App News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Tue, 23 May 2017 03:16:11 +0000 en <![CDATA[Watch This Week – 5/22]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:00:22 +0000 idobi Staff Check out our picks of what you should be watching this week—featuring Into the... Daniel Wu as Sunny - Into the Badlands Season 2, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC[/caption]

This week: Into the Badlands, Samurai Jack, and American Gods!

Into the Badlands

Season 2 - complete on AMC. Binge it all!

We’ve been raving about this show all season...and we were right. Into the Badlands is the post-apocalyptic fantasy martial arts series we’ve been dreaming about since we saw The Five Deadly Venoms. ITTB is so damn good. You know how we know? Season One was 6 episodes long, and it left us craving more. Season Two was 10 episodes long, and it blew our fragile little minds. Now—since AMC rewards excellence—Season Three of Into the Badlands will be 16 episodes. No need to hold your applause; we’re already on our feet. If you haven’t watched the series yet, you can binge it like those cupcakes you stole from work.

Here’s a bit of the premise: Season 2 is a mash-up of Journey to the West (they even have a Bajie) and The Odyssey (Sunny makes a great Ulysses); it weaves its way through badass action and layered character development to end in what looks like the setup for a new take on [highlight for spoiler] Lone Wolf and Cub!

Don’t get us wrong, we’re mad as hell about parts of how Season 3 ended, but that’s just because the show made us care. Like we said before: If you’re into high octane martial arts action, the Badlands are where you want to be.


Samurai Jack

Season 5 - complete on Adult Swim / Cartoon Network


Samurai Jack full episodes

If you thought the Genndy Tartakovsky series (led by the hot cocoa & marshmallows voice of Phil LaMarr) was genius before, then prepare to have your expectations shattered. In its 5th season Samurai Jack is legend. The promise of the theme song becomes both prophecy and somewhat of a requiem as Jack fights against bee-bop robots, internal demons, and the Daughters of Aku. At the same time he discovers the impact he has on the world, and the healing power of the ultimate 1-2 punch—acceptance and love. There is such a depth of feeling to this show that we’re still thinking about it days after the season (and quite possibly the series) finale.

Sidebar: Cheers to, Ashi. We adore you, girl!

Like we told you before: If you’re going to make a comeback after 13 years, this is the way to do it. Samurai Jack returns for a limited fifth season and his homecoming is…awesome. Jack is back armed with guns and guilt, and he is legend.


American Gods

Sundays - 10pm ET - on Starz

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Ep 105 - Lemon Scented You /  Ep 104 - Git Gone
Air Dates: May 28 / May 21

By the gods, this is good. There is blood. Yes, geysers of it. Deliciously evocative sex. Oh wow, yes. There are fist fights and humor and all the things that make a fantasy series great. Yes, yes, and yes. It’s enthralling on every level, but what makes American Gods irresistible is that it serves all this up with something most series lack: Truth. A truth so fearlessly real it grabs you by the shirt and pulls you into the screen.

In Ep 5 American Gods begins to explore new territory—bringing back characters, introducing original ones, and creating conflicts that will surprise both fans of the book and those who have only seen the series. Can we just tell you? When watching American Gods you’re in for the best road trip ever!

Sidenote: Laura really is tacky (see the clip below)...but we like that a character like this exists. She’s so edge-of-the-knife honest:


From Starz:

Ep 104 - Git Gone
Air Date: May 21, 2017

Alternating between the past and the present, Laura’s life and death are explored—how she met Shadow, how she died, and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.

Ep 105 - Lemon Scented You
Air Date: May 28, 2017

Trying to work things out with his dead and unfaithful wife, Shadow’s emotional reunion is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Look Forward to “Cleaner Days” with a New Single From Sleep In.]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 14:00:24 +0000 Emillie Marvel We know it's a Monday, and we know this claim is going to sound... [/imgfull]

We know it's a Monday, and we know this claim is going to sound a little far fetched. Just trust us when we say, you're gonna love Sleep In. the band as much as the actual ability to sleep in. We get it, those few extra hours of sleep are nothing short of treasured—but these alternative emo-rock jams will be too.

To introduce you, we're bringing the exclusive premiere of "Cleaner Days" to your headphones. The New Jersey band sounds like 90's Seattle grunge meets modern pop punk, with the kind of guitars that remind you why guitars are so damn cool.

Hit play on the Sleep In.'s first single from their forthcoming collection, Tension & Release, below. Then, pre-order your copy of the album, set to drop on June 23rd (and trust us once again, you don't want to miss this one.)


"'Cleaner Days' for me is a way to touch on how growing up in my social setting and being a kid diagnosed with 'ADHD' led to heavy prescription medication and how that translates into being an adult and self-medicating, always trying to find the blurred line between addiction and recreation. Those experiences taught me how easy it is to lose control. I think the chaotic nature of the music lent itself to that exact feeling of insanity, and inspired me to write these lyrics." - Tom Fowler (Vocalist) 


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Venture Into “The Upside Down” with Brighter Than A Thousand Suns’ New Video]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:09 +0000 Alex Bear Hands up, who wants to escape their Monday? Well, now you can, by heading... [/imgfull]

Hands up, who wants to escape their Monday? Well, now you can, by heading into "The Upside Down" with our video premiere from Brighter Than A Thousand Suns. The band's blend of synth-rock and post-hardcore has enough energy to power you through the entire week, and their Stranger Things-inspired video is equal parts beautiful, and eerie. The track is taken from the band's new EP The Way Out, which will drop on June 9th; Randy Roswell says of the new release:

[blockquotefull]"This EP marks the beginning of a healing process for us. We were both struggling with dangerously high levels of depression for the past three years and couldn't seem to get out of our own way. But in the enveloping darkness, we discovered how to create our own light. 'The Way Out' was exactly that for us: the path we took on our way out of our former selves."[/blockquotefull]

Formerly known as Self Made Soul, the husband and wife duo Angelika and Randy Roswell has shared the stage with bands such as Saosin, Our Last Night, and I See Stars—and they're ready to take the spotlight again with their upcoming EP. Hit play to venture into "The Upside Down", and make sure to mark your calendars for The Way Out's release on June 9th!



