App News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:24:36 +0000 en <![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Sign of the Times]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:00:03 +0000 Sam Devotta Foxtrax went in a different direction with their cover of Harry Styles' "Sign of... Sign of the Times”
Writers: Alex Salibian, Jeff Bhasker, Harry Styles, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Nasci, Mitch Rowland
Original Release Date: April 7, 2017

For someone who claims she’s not a One Direction fan, I’ve spent an awful lot of time listening to the boy band recently...and most of their solo projects.


Maybe you’re the number one Directioner on the planet or maybe you’ve spent the past seven years trying not to listen to a 1D song—either way, when the band members split and started releasing solo music, it became even harder to avoid them (I’m not saying I’ve accidentally fallen in love with Niall Horan or anything, but “Slow Hands” is a jam). Harry Styles released his self-titled album a few months ago, and since then, his first single—“Sign of the Times”—has been played pretty much everywhere. This melancholy number clocks in at nearly six minutes long, and it’s surprisingly intricate for something with such a simple melody: there’s elements of pop-rock and glam rock and maybe even a little bit of psychedelic soul. It’s not what anyone expected from the “cute” member of 1D, but it was certainly an interesting direction for him to go in.


Indie band Foxtrax took on “Sign of the Times” and made it completely their own. From the rhythmic bass that speaks to your soul to the slightly faster tempo, it sounds like a different song and you’ll love it. Because of the upbeat vibe, it’s a lot less moody than the original, almost joyous at times despite the sad lyrics. “Will we ever learn? We’ve been here before” sounds less like admonishment and more like something you’d say in good humor when you realize what a silly mistake you’ve made. And while Harry Styles was clearly inspired by music from the seventies, Foxtrax gives the single a more light-hearted vibe that would be better suited for the sixties.

Basically, if you want to wallow in sadness, you’re better off with the Harry Styles original, but Foxtrax manages to coat the darkness with lightness and it’s a nice change.


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<![CDATA[Exciting New Release: Sheena C. Howard’s Encyclopedia of Black Comics]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:05 +0000 Sam Devotta Celebrate Black comic culture and history with Sheena C. Howard's Encyclopedia of Black Comics. [/imgfull]

The Encyclopedia of Black Comics came out this month from Fulcrum Press, and it’s jam-packed with entries on over 100 publishers and creators from the world of Black comic culture. Eisner Award winning author Sheena C. Howard and a group of passionate writers pay tribute to the many Black comic contributors: from inkers to illustrators, convention creators to academics—you might not know their names, but you’re definitely familiar with their work. What makes this even more special for us, is the fact that idobi’s own multi-talented chief creative officer Sherin Nicole contributed the entries on Khary Randolph, Mat Johnson, and Deborah E. Whaley! That's a trifecta of goodness right there, with many more names to add to the list.

With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Christopher Priest, this is a comprehensive volume that celebrates the many notable achievements from Black comic history. 

[blockquotefull]"Some will ask why an encyclopedia of Black Comics needs to exist. Ta-Nehisi Coates is why. David Walker is why."
- Christopher Priest[/blockquotefull]

Order your copy now, then join the conversation on Twitter!

About the editor:
Sheena C. Howard is Associate Professor of Communication at Rider University and first black woman to win an Eisner Award. Howard won the 2014 Eisner Award for her co-edited book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. She is also the author of Black Queer Identity Matrix and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. Howard has appeared on NPR, The Washington Post, ABC, PBS and other networks and documentaries as an expert on popular culture, race, politics and sexual identity negotiation. In 2016, she directed, produced and wrote the documentary Remixing Colorblind. She also has bylines in The Huffington Post, CurveMagazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Check Out One For The Braves New Video for “Dirt Nap”]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:36 +0000 Emillie Marvel Our latest premiere is One For The Braves... or by One For The Braves,... [/imgfull]

Our latest premiere is One For The Braves... or by One For The Braves, at least. In the latest display of stellar Poughkeepsie pop punk, the band has just made an appearance on our very own Eddie Jason & Chris Show, and now, they're bringing an exclusive premiere to

For the song "Dirt Nap", the five piece group is dropping the video for the song below. By balancing nostalgia and modern pop punk, One For The Braves is crafting a unique song anyone could enjoy. Check it out below!

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"‘Dirt Nap' is about moving forward regardless of what the world thinks of you. No matter what you do there are always going to be people who hate you. It's fine, you can't win the world over. You have to let all that negativity flow in one ear and right out the other. In the video we used signs and people's interpretations of the signs to convey some of that negativity. Running is a great way to relax and deal with anxiety and to keep yourself moving forward, which is why in the video I'm running on a track, acknowledging the negativity but still moving forward, accepting that these things exist but not letting them hold me back." - Adam Rebillard (Lead Vocals)


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<![CDATA[Music Makers Who’ve Got Our Vote – Callwood at the Cooler #28]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:22 +0000 Brett Callwood In light of rumors that Kid Rock is considering running for US Senate, Brett... [/imgfull]

In recent weeks, rumors have emerged that Kid Rock is considering running for US Senate. The man-child himself has been fueling the rumors, though nothing has yet been confirmed. But we shouldn’t be surprised that the rise of the alt-right has led to a man known for performing in front of the confederate flag thinking about moving into politics. I mean, why the hell not? The President is a reality TV star who dubiously ran a business and made a few bucks. Success is all but guaranteed when you consider the “We’re sick of politicians—let’s try this instead” crowd. But let’s stop for a minute. If we’re going to stomp forward into a world where entertainers, specifically musicians, can win races and make decisions that will affect our lives, there must be better choices. Here are 10:
Bob Dylan

He just won his Nobel Prize for Literature, and it was well-deserved. Dylan can articulate himself so beautifully that he would have Republicans dancing to his tunes, “Mr. Tambourine Man” style, without really knowing what it is that they’re dancing to. The word “genius” is overused, but Bob Dylan truly is one. Intelligence might be something that gets knocked by Trump’s supporters, but surely Bob could win everyone over.



