App Show News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:12:16 +0000 en <![CDATA[First Listen: San Francisco’s Down and Outlaws Drop New Video, “Imposter”]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:24 +0000 Tom Down and Outlaws are anything but down and out with new video for "Imposter". [/imgfull]

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


Hi-Lo Jack - "Wasted Time"


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


BONES - "Girls Can't Play Guitar"


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

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

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



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

What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.

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

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



Bohnes - “My Friends”

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

Sia - Everyday Is Christmas

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

Tove Lo - Blue Lips

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

Morrissey - Low in High School

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

Green Day
- Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band

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

Dashboard Confessional - “We Fight”

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

Real Friends - “Get By”

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

Story of the Year - “Miracle”

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

Flo Rida - “Hola”

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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Amnesty International

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



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Sea Shepherd

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


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Green Peace

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


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

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

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


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Safer Scenes

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


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A Voice For The Innocent

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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