App Show News | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:18:15 +0000 en 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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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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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...

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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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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.”


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Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 042 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:00:44 +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.

Marianas Trench - “Rhythm Of Your Heart”

It was hard to imagine where exactly Marianas Trench could go after hearing 2015’s Astoria. The album was their magnum opus—a grandiose theatrical adventure equipped with 80’s-style pop hooks and influences from 80’s film scores. But given frontman Josh Ramsay’s track record, that definitely wasn’t going to be the end of them. By total surprise, Marianas Trench takes us into their next chapter with a new single titled “Rhythm of Your Heart.” Tapping into the 80’s vibes once again, the band unleash a synthy pop treat that shows us all that they’ve got their future on lock.

Taylor Swift - “…Ready For It?”
(BloodPop Remix)

The only thing better than normal Taylor Swift is a remixed Taylor Swift. Her new electrifying record Reputation takes her creativity to another level—it’s a wild ride from start to finish and one of its strongest qualities is the potential that the songs have to bring somebody else in the mix. For the first (of hopefully many) Reputation remix, songwriter/producer BloodPop goes nuts on “…Ready For It?” He keeps the mellow seductiveness of the original while transforming it into full-throttle energy once the chorus hits.

Camila Cabello - “Real Friends”
/ “Never Be The Same”

The wait for Camila Cabello’s first solo venture is almost over, and the album is shaping up to be pretty incredible. It’s also got a new look: Previously titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving, LP1’s been stripped down simply to Camila. With the release of two new songs, “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends,” Cabello is looking to take the pop game by storm early in 2018.

Charli XCX - “Out Of My Head”

Charli XCX’s third album is still shrouded in a cloud of mystery. Originally scheduled for release in 2017, the record should definitely have eyes on next year, but the good news is that new music from Charli hasn’t stopped flowing. Following up her Number 1 Angel mixtape from back in March, she’s here for round two—Pop 2 is out next week. “Out of My Head” is a buzzing number, featuring Tove Lo and ALMA, and its catchiness won’t be easy to get out of your head.

Story of the Year - Wolves

Wolves is an essential Story of the Year record, which is even more impressive considering they haven’t released a full-length in seven years. The 14-track collection is laden with pop sensibilities backed by your normal Story-esque aggression, and standout single “I Swear I’m Okay” makes you wonder how long they’ll make us wait until a Wolves follow-up.

Hit the Lights - “Siberian Itch”

Albums are cool and all, but it’s all about the standalone singles for Hit the Lights. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Closing out the year with their third single release, the band’s “Siberian Itch” is easily the strongest thus far. If you threw the sound of Invicta into a blender with Summer Bones this is the result you’d get. Punchy, catchy, and everything in between, we can only imagine that the musical output from Hit The Lights just gets even better from here.

Moose Blood - “Talk In Your Sleep”

Moose Blood are ready to take the next step. Last year’s Blush earned them the title of “The 1975 if they were pop-punk”—which is a career highlight in itself—but the strides they take on their new single “Talk In Your Sleep” gives them a pop-rock identity that’s undeniable. The track is featured on their upcoming album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, out on March 9th via Hopeless Records.

Eminem - “Untouchable”

When Eminem made an appearance at the BET Awards, back in October, everyone could tell he was hungry. His anti-Trump freestyle stole the show—and the Internet—and you just knew there was more up his sleeve. “Untouchable” a new song off his upcoming album, Revival, goes even deeper into his political mindset. A six-minute banger with a beautiful beat change has Eminem spitting all about the social injustice between minorities and white police officers—it’s the kind of message someone like Em was born to deliver to the masses.

Good Charlotte - A G.C. Christmas, Pt. 1

There’s no such thing as too much Christmas music. When it comes from your favorite artists? Even better. Good Charlotte are debuting some fresh holiday tunes and we didn’t realize how badly we needed them until now. Featuring “part one” in the name, there’s surely more to come to add to these three tracks. Amongst the three-song release, the guys take on the classic “Last Christmas” and revamp (or re-wrap?) some of their own Christmas classics in “Christmas By The Phone” and “Let the World Be Still.”

Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues Acoustic

Jimmy Eat World are so good acoustically that the stripped-down renditions of their songs could work well enough as the only versions in existence. That’s not to discredit their full band material, of course, last year’s Integrity Blues was one of the year’s finest—so it only makes sense that acoustic versions of it are just as good. With “Sure and Certain”, “Integrity Blues” and “Get Right” the band picks out the highlights to flourish in their best environment.