Chuck D

Or maybe we’re going to need a razor-sharp artist who will point out every injustice, lay it all down, and then get to work fixing it. If Chuck didn’t have to fight the power anymore, because he was in power, imagine what could be achieved. Bring the noize…



Otep Shamaya

Christ, when Otep isn’t laying waste to stages with the band that shares her name, she can be often be found taking part in protests anyway. She’s a bad-ass, openly-gay activist that won’t lie down and cower for anyone. Wait 'til the other side of the aisle gets a load of her.




Detroit has another, better, mega-star. Now, sure, Eminem has said some dumb things himself over the years, particularly in the early stages of his career when he claims to have been in character. He appears to have left that crap behind for the most part. Put next to Kid Rock, he looks like someone born to lead. That’s a low bar, I know.




The Republicans could get on board with the sentiment that “we are living in a material world,” so Madonna might cross the aisle. But we know better. Madonna’s speeches before and after the election proved that she’s capable of greatness in the public speaking arena, and she brings a huge fanbase with her. She written children’s books, so she’s got a grip on education. She had a genuine brush with Jesus in the “Like a Prayer” video, so she can speak on religion with conviction. And she once told her papa, in no uncertain terms, not to preach. She she has no problems putting authority figures in their place.



Ice T

The thing with Ice T is that he commands respect just by walking into a room. Like Samuel L. Jackson, he oozes cool, and it’s annoyingly effortless. With that sort of charisma in his wheelhouse, he would surely have every other world leader eating out of the palm of his hand? Angela Merkel? Putin? Both will be knocking back champagne in the OG’s hot-tub. And don’t tell me that’s not an amazing image.



Jello Biafra

Former Dead Kennedys singer Biafra has always been politically outspoken. The man who can talk forever at lightning speed has an opinion about everything, and he can spit it out with enough venom to shock the hardest of humans. This is the guy who sang “Nazi Punks Fuck Off,” and we need that sort of conviction right now.



Andrew WK

Conversely, Andrew WK wants to party, and party hard. And who can blame him? The world is going to shit. Look, truth be told, Andrew WK would make a terrible politician. But still, waaaaay better than Kid Rock. I’ve spoken to Andrew WK before — he can string a sentence together.



Violent J

In the song “Bang Pow Boom,” the Insane Clown Posse have a plan. They want to round up all the world’s rapists, child abusers and other terrible people, put them in one place, and blow that place up. It’s not a plan that doesn’t have flaws, I grant you. But at least Violent J is trying, and his heart is in the right place. Plus, the juggalos just marched on Washington to protest the fact that the FBI labelled them a criminal gang. These guys will follow their  idols anywhere and everywhere. Meanwhile, Kid Rock is moaning about welfare recipients. Dick.



Almost every other musician on the face of the planet

Take your pick. Weird Al? Taylor Swift? The guys in Stryper? It’s hard to think of anyone who would make a worse politician than Kid Rock. Ted Nugent maybe. One of those Norwegian black metal singers who kills other Norwegian black metal singers and burns down churches? Possibly, but not definitely.



“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[Let’s Become “Legends” with Sleeping with Sirens]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:10:45 +0000 Emillie Marvel Sleeping With Sirens is inspiring fans to overcome obstacles and become legends. [/imgfull]

Sleeping With Sirens is inspiring fans to overcome obstacles and become legends. Following the #wecanbelegends campaign launched earlier this summer, the post hardcore group has just dropped a video for the track "Legends".

Taken from their forthcoming album, Gossip, the video features motion picture Polaroids of fans performing the song. The new collection, which drops, this Friday (9/22) is SWS' fifth studio album. Catch your first taste below.

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<![CDATA[Chase Atlantic Announce Self-Titled Debut Album + Headline Tour Dates]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:37:08 +0000 idobi Staff Chase Atlantic have announced their self-titled debut album will drop October 6th, and they've... [/imgfull]

Brace yourselves, because ya boys in Chase Atlantic are gearing up for somethin’ BIG. They’ve just announced their self-titled debut album will drop October 6th via Warner Bros! The record will include eight new songs, along with all the tracks from this year’s previous releases, Part OnePart Two, and Part Three. See the tracklisting and album art below!

