App News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:12:50 +0000 en <![CDATA[First Listen: San Francisco’s Down and Outlaws Drop New Video, “Imposter”]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:24 +0000 Emillie Marvel Down and Outlaws are anything but down and out with new video for "Imposter". [/imgfull]

Down and Outlaws are anything but down and out. The San Francisco quartet has been making their name with appearances on late night TV (Last Call with Carson Daly), video game soundtracks (Watch Dogs 2), and storied local fests (Outside Lands Festival).

The band is writing the next chapter in their book of rock and roll with "Imposter", and we have the exclusive first look at the video. Check it out, then find what Down and Outlaws had to say about their new release below.


"Our song 'Imposter' explores the idea of trying to be someone you're not. We wanted the video to reference this and give the viewer a sense of the building anxiety that comes with this feeling and working through it. The concept was to depict this by only giving glimpses of faces. You can never fully grasp the complete picture. Towards the second half of the video, projections of other people and events are shot onto the band showing the confusion and disarray of trying to be someone else."


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<![CDATA[Inbox Jukebox #024: FEATURETTE, Hi-Lo Jack + BONES]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:30:36 +0000 idobi Staff The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... Inbox Jukebox:
FEATURETTE - "Upside Down"


Not only has FEATURETTE provided us with a "fully conscious" new jam for the weekend, but they said exactly what we would've said about their new single "Upside Down":

"[Upside Down is] punchy, it’s angry, it ticks all the boxes of how we’re feeling about what’s happening in the political landscape right now. It’s a risky song for a lot of reasons; the message yes, but in the sound design too. It’s glitchy, yet atmospheric; it lulls before shamelessly demanding the listener's attention. It’s a great look into where FEATURETTE is at musically right now, and the direction we’re headed."

Seriously, doesn't that sound like us? For sure, and we're sure you're going to like the sound of FEATURETTE.


Hi-Lo Jack - "Wasted Time"


Hi-Lo Jack is hitting us with that hip-hop-soul and we're rolling with it. "Wasted Time", the first single off their Old New Clothes EP, has D'Angelo vibes and De La Soul chill and that's a singular sound. Hold on for a sec, we've gotta hit replay. Clap your hands to this:


BONES - "Girls Can't Play Guitar"


Y'all already know that we consistently get our femme-power strut on. Today, our stiletto heeled boots are made for walking all over misogyny. Yeah, we're shredding it, just like Carmen Vandenberg does on her guitar. BONES has inspired us with their wickedly wonderful "Girls Can't Play Guitar".

“We did this show in Camden and this bloke came up to us after we'd played and said he fucking loved it, that it was one of the best gigs he'd ever seen, that we blew his brains out," says Rosie (singer) and Carmen (guitar). Then he said no matter how good our band was, no matter how much he loved the show, we'd never be as good as his band cause girls can’t play guitars as well as boys. He said it was 'biologically impossible because we’ve got smaller hands… So we wrote him a song.”

Yep, they wrote him a song and they truly did blow his (figurative) brains out...consider our minds blown too.



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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 040]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:32 +0000 Joe DeAndrea What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new... [/imgfull]

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.

Fall Out Boy - “Hold Me Tight or Don’t”

“Mania” describes Fall Out Boy’s new music perfectly. From their off-the-wall EDM-inspired “Young and Menace” to the pop heavy “The Last of the Real Ones,” the band’s Mania era is unpredictably brilliant. “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t,” the album’s latest, has the band cruising down hook-highway once again with a whistle-riff that will be one of the catchiest things you’ll hear all year.



Bohnes - “My Friends”

When Alex DeLeon was fronting The Cab, he never shied away from going against the grain with his songwriting. Piano ballad? No problem. Guitar-infused rocker? You got it. Now with his solo project Bohnes, the innovation doesn’t stop there. His new single, “My Friends,” is a powerhouse—it’s what you’d get if Justin Timberlake was influenced by Rage Against the Machine.

Sia - Everyday Is Christmas

Get the stockings out: Sia’s got plans for them. The superstar singer opens her holiday music account with her first ever Christmas record, Everyday Is Christmas, but there’s more here than meets the ear. Instead of a half-hearted attempt to cash in on the shopping season, Sia goes all out with some incredible songs and, as always, incredible vocal work.

Tove Lo - Blue Lips

It’s been barely a year since the last Tove Lo record, but Blue Lips has arrived to mark the second half of the Swedish pop star’s double album venture. Following up Lady Wood, Blue Lips shares most of the same production team as its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same old song and dance. Tracks like “Stranger” and “Struggle” are key components to making the release a success as Tove Lo places her modern vocals on top of more retro instrumentation.

Morrissey - Low in High School

Morrissey’s new full-length, Low in High School, is hardly a case of an old-timer dropping a record when they’re way beyond their prime. Like wine, The Smiths mastermind only gets better with age, and this record’s here to prove it. His lyrics are cynical as always, but Morrissey’s bellowing pipes remain optimistic for an album chock full of political themes and messages.

Green Day
- Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band

It’s practically a disservice to give Green Day a “greatest hits” album, because there’s no way you could compile all of their best songs on a single LP. Regardless, God’s Favorite Band is here to take you on a trip down memory lane. There’s even some surprises along the way, too: A new version of “Ordinary World” featuring Miranda Lambert and the previously unreleased cut “Back in the USA.”

Dashboard Confessional - “We Fight”

Chris Carrabba & Co. are gearing up for the first Dashboard Confessional album in eight years. Titled Crooked Shadows, we’re lucky enough to get the lead single now before its February release date via their new label Fueled By Ramen. “We Fight” comes at a perfect time—the message in the lyrics is meaningful, driven up by a fun chorus and vocal hook. There will surely be some patented Dashboard acoustic songs on this album, but for now, it’s all energy.

