App Show News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:16:05 +0000 en <![CDATA[Snow in April and Vinyl Memories – Thinking of Prince]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:45:42 +0000 Tom When I was young, which was a very long time ago indeed, two men... Prince performs at his final concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on April 14, 2016. Photo: Amiee Stubbs[/caption]

When I was young, which was a very long time ago indeed, two men ruled the charts. One was the king of an Indiana dynasty. The other was the prince of Minneapolis. My cousins and I would go crazy the minute we heard one of their songs on the radio, or whenever my uncle played them at a cookout. We dreamed of being P.Y.T.s or the beautiful ones who wanted to be starting something in the purple rain. Yeah, we were corny but we were ten—we owned silliness the same way we put summer in our pockets and danced with fireflies.

We breathed our fathers’ record collections because ours consisted of Selected Hits from The Jungle Book and Big Bird Sings the Blues—our collections had joy but theirs had soul. There came to pass, as it always does, a day when I wanted music that was mine—voices that weren’t mimicking my parents but were an echo of the things I might say if I knew how. Lucky for me it was almost Christmas. At the top of my list in nearly illegible purple Crayola marker, I wrote “Purple Rain on wax” (which loosely translates to “that instant classic on vinyl” for y’all). I loved the King of Pop, I truly did. Still do. But being ten means making hard choices and since the moment I’d seen Prince dancing in his “proper-behaviour” defying ensemble of heels, a speedo, and a trenchcoat I was hypnotized. Later, when I heard the bassless opus of outstandingness that is “When Doves Cry” Prince took me from hypnotized directly into brainwashed. I’m still under his thrall.

It’s perfectly reasonable that when an approximately 12” square gift appeared under my Christmas tree, lovingly wrapped, with my name on it, I was already singing, “...’cause baby I’mma star, whoa oh whew…” My actions after I opened my gift and saw Michael Jackson’s handsome face [circa 1982] were equally reasonable—I laser beamed (it was the 80s) the meanest of side eyes at my father. If I hadn’t feared for my life, dude [aka dad] would’ve gotten the finger. He thought Prince was a degenerate, but my father had the wrong ‘D’, Prince was a disruptor of the genius class. You can’t point to anything in rock that doesn’t now have a purple cast when you turn it in the light. That’s what being an icon does.

These days I no longer need permission to buy music that’s mine. I can dance in my own speedo and trenchcoat; I can sit in cafes sipping coffee with a side of starfish, or dream of snow in April. I can do all of this because there was a Prince here once...but now he’s gone to dance in endless summer, among the fireflies we call stars.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Hear “Frayed” By Living Room Exclusively on]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:00:21 +0000 Tom Like an impressionist painting in a Living Room, "Frayed" is busy and precise all... [/imgfull]

Like an impressionist painting in a Living Room, "Frayed" is busy and precise all in one, fulfilling the desire for calm within chaos and delivering killer post-hardcore sounds. Today, Brooklyn's Living Room is premiering the song exclusively with

After quietly debuting in 2012, the band has been perfecting their craft with emotions that are larger than life and attention to detail while writing. If you wanna hear what the act is about, look no further than "Frayed", streaming below!

"I wrote this song over the course of a few months so each verse, although about the same idea, is coming from a pretty different perspective. In the beginning, I'm hopeful in trying to mend a damaged personal situation, only to come to terms with a reoccurring pattern or personal curse of sorts. Ultimately, it's about our own unique setbacks and our connection with the outside/inside world." - Johnny Nicholls


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<![CDATA[Jam To “February” + Get To Know With Friends Like These]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:00:44 +0000 Tom It's not February anymore, but With Friends Like These, who cares?
It's not February anymore, but With Friends Like These, who cares? In an acoustic trip through the city turned emotional full band performance, New Jersey act With Friends Like These brought their A game to the music video for "February".

