App Show News | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:27:13 +0000 en Callwood at the Cooler #22 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:00:10 +0000 Tom “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [imgfull][/imgfull]

Why do I write?

The funny thing about writing about music, or any of the arts, for a living is that essentially, the arts are subjective. This means that my opinion about music, or indeed literature, or film, or TV, or anything, is no more of value than anybody else’s. Sure, I have studied the subject matter at hand, and I have 18 years of solid experience deconstructing music in particular. Examining every little detail, speaking to the artists and those behind the scenes. I sure know what I’m talking about.

But still, I firmly believe that the arts are subjective. Meaning that, if you like a song, film, show, painting, anything, then nobody has any right to tell you that you shouldn’t like it. Your feelings towards it are real, and they’re yours. I believe there are a lot of critics out there who feel it is their job to tell you what you should like, why you should like it, and why you shouldn’t like another thing. I disagree. My role, in my opinion, is to tell you what I like and why, what I don’t like and why, etc. Over time, readers develop a sense for what my tastes are, and they’ll decide for themselves whether they’re more or less likely to agree with me. In other words, I develop a relationship with the readers.

To me, this in no way cheapens my choice of career. In fact, it enhances it. I’m good at what I do. I’ve been doing it for a long time, consistently. But I detest the idea that I’m sat here like some music supremacist, with superior opinions to everyone else. Nope, I’m a guy with a gift for conveying how I feel about art. I hate Celine Dion’s music. If you like it, more power to you. You’re not wrong.

Now I have to deal with this guy?

With all of that said, something weird happened on the very day that I’m writing this, and it has me bizarrely irritated. I should be able to let it go, because it’s so dumb. You, dear readers, are my venting panel.

I was at my desk at the Culver City News office in LA, and I happened to be alone in the building, working on a feature about a local music festival. A gentleman walked in and had a query about an article the paper had run in 1992. We didn’t have any issues that old on-hand and I explained that to him, but said that I’d see what I could do if he left his information. Said gentleman proceeded to write his details down.

Detecting my English accent, he asked where I’m from and I told him. “Do you like English music?” he asked, and the question perplexed me. Does he mean renaissance-era lute tunes, I wondered? “Sure,” I said. “Although I haven’t heard it all.”

“Do you like Nick Lowe?” he asked. An odd starting point, but I dug it. He was attempting to impress the British guy with his deep knowledge of English new-wave. “Sure do,” I said.

“The Sex Pistols? How about The Damned?” he said. “Yup yup,” I replied.

Then the conversation turned dark.

“I also like The Buzzcocks and The Clash,” I said. “Big fan of first-wave English punk.”

“NO!” he said. “Don’t ever mention The Clash in the same breath as The Pistols or The Damned. The Clash is not punk. Commercial bullshit.”


“Ahhhhh,” I thought. “What we have here is a clear case of somebody speaking out of their behind.” But I also had to remind myself that, if the nameless gentleman (I’m not protecting his anonymity—I don’t know his name because I haven’t had a chance to look at the info he left yet) doesn’t like The Clash, he’s well within his rights to not like The Clash, as bonkers as that seems to me.

“We’ll have to agree to disagree,” I said, wrestling a friendly smile from somewhere.

“Don’t tell me about music,” he said. “I know music.”

I had an urge to explain to him why I know music, pointing out my experience and achievements. But I’ll be damned (no pun) if I was going to justify myself to him. So I nodded. But then I thought, “screw it.”

“The Pistols was a band manufactured by Malcolm McLaren anyway,” I said.

“Pfft, I don’t care,” he said, clearly not actually knowing about the Sex Pistols’ storied beginning.

“Do you like Cream?” he said, taking another odd left-turn.

“I like Cream just fine,” I said. “I mean, they’re rehashing the blues and I’d rather listen to Robert Johnson. But they’re good.”

The guy snorted with derision. This guy had wandered into my place of work and up to my desk, asking for my help, and was playing the “big me.” Still, I wasn’t going to join him in his game.