Real Friends - “Get By”

Whether pop-punk is evolving with its sound or taking influence from the legends of yesteryear, there’s enough room in the genre for bands of all types to flourish. The Illinois quintet Real Friends find themselves smack dab in the middle of pop-punk evolution while also flipping on the nostalgia switch. Their new song, “Get By,” is a well-produced track that practically sounds like a more aggressive The Starting Line—something you didn’t know you wanted until now.

Story of the Year - “Miracle”

Wolves, Story of the Year’s brand new comeback album, is redefining the meaning of radio rock. The band hasn’t lost their shine since their last release in 2010—if anything, there’s a fresh coat of paint. With new track “Miracle,” Story of the Year mix an inviting chorus with programmed instrumentation in the verses, resulting in an eclectic take on the genre that’s never been more refreshing.

Flo Rida - “Hola”

Flo Rida gets multicultural on his new single, “Hola,” proving he can basically write a song about anything and turn it into a hit. With its Latin-infused trop-hop vibe, it becomes one of the best Flo tunes in recent memory, and the feature from Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma just adds to its unstoppable star power.

Other new releases:
Machine Gun Kelly - “Home”
Steve Aoki - “All Night”
Jessie J - “Queen”
Miguel - “Pineapple Skies”
Diplo Ft Mo - “Get It Right”
Aly & AJ - Ten Years
Jaden Smith feat. Raury - “Falcon”
Andy Grammer - “Freeze”
G-Eazy - “The Beautiful & the Damned”
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - The Rest of our Life
Chase Rice - Lambs & Lions


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<![CDATA[Livestream Stories Untold’s Live & Acoustic Performance Today!]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:54 +0000 idobi Staff Today we're teaming up with Razor & Tie to bring you a special live... [/imgfull]

It's finally Friday, and we're turning the celebration up to the max. Today we're teaming up with Razor & Tie to bring you a special live acoustic performance by Stories Untold! Head over to the idobi Radio Facebook at 1pm ET / 10am PT to catch this rare intimate show from the Michigan rockers, live from the Concord Music Studio in NYC.

The band are currently on tour with The Major Minor and Crash the Calm, and this acoustic set will get you ready, set, and pumped to see them live. Make sure to get your questions in on the stream—they'll be doing a Q&A too! What are you waiting for?!

Head to the idobi Radio Facebook to watch Stories Untold perform acoustically at 1pm ET / 10am PT today!


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<![CDATA[idobi Radio Presents: The Fishmas Spectacular!]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:00:20 +0000 idobi Staff We're throwing the first ever idobi Radio Presents: The Fishmas Spectacular at Los Globos...

It's that time of year again! Fishmas is almost upon us and this year is a special one! For the first time ever we are throwing idobi Radio Presents: The Fishmas Spectacular! What is The Fishmas Spectacular you ask? We have your answers! On Friday December 15th Set It Off, Nekokat, and Rad Horror will be taking the stage at Los Globos in Los Angeles to celebrate the holidays. Because it's the season of giving be sure to tune into Gone Fishkin every Thursday night in December for your chance to win a pair of tickets each week for the show! The show is 19+ and you can buy your tickets here

Don't miss out Friday, December 15th at Los Globos (3040 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026) at 7:30PM!


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<![CDATA[First Listen: Whole Damn Mess Drops New Song from Upcoming Album, “And Then We Were”]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:55 +0000 Emillie Marvel The latest song from Whole Damn Mess' new album is streaming on first. [/imgfull]

Powered by the age-old story of the good girl and the bad boy, Whole Damn Mess' forthcoming album, The Queen and The Outcast reads like a rock and roll fairytale. The collection drops on January 12th.

As the brainchild of Don Miggs, Whole Damn Mess pulls a classic rock sound into an indie rock world—and having production credits from Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Lawrence Katz, and  C. Todd Nielsen, helps bring each song to its fullest.

Today, we have the exclusive premiere of Whole Damn Mess' latest track, "And Then We Were". Check it out below, and hear more tracks like this on idobi Anthm.

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“'And Then We Were' is when fantasy met reality for me. It's when 'you found me' became our mantra. We saved each other and celebrated it on May 10, 2007. I love listening to it because it’s so specific to me. Will anyone else get it?! Who knows. It’s my truth. Every detail has an explanation. A point in time on that day. Talk about role reversal. I got to be Cinderella that day along with my wife. And we’ve never looked back."


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<![CDATA[Exclusive Album Stream: Dive Into DRMCTHR’s ‘Hold Your Love’]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:00:28 +0000 Alex Bear DRMCTHR’s new album Hold Your Love is here a day early, streaming exclusively on... Photo credit - Joe Perri[/caption]

Brace yourself, because you are about to be moved. DRMCTHR’s new album Hold Your Love is here a day early, streaming exclusively on and it’s ready to sweep you away with a tidal wave of dreamy indie rock. Formerly known as Dreamcatcher, the name change signals a new and exciting era for the band—they’re back from a near breakup, they’ve been through a whole lot to get here, and they’re stronger for it. Vocalist Chelsea Tyler says of the release:

“We couldn’t be more grateful to our friends at idobi Radio for premiering our new record, ‘Hold Your Love!’ It was a difficult record to make and we are elated to finally share this record with you.” 

