App Show News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:47:19 +0000 en <![CDATA[idobi Horror Story: Band Edition]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:00:31 +0000 Tom If we ever got caught in a real life horror movie, we know just... [/imgfull]

We’ve all been there. Clutching our popcorn tight, curled up in our seats, screaming at the TV screen because that one character is about to go into that super-haunted house/cabin in the woods/abandoned asylum alone despite the fact you’ve told them repeatedly not to. They just never listen, do they? You’d never do the same if you were in their position…would you? Our writers sure wouldn’t, but if they ever got caught in a nightmare fix, they know just which bands they’d want by their side to get them outta there in one piece, stat. Read on to hear the cast breakdown of idobi’s imaginary horror flick, but beware: there be monsters.


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I can’t watch scary movies because my overactive imagination keeps me up for days, convincing me the shadows in my bedroom are trying to kill me, so being stuck in a literal haunted house would be a nightmare. I’d need someone who could protect me, someone who could keep the bad guys at bay long enough for us to sneak out of the groaning mansion, and who better to save me than twenty one pilots? They’re so good at slaying the demons inside our heads, I can guarantee they’d be just as effective against physical villains, supernatural or otherwise. Josh “Spooky Jim Christmas” Dun would be the muscles; as a drummer, I assume he’s ridiculously strong, so he’d be more than capable of punching a monster in the face, wrestling an axe away from a murderer, or dragging me into the safety of the trees (possibly all three at once?).

Though Tyler Joseph is smaller in comparison, he’d have all sorts of supplies in his backpack, from snack foods (haunted house or not, we still have to eat) to a red beanie (in case it’s cold) to a long rope (you never know when you might need rope). Meanwhile his sharp mind would calculate the easiest escape route within minutes. Even though we’d make sure to avoid any rooms with flickering lights or oozing walls, we might still be waylaid by ghouls and ghosts, so Tyler would simply employ the blurryface voice to banish them back from whence they came (no one can resist the power of blurryface). I’m not sure how useful I’d be during this whole thing since I’d panic at the slightest sound, but because they’re both such selfless, noble guys, they’d be more than willing to save my sorry skin before worrying about their own, so I, at least, would live to see another day. (Sam Devotta)




Going to have to go with blink-182 for this. For one, I'm pretty sure Travis Barker is invincible and all those years of hitting drums has to amount to some pretty sick reflexes. Second, if we ran into any monsters I feel like they'd ask for Matt Skiba's autograph because there's no way monsters didn't listen to Alkaline Trio right? Finally, because if I am going into a horror movie I am going to need dad jokes to get me through it and we all know Mark Hoppus has plenty of those. Although I'm hoping their newer lyric "Life is too short to last long" isn't any sort of foreshadowing. (Hannah Hines)


Fall Out Boy


They’re named after a superhero; who else would you want to save the day? We’ve all seen from the “A Little Less Sixteen Candles” video they’re capable of taking on demons (and even if they become them, they stay on the side of good). And, should I accidentally get caught and turned by a monster, they seem pretty good at adapting. Their propensity for pranks and solving problems would definitely come in handy for not only spotting potential traps, but creating them to ward off evil. While their fighting skills may need a little bit of work (see the “Beat It” video’s unfortunate sumo encounter), I’m confident their vast knowledge of monsters, demons, and the occult both in popular culture and otherwise will serve us well.

Author’s note: if this ever does get made into a horror flick, the title would probably be longer than my lifespan in it (as a human at least). (Alex Bear)


All Time Low


I would definitely want All Time Low on my team in a horror movie. To begin with, Zack is super strong from carrying Jack around all the time and wicked smart. Jack is much lankier than Zack, but would definitely be valuable because even if I was scared out of my mind, I’m confident he would keep me laughing through any supernatural fog—and defeating the terror in your own mind is half the battle. With all the flinging of guitars across stages every single show, both Jack and Alex have rockstar reflexes that’d come in handy at the sight of any monster. And last but not least, Rian has fearless determination that would help anyone fight through a spooky night. Even if our movie ends tragically, these boys would put up quite a fight—and no matter what you’d have the night of your life. (Eli McDonald)




Slipknot would most likely be the bad guys of a scary movie; whether supernatural possessors, really freakin’ twisted clowns, or just chainsaw murderers, the band (and their music) is a shoo-in for the tormenting role. It goes without saying that most people wouldn’t be dying to have the scariest band around as their only saviors in a horror story… But guys, who’s gonna be able to protect you from a villain better than a villain.