To kick off this new era of Chase Atlantic in style, the Australian alt-pop trio are heading out on a bunch of headline dates this October, right after their current run of shows supporting Sleeping With Sirens. Keep scrolling to see the full list of tour dates and let the countdown begin…


Chase Atlantic Tracklisting:

1. Into It
2. Cassie
3. The Walls
4. Dancer In The Dark
5. Consume (ft. Goon Des Garcons)
6. Swim
7. Triggered
8. Ozone
9. Keep It Up
10. Angeline
11. Okay
12. 23
13. Drugs & Money
14. Uncomfortable

Upcoming North American Tour Dates:

  • September 18      Baltimore, MD      Ottobar*

  • September 20      New York, NY        Gramercy Theater*

  • September 22      Washington, DC    Rock & Roll Hotel*

  • September 23      Charlotte, NC        The Underground*

  • September 24      Atlanta, GA            The Masquerade*

  • September 26      Orlando, FL           The Beacham Theater*

  • September27       Tampa, FL              The Orpheum*

  • September 28      Pensacola, FL        Vinyl Music Hall*

  • October 22           Phoenix, AZ           Valley Bar

  • October 23           Anaheim, CA         Parish Room @ HOB

  • October 25           San Diego, CA       Space

  • October 26           Los Angeles, CA    Bootleg

*with Sleeping With Sirens


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<![CDATA[Linkin Park Announce Concert in Honor of Chester Bennington, Share “One More Light” Video]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:13 +0000 Alex Bear Linkin Park have announced a special show in honor of Chester Bennington, and shared... [/imgfull]

Linkin Park have announced a special show in honor of Chester Bennington. The band will come together for one night only in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of the late singer, and pay tribute to the man who touched so many lives. Taking place at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27th, Linkin Park will be joined by a number of other artists, and each LP member intends to donate their performance fees to Music For Relief's One More Light FundPre-sale for tickets begins Tuesday, September 19th, and general on-sale starts Friday, September 22nd.

The band have also shared a video for the song “One More Light”, featuring clips of Chester and the band over the years. Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda have shared some personal messages about the video; you can see them below along with the song, which seems all the more poignant and heartbreaking now. The video shows just how strong the Linkin Park community has always been, and how together the band and fans will continue to draw strength from each other. Fans have been sharing their memories of Chester and showing their support, and you can read all their tributes here:


“It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it. I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection.”
- Joe Hahn

“One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.”
- Mike Shinoda


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<![CDATA[BTS Release LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’ + Drop “DNA” Music Video!]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:50:24 +0000 idobi Staff BTS have finally released LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’! And to celebrate, the pop superstars have... [/imgfull]

The day has finally arrived: BTS have released LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’! Yes, we’ll wait ’til you’ve stopped screaming. And, to celebrate what shall now be known as BTS day, the pop superstars have dropped a music video for “DNA”, which you can see below! The group have used the visual to represent the wonders of DNA (what else?) and fateful connections through their epic synchronized dance moves and hyperrealistic colors and reality presented throughout.

BTS are also doing a worldwide live broadcast of their ‘BTS Comeback Show’ with Mnet on September 21st, where you can see BTS performing songs from the new record for the very first time, so stay tuned for that! 'Til then, it's time to dig into the album!

LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’ gifts you with eleven new songs and skits, along with two hidden tracks, and combines a whole range of genres including EDM, synth punk, and disco to add to their already intense signature style. Get your hands on the release here or via Amazon, and come jam with us, because we can’t wait to hear what you think—just be sure to speak up, 'cause we’ll be blasting BTS on repeat all day.



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<![CDATA[Outlander REWIND “Surrender”]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:00:07 +0000 idobi Staff by Kat Bittner Basically: Surrender your clothes, but don’t give your heart away! If... by Kat Bittner
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Basically: Surrender your clothes, but don't give your heart away!

[blockquotefull]If the season premiere was about the internal struggle to move, episode two is Claire and Jamie's first tentative step back into the world through family, burgeoning friendships and career. [/blockquotefull]

If the season premiere was about the internal struggle to move, episode two is Claire and Jamie's first tentative step back into the world through family, burgeoning friendships and career.

The redcoats are looking for a bearded man with a gigantic cap, called Dunbonnet, who has been making trouble for them in the countryside and gaining followers among those left after the rebellion. No matter how many times the redcoats search Lallybroch (held in custody by his brother-in-law, Ian) they cannot find Jamie or his infamous alter ego Dunbonnet. We find that Jamie is hiding out in a cave on his family's land after his sister, Jenny, and brother in law give a convincing show of not knowing where the prodigal brother has gone.


The last we saw Fergus, French pickpocket and adopted son of Claire and Jamie, was just before the Battle of Culloden. He is with two other boys exploring in the woods when they come across a gun. Fergus is confident that he would have been capable of fighting during the rebellion if he didn't have to get the deed to Lallybroch to Jenny.

Fergus is eager to prove to himself to Jamie. However, Jamie has just been through a war and is aware of how easily circumstances can turn with redcoats patrolling the region. When Jenny is in labor the boys notice ravens flying near their home. Since ravens are believed to be harbingers of death Fergus shoots them and catches the attention of the redcoats who were earlier interrogating the family. If it wasn't for the quick thinking of kitchen maid Mary, drawing the blame to herself for shooting the raven out of superstition, Fergus would have enjoyed English hospitality.

Cut to 1948, where we see Claire attempting to move on with Frank. Just as Jamie is still haunted by visions of Claire—whenever he sees a woman—Jamie is the man Claire reaches out for in her dreams. (That gives us  a new image of our favorite Highlander for Thirsty Thursdays!)

Claire and Frank try the usual married couple dates, like having dinner with the neighbors. Despite the complaints about her husband's lack of adventure with dinner in the previous episode we find that Frank makes up for it in other domestic duties. Inspired by this display of passion at their dinner table Claire and Frank try warm up their relationship in front of the fireplace...the spark is NOT there. Frustrated, Frank tells Claire, "When I'm with you. I'm with you, but you're with him".

