idobi Network Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 08:54:23 +0000 en Inbox Jukebox Presents: SOUNDR’s New Song “Mania” Fri, 30 Jul 2021 10:45:00 -0400 Tom SOUNDR’s new song “Mania” is a dark reflection of your innermost self wrapped up...

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Put the world on pause and lose yourself in today’s Inbox Jukebox Presents. SOUNDR’s new song “Mania” is a dark reflection of your innermost self wrapped up in gorgeous production and explosive choruses.

“Mania is about feeling like you have to hide pieces of yourself for people to love you,” SOUNDR says of the track. It swells and ebbs, flowing with a torrent of emotions, before breaking out into a wave of power. “It’s also kind of taunting in a way — saying “I’ve had way too many men who thought I’d be their kind of heaven.” It’s this weird duality of being almost proud of how appealing a manic phase can look outwardly, like you’ve fooled everyone? But I hate that it happens.”

“I was laying in bed staring at the ceiling dissociating a lot and feeling kinda pissed that I felt the need to hide my depression from everyone. I wrote the hook that night, got up the next morning and wrote and demo’d out the whole song in my home studio in maybe... an hour? I just kept doing one take until it felt right.”

You can feel the pain and bittersweet bite in each layer of "Mania"—the guitars build slowly, echoing and forming a soundscape for the chorus to burst into. The drums command your attention, turning the vibe up to the max. SOUNDR says that seeing others react to who she is fuels the fire of the song. “Being pissed that you aren’t always just okay and that no one sees both sides,” she continues. “Like look how beautiful my world is, but in my own head I’m a fucking mess. Which feels extremely frustrating and confusing.” 

That frustration bubbles through the track, culminating in a blazing anthem that will allow you to truly let loose and feel every part of how you’re feeling—no matter how manic. “The swing between high and low can be really hard to handle,” she says. “And ‘love’ became this weird cycle where you feel they only love you when you’re manic, and disconnected and wild. So ‘you become a slave to the mania,’ never showing the whole real you.” It’ll have you declaring “no more”—it’s time to show everyone who you truly are, with “Mania” as your mantra.

Fun Fact about SOUNDR:

“My favorite movie genre is horror. I love horror movie collectibles and Halloween. Halloween decor goes up at the latest around my birthday at the beginning of September. I would love to collect vintage horror film posters!" –SOUNDR

Keep up with SOUNDR:

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Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 208 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0400 Tom What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new...

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

All Time Low
“PMA” (feat. Pale Waves)

There’s never a dull moment in All Time Low’s new single “PMA”, even when it may be one of their most laid back songs of late. Frontman Alex Gaskarth’s lyrics gush with honesty, while the feature from UK act Pale Waves adds a different element vocally.

New Found Glory

Working with Cartel’s Will Pugh on a new set of songs has proven to work out well for pop-punk heroes New Found Glory. “Backseat” is classic NFG, catchy and has an absolute killer bridge.

Angels & Airwaves
“Losing My Mind”

The dancey grooves and Tom Delonge’s soaring vocals are undeniable on the new Angels & Airwaves track “Losing My Mind”. While most of what we’ve heard from Lifeforms, their new LP, gears toward certified rock anthems, Tom & Co. dish out a pop banger here.


There’s a lot going on with PVRIS’ new single “Monster” but what’s most important is: It’s all fantastic. After the pop pivot on last year’s Use Me, Lynn Gunn makes a massive leap musically with an aggressive tune featuring a flurry of synths. It’s going to bring the roof down when it’s played live.

Meet Me @ the Altar
“Brighter Days (Are Before Us)”

Meet Me @ the Altar gets better and better with each new song. Gearing up for their debut EP, out next month, “Brighter Days (Are Before Us)” is an optimistic rocker on the harder side musically but is evened out with an A+ vocal melody.

Luke Hemmings

Luke Hemmings’ solo venture keeps moving with the breezy “Motion”. He instantly proved he could make it as a lone wolf with the debut track “Starting Line”, but the classic pop tones of this new cut helps to further mold his signature sound into something bold and exciting.

“Lay Me to Rest”

Ska-punk legends Zebrahead are unstoppable when they mash together a melodic chorus, frantic verses, and an explosive guitar solo. It’s what “Lay Me to Rest” is all about, and it also rings in their celebration of 25 years as a band. Sounds like the best is yet to come.

Dan + Shay

There’s a weird amount of soulfulness to Dan + Shay’s latest track “Lying”. If you’re expecting an extremely infectious country-pop song, you’ve clicked play on the right one. It’s got more twang than usual and is pretty refreshing for a D+S tune.

Billie Eilish
Happier Than Ever

Sophomore slump be damned; Billie Eilish perfects her craft on Happier Than Ever. The confident yet vulnerable LP is spread out across multiple styles, incorporating jazzy ballads followed by cuts headlined by dark electronic beats.

Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic, aka Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, said they wouldn’t release another song ’til “Leave the Door Open” got overplayed. They weren’t kidding. It makes sense, since their new song “Skate” will have no problem taking its spot on the charts—the love letter to 70s R&B is produced beautifully and has that swagger the duo brings to the table so easily.

Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night

Jack Antonoff might find most of his success in his work with other artists, but his solo stuff in Bleachers is where he saves the best writing and producing he has to offer. His third full-length, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, packs endless 80s-nostalgia pop anthems (“Don’t Go Dark”) alongside vintage acoustic ballads (“Strange Behavior”).

Welcome 2 America

The first real posthumous album from Prince arrives in the form of Welcome 2 America. Originally created in 2010, the unearthed record is devoid of demos or old ideas from the 80s—it’s instead a full LP and it shows. It’s ripe with social commentary and timely concepts, making its release now all the more meaningful.

Other new releases:
Dolly Parton - “Sent From Above”
Aly & AJ - “I Need My Girl”
Monsta X - “Kiss or Death”
Third Eye Blind - “Box of Bones”
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - Gone are the Good Days
Logic - Bobby Tarantino III
BANNERS - It’s Gonna Be Ok EP
Creeper - American Noir
Raleigh Ritchie - “Say What You Mean”
UPSAHL - “Time of My Life”
Jungle - “Truth”
Alok & John Legend - “In My Mind”
Clean Bandit x Topic - “Drive (feat. Wes Nelson)”
Sleigh Bells - “Locust Laced”
Dermot Kennedy - “Better Days”
Skepta, J Balvin - “Nirvana”
Don Diablo, Galantis - “Tears For Later”
Jackson Wang, Internet Money - “Drive You Home”
DallasK - “Try Again (featuring Lauv)”
Mark Ronson - Watch the Sound (Official Soundtrack)
MØ - Kindness
Nao - “And Then Life Was Beautiful”
IV JAY - “Vibrate (feat. Pink Sweat$)”
NEEDTOBREATHE - Into The Mystery
Serena Isioma - “Really, Really”
Arlo Parks - “Too Good (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)”
Zella Day - “Golden”
Amber Run - “I’m Tired”
Des Rocs - “MMC”


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Get to Know Weathers in their Tell Me Live Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:00:00 -0400 Tom Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sway to the sweet &...