Before I Forget, let’s also mention their badass masks—they could just equip me with one of those and we’d slip right out of the clutches of evil without anyone knowing it was us. Although if I Wait and Bleed and give the bad guy a trail to follow, they can teach me to release The Devil In I to fight back. And, if worst comes to worst, they can break out their demonic possession/deadly balloon animal/chainsaw skills and Snuff the life right out of the attacker, leaving him nothing but a Disasterpiece. Personally, I’d want to be buds with Slipknot during any Psychosocial situation, but when it comes to horror movies other People = Shit. \m/ (Emillie Marvel)


P.S. Brendon Urie would be the absolute worst choice—we all know he’d simply join the monsters in idobi’s imaginary horror flick and take his rightful place on the throne in Hell.



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<![CDATA[Photos: Green Day in LA]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:20:09 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Hannah Branigan covered Green Day at the Hollywood Palladium in LA.

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<![CDATA[Polaroids from the Verge: Here We Go with Tennis System]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:00:23 +0000 Tom You know what they say about pictures and a 1000 words, but what about Polaroids?... [/imgfull]

You know what they say about pictures and a 1000 words, but what about Polaroids? Well, we think they're worth just a little more, especially when Tennis System is the one taking them. The DC turned Los Angeles band has been busy since their 2011 debut, and a day in their life is probably more exciting than anything you've done all month.

So go ahead, dive into the indie pop world of Tennis System—frontman Matty T is serving up some of the band's best memories and favorite places with a Polaroid camera. From their rehearsal space, to MDDN Studios, to their one-of-a-kind print shop, take a tour of Tennis System's life, and let their killer tunes soundtrack the experience.



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"Original Tennis System kick brother randomly doodled this on a receipt when we were recording ‘Teenagers.' I liked it so much I asked him to draw it on a kick drum head for us, then spent a few hours coloring it to my liking."

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"On the other side of our rehearsal space is a small area we converted to a silkscreen printing area. I screen every piece of Tennis System merch by hand, so each piece is unique and one off."

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"It’s a small setup and I’ve mostly taught myself, but I have a few friends I call back east for an occasional tutorial on pieces I botched, haha. A lot of times I give the defects to my brother, he likes the imperfections. Everything I need is here and it’s fun to experiment with it...each piece is something cool and unique to whoever gets it. That connection between me and our fans is important to me, as an artist, because it removes barriers."

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"I come up with all kinds of designs but only a few actually make it to fruition... about four or five signature designs all of which were inspired from bands we love, listen to and respect, like New Order, Eric’s Trip, Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr."

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"After many trial and error shirts and calls to my homies who screen for a living, I've learned it's important to flood the entire screen before pressing the image. I used to always print the shirts the night before a show, which meant I'd be pulling an all nighter the day before a show...haha. Now I do the shirts the day before so I can get a proper night's rest."

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"Being inexperienced lends itself to some mystery. Every time I pull the screen, I prepare myself because I'm never sure what I'm going to get. That’s the really exciting part about it for me. I dig the imperfections, though. I almost feel like they're cooler, because they're one of a kind. Too many people's perception of what's cool is skewed by other's imperfections."

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"Final product! I hunt for vintage clothing and finding single stitch t-shirts is my goal. I am constantly looking for blanks because these are fresh canvases to make some more unique pieces and try out new ideas."


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"Our rehearsal space is my home away from home. This is my escape from the world where I can leave everything else at the door and just create."

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"Laying down some new ideas at MDDN Studio! You'll never find me playing anything other than a Fender Jazzmaster or Jaguar. I love Fender offsets with floating tremolo. There's just something about those guitars that gets me. I like to buy Japanese ones and mod them."

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"Playing with some different microphones in the studio looking for some different vocal textures. I usually lean towards Blue Microphones."

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"The studio is a my special place and when you have a good team to work with, there's nothing else like it. Everyone here is so fucking rad and really makes me feel like I'm at home. Something I've been looking for since I moved out west."


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"1 of 1 Tennis System shirt on MDDN’s boss man Benji Madden. I can't describe to you how happy it makes me when people want to wear our merch. I love that so much!"


Now that you've seen a day in the life of Tennis System, it's about time you see them live, don't you think? Head out to their show at Non Plus Ultra in Los Angeles on December 15th, and bring your Polaroid camera with you—you might get some pretty cool pictures, yourself. Until then, one more song for the road:

Check out Tennis System on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their official website!



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<![CDATA[When Artists Become Their Art: These Sculptures Merge Movie Directors with Their Most Iconic Characters]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:00:41 +0000 Tom American visual artist Mike Leavitt carved wooden figures to portray his favorite movie directors... Tim Burton[/caption]

Some say creators become their creations… well, one sculptor took this a bit literally. American visual artist Mike Leavitt carved wooden figures to portray his favorite movie directors as the most iconic characters they created, and the result is incredible. It really gives new meaning to "paint sculpt me like one of your french girls". Check out some of his sculptures below!