Back in Lallybroch Ian returns. Fergus is leading the redcoats around in circles; taunting the bully of the group—a Scotsman working for the English. The Scotsman cuts off Fergus' hand while Jamie hides in the trees. Jamie is tormented by his inaction, but his sister assures him if he did show himself they would have killed him, Fergus, and the family for harboring a traitor.

Jamie visits Fergus. They talk about their time in Paris together and reaffirm their loyalty to each other. Jaime finds someone to live for in the lad. Later, finding  his family coat of arms ripped apart is another blow to Jamie. He makes a deal with his sister and brother-in-law to "sell him out" to the redcoats, so their family will have peace.

Jaime tells Mary how impressed he was by her quick thinking with the redcoats earlier. She gives him a close shave... and gets handsy. Although Jaime initially fights her advances he gives in.

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Jump forward to the future, Claire is settling into motherhood. Without a doubt she loves Brianna, but Claire feels the need to be a part of something bigger than herself. She begins medical school and meets Joe Abernathy, an African American student, at her first lecture. Neither of them are welcomed by the professor or the other classmates. Even in her own time Claire is still a trailblazer.

The episode closes with Jaime "coming home" to his sister and the redcoats arresting him. She is tearful in her denunciation of his unforgivable sin being a traitor. The English have gotten what they wanted.

In a final glimpse, while walking to class Claire passes a bagpiper.
In a nutshell: No matter where Claire goes, Jamie will be there with her.

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Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ.

Airdate: September 24th at 8 PM ET/PT on STARZ, the STARZ app and STARZ On Demand

In prison, Jamie discovers that an old foe has become the warden – and now has the power to make his life a living hell. Over the years, Claire and Frank both put their best foot forward to share a harmonious marriage, but an uninvited guest shatters this illusion, bringing their differences to light.

Outlander” airs on Sundays at 8PM ET/PT on STARZ.


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<![CDATA[Inbox Jukebox #018 – Noah Gundersen, Hill, Aly & AJ + Yoke Lore]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:30:25 +0000 idobi Staff The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... This is something you can groove to—this is the Inbox Jukebox:
Noah Gundersen - White Noise


Noah Gundersen feels like the second coming of Peter Gabriel (and that's a love note with hearts in the margins). Listening through the singles, from "Bad Desire" to "The Sound" to "Heavy Metal" immerses you in an 80s-jukebox-classics sound, with atmospheric instrumentation and haunting lyrics that mess with your mind. Gundersen spins on the same playground as The 1975—they don't sound alike but their inspirations come from the same place and they both dive into your feels—it's clear that on Gundersen's upcoming EP White Noise we're the ones who'll get to have the fun.



Hill - "On Camera"


Imagine Fifty Shades of Grey with a stiletto sharp edge—nails grazing your back, teeth scraping your skin, and a slow beat driving you wild. Got an image? Can you feel it? That's what the new single "On Camera" from Hill sounds like. We're talking BDSM over a beat that stalks you down and demands total submission. Those breathy exhales...they're not just on the track...see, we knew this would move you.



Aly & AJ - "Take Me"


Author Sarah Beth Durst is celebrating the premiere of the television adaptation of her book Drink, Slay, Love this weekend, and we're bringing a banger to the party. Trust us, we'll be the belles of the bash with Aly & AJ's "Take Me". The track does what it says on the tin, it sinks its teeth in you. Don't believe us? The video is currently #41 trending on YouTube and we can't stop watching. We're rocking out to the finger snaps, underscoring the pair's melodies; while they demand a tryst that will satisfy even the most vampiric of thirsts. There's blood on the dancefloor, baby, and as long as the DJ is spinning this tune we're not going home 'til the sunrise. "When you gonna take me out!"



Yoke Lore - "Goodpain" & "Only You" (Audiotree Live)


There's something about Yoke Lore that pulls us in. Maybe it's the trippy percussion, or the art district groove; whatever it is, we're addicted. "Goodpain" is all about facing down the harshness of life with an optimism some might call crazy—but is actually a kind of magic. You can dance to this, but it'll also soothe away your pain. "Only You' is the musical equivalent of getting lifted—a fantasy of being strong enough to leave a love behind without actually letting go. We dare you not to catch a contact high when this tune rises out of your speakers like cotton candy colored smoke. Damn man, that's the good stuff.


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<![CDATA[Matt Toka Returns with New Album ‘Straight To Hell’ + Video for “Angel”]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:30:16 +0000 Emillie Marvel The clouds have parted, the sun is shining, "Angel's" are rejoicing... Matt Toka has... [/imgfull]

The clouds have parted, the sun is shining, "Angel's" are rejoicing... Matt Toka has returned. After a four year hiatus from all things music and social media, and the ultimate test in patience for his fans, the (formerly) green haired rocker is back for more.

His hair color isn't the only part of the game that's changed, though. In an announcement on Facebook, he's let us know he's no longer with a record label, his website URL has changed, and now he's releasing music on his own. You can pick up a copy of the album that never was, Straight To Hell, here.

On top of that, Toka finally dropped the video for "Angel" (or "She's An Angel", for the O.G. fans out there). We know, it's almost all too much. Take a walk through the trailer park below, and join us in saying welcome back man, we missed you.

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<![CDATA[NEW VIDEO – LIGHTS has “New Fears” and “they’re burning for you”]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:50:47 +0000 idobi Staff We’ve been burning to tell you EVERYTHING about the upcoming Skin&Earth album from Lights for...  