Hold Your Love is worth the wait—a mesmerizing collection of shoegaze, indie rock and pop, the album pulls you into its depths and welcomes you as one of its own. You’ll feel every torrent of emotion pulse through your chest with each beat; you’ll be cut deeply by every guitar riff, elevated by the vocals. It’s glorious and powerful and wholly immersive—so hit play below and dive right in…



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<![CDATA[Get Involved: Anti Flag’s Gateway Drugs to Activism]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:34 +0000 Emillie Marvel Chris #2 of Anti Flag shares the band's go to groups for activism. Photo Credit: Allie Snow[/caption]

When we talked Anti Flag's Chris #2 about the band's new album, American Fall, we heard a lot about getting out, making a difference, and bringing change to the areas that need it most. The activist/musician even gave us a list of the best ways you can join the good fight, so we could share it with you.

“Our go-tos as far as gateway drugs to activism…” 


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Amnesty International

Its network is huge, it's so easy to get involved. If you're feeling like you don't wanna go and meet someone face to face, if you're not prepared for that yet, their online petition section is incredible, and it actually and truly saves lives. You can see their petition work happen in real time and it's really powerful. So I would start there, and then from there you can extrapolate into being a part of their local chapters.”



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Sea Shepherd

“Sea Shepherd is a great organization that does marine wildlife conservation and ocean conservation.”


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Green Peace

“Green Peace is another one that we work with, and these are kind of the big three because they're so powerful that they've got an online infrastructure that's easy for people to engage in activism for the first time.”


When you’re not ready to dive into activism in person, Chris says these organizations offer helpful alternatives.

“Activism can kind of feel like a competition… You get into your own head, and this is kind of a safe way to be like, ‘Well I wanna see what this feels like.’ I truly believe that people learn that activism is a good time, that you get to be around other people that feel the way that you feel. It's a further reaffirmation that we're not alone in this world and that people have the same problems and struggles and tribulations that you do, and if you're going through something 99% of the time someone's gone through the same thing as well. We can rely on them and their expertise, and share our stories together.”

Once you’ve dipped your feet into the waters of helping out, there are a couple more places Chris hopes you’ll reach out to.


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Safer Scenes

“There's Safer Scenes, who we had out on Warped Tour with us. They were doing some really cool work to help with sexual violence that happens at shows, and just the awareness and the conversations around sexual violence.”


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A Voice For The Innocent

“They do similar work (as Safer Scenes), just from a different view. Those are kind of like the top ones that we've been having out around us as we travel the world. “


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<![CDATA[First Listen: Hear ‘Dreamwave’ by Metalcore Band Eyes Over Sea]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000 Emillie Marvel Canadian progressive metalcore has made its way onto our radar today, and we're glad... [/imgfull]

Canadian progressive metalcore has made its way onto our radar today, and we're glad it did. From Eyes Over Sea, we have the first listen of their atmospheric new album, Dreamwave.

Streaming below, you can dig into the world-shattering debut release. Dropping via Imminence Records/Truth Inc. Records, Dreamwave marks a major milestone in the young band's career. Grab your copy tomorrow (11/17).


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<![CDATA[Three chords, the Truth, and Spread It: Anti-Flag on their American Fall]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:00:51 +0000 Emillie Marvel Chris #2 discusses 'American Fall', Donald Trump, and optimism in 2017. Photo Credit: Jake Stark[/caption]

What a time to be in Anti-Flag, right?

Known as one of the most political bands of our time, Anti-Flag has spent nearly 25 years pushing for more from our government system. Their first album since Donald Trump took presidency released on Nov 3, a few days after my talk with Chris Barker, and everyone wondered what the punk rock legends would have to say about our controversial current leader. Our chat might’ve kicked off with Halloween costumes and sad Dollar Trees in Niagara Falls, but now it’s time to get down to it. The “it” items: politics, American Fall, and of course, Donald Trump.

[blockquotefull] “Punk rock to me is far more about ideology and empathy than it is about sonics or aesthetics or delivery.” [/blockquotefull]

“I think a lot of people expect it to be really angry and really frustrated, but we're extremely optimistic.” Rather than taking a fearful approach the band is looking on the bright side of things. An official who lights this many fires is sure to set himself ablaze in the meantime. “We've had the privilege in [25 years as a band] to gain an understanding that politics is fashion, and that people like George Bush, people like Donald Trump, bring political discourse into everyday life for a lot of people.” It’s those that are under attack that will help bring change on a wide scale for years to come. “More people want a better world than the one that he's providing, and that's the silver lining in the dark cloud of the Donald Trump brigade.”

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When production for American Fall began, the band was under the assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to come out of the election victorious, so their metaphorical guns were loaded with ammunition for similar problems that Obama brought to the table, like education and health care. “I think that we all [were on] pretty good accord that she was gonna win. It wasn't until it got really, really close that we were like oh shit, maybe not.” With the shift in politics came a shift in lyrical discussion. One of the biggest differences in the Hillary and Donald record plans? Having to revive topics our society had been moving forward with, like on the song “Racist”.

On top of the rampant division Trump’s presidency thrives on, there’s also a fair amount of media manipulation—a topic which helped form the entire American Fall collection. It all started with “American Attraction”, which sets the rebellious mood that the rest of the album follows. “He wants a divided America because a divided America can't unify to get rid of him.”

[blockquotefull] "Donald Trump is a symptom, he's not the disease. We need to keep our eyes and our focus on the disease and curing the disease." [/blockquotefull]

With a seemingly dark cloud over a lot of communities, it’s easy to wish to go back to what we had before but that’s something Anti-Flag is hesitant to do. With every one of their ten albums they’ve pointed out the flaws in the system, no matter who was leading the charge. Complacency is a fate worse than death, after all, and if we’re going to make changes we can’t just fall in line. “I hope that we can use Donald Trump as a vehicle to do better than that. I don't want just Barack Obama again,” Barker tells me. He continues on to say while we may get our candidate in office in the short term, that doesn’t mean the push for equality stops. “I think that Bernie Sanders is great and I voted for him in the primary. But he's not my endgame. (Laughs) I wanna do better, I always wanna do better.”