Other new releases:
The Neighbourhood - “Scary Love”
BTS - “Crystal Snow”
Belle & Sebastian - How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1)
Manic Street Preachers - “International Blue”
EDEN - “crash”
G-Eazy - “Sober”
Reggie and the Full Effect - “41”
Luke Bryan - What Makes You Country
Big Sean & Metro Boomin - Double or Nothing
Migos & Marshmello - “Danger”
Walker Hayes - boom.
Aaron Carter - “(Don’t) Say Goodbye”
Grandtheft feat MAX - “Grandtheft”
Hypercolor feat Vacationer - “The Ooze”
Pell - girasoul + “throwback (feat Saba)”
Grayson Chance - “Low”


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Make Way for Marvel’s New All-Star Animation Franchise, ‘Marvel Rising’! Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:00:46 +0000 Tom Marvel Entertainment has just announced the all-star Marvel Rising, their new animation franchise that... [/imgfull]

Buckle up, there’s a Marvel-ous new animation franchise coming your way and things are about to get super. Marvel Entertainment has just announced the all-star Marvel Rising, which will introduce the next generation of heroes in 2018. The franchise will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts spotlighting Spider-Gwen under her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider. Later next year there’ll be an animated film called Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors too!

We cannot wait for the likes of Ms. Marvel, Exile, and America Chavez to grace our screens in animation form next year. The team is certifiably awesome. And these new superhero characters all have equally super voice actors: Ghost Spider will be voiced by Dove Cameron, Inferno by Tyler Posey, Squirrel Girl by Milana Vayntrub, to name just a few. Meet the characters and voices behind Marvel Rising in the video below—and keep scrolling for Marvel's handy written breakdown of each character!



Gwen Stacy aka Ghost-Spider (formerly Spider Gwen) voiced by Dove Cameron (“Descendants,” “Hairspray Live”) – a free spirited teen who found her calling to be a super hero after being bitten by a radioactive spider and gaining spider-like powers. As Ghost-Spider, she aids those in need, but has to keep her alter-ego a secret from her father, Captain George Stacy, who sees Ghost-Spider as more of a menace than a hero. 

Daisy Johnson aka Quake voiced by Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Nashville”) – a leading agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. whose tendency for rule-breaking gets her into trouble now and then. Daisy befriends the young group of heroes and through them discovers how to become a better leader. She can generate powerful vibrational waves, which produce effects similar to earthquakes. 

Dante Pertuz aka Inferno voiced by Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf,” “Lincoln Heights”) – a brooding, dark loner on the run. Dante has the power of pyrokinesis, which makes him capable of generating flames – however, he is not fully in control of his fiery abilities. It’s a thin line between good guy and villain for the unpredictable Inferno.

Victor Kohl aka Exile voiced by BooBoo Stewart (“Descendants,” “The Twilight Saga”) – a charming, handsome, and troublesome young Inhuman whose quest for superiority places him into the wrong crowd. He can use Darkforce energy to create weapons and portals that allow him to teleport. 

Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel voiced by Kathreen Khavari (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Big Little Lies”)  – a devoted fan of Super Heroes, especially of her mentor Captain Marvel; she is determined that she too can be a great hero! If only she’d be taken seriously. Kamala is equipped with metamorphic powers that allow her to stretch, enlarge, or shrink her overall size, parts of her body, or alter her physical appearance. She is especially fond of “embiggening” her fists.

Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl voiced by Milana Vayntrub (“Marvel’s New Warriors,” “This Is Us”) – the uber-positive, hilarious best friend and teammate of Ms. Marvel. With advanced computer skills, enhanced strength, agility, durability, and senses of a squirrel, Doreen (along with her squirrel partner, Tippy Toe!),  is primed and ready to become a successful hero.

America Chavez voiced by Cierra Ramirez (“The Fosters,” “The Secret Life of an America Teenager”) – a strong, independent young hero whose painful past drives her to reject leadership and remain a loner. America’s powers include superhuman strength, speed, and durability, plus the ability to fly.

Rayshaun Lucas aka Patriot voiced by Kamil McFadden (“K.C. Undercover,” “Grown Ups 2”) – a natural born leader who is quick to leap into action to impress his colleagues at S.H.I.E.L.D. Rayshaun strives to live up to Captain America’s legacy with integrity, honesty, and order above all. His skills include heightened strength, speed, stamina, and durability.