The encounter, while gleefully anecdotal, was rather awkward. Still, it does serve to highlight something important, and bring this column back to the top. People don’t have to be a music critic in order to feel that their opinions about music are more important than other people’s. This guy just felt an in-built sense of privilege—that all should bow down before his wealth of taste, information and, simply put, superior opinions.

And he was nearly clueless. Imagine his attitude in the head of somebody who knows a lot. That would be insufferable. This is why I always have to remind myself that, when somebody explains to me why they like Nickelback, or the music that American Idol and The Voice churns out, I’m not better because I prefer David Bowie. I just like something different and, as a critic, I can express why more eloquently.

Like what you like. You do you. Here’s some valuable advice though—print media and the internet is jam-packed with people writing about music. Hunt somebody down who can string a few sentences together, and also has similar tastes to you. Then find another who has polar-opposite opinions. With those two writers at your disposal, with the “relationships” developed, you’re better placed to find music that you’re likely to like, while ignoring what you’re not. This is how it should work.


“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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Watch This Week – 6/26 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:47 +0000 Tom Check out our picks of what you should be watching this week—featuring Baby Driver,... Photo by Wilson Webb - © 2016 - TriStar Pictures[/caption]

This week: Baby Driver, Preacher, Silicon Valley, Queen Sugar, Cleverman, Pretty Little Liars, Broadchurch, American Koko, Okja

Baby Driver

June 28, Sony, TriStar Pictures

Edgar Wright wanted to make a movie about music but he didn't want to make a movie about musicians, he needed a fast car and the tunes to drive it; that vehicle is Baby Driver. The end product is a driving movie set to the pace of the ultimate soundtrack—and our hearts still haven’t stopped racing. The second Baby (Ansel Elgort) gets behind the wheel of his getaway car, puts his earphones in and hits play, you’re taken on the ride of your life via a few heists, some cruel crime bosses, a sweet love story, and a whole lotta 90 degree turns. The worse the situation gets the better the music gets and that's the perfect score for Baby's reckless high-speed life. Ready? Set? Let’s go, Baby!


From Sony:
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.



Season 2, Episode 2 - Mumbai Sky Tower - Monday, June 26 @ 9pm ET, AMC

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"God didn't come for the girls, you idiot. He came for the jazz"

Preacher’s BACK, did ya hear? How could you not hear when Jesse and the crew keep coming with an amazing soundtrack blaring in each episode. Episode 1 kicked us off with a bang (quite literally), and now episode 2 is laying the groundwork for the return of familiar faces, a whole lot of drama, gunfire, insane events you have to see for yourself (and even then might not believe)…and all that jazz.


Episode 202: “Mumbai Sky Tower” – Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy track down Fiore, a low level angel, to find out more about who The Cowboy is and why he’s trying to kill them.

Written By: Sam Catlin
Directed By: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg


Silicon Valley

Season 4, Episode 10 - Server Error - Sunday June 25, HBO

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Silicon Valley said goodbye to the beloved Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) last night, and we’re sorry to see him go. But we didn’t wave goodbye to Erlich and season 4 without some tangled webs being woven, as only Silicon Valley can. The finale shows us an explosive (uh, quite literally) hacking-turned-disaster with plenty of underlying commentary that strays a little too close to recent events in the Valley—and you might just find yourself questioning the underdog.


From HBO:
The guys watch security footage of a Hooli phone blowing up and realize their software is responsible for a pandemic of exploding phones. Jared can’t take the dishonesty and hands Richard his resignation. Richard tells Jared he needs to give two-weeks notice and Jared reluctantly agrees.


Queen Sugar

Season 2, Episode 3 - What Do I Care For Morning - Wednesday, June 28 @ 10pm ET, OWN

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Think your family’s complicated? Think again. We’re back on the farm with Queen Sugar this week, and things are about to get a little bit more than confrontational. This season only deepens the threads of drama binding the Bordelon family together—so get ready to dive right in and applaud yet another success for executive producer Oprah Winfrey, and creator Ava DuVernay.

From OWN:
Micah finds solace at Nova's place, Charley confronts Davis about their custody arrangement, and Violet's glorious reunion with Hollywood might be short-lived. Meanwhile, Nova meets an interesting figure at a symposium about mass incarceration, and Ralph Angel confronts Jacob Boudreaux about spying on his property.



Season 2, Episode 1, Revival - Wednesday, June 28 @10pm ET, Sundance TV

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It’s brother vs. brother in Cleverman’s return to the screen. There’s plans to eradicate the Hairies, but they’re not going down without a fight. In season 2 we don’t know what’s going to happen but we’re ready to fight the beasts of legend and legendary politicians right alongside the Aborigines and the Hairies. Cleverman is a clever twist on the myth of the “chosen one” and tuning in is a choice we can’t resist.


From Sundance:
Koen must unite the people of the Zone.


Pretty Little Liars

Series Finale, 'Til Death Do Us Part - Tuesday, June 27 @8/7c, Freeform

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Love this show? Find yourself getting slowly exasperated as the pretty little liars STILL haven’t left town despite the years of torture from an unknown source, and yet you can’t stop watching? Either way, you’ll wanna tune in for this one. Because finally, finally, F I N A L L Y, we’re about to see the big reveal. The ultimate A (or A.D. as this A goes by) reveal. The final reveal to end all final reveals. And you didn’t put in seven seasons’ worth of anticipation to not find out now, did you? So, let’s go to Rosewood one last time, “’cause two can keep a secret if one of them is dead…”


From Freeform:
Seven seasons of secrets come tumbling out in the two hour series finale.



Season 3 Premiere, June 28 @ 10/9c, BBC America

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The British crime drama has returned for one more case, and it’s not about to ease us back in in the season 3 premiere. Fast-forward three years after season 2, this eight episode run will focus on the rape of a local woman, with fears and tensions running high that there may be plans to strike again.


From BBC America:
Ellie and Hardy are called out to attend to a woman who has reported a sexual assault. They take the woman, Trish Winterman, to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre where she is examined. There's no doubt she's been raped, but where, and when, and by whom?


American Koko

Streaming Now, ABCd (ABC digital)

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American Koko is a mug full of hot chocolate, silky marshmallows melting on top, cinnamon dusted…with a big shot cognac mixed in. Yup, this new ABC digital show is that delicious, it’s just as likely to burn you, and it’ll definitely go straight to your head but leave you with the giggles. Created by Diarra Kilpatrick and Miles Orion Feld, written with wit, truth, and bite by Kilpatrick, and produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, American Koko uses the fictitious although very “real” Everybody’s A little bit Racist agency (EAR for short) to satirically dissect issues of race—and everybody is getting a slice, so listen up. Kilpatrick plays Akosua “Koko” Milliard former sufferer of chronic Angry Black Woman Syndrome and current agent of EAR. From schooling misguided middle-class moms on black hair varietals (oh hey, Margaret Cho), to quoting the great American poet Darius Lovehall, to the violence that fear inflicts on black bodies, Koko goes in. (Let’s not forget getting her “black ass” thrown onto a bed with aplomb. Yes!) Koko is completely unafraid to be flawed, emotional, honest, brilliant and absolutely phenomenal—and so is her show...and, damn, it is funny. Watch this series!


Watch the series here:

About American Koko:
Akosua Millard, codenamed "Koko", investigates and solves sticky racial situations in a post post-racial America as a member of the E.A.R. Agency (Everybody's A little bit Racist). As she and her team of specialists tackle cases, she herself is trying to reconcile the trauma of her past that has led to outbursts of her Angry Black Woman syndrome. It gets in the way of her work...and more importantly, her dating life as her latest boyfriend may be the downfall to her and the agency!



June 30, Netflix

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This is one sweet looking movie hiding a cautionary tale that may well turn you to a life of veganism. It’s in the remote mountains of South Korea where we meet our young protagonist Mija (An Seo Hyun) and her friend Okja, a “super-piglet” genetically designed to be a gentle giant…and also to “taste fucking good”. When Okja is taken away by the agrochemical corporation Mirando to be served up as the new meat on the market, Mija embarks on a desperate journey to save her—and on the way raises some questions about consumerism, genetic modification, and our treatment of the world around us. Okja is a “grimm” fairytale with all the sense-of-wonder and dark consequences of those bloodsoaked originals—and, like the most memorable fables, we’d do well to heed director Bong Joon Ho’s warnings.


From Netflix:
The film follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named 'Okja'.


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Premiere: You’re ‘In For A Ride’ with At The Moment’s New Album Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:00:26 +0000 Tom At the moment, we’re doing nothing but rocking with the brand new collection from... [/imgfull]

At the moment, we're doing nothing but rocking with the brand new collection from At The Moment. And once you hit play, you'll know why.

The collection, titled In For A Ride, is most definitely the ride of a lifetime, and one you'll want to repeat over and over. Check out our exclusive stream of the collection below!

"'In for a Ride'  is the first full-length album from the band and the first recording that features the whole band.  Our prior release, 'Monte Carlo EP' , was really a solo recording that I did with Steve Schiltz (Harvard of the South, Hurricane Bells, Longwave) in order to set the sound for At The Moment.  I wanted to do something that sounded different from my prior band, The Inevitable Breakups, and working with Steve helped me do that.

Once the 'Monte Carlo EP' was complete, I put together a band of friends and musicians that I admired to start playing live.  During that time I wrote more songs to replace some older ones and fill out our live set with new material.   I feel like after I wrote the song “In for a Ride”, we really fine-tuned our sound as a band.  We kept playing and getting tighter along the way, and then the band asked me if we were going to record.  I actually hadn’t thought about it as I was focused on playing live and writing, but the more I thought about it the more excited I became.  I really wanted to release a full album on vinyl and so that was the next goal. 

We recorded 'In For A Ride' , at Grand Street Recording, in Brooklyn NY.  We laid down the basic tracks for 10 songs in our first day.  The band was amazing.  That’s not to say the recording was easy, but in the end all of the hard work, persistence, and love paid off.  I'm proud of 'In For A Ride'.  It's different than anything else I've done before.  It feels personal, broad in scope but connected."


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Artists Come Together to Cover “Bridge Over Troubled Water” for London’s Grenfell Tower Fire Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:45:01 +0000 Tom The music industry has come together for a charity single to support those affected... [/imgfull]

As London recovers from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. Now, the music industry has come together for a charity single, with over 50 artists covering "Bridge Over Troubled Water". All proceeds go to The London Community Foundation, which will distribute the money to those affected by the fire at the residential tower in west London on June 14, that took the lives of at least 79 people.

Organized by Simon Cowell, Artists for Grenfell features the likes of Bastille, Stereophonics, Jessie J, James Arthur, and many more. You can watch the video for "Bridge Over Troubled Water" below, which shows footage of the fire's aftermath, and donate at the following link to support those affected:



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LIGHTS’ New Song + Video Has Us Feeling Like We Could Be “Giants” Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:12 +0000 Tom LIGHTS released a new song called "Giants" with an epic video that turns her... Photo Credit: Matt Barnes[/caption]

Lace your boots up tight, 'cause LIGHTS has put out a song to get you striding the streets like you own 'em. Her new single "Giants" will have you feeling like one just by how powerful the chorus is when it explodes out of the speakers and right into your heart. And she's paired this powerhouse song with its own epic video, that turns her upcoming comic Skin&Earth to life. In it we see LIGHTS as character En, walking through the Red Zone of Madison Oasis, before meeting a mysterious spirit who takes her far away from her dystopian world, to a place where she can really dream.

You can pick up "Giants" now, and dive into the upcoming comic's world through the video below while you count down the days 'til the first print issue of the monthly series arrives. Issue #1 of Skin&Earth comes out on July 12 via Dynamite Entertainment, and LIGHTS' new album of the same name is slated for release this fall. You'll be able to catch her on tour supporting PVRIS from September too! LIGHTS has been dropping plenty of details about Madison Oasis and her new music over on Instagram (she even hinted at some Easter eggs when she sat down with Geek Girl Riot recently!), so go marching down the street to your local comic book store to pre-order your issue, all the while singing "if we could be, we could be giants..."



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Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International Team Up for ‘Give a Home’, a Global Day of Live Music For Charity Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:30:43 +0000 Tom Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International have teamed up to create Give a Home, a... Photo credit: Cheyenne Cohen[/caption]

“Thousands of artists in hundreds of homes… for the millions forced to flee theirs. A global act of welcome.”

So reads the tagline for the music initiative that has united thousands of people for one common cause: to raise money in support of the 20M+ refugees worldwide. Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International have teamed up to create Give a Home, a pioneering global day of live music events taking place all over the world, in people’s homes. You’ll be able to catch intimate gigs from 1,000 musicians at over 300 concerts in more than 200 cities globally, this September 20—all for charity.

Among the bands performing are Bad Suns, Band of Skulls, Eliza & The Bear, Frank Turner, Local Natives, Nothing but Thieves, The Griswolds, The Naked and Famous, The National, and hundreds more. Interested? You can enter to win tickets to the act of your choice here—any donation you decide to make will go to Amnesty to help combat the global refugee crisis. Music is a wonderful way to unite people, and bringing everyone together for such an important cause makes this event all the more special.

Head here for more details - “…because we all deserve a home, not just the memory of one.”


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Premiere: Watch Get Busy Living’s “Burn & Repeat”, and Repeat Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:30:17 +0000 Tom Get Busy Living… and watching the latest video from your new favorite pop punkers.... [/imgfull]

Get Busy Living… and watching the latest video from your new favorite pop punkers. Today, we're premiering “Burn & Repeat” from Get Busy Living, and trust us, you'll be repeating it.

The band, who has partnered with Manic Kat Records, has plans to hit the studio again this fall. They'll surely be delivering more killer tunes when they do, and until then, you can let “Burn & Repeat” be the highlight of your summer.



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Premiere: You’re Being Rewarded with Some Good “Karma” in the Form of Shatterproof’s New Video Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:21 +0000 Tom Do you believe in "Karma"? You should—because it looks like you're being rewarded with... Photo credit: Ryan Frazee[/caption]

Do you believe in Karma? You should—because it looks like you're being rewarded with some good luck in the form of today's premiere from Shatterproof. Their song "Karma" is an alt-rock explosion of biting lyrics and fast-paced riffs (and some badass violin too!), and now it's got a video to match. Directed and produced by Hudson Bloom, it tells a tale of getting payback on that one really shitty relationship we've all been through—and honestly, revenge never sounded so sweet. Both the song and video have an intriguing story, and the band explain the meaning behind it:

“Karma” is the classic Mariah Carey, revenge-breakup song. It’s about being cheated on and taking things into your own hands. This story is developed further in the actual music video for the song. A girl breaks up with Benji in the first scene. Instead of being down about it, he channels this energy into his music. The girl slowly makes her way from one band member to the next, breaking all of our hearts and eventually becoming a sort of fake mythology for how the band started. Each member joins this band and bonds over being cheated-on by the girl."

Your "Karma" is about to take an even better turn, because the band have announced they're putting out a new EP real soon! The upcoming self-titled release was recorded with producer Chris Beeble (Rise Against, A Day To Remember) and is due out July 21st via Revival Recordings. Shatterproof say this EP pushed them as musicians, and it's clear their hard work is paying off. Find out more about the upcoming release below and keep scrolling to get a healthy dose of "Karma"!

"We believe that this EP is the best of Shatterproof. We have been a band for almost 6 years and have written so many songs. But this EP is what Shatterproof is about, our favorite songs we have written so far. It is painting a picture of the direction we want to go, how we want to write songs and what kind of band we want to be. Having the opportunity to put this EP out through Revival Recordings is huge for us. This EP is some old stuff for older fans, and some new stuff for everyone, and as a package we couldn't be happier with it."



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Inbox Jukebox #013 – DANI Le Rose, Young & Divine, Alvarez Kings, Envy On The Coast + Amanda Markley Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:55 +0000 Tom The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... [imgfull][/imgfull]

You’re in a hotel room on the coast. The balcony is wide, the stars are bright, and the beach is steps away. You and your significant other look at each other—your eyebrow lifts, their lips quirk. It’s such a perfect night, you’re not sure whether to go out or stay in. You turn to look at the balcony, simultaneously. You can do both. This is the Inbox Jukebox:

DANI Le Rose - "I've Told Lies"

We can't resist melodic in-your-face girl-on-top music. Of course DANI Le Rose has us hypnotized with her latest single "I've Told Lies". This is definitely one of those confessional tunes that defiantly says: I've sinned, deal with it. Now groove with it.



Young & Divine - "Ice Water Chain"


It's a little trippy and totally refreshing—we're not sure what an "Ice Water Chain" is but for this new Young & Divine track we're totally willing to take a sip. Tasty!


Alvarez Kings - "Get Up and Move On"

"Get Up and Move On"? It's definitely time to get up and move on this peppy indie tune. We're getting undertones of Bastille, and that works because it makes the track that much sweeter. Cheers, Alvarez Kings, we're listening.



Envy On The Coast - "Sift"

Damn, Envy on the Coast, what're you doing to us? "Sift" is seductive as hell—that beat creeps up on us in all kinds of sexy ways—and the video has "Wicked Game" vibes. Wicked, wicked games, y'all are playing. We don't know whether to call our friends over to talk about our new crush or show up at your house...unannounced.

(P.S. the rest of the Ritual - EP is equally evocative. After "Manic State Park", "Virgin Girls" (check that Zeppelin rift), and the headrush of "Sift" we're not sure we're going to survive all six songs—totally worth it.)



Amanda Markley - "Ways To Go" (feat. Will Pugh)


With an opening reminiscent of Little Dragon's "Twice", Amanda Markley and Will Pugh hooked us from note one. There's something windblown and floating about their intertwining vocal and the piano that lifts them. With such a sexy Inbox Jukebox this week, it's nice to hear the tune that likely got all the loving started. We're looking forward to all the "Ways to Go" Amanda will take us to next.


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Clever, ‘Cleverman’ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Tom While we wait for the season 2 premiere here’s a featurette of the war... Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard) and Waruu (Rob Collins) - Cleverman _ Season 2, Gallery - Photo Credit: Lisa Tomasetti/SundanceTV/GPTV/Zone140[/caption]

If you’re addicted to mythology but want to go beyond the Greek, Roman, Norse, and sprinkle of Egyptian legends that saturate sci-fi/fantasy—let’s go to Australia. Aboriginal Aussies are the keepers of one of the oldest oral traditions on earth and their stories...the stories will carry you away...and you may not make it back.

That’s why you’ll have to watch yourself when watching the Sundance series Cleverman. The ancient creatures and magic of the Dreaming just might pull you in. The series, starring Hunter Page-Lochard as KOEN WEST—an unwilling Cleverman, and Rob Collins as WARUU WEST—the brother who’s willing to take the throne, will definitely grab you. Battles between culture and technology, faith and pragmatism, the government and indigenous people, are all wrapped up in the battle between the two brothers as they fight to be the spiritual leaders of their people and a second magical race known as The Hairies.

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Season 1 of Cleverman saw things go fantastically wrong as one brother ascended, while jealousy caused the other brother to fall; which allowed the community they’d built to be crushed under the government’s boot. In season 2 we don’t know what’s going to happen but we’re ready to fight the beasts of legend and legendary politicians right alongside the Aborigines and the Hairies. Cleverman is a clever twist on the myth of the “chosen one” and tuning in is a choice we can’t resist.

Cleverman returns June 28 @ 10/9pm on Sundance TV

While we wait for the season 2 premiere here’s a featurette of the war on the brothers—may the cleverest man win!

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