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<![CDATA[Photos: Don’t Call It A Sum-Back Tour in Chicago]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:58:21 +0000 Tom Sum 41’s much anticipated return to the Chicago club scene hit all the right...

Sum 41’s much anticipated return to the Chicago club scene hit all the right notes on a Friday night in the city. From the opening with the fan favorite, “The Hell Song,” I had flashbacks of watching the music video over and over with my brothers in my childhood basement. The flood of nostalgia that filled me was recognizable on the rest of the crowd, including the security guards. The pit, mostly consisting of twenty-something guys chugging their beers, was animated throughout the entire 24 song set. Deryck Whibley took breaks from singing to pull some fans up on stage a few times during the night. Whibley also took a break mid song to build anticipation and reintroduce Dave Baksh (nicknamed Dave Brownsound) to the crowd, who cheered loudly in return.


The hour and a half set was littered with favorites such as “In Too Deep,” “Walking Disaster” and “Motivation,” mixed in with brand new songs off their recent record, 13 Voices, which was released earlier this month. All the songs were well received. Whibley exclaimed “...this is the best date of the tour, Chicago!” at one point and the sold-out venue agreed in screams and whistling. The band returned after their “last song” to play a four song encore—brief covers of “Smoke on the Water” and “Seven Nation Army” that played right into “Pieces.” And though Buddy Nielsen, frontman of opening band Senses Fail, teased that Sum 41 was not going to play "Fat Lip", they indeed played “Fat Lip” to close the night out. The night was a celebration of Sum 41's 20th anniversary as a band, and Chicago showed the same support that has been present ever since Half Hour of Power.

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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: What I Like About You]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:16 +0000 Tom “What I Like About You” Writers: Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Jimmy Marinos Original Release... “What I Like About You”
Writers: Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Jimmy Marinos
Original Release Date: February 1980

Despite being released thirty-six years ago, “What I Like About You” has some staying power—it’s frequently used in pop culture to this day!

Maybe you’re more familiar with the Lillix cover that was used in Freaky Friday and as the theme song to Amanda Bynes’ hilarious (and short-lived) show, What I Like About You, but the original song by The Romantics was a huge hit back when it first came out. And while I wouldn’t say they were one-hit wonders, personally I can’t think of any other Romantics songs, so this is definitely their claim to fame. It’s poppy and fun, extolling the virtues of someone who offers the singer comfort (exactly what kind of comfort is left open for interpretation). The song is fairly simple; barely three minutes long, there isn’t a lot of lyrical content, since they spend most of their time “uh-huh”-ing, but that makes it easy to sing along to, and its frequent appearance in commercials and movies makes it easily recognizable.

When 5 Seconds of Summer released their self-titled EP in 2014, they rounded out the tracklist with an energetic cover of “What I Like About You”. It’s the type of cover that doesn’t stray very far from the original—it’s just as poppy, but the different voices (each of the four members contributes at least a verse) give it a little more texture, versus the original which features the Romantics’ drummer singing the whole thing. The guitar tone also feels a little more modern and in tune with 5SOS’s pop-punk-y sound, and you can imagine a crowd of screaming fans singing along to this and dancing around, especially near the end when they build up to the final chorus.

Whether or not you like 5SOS, you’ll find yourself bopping along to such a familiar song, though nothing can beat the original in terms of longevity.  



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<![CDATA[The Rock-y Horror idobi Show]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:30:58 +0000 Tom You’re planning the spookiest Halloween party in town. The only problem is that you... "The Addams Family" at San Jose Stage, June 3 through July 26, 2015. Credit: Dave Lepori[/caption]

Picture this: You’re planning the spookiest Halloween party in town. You have all the grapes peeled to trick your guests into thinking you’re serving up eyeballs and all the perfect Pinterest decorations for the season. The only problem is that you urgently need bands to complete the eerie atmosphere. idobi has you covered! We’ve put together a set of the most haunting bands around to keep your guests dancing until they drop dead.



While flipping through my iPod in the beginning of fall, there’s always one spooky band that stands out above the rest. AFI is essential to my October playlist and would be perfect to set the mood of our Halloween party. Their music is definitely more “ambient” than “dance party” most of the time, but there’s something just right about “Silver and Cold” in the way that it makes you picture being in a Sleepy Hollow-esque forest with rain hitting the fallen leaves on the ground. After putting us in a Tim Burton-like trance, the band would end the set with the throwback “Miss Murder”, and there is no doubt that we wouldn’t be able to resist dancing and screaming the lyrics back at the top of our lungs. If you want the most chilling graveyard party of the year, this will always be the band to turn to. (Eli McDonald)




Halsey rules the world in my eyes, but in “Castle”, she’s taking a trip to the Badlands to take her rightful place on the throne, and she’s doing it with an eerie power that shines through in every song. Coupled with the religious, slightly ethereal chanting in the background and the slow ritualistic drumbeat, it’s enough to send a shiver right down your spine that makes it the perfect Halloween soundtrack. And that’d just be the opening of her set; with her soft yet steady vocals in sultry verses on tracks like “Haunting” and “Young God”, you can almost feel a cold wind blowing on the back of your neck, warning you of that thing you know is there but you’ve yet to see. Before you can quite catch your breath, her explosive and theatrical choruses will swoop in and grab you tight.