Back to that optimism. Despite having far more than one upbeat ska inspired song on American Fall, Anti-Flag aren’t living in a fantasy world where everything is fine, but they have noticed the trends that come with political fashion over time and what we need to do to remedy our situation. “I never think democracy's too broken. I just think we need to get back to a system where we care about voting and we don't care about campaign finance dollars… I'm hopeful that Donald Trump is a cog in this ability to have that shift happen.” Recently, Chris was asked why there aren’t any tracks on the new album specifically calling out Trump, a la “Turncoat” + George Bush. His response is a change in perspective. “We survived the Bush era. We survived the Obama era. We survived the Bill Clinton era. Donald Trump is a symptom, he's not the disease. We need to keep our eyes and our focus on the disease and curing the disease. Curing racism. Curing sexism and homophobia and greed. Only when we do that will we start to see a system that actually reflects what humanity needs, what an empathetic culture can bring.”

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Certainly the band has seen a lot of the world and the issues surrounding it, but when I ask Chris what progress he hopes most to see in his lifetime his mind is already made up. He tells me the story of vocalist Justin Sane breaking his jaw and collarbone while touring in the UK, then cutting his finger in the US. The former resulted in hospital visits, where his injuries were taken care of without financial burden. The latter meant tireless debt collectors, looking for the thousands of dollars required to heal in America. “There's too much money in America, there are too many people in America that can help afford this system that takes care of people when they're sick.” Looking outside of the States, you see fully operative socialized medicine in place, leaving him to hope the US will someday follow suit. “In my lifetime, I would love to see an ability for all people, not just old people to get medicaid, but all people to feel free from the burden of debt and the business of health. Because health shouldn't be a business, it should be a human right.”

This kind of movement won’t be implemented under Trump’s rule but Chris says we shouldn’t be so focused on “escaping”. Where there’s optimism on American Fall, there’s also the veracity only punk rock can deliver, the kind that says the band has more fight than ever. “We've gotta maintain our focus and not get so one track minded with eradicate Donald Trump and then we're gonna be saved. That's not worth it. That's not worth the battle, and it's primarily just where it begins.” When looking for leaders in this ongoing narrative, Chris says he looks to the youth. “Young people will eternally be optimistic because they're the ones with so much future ahead of them. So I do believe in them.” Proof enough could be found during the 2016 election primary. “That Bernie Sanders thing, that was amazing. I went to a few rallies in Pittsburgh and it was like going to the fucking Warped Tour in the 2000s.”

[blockquotefull] Anti-Flag has met fans who have become attorneys, civil rights activists, and started non-profits, and it all began at punk rock. [/blockquotefull]

Another place to look for guidance, and solace, is music. Anti-Flag knows this well, and they also know the only way to change anything is to change people. “There was this belief that if we wrote the right song that we could change the world,” Chris says about their early days. While the revolution doesn’t immediately follow an album release, the long lasting effects make much more of an impact. “What does happen is that people find the record, people come to the shows, people meet members of this community of punk rock and community of activists. They recognize that they're not alone.”

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Solidarity leads to courage, and courage leads to making moves. Anti-Flag has met fans who have become attorneys, civil rights activists, and started non-profits, and it all began at punk rock. “Punk rock to me is far more about ideology and empathy than it is about sonics or aesthetics or delivery,” Chris says. “You have this tiny community, tiny microcosm that's built up around Anti-Flag, but also around endless other bands who are doing this work, and that influences people to take that feeling that they find in the venue or from the record and bring it into their everyday lives outside of that and that's where our true power lies.”

[blockquotefull] “Our mantra has always been to carry a message of hope and positivity but write the best song that we can write to deliver it, so that you're singing it in your car and you don't even know that you're spouting a message of equality. [/blockquotefull]

You can hear the community the band has built in songs like “I Came. I Saw. I Believed.” Anti-Flag finds themselves as the center of this society thanks to their unwavering honesty and desire for something better than what we’re being given. The band operates under the expression, “three chords and the truth and spread it as far as we can,” like many other activism based musicians throughout history (Bob Marley, John Lennon, Billy Bragg).

“Our mantra has always been to carry a message of hope and positivity but write the best song that we can write to deliver it, so that you're singing it in your car and you don't even know that you're spouting a message of equality. It's almost subconsciously a part of your life.” Chris thinks they’re best at this on this album, which is a rallying cry and a hand up for frightened individuals and alliances alike. “It's about raising our hands and being counted as people that collectively care for others, and I hope that really comes across in the songs, because that's why they're as optimistic as they are and that's why they're as hopeful as they are and why they are as maybe pop-y, as they are. I want them to stick with people.”

While the album might not be what you were expecting, the four members of Anti-Flag have poured themselves into the music, delivery, and artwork to create what they feel is their best effort yet. Down to an empty oval office on the cover, symbolizing any and every person who’s presided over it, American Fall is made to give us more strength in becoming the nation we need to be. “Let's keep our eyes set on a prize of equality, and social and economic justice."


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<![CDATA[Photos: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in Norfolk]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:46:32 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Crystal Huffman covered the Ringo Starr And His All-Star Band show at...

Ringo Starr And His All-Star Band


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<![CDATA[Video Guest Post: Dangerous Darrin on Ryan Sims]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:44 +0000 idobi Staff Hear Darrin's take on why you absolutely need to check out country artist Ryan... [video width="1280" height="738" m4v=""][/video]


Y'all know idobi host Darrin Pfeiffer is all about the music—you've heard his picks on the Dangerous Darrin Show, and today he's bringing you something a little different. Darrin is working with country artist Ryan Sims, who has a new EP, My Side Of The Story, dropping this Friday, November 17th on High 4 Recordings. Hear Darrin's take on why you absolutely need to check this EP out, then see what Ryan himself has to say about it below! Oh, and while you wait for your pre-order to arrive, get a taste of what to expect with "Get Away"!

