App Show News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:42:15 +0000 en <![CDATA[The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Inductees]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:30:31 +0000 Tom It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame... [/imgfull]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees! There’s only one word for this lineup: Legendary. The inductees are:

Performer Category:
Bon Jovi
The Cars
Dire Straits
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone

Award for Early Influence:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Presented by Klipsch Audio, the 33rd annual induction ceremony will take place on April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, and will have its television premiere on HBO. You can get your hands on pre-sale tickets by signing up to be an active Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member by December 31—additional public pre-sales and tickets will be on sale in the new year. See the official Class of 2018 announcement below!



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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:13 +0000 Tom Without changing the words, Issues somehow manages to make the *NSYNC song less cheesy... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
Writers: JC Chasez, Veit Renn, Justin Timberlake, Vincent Degiorgio
Original Release Date: November 29, 1998

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with one of our favorite boy bands of yore?

That bubbly piano intro, the layered vocals—even the “God sends you his love” line that feels awkward and out of place in a non-Christian rock song—all of it comes together for *NSYNC’s cheesy but irresistible jam. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” is the type of song that screams “1998” while also smacking you in the face with festive cheer and warm wishes. While it’s still catchy, you have to admit the buoyant beats (not to mention the gang vocals at the end) feel a little dated. But it’s hard not to smile (or laugh) into your eggnog when you hear it.

If, like me, you hadn’t heard Issues until the first time you listened to Punk Goes Christmas, you may have been fooled into thinking they’re a boy band with that jangling piano intro and singer Tyler Carter’s falsetto. That misconception lasts for about the first twenty seconds of their cover...until the drums and throbbing guitars come in. Then the unclean vocals in the chorus lead into a heavy second verse, and you realize Issues is pretty much the opposite of a boy band—even though Carter’s pipes wouldn’t be out of place on a pop album.

Issues somehow manages to make the *NSYNC song less cheesy and more modern, and I’m into it.


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<![CDATA[First Listen: Hey Gigantic Takes Us On A Trip with Video for “Passenger”]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:41 +0000 Tom We'll be a "Passenger" in Big Gigantic's car any day. [/imgfull]

We'll be a "Passenger" in Hey Gigantic's car any day. The Essex based band makes the kind of alternative rock songs we ~swoon~ over, and they're bringing us more to love today exclusively on

In an artistic video that takes you from the city to the suburbs to the waterside, Hey Gigantic highlights their anthemic track "Passenger". We'll be watching the video on repeat until they head out to support Faux in January, and you can join us below.

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"The video was created in collaboration with director, editor Ed Hobson, we worked really closely with him to make sure the visuals complimented the lyrical themes and tone of the track. All of it centered around the idea of realising your life is going through the motions and the awakening that you need to take control and steer it in the direction you want it to take.

Huge thanks to Tom Broderick for his amazing performance, which really dramatises the whole idea far more than we could have imagined, hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.”


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<![CDATA[Photos: SWMRS in New York]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:26:35 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Audrey Lew covered the SWMRS show at Irving Plaza in New York....


The Interrupters

The Regrettes

Mt. Eddy


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<![CDATA[Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap’s New Video “Feels Great”]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:30:53 +0000 Tom Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap’s new video for “Feels Great” is a golden summer... [/imgfull]

Forget winter, Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap’s new video for “Feels Great” is a golden summer daydream and we’re here for it. The video sees influencer Eva Gutowski and the guys living their best lives in the deserted hills of California, and will have you nostalgic for brighter days. Not to mention, it’ll get this irresistible tune stuck in your head all over again...and damn, it really does feel great:



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<![CDATA[Callwood at the Cooler #34: Alt-Journalism – Where Do We Go From Here?]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:44 +0000 Tom Callwood takes on the struggle of journalism in 2017 at the cooler this week. [/imgfull]

The plight of the alt-weekly…
The last week has been more than a little harrowing for those of us trying to forge ahead with a career in journalism.

Full disclosure, before I continue here: I have freelanced for the LA Weekly since March 2016. I also write regularly for the OC Weekly, the Denver Westword, the SF Weekly, and the Tucson Weekly. For six years between 2008 and 2014, while I lived in Michigan, I was heavily involved with the Detroit Metro Times, and for the last of those year I was the music editor there.

I know and love alternative weeklies. They provide a vital voice— politically, socially, culturally, artistically—to those who might not have an outlet for that voice anywhere else. Frankly, alt-weeklies are one of the things that I love the most about this country (there’s nothing like it in my native England).

But Christ, this year has been tough on many of the publications. New owners seem to have swept in across the nation and gutted them. As of this year, there’s no longer a print edition of the Village Voice in New York—long a vital ingredient to the culture in that vibrant city.