Photo credit: Paige Sara

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sway to the sweet & seductive melodies of Weathers for their very own Tell Me Live

Every time you listen to Weathers you’re sucked right into the dark theatricality that runs through their music—and this stripped down performance makes their sound truly intimate. You won’t be able to resist stomping your foot to the beat and nodding your head to the truth of each song, including their sparkling new single “Karma”. 

In between performances they share some stories about hitting milestones as a band, reaching out to seek help, and even running at the speed of light. 

Dive into Weathers’ Tell Me Live video below—or catch the songs right now on idobi Radio + on idobi Anthm!


Keep up with Weathers:

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idobi Billboard in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square – Sing It Your Way: idobi Hosts Campaign Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:00:00 -0400 Tom Be honest, we’ve all sung along to a song when we have no idea...

Be honest, we've all sung along to a song when we have no idea what the actual lyrics are. idobi Radio’s Sing It Your Way: idobi Hosts Campaign celebrates that feeling when the speakers are thumping, you're dancing like no one's watching, and you're singing whatever sounds & feels right in the moment.

We took that feeling to Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto and called on some of our hosts to rock out & rep everything idobi for a new billboard campaign! [photos below] Because we don't care if you don't know the words to all the songs we're playing, so long as you're listening to idobi Radio.

Catch our billboard in Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto for the next few days and...

Don’t forget: Wrong lyrics are the best lyrics. Sing along on idobi.

“Sing It Your Way. Listen to idobi Radio” The Host Edition Credits:


Creative director: Sherin Nicole

Project managers: Alex Bear, Aud Lew

Video Director: Tommy Wooldridge 

Art Director/Photographer: Matty Vogel

MakeUp Artist: Nikki Carmela

Styling Assistant: Jamal East

Production Assistants: Nick Major, Jack Ryan

Motion designer: Jamal Sullivan


Bowie Jane

Katie Leclerc

Nick Major

Sasha Capelli 

Wesam Keesh

Yesod Williams


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Rise Rock n’ Shine Presents: Love Again – “Saratoga Streetlights” Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:00:00 -0400 Tom Record-setting heat demands pool parties which, in turn, demand pool party tunes. “Saratoga Streetlights”...

Record-setting heat demands pool parties which, in turn, demand pool party tunes. “Saratoga Streetlights” is an ice-cold jam ready to complement your beach ball antics and water balloon skirmishes. As the band states, this song has been released “just in time for summer” and we couldn’t agree more!

San Antonio-based trio Love Again refer to it as the “lone summer jam” off their EP What I Left Behind. “Saratoga Streetlights” is a thumping, finely crafted cut that has us reeling. A ska scaffolding and punk interior is built upon a solid emo foundation. The master craftsmen accented the sound with electric wisps and soft xylophone notes. The finished danceable domicile allows us to weather the most brutal of summers in a level of comfort only damn good music can afford.

"We are excited to finally share with y’all the video for “Saratoga Streetlights”, the lone summer jam off our EP 'What I Left Behind'”

Lead singer and guitarist, Joseph Rodgriguez explains it is “a nostalgic party song dedicated to the city of Corpus Christi, Texas and the friends I made there during my college years.” This comes through in the down-to-Earth lyrics that are simultaneously personal and universal. Saratoga could be a campground, cul-de-sac, or neighborhood bar. Any place memories are made is easily conjured while screaming “we ran the streets” with a happy tear in your eye.

The accompanying video for “Saratoga Streetlights” is grounded and intimate, following a group of young adults as they make their way through a typical summer day. Moving from working a boring college/high-school job to a bonfire party, we catch glimpses of the band in a surfboard shop, presumably the only one in San Antonio. This meshes with Love Again’s intention: “We wanted the video to have an early 90’s coming of age movie vibe to it, something along the lines of Dazed and Confused.”

Throw some dogs on the grill and don’t forget the sunscreen when you break out the boombox to blast this bad boy at your next summer shindig!


Fun Fact about Love Again - "Saratoga Streetlights":

“We’ve partnered together with Young Giants Media and put together this awesome video for “Saratoga Streetlights” just in time for summer! ... We wanted the video to have an early 90’s coming of age movie vibe to it, something along the lines of Dazed and Confused. Luckily A.J. Garces and Ignacio Trevino from Young Giants Media took care of that for us.” - Love Again

Keep up with Love Again:

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Rise Rock n’ Shine: The Aquadolls + more tunes for later Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0400 Tom Hey! Get up! Your dog is licking the drool from your pillow. It’s time...

Hey! Get up! Your dog is licking the drool from your pillow.

It's time to Rise Rock n' Shine...

Who: The Aquadolls are a So-Cal trio primed to blast off. Featuring surf-rock vibes alongside pop-punk vocals, these witty women excel at blending genres and garnering attention they rightfully deserve. They have opened for the likes of Pennywise and Kate Nash, while preparing to open for Jimmy Eat World this weekend in Chi-town.

What: “Disappearing Girl” is ready to haunt your summer romance.

Why: The opening guitar lick is a deep, fuzzy invitation to a feeling somehow both nostalgic and fresh. We had the most fun untangling the poetic threads in the lyrics and rhymes through repeated listens; finding the song’s tapestry is a heady, warm reward.

FFO: idobi Radio

Find The Aquadolls on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

“Our new song “Disappearing Girl” was written about being in a relationship but not being able to put your full heart into it. No matter how hard you want it to work out, sometimes things just aren't meant to be. The song was recorded at the beginning of 2020 and we’ve been waiting to share it with you! We hope this becomes your new summer jam, and that you can connect to it as much as we do. At the end of the day, don’t be afraid to get lost in the music and just… disappear.“ - The Aquadolls



We are so excited about our Tell Me Live with Weathers later today, we just had to make sure you know about it Right Now! Weathers takes some time between an idobi-exclusive acoustic set to chat with us about some things happy, some things heavy, and some things hilarious. Don’t miss out when Tell Me Live with Weathers premieres today at 4PM Eastern simultaneously on idobi Radio, idobi Anthm, the idobi YouTube, AND right here on!


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HIGHKEY AS F#%K WITH WATERPARKS! Thu, 29 Jul 2021 04:15:00 -0400 Tom Cancel your Friday plans because Waterparks is taking over idobi Radio and taking your...

Cancel your Friday plans because Waterparks is taking over idobi Radio and taking your calls!

Starting Friday at 7PM ET they’ll be giving you an inside look into their favorite songs on Greatest Hits! The guys will also be handing out tickets to their A Night Out On Earth Tour...but we’ll let them tell you the criteria to win. It’s your chance to ask Waterparks your questions AND maybe get tickets for their North American tour. So you’d better be listening!

We’ll be telling you the number to call right at 7PM ET / 4PM PT so check back here OR follow idobi Radio on Twitter and Instagram—it’ll be in our story.

And don’t forget to tune-in for ‘Highkey as F#%k’ hosted by Waterparks at 7PM ET right here:


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News Flashes 07.28.21: Arthur, TURNSTILE, A Great Big Pile of Leaves Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:17:54 -0400 Tom oday we've got the scoop on PBS Kids show Arthur coming to an end,...