"This release (EP My Side Of The Story) is a compilation of songs written after a particularly painful breakup….a way of cleaning the slate so to speak. It's edited for people to hear and to hopefully relate. It was a soul searching endeavor that I’m SO excited to release.

I’ve been wanting to work with Darrin and High 4 Recordings for sometime and now I have the pleasure of releasing my new music with him. Being in the Phoenix area, not a lot of industry comes this way but Darrin did and here I am…showcasing in Nashville, going to the CMA’s, and meeting exciting career changing people.”
– Ryan Sims



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<![CDATA[Watch This Week – 11/13]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:30:09 +0000 idobi Staff This week: The Climb, Star Trek: Discovery, Future Man, This Is Us, Dirk Gently,... This week: The Climb, Star Trek: Discovery, Future Man, This Is Us, Dirk Gently, The Punisher

The Climb

Pilot premiere
Now streaming on Amazon

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We’ve all had stars in our eyes at some point, staring dreamily out the window at the bright city lights. Well, now it’s our chance to stare dreamily at Diarra Kilpatrick’s latest project, because her Amazon pilot The Climb is finally here! Seriously, is there anything Diarra can’t do? The Climb sees office assistant Nia—an entry-level-celebutante played with aplomb by Kilpatrick—dreaming of a bright life of social media fame and fortune with her best friend Misty (Alysha Umphress) by her side. With sharp wit, millennial madness, and giggles galore, we’re not only saying, watch out Detroit—we’re saying watch “it”, y’all. Diarra’s Nia is coming for you and for her time in the limelight. #BeALion

See the pilot of The Climb on Amazon now.


From Amazon:
An office assistant in Detroit seeks an extraordinary life and internet fame, with her best friend always in tow.


Star Trek: Discovery

Mid-season finale - Sun Nov 12
On CBS All Access

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What do you mean we have to wait until the new year to see more Star Trek: Discovery? That reveal... We suspected it was coming but DANG! The drama, the trauma! It’s too much to ask us to wait. In the midseason finale, we see storylines converge. Lorca (Jason Isaacs) remains the shadowy figure behind a whole lot of it. Is he a good bad guy, or a bad good guy? We need to know. Remember when we said we didn’t trust him? In “Into the Forest I Go”, the Discovery sends a boarding party onto the Sarcophagus—yes, that Klingon ship. You tell us, when in the history of Star Trek has a mission like that ever gone smoothly? The suspense is enough to keep you jittery the entire episode. For such a strong start to the new series, the midseason finale shows no signs of slowing down—we’re just hoping someone beams us all the way to January (That’s how that works, right? Don’t @ us) because for that end...we'd boldly go!

Stream episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access.


From CBS:
In the new episode, called "Into the Forest I Go," Lorca bypasses Starfleet's orders and uses the U.S.S. Discovery crew's ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons, once and for all.


Future Man

Series premiere - Tues Nov 14
Streaming on Hulu

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What would you do if your favorite video game suddenly became real and you were the ultimate hero? Okay, you’d probably check you weren’t hallucinating first. Josh Hutcherson plays Josh Futturman, janitor by day, gamer by night—soon to be, uh, apparently the savior of our future. When a pair of super soldiers, Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson), jump back from the future and tell Josh he’s...well...John Connor he reacts pretty much how you’d expect, with hilarious results. Mostly they’re disappointed in his incompetence, he’s disappointed in their homicidal mania... Created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, you can already imagine the obscenity powered by a whole lotta time travel and alternate outcomes. And, oh, there are so many golden nostalgic references: Back To The Future (obviously), The Terminator, there’s a sweet MJ hat-tip in there, we even get a new origin for Apple. Future Man is about to grab you by the…controller (what were you thinking?) and pull you right into the TV screen. You’ll soon realize it’s 4am and you just blasted your way through the entire first season—kinda like the way you’d play video games as a kid (or, you know, yesterday).

You can watch Future Man on Hulu now.


From Hulu:
Future Man stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) as “Josh Futturman,” a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity.


This Is Us

“Number One” - Season 2, Episode 8
Tues Nov 14 - 9PM

[caption id="attachment_277654" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] THIS IS US -- "Number One" Episode 208 -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)[/caption]

Heading back to high school can be a turbulent time for most—nostalgia is built into the very walls and it forces you to take a long hard look at how you grew up… We’re already welling up at the thought of this already emotional setting now seen through the lens of This Is Us. In the first of three special episodes about the moments that define the "Big Three", Kevin (Justin Hartley) heads back to his old stomping ground to receive an award. We’re getting an inside look at the life of the “Number One” son. Flashbacks abound but what hits hardest is this ep could easily be subtitled ‘Kevin Sends Regrets’. We see the depths of the golden child’s soul and there’s a whole lot of pain—Kevin is beautifully broken and that’s why, no matter what he does, we can’t seem to give him up. Will we find out what really caused that fateful knee injury? We won’t tell, but you already know this episode made Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca, cry a whole lot. So, um, we’ve got the tissues, you bring the wine.

Watch This Is Us on NBC now.


From NBC:
Kevin goes back to his high school to accept an award. Jack and Rebecca get excited about their kids' futures.


Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

“Girl Power” - Season 2, Episode 6
Sat Nov 18 - 9PM

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Think you went too hard on the weekend? Nursing an aching head and a sensitive stomach today? Well, y’all ain’t got nothing on Dirk (Samuel Barnett) & the gang. Welcome to the world’s biggest hangover in “Girl Power”, leaving our crew trying to figure out just what the hell happened the night before (and just where did Dirk get that pink fur coat?), as well an even bigger mystery: Just who is “The Boy”? The closer they get to finding the answer, the tighter the circle draws around them, leaving us on the edge of our seats thinking—just what madness is going to get them out of this predicament? Meanwhile, Amanda (Hannah Marksis digging into a mystery of her own...magic. Yup, magic. And with each scene on her colorful journey of self-discovery she totally steals the show.

Catch up on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America.


From BBC America:
As we grow closer to an answer about the case and the identity of “The Boy”, our villains converge to stop our heroes with a shocking outcome.


The Punisher

Season 1 premiere
Nov 17
On Netflix

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Marvel’s latest instalment to their TV universe brings more than an extra pinch of violence. No, seriously. This ain’t for the fainthearted—it’s gritty, slow-burning, and no one is safe from a bloody demise. The violence is brutal but visceral: artfully choreographed and detailed right down to the final bone crunch. And let’s just take a moment to shout out the casting choices: It’s hard to imagine anyone but Jon Bernthal playing the Punisher now.

Read our full review here

Stream season one of The Punisher on Netflix from Friday.


From Netflix:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.


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<![CDATA[Wild at Heart… – Callwood at the Cooler #32]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:36 +0000 Brett Callwood “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [/imgfull]
Wild at heart…

Music is a wonderful thing, and part of its many-faceted joy is the fact that there’s a song, or even an album, for every mood. And of course, art is subjective. So one person’s breakup album will have no real effect on somebody else. The song one person plays when celebrating a promotion is like nails on a chalkboard to somebody else. This is fine, and it’s how it should be. Music allows us to celebrate our differences. And everyone should be able to like whatever they like, and ignore things that they don’t find interesting. Such is life. All of that said, everyone, and I mean everyone, should know about The Wildhearts.

I embarked on my career in music journalism in 1999, at which point The Wildhearts was 10 years old and had provided the soundtrack to my late teens and early 20’s. The main man, Ginger, formed the band in Newcastle, England, after spells in English blues-rockers The Quireboys (known as The London Quireboys in the States) and New York sleaze rockers The Throbs

Both of those groups were great (and still are, The Quireboys and The Throbs are still playing shows). But Ginger’s role in both was as the sideman, and he was destined for far, far greater things. There was simply no clue from his guitar parts on The Quireboys’ “Mayfair” single that we were listening to one of the great songwriters of the next 30 years (and counting). But I will happily make that case.
Earth Vs.

The first two EPs, Mondo Akimbo a-Go-Go and Don’t Be Happy… Just Worry, both released in 1992, laid the foundation. If this were any other band, those two EPs (later repackaged as one mini-album) would be the peak. In the case of The Wildhearts, they were simply a taster. A tease. Because the following year saw the release of one of THE great rock ’n’ roll albums: Earth Vs. The Wildhearts


I often ask musicians during interviews about the albums that changed their lives—those records that had such a massive impact that it altered the way they viewed other records. One of those was very definitely Earth Vs. for me. Everything that I adored (and adore) about music had been smashed together into the most wonderfully unstable, unpredictable, technically-brilliant noise. And the songs were so beautifully constructed – catchy as almighty hell, relatable, and heavy. It was all there.

Ginger wrote a b-side which later became a fan favorite called “29 X the Pain” where he pays homage to his influences, and that song reveals all you need to know: The Replacements, Husker Du, Beatles, Stones, Sex Pistols, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Clash, Ramones, Blue Oyster Cult, Stiff Little Fingers, Queen, Starz, Jason & the Scorchers, Big Black, The Damned—the song really is a recipe for creating The Wildhearts.


The Wildhearts has a healthy underground following in the UK, and other countries around Europe and in Asia, but they remain largely unknown in the USA. Occasionally, I’ll see someone with a Wildies (as they are sometimes affectionately known) shirt on, and it’s like seeing a family member. I know that person has a refined musical palate. Either that or they’re British.

Still, it’s a shame that the name isn’t more widely known, and I’m saying that for your sake. This is a band with a back catalog that includes no duds. Eight studio albums, three EPs, a bunch of live and compilation albums, and not a one of them is crap. Sure, some are better than others but most of that is subjective.
Endless Nameless

In 1997, when at least some of the band members were engaged in a battle with seedy substances which coincided with a flirtation with the mainstream in terms of music videos getting on television and a bit of radio play, they put out an album called Endless Nameless. Fans still debate the record’s merits, or lack of. It’s the darkest album they ever released, and Ginger still mischievously says it’s his favorite. The distortion was dialed up, the lyrics are extremely heavy, and some critics called it unlistenable at the time.

They were wrong. 20 years on, and this controversial album has dated extraordinarily well. With every listen, it’s possible to peel away a layer and reveal what are in fact songs as catchy as anything in the arsenal. I mention this as a means to demonstrate that even the album widely considered The Wildhearts’ worst is ridiculously good.


For those of you who are going to trust me, the real joy is that you have such a large amount of material to discover. And the pool gets deeper when you realize that Ginger has released a bunch of solo albums, all of which are great. He’s been a member of other bands and side projects, and all of those records are fantastic too. Check out the arena rock of SilverGinger5, the garage brilliance of Supershit 666 (with Dregen from Swedish glam-punks the Backyard Babies and Nicke Royale of the Hellacopters), and the quirky joy of Clam Abuse (with Alex Kane of Life, Sex & Death, AntiProduct, and currently Little Caesar and Shark Island).