"'February' was written about the end of a relationship when the initial flame begins to die out and the couple grows apart." - With Friends Like These

A band straight out of a pop punk fairy tale, the guys dropped their debut album, The Things That Surround You, in August of 2016. Since then, they've kept at it by way of touring and working on new material. After you check out "February" above, you can watch their idobi Tell Me below. Hit play, and get to know the guys behind With Friends Like These a little better.

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<![CDATA[Inbox Jukebox 008 – The King’s Parade, Scartoon, We Are Band Nerds + Jack Perry & Chelero]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:54 +0000 Tom The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... [/imgfull]

It’s Friday morning. You woke up with laryngitis. So, of course, all you wanna do is scream. Guess you’ll have to go up on the roof and let these songs speak for you. Let’s wake the world up. This is the Inbox Jukebox:


The King’s Parade - "Haze"

Some songs make you feel. You can't say whether it's the melody, the vocals, the lyrics or the resonance, but there's something that grips you. The King's Parade has made that happen with "Haze" they're leading us on and, yeah, we feel it.



Scartoon - “Break ft Audrey Brazelle”

Scartoon has decided to play with our emotions—coaxing out our darker sides and laying them down on digital wax. Breaking up to make up, falling in love to breakdown—it's all encapsulated in this salty yet sultry lead single "Break". Given this is just the first taste of his upcoming album The American Psycho, we’ve already marked our calendars for June 9th to see where the Las Vegas-based producer’s sound will take us next.


We Are Band Nerds - "Whore (Mend My Soul)"

We don't know how to describe this but we think we like it. It's kinda like if all the music in your head went Volton and formed a single super-genre and then started rampaging through the city. Yup. As far as introductions go, this song is one hell of a way for We Are Band Nerds to let you know they exist, and yeah, they're pretty damn cool.



Jack Perry & Chelero - "Livia"

This one by Jack Perry & Chelero is just for the fun of it: hit play for some pure get your weekend game face on joy straight from all the hottest club dancefloors in France.


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<![CDATA[Don’t Sleep On This: While She Sleeps’ New Record ‘You Are We’ is Out Today!]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Tom The wait is finally over: While She Sleeps' third studio album, You Are We,... [/imgfull]

The wait is finally over: While She Sleeps' third studio album, You Are We, is out today! Produced by Carl Bown, who also worked on Brainwashed, the record is available now via SharpTone Records, and promises to be their most brutal, and most personal, collection yet. In a post about the album's release, the band says:

"There will never be enough words in this universe to describe our appreciation for the love we have felt for this new album. We took a risk for the love of music and the love of expressing ourselves in this thing we call life. This move was one of the most exciting things we've ever done as a band, proving that everything usually prescribed as the "right" way of doing things isn't always the right thing for you. We are so proud of this album and we are so proud of YOU. All of you have just brought this album to life and set it in stone as the most beautiful album name that has been proven by its own meaning. YOU - ARE - WE"

What are you waiting for? Go give You Are We a spin, and let us know just how awesome it is. Because honestly, remember how good "Silence Speaks" feat. Oli Sykes is? Yeah, exactly.



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<![CDATA[Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 010]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:13 +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.

Paramore - “Hard Times”

Theyyyyyy’re baaaaaaaack!

Let’s not think about how long it’s been since the last Paramore album and instead enjoy their new song, “Hard Times.” Picking up where 2013’s self-titled LP left off, the pop-rock trio unveil a strong introduction to a new era, a.k.a. After Laughter. Featuring an 80’s vibe and a dancey chorus, the track has the potential to take alternative radio by storm—and that probably won’t be the only chart they’ll master by the end of the year.

Lady Gaga - “The Cure”

Adding a little extra spice to her Coachella set this past weekend, Lady Gaga took everyone by surprise when she debuted a brand new song, and then dumped it onto streaming services directly after. “The Cure” wasn’t on her latest record, Joanne, nor was it even a B-side. This fresh tune arrives just as it sounds: Big, iconic, and textbook Gaga. With such a stylistic difference from Joanne, she certainly has her poker face on when it comes to the future—and maybe another album will soon be in the cards.

Lana Del Rey - “Lust for Life (with The Weeknd)”

One of the most underrated powerhouses in the game right now are collabs between Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd. Del Rey’s been lending her pipes to the past two The Weeknd records, and now it’s time for him to return the favor; naturally, it’s a doozy. Titled “Lust For Life,” which is also the name of her upcoming full-length, the track shows off both artists at their best—a crooning Tesfaye delivering a wonderful falsetto with Del Rey spilling her heart in the verses.

Bleachers - “Hate That You Know Me”

Jack Antonoff is taking everything you’ve heard about the dreaded “sophomore slump” and he’s throwing it out the window. Bleachers’ debut, Strange Desire, was a record to remember, but his forthcoming, Gone Now, is doing everything right so far to surpass its quality. Our latest taste from the collection is “Hate That You Know Me”, a synth-driven pop dream with none other than Carly Rae Jepsen offering guest vocals. Its simplicity is where it shines, and even though it’s over before you know it, it’s a track begging to have its repeat button smashed.

Charlie Puth - “Attention”

Charlie Puth’s demanding your attention, and it’s for good reason. His surprise single, “Attention,” isn’t just a new song, it’s pretty much a full-blown reinvention. The 25 year-old singer did some fun things on last year’s Nine Track Mind, but now he’s trading those piano tunes for dancefloor moves with one of his catchiest numbers yet. To make matters even more interesting, the track is part of a public Los Angeles “music exhibit” called The Attention Room—which is equipped with LED lights to replicate your brain’s reaction to receiving attention.

Pierce The Veil - “Coming Clean”

Another week, another Green Day cover, and this time it comes from rock act Pierce The Veil as they take on the band’s Dookie cut, “Coming Clean.” A vast difference from the original, the San Diego quartet take this minute-and-a-half rocker and turn it into something much more mellow with acoustic guitars galore. Not only is it different for this song, but it’s also different for Pierce The Veil in general—you gotta give ’em respect for switching things up like this.

State Champs - “Secrets (Acoustic)”

In just a couple of weeks, State Champs will be re-issuing a deluxe edition of their excellent full-length Around the World And Back and they’re making the purchase worth it—equipped onto the new version will be a DVD, some new songs, and a couple of acoustic tracks, too. We’ve already heard a new track with “Slow Burn,” so what’s the acoustic one got in store for us? After hearing the revamped “Secrets,” it’s clear the band is taking their stripped-down role seriously, and it packs just as much intensity as the electric version does.

Bruno Mars - That's What I Like: Remixes

When it comes to Bruno Mars you know you'll be getting anything but the ordinary; that's why his mini remix EP of his fire single “That's What I Like” ends up being brilliant. The three remixes here are nothing like your standard droning EDM party fodder, even with the one done by producer BLVK JVCK. While largely unchanged from the original, verses by Gucci Mane and Partynextdoor, on separate versions, could be enough to finally take the song to number one on the Billboard chart, where it's currently sitting at number two just waiting for a tiny bit more of a push.

Flor - “overbehind”

Ten years ago, you would never think that the juggernaut pop-punk label Fueled By Ramen would be housing a band like Flor. Interestingly enough, however, the label probably hasn't been bigger than it is right now. You've got OGs still like Panic! At The Disco and Paramore, but Against The Current and Twenty One Pilots are part of the new breed to take the record group to a new level—and indie-pop act Flor is an essential part to that growth. With their new infectious single “overbehind” they're proving that they aren't a FBR afterthought—but rather a marquee addition to a roster that deserves to be selling out arenas with the best of them.

Other new releases:
While She Sleeps - You Are We
Have Mercy - Make The Best of It
MisterWives - “Drummer Boy”
Incubus - 8
Rise Against - “The Violence”
Kasabian - “Are You Ready For Action?”
Shawn Mendes - Illuminate (Deluxe)
London Grammar - “Oh Woman Oh Man”
Joywave - “Content”
Coin - How Will You Know If You Never Try
Dua Lipa - “Lost In Your Light (feat. Miguel)”
Blackbear - Digital Druglord
Big Boi - “Mic Jack (feat. Adam Levine)” + “Kill Jill (feat. Killer Mike, Jeezy)”
DJ Shadow - “Systematic (feat. Nas)”


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<![CDATA[3-Hour Exclusive Premiere: “Play This Game” with Grabbitz only on]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:02 +0000 Tom EDM exclusives are the best way to start your weekend, and thanks to Grabbitz,...
Brand new music is the best way to start your weekend, and thanks to Grabbitz, that's exactly what we have. The energetic and eccentric artist is on the edge of releasing his debut album, Things Change, on May 19th. Today, we're giving you a taste of what to expect with a 3-hour exclusive premiere of "Play This Game". (So by the time the West Coast wakes up, it'll already be your new favorite jam.)

"I’m putting myself out there in my music and with my live performance. My vision is set high, but in order to win or lose, you have to play."

The aesthetic-fueled video accompanies an infectious track. You won’t be able to get the bass-heavy hooks and seductive beat out of your mind anytime soon—"Play This Game” is a whole new brand of entertainment tailor-made to mess with your head in the best way possible. With abstract thinking and hard-hitting beats, "Play This Game" is nothing you've heard before, but everything you'll wanna hear for weeks to come. Grabbitz (AKA Nick Chiari) has added even more suspense for the follow up to his iTunes charting Friends, and Better With Time EPs.

"Nikko [LaMere] had a vision when he heard the song, so I let him run. We have always produced great shots working together."


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<![CDATA[Premiere: “Turn On The Lights” with Shane Henry’s New Single]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Tom Emotion, inspiration, and life experiences are what it's all about for Shane Henry. [/imgfull]

Emotion, inspiration, and life experiences are what it's all about for Shane Henry. The singer/songwriter has opened for BB King, Edwin McCain, and more, and now, he's ready to release his latest single. Titled "Turn On The Lights", you can check out the track exclusively below.

Produced in part by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Santana) and Justin Glasco (The Lone Bellow), Henry's new album, Light In The Dark, is set to be his best material yet. "Turn On The Lights" and the jams below, and know that dark days are over.


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<![CDATA[Volumes Release New Track “Left For Dead”]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:45:15 +0000 Tom Turn those speakers up and get ready for action, because there’s a heavy dose... [imgfull][/imgfull]

Turn those speakers up and get ready for action, because there’s a heavy dose of Volumes coming your way. The Los Angeles band just premiered a new song called “Left For Dead” via Loudwire, and if you haven’t been lucky enough to see Volumes live yet (or you wanna relive the moment), the accompanying music video will give you a taste of their awesome set.

“Left For Dead” is about coming to terms with the notion that all good things must end, and this is one epic way to deal. As the third new track to be taken from their upcoming Fearless Records debut, Different Animals, it’s about time you pre-order before its release on June 9th, don't you think? Check out "Left For Dead" below, and if you like what you see, the band are hitting the road in a couple of days with support from Fire From The Gods—keep scrolling to see all the dates!


Apr 23 - Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live
Apr 24 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
Apr 26 - Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
Apr 27 - Nashville, TN @ The End
Apr 29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville*
Apr 30 - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's Sports Bar*
May 2 - Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
May 3 - Louisville, KY @ Trixie's Entertainment Complex
May 5 - Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion*
May 7 - Webster, NY @ Harmony House
May 8 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd DC
May 11 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
May 12 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
May 13 - Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion*

* Volumes only dates


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<![CDATA[Photos: Real Friends in Paris]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:39:12 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the Real Friends show at Backstage By The Mill...

Real Friends



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