[Left Clockwise: Photo by Jimmy Fontaine, Photo via PBS]

Today we've got the scoop on PBS Kids show Arthur coming to an end, TURNSTILE dropping a new song and video, and A Great Big Pile of Leaves releasing a new track.

Arthur Is Ending

Photo via PBS

After 25 glorious seasons of the hit PBS Kids show, Arthur is coming to an end. The final season of the iconic children’s series is set to debut in the winter of 2022. The news comes after an interview with Kathy Waugh, who developed the show from the books by Marc Brown. She shared on the Finding DW podcast, “Arthur is no longer in production. We had our wrap party two years ago.” She continued by adding, “I think [PBS] made a mistake, and I think Arthur should come back and I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake. I don’t know if it was a ratings issue or if it felt like it needed to be retired. To me, it felt evergreen, like it was never going to end but it did end, we finished the last episode, season 25, two years ago.”

Carol Greenwald, executive producer of the show, confirmed the news to Deadline but shared that Arthur would be available on PBS Kids for many years into the future. While we’d like to have some words with the team on this decision, we at least find some peace in knowing kids will understand that “having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card” for years to come. 

TURNSTILE Drop New Track + Video


TURNSTILE is back with another new single off of their upcoming album GLOW ON. The band dropped “BLACKOUT” today along with an animated music video to accompany it. GLOW ON comes out August 27, pre-order it here.

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves Reveals New Single


Indie-rock trio, A Great Big Pile of Leaves has released their new single titled “Hit Reset” off of their upcoming album Pono. The forthcoming album, in partnership with Topshelf Records, will be the band’s first in eight years. Pono is set to drop August 13 and you can pre-order it here


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News Flashes 07.27.21: Live-Action Pokémon Series, Cooking With Paris, Simone Biles Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:15:17 -0400 Tom Today we've got a new live-action Pokémon series in the works, Cooking With Paris...

[Top Left Clockwise: Photo via Everett Collection, Photo by Kit Karzen/Netflix, Photo by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil]

Today we've got a new live-action Pokémon series in the works, Cooking With Paris coming to Netflix, and Simone Biles withdrawing from the team final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Live Action Pokémon Series On The Way 

Courtesy of Everett Collection

We might be getting a live action Pokémon series according to Variety. Sources told the outlet that the new project is in the early stages of development at Netflix and that Joe Henderson is set to write as well as executive produce. The series is expected to be similar to the recent live-action movie Detective Pikachu

Cooking With Paris Coming To Netflix 


Paris Hilton
is taking “that’s hot” to an entirely different level by heading to the kitchen in her new Netflix series titled Cooking With Paris. This isn’t your typical cooking show where you learn a new recipe from a trained chef. Paris, with the help of some celebrity friends, will try new ingredients, navigate some new recipes and figure out how to use some exotic kitchen appliances. Her special guests include Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato, Nikki Glaser, Saweetie, Lele Pons, Nicky Hilton, and Kathy Hilton. Cooking With Paris hits Netflix August 4. 

Simone Biles Pulls Out Olympic Team Final 

Photo by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

Earlier today it was announced that Simone Biles had withdrawn from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo Olympics. Initially it was reported that it was due to injury but later on she shared that it was due to mental health concerns. Biles said to reporters, "I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being." She continued by adding, “I was like: I think the girls need to do the rest of the competition without me. They were like 'I promise you'll be fine, we watched you warm-up'. But I said 'no, I know I am going to be fine but I can't risk a medal for the team and I need to call it.” 

The United States team consisting of Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, and Sunisa Lee have been awarded silver in the Women's Gymnastic Artistic Team All-Around at the Tokyo Olympics. 


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Watch This Week – 7/26/21 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:30:00 -0400 Tom Properties featured: Motherland: Fort Salem, Love is Blind: After the Altar, Tattoo Redo, Grown-ish,...

This week: Motherland: Fort Salem, Love is Blind: After the Altar, Tattoo Redo, Grown-ish, Jungle Cruise, Central Park, Outer Banks, Centaurworld, The Pursuit of Love

Motherland: Fort Salem

“My 3 Dads” - Season 2, Episode 6
Tues July 27 - 10PM
On Freeform

Photo: Freeform/Jeff Petry

The Bellweather Unit heads home for a break...but they don’t get quite the welcome they’re expecting. Raelle (Taylor Hickson) brings Tally (Jessica Sutton) to the Cession to see her father, giving Tally a glimpse into a different way of life. And Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) takes Adil (Tony Giroux) to meet her family—but they have other plans. By removing the cadets from their Army home, you get to see new layers to them and the history they carry with every step. It’s a bittersweet reprieve from the darkness looming over the witches—for how long? Meanwhile, Anacostia (Demetria McKinney) and Scylla (Amalia Holm) disagree on their next steps...but bigger things threaten to derail everything. “My 3 Dads” is like the calm before the storm—you can feel trouble brewing but you still won’t be able to stop the adrenaline rush when the thrilling action finally hits.

Motherland: Fort Salem airs on Freeform tomorrow.


From Freeform:
Raelle brings Tally home to the Cession, where they struggle with the past. Abigail is confronted with pressure from her family when Adil accompanies her home.

Love is Blind: After the Altar

Season 1
Wed July 28
On Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix © 2021

Love is Blind is a series that kept us entertained through the beginnings of lockdown and now it’s back to give us an update. Find out where the couples from S1 are now—are they still together? What scandals have happened in the two years since they first met? And will there be the sparks of some new romances? We won’t spoil anything, of course, but it’s no surprise that there will be plenty of drama and hijinks from singles and couples alike. Pour yourself a glass of red and make your predictions, while enjoying the TV series equivalent to stalking your ex’s Insta to see what they’re up to now.

Love is Blind: After the Altar hits Netflix on Wednesday.


From Netflix:
In Netflix’s Love is Blind: After the Altar, the season one cast is back for an anniversary party you won't want to miss. For three episodes, catch up with your favorite couples and singles as they settle back into their daily lives in Atlanta. How will Amber and Barnett feel about seeing Jessica? Will Diamond and Carlton ever make amends? Who might make a surprise appearance? And who won’t even show up for the party because of all the drama that’s happened in the past two years? Ultimately, when it comes to love, the experiment never ends.

Tattoo Redo

Season 1
Wed July 28
On Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix © 2021

Netflix is trying to get on the tattoo fixers* game with Tattoo Redo. The series brings in clients who have some of the most ridiculous & regretted tatts you’ve ever seen—and challenges its team of tattoo artists to fix each one. But there’s a twist! Each client brings their friend/loved one along for the ride…who gets to choose what the coverup tattoo will look like. And no one can see the ink ’til it’s done. Yikes! Will their relationships last after seeing the tattoo redo? Place your bets now. It’s fun seeing everyone involved squirm—whether from secondhand embarrassment or…y’know…a needle—and the artists are pros at covering up. The big reveals are pretty cool and hearing the wild stories behind the original tattoos will have you giggling. And it’ll make you think twice before getting your next piece of body art.

*(note: This show is a riff on Tattoo Fixers meets Just Tattoo of Us, two popular British TV shows with extremely similar concepts. Watch those too to give yourself a crash course on what not to tattoo).