More recently, Ginger has assembled an industrial-ish/metal/noise band called Mutation that, like Endless Nameless, polarizes fans, but the songs are there if you listen hard enough. He also has a punky, poppy (but not pop-punk) project called Hey! Hello! that, again, is magnificent.


Dig deeper still, and you realize that many of the people who have been in The Wildhearts alongside Ginger have released amazing albums with other bands or under their own name too. Check out anything by CJ Wildheart, Honeycrack, The Jellys, The Yo-Yo’s, Plan A—the list goes on and on. Ginger knows to surround himself with brilliance.

At the start of this column, I said that one of the great things about music is that there’s a song, or even an album, for every mood. Well, here’s when I deftly come full-circle, because the great thing about being a fan of The Wildhearts and Ginger is that there absolutely is a song, or even an album, for every mood. The man is frankly brilliant; history will elevate him into the upper echelons, the premier league, of rock ‘n’ roll songwriters.

The good news: 30 years on and he’s still just getting started.

“Callwood at the Cooler” is a bi-weekly column which will see me waxing lyrical about events in the news, pop culture and the etc. Sometimes it’ll be light, other times not-so when the rant/monolog demands. The subject matter will vary dramatically so expect anything and keep coming back.


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<![CDATA[First Listen: Noiseheads Drop New Song, “’72”]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:00:27 +0000 Emillie Marvel With a band name like Noiseheads, a song title like "72", and an album... [/imgfull]

With a band name like Noiseheads, a song title like "'72", and an album called Sitcoms For Aliens, out on January 5th, it's pretty clear that you're getting into some 90's inspired jams. The Florida based alternative rock band delivers.

On their latest song, "'72", they showcase what all the elements of their promising and dynamic sound can do. Check out our exclusive premiere of the track below, then watch out for more from the killer trio.

Catch more songs like this on idobi Anthm, the best place on the world wide web for indie music.


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<![CDATA[Exclusive Stream: Best Behavior’s ‘Things That Happened’ EP is Bringing Back the Summer]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:30:33 +0000 Alex Bear Brooklyn’s garage pop outfit Best Behavior are bringing you four tracks of pure sunshine on their... Photo credit: Rick Perez[/caption]

What do you mean winter is coming? We’re mixing the cocktails and putting on our best floral shirt, 'cause today’s exclusive stream has got us on a permanent summer vacation. Brooklyn’s garage pop outfit Best Behavior are bringing you four tracks of pure sunshine on their brand new EP Things That Happened, which you can hear exclusively on idobi today ahead of tomorrow’s release. The EP is all kinds of chilled out, and vocalist/songwriter Alex Gruenburg explains the vibe behind its creation:

"'Things That Happened' is really about coming to New York City, trying to find yourself, and getting lost in the madness. We live in Bushwick and so many kids here try to be so "cool". We could care less, man. We're so over fuzz and reverb. That's why we decided to make a pop record. We don't fit in and we don't want to."

And Best Behavior have achieved that—they stand out from the crowd with ease, their upbeat indie pop brightening up this dreary time of year. Every song on Things That Happened is so gotdamn catchy, you won’t remember what it was like not to have this EP in your life. So hit play below and get ready for Best Behavior to bounce round your head 'til it’s summer outside for real.

Listen out for “As I Wait” in rotation on idobi Anthm!


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<![CDATA[Inbox Jukebox #023 – Bülow, of Verona + VÉRITÉ]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:30:11 +0000 idobi Staff The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... The Inbox Jukebox has got it Covered this week + we're introducing you to Bülow:

Bülow - "Not a Love Song"


We're about to play matchmaker and hook y'all up with Bülow. The seventeen-year-old from The Netherlands just dropped her first jam "Not A Love Song". If this isn't a love song then why are there hearts in our eyes? It's that hook! It totally hooked us and now we're steady waiting for Bülow's upcoming collection Damaged Vol. 1—and we're absolutely sure it's gonna blow our speakers.


of Verona - "Wish You Were Here" (Pink Floyd Cover)


We’ve got it covered this week on the Jukebox with the first of two remakes, starting with of Verona and their sublime cover of "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. This version takes the earthy, distorted radio vibe of the original and goes ethereal with it. The sense of mourning and loss are still there—and so is the beauty.


VÉRITÉ - "Somebody Else" (The 1975 Cover)


Our second cover is from VÉRITÉ. She takes on The 1975's haunted "Somebody Else" and gets up in our faces with it. This cover was released in 2016 but the moment it hit our inbox we knew it would never get old. While the original is filled with regret, VÉRITÉ's version is incredulous, like "Oh, for real? You're really trying this with somebody else?" Nope, VÉRITÉ, there's nobody else—You and The 1975 are currently all we need.


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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 039]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:00:51 +0000 Joe DeAndrea What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new... [/imgfull]

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.

Taylor Swift - Reputation

Reputation is on a land far, far away from anything Taylor Swift has done, but you can tell that she’s never felt more at home. On her fifth album, Swift returns to the spotlight with her grandiose pop flair, backed by production from the likes of Max Martin and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff. It’s a progression from the 80’s pop found on 2014’s 1989 but this time laden with a darker tone equipped with a badass attitude to boot.

DNCE - DNCE (Jumbo Edition)

Just under a year since releasing their debut album, DNCE (sort of) returns with a “jumbo edition” of the record. Along with the original 14 tracks, this re-issue is packed with six extra goodies, including their hit with Nicki Minaj, “Kissing Strangers.” Overall, the highlights of the collection consist of DNCE’s collabs with Japanese rock band Sekai No Owari—they join together on a new track “Hollow,” as well as a remix of “Good Day.”