We've been burning to tell you EVERYTHING about the upcoming Skin&Earth album from Lights for months, our girl made magic with music, art & story—but that's just how she does it. Look out for our review next week. Until then, get into her video for "New Fears" and holler at us if you love it like we do.

From the label:
Out September 22, 2017 via Warner Bros. Records, Skin&Earth features the anthemic single "Giants," which continues to climb the charts at Hot AC radio, and Lights will celebrate the album's release next Friday by kicking off her tour with PVRIS at The Novo in Los Angeles.
Pre-Order Skin&Earth:


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<![CDATA[Riot Fest: 5 Bands You’ll Know & 5 Bands You Won’t Want to Miss]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:30:02 +0000 Hannah Hines September means one thing...yes Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks, but mainly that Riot... [/imgfull]

September means one thing...yes Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks, but mainly that Riot Fest in Chicago, IL is right around the corner! People will travel from all over to watch incredible sets from Mayday Parade performing A Lesson In Romantics, to Bayside performing The Walking Wounded, to Jawbreaker, and much more. Festivals are a special place to experience the live rendition of art because of the diverse community it brings together all for the same reason—to find solace in music. Like any good friend we wanted to give you some suggestions of who to watch and even discover at Riot Fest this year, while talking about the ones we are most excited for. So get ready to make a playlist, to turn strangers into friends, and to truly appreciate the significance live music can have, because it’s time to Riot!

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Whether you grew up singing “Misery Business” wishing you had bright red hair like Hayley Williams or you’ve had “Hard Times” stuck in your head all summer, the Paramore set is going to have something for everyone. With an hour to play from an impressive discography that has matured with the band and fans alike there’s sure to be a celebration of the current while remembering the past. If you haven’t checked out the band’s latest endeavor, After Laughter, Riot Fest is the perfect time to be impressed by the refreshing alt pop with much deeper lyrical meaning than on previous releases because of different life experiences. This record in particular captures the emotional rollercoaster that is being a young adult; through the juxtaposition of upbeat tempos and somber songwriting you’re reminded you aren’t alone. You’ll dance, you might cry, but you’ll definitely be glad you went.



The Regrettes

Some say they're this generation's Riot Grrrl, and one listen to the record Feel Your Feelings Fool! will show you why. Lydia Night is the 16 year old singer/songwriter behind this young, punk, socially aware project. Many of The Regrettes’ lyrics are rebellious in nature but that war-cry passion comes from a place of wanting to see and cause positive change. Songs such as “Seashore” offer a refreshing female perspective to anyone who has ever felt belittled, through lines like: “You’re talking to me like I’m dumb / Well I’ve got a lot to say”. This self-proclaimed garage pop band is about to head on tour with SWMRS and The Interrupters, but you can see them in the always electric festival setting of Riot Fest where there’s no walls and the sky’s the limit.



Sleep On It

Riot Fest always offers some of its own Chicago best, including Real Friends and Knuckle Puck—who should already be on your list—but you won’t want to miss Sleep On It. This is a band to believe in whether they’re from your hometown or not. Having played in basements and touring in a van just to get to share their music with as many people as possible, there’s something truly inspiring about witnessing a group pursue their dreams and then have them start to come true due to hard work and perseverance. With their album Overexposed coming out November 3rd and their explosive single “Distant” there’s even more to look forward to with an evident newfound zeal. While you’re waiting for the album to drop you could definitely get the chorus of “See You Around” off of their last EP Lost Along the Way stuck in your head, because...I KNOW THAT YOU’LL NEVER LET THIS GO!



Culture Abuse

You can feel the authentic energy in every song Culture Abuse has released, so it’s only right you experience it live. This six piece rock band brings a certain San Francisco warmth wherever they go, especially through their DIY touring style these past few years. They have given themselves the freedom to explore many different styles and musical eras creates a unique sound, which is most evident on their full length Peach. The record deserves a start to finish listen through to fully appreciate the band's effort, which collectively brings their own experiences in punk to create a piece ironically produced more professionally. Their punk rock garage band approach in particular has a contagious effect on your mood even though their songwriting is grounded in reality, touching on topics like mental health and loss of loved ones.


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A Day To Remember

After the sun sets, the night time A Day To Remember set is going to make sure you end the day right. Will Josh throw his bass into the air? Will Jeremy end up in the crowd, maybe in a hamster ball? Will there be confetti? Guess you’re going to have to find out! If you’re worried about not knowing their latest album Bad Vibrations, don’t worry because you can stream it on the band’s YouTube right here. Don’t consider this homework though; ADTR write their music with no emotional restraint, whether that’s anger or loss or love, and watching that translate to a live setting is a really cathartic experience that gives you permission to embrace your own humanity.



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Nothing More

Nothing More’s anticipated Riot Fest set comes right after the release of their first record in four years, The Stories We Tell Ourselves. The singles they’ve released so far are hard hitters not just with a large sonic landscape but with intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics about the current times we are living in politically and socially like on “Let ‘Em Burn”. Maybe the band doesn’t have all the answers but they’re asking the same questions as many of us and there’s definitely some comfort to be found in that. This set essentially starts the next era of Nothing More, making it one you can’t miss.