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Los Angeles is burning…
When the LA Weekly was put up for sale earlier in the year, by former owners Voice Media (who also own the Denver Westword, Phoenix New-Times, and more), eyebrows were raised. The group had already sold the Village Voice in New York and now it was letting go of LA. Why not have a presence in these two giant cultural cities? But ok, there must be business reasons that mere journalists and normals don’t understand.

When it was announced that the new owners of the LA Weekly are a group called Semanal LLC, those same eyebrows hit the ceiling. Nobody knew anything about the new owners, least of all who they actually were. Things went very, very bad, very, very quickly.

On Wednesday, November 29, just after the sale was finalized, nine of the 13 editorial staffers at the LA Weekly were laid off.  Two days later, on December 1, one of the new investment team, Brian Calle (formerly a columnist at the OC Register), posted a story called “And the New Owners Are…”

“The L.A. Weekly group is made up of several investors including Brian Calle, formerly of the Southern California News Group; David Welch, an L.A.-based attorney; Kevin Xu, a philanthropist and investor; Steve Mehr, an attorney and investor; Paul Makarechian, a boutique hotel developer; Mike Mugel, a real estate redeveloper; and Andy Bequer, a Southern California–based investor. And Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley’s law school, also plans to invest.

“We appreciate that people have been expressing their support for L.A. Weekly over the last couple of days. It was once a richly influential and important cultural force in Los Angeles, which gave it vitality both as a journalism platform and as a business. I’m sure many reading can remember a time when we used to pick up an issue every week, read its features and refer to it multiple times to help decide weekly social and cultural activities.”

It was perhaps the next paragraph which people objected to the most:

“As media marched forward into the digital age, however, print publications saw innumerable challenges and L.A. Weekly [sic] has suffered as a result. It wasn’t inevitable. And today, perhaps more than ever, we need media organizations, like L.A. Weekly [sic], to become reinvigorated journalistic voices in the new media landscape. It’s disheartening that the Weekly has been on a declining trajectory. Our goal is to turn it around and see it grow.”

By saying that “it wasn’t inevitable,” Calle was clearly suggesting that the award-winning former staff hadn’t been good enough.

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The backlash has been swift and brutal. Columnists, including Henry Rollins, have decided to no longer contribute. The rumors are that advertisers are backing out at an alarming rate, encouraged by the #BoycottLAWeekly movement. There was a funeral held for the publication at noon on Friday, December 8, at the LA Weekly office. A coffin was filled with old issues.

So it came as no surprise when, at 5 p.m. on that same Friday, a statement was released on the LA Weekly Facebook page.

“We have made numerous missteps in the transition of new leadership at L.A. Weekly. We acknowledge it. We own it. We apologize for it.

“Our missteps have allowed rumor, conjecture, and misinformation to eclipse fact. False narratives have snowballed in part because we have not adequately provided our vision and plan for the Weekly’s future to the public…

“Beginning today, Hillel Aron will take over as Interim Editor. Aron will be responsible for all editorial content at the Weekly. He will have complete independence and autonomy from the business side of the company. He’ll also create an Editorial Advisory Board made up of veteran progressive Angeleno journalists to ensure that the Weekly preserves its progressive voice.”

The statement addressed the concerns that the new owners are Republican donors from Orange County (some of them are), that they want to change the traditionally-left political slant of the paper (they say they don’t), and they they want to use unpaid writers (they do, but not exclusively). Aron will be allowed to run the editorial side of things, which is slightly reassuring.

So that’s where we are. The laid off staff remain laid off, although Aron has been told that he can rehire two of them (who knows what that will look like). Much of everything else remains uncertain.

As for me, I’ve literally just filed a feature with them that was commissioned by the former music editor before he was let go. I’m a professional and I do the work that I’m assigned. What the future holds regarding that publication is uncertain. But two weeks ago, the LA Weekly was a publication I was proud to write for. I have to be certain that remains the case before I pen another word.

But everyone, absolutely everyone, should care. Because the danger is that these alternative voices are being stripped away. Just think about that.


“Callwood at the Cooler” is a bi-weekly column which will see me waxing lyrical about events in the news, pop culture and the etc. Sometimes it’ll be light, other times not-so when the rant/monolog demands. The subject matter will vary dramatically so expect anything and keep coming back.


