you’ve been listening to non-step for the past three months, the one that makes you feel like they understand you.

Whether it’s a mainstage set at Warped or an acoustic show in a cramped venue, I don't think it's too much of an exaggeration to compare seeing The Maine live to a religious experience. It’s the type of moment that seeps right into your bones and makes you feel alive, if only for an hour. They're not the type of band who just lopes out on stage, bangs out their greatest hits, and then lopes back into the wings without a second glance. They put their all into every show they perform—and when you consider how often they play live, that's quite an achievement.

It’s the fourth time you’ve seen The Maine, and it seems like they just keep getting better and better. They’ve always been polished performers, and their songs have always managed to get into your heart and your brain. Halfway through the set, you’re convinced that all you need to start a band is a guitar and an laidback attitude because they make it look so easy.

There’s a simplicity to The Maine’s performances: they don’t rely on flashing lights or elaborate backdrops or frequent costume changes to keep your attention. They come out on stage with only their instruments and amps separating them from the crowd, against an unassuming background: their giant “M” symbol, or the lyric “Strength will find you sooner than you ever thought it would”. The last time I saw them, at Warped 2016, there was a giant American Candy-blue banner informing me that “You are watching a band called The Maine”. The no-frills attitude gives us a chance to appreciate their performance; there’s nothing to distract us (except when John takes off his shirt...wait, what?), so we can really get a feel for the music and how each member contributes to the band’s ever-evolving sound.

Now that you’re moving and shaking to the sweet tunes flowing off the stage, you find yourself giggling every time one of them opens his mouth. This band isn’t just talented musically; they’re funny.  

There’s something about The Maine’s promo shots that make it seem like they’re Very Serious Musicians who don’t really have a sense of humor and are probably super conservative when they perform. But they’re not. They make jokes and talk to the audience and I still laugh every time I think about that one show where John told a girl he liked her black floppy hat because he had the same one that he'd bought at Target (which he pronounced “Tar-jay”). Or at that same night, when Garrett referred to a screaming girl in the front row as “X-tina” because she had Sharpie’d X’s on the backs of her hands. Since that particular show was three years ago and I can remember every moment of their set, it's proof that seeing The Maine live is a memorable experience.

By the time the show is over, you’re sweating but ecstatic. The girl next to you strikes up a conversation as you compare your favorite parts of the set. You exchange contact information and the next time the band’s in town, you know you’ll have a concert buddy.

I know there are tons of people who have made lifelong friendships at The Maine shows. I tend to be quite anti-social at concerts, so I can’t confess to making any lasting connections while waiting in line to see those Arizonan boys, but there’s such a sense of community around the band and their fans. I can’t think of a single time that a The Maine audience has made me uncomfortable by invading my personal space or being rude—and I’ve seen them play some small venues where space is limited. And while I haven’t made friends (yet) I can testify to how seeing The Maine live can change a person. When I started pushing the band on her, my sister was reluctant to truly fall in love. But after seeing The Maine for the first time in May 2011, and witnessing the way the way the crowd responded to them (with love and utter devotion and mutual respect), her view changed; by the time they came back to Toronto for the Pioneer tour seven months later, she was just as excited as I was to see them again.

At the end of the night, as you make your way home, you’re left with a satisfied feeling. This is what it means to be a fan of live music, to know that a band cares about you just as much as you care about them. If someone were to ask you why you’ve seen this band so many times, you’ll have an answer for them: “seeing The Maine feels like coming home”.

Going to a The Maine concert is like attending a family reunion where you actually like your relatives. You might not see them that often, but when you do, you feel like you’ve never been apart. It’s a glorious couple of hours full of music and laughing and dancing, and by the end, you’re already looking forward to the next time you can all get together. 8123 Fest is going to bring together the whole extended family, and it’s going to be a rock ‘n’ rolling good time.


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


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