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Festivals provide a great opportunity to discover new music, so if you somehow haven’t checked out Grayscale, now is the time! We can get you started with an idobi Session of the band playing “Beautiful Things” acoustic—and yes, you might need tissues. Grayscale has been hustling harder than ever this year, signing with Fearless Records, releasing their album Adornment, touring the country, covering Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” for Punk Goes Pop,  and releasing music videos. The hard work shows in the band's ability to naturally grow their fan base which translates to one of the most interactive sets to take in. What really connects this band with their listeners is the transparency in their lyrics and ability to tell stories through songwriting. Lines like “My eyes are tired, blood pumped with caffeine / This place feels more and more like nowhere to me” on “Atlantic”, or “Cause right now you’re only holding me back” on “Fever Dream” provide words for the feelings that can sometimes leave us speechless.



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Skating Polly

Step-siblings Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse were only 9 and 14 when they formed Skating Polly, both quickly learning to play multiple instruments and recording their appropriately titled record Taking Over the World from their living room while other kids were still playing with dolls. Since then the band has toured extensively with remarkable acts such as The Flaming Lips, Band Of Horses, and Babes of Toyland because they all personally believed in the act’s potential and tenacity. The duo added brother Kurtis Mayo just this year allowing the group to reach even more potential. Skating Polly has experimented with various styles from soft indie to in your face punk rock in their discography while continuing to write poetic lyrics. The group is sure to put on an intense and impressive live show, and not just because they’re known to change instruments and roles. Skating Polly is infused with boundless creativity that is not only impressive but intoxicating.



State Champs

State Champs is one of those bands people are going to be begging to do anniversary tours in 15 years—but you can see them now! The Finer Things and Around the World and Back are both instant iconic albums for this music scene with catchy riffs, sing-along-worthy choruses, some of the best vocals in pop punk, and an overall feel-good vibe. State Champs’ live show feels effortless, but the band has clearly put in a lot of time picking fan favorite songs so the crowd can participate, allowing for that temporary bliss many find in live music. It’s only a matter of time before we’re pleasantly surprised by even more music from State Champs, so this Riot Fest set is a great chance to take in and celebrate everything they’ve done so far.



The Smith Street Band

All the way from Australia comes one of this years breakout acts, The Smith Street Band. The band has been around for a while but their fourth record, More Scared of You than You Are of Me, is a definite AOTY contender, boasting brash instrumentals and huge choruses. Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, the record embraces vulnerability without hesitation; admitting to being miserable on one song and elated on the next, without stopping to try to make sense of if it all. It’s this stream of consciousness style that makes their music accessible, so whether you’re able to yell along to the songs or not, this will be one of the most lighthearted, fun sets of the weekend.


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<![CDATA[Thievery Corporation Are Offering Fans the “Ultimate Tour Experience”]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:50:27 +0000 Alex Bear Thievery Corporation are getting ready for their North American tour this fall, and they... Photo credit: Jen Maler[/caption]

Thievery Corporation are getting ready for their North American tour this fall, and they want you to enjoy it as much as possible—with the "Ultimate Tour Experience" in collaboration with PledgeMusic. See the tour dates and find out more from the band below, and get your access passes now.

"We are doing something we call the Ultimate Tour Experience where only 10 people per show will get to watch us from either the photo pit or the side of the stage," said the band in a statement.  "Each venue is different and some don’t have room on the stage or don’t have a pit area but don’t worry, you will get the best access we can grant. You will also get VIP passes to come watch our Soundcheck before the show. This is something we have only done once before and we liked it, so we thought we would try it again. Soundcheck is the place to go for the chance to hear the band try new things out before the show."


  • SEP 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia

  • SEP 28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston

  • SEP 29 - Portland, ME @ Aura

  • SEP 30 - New York, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island

  • OCT 03 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel

  • OCT 04 -  Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

  • OCT 05 -  Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theatre

  • OCT 06 -  Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

  • OCT 07 -  St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

  • OCT 11 -  Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

  • OCT 13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

  • OCT 14 -  Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando

  • OCT  17 - Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach

  • OCT 20 -  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre

  • OCT 21 -  Austin, TX @ Stubb's

  • OCT 22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas

  • OCT 23 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston

  • OCT 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

  • OCT 28 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim

  • OCT 29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic


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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 031]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:30:57 +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 - “The Last of the Real Ones”

It’s a major bummer that Fall Out Boy pushed back their upcoming album, M A  N   I    A, to early next year, but at least that gives them some time to head back and polish songs to their best potential. Now, we might be getting our first taste of what they kept us waiting for with “The Last of the Real Ones,” the third track we’re hearing from the ten song album. It’s easily their poppiest since “Alone Together,” and they’ve seemingly thrown their weird, experimental-pop to the wayside on this one—it’s straight-up hooks with pulsating keys, making the wait for January that much harder.

Knuckle Puck - “Double Helix”

“Double Helix” is Knuckle Puck’s way of telling the world that they aren’t messing around. For their second full-length, Shapeshifter, they’ve seemed to’ve grabbed pop-punk by the throat with an urgency we haven’t seen in awhile. Of course, their debut, Copacetic, was the reason everyone got on board with them in the first place—but “Double Helix” along with the previously released “Gone” are a shot of adrenaline in Knuckle Puck’s ever-expansive soundscape.

The Story So Far - “Out of It”

After one listen to The Story So Far’s new song, “Out of It,” you can just tell that it’s the start of something new for the pop-punk powerhouses. While it ends abruptly, it also leaves you wanting more, making it the perfect candidate for an opener to an eventual new album. Parker Cannon & Co. go all out here, but the lack of raw aggression is actually interesting to hear. Still, it’s a Story So Far song through and through—fast, catchy, and begging to be played over and over.