Watch Tattoo Redo on Netflix on Wednesday.


From Netflix:
When terrible tattoos are too much to bear…you cover them up. Five of the most talented tattoo artists in the business take on some of the most embarrassing tattoos and turn them into amazing masterpieces. While comedian and host Jessimae Peluso teases the clients over their lack of judgment, in a fun twist, what they don’t know is that the person that brought them in is going to choose the Tattoo Redo! Will they love it or hate it?


“Daddy Lessons” - Season 4, Episode 4
Thurs July 29 - 8PM
On Freeform

Photo: Freeform/Tiffany Roohani

College is a place where kids can have fun figuring out who they are without any real guidance from their parents. But when college students let loose a little too much…it’s time for the grown-ups to step in. Yup, jail time, pregnancy, or academic probation ain’t half as scary as an angry parent. So Zoey (Yara Shahidi) is in for a shock when her dad (Anthony Anderson) shows up at her house. His visit causes Vivek (Jordan Buhat) to consider how his parents will react to his recent brush with the law. Getting to see Dre give out a few life lessons in his own hilarious yet heartfelt way is great to watch; seeing the grown-ish crew learn to take responsibility for their actions is even better. “Daddy Lessons” makes the heart and family element of grown-ish shine while setting the crew on a new step toward growing up.

Grown-ish airs on Freeform on Thursday.


From Freeform:
After learning about his expulsion, Vivek dreads telling his parents about his failures. Dealing with the aftermath of Mexico, Dre questions Zoey’s recent choices. Meanwhile, Doug meets Kiela, a new resident at Hawkins.

 Jungle Cruise

Fri July 30
On Disney+ 

Photo © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

It’s a wonder that after close to 20 years Disney has [in The Rock’s voice] FINALLY made another movie based on a ride that is as fun and good as the first Pirates of the Caribbean. I was starting to lose faith and I think the Mouse did as well as they pivoted to remakes of their classics and buying up Marvel and Lucasfilm. But leave it to Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt to really turn it around with Jungle Cruise(read Julian Lytle's review)

Jungle Cruise debuts on Disney+ on Friday.


From Disney:
Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.

Central Park

“Sir Bricks a Lot” - Season 2, Episode 8
Fri July 30
On Apple TV+

Photo courtesy of Apple Studios

The Tillermans are considering moving (we know, we’re crying in horror too). Together they figure out this huge decision through…Lego bricks. Yup. They each play out their fantasy for a new life using Lego figurines and they dream BIG with some poppin’ musical numbers. Which makes for a fun detour kind of episode where bricks rule and dreams are limitless (especially when Cole is writing them). “Sir Bricks a Lot” is a seemingly fun and fluffy Central Park episode but it pushes the Tillerman family’s boundaries in its own quirky way. What will they decide? Well, you’ll just have to watch and enjoy the journey for yourself.

Watch Central Park on Friday on Apple TV+.


From Apple:
When Owen considers a new job in Connecticut, the family uses Cole’s toys to imagine what their lives would be like if they moved out of the park.

Outer Banks

Season 2 
Fri July 30
On Netflix

Photo: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix © 2021

John B (Chase Stokes) & Sarah (Madelyn Cline) are on the run. They’re wanted back home but managed to escape during an intense storm that should have killed them. Now they’re in the Bahamas laying low while still looking for the $400 million treasure. But they’re being followed and are forced to make some desperate promises they may not be able to keep. Back at home, JJ (Rudy Pankow) & the rest of the Pogues try to figure out how to clear John B’s name and get Rafe (Drew Starkey) to confess…but they don’t realize how much danger they’re in. If you thought the revelations and drama were high in S1, you’re in for a wild ride as there are kidnappings, blackmail, and a prize worth killing for (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). Anchors away and set sail for Outer Banks—just prepare for a whole lot of mystery & theatrics.

Outer Banks returns to Netflix on Friday.


From Netflix:
Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the “Pogues”) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After their near-death escape, Season Two finds John B & Sarah on the run - and in over their heads - in the Bahamas. New friends also bring new foes as they’re back on the trail of the gold, while the stakes for Kiara, Pope, and JJ rapidly escalate at home. The $400M is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a new-found secret reunite the group for a fresh mission? The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive.


Season 1
Fri July 30
On Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix © 2021

What do you get if you cross Adventure Time with Bojack Horseman? It’d be something close to the vibe of Centaurworld—but you’d need to add in some extra strange sauce & sparkle. In this story a war horse is fighting with her rider in the midst of battle...until she gets magically transported into another realm. That realm is a mystical rainbow-hued acid-trip full of centaurs of all shapes and sizes and weirdness. Once Horse (Kimiko Glenn) stops screaming and realizes she’s not having a bizarre candy-fueled dream, she’s taken in by some curious but loving (and definitely oddball) centaurs who want to help her even if they don’t quite know who...or what...she is. 

As they head on a journey to help Horse find her way back home, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined as her newfound friends encourage her to embrace her inner magic. Centaurworld is definitely a trip but once you get over the initial WTF-ery of the centaurs, this series settles into a fun adventure filled with lots of heart and plenty of musical detours (because in Centaurworld you sing your feelings…obviously). Don’t try to wrap your head around it, just relax and get swept up in this offbeat but totally amusing experience.

Stream Centaurwold on Friday, only on Netflix.


From Netflix:
Centaurworld follows a war horse who is transported from her embattled world to a strange land inhabited by silly, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes. Desperate to return home, she befriends a group of these magical creatures and embarks on a journey that will test her more than any battle she's ever faced before.

The Pursuit of Love

Season 1
Fri July 30
On Amazon Prime Video

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Life for women pre-WWII was pretty grim (you could argue it still sucks but we don’t have time to get into that today). Everything about the life of a young woman revolved around preparing for marriage to a respectable suitor. Love was hard to find, particularly in the middle–upper classes where matches were made based on money and status. The Pursuit of Love is a witty and wry observation of what life and relationships were like back then. The series focuses on cousins Linda (Lily James) and Fanny (Emily Beecham) who have different ideas of what they want for their future. As they court eligible bachelors and attempt to avoid their uncle’s madcap beliefs about education and hunting, they share real and deeply funny commentary with each other, often whispered in the sanctuary of the linen cupboard. And as they grow and find their own identities beyond the walls of their Alconleigh home, the show takes on wider worldviews and moves through eras, ever narrated by Fanny with a wink. The Pursuit of Love is whimsical and sharply insightful, bringing light tones to often tragic situations, making for a charming watch for any period-drama lover or, indeed, anyone looking for an entertaining vignette into how women lived their lives during times society tried its best not to let them.

The Pursuit of Love comes to Amazon Prime Video on Friday.


From Amazon:
The Pursuit of Love follows the friendship between cousins Linda and Fanny, which will be put to the test as Fanny settles for a steady life and Linda decides to follow her heart.


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News Flashes 07.26.21: Lucifer, Love Is Blind: After The Altar, Army of Thieves Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:57:09 -0400 Tom oday we've got the scoop on the final season of Lucifer, a look at...

[All Photos via Netflix]

Today we've got the scoop on the final season of Lucifer, a look at Love Is Blind: After The Altar, and the new trailer for Zack Snyder's Army of Thieves.

Lucifer Final Season Announcement 


All bad things must come to an end. Over the weekend at San Diego Comic Con, Tom Ellis joined executive producers Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovish to give fans a taste of what to expect from the final season of Lucifer. The sixth season is set to premiere in its entirety September 10 on Netflix. The news was shared in an announcement video that featured footage from the series’ past seasons as an homage to the show. 

Love Is Blind: After The Altar Trailer


The cast from season one of Love Is Blind is back together for a special reunion. In a new trailer forLove Is Blind: After The Altar, viewers get a glimpse at their fave couples and singles. But this anniversary party would be nothing without a little drama...or a lot of drama. You’ll be side eyeing your screen for the next one minute and fifty seconds once you find out the deets on who has been acting up. The three episode reunion comes to Netflix this Wednesday, July 28. 

Netflix Reveals Army of Thieves Trailer


Before Dieter joined the zombie-slaying team in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, he was a small-town bank teller. In this new prequel, we get a look at Dieter’s life as he has the adventure of a lifetime joining a crew of wanted criminals that attempt heists on a series of impossible to crack safes across Europe. The film stars Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan, and Jonathan Cohen. Army of Thieves is set to come to Netflix this fall.


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Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 207 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0400 Tom What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new...

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


Frontman Dustin Kensrue opens up “Scavengers”, Thrice’s new single, with his signature smokey tone, atop bouncing rhythmic guitars. It’s a dreamy rock number for the band who are gearing up for their 11th full-length. Horizons / East is out in September.

Hawthorne Heights
“Constant Dread”

Hawthorne Heights has a formula that has worked for the past 20 years. “Constant Dread”, the first taste off their upcoming album, is like getting together with an old friend. The catchy pop chorus eventually transitions into a post-hardcore breakdown, thanks to a feature from Counterparts’ Brendan Murphy, rounding out everything there is to love about HH in the first place.

Lil Nas X
“Industry Baby”

Despite a sold out Kanye West event for his new album, this Kanye-produced Lil Nas X track may be the only sure thing we’re getting from him this weekend. Not a bad thing—the beat on this one is gigantic thanks to well-placed horns and a confidence from Lil Nas X that others can’t come close to.

“Stoned at the Nail Salon”

Lorde’s sunkissed summer continues with “Stoned at the Nail Salon”, an airy acoustic ballad following up her otherwise cheery lead single “Solar Power”. The vibe of the two are similar and it’s become very clear that this new LP will be unlike anything Lorde’s done before.

“Say Yes”

Nothing screams summer quite like an MxPx banger and that’s what they’ve given here with the absurdly catchy “Say Yes”. Featuring Rivals singer Kalie Wolfe, she helps provide a fantastic vocal melody that turns the track into an easy MxPx classic.

Coheed & Cambria

Thunderous riffs and a big-time hook is all that’s needed to make an effective Coheed & Cambria song. “Shoulders” arrives in epic fashion, delivering a track with a nostalgic aggression but made for 2021.

Neck Deep
“When You Know” (Live from Lockdown)

This live performance of “When You Know” peels back the shine that Neck Deep typically adds in the studio to reveal a raw and authentic version that any fan can appreciate. A good song is a good song—“When You Know” is certainly that and it doesn’t have a problem flourishing here.

9th & Walnut

Technically in the works since the 1970s, 9th & Walnut is a punk-rock relic. Descendents unearth some of the earliest material ever written as a band as part of a package that sees the line-up from 1996’s classic Everything Sucks jamming together once again. 

Against the Current

Fever is far and away the most complete body of work that Against the Current has released since they started. The seven-track EP is the wonderful blend of alt-rock with hints of pop when needed, and frontwoman Chrissy Costanza only solidifies herself as one of the most badass in the genre.


Spoiler alert: Coldplay unveiled the 10-minute closer off their new album. It’s kind of weird to release the last song on an LP before its release, especially when it’s a certified epic like “Coloratura”, but I can’t blame you if your eager ears decide to check it out. Lush with beautiful instrumentation and unreal production, the only thing this one might spoil is the fact that their upcoming album is going to be special.

As You Found Me

Months after the “lockdown livestream” of their live rendition of Dark is the Way, Light is the Place, the audio is here for our listening pleasure. Arguably one of Anberlin’s best records, the way they re-work the songs make it sound miles ahead of its album version; it’ll have you rushing for tickets to their nearest show ASAP.

Boys Night Out
Nevermind 2

Life was simpler back in the days when downloading something off a sketchy file sharing program ran the risk of turning your PC into melted computer goop. Then you had to face your parents and tell them why they can’t use email anymore. Because you were 13 years old and downloaded a Boys Night Out song that ended in .exe instead of .mp3. Personal trauma aside, the influential post-hardcore band is making revisiting the past easier with Nevermind 2, a collection of demos put together with their first EP, You Are My Canvas, from 2001. It’s rough, raw, but essential BNO in all its original glory.

Other new releases:
Prince - “Hot Summer”
Pop Smoke - Faith (Deluxe)
Simple Plan - “What’s New Scooby-Doo”
Waterparks - “Snowglobe” (Autograf vs Waterparks)
Rise Against - “Nowhere Generation” (Acoustic)
Twin XL - Slow Heart Reimagined EP
Our Last Night - “Clouds”
Childish Gambino - “Stay High”
Camila Cabello - “Don’t Go Yet”
The Kid Laroi - “Not Sober”
Luke Hemmings - “Motion”
James Blake - “Say What You Will”
Khalid - “New Normal”
Kanye West - Donda
Anne-Marie - Therapy
J Balvin - “Wherever I May Roam”
Logic - “Call Me”
HVME - “Alright (feat. 24kGoldn & Quavo)”
Lindsey Buckingham - “On the Wrong Side”


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News Flashes 07.22.21: Activision Blizzard, Waterparks, Dune Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:17:50 -0400 Tom ...

[Left Clockwise: Photo via Waterparks, Photo via Activision Blizzard, Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures]

Today we've got the scoop on Activision Blizzard being sued by California, a new Waterparks remix, and the new trailer for Dune.

California Suing Gaming Giant Activision Blizzard

Photo via Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard has been sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The lawsuit alleges that the gaming giant’s toxic work culture has created an environment where women employees have been subjected to sexual harassment and have received unequal pay compared to male employees. According to DFEH, Activision Blizzard has violated California’s Equal Pay Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act. In the complaint, it alleges that the women who filed grievances about discrimination or harassment faced retaliation in the form of transfers, layoffs, or denied opportunites. 

It is no secret that sexism, discrimination, and wage disparity has run rampant in the gaming industry. This is not the first time Activision Blizzard has come under fire. In August of 2020, news surfaced about staff being unhappy about their current salaries. According to Bloomberg’s review of internal messages, “They were struggling to make ends meet while watching Activision Blizzard revenue grow year after year.”

Waterparks Releases New Song


When you ask for more Waterparks, you shall receive. The band is back with a new take on their track “Snow Globe” but this time they’ve teamed up with DJ, producer, and remixer Autograf to create a remix titled “Snow Globe (Autograf vs Waterparks)”. You can stream the song here

Dune Reveals New Trailer


Dune has a new trailer that gives viewers another glimpse into the upcoming sci-fi film. After the release of the first teaser back in September, anticipation for the project has only grown. The film stars: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Charlotte Rampling, and Stellan Skarsgard. Dune is set to hit theaters and HBO Max on Oct. 22.


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Rise Rock n’ Shine: Small Reactions + CLAVVS + BLEACHx Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0400 Tom Rise Rock n' Shine with songs by Small Reactions, CLAVVS, and BLEACHx.

Too much music, too little time!

It’s time to Rise Rock n’ Shine…

Photo Credit to Ruben Alverado

Who: Small Reactions is an Atlanta-based quartet insistent on musical clarity. Dubbing their brand of music “nerve pop,” they seek clear sound through the honest interplay of four instruments: guitar, bass, vintage organs, and drums. The band has supported the likes of Titus Andronicus, Portugal. The Man, and Mac DeMarco. 

What: Come to the mystic fair of “New Age Soul” and enjoy the vibe.

Why: Combine guitar twang with psychedelic pop and we are here in a flash, toe-tapping and head-bobbing the whole way. We’ve found ourselves humming the hook and repeating “we’re new age souls” like it’s the beloved theme song to a Burning Man sit-com.

FFO: idobi Anthm

Find Small Reactions on Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify.

“‘New Age Soul' is the opening salvo from our just released album of the same name. Sung as a loose stream-of-consciousness narrative, the song depicts scenes from a fair taking place on the outskirts of a small west Texas town. The imagery is evoked from DJ Little Danny's radio show "The Cool Blue Flame" on WFMU (he broadcasts from west Texas), but the song doesn't sound much like the hypnotic R&B, mystical '60s pop, or lonely country that he's known to spin. In spirit, we tried to connect to a place slightly out of sync from its surroundings. The first line of the song — and, ultimately, the album — is "At the desert’s mouth, the Internet’s out". This is something that (hopefully!) exists out of place and time, yet remains tangible and real and worth traveling to.” – Sean Zearfoss of Small Reactions


Photo Credit to Lissyelle Laricchia

Who: CLAVVS is the alt-pop duo of Amber Renee and Graham Marsh. Hailing from NYC, the pair is determined to produce danceable bangers full of self-acceptance and personal truth. Having produced hits for Gnarls Barkley and Kid Cudi, as well as sharing a stage with Ibeyi and Baio, crushing their personal goals seems like a forgone conclusion.

What: This club is cramped, let’s “Get You Home”.

Why: Whisper-light lilting vocals breeze through jungle drums and electric notes. You can’t help but move your body when the deep tones flesh out the chorus. Perfect for a dance party on the rooftop or a solo groove session in your preferred fortress of solitude.

FFO: idobi Radio

Find CLAVVS on Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify.

“It’s sort of a sexy song that starts out with strangers meeting for the first time, but later on you learn they’ve stayed together for years and held on to that first spark. The ending is one of my favorite moments on the album. It becomes almost tender as a contrast to the start of the song, mirroring the ways relationships often grow and shift into something unexpected and beautiful.” – Amber Renee of CLAVVs



Who: BLEACHx is the moniker of L.A.-based queer songwriter Jeremy Thurber. Wanting to “bleach” his past and start fresh, he is creating playful pop tinged with darkness and self-reflection. Broken hearts and bad decisions burst through his lyrics. Collaborations with artists from SHINee to Meghan Trainor give him a varied landscape from which to grow.

What: Climb the steps to the pop-catharsis temple with “Dead Inside”.

Why: Perfect for fans of angsty & edgy K-Pop, the track starts out leaving a trail of tears which eventually morphs into a trail of blood. “Woe is me” transforms into “Hell hath no fury” over a pulsing hip-hop beat. BLEACHx’s distinct voice is given the main stage throughout, adding to the barbed aesthetic of the song.

FFO: idobi Radio

Find BLEACHx on Instagram, Twitter, and Spotify.

"'Dead Inside' is such a personal song to me, it really embodies all the loss in my life, how I felt at the time and the birth of the BLEACHx project, it's a fun song that is a culmination of all the genres and writing styles I love and a goodbye to all the negative feelings I had inside. I wanted something dark and Maniacal you could also dance to. When I wrote it my dad passed away and my BF left me because he couldn’t deal with the grief of it all and it was exactly how I felt inside." - BLEACHx



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News Flashes 07.21.21: Anansi Boys, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, The Linda Lindas, The Chair Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:21:10 -0400 Tom [Bottom Left Clockwise: Photo via Netflix, Photo via Netflix, Photo via Epitaph, Photo via...

[Bottom Left Clockwise: Photo via Netflix, Photo via Netflix, Photo via Epitaph, Photo via Neil Gaiman]

Today we've got news on Neil Gaiman's upcoming television series Anansi Boys, a sneak peek at The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, a new song and video from The Linda Lindas and a look at Netflix's The Chair starring Sandra Oh.

Neil Gaiman Reveals New TV Series 

Photo via Neil Gaiman

This morning Neil Gaiman teased fans about an announcement later today. He’s now revealed that he’s working on another television series titled Anansi Boys for Amazon Prime. The upcoming series, which will be an adaptation of Gaiman’s novel, follows a young man named Charlie Nancy who discovers that his late father was Anansi: Trickster God of Stories. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will not feature actor Orlando Jones who portrayed Mr. Nancy (AKA Anansi) in the recent TV adaptation of American Gods on Starz. Anansi Boys is set to start production in Scotland later this year. 

New The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf Teaser 


Netflix is giving fans of The Witcher universe a sneak peek at their upcoming anime origin story titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The film follows Vesemir as he escapes a life of poverty, slays monsters, and goes on adventures that confront the demons of his past. Netflix has also revealed the voice cast which will include: Theo James, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish, and Mary McDonnell. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf  is set to hit Netflix on August 23. 

The Linda Lindas Drop New Song + Video


The Linda Lindas have released their highly anticipated song “Oh!” and a music video to accompany it. The video, which was directed by Ryan Baxley, features skateboarder and photographer Ray Barbee. The band shared some insights behind the track: “‘Oh!’ is one of the first songs we collaborated on during the pandemic, masked and distanced on the front porch.” They added, “It started with the main riff and progression Bela brought to the band. Eloise wrote the verses and Lucia and Mila wrote the choruses. The song deals with trying to help out someone and having it blow up in your face.”

Netflix Unveils Trailer for The Chair


Sandra Oh is starring in a new Netflix series called The Chair. The series follows her character Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim who faces challenges as the first woman to chair the department at Pembroke University and navigates being one of few staff members of color. In the new trailer we get a look at the trouble that is thrown Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim’s way. The Chair launches on Netflix August 20. 


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Basslines and Protest Signs Part 79: Prison Time ’Til Earth Ices Over Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:15:00 -0400 Tom Basslines and Protest Signs is Brett Callwood’s column looking at the intersection of music...

DC Capitol Storming (photo credit: Taptheforwardassist)

Researching and writing this column remains one of my great pleasures. The biggest challenge used to be deciding what to write about every two weeks but, such has been the state of the world over the past couple of years, the stories seem to just land on my laptop. Such is the case today as I sit and write in front of the news and hear that Paul Hodgkins, a 38 year old Florida man who entered the Capitol building on January 6, has been sentenced to eight months in prison. 

On the surface, that sounds light. But when you consider the precedent that it’s set, it’s really important. Hodgkins was part of the mob that entered the Capitol with the aim of disrupting the certification of the election. He deserves his jail time. As far as we can tell, he’s not one of the people who engaged in vandalism or violent conduct. He entered and he left. 

This is important because other judges presiding over the hundreds of other arrests for felony charges will now know that a precedent has been set. Eight months is the minimum, just for being there. Anybody who smashed a window, threw a fire extinguisher, hit a cop with a flag pole, carried cuffs or bear spray — the prison time will only stack up.

"Although you were only one member of a larger mob, you actively participated in a larger event that threatened the Capitol and democracy itself," said U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss of Washington, as reported by NBC News. "The damage that was caused that way was way beyond a several-hour delay of the vote certification. It is a damage that will persist in this country for several decades."


Naturally, Hodgkins and his lawyer did their best in court to plead for a lighter sentence involving no jail time. Patrick Leduc, the lawyer, argued that Hodgkins is "law abiding, hardworking, honest, caring, kind, thoughtful, generous, and the kind of person you would want for a neighbor."

Leduc said that Hodgkins simply got swept up in the crowd, in the heat of the moment. However, prosecutors said that Hodgkins had plenty of opportunity to leave the building sooner, once he saw how serious the situation was. His calls of “the big boys pulled me in” fell on deaf ears.

That said, Hodgkins did show remorse: “I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am truly remorseful and regretful for my actions, not because I face consequences but because of the damage that day's incident caused and the way this country that I love has been hurt… I realize that my involvement did still contribute to the greater problem that took place. The company of us who remained calmer in our protests may have made others feel emboldened."

Prosecutors asked for 18 months of prison time. Hodgkins pleaded with the judge, saying that he will likely lose his job as a mechanic if he serves any time at all. The judge said that some prison time is appropriate and sentenced him to eight months. 

Again, it sounds light. But from Hodgkins’ end, he will surely severely regret the 15 minutes he spent inside the building while wearing a Trump shirt and carrying a Trump flag. It will surely go down as the worst decision he ever made, and others who made similarly bad decisions and are awaiting sentencing will be watching in horror. 

Jon Schaffer (photo: Klaus Hellmerich)

One of those, of course, is metal musician Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth. Like Hodgkins, Schaffer is pleading guilty to the felony charges. Unlike Hodgkins however, Schaffer’s charges do appear to include violent crimes. Besides the fact that Schaffer entered the Capitol wearing a cap emblazoned with the logo of far right terrorist group the Oath Keepers, he was also carrying bear spray. 

There was a coordinated effort by the insurrectionists to use bear spray (a strong pepper spray) against law enforcement officials. There’s frankly no reasonable explanation for Schaffer to be carrying the substance in Washington DC, where bear sightings are very rare. Here’s what the FBI quoted Schaffer as saying before he attempted to overthrow the government:

“My name's Jon Schaffer, I'm from Indiana. A group of thugs and criminals hijacked this country a long time ago. And now they're making their big move, and it's not gonna happen...People need to wake up and snap out of the Matrix, because they're going down. They made the move, they're messing with the wrong people here, trust me on that. And we needed it to be open like this. Open fraud. Open theft. Because now we see you, and you're going down, mark my words.”


Schaffer made his motives very clear. Then he went to Washington wearing his white power hat and armed with bear spray. He entered the Capitol, screaming like a goon. He’s caught on video looking, not like the patriot that he believes himself to be, but like a traitorous criminal who hates democracy and America. 

So when we boil it down and we await Schaffer’s sentencing — Hodgkins got eight months for simply entering the building and leaving after 15 minutes. Schaffer entered while wearing white supremacist clothing and carrying a weapon. 

According to his Wiki page: “On April 16, 2021, Schaffer agreed to plead guilty to two charges: obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a dangerous weapon. He was the first participant in the storming to plead guilty. Prosecutors agreed to a recommendation of between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, depending on his cooperation in prosecuting other rioters. He would also be granted sponsorship for the United States Federal Witness Protection Program.”

Don’t expect a new Iced Earth album any time soon.



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More Than Memory, You Are Loved Here Now Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:00:00 -0400 Tom I remember when I heard Chester Bennington died. I gasped. I had never been...

I remember when I heard Chester Bennington died. I gasped. I had never been a Linkin Park fan, I’ve never hated on them, they just weren’t my band. But Chester, the stories I heard about him were always “He’s a sweetheart,” “He really cares about people,” “He’s deep.” Hearing about who Chester was through friends, who had toured with him, made me like his band.

I remember finding out he died and asking: How? Suicide. 

Self-harm is a hard thing for people to talk about. Often times I’ll hear people say it’s “selfish” because they’re thinking of the people left behind, but I doubt anyone who dies as a result of suicide ever knows how big a hole they’re creating in the lives of the people around them. 

Depression says: People are better off without you…

Depression says: You’ll never be okay...

This is especially true if you have repeated bouts of depression or are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Along with those: Addiction, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder… so many common mental illnesses can cause your brain to lie to you. When someone dies as a result of suicide it’s hard to understand what was going through their minds if you’ve never been there; if you don’t know how convincing the lies feel because they’re in your head, in your voice, mixed in with the things you believe. But if you’ve ever experienced the lie, your heart breaks because you know the person who ended their life believed it. 

Last year, idobi worked with 320 Festival. I cried a lot while promoting it. I cried because I saw just how many people cared about Chester. I saw how many people loved him. He had a wife and kids, friends—so many people. And, of course, Linkin Park fans adored him. How could they not? I cried knowing that the lie his brain told him was so loud he believed it. He had love and outstanding success and the lie was so powerful he died from it. I cried because so many people die from suicide, from depression. I cried because I’ve been there, I’ve heard the lie but I was lucky enough to fight and win many times.

I don’t know why I’m writing this... 

Maybe if I share it and someone hears that depression lies they might understand why a friend is no longer alive. 

Maybe if I share it, someone who is depressed might read it and be able to fight the lie a little bit harder. 

Chester Bennington was a good guy who I never knew. He’s been gone 4 years and life has gone on. Life always will, but nothing can fill the Chester-sized hole in the lives of those who knew him. 

No one can fill a You-sized hole. You are irreplaceable. 

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


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News Flashes 07.20.21: Fate: The Winx Saga, Coldplay, and Rich Guy In Space Tue, 20 Jul 2021 14:18:02 -0400 Tom Today we've got the scoop on some new additions to Fate: The Winx Saga,...

[Bottom Left Clockwise: Photo via Coldplay, Photo via Netflix, Photo via Blue Origin]

Today we've got the scoop on some new additions to Fate: The Winx Saga, Coldplay announcing a new album, and another rich guy going to space.

Fate: The Winx Saga Adds New Faces to Season 2

Photo via Netflix

Looks like we’re getting some fresh faces in the next season of Fate: The Winx Saga. The Netflix series has added Brandon Grace, Éanna Hardwicke, and Paulina Chávez to season two which has started production in County Wicklow, Ireland. It looks like they’ve listened to fans as well: Chávez is set to play Flora who was not featured in the first season, Grace will portray Grey, and Hardwicke has been cast as Sebastian. 

Coldplay Announces New Album


Coldplay has revealed their upcoming album titled Music of the Spheres. The LP, which drops this fall, was produced by Max Martin and is set to be released on October 15. The band shared the news on social media along with details about a new track called “Coloratura”, which drops Friday. While we wait, the band has released a trailer for the album to give us a taste of what Music of the Spheres will be all about. 

Another Rich Guy Goes To Space

Photo via Blue Origin

It’s a fine day on Earth and we have another rich white man (Jeff Bezos) spending tons of money to go to space, in a giant dildo looking rocket, instead of solving world problems with all the money his company doesn’t pay towards taxes.


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Watch This Week – 7/19/21 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:30:00 -0400 Tom Featured this week: Motherland: Fort Salem, Sexy Beasts, Grown-ish, Ted Lasso, Masters of the...

This week: Motherland: Fort Salem, Sexy Beasts, Grown-ish, Ted Lasso, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Central Park, Eden: Untamed Planet

Motherland: Fort Salem

“Brianna’s Favorite Pencil” - Season 2, Episode 5
Tues July 20 - 10PM
On Freeform

Photo: Freeform/Jeff Petry

Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) is struggling with survivor’s guilt and has so many questions about the Camarilla. Meanwhile, Tally (Jessica Sutton) has even more questions for General Adler (Lyne Renée). On the night of Samhain, the cadets seek to talk to the dead but face a sinister journey to perform this time-honored ritual. Interspersed with these thrilling scenes are Anacostia (Demetria McKinney) and Scylla’s (Amalia Holm) latest discoveries in their undercover mission. It’s a chilling one-two punch that will make your heart pound in terror. Can talking to the dead bring the Bellweather Unit the answers they need? Or will it leave them more lost than ever? Things are getting dangerous for the witches as the stakes rise to horrifying levels and you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the screen.

Motherland: Fort Salem hits Freeform tomorrow.


From Freeform:
The Unit competes for a chance to commune with the dead during Samhain. Scylla and Anacostia search for Camarilla leadership by attending a Halloween gala and make a horrifying discovery.

Sexy Beasts

Season 1
Wed July 21
On Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix

What if The Bachelor met The Masked Singer? Netflix is asking a question that nobody wanted to know...and also turning the wildness up to 11 (all while pretending that furries don’t exist). Sexy Beasts is a new dating series they’re bringing to the reality show stage, where singles get to know their potential dates beyond the superficial—by wearing ridiculous animal/monster-style prosthetics! Oh, did we mention? The contestants are all conventionally attractive people so...uhh...they get to feel like the rest of us for the day. The daters are forced to judge each other purely on charm and personality (all while the narrator roasts the $#!t outta them). Once they’ve chosen who they like (and who they want to send back to the zoo), the prosthetics are removed and they get to see if their attraction matches on every level (*wink*). Sexy Beasts is bonkers but has a lot of fun with the premise, so settle in and get ready for a trip towards a deeper, weirder kind of love.

Sexy Beasts hits Netflix on Wednesday.


From Netflix:
Ready to say goodbye to superficial dating? SEXY BEASTS is the dating show that takes looks completely out of the equation using fantastical, cutting edge prosthetics to transform the daters - giving them a chance to find love purely based on personality!


“Demons” - Season 4, Episode 3
Thurs July 22 - 8PM
On Freeform

Photo: Freeform/Tiffany Roohani

Much like many other shows currently airing, the pandemic hit pause on grown-ish. In its latest episode, the show fast-forwards over the shutdown part of 2020 to rejoin our crew, one semester later. They’re returning to class and semi-regular life—six feet apart. Because the semester got pushed, Zoey (Yara Shahidi) is trying to get an internship…which means facing the internship administrator AKA Aaron’s (Trevor Jackson) ex Rochelle (Raigan Harris). And she gets a hard lesson in consequences. Meanwhile, Jazz (Chloe Bailey) considers her professional future. “Demons” finally starts to dig into the problems we saw crop up from last season and gives the characters a dose of reality, which is something they could definitely use more often. You’ll be cheering on the show for holding the grown-ish crew accountable—even if it does it with a wink in its own special way.

Grown-ish airs on Freeform on Thursday.


From Freeform:
The gang finally return to Cal U after a global pandemic stalls their senior year. In order to graduate, Zoey needs to secure an internship and must face Rochelle in the process.

Ted Lasso

Season 2
Fri July 23
On Apple TV+

Our review is coming soon!

Ted Lasso returns to Apple TV+ on Friday.


From Apple:
Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Part 1
Fri July 23
On Netflix

Stay tuned for our review!

Stream Masters of the Universe: Revelation on Netflix on Friday.


From Netflix:
The war for Eternia culminates in “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” an innovative and action-packed animated series that picks up where the iconic characters left off decades ago. After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. And after decades of secrets tore them apart, it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.

Central Park

“A Decent Proposal” - Season 2, Episode 7
Fri July 23
On Apple TV+

Watch Central Park on Friday on Apple TV+.


From Rotten Tomatoes:
Owen does damage control after accidentally ruining a marriage proposal. Molly attends Bitsy's birthday party with Brendan.

Eden: Untamed Planet

“Borneo: Sacred Forest” - Series premiere
Sat July 24 - 8PM
On BBC America

Photo courtesy of BBC America

Take a trip to the dense and pristine tropical forests of Borneo for a look at a place where human destruction has yet to truly touch. That means wildlife is flourishing, making this the perfect starting point for a series named Eden—Borneo is a natural paradise here on Earth. We’re given a glimpse into life without us, where the animal kingdom truly rules and life is a cycle of predators, prey, habitats, and family. Helena Bonham Carter narrates, bringing a soothing kind of whimsy to each scene as we follow animals on their daily routines, shown off in stunning shots that makes you feel like you’re right there on the forest floor. 

Watch Eden: Untamed Planet on BBC America on Saturday.


From BBC America:
Explore the last places on our planet that remain untouched. From the makers of ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Blue Planet II’, and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, the next epic BBC nature event premieres Saturday, July 24 at 8PM on BBC America.


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On Deck: idobi’s Latest Spins 7/19 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:49:48 -0400 Tom Don’t miss out on new tunes spinning on idobi Radio… DON BROCO – Gumshield...

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  • Halfway Atlantic - Back To Austin (feat. Christina Murphy from Forever Starts Today)

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  • The Maine - April 7th
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  • Long Gone - Rerun
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  • Modern Original - I'm An Alien
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  • JATK - Conscious Wonder
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  • Grady - All In

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  • JEEN - Maybe I'll Be Gone
  • Honest Mechanik - In Between
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  • Heartsick - Animal Instinct
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  • Crystal Lake - Curse
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  • RVNT - Sick
  • We Came As Romans - Darkbloom
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  • Underoath - Damn Excuses
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