App News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:40:02 +0000 en <![CDATA[Wanderer’s Latest Release Is The Song Of Your “Dreams”]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:57:24 +0000 Emillie Marvel Wanderer is the gift that keeps on giving. "Dreams" just dropped today, and it'll... [/imgfull]

Wanderer is the gift that keeps on giving. The project of Tempe, Arizona musician Adam Simons has delivered not only a handful of stellar singles, not only one of our favorite EPs, City, but also a reimagined version of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams".

The rendition just dropped today, and it'll have your head in the clouds and the position of your favorite song secured. Give it a listen below, and be sure to tell us (and all of your friends) how much you ♥ it.


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<![CDATA[4 Your Eyez Only: Watch the Trailer for J. Cole’s New HBO Special]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:28 +0000 Alex Bear Go behind the lens with J. Cole's new special, 4 Your Eyez Only, which... [/imgfull]

Everybody has a story to tell—and J. Cole is passing the mic around the country to amplify the stories that need to be heard most. Go behind the lens with the Grammy nominated hip hop star on April 15th in his new HBO special, 4 Your Eyez Only—you can get a taste of what to expect by watching the trailer below. Showcasing songs and performances from his latest album of the same name, the special will also take the camera on the road to document heartfelt confessions and struggles of people in the South.

The Dreamville Film special follows J. Cole as he travels through different cities and reveals the challenges facing lower-income residents, as well as addressing the frustration felons often feel due to being barred from voting. He uses his platform to give a voice to those who feel they aren’t being heard, interviewing people in Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Ferguson, Mo., Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, NC, and his father’s hometown of Jonesboro, Ark.

Tune into HBO to watch 4 Your Eyez Only on Saturday April 15th at 10pm ET/PT.



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<![CDATA[Premiere: Discover “The Way Of The Future” with Moonwalker]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:45:02 +0000 Emillie Marvel We've decided to deliver an exclusive listen of Moonwalker’s new track “The Way Of... [/imgfull]

When the weekend comes, you've gotta have plenty of new tunes to share with your friends and play at ridiculous loud volumes. With that in mind, we've decided to deliver an exclusive listen of Moonwalker’s new track “The Way Of The Future”.

After you know the song by heart, you can tune in to hear the New York quartet chat about the project, which came together from past band Reckless Serenade on Eddie Jason & Christhis Monday (3/28) at 8p ET. After forming in early 2017, the act immediately hit Rattlebox Studios with producer Brian Moncarz. Their three years of experience and time on the Vans Warped Tour 2016 with Reckless Serenade will only help the band as they move forward with a forthcoming album and tour dates.

Inspired by old school synths and movies like Gravity and Planet Earth, check out their sound below.


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<![CDATA[Bleeding Audio: Film Diary Part 2 – Preproduction]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:15 +0000 idobi Staff Director Chelsea Christer put together a four part diary of her journey through concept...

Sometimes you discover a story worth telling. Sometimes you become part of that story. As a teenager, director Chelsea Christer was introduced to pop punk band The Matches, which sparked the beginning of her journey to creating her feature length documentary, Bleeding Audio. Their story and Chelsea’s story are intertwined, and incredible—and you can hear her take on it through a four part diary. From concept to completion, travel along with her through the making of Bleeding Audio.

Read part one here. This is part two: Preproduction.

In sitting down to write this entry, I found it really difficult to make it interesting. Preproduction doesn’t always have the most dynamic twists and turns production often has. But it does involve a lot of research, preinterviews, research, development, research, emails, research, spreadsheets, and, did I mention research?

I already felt like I knew a lot about The Matches, but there was even more that I needed to learn in order to fully develop a feature-length film.

This initially started during the time I put together the promotional videos for The Matches’ reunion. For the videos, I had a set of questions that very generally asked about their history, but ended up opening doors to so many details that didn’t exist on the internet. After learning what I could from their answers, it took a few phone calls with all four guys, and A LOT of conversations with Justin San Souci and Jon Devoto (who are the easiest to access considering we’re all in the Bay Area) to start formulating the actual plot points of The Matches story—and how those ran parallel to the major milestones and changes in the music industry.

From these interviews and research sessions, I started to develop our treatment for the film. The treatment is a 3–5 page document that is essentially the prose/story version of the film. This is the outline that helps guide all of the preparation for interview questions and the B-roll or other moments we actively try to capture. Using what I learned from the guys, the act breakdowns I created (as shown in my Discovery diary), and the events that I knew were coming up (y’know...a few reunion shows)—I wrote and fine tuned the treatment that would later inform our production schedule.

But before any of this production schedule stuff, we were missing a crucial component: Budget. We had ZERO dollars to pay for ANY of this film.

That’s when we put together the plan to do a Kickstarter. Initially, we intended to raise funds for the whole film, but after scoping out the budget for production and post production together, we found it to be a much safer decision to separate out the two rounds of fundraising (and, oh my goodness, I’m so glad we did).

I feel like I should go into detail about this crowdfunding campaign, but considering my post production campaign is about to close, I simply am in no mood to talk about crowdfunding. Maybe I’ll add a bonus 5th entry to go into detail on my experiences with Kickstarter and what I’ve learned, and the magic that actually DOES comes with it. But for now, I’ll sum up this campaign in a few sentences.