There’s an undeniable pull in her music that both sets you on edge, but also makes you sure that Halsey will be the next Evil Queen you’ll both love and fear. By the time she closes out her set with “Ghost”, you’ll be ready to follow her straight to that Castle—because there’s absolutely no question that Halsey won’t get whatever she wants when she gets there, and we don’t envy anyone who gets in her way. (Alex Bear)



Panic! At The Disco

My number one “Halloween is just around the corner” jam is Panic! at the Disco’s “It’s Almost Halloween”. The scariest part of this song is the video quality—don’t watch it in full-screen mode unless you like feeling dizzy—but it’s a reminder that, in spite of all the spookiness, Halloween is also about having fun and “doing the trick-or-treat”. I’ve been listening to this song every October for the past seven years but I don’t think Panic! ever played it live—half of the original members left the band less than a year later—so I would love to see Brendon Urie break it out one day, and idobi’s Halloween party would be the best place to do it. I have faith that he’d adapt the sound so that it would fit into a set list along with “Emperor’s New Clothes” or “Nearly Witches” or maybe even his cover of “This is Halloween”. And if getting Brendon to play a Halloween party meant he’d have to break out the ol’ guyliner...I’d be okay with that. (Sam Devotta)

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What Halloween party wouldn’t want to be rocked by PVRIS? The band’s dark aesthetic is the perfect fit for a downright spooky event, and I’m pretty sure their trademark mirror is magical enough to add that mystic edge every All Hallows Eve needs (does it transport you to another dimension? Does it trap souls? Is it just a wicked looking mirror? We may never know.)

Smoke and mirrors aside, the band’s debut album White Noise is impeccable. “St. Patrick” and “My House” will bring the house down in an angry rage, while “Eyelids” will sweep a whispery chill across the party. You can lighten the mood with “Mirrors”, or make things extra intense with “Let Them In”. With just the right amount of spook and melody, PVRIS is a one stop shop for Halloween tunes. (Emillie Marvel)



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<![CDATA[Go Back To High School with Safe To Say’s “Tangerine”]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:59:25 +0000 Tom Some music videos are inspired by emotion, some inspire emotion, and others do both.... [/imgfull]

Some music videos are inspired by emotion, some inspire emotion, and others do both. "Tangerine" by Safe To Say is one that conquers both feats, by invoking nostalgia with the high school experiences that have been chapters in most everyone's stories.

Produced by Wyatt Clough and Safe To Say singer/guitarist Brad Garcia, the video is a product of the band's freedom of creativity, with inspiration pulled from The Virgin Suicides. You can check it out below!
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<![CDATA[Settle in, it’s Megosh Story Time!]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:00:11 +0000 Tom That's right, Megosh Story Time is a hilarious new series, and we'll be exclusively... [/imgfull]

Welcome to your dose of WTFery for the day. That's right, Megosh Story Time is a hilarious new series, and we'll be exclusively featuring their special brand of madness, only on—so settle in because...
It's Megosh Story Time again! In the last episode, Derv did a commendable job reading to us a fabulous story from one of our favorites, Dr. Seuss. But now it's Finch's turn! We didn't even know Finch could read, but be ready to be inspired! You'll be amazed not only by Finch's stellar reeding skillz, but also with his ability to maintain focus as Josh and Derv... err... help him to tell his story. And you'll surely be impressed with his high threshold for pain!  Without further ado, we give you Megosh Story Time: Episode 2.



About Megosh:

With a set of high-energy intelligent songs, Baltimore's Megosh has notably exploded on to the scene. Their music is melodic with post-progressive elements and frequent forays into the territory of alternative metal, but with an undeniable pop sensibility. Megosh somehow fuses these eclectic ingredients into a surprisingly cohesive stew - a sound that is clearly their own. Impressive and complex instrumental material will certainly appeal to the musician but, with Megosh, song craft still reigns and their creative use of rhythm and catchy melodies are certain to captivate a wide audience. On top of all this, the front line serves up tasty three-part harmonies, something rarely heard on today's rock scene.


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<![CDATA[Photos: The Aggressive Tour in Santa Ana]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:30:52 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Hannah Branigan covered the The Aggressive Tour with Beartooth, Every Time I...

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