Sia - “Snowman”

Everyday is Christmas with Sia—especially since her voice is such a gift. Luckily, she’s the gift that keeps on giving as she debuts yet another single from her upcoming Christmas album. Titled “Snowman”, the track’s got enough holiday cheer that we can almost feel the snowflakes start falling already.

Bastille - “World Gone Mad”

Bastille get creative on their new song “World Gone Mad”, taken from the soundtrack of the upcoming Will Smith film, Bright. True to its name, the song delves deep into emotional themes with lines like “So this is where we are / It's not where we had wanted to be / If half the world's gone mad / The other half just don't care, you see.” Musically, it shapeshifts throughout from a lone acoustic guitar to something much more emphatic, building into a hearty full-band soundscape.

Echosmith - An Echosmith Christmas

Echosmith fans still have a little longer to wait until the band’s new album—tentatively scheduled for release next year—but Echosmith’s making the delay a little easier with a brand new Christmas EP. An Echosmith Christmas is only three songs in length, but their collaboration with Hunter Hayes on “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is good enough to keep anyone from complaining.

Walk the Moon - What If Nothing

It isn’t easy following up the success of a triple-platinum single with your new album but Walk the Moon aren’t one to succumb to that kind of pressure. After the monster hit they had in 2014 with “Shut Up and Dance” you’d think they’d try to get everyone to shut up and dance again but it’s actually the opposite; the LP lays down the aggression with “Headphones” while getting dreamy on “One Foot”.

Sheppard - “Coming Home”

Sheppard, Australia’s indie-pop darlings, released a brand new song entitled “Coming Home” for our listening pleasure. It’s been a few years now since their surprise monster hit in “Geronimo,” and while they haven’t been able to recreate that success, songs like “Coming Home” show why they still matter. Mixing their smart pop melodies with their patented anthemic chorus, Sheppard dish out another proper jam.

Bleachers - MTV Unplugged

Jack Antonoff has quickly solidified himself as one of the top producer-songwriters in the game—whether it’s for his work with other artists or his solo venture with Bleachers. But, believe it or not, Antonoff’s best work comes once he strips down all the glossy production for something much more intimate, and that’s why his MTV Unplugged sessions shine. Putting a new spin on tracks like “Rollercoaster” and “Everybody Lost Somebody”, Antonoff shows off his variety while still maintaining a grandiose sound.

Jason Derulo - “Tip Toe”
(feat. French Montana)

Despite being titled “Tip Toe” Jason Derulo’s new single is going to straight up march its way to becoming a hit single. French Montana joins the track to spice it up, but Derulo’s carefree character drives the song into “Talk Dirty” territory—an unabashed riot of a tune, tailor-made to be put on anyone’s playlist for the weekend.

Of Mice & Men - “Warzone”

Of Mice & Men just announced their brand new album: Defy out on January 19th. It’s going to be an interesting one due to the fact that it’s the first record the band will release after the departure of vocalist Austin Carlile—but songs out thus far show that it won’t impact their quality. Their latest, “Warzone” is a breakneck metal track until it brings out the hooks for the bridge.

Other new releases:
Evanescence - Synthesis
EDEN - “gold”
AWOLNATION - “Seven Sticks of Dynamite”
Empire of the Sun - “On Our Way Home”
Mod Sun - BB
Wiz Khalifa - Laugh Now, Fly Later
Rad Horror - “Dark Times”
Tennis - We Can Die Happy
Chromeo - “Juice”
Luna Bay - “Little Amsterdam”
Wombats - “Lemon to a Knife Fight”
Jesse Rutherford - &
G-Eazy - “The Plan”
PnB Rock - “Scrub”
Nav - “Wanted You”
Jidenna - Boomerang


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<![CDATA[Rad Horror Releases New Jam “Dark Times”]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:30:57 +0000 Fish Rad Horror have released their latest single "Dark Times" and it is a BANGER

Rad Horror has released their latest single "Dark Times" and it is a BANGER.
Dark Times is our ambitious attempt at bringing loud guitars and big drums to the forefront of our music. Alternative music seems to be broken and bruised, it needs to be nursed back to health. We wanted to bring the sounds of our youth back to a new generation and inspire kids to pick up an electric guitar again. The computer was making us ugly.
-Dylan Scott, Singer of Rad Horror

Be sure to check out Rad Horror on tour later this month with Kitten and Sizzy Rocket

11/21 – Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle
11/22 – Washington DC at Songbyrd Music House
11/25 – Brooklyn, NY at Elsewhere
11/26 – Allston, MA at Great Scott


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<![CDATA[First Listen: Set For Tomorrow Rocks in New Video for “Slipping Away”]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:00:35 +0000 Emillie Marvel Set For Tomorrow provides rock goodness + meaningful themes with new video, "Slipping Away". [/imgfull]

Today, we're "Slipping Away" into Set For Tomorrow's new track. If you're in need of good rock music (and let's face it, who isn't?), SFT is happy to provide.

What started with a cover of Ellie Goulding's "On My Mind" turned into the launch of the DC band's career. The song made it onto radio nationwide, and gave the band a kickstart on taking on the world with heavy, melodic tracks.

Today, we're bringing you the premiere of the band's new video for "Slipping Away". Featuring a performance in a dark room, the flick sets the stage for deep subtext, as the band explained in their quote below. Check out "Slipping Away" now!

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"This past year has been a very challenging year for us mentally, physically, and most of all emotionally. The passing of Chester Bennington earlier this year really struck a chord with us. Depression is something we personally deal with, some worse than others, but it’s always there. The darkness in this video represents exactly that. Being trapped alone in your head is a very dangerous place to be. We hope to shed some light on this subject. You don’t have to be alone." - Set For Tomorrow


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