Our first Kickstarter campaign should have been / was almost a complete and total failure. It wasn’t until nearly 5 days before it was over that we had one miraculous human being donate $10,000 to get a private show with The Matches, and the community mentality came in and we were funded the day before it ended. I look back now and see all of the things we did wrong, but I also look back and see all of the ideas that we had that were…really really great.

But hey, we were funded, and it gave us the opportunity to actually move into pre-production with actionable ideas rather than “oh hey, talk about doing a thing that we have no way of doing”

The biggest hurdle was selecting WHO the hell to interview for the film. The Matches provided me with a long list of names. The list included everyone who was involved with The Matches history, the significance of their involvement, their contact information, and (most importantly in regards to budget) where they are located in the world. From there, I got to do one of my favorite things: Organize all of the information into one, big, beautiful spreadsheet. Oh, yes. Alphabetized according to region, with several columns of information, notations, and contact info. The spreadsheet is a glorious thing to behold, but alas, because of all of the personal information, I can’t share it with you. Instead, I googled “heaven” and selected the first image, and yeah—pretty much the same thing.

The criteria for interviewees was pretty straightforward; we wanted reputable sources who could provide us with key insight to the ins and outs of the music industry. It would be a huge added bonus if these individuals had a relationship to, or influence in The Matches career, but overall we had a lot of investigative questions in regards to the industry that we needed answered. Luckily for us, about 80% of our interviewees had a close relationship with or investment in The Matches’ career as well as a deep knowledge of the industry—a majority of them having traversed from the heights, to the fall, to where it is today.

Honestly, there are times I look at my list of interviewees and can’t believe how ridiculous the amount of talent is. I’m still in awe of some of the amazing people who agreed to be in our film, and so grateful for their participation. Check out this public list I’ve been able to publish:

But I’m not gonna lie, there have been a few people I’ve reached out to who have turned down interviews. That has been really disappointing. Out of respect, I’m not going to name names, but each time someone would turn us down, it would fill me with a little bit of doubt in my film. It can be hard not to take it personally, but who knows, maybe they’ll have a change of heart in the 11th hour. Hey, the people we have in the film gave us incredible interviews and I’m so happy with what we have.

I keep starting to type about the content of the interviews, but I’ll circle back with that in the next entry. ;)


Once I knew WHO I was going interview and WHERE I was going to interview them, it was about scheduling everything and everyone. I found out that there were about a collective two weeks in LA, a day or two in the midwest, a week or more in the Bay Area, a couple days in New York, a few days in Australia, and at least a day or two in the UK.

All of that was pretty much set, unless, you know, folks were on tour.

Oh, and guess what. ALMOST EVERYONE WAS ON THE ROAD. Trying to schedule full blocks of time in each region proved near impossible because at least 2-4 of my interviewees would be on the road. It wasn’t until we decided to save budget by scheduling interviews as people came through San Francisco that we actually were able to make some progress without breaking the bank on travel expenses.

Now that we had our interviewees selected and (more or less) scheduled, it was time to actually pick up the cameras and start filming...

Next up: Production

Learn more about how to support the Bleeding Audio documentary here.


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<![CDATA[Photos: With Confidence in Paris]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:51:13 +0000 Maysa Askar idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the With Confidence show in Paris at L'Espace B....

With Confidence

Safe To Say



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<![CDATA[Inbox Jukebox 005 – DYLYN, Billionaire, Bridgit Mendler, A Lot Like Birds, The Night Flight Orchestra + Benjamin Muñoz]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:30:59 +0000 idobi Staff The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... [/imgfull]

You slam through the door. You’re so freakin’ pissed off...for so many reasons. You’re about to throw your phone across the room just to watch it smash. Wait. You’ve got that one playlist. It’s audio therapy. This is your Inbox Jukebox:
DYLYN - "Secret"

If you ever need an anthem to get you up or a theme to express your pain, call DYLYN. She'll have you sipping on your "Mimosa" and telling your "Secret" in no time. Her sound is catchy but there are real depths below the atmospheric pop tunes. When we go out this weekend DYLYN is riding with us. Where you at?


Billionaire - "Reasons to be Fearful"

But we just wanna get high at our girlfriend's place.
Sit in bed and watch a documentary all about space...
[keep singing]

Billionaire is all up in the 80s and we're jumping in the telephone booth and going back with him. Something is definitely afoot at the Circle K and it's a solid tune to groove to. Heads up, movie studios: this belongs on your next indie film's soundtrack—hell, it could inspire your next indie film's big idea.



Bridgit Mendler - "Can't Bring This Down"

We don't get much neo-soul in our inbox (thanks, Reybee). We're nodding our heads to Bridgit Mendler's new track. Plus, there's a shoutout to TLC. Yeah, man. All we need is a red solo cup full of Henney and a boy who's dancing way too close while we've got our hands in the air. "You better stop it." Yup, that's perfect we "can't bring this down."


A Lot Like Birds - "For Shelley (Unheard)" music video

We knew there was something special about the new video from A Lot Like Birds. The girl with her eyes closed, listening to music in the backseat; the mom worriedly glancing at her daughter in the rearview while she drives... We were immediately transfixed by melody and visual. When lead singer Cory Lockwood shared the story behind "For Shelley (Unheard)" we felt his pain—in the way we've each had to mourn the loss of someone we love. Everything he's feeling about his mother, Shelley, lives on inside this song.
"That fall, I came home broken. I called her over and over, trying impossibly not to cry when we spoke. She didn’t have the same problem. I could always hear her smiling when we talked. I was writing a record at the time. I wrote about her. I didn’t know if I could ever bring myself to make it a legitimate song. There’s never been a problem for me with writing from a place that’s deeply personal. It’s just that, I never wanted her to hear it. I never wanted her to know that I was hurt, or worse, that my vision of her; this perfect, unbreakable version of strength and hope, had faltered..."




The Night Flight Orchestra - "Midnight Flyer"

This one time, we drove down to Atlanta with our mom, singing nothing but 80s rock. There was hair flying everywhere. Everyone on the road must've thought we were crazy as they chowed down on next exit Chik-Fil-A and Cracker Barrell carryout. We didn't care. There's something about the intersection of metal and rock-rock that makes you lose your inhibitions. The Night Flight Orchestra has that vibe unlocked:



Benjamin Muñoz - "Melle"

Remember that time you were in Belgium at that late night coffee shop and that DJ started spinning a trippy blend of snippets, interpolations, sounds, and melodies that made you feel like you were a character in an anime?
You don't remember? Well, Benjamin Muñoz is about to take you there with his new single "Melle". Get ready for action:


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<![CDATA[Gorillaz ArtMusicFare ‘Cause We’re All ‘Humanz’]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:45:01 +0000 Sherin Nicole Gorillaz will be performing their new album live in full tonight in London, and... [imgfull][/imgfull]

This might not be an Inbox Jukebox selection, but it was in our inbox, and it will be on repeat all day. After all, Gorillaz will be performing their new album live in full tonight in London. Notice our restraint in not shouting that, we'll just repeat it again: Gorillaz will be performing their new album Humanz tonight, live, in full, in London.

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have also released a four song sampler—featured in the tripped out short film Saturnz Barz (Spirit House). You can watch that below in 360 or standard, and you can hear the songs pretty much everywhere. Oh okay, fine, we'll add links to those too.

As if Gorillaz weren't already sending us into a frenzy of happy bounces and shouts of "All my life!" they've also announced the 14 track line-up for Humanz, a Special Edition with 5 more songs, and a Super Deluxe Vinyl Box Set with—brace yourselves—all 14 tracks "presented across individual pieces of 12" coloured vinyl (each one a different colour), packaged in individually art-worked sleeves." There's also a Deluxe Vinyl + Art Book option.

Not that any of those are optional, some people...because, you know, um, spending (hold on while we launch our calculator app)...$507.91 on a single album is perfectly normal. And we're glad Gorillaz is letting us be perfectly normal with them once again—just like the sub-culture art fiends we are.

01 “Intro: I Switched My Robot Off”
02 “Ascension” (Feat. Vince Staples)
03 “Strobelite” (Feat. Peven Everett)
04 “Saturnz Barz” (Feat. Popcaan)
05 “Momentz” (Feat. De La Soul)
06 “Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath”
07 “Submission” (Feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
08 “Charger” (Feat. Grace Jones)
09 “Interlude: Elevator Going Up”
10 “Andromeda” (Feat. D.R.A.M.)
11 “Busted And Blue”
12 “Interlude: Talk Radio”
13 “Carnival” (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)
14 “Let Me Out” (Feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
15 “Interlude: Penthouse”
16 “Sex Murder Party” (Feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
17 “She’s My Collar” (Feat. Kali Uchis)
18 “Interlude: The Elephant”
19 “Hallelujah Money” (Feat. Benjamin Clementine)
20 “We Got The Power” (Feat. Jehnny Beth)

Deluxe Tracks:
21 “The Apprentice” (Feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK)
22 “Halfway To The Halfway House” (Feat. Peven Everett)
23 “Out Of Body” (Feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz, and Imani Vonshà)
24 “Ticker Tape” (Feat. Carly Simon and Kali Uchis)
25 “Circle Of Friendz” (Feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

Get into Humanz on 04.28

"Saturnz Barz" (Spirit House) in 360



"Saturnz Barz" (Spirit House)



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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 006]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:31 +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.

All Time Low - “Last Young Renegade”

All Time Low showed off a side of themselves that we haven't seen much of when they released their single, “Dirty Laundry,” last month. While it was a refreshing sound from the Baltimore natives, the latest song we get sings a much more familiar tune. “Last Young Renegade”,  the title track off their upcoming Fueled By Ramen debut, is signature All Time Low. It’s a little bit pop, a little bit rock, and it’s a whole lot of fun—plus, Alex Gaskarth’s pipes have never sounded so smooth.

Falling In Reverse - “Broken”

Now four albums deep in their career, Falling In Reverse have cemented themselves as one of the best pop/”hard rock” bands in the business. Whether they’re dishing out stuff like “Bad Girls Club” or the breakneck “God, If You Are Above,” you get the best of both worlds here, and their upcoming record, Coming Home, looks like they aren’t straying away from what works. After the ultra-catchy “Loser,” the band turns things up a notch on the newly-released, “Broken,” showing that they’ve got the writing chops to pen both radio singles and arena-rock anthems.

Betty Who - The Valley

It wasn’t going to be easy for Betty Who to follow-up the success that she had with her 2014 debut, Take Me When You Go. It got her a spot on tour with Katy Perry, notched her a couple of number one Dance Club singles, and made her one of the most promising up and coming artists around. The verdict after hearing her newest album, The Valley? She isn’t up and coming anymore; she’s a full-blown superstar. The record is straight-up loaded with club jams and ballads to listen on your downtime, but no matter the type of song that suits your needs, it’s all a part of a collection that’ll help rightfully turn her into a household name.

Zayn - “Still Got Time (feat. Partynextdoor)”

Ever since Zayn ditched One Direction for a solo venture, it seems like he’s been trying to find the sound that really suits him as an artist. Sure, last year’s debut, Mind of Mine, was decent, but his joint effort with Partynextdoor titled “Still Got Time” is really where he shines. Vocals from both play off each other perfectly, and the dancehall-esque vibe that the track captures displays an avenue that Zayn could (and should) cruise right down with his music in the future.

Kendrick Lamar - “The Heart Part 4”

When Kendrick speaks, the Internet listens—and he’s got a whole lot to say. In a surprise new single, Kendrick Lamar’s near-five minute track takes you on a journey from start to finish with groovy instrumentals and a solid flow. Also, for those into the drama side of things, word on the street is that some of the lines on “The Heart Part 4” fire shots right at Big Sean. Either way, it’s just nice to have Lamar back, and given all the teasing he’s been doing on social media, you have to figure his next record is on the horizon.

Iggy Azalea - “Mo Bounce”

Twerk levels are reaching an all time high on Iggy Azalea’s brand new single’ “Mo Bounce.” Produced by Far East Movement and Stereotypes, the track is one of the first tastes we get from a new full-length after Azalea scrapped six months of material to start anew. With this fresh slate, she calls “Mo Bounce” “the most fun record” on her upcoming album, and we can only hope the supporting tracks match the electricity that this one has.

Gorillaz - “Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)”

Everyone's favorite animated band is back in a big, big way. On April 28th, Gorillaz are dropping Humanz, their first record since 2011. To celebrate the news, they decided to do more than just reveal a single, they unveiled a total of four songs from the record. Between the atmospheric standout “Andromeda” and the dreamy Popcaan-assisted “Saturnz Barz,” fans sure have a lot to be excited about, and it seems like the six year wait will pay off.

David Guetta - “Light My Body Up
(feat. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj)”

At this point, anytime you see Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne paired together as artists on a track, you know it's going to be fire. With a slew of joint credits to their name, they add another—and perhaps one of their best—in David Guetta’s “Light My Body Up.” Wayne's verse could have been a little longer, but Minaj does her best Sia impression as she belts out a lengthy hook—it's instantly on a top ten of one of the catchiest things Minaj has ever been a part of.

Natasha Bedingfield - “More of Me”

Let’s just get this out of the way: Tangled is 100% the best Disney movie ever made. It’s basically a crime that it’ll never get a *proper* sequel, but the next best thing is an animated series on the Disney Channel that serves as its follow-up. Mandy Moore reprises her role and it’ll sport some new songs, and the greatest part about it is the track that Natasha Bedingfield wrote for it entitled “More of Me.” It won’t set the radio ablaze, but the cheesy throwback 90’s chorus is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face—even if they somehow aren’t the biggest Tangled fanatic.


Other new releases:
Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms
Gorillaz - “Saturnz Barz”, “Ascension”, “We Got the Power”
Local Natives - “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”
The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash
Maroon 5 - “Cold (Hot Shade & Mike Perry Remix)”
Drake - “Blem”
Katy Perry - “Chained to the Rhythm (Oliver Heldens Remix)”
London Grammar - “Truth Is a Beautiful Thing”
Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, and 2 Chainz - “Gang Up”
Diet Cig - “Link In Bio”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - “Speak To A Girl”
Trey Songz - Tremaine The Album
Mike WiLL Made-It - Ransom 2


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<![CDATA[Join The “Last Young Renegade(s)” with All Time Low’s Brand New Track]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:31 +0000 Emillie Marvel Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, Friday is here, and we owe it all... [/imgfull]

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, Friday is here, and we owe it all to All Time Low. Okay, Friday might have come either way, but the latest track from our pop punk faves is definitely casting the world in a rosy light today. Titled "Last Young Renegade", this is the second song (and title track) from All Time Low's forthcoming album. A more upbeat offering than first single "Dirty Laundry", "Last Young Renegade" will have you dancing away the wait until the album drops on June 2nd.

Check out the song and video for yourself below, and join us in wishing you were racing the streets on your way to your next All Time Low show (because how cool does their set look?!). Oh, and look out for some sneaky references to other songs in there...just sayin'. If you love what you hear (and we promise you will), make sure to pre-order Last Young Renegade, and you'll get the title track and "Dirty Laundry" instantly!



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<![CDATA[Premiere: Your Mood Will Go “Way Up” When You Hear Jonezen’s New Track]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:21 +0000 Emillie Marvel Detroit rock and roll and Los Angeles lights share the spotlight on Detroit-born/LA-based Jonezen's... [/imgfull]

Detroit rock and roll and Los Angeles lights share the spotlight on Detroit-born/LA-based Jonezen's sound. The hip hop artist is providing jams to go along with your coolest shades and wildest nights.

"Being the follow up to 'Bars', this is a dope track in that it showcases a different side of what I do. It’s not just 100% in your face lyrics. It’s still got the rock vibe but it also has a softer edge to it. Marty James killed the hook, which is super catchy..."

Today, we've got the exclusive first play of his latest song "Way Up", featuring Marty James. A musician who has fought through difficult times to become who he is, his career is all about pushing boundaries while being true to himself. Check out the track below, and let us know what you think over on Twitter.
"The song is really about getting gone, making moves, taking things to the next level. I wanted to make a record that people, no matter where they were from or what kind of sound they were into, could get behind and I think 'Way Up' does a good job of that."


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<![CDATA[Meet Descartes a Kant, Mexico’s Imaginative Punk/Metal Band]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:05:18 +0000 Emillie Marvel If you've ever wanted to meet avant garde punk/metal act Descartes a Kant, they're... [/imgfull]

If you've ever wanted to meet avant garde punk/metal act Descartes a Kant, they're hooking you up with an intro video that fills you in on their sound and style. Along with the band, producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) also joins the conversation to give you a better understanding of the imaginative band from Guadalajara, Mexico.

After you get acquainted with Descartes a Kant, you can start looking forward to their American debut, Victims of Love Propoganda. The collection is scheduled to drop on May 12th through Cleopatra Records, so mark those calendars, and check out their introduction video below.

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<![CDATA[Premiere: Visit “Oregon”, The Junebugs’ Brand New Music Video]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:52 +0000 Emillie Marvel Thursdays are a good day for folk rock, wouldn't you say? Today, we're offering... [/imgfull]

Thursdays are a good day for folk rock, wouldn't you say? Today, we're offering you new material from Portland, Oregon's The Junebugs. With a focus on photography, the band is showing off their music video for "Oregon" below.

With original material born out of lonely hotel rooms, The Junebugs draw influence from musicians like Janis Joplin and Neil Young. Get a taste of the music they're playing below, and keep an eye on the folk rock trio as their career progresses.




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<![CDATA[Watch the New Full-Length Trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:45:16 +0000 Alex Bear The new trailer for the upcoming Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale is here. [/imgfull]

Are you awake yet? You can see the new full-length trailer for the upcoming Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale below, and there’s only one word for it: chilling. Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, the story tells of the dystopian and totalitarian society of Gilead, where women are property of the state, forced into sexual servitude in order to repopulate the dying world and combat the plunging birthrate. As one of the last remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) becomes a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, trying to survive in this cruel and unforgiving world and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The show premieres on April 26, and new episodes will stream weekly on Wednesdays. This story is particularly poignant and so relevant in today's world, and as big fans of the novel, we cannot wait to see this Hulu adaptation. Watch the new trailer for The Handmaid's Tale below, and mark your calendars for April 26!



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<![CDATA[The Vans Warped Tour 2017 Line-Up Is Here + We’re Ready To Rock]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:05:10 +0000 Emillie Marvel There's nothing better for a failing political system and a crumbling state of the...  

There's nothing better for a failing political system and a crumbling state of the world than punk rock—which is exactly what the Vans Warped Tour is serving up this summer. The legendary trek is back for a 2017 run, and they're bringing along their most brutal, most punk rock, and most warped line-up yet.

During tonight's live announcement at Full Sail University, festival founder Kevin Lyman took the stage alongside musicians like Hatebreed, Blessthefall, and Jule Vera to bring you a breakdown of every band you'll see throughout the summer. It's shaping up to be one hell of a tour, and we can't wait to rock with the Vans Warped Tour all season long.

Check out the full lineup below, and then hang out with us this summer as idobi Warped Radio returns to the airwaves to bring you closer to the fun than ever before.


Journeys Left Foot Stage:

  • I Prevail

  • Attila

  • Bowling For Soup

  • Watsky

  • CKY

  • Futuristic

  • New Years Day

  • Sammy Adams

  • Hawthorne Heights

  • Never Shout Never

  • Jule Vera


Hard Rock Stage:

  • The Adolescents

  • The Ataris

  • Fire From The Gods

  • Valient Thorr

  • T.S.O.L.

  • Municipal Waste

  • Strung Out

  • Sick Of It All

  • Bad Cop Bad Cop

  • The Dickies

  • Dollskin

  • Suicide Machines

  • Anti-Flag

  • The Alarm


Skullcandy Stage:

  • Big D and the Kids Table

  • Twilight Creeps

  • War on Women

  • William Control

  • Bad Seed Rising

  • Street Dogs

  • Alestorm

  • Barbwire Dolls

  • Riverboat Gamblers

  • SonicBoomSix

  • Stacked Like Pancakes

  • The White Noise

  • Microwave


Full Sail University Stage:

  • Bad Omens

  • Trophy Eyes

  • Shattered Sun

  • Boston Manor

  • Courage My Love

  • The Gospel Youth

  • Carousel Kings

  • Creeper

  • The Fantastic Plastics

  • Seperations

  • Tillie

  • FEEK

  • Playboy Manbaby

  • Farewell Winters

  • Naked Walrus

  • One Last Shot

  • Knocked Loose

  • Movements


Mutant Super Soda North Stage:

  • Stick To Your Guns

  • Sylar

  • Silent Planet

  • Fit For A King

  • Counterparts

  • The Acacia Strain

  • Candiria

  • Being As An Ocean

  • Hatebreed

  • After The Burial

  • Silverstein

  • Sworn In

  • GWAR

  • Too Close To Touch

  • Carnifex

  • Emmure

  • Hundredth

  • blessthefall


Journeys Right Foot Stage:

  • American Authors

  • Our Last Night

  • Save Ferris

  • Beartooth

  • Goldfinger

  • Streetlight Manifesto

  • Hands Like Houses

  • Neck Deep

  • Andy Black

  • Dance Gavin Dance

  • Memphis May Fire


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Find “Sunny Places For Shady People” with Southview’s New Music Video]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:02 +0000 Emillie Marvel We've got animal masks, we've got a hostage situation, we've got dimly lit sets... [/imgfull]

We've got animal masks, we've got a hostage situation, we've got dimly lit sets and fog machines, we've got the brand new video from Southview. The Tampa, FL band has brought the flick for "Sunny Places For Shady People" to first, and we're sharing it with all of you below.

A pop punk act that started off with goals of touring the eastern United States, they've quickly expanded their reach and are currently making their way across the nation on the Deborah, Please Get Us Home! tour. Check out dates for that below, while you get an exclusive first look at "Sunny Places For Shady People".

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Tour Dates:

  • Mar 23 - Royal Skate Shop - Chicago, IL

  • Mar 24 - Shortys Pub - Milwaukee, WI

  • Mar 25 - United Methodist Church - Whiting, IN

  • Mar 26 - Couch Studios - Terre Haute, IN

  • Mar 27 - Donatos Basement - Columbus, OH

  • Mar 28 - Crunch House - West Haven, CT

  • Mar 29 - Stacys Basement - Brattleboro, VT

  • Mar 30 - 3065 Live! - East Wareham, MA

  • Mar 31 - College Of Staten Island - New York, NY

  • Apr 01 - Shakers Pub - Oakdale, NY

  • Apr 02 - The Raven Inn - Baltimore, MD

  • Apr 03 - Radioactive Event Center - Kittanning, PA

  • Apr 04 - Valley Cats - Westchester, VA

  • Apr 05 - New York Pizza - Greensboro, NC

  • Apr 06 - Rocking Hard Saloon - Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Apr 07 - Swayzes - Marietta, GA

  • Apr 08 - Nighthawks - Jacksonville, FL

  • Apr 14 - Neptune Lounge - Tarpon Springs, FL


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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Someday]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:03 +0000 Sam Devotta Embarrassed to be caught listening to Nickelback? Try this cover from ROAM instead. “Someday”
Writers: Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Ryan Vikedal
Original Release Date: August 5, 2003

“Someday” we’ll be able to talk about Nickelback without laughing, but today is not that day.

Oh, Nickelback. Does anyone take them seriously anymore? I’m not sure how the rest of the world heard of them, but they’re huge in Canada. Or, at least, they were, particularly when their second album, Silver Side Up came out in 2001. They were on just about every radio station, and while I would never admit to being a fan, I can deal with the grunge-y feel of “Someday” in small doses (just please don’t make me listen to “Photograph”). There’s nothing inherently wrong with “Someday”, but it’s pretty generic—a standard alternative rock song about lost promises and failed relationships.

A couple of years ago, Rock Sound released a “Worships and Tributes” cover album, featuring a version of “Someday” by English pop-punkers ROAM. I hadn’t listened to ROAM before hearing this cover, but it immediately made me add them to my list of Bands to Look Up. They took the generic sound of “Someday” and made it more energetic, infusing it with a splash of pop-punk that turns it from mainstream radio to the type of song you’d expect to thrash around to at an underground club. Plus the faint English accents of the band members are more sonically pleasing to my ear than Chad Kroeger’s vocals.

No one wants to admit they’re fans of Nickelback, but if you feel the need to listen to one of their best known songs, ROAM offers an excellent alternative.


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<![CDATA[Twin Forks, Dan Layus, + The Social Animals To Embark On The Folsom Records Tour]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:55:34 +0000 Emillie Marvel Chris Carrabba is hitting the road again, and this time, it's all about the...


Chris Carrabba is hitting the road again, and this time, it's all about the song-writing. With his Americana project Twin Forks, the Folsom Records Tour is all about the stories behind the music and connecting with fellow song-driven music lovers.

Along with Dan Layus (Augustana) and The Social Animals, the tour has plans to exceed the perimeters of just another trek. Carrabba has plans to make a lot of music in a lot of ways under the umbrella of the Folsom Records Tour, but first, things will start with seven shows in listening rooms and bars to strengthen the bond between music makers and music listeners.

Head out to your local date of the Folsom Records Tour, so you can watch the collective grow from its very first steps. It's all "for the sake of the songs", and we can't wait to see where it takes them. Check a preview of what's to come with a performance from Dan Layus, below.


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<![CDATA[Just Remember to Wash Your Hands: Texas, Bathrooms, and SXSW]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:00:23 +0000 idobi Staff Think about it, the entire WORLD knows phrases like: “Don’t mess with Texas” or... Greetings from SXSW! Yes, we were present at the annual gathering of creatives at what is often referred to as THE conference to “celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” We are loving it. You always hear stories about the conservative nature of the state and their aggressive independent streak. Think about it, the entire WORLD knows phrases like: “Don’t mess with Texas” or “God Bless Texas”, and as an LGBT woman of color, I am embarrassed to admit, I was worried about my welcome.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everyone was warm and welcoming and a lot of fun. And Austin has the best margaritas I’ve ever tasted*. But as a note, do NOT try to outdrink Texans. ☺

When it comes to music, SXSW had some great performances like Annabel Allum from the UK, and the unique sounds of Orkestar Kriminal and you can’t forget a band with the name…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. ☺ (My personal favorite)

It’s kind of wild; the sounds, the songs, the variety of people you meet…

Which is why it perhaps wasn’t so surprising to see these signs up in the bathrooms at SXSW.

In January, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced legislation (Senate Bill 6) that would require transgender individuals to use public restrooms and changing facilities based on the sex reflected on their birth certificate. The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday March 15 (right in the middle of the music portion of the SXSW festival). Supporters of the legislation said that it protected privacy and prevented sexual predators from being able to enter women’s private spaces.

However, looking at research and larger scale studies, there is no supporting evidence for such legislation. There is no history of privacy violations and sexual predators connected to allowing trans individuals to use the bathroom that most matches their gender identity. Within school systems there have not been incidents of “harassment or inappropriate behavior” related to transgender students and bathrooms. In fact, the legislation would seem to increase discrimination and harassment against transgender individuals, including vulnerable transgender youth.

Senate Bill 6 isn’t very different from the law passed in North Carolina which caused significant chaos (I don’t think I’m allowed to say clusterfuck) and huge economic losses when businesses and performers and conventions started boycotting the state. One report showed North Carolina lost more than $630 million in profits.

The Texas Association of Business looked at what happened in North Carolina and estimated potential losses associated with South by Southwest alone, over four years, would amount to $38 million. In their letter, they go even further.
“Texas receives $68.7 billion in travel spending, which generates $6.2 billion in state and local taxes. Over 1 million jobs are supported by travel, 648,000 direct and 488,000 indirect. This vibrant industry, the second largest in our state, would suffer declines similar to those experienced by other states if Texas loses its reputation as a welcoming destination for all visitors.”

- Open Letter from Corporate Leaders with Operations in Texas

There are statements from heavy hitters like Apple, IBM, Marriott, Microsoft, Dow Chemical, HP, United Airlines, PayPal, Intel and others, many of whom have strong presences in the state and evidenced their views again at SXSW. Another letter from the creative community included celebrities and performers; and perhaps even more important to sports-enthusiastic Texas, are statements from the NBA, the NFL, and the NCAA against the “bathroom bill” and warnings of grave repercussions.

So what does Senate Bill 6 mean for SXSW? Will the convention lose many of those tech supporters/sponsors? Will many of the bands and musical performers boycott? Will the convention itself move out-of-state? Only time will tell.

But for many of us at the conference this year, and many coming to SXSW in the following years, I think we agree with the signs. We don’t care who uses what bathroom, just don’t forget to wash your hands. 


* If you have recommendations of other places/states with better margaritas, I’m happy to take up the challenge and test my theory.


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<![CDATA[Falling For ‘Nufonia Must Fall’]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:50 +0000 Sherin Nicole Here’s how Kid Koala, one of the world’s finest DJs, breaks it down. Nufonia... Photo credit: AJ Korkidakis[/caption]

Here’s how Kid Koala, one of the world’s finest DJs, breaks it down. Nufonia comes from the “Latin” nu fon. Add-on the suffix -ia (in this case used to denote a place) and you have the city where no fun is had:

In the colorless burg of Nufonia there lives a robot named Robot. He has a tape deck in his chest, but no song in his heart—all the world is noise to him—until the day he meets Malorie, the Miss Fix-it with a screwdriver in her purse (and we ain’t talking cocktails).

That’s how the story of Nufonia Must Fall begins, but the artistry came long before a rainy night in DC’s Lisner Auditorium, where Koala presented his magic melding of DJing, string quartet, and puppetry.

Before we talk more about that, let’s go back to 2003, when Kid Koala first released the original graphic novel ‘Nufonia Must Fall’. The OGN can best be described as a silent-sci-fi-movie featuring the sweetest of love stories. It’s no surprise that Koala recalls watching Charlie Chaplin as a kid, “I remember my whole family, kids, parents AND grandparents, huddled around the screen smiling and laughing along as the story unfolded.” Chaplin knew the same secret Koala does: Simple stories have a way of connecting with people.

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Koala goes on to say, “When I was writing Nufonia Must Fall, I always imagined the book being a kind of paperback silent movie. I am so thrilled to be working with [filmmaker] K.K Barrett…”

The art-loving world is giving thanks for that spark of imagination—Koala, Barrett, Afiara Quartet, and several puppeteers joined forces to bring Robot and Malorie to life in a series of gorgeously sparse visuals, set to the tune of two violins, a cello, a viola, two turntables and a microphone.

The resulting show is truly lovely. The puppets, sculpted from a white plastic that emulates paper, reach out to us through music, sound, and the emotive dexterity of their puppeteers. Each joke and surprise, disappointment and joy, are alive on that stage, somehow seamlessly enacted on 12 miniature sets and projected onto one big screen.

How did they do it? After the performance the audience was invited on stage, and the show only becomes more magical when the mechanics are revealed the the brilliance of its creators is unveiled.

We, as an audience, are welcomed inside the world of Nufonia and we feel every moment. There’s wonder to be found here, not just in the journey of the characters but in the mysteries of ice skating, rain without water, running through town, and sandwich making robots.

Don’t take my word for it. See it for yourself in the video below. After that go and experience the happily-ever-after by seeing it for yourself—live.


Look out for our She Said/He Said conversation about the event with visual artist Kevin Hunt on Geek Girl Riot in April.

Our thanks to Washington Performing Arts (WPA) and the equally lovely Amanda Sweet for hosting us at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday, March 18 2017.


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<![CDATA[Callwood at the Cooler #15]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:00:16 +0000 idobi Staff “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [imgfull][/imgfull]

Let’s hear it for the girls…

Wednesday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. The day is always important—regardless of who is in power, there is still plenty of work to be done—but it certainly took on extra significance this year. The “A Day Without Women” that spread fairly effectively on the same date was also important. Where possible, women stood back and allowed men to see what the world is like when they’re not contributing. My family observed it at home, and it wasn’t easy, let me tell you. Most of us don’t need telling just how enormous the contributions of women are. None of us should need telling, period. But people still do, as shocking as that might seem to right-thinking people.

The fact was hammered home recently with a series of interviews that I did. Speaking to The Bangles for the LA Weekly, the band told me some of the horror stories from their past—about sleazy photographers trying to get them to pose in the pajamas, throwing popcorn in the air, like some sort of weird slumber party vibe. That shit’s creepy. I wrote another piece for the same paper about the women of 1980s hair metal (yet to be published), and the fact that some of them felt obliged to hyper-sexualize their image to get ahead in the biz. Boob-jobs were offered by label bosses. That sort of nonsensical, sexist twaddle. And then there was my conversation with Otep, in which the singer, Otep Shamaya, said, “People are still surprised that a woman is in a band, and she's a front-person, she's outspoken.” I mean, what the hell?

If anybody seriously wonders why women’s marches and International Women’s Days are still necessary. Remember this stuff. Things may have gotten better since the 1980s—nobody is offering Otep a boob-job—but they’re far from perfect. A strong women fronting a metal band is still surprising some people. There is still work to be done.


The Plodding Dead…

I’m starting to feel offended by AMC’s The Walking Dead. The season premiere earned so much attention thanks to a couple of scenes of brutal violence so harrowing, the internet imploded with the weight of complaints. But since then, the story has moved along so slowly, it may as well be a zombie itself. That’s simply not fair! If you’re going to start the new season of a show with a bang like that, you have a responsibility to top it at least once during the other episodes (and not wait until the “exciting climax” of the finale). Dial up the gross, please guys.

That said, I started watching Mad Men for the first time, after being told by everyone for ever that it’s “genius.” Now, I have a policy of not getting offended by fiction. I don’t believe it’s a worthwhile use of emotion, and I don’t think there should be any lines of taste when it comes to art. That can be challenged at times, much like my belief that the death penalty is wrong, but it’s what I believe. That said, here we have a show (eight episodes into season one before I quit) about rich, smug white men competing to see who can treat women worse. It’s set in a time where that would be the case, sure, but nothing else is happening at all. Film and TV critics have explained to me that the show is a masterpiece, that is shows how men and women of this time were basically forced into certain roles in society. But that’s not enough for me. Nothing else happens, but women being treated badly. Why is this show so popular? I’ll take a million Walking Dead ultra-violent season premieres over one more Mad Men.


Punky Meadows and Snakefists…

On March 10, I went to the Sunset Strip to see two shows in one night. At the Whisky was Punky Meadows, former guitarist with glam metal band Angel. Across the street at the Viper Room was local punk ’n’ rollers Snakefist. There were some great opening bands between the two venues too—Bang Feather Bang (playing the Viper) is a noisy, garage-glam two-piece that sits somewhere between T-Rex and the White Stripes, while Definity (at the Whisky) is a power-metal band of the Iron Maiden variety with Latin roots, with about half of the songs sung in Spanish. Punky Meadows played a killer set, a smart mix of Angel classics and newbies, but Snakefist were a different class entirely. The band explodes onto the stage in a blur of Motorhead/Zeke punk rock energy, and then tears through a set of manic hard rock future-classics. On record, they sound lighter—a bit Skid Row—and there’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to see them live to get the full effect. Tremendous band.

Elsewhere over the last couple of weeks, local hard rock vets Y&T played a great show at The Rose in Pasadena, tracks like “Mean Streak” sounding majestic in that big room. Opening that night were Angeles (another local remnant from the '80s), and new sleaze rock band Wikkid Starr. That latter band features former Life, Sex & Death/AntiProduct man Alex Kane on guitar, and they played a decent set that included one exceptional song called “Get It, Got It, Good.” Worth a look.


[read Brett’s Otep piece for Tucson Weekly here.]

“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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