Gloria “Glory” Grant voiced by Skai Jackson (“Bunk’d,” “Jessie”) – Gloria, or ‘Glory,’ is Gwen Stacy’s friend and member of their garage band “The Emm-Jays.” Gloria is a smart, hard-working girl that genuinely cares for Gwen, but has felt a distance growing between them ever since their friend, Kevin, was murdered. When being casual, Gloria’s known to be funny, sarcastic and sassy.

Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel voiced by Kim Raver (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “24”) – a bold leader who doesn’t sugar-coat and is guided by a strong sense of duty and honor. She’s the ultimate inspiration for our band of misfit heroes. She is equipped with superhuman strength, can fly at high speeds, and can project intense energy blasts.

Hala voiced by Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Mulan”) – Hala is a Kree Accuser bent on galactic domination. She’ll go to any length or treacherous means to achieve what she, and the entire Kree race, wants: Power. Hala is cold, cryptic and nefarious, often challenging those who try to oppose her. 

Captain George Stacy voiced by Steven Weber (“13 Reasons Why,” “NCIS: New Orleans”) – Chief of the NYPD and Gwen Stacy’s loving, but fiercely protective father. Captain Stacy is a very disciplined, hard-working man that will stop at nothing to obtain justice – who unfortunately sees Ghost-Spider as a menace and a threat to society.

 Lockjaw and Tippy Toe are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gravity Falls”). Two lovable and heroic sidekicks: Lockjaw is Kamala’s trusty, teleporting mutt and Tippy Toe is Doreen’s partner in crime and best squirrel friend.


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First Listen: “Smile” Through The Rest of the Week with Skyward Story Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:00:11 +0000 Tom Skyward Story is making us "Smile" with the first listen of their brand new... Photo Credit: Liz Peterson[/caption]

We're captivated by Baltimore's Skyward Story. The pop rock band is all about having a unique sound and good spirit, and they're starting the next chapter of their story with a "Smile".

On their new song, streaming exclusively below, the group shows us how they craft an energetic pop sound while taking notes from pop punk dynamics. Formerly known at 3PM, Skyward Story has already seen plenty of accomplishments, and their trajectory is truly skyward from here.

Listen to "Smile" for the first time below, and hear more songs like this on idobi Radio.

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"'Smile' is definitely our favorite song off our upcoming record!  The optimistic message defines us as a band and we hope we can inspire others to see the bright side as well.  Smile!"


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Exclusive Stream: Get into the Holiday Spirit with Sub-Radio’s New EP ‘Holiday Hangover’ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:00:53 +0000 Tom Sub-Radio's new EP is the best present we could give you, so happy early... [/imgfull]

Need a little extra cheer to get you in the holiday spirit? Pop rock kids Sub-Radio have got you covered—literally, with their new EP Holiday Hangover. Featuring downright awesome Christmas covers of Ariana Grande AND Fall Out Boy plus an all-new original song from the DC band, Holiday Hangover really has something for everyone. This is the best present we could give you, so happy early holidays fam: You can hear the whole EP below a day early! Vocalist Adam Bradley says of the new release:

“Holiday Hangover is the Sub-Radio version of the holiday season: a little introspection, a little more synth than sleigh bells, and a reminder that things can be fun and pure even in 2017. The inspiration for "Holiday Hangover" [the song] was that feeling we've all had of waking up on New Year's Day, maybe a little worse for wear, and realizing that just because it's a new year doesn't mean anything's changed -- about the world or ourselves. But of course we can't do a holiday album without having a little fun, so we had to cover the New Queen of Christmas Our Lord and Savior Ariana Grande, with our own twist. We're less sexy and more goofy than her. The Fall Out Boy song...look, we've just been dreaming of releasing a Fall Out Boy song since we were all 12.”

Sub-Radio are sending off 2017 in style with Holiday Hangover—the tracks are sugar-sweet and guaranteed to gonna get you dancing all the way to the new year. If you wanna get to know the band a li'l better, they’re doing a Holiday Hangover livestream tomorrow via Instagram and Facebook to celebrate release day. Stop by and say hey on 12/7 at 8pm ET—just make sure you’ve learned all the words to the EP before then! Hit play below to hear a message from the band, then dive right into the Holiday Hangover...

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Join Sub-Radio as they release Holiday Hangover LIVE on Instagram and Facebook tomorrow at 8pm ET!


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(Un)Covