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Sam Devotta

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Sam spends her days talking about kids' books, and her nights writing about pop-punk. In between, she thinks a lot about a band called The Maine.

141 posts by Sam Devotta

Editorial

Melancholic Euphoria and the American Dream: A Conversation with Circa Waves

March 13, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

There’s something inherently off-putting about clowns—the creepy over-exaggerated smiles, the unnatural make-up—but they’re generally supposed to be a sign of fun and happiness. Which is why indie band Circa Waves decided clowns would be the perfect symbol for their upcoming release Sad Happy. “A clown was always an image we thought represented [the album] quite […]

Features

Smells Like Sandalwood: YA Tropes and How to Treat Them

January 27, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

We here at idobi Radio and Geek Girl Riot are big fans of Young Adult novels (YA) but even we gotta admit: We don’t know why certain wacky tropes pop up over and over again. Here are a few we’ve noticed—and what we wish authors would do instead.

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Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders Releases a New Cover

January 20, 2020 | By Sam Devotta

Calling all Mayday Parade fans! Frontman Derek Sanders is releasing his first solo EP on Valentine’s Day and we’re already in love after hearing one song.  We all know that Mayday Parade loves a good cover song—they recently finished an entire tour built around covers—so it’s not surprising that Sanders chose to reimagine some of […]

Editorial Features

On Being Kind and Forever Emo: A Conversation with Mayday Parade

December 13, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

A lot can change in ten years: personalities, tastes, relationships. For Mayday Parade the last ten years have been a chance to grow as a band, explore new ways to entertain, and to connect with their fans. Which is why—almost exactly a decade after seeing them live for the first time—I’m sitting on a tour […]

Editorial Features

We Are All the Same: Spending Your Sad Summer with The Maine

July 25, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

Picture this: It’s a humid 90 degrees and you’re on a rooftop in New York City with 3000 other people. On one side is the Manhattan skyline; on the other Brooklyn. Everyone is turned toward a stage—the Brooklyn Bridge visible just behind it. On it, a band dressed in pink stands. One of the members […]

Editorial Features

Behind-the-Scenes at 8123

March 6, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

Behind every successful band there’s a solid management team taking care of all the details. In The Maine’s case, their team at 8123 is supportive, creative, and made up of only two people.

Editorial Features

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Conversation with The Maine’s John O’Callaghan

February 27, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

Not every band can release a song on a Wednesday, then have everybody in the audience scream each word back at them live on the following Friday. And not every band can put together a festival in their hometown and bring in fans from around the world in the middle of January. But The Maine […]

Editorial Features

She Did It!: Marie Severin, Louise Simonson, Karen Berger

February 6, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

Welcome to the fifth edition of She Did It!—a regular Geek Girl Riot segment + column reminding us that everything boys can do, girls probably did first.

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The Maine Releases Details of ‘You Are Ok’

January 16, 2019 | By Sam Devotta

Last night, while many of us on the east coast were trying to sleep, The Maine made all our dreams come true by releasing the details for their new album and a new song.

Editorial Features

Getting VIP Status Has Never Been Easier: Meet Your Favorite Artists with veeps.

November 8, 2018 | By Sam Devotta

veeps.com is about to change the way fans interact with their favorite artists and you won’t want to miss a thing.