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<![CDATA[Watch This Week – 12/11]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:00:07 +0000 Tom This week: Lucifer, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, Marvel’s Runaways, Lethal Weapon, Brooklyn... This week: Lucifer, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, Marvel’s Runaways, Lethal Weapon, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Med, Riverdale, The Big Bang Theory, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency



“The Sin Bin” – Season 3, Episode 9
Mon Dec 11 – 8PM

Guess who’s back. Back again. Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) is back. Tell a friend. We sure have missed her—but it looks like we’re the only ones in Lucifer. Did y’all see that love triangle with her, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), and Dr. Linda (Rachael Harris) coming? We sure didn’t (okay we were totally cheering for it)...but that’s all we’ll say about that. Instead, we need to talk about the Sinnerman (Kevin Carroll). Because honestly, we’re still shuddering at the eye-popping (too soon?) lengths he went to in the last episode. The devil might have found his match this time, and something tells us the Sinnerman is only the start of—forgive us—Dante’s Inferno for Luci (Tom Ellis) & the gang. Will the midseason finale answer or create even more questions? If Mr. Morningstar could ask us what we really desire right now, it’d be both.

Watch the midseason finale of Lucifer tonight on FOX.


From TV Guide:
With the Sinnerman in custody, Lucifer is prepared to go to any length to get his devil face back. Meanwhile, Trixie is introduced to Charlotte and questions the relationship she has with her father. The Season 3 fall finale.



“Image Comics: Declaration of Independents” – Season 1, Episode 6
Mon Dec 11 – 10PM

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Another week with Robert Kirkman, another legendary secret history. This time he’s diving into the publisher that launched a thousand comic book fans (and then some): Image Comics. Oh, you know, the company that brought you Spawn, Saga, The Walking name just a holy few. The launch of Image Comics in 1992 was revolutionary; it allowed creators to publish their material without giving up the copyrights to their characters. Those creators-turned-founders just happened to be some of the best in the business, and Image Comics soon became a rival to Marvel and DC. Image’s founders are about to sit down and tell their story. Yeah, we don’t think we need to say more—watch...

Watch Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics on AMC.


From AMC:
Seven renegade artists shock the comic-book industry by starting their own company, Image Comics, to rival giants Marvel and DC.



“Metamorphosis” – Season 1, Episode 6
Tues Dec 5
On Hulu

The opening flashback of this week’s episode of Marvel’s Runaways might be our favorite—and the most chilling—yet. We finally learn the story of Jonah (Julian McMahon), the man with the all-too-perfect deal for Alex’s (Rhenzy Feliz) parents last week (something about a man in a sharp 90s-style suit really does mean “business”. Don’t @ us). We also get a glimpse into this mysterious power the parents’ club (read: cult) are trying to harness. But that ain’t the most devastating part of this episode—revelations back in the, uh, more real-life world of PRIDE’s gala are about to come out all too publicly. It's a scene that will have you watching with secondhand embarrassment, morbid fascination, and even some pity for Tina (Brittany Ishibashi). Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did ya? That’s the beauty of Runaways: You never quite know who you’re rooting for, in spite of everything. What we do know we’re rooting for, however, is Karolina’s (Virginia Gardner) cruuuush—but we ain’t saying who it is and you can’t make us!

P.S. Watch out for that classic Marvel cameo. Y’all will know when you see it.

Episode 6 of Marvel’s Runaways airs on Hulu this Tuesday. Catch up on episodes 1-5 now.


From Hulu:
During PRIDE's gala, the kids set in motion a new plan to take down their parents for good. As the evening unfolds, everyone's personal drama threatens to derail their plans.



“Wreck the Halls” – midseason finale
Tues Dec 12 – 8PM


Lethal Weapon airs on FOX every Tuesday.

From TV Guide:
It's Christmas time and the Murtaugh family is headed to Hawaii. However, Murtaugh's vacation is put on hold when he and Riggs are called to a homicide and the victim is an old friend. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a surprise phone call from a relative just in time for Christmas. The Season 2 fall finale.



“Game Night: The Favor” – Season 5, Episode 8
Tues Dec 12 – 9PM

Um, yeah. Y’all went nuts over Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) coming out as bi in last week’s episode “99” and we are here for it. This week, we get even more to cheer about, because she’s planning to tell her parents. Unfortunately, she decides to ask Jake (Andy Samberg) for help...we don’t know what she was thinking either.

Dive into Brooklyn Nine-Nine on FOX.

From TV Guide:
In the Season 5 fall finale, Rosa begs Jake to help her break some big news to her parents, but her plan is thrown off when they wrongly assume the two are dating. Then, Seamus Murphy returns to redeem the favor Holt owes him, and the precinct searches for a loophole that will allow Holt to uphold his end of the bargain without breaking the law.



“Naughty or Nice” – Season 3, Episode 4
Tues Dec 12 – 10PM

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Catch up on Chicago Med, only on NBC.

From NBC:
CHARLES PUTS HIS LIFE ON THE LINE TO HELP A PATIENT - Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) learns a troubling fact about the man who shot him. Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Dr. Bekker (Norma Kuhling) come to an agreement during a complicated surgery. Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) are trapped by legal ethics when an unfaithful husband refuses to tell his wife about his inconclusive Zika test. Meanwhile, April (Yaya DaCosta) and Noah (guest star Roland Buck III) discover working together isn't always easy while Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) continues to argue with the board over hospital costs after an avoidable patient death. Marlyne Barrett, Brian Tee and Rachel DiPillo also star. Marina Squerciati, Elias Koteas and Eddie Jemison guest star.



"Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night" - midseason finale
Wed Dec 13 - 8PM
On The CW

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Christmas is here but it ain’t so full of cheer. Did you expect anything less from Riverdale’s  midseason finale? We’re surprised there are any secrets left in this town, but Veronica (Camila Mendes) manages to find out one about Hiram (Mark Consuelos). Didn’t mama teach you not to snoop for Christmas presents? Speaking of snooping, the Black Hood, our mysterious and ominous figure of this season, is about to get found out for a showdown so explosive only Riverdale can deliver. Word on the street is (read: theories on the internet), the Black Hood isn’t working alone. As soon as Riverdale blows our minds with one revelation, they’ve set up ten more and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

Catch the midseason finale of Riverdale only on The CW, or catch up the next day on The CW App.

From The CW:
A SHOWDOWN WITH THE BLACK HOOD — After snooping around for Christmas gifts, Veronica (Camila Mendes) uncovers a major secret Hiram (Mark Consuelos) has been keeping from her. Fallout from Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) encounter with Penny Peabody (guest star Brit Morgan) creates tension between him and FP (Skeet Ulrich.) Meanwhile, a defiant Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) takes matters into her own hands after Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt) tells her they cannot afford Christmas this year. Finally, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Archie’s (KJ Apa) vow to take down the Black Hood once and for all leads to a dangerous showdown. Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray and Casey Cott also star.


The Big Bang Theory

"The Celebration Reverberation" - season 11 finale
Dec 14 - 8PM

It’s a double birthday bonanza this week on The Big Bang Theory. (That’s a lot of B’s...Bazinga!) Amy (Mayim Bialik) and baby Halley are turning another year older and with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) planning the celebrations, what could possibly go wrong? No, really. Leave the party planning to Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), he’s pretty damn spectacular at it. That’s if he and Wolowitz will ever fistbump and make up (c’mon guys, this is more distressing than when #Shamy broke up). Now for the real question: Are #Shamy finally going to tie the knot and make this celebration go off with an even Bigger Bang? There is not enough camomile tea in the world to calm us down at the thought of that happening after this long. Meanwhile, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) gets a letter from his brother—his over-achieving, might just be Clark Kent brother (the family resemblance could work). But hey, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a family-related downward spiral, right?

You can watch The Big Bang Theory every Thursday on CBS.


From CBS:
Sheldon and Wolowitz plan birthday celebrations for Amy and Halley, respectively. Also, Leonard receives a Christmas letter from his brother that causes him to spiral out about his own lack of accomplishments, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Dec. 14 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

“Nice Jacket” - Season 2, Episode 9
Sat Dec 16 - 9PM
On BBC America

We haven't seen the upcoming episode yet so we'll have to all watch it together!

From BBCAmerica:
Dirk fulfills the prophecy and restores order after returning to Blackwing; Todd and Amanda face off against Suzie Boreton.

You can watch Dirk Gently on BBC America.


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<![CDATA[Photos: Ryan Key and Normandie in Paris]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:48:18 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the Ryan Key and Normandie show in Paris at...

Ryan Key



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<![CDATA[Photos: PVRIS in Paris]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:42:31 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the Pvris show in Paris at L'Elysée Montmartre.




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<![CDATA[idobi Inbox Jukebox Presents: “Lion’s Den”, the New Video from Emily James]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:25 +0000 Tom Today’s premiere from singer/songwriter Emily James has taken us by the hand to twirl... [/imgfull]

The Inbox Jukebox moves to the beat of our hearts, powered by the feelings that move us. And today’s premiere from singer/songwriter Emily James has taken us by the hand to twirl us around the dancefloor. Her new track “Lion’s Den” is a bittersweet pop ballad with a country twang and we're completely under her spell. Emily says of her new single:

“I wrote ‘Lion's Den’ about the fear that comes with the vulnerability of falling in love. The line "wounds heal but love is ruthless" is really the epitome of what the song is about: two lovers trying to hold onto hope amidst the scars of past heartbreak. In the song, it is the challenges and struggles that come with love that they are fighting against, and ‘pray [they] make it out alive’ to see the relationship through.”

Her music brings her experiences to life in wonderful ways, and the visuals are equally enthralling; the music video tells a love story that resonates long after the beat has faded out. See what Emily has to say about the video, then hit play below to fall into the “Lion’s Den”.

“The video portrays the ‘feeling of bliss’ in the beginning of a relationship. It builds with the coming storm, representing the inner turmoil inside the two, deciding whether to take the risk in finding shelter in one another.”


Follow Emily James:


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