Seaway - Vacation

Seaway closes out the summer with one of the most aptly titled albums of the year: Vacation. The best part is, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a summer vacation—just getting away is good enough for this record to become your soundtrack. Between the teen movie-esque “Something Wonderful” to the anthemic “Curse Me Out,” Vacation’s got enough meat on its bones to keep you satisfied all year long.

Circa Survive - “Premonition of the Hex”

Circa Survive has always had a knack for having a consistent theme throughout their records while making sure each song has its own identity—things don’t change here with The Amulet and their new single, “Premonition of the Hex.” As the fourth track released thus far, “Premonition” is strong with its instrumentation while dialing it back vocally. Frontman Anthony Green doesn’t flex those pipes like he normally does, but he doesn’t need to for a Circa song to remain effective.

Weezer - “Beach Boys”

It’s not a coincidence: Weezer calling their latest song “Beach Boys” was a calculated effort. Featured on their upcoming album, Pacific Daydream, it’s only natural that a track with this title pays homage to the Beach Boys themselves. Breezy melodies and laid back guitars set the stage for yet another solid new Weezer tune, and fans can’t help but to be thrilled with their quality lately.

Stand Atlantic - Sidewinder

Stand Atlantic are bursting onto the scene with something to prove as they release their debut EP, Sidewinder. Locked and loaded with five songs of pop goodness, it’s hard to believe this Australian pop-punk trio aren’t bigger than they are. “Coffee At Midnight” is an easy standout with relatable lyrics, but it’s really the cohesiveness of the collection as a whole that makes Stand Atlantic one of the most promising bands around.

Want more from Stand Atlantic? Check out our premiere of the band's lyric video "Mess I Made"!

Galantis - The Aviary

The most important thing an EDM act can do is make sure that there’s never a dull moment in their career, because the genre can move pretty quickly—it’s easy to get left behind. Fortunately, Swedish duo Galantis only know how to outdo themselves, and they’ve definitely done so with their new album, The Aviary. Featuring previously released tracks that have already charted well on the U.S. Dance charts (“No Money,” “Love on Me”), they separate themselves in the electronic scene for the collabs they’ve done with ROZES in “Girls on Boys” and Wrabel in “Written in the Scars.”

Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

Concrete and Gold might go down as one of the weirdest Foo Fighters records to date, but hearing it in its entirety, everything just makes sense. For instance, you’ve got cameos here from Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney, and then there’s Sia’s main co-writer Greg Kurstin taking over production duties. Underneath it all, however, it results in some of their best material, proving that the band is still incredibly relevant to rock music even after all of these years.

Against the Current - “Legends Never Die”

The League of Legends World Championship is a big deal. The yearly tournament for the addictive PC game gets larger every year, and this time the prize pool comes in at well over $2 million. So, for something as epic as this, you need the right theme song—this is where Against the Current come in. These pop-rock maestros are actually huge fans of the game, so you know they must be pumped to be able to create the official song. “Legends Never Die” is rightfully full of intensity as the band delivers a massive arena rock anthem.


Enter Shikari - “Rabble Rouser”

UK rock band Enter Shikari are gearing up to release their fifth studio album, but before they drop it in its entirety, they’ve unveiled another song for our listening pleasure. “Rabble Rouser” is dynamic in all aspects as it shape-shifts from moody verses until picking up the pace with a groovy chorus. Their record, The Spark, is out on September 22nd.


Other new releases:
Lights - “New Fears”
Our Last Night - “Look What You Made Me Do”
The Killers - “Some Kind of Love”
Lorde - “Homemade Dynamite (Feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA) REMIX”
Sia - “Rainbow”
Niall Horan - “Too Much to Ask”
Nick Jonas - “Find You”
Sara Bareilles - “If I Dare”
Post Malone - “Rockstar”
Labrinth - “Misbehaving”
Superfruit - “How Are Your Feeling?”
Björk - “The Gate”
Sara Bareilles - “If I Dare (from Battle of the Sexes)”
Shoffy - “Flags (feat. Yuna)”
Toulouse - Extended Plea
U2 vs. Kygo - “You're The Best Thing About Me”


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<![CDATA[Photos: Hellyeah in Norfolk]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:50:16 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Crystal Huffman covered the Hellyeah show at the Norva in Norfolk, VA.


Cane Hill



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<![CDATA[Photos: Descendents in Norfolk]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:27:22 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Crystal Huffman covered The Descendents show at the Norva in Norfolk, VA. 


Night Birds

The Bronx


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<![CDATA[Photos: Social Distortion in Norfolk]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:15:54 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Crystal Huffman covered the Social Distortion show at the Norva in Norfolk, VA. 

Social Distortion

Jade Jackson


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<![CDATA[Photos: Green Day in San Diego]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:03:30 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Ryan Watanabe covered the Green Day show at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in San...

Green Day



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<![CDATA[Do You Remember the 10th Anniversaries in September?]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:30:32 +0000 Joe DeAndrea September is the birth month to some pretty legendary records, all of which are... You never quite forget the first time you lay ears on an album that becomes essential to your life. Listening back to it evokes a wonderful sense of nostalgia that doesn’t seem to go away, no matter how long it’s been—whether it becomes something spun regularly over the years, or a record thrown on only every now and then. The bad part, of course, is that we age with those records, too, but it’s still worth looking back and celebrating everything those albums accomplished.

September is the birth month to some pretty legendary records, all of which are celebrating 10 year anniversaries. Take a trip down memory lane, revisit the classics, or if you’re just checking them out for the first time, you might even discover a new favorite.

All Time Low - So Wrong, It’s Right

So Wrong, It’s Right was All Time Low’s first taste of the big leagues. After their wildly successful Put Up or Shut Up EP, the guys more or less had to put up or shut up and do something special with their subsequent full-length—mission accomplished. Linking up with producer Matt Squire allowed them to amplify the ‘pop’ in pop-punk and made waves with singles “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and “Six Feet Under The Stars.” To give you an idea of how much All Time Low has grown since then: So Wrong, It’s Right is hardly the best the band has to offer, but we can’t forget it helped kick start it all.


Four Year Strong - Rise or Die Trying

Having emerged from the Boston hardcore scene, Four Year Strong’s pop-punk ways were a change of pace for the guys, but they settled in wonderfully. Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, was a game-changer for the genre as a whole—as they intertwined their pop-punk sound with some light hardcore influences; naturally, everyone ate it up. Signing with Pete Wentz’s Decaydance Records eventually led them to ink a deal with Universal. Major label success, unfortunately, is never a guarantee. Regardless, ten years after Rise, the band is stronger than ever—you can even check out the Rise or Die Trying 10th Anniversary edition out now with a few extra tracks.


Kanye West - Graduation

It’s extremely difficult to single out the best Kanye West album, because each one deserves a massive amount of praise for completely different reasons. Graduation, West’s third studio album, was a battle cry as he marched toward the gates of pop superstardom, and it wasn’t long until he busted right through them. “Stronger” became the third number one single of his career, and overall, Graduation ultimately showed West’s shift from an R&B/soul-driven sound to something more experimental—he doubled down on this with his next record, 808s & Heartbreak. Throughout the years, we’ve seen exactly how he pushes the envelope with his soundscape, and Graduation was the first time we saw it really come to life.


New Found Glory - From The Screen To Your Stereo Part II

Despite New Found Glory’s track record of longevity, there was a point after 2006’s Coming Home where it felt like they had reached their end. Geffen Records dropped support for the polarizing full-length, and only one music video emerged from the album cycle. After some worrying radio silence, the band returned with the announcement of From The Screen To Your Stereo Part II—a sequel to their fan-favorite EP released in 2000. Full of tracks made famous from films, the cover album sported classics like Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” and The Cardigans’ “Lovefool.” To top it off, guest vocals from Cartel’s Will Pugh and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump were just some of the many who helped liven up the collection. After ten years, the only thing we’re left wondering now is when Part III will arrive.


Motion City Soundtrack - Even If It Kills Me

Even If It Kills Me was a textbook example of a pop punk band taking their sound to the next level. Produced by a melting pot of musicians such as The Cars’ Ric Ocasek and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, they really helped Motion City Soundtrack become the best they could be—this was especially important since it was the follow-up to their breakout record Commit This To Memory. The record never hit mainstream success like it should have, but its honest lyrics coupled with glimmering melodies made it irresistible to the ears of fans and critics alike.


Chiodos - Bone Palace Ballet

Chiodos goes down as arguably one of the most influential bands in the scene. Frontman Craig Owens’ vocals had an immediate impact on anyone who listened, and the musicianship was aggressive yet inviting—whether you refer to the Chiodos eras that included Owens or not. Before his initial exit, the band dropped Bone Palace Ballet in 2007, which was an ambitious work that boasted a theatrical feel while implementing keys, death-curdling screams, and those signature Owens pipes. He was removed from the band in 2010, but made a return for one last hurrah (2014’s Devil) before calling it quits for good.


Metro Station - Metro Station

The allure of “Hannah Montana’s brother’s band” was too big to pass up—you just had to give Metro Station a listen. Turns out, though, they ended up being pretty decent with some absolute jams in their repertoire. Other than their one hit in “Shake It,” the album had fun deep cuts like “True To Me” and “Control”—but be warned, this album absolutely *sounds* like a 2007 album, and that might explain why Metro Station’s resurgence never worked out as well as they might’ve hoped. Still, Metro Station is a fun listen. We won’t be seventeen forever, but this album can throw us back to the moment from time to time.


Fightstar - One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours

Only a few years after reinventing himself from pop star to metalhead, Charlie Simpson was already making waves with his new band Fightstar. He traded in selling out arenas in the UK with Busted to playing small clubs (but you could tell that this was the lifestyle that made him happy when he was a 21 year old), especially because that exuberance came across so much in the music. One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours was Fightstar’s second full-length, but at that point they already sounded like seasoned veterans of the genre. Their brand of metal-infused rock had no problem throwing you out of your chair while Simpson’s soothing vocals brought you back down to earth. Since the record’s release, Simpson’s gone on to relive his days in Busted with a reunion, but One Day Son is good enough to keep your ears busy until he brings Fightstar back for more someday.


Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer - Schematics

During the month of Anthony Green’s latest musical venture—Circa Survive’s The Amulet—his previous band, Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, is celebrating a ten year anniversary. Not that he was a part of that album (he left the band a few years before), but it’s a rare occasion of a Green-less record being downright incredible. Zolof made a pitch-perfect pop album with 2007’s Schematics, and it still holds up well to this day, with some standouts including “Can’t Stand It” and “So Scared.” Sadly, this was the last we ever heard from the band, but that’s not to say the members aren’t still around—guitarist Vince Ratti was responsible for mixing Brand New’s latest LP, Science Fiction.


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