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<![CDATA[Discover a Better Kind of “Dreamcatcher” with Night Argent’s New Single]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:54 +0000 Emillie Marvel Night Argent's new track is better than any dreams you'll be catching tonight. [/imgfull]

Night Argent's new track is better than any dreams you'll be catching tonight. The Fear is that you'll wear out the replay button, but trust us, it's worth the risk, because this is a jam you won't want to sleep on.

Titled "Dreamcatcher", the song is our first taste of the band's forthcoming EP The Fear. A collection co-written by John Feldmann, we're hoping to hear more hard hitting alt/pop/rock sounds like the ones found below. Watch out for the collection on July 14th. Until then, "Dreamcatcher" will remain stuck in your head (not that that's a bad thing.)

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<![CDATA[Silverstein Announce New Record ‘Dead Reflection’, Share Single “Retrograde”]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 16:30:46 +0000 Alex Bear Here's some great news to kick off your weekend in style: Silverstein have announced... Photo credit: Wyatt Clough[/caption]

Here's some great news to kick off your weekend in style: Silverstein have announced their eighth studio release! Titled Dead Reflection, the new album will drop July 14th, but you won’t have to wait that long to get a taste of the record—the band have shared a new single, “Retrograde”, which you can check out below. And boy, if this track is anything to go by, July 14th can’t come soon enough.

We know you're already itching to get your hands on new music, and there are plenty of cool bundles up for pre-order. And rest assured, Silverstein will be performing songs off their new record this summer on the Vans Warped Tour, as well as shows across South America and Germany—keep scrolling to see the full list of dates, along with the tracklisting and artwork for Dead Reflection.


Track list:

1. Last Looks
2. Retrograde
3. Lost Positives
4. Ghost
6. Mirror Box
7. Demons
8. The Afterglow
9. Cut and Run
10. Secret’s Safe
11. Whiplash

Tour Dates:

  • 5/24 - Guadalajara, Mexico @ C3 Stage #

  • 5/25 - Mexico City, Mexico @ El Plaza #

  • 5/27 - Bogota, Colombia @ Auditorio Lumiere #

  • 5/28 - Lima, Peru @ C.C Festiva #

  • 5/30 - Santiago, Chile @ El Domo #

  • 5/31 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Uniclub #

  • 6/2 - Curitiba, Brazil @ John Bull #

  • 6/3 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Stage Bar #

  • 6/16 - Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field North Lot *

  • 6/17 - Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fairgrounds *

  • 6/21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park *

  • 6/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fear Farm Festival Grounds *

  • 6/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel *

  • 6/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark *

  • 6/25 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *

  • 6/27 - Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville *

  • 6/28 - Metairie, LA @ The Shrine on Airline *

  • 6/29 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre *

  • 6/30 - Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field *

  • 7/1 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park *

  • 7/2 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre *

  • 7/4 - Wilmington, NC @ Legion Stadium *

  • 7/6 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte *

  • 7/7 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion *

  • 7/8 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre *

  • 7/9 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre *

  • 7/10 - Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain *

  • 7/11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater *

  • 7/12 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *

  • 7/13 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC *

  • 7/14 - Burgettstown, PA @ Keybank Pavilion *

  • 7/15 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *

  • 7/16 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *

  • 7/18 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center *

  • 7/19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *

  • 7/20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center *

  • 7/21 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *

  • 7/22 - Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *

  • 7/23 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park *

  • 7/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre *

  • 7/26 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino *

  • 7/27 - Bonners Spring, KS @ Providence Medical Centre Amphitheater *

  • 7/28 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion *

  • 7/29 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *

  • 7/30 - Houston, TX @ NRG Park *

  • 8/1 - Las Cruces, NM @ New Mexico State University *

  • 8/4 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre *

  • 8/5 - San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium *

  • 8/6 - Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex *

  • 9/29 - Köln, Gebäude 9 ^

  • 9/30 - Münster, Gleis 22 ^

  • 10/1 - Bremen, Tower ^

  • 10/2 - Hamburg, Logo ^

  • 10/4 - Hannover, Chez Heinz ^

  • 10/5 - Berlin, Cassiopeia ^

  • 10/6 - Leipzig, Naumanns ^

  • 10/7 - Dresden, Puschkin ^

  • 10/8 - Dortmund, FZW ^

  • 10/10 - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof ^

  • 10/11 - Trier, Mergener Hof ^

  • 10/12 - Würzburg, Café Cairo ^

  • 10/13 - Erlangen, E-Werk ^

  • 10/14 - München, Kranhalle ^

# w/ The Word Alive, For the Fallen Dreams
* Vans Warped Tour
^ w/ Trash Boat


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<![CDATA[The Undiscovered Sound Recaps Carolina Rebellion]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 15:00:03 +0000 Jeff Motekaitis Carolina Rebellion is a three day music festival featuring veterans and newcomers to the...
About 22 Miles outside of Charlotte NC, is a city called Concord, home of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s ranked 16th for the fastest growing economy in the United States, but during one weekend in May, it’s known for hosting The Monster Carolina Rebellion.

Carolina Rebellion is a three day music festival featuring veterans and newcomers to the metal and active rock world. This year the festival took place from Friday May 5th through Sunday May 7th, featuring headliners Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and Avenged Sevenfold, with A Perfect Circle, Korn, and The Offspring taking the stage right before. Soundgarden was by far the tightest band on the bill overall—and with the recent passing of lead singer Chris Cornell, I was devastated to learn the news, after just having seen him perform one of his last shows. A seminal voice carried through the grassy fields of Concord, NC that night. Cornell was one of the most talented musicians out there, writing not just for his bands but also for film. One of my favorite pieces by him is a song called “The Promise” he recently did for the movie THE PROMISE, a film about the Armenian Genocide featuring Christian Bale. A Golden Voice, a Guitar God, and a big influence on today's rock singers, Chris Cornell leaves us at the young age of 52; the Rock Legend will be missed.

Arriving at Carolina Rebellion came with a lot of excitement to see our friends in DED, Cover Your Tracks, Citizen Zero, As Lions, and many more. There were so many great bands, lots of cool tents, and in total, you could catch over 60 bands across four different stages. Having never been to Carolina Rebellion before, I was happy to attend, and to see so many Undiscovered Sound bands playing this year—including the guys in As Lions on the Black Stage, as well as DED, and Sylar. Our friends in Radkey rocked the Gold Stage, Nothing More absolutely killed it on the Rebellion Stage. The guys in Three Days Grace took the Carolina Stage and, as always, crushed it! Soundgarden headlined on Friday, Def Leppard took over on Saturday, with a Sunday closeout by Avenged Sevenfold.

We also got an inside look into the Zippo Sessions, hosted by Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Octane / Liquid Metal Host/Curator) in the Zippo Encore Tent. We’d like to thank Zippo Encore for inviting us to check out some great acoustic performances from Of Mice & Men, Korn, Cover Your Tracks, and Radkey! Festival attendees didn’t know who would be in the tent when they arrived, which made for a big surprise—it was great to see the expressions on faces when each band walked in. A great program Zippo Encore put together and I look forward to catching more sessions.

The VIP Area was really cool to experience as well; we got to enjoy a cold drink, and had a great seat to watch the sets on the Carolina and Rebellion stages. I definitely checked into VIP a few times throughout the festival—especially at the end of each day, walking from stage to stage. It felt good to sit down and relax, while still catching your favorite band.

When you tune into The Undiscovered Sound podcasts, you’ll be able to hear lots of different interviews from the event, including Three Days Grace vocalist Matt Walst talking about recording a new album in July. You’ll also hear from As Lions and Citizen Zero when you hit play below! Keep scrolling to see pictures from the festival and listen in.

Overall, Carolina Rebellion is a festival you should attend next year if you're a fan of everything heavy!

To hear bands like DED, Sylar, Cover Your Tracks, Nothing More, Citizen Zero and more, tune into The Undiscovered Sound, Wednesdays 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific on idobi Radio!

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<![CDATA[The New Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Has Landed]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:30:31 +0000 Alex Bear Ten years before Kirk… Spock… and the Enterprise… there was Discovery. Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.[/caption]

Ten years before Kirk… Spock… and the Enterprise… there was Discovery. We’re being blessed with new stories from the Star Trek universe, in the form of a new CBS All Access show, Star Trek: Discovery—and the trailer has landed.

The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and the return of the Klingons (we know, we’ll wait for you to calm down). We can’t wait to see a new facet of the beloved universe, and we’re also giving the cast a huge thumbs up, featuring the likes of Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, and Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca. Star Trek: Discovery is coming this fall, and you can get a taste of what to expect by hitting play on the trailer below!



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<![CDATA[It’s Punks vs. Aliens in These New Teasers for ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 13:30:36 +0000 Alex Bear The new love story that is How to Talk to Girls at Parties is... [imgfull][/imgfull]

“What do you people do on an ordinary day?” “We do what we want.”

Another Girl, Another Planet? The new love story that is How to Talk to Girls at Parties is out of this world—quite literally—and some teasers have arrived to entertain us all. Set in 1970s suburban London, the upcoming movie asks the question: just what would you do if you met the love of your life, and she wasn’t from Earth?

When Enn, a shy teenage punk rocker, and his two closest friends, Vic and John, sneak into a party and meet a group of insanely attractive, otherworldly girls, they begin to suspect something might be amiss. They eventually come to realize the girls are from outer space; part of an alien colony with a nefarious plan. But when Enn falls madly in love with Zan, one of the colony’s key members, things get real complicated, real fast—it’s punks versus aliens this time kids, and it’s going to get weird and wonderful.

Based on the short story of same name by Neil Gaiman and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, the movie stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is premiering at the Cannes film festival—for now, hit play on the teasers below!


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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 014]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 13:00:26 +0000 idobi Staff 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.

Linkin Park - One More Light

Whether you’re into their new music or not, you have to give respect to Linkin Park for switching up their sound so aggressively. Throwing their rock roots to the wayside, they’ve picked up a pure-pop personality in new music with eyes set solely on the top of the charts. Can’t say it hasn’t worked—lead single “Heavy” is already a Top 40 hit, while additional One More Light cuts like “Nobody Can Save Me” and “Talking to Myself” could be next to join. Some fans may be left unhappy, but the ones that are happy are living the Linkin Park dream.

Blink-182 - California (Deluxe Edition)

It’s hard to get people to still give a crap about you when you’ve been making pop-punk music for over 20 years, but nothing is stopping Blink-182. In fact, it’s kind of remarkable that they haven’t just stayed relevant, but that they’re more important now than they’ve ever been. The band finally unleashes the deluxe edition of their Grammy-nominated full-length, California, and it’s loaded with 12 previously unreleased tracks. With “Parking Lot” and “Misery” blaring through the speakers, it’s completely obvious why people still care, but most importantly, the band still cares, too.

Selena Gomez - “Bad Liar”

For those amped for a new Selena Gomez record, you have a lot to look forward to. “Bad Liar” is the first taste we get to hear off her upcoming album, presumably out this fall, and songwriter Justin Tranter says that it picks off right where they left off with Gomez’s Revival. This single isn’t quite like anything we’ve heard from the pop star before—an interpolation of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” sits at the forefront for what is one of her catchiest songs to date.

Liam Payne - “Strip That Down”

Going solo doesn’t always mean you need to start anew. While it’s a little strange that all the One Direction guys have been releasing stuff around the same time, Liam Payne has come away as the clear winner with his debut single, “Strip That Down.” Featuring Migos’ Quavo, Payne’s first solo track is unapologetic lyrically—he’s not sorry for having a good time, and this dance pop number (co-penned by Ed Sheeran) proves it.

Camila Cabello - “Crying in the Club”

Ever since her collaboration with Shawn Mendes on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” it was clear that Camila Cabello had a star power that required a departure from Fifth Harmony to really flourish. It was a surprise when she left for sure, but when you look at what she’s done with Cashmere Cat and Machine Gun Kelly lately, it was for the best. Her first solo venture, “Crying in the Club,” is a solid effort that oozes influence from co-writer Sia. It works, but perhaps she’ll put more of her own influence on future tracks to come.

Katy Perry - “Swish Swish”

Katy Perry’s Witness era is off to a weird start. Other than the hit she had with the lead “Chained to the Rhythm,” its successor “Bon Appetit” was given up on rather quickly. However, things are looking up with the latest release, “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj. Strong verses surround the house-tinged instrumentals as Minaj steals the show with a verse—and even some singing of her own.

Lil Yachty - “X Men”

Always blending the line between rap and pop, Lil Yachty goes all in on the rap side of things on “X Men.” It’s the latest track off his debut record, Teenage Emotions, and it’s only right that the album shows off a myriad of emotions in the music, too. It’s on the shorter side, but it’ll act as a nice segue into his single and more radio-friendly “Bring It Back.”

Bebe Rexha - “The Way I Are
(Dance With Somebody) (feat. Lil Wayne)”

She’s got multiple Top 40 singles to her name, but none of them are with her as the main credited artist. Bebe Rexha’s been in the game for a while now, and with a couple EPs under her belt, she deserves a smash; “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” just might get it for her. With Lil Wayne providing a verse and an interpolation of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” it’s the perfect formula for success.

All Time Low - “Nice2KnoU”

All Time Low’s Last Young Renegade is shaping up to be a wonderful mix of classic and new ATL. The band has ventured into uncharted territory on tracks like “Dirty Laundry” and “Life of the Party,” but they bring it back to where it all began on stuff like the title track and brand new single, “Nice2KnoU.” With crunchy guitar riffs and an anthemic chorus, “Nice2KnoU” is nostalgic, but it manages to still keep you in 2017.

Hit The Lights - “Anthem”

It should be a law that Hit The Lights are required to release something for the summer. For now, we get the blistering energetic “Anthem” to rock to, and it doesn’t disappoint. Picking up where Summer Bones left off, the band is definitely still at the top of their game, providing pop-punk gems that can only be listened to while screaming at the top of your lungs along with them.

Muse - “Dig Down”

Muse are back in action with their new single, “Dig Down,” marking the first material from the UK powerhouses since 2015’s Drones. Produced by legendary producer Mike Elizondo, the track is a buzzing electronic number ready to be played in arenas, so you can bet that it’ll be part of their setlist on their upcoming U.S. tour later this month. No new album in sight just yet, but the future's looking good if it’s anywhere close to sounding like this.

Chris Cornell - “Seasons”

It was 1992 when Chris Cornell’s “Seasons” was featured on the soundtrack of the cult-classic film, Singles. Back then, director Cameron Crowe set out to make sure the soundtrack paid homage to grunge-era Seattle musicians and bands, but now it’s got a much different vibe behind it. The deluxe edition of the Singles soundtrack arrives today, a day after Cornell passed away unexpectedly, and it includes his classic 1992 EP, Poncier. There’s just something immensely special about the fact that a soundtrack with so much meaning behind it gets to honor a legacy that will be remembered forever.


Other new releases:
MisterWives - “Revolution”
Papa Roach - Crooked Teeth
Envy On The Coast - "Virginia Girls"
Rancid - “Telegraph Avenue”
Local Natives - “The Only Heirs”
Wavves - “No Shade”
Lana Del Rey - “Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind”
Rascal Flatts - Back To Us
Flor - Come Out. You’re Hiding
The Chain Gang of 1974 - "Looking for Love"
Snoop Dogg - Neva Left
Vince Staples - “Big Fish”
Iggy Azalea - “Switch”
Goapele, BJ the Chicago Kid - “Stay”


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Listen To “Every Other Conversation” From Dante Matas]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:03 +0000 Emillie Marvel You don't have to wait until the release of Midnight Sun to hear new... [/imgfull]

You don't have to wait until the release of Midnight Sun to hear new music from Dante Matas. Today, we've got the premiere of his brand new track "Every Other Conversation", and we're sharing it with you below.

From downtown Toronto, Matas fell in love with music by way of piano, bass, and drums, and hasn't stopped playing since. Now, he's combining the worlds of pop, folk, and experimental music for a sound all his own. Check out "Every Other Conversation" below, and grab the Midnight Sun EP on June 2nd!


"If you listen to the lyrics of this song you'll see a conversation between two people where neither person is really listening to the other. Both people think they know what is best for the other person and they act like they know them more than they know themselves. This leads to both people acting out in different ways when they realize they are not being listened to, and in fact that THEY the ones being told what to do. They sort of reach an agreement at the end however. They realize they don’t always get into an argument when they speak. Just every other time!"


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<![CDATA[Win Warped Tickets – Tell Us Your Favorite Warped Tour Memory!]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:30:10 +0000 idobi Staff idobi Warped Radio is coming your way, but before we hit play on festival... [/imgfull]

idobi Warped Radio is coming your way, but before we hit play on festival season, we’re pushing the rewind button and giving you the chance to win tickets to this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Think back to your best or wildest moments at Warped Tour—those memories stay with you, they become part of you, and we want you to share them. And we want you to win!

To celebrate idobi Warped Radio 2017, we want to hear your Warped Stories. Tell us about that time you got caught out in the rain or got that epic sunburn; that time you ran into your hero and said something super embarrassing; that time a band brought you up onstage. Call us and tell us your best Warped Story or memory, and be entered to get your hands on two free passes to Warped Tour!

Here’s what you’ll win: 2 passes to your local Warped date

You ready? Here’s how to win:

1. Call 1-888-99-IDOBI ext. 500 (it’s free)
2. Say, “This is <Your NAME> on idobi and this is my Warped Story”
3. Share your favorite Warped Tour story or memory
4. End with “See you at Warped Tour!”
5. Then leave us your phone number



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<![CDATA[We’re Baaaack: The Fourth Year Of idobi Warped Radio Is Here]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:00:43 +0000 Emillie Marvel It’s Vans Warped Tour season baby, and idobi Warped Radio 2017 is bringing the... [/imgfull]

[blockquotefull] Pack Your Bags, You're Headed to The Vans Warped Tour with idobi Warped Radio. [/blockquotefull]

We’re packing for the best road trip ever, and we’re bringing each and every one of you along. Lather on the sunscreen and jump on the idobi bus, because it’s Vans Warped Tour season baby, and idobi Warped Radio 2017 is bringing the road to your headphones for the fourth time.


If you only catch one date of the punk rock party, you’ll miss a lot of epic happenings, which is why we swoop into the pit to bring Warped Tour to you all summer long. With punk rock superheroes scheduled to blow your mind across seven stages, we’re getting ready to Clark-Kent the trek and report on everything that goes down during the 22nd edition of the Vans Warped Tour.  We’ll crash your favorite band’s tour buses, grab vital info from VWT rookies + repeat offenders while grabbing vital nutrition at catering, give you the sidestage 411, and more every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4pm ET. It all starts on 6/19, so mark your calendars, and get ready to be written into a comic book of rock star proportions.

From the ever-present villain (ahem, 110 degree days) to the saviors of all things rock and roll (who else is stoked to check out Anti-Flag + TSOL on the same day), it’s shaping up to be a summer for the (comic) books. Join us on for one of a kind programming that’s as close to being there as you can get (without entering our Warped Stories contest and actually, y’know, getting to be there). We won’t miss a single second of the summer, and neither will you.


Can’t wait for the 19th? Us either. Pre-game the tour with us starting on 6/12, where we’ll bring you interviews with everyone you’ll be watching on stage this summer, and catch on demand coverage all summer long on


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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Mr. Tambourine Man]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 13:00:55 +0000 Sam Devotta Hear Jack's Mannequin-era Andrew McMahon cover Bob Dylan in this week's (Un)Covered. “Mr. Tambourine Man”
Writers: Bob Dylan
Original Release Date: March 22, 1965

Let me play you a song called “Mr. Tambourine Man”, because I’m not sleepy, and there is no place I’m going to.

“Mr. Tambourine Man” is one of Bob Dylan’s earlier songs, released a few years after he legally changed his name from Robert Allen Zimmerman and started on his path to being an iconic singer-songwriter. It’s a soothing, mellow song with whimsical lyrics—phrases like “jingle jangle morning” and “take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship” are woven into the song like words to a spell—and simple instrumentation. While Dylan’s version is the original, The Byrds’ upbeat cover—released in the same year on their debut album—is considered the starting point for folk rock as we know it.

In 2012, Andrew McMahon (back when he still went under the “Jack’s Mannequin” moniker) contributed a cover to the Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom. His take on “Mr. Tambourine Man” is more piano-based (of course it is), and it gives the song a touch more energy than the very mellow original. There are more instruments in this cover, and it gives the song a unique feeling; because it has the same type of imagery and heartfelt lyrics as most of McMahon’s work, it fits right in with his extensive discography.

I know it’s probably sacrilege to pick a cover over a Bob Dylan original, but as I’ve always loved Andrew McMahon’s voice, I’m going to have to say I prefer his version.


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<![CDATA[Jaguar Gods and Bill Kelliher of Mastodon]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 18:00:10 +0000 idobi Staff Metal DNA host Shawn Kupfer spoke to Bill Kelliher for a few moments about... [/imgfull]

I pick bands I feature on my show because I like them. It's not much more complicated than that; if I dig a band, eventually, I'll get around to taking apart their sound to figure out the myriad of musical influences that make them sound the way they do.

When a band has a low number—meaning I did that band earlier on in the show’s run—it's a pretty good indication of how much I like that band. Take iwrestledabearonce, a band I love dearly and listen to at least a couple of times a week (they’re on my gym playlist): they're episode 30 of Metal DNA. The super-influential Celtic Frost was Episode 22.  

Mastodon was Episode 14.  

So when Mastodon has a new album out, I'm in a good mood. When Mastodon is touring in support of that album, as they are now, I'm definitely going to see them. And when I have the chance to talk to Bill Kelliher for a few moments about said album and said tour... well, I at least manage to keep it together and ask a few questions:

"You know what? It would be awesome to be able to tour with Led Zeppelin," Kelliher said.

Okay, so maybe I didn't stay totally on topic about the tour. I might have asked what band that no longer exists he wants to tour with. Possibly.  

But I did ask some questions about the tour, because the lineup is something special. On the American leg, Mastodon is touring with Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. On the surface, it’s not a pairing that makes a ton of sense—combining EODM’s desert rock and Russian Circles’ post-metal instrumentals with Mastodon’s progressive metal is a bit of a mismatch to casual metal fans. But, to me anyway, it's just another facet of what Mastodon does best: Immersing itself in a wide range of styles to make something new and awesome.

"A diverse band lineup helps everyone," Kelliher said. "It mingles the crowd, makes the crowd more diverse. We can bring a band new fans, and vice-versa. Who wants to see three of the same bands, playing the same genres, for five hours a night?"

The lineup builds, according to Kelliher. 

"Russian Circles comes in with this doomy, evil-soundtrack-to-a-movie sound," he said, "then Eagles of Death Metal gets the crowd going, sets the mood and the vibe with quirkier, simple rock ’n’ roll riffs. Then we come in and play our prog-metal rock ’n’ roll."

If you do go see Mastodon on this tour—which you definitely should—and you go to their show in Dallas, you won't have to look too hard to find me there. I'll be the guy wearing the shirt of the band I'm there to see, not even pretending not to fanboy when Roots Remain comes on. And I'm not alone in flipping out over that song.  

"’Roots Remain’," Kelliher said, "It's kind of a personal song for me, a real heavy-hitter. There's a lot of energy there, and I feel like we go into uncharted territory. And Brann channels his inner Bowie... it's just a lot of fun to play."

Mastodon, supported by Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles, is playing in the US through May 20th, after which it's off to Europe until mid-July.  You can get tickets to all the upcoming tour dates here.

  • May 16 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theater

  • May 17 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

  • May 18 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall

  • May 19 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live

  • May 20 - Austin, TX - ACL Live


...and you can listen to Metal DNA on idobi Howl - Saturday nights - 8pm ET!  


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<![CDATA[Exclusive Premiere Stream: The Only ‘Conversations’ You Need to Have Today Are About Streaming Civil Youth’s New Album]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 15:00:33 +0000 Alex Bear Today's exclusive premiere is an extra special one—we're bringing you the stream of Civil... [/imgfull]

In case you hadn't guessed from our name, we here at idobi Radio get stoked over new music. We get even more excited when it's music from our friends who are in awesome bands, and we get to share it with all of you. That's why today's exclusive premiere is an extra special one—we're bringing you the stream of Civil Youth's new album! Conversations is due out on Friday, but who wants to wait 'til then for such epicness when you can enjoy it right now? And what's more, keep scrolling to get your hands on the lyrics so you can learn all the words, like, immediately.

[blockquotefull]"With this album, we've shared with you some of the darkest parts about ourselves in hopes that you can relate and never feel you are alone. Take these words and make them yours. After all, we're in this together."[/blockquotefull]

You've seen just how much hard work the band put into the record in their Making Conversation series, and now you finally get to hear the finished product. Kicking off with a huge dose of pure energy, "502 (Sides)" sets the tone for the whole record—you're in for one hell of a ride that'll have you chanting along, opening up the pit, and defacing the walls with all the standout lyrics running throughout Conversations (just don't tell your parents idobi told you to do it. We never said that). So what are you waiting for?! Start the Conversation[s] by hitting play below!






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<![CDATA[Premiere: We Control The Weather’s New Single “No True Scotsman”]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 13:00:28 +0000 Emillie Marvel No matter the weather in your hometown today, we have something to brighten the... [/imgfull]

No matter the weather in your hometown today, we have something to brighten the skies and improve your mood. The latest track from your new favorite band, "No True Scotsman" will linger in your head for months to come, as well as connect on a level not many songs can accomplish.

"This song is for anyone who has ever lost someone they love to alcoholism/ addiction. We've experienced the pain and heartache of this personally. If we could maybe help one person ease that pain for just a few minutes with this song, I think we've accomplished what we were trying to do here." - Ryan Buckland

Coming at you from West Virginia's finest, We Control The Weather, the song is sure to become a cherished memory/friend/playlist addition in no time. The six piece band came together in October, and have plans to take over the world this year with the modern pop vibes that are to be found on their forthcoming debut EP, recorded with John Naclerio (Brand New, My Chemical Romance, American Authors). Check out "No True Scotsman" below!

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<![CDATA[Watch This Week – 5/15]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 17:30:20 +0000 idobi Staff Check out our picks of what you should be watching this week—featuring Everything, Everything,... Everything, Everything[/caption]

This Week: Everything, Everything, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Alien: Covenant, Master of None, Wizard of Lies, Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive


Everything, Everything

Fri May 19 - Warner Bros.


We’ve heaped all the adoration possible on the source material for this love & coming of age film, but the original novel deserves it. Everything, Everything is an unexpectedly rich and decidedly different book, and we’re excitedly waiting for the movie to knock our socks off to the same degree. (It’s summer, who needs socks anyway?)


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 3

Fri May 19 - Netflix


How do we sum up Season 3 of the show that has us singing, “Females Are Strong As Hell”? Well, the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is beyond strong. What other show could turn lemonade into a verb, scurvy into an urban affliction, and Notorious B.I.G lyrics into a confession of (suspect) love? We can’t think of any...and we don’t want to. We’re too busy watching Kimmy be absolutely ridiculous, while so socially on-point that at times we have to ask ourselves: Should I be laughing or changing the world? The answer is laugh now and change the world while we’re in a good mood.


Alien: Covenant

Fri May 19 - 20th Century Fox


ALIEN: COVENANT is the new movie from Ridley Scott, legendary director of the original ALIEN. Featuring Michael Fassbender as the android David and his upgraded "brother" Walter, Katherine Waterston as "Danny" Daniels, Billy Crudup as Oram and Danny McBride as Tennessee, the story follows the journey of the colony ship Covenant. With a crew of seven couples and one synthetic (Walter), the ship encounters an emergency with their ship. The repair effort leads to the discovery of an impossible transmission; what seems like a human-originated message from an Earth-like world not far away. Facing the alternative of seven years to their destination, the crew votes to explore the new world. What they discover is a planet with great potential—and some horrific surprises…

[read the full review on Wednesday]


Master of None

Season 2 - Available Now - Netflix


When it comes to life and all its complications, Dev (Aziz Ansari) might be a Master of None, but he’s getting there. What drew so many of us into the Netflix original is how human it is. There’s a raw, unpredictable and honest charm to each short film-esque episode that captures life in all its diverse beauty, humor, and grey-areas. And season 2 doesn’t hit the sophomore slump; each episode will surprise you at every turn, turning conventional plotlines, styles, and perspectives on their head.

[read the full review here]


Wizard of Lies

Sat May 20 - HBO


From HBO:
In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.

Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 20 (8:00–10:15 p.m. ET/PT), HBO Films’ THE WIZARD OF LIES examines Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme — his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier’s wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight.


Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive

Tues May 16 – Netflix


Sometimes the name of a show is more than a title; Tracy Morgan is a survivor. After an accident that left us wondering if we’d ever hear his madcap laugh and off-center comedy again, Tracy proves Staying Alive ain’t always easy, but he knows how to make lemonade.

From Netflix:
He’s back! Tracy Morgan proves a coma can’t keep a good joke down in “Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive.” The hilariously bawdy comedian wastes no time taking on the car accident that nearly claimed his life, leaving a sold-out crowd rolling with laughter at the landmark Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. Morgan cleverly tackles recovery, the trials of family and getting a second shot at life and marriage.


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<![CDATA[Find “Higher Powers” In Ten Cents Short’s New Video]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00:59 +0000 Emillie Marvel Ten Cents Short is serving up good music videos, and even better pop punk... [/imgfull]

Ten Cents Short is serving up good music videos, and even better pop punk jams. Their latest offering comes with the song "Higher Powers", and if the song didn't already rock our faces off, the video would.

Taking the frustration of having people try to change everything about your band to the next level, you're in for an entertaining watch all the way through. Check out "Higher Powers" below!

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<![CDATA[Callwood at the Cooler #19]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00:05 +0000 idobi Staff “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [/imgfull]
Vive la France…

The name Le Pen has been synonymous with far right politics in Europe since 1972, when the French National Front Party was formed and led by Jean-Marie Le Pen. His extreme views on immigration and homosexuality, among many other things, made him the enemy of decency while incredibly attractive to neo-nazi and ultra-conservative groups. Jean-Marie led the National Front until 2011, and was roundly thrashed every time he attempted to stand in an election. He was and is a monster.

His daughter Marine expelled him from the party because his comment about the Holocaust being a “detail of history” apparently crossed a line.

Pur-lease. The man’s whole life is an abomination. But whatever—Marine made a statement through that action, and some people were led to believe that under her leadership the French National Front would be a far more reasonable party. The National Front in Britain (and the British National Party), UKIP, and the KKK, have all tried similar publicity moves. It worked for UKIP and Brexit, and it sort of worked in France.

Make no mistake—Marine Le Pen is a monster too. She just carries herself in a more “politician”-y manner than her wing-nut dad. She’s smarter—a lawyer, so more cunning. But her views on immigration, particularly on Islam, are equally horrifying.

On May 7, Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen to the French presidency with a percentage of 66.1 compared to her 33.9. Critics are pointing out that Macron is far from perfect, he ran as an independent and his connections to investment banks are disconcerting. But let’s not make a false equivalency here. Macron is a social liberal. He knows what decency is. He’s flawed, but he’s a flawed good guy. If that sounds familiar, it should. Thankfully, the French didn’t make the same mistake America did.

It’s worth noting that 33.9 percent is the best return the National Front has ever achieved, and that’s scary. However, it’s also worth noting that, if any country had a reason to give in to fear-mongering and rabble-rousing this year, it’s France. From Charlie Hebdo to the Eagles of Death Metal concert shootings, the country has suffered at the hands of terrorists.

The French could have been forgiven for conceding to fear. But they didn’t. In large numbers, the people stood up and said, “We will not be beaten into xenophobic and Islamophobic sentiments.” Rather, they flipped the Islamic terrorists, and every other terrorist, the bird. They proved their strength in the face of adversity, choosing love and acceptance and, in the process, winning.

The aim of a terrorist is to spread terror. When no terror is spread, the terrorists lose. Al Qaeda, Isis, all of them, wanted Le Pen to win, because then they could say, “Look, the French hate us.” Then it’s easy to go after them, and get others to do the same. They were delighted that Trump won, for that matter.

So this week, I say “Vive La France.” The people did something impressive: They stood up to the terrorists using the only methods that work.


Saigon Kick and Soulfly…


Miami hard rock band Saigon Kick is a group that doesn’t play out very much anymore, so the opportunity to catch them at the Viper Room was one not to be missed. 1992’s The Lizard album is a gem of the sleaze genre, and it thrust them into the mainstream thanks to ballad “Love Is on the Way.” The lineup has shifted a little over the years, but the men on stage at the Viper were more or less the classic lineup. Matt Kramer may be one of the most underrated singers in rock, a man capable of crooning and wailing with equal passion. Jason Bieler, who has an impressive display of facial hair nowadays, has always been an amazing guitarist too. The band was beautifully on-point on the Sunset Strip, with songs like “Suzy” from the debut, self-titled album, and “Hostile Youth,” “Peppermint Tribe,” and of course, “Love Is on the Way” from The Lizard, hitting home. This gig was totally worth the wait.

Soulfly, led by former Sepultura mainman Max Cavalera, is a band that has played out a lot over the past couple of decades. Cavalera, a Brazilian dude, is based in Phoenix with his wife/manager Gloria and their kids, and Soulfly, as remarkable as it seems to me, is 20 years old. Remarkable, because it feels like yesterday that Sepultura split into two camps and then, in 1998, the debut Soulfly album was released. That first record still sounds great today, although it’s hampered slightly by being tied into the then-popular nu-metal scene. The band matured organically as it grew and, as it stands now in 2017, Soulfly is a far more brutal and uncompromising proposition. There were some excellent opening bands when Soulfly hit the Echoplex last week, including LA trad-thrashers Thrown Into Exile, and Lody Kong, the latter featuring Max’s sons Zyon and Igor Cavalera.

Gruesome provided main support, and it’s a gloriously odd band. Part-cover band of the death metal group called Death, part-originals band, Gruesome is a kind of twisted tribute which, as unconventional as it sounds, works really well. Gruesome inspired some old-school violent circle pits with some horror-themed fun. Gruesome is a throwback to the good old days of death metal, something that is most welcome.


There are few nicer people in metal than Max Cavalera, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that when he’s on stage. Sharp-eyed attendees might have noticed him cast a proud, guiding eye over the drummer and son Zyon, also of Lody Kong, during the set. Cavalera nodded to the beat to help his boy out, even though, honestly, Zyon did an amazing job. Sepultura songs “Slave New World” and “Refuse/Resist” get the biggest crowd reaction, but every Soulfly tune, including the newies from 2015’s Archangel, go down well. The band pulled out “Red War,” the song Max sang with Dave Grohl’s Probot project, and “Wasting Away” from his Nailbomb album. Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares guested on “Eye For an Eye” as he did on the first album, and then members of all the opening bands got up on stage for a cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades.” The whole thing was a party, for those lucky enough to have been there.


“Callwood at the Cooler” is a new 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[Premiere: 2007 is Back With “Creep/Freak” From The Pacing Party]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 13:52:54 +0000 Emillie Marvel Your new favorite song is here, and it's ready to accompany you as you... [/imgfull]

Your new favorite song is here, and it's ready to accompany you as you decorate your converse with song lyrics and remember what it's like to be sixteen again. With emo pop vibes and the innocence of 2007, you'll be obsessed with The Pacing Party from the moment you hit play.

"'Creep/Freak' is a stupidly brazen unrequited love song. The narrator has these grand romantic visions of how this girl and him would be perfect together, while the girl is simply not interested. It's a tongue in cheek, futile plea for a chance to prove that he would be the best at loving her." - Daniel Gardner

There's nothing better than a song that holds as much nostalgia as it does excitement for the future, and the band's new track "Creep/Freak" hits the mark flawlessly. Haven't heard it? That's because we're premiering it right now. Check it out for yourself below, and feel free to spread the happiness and share it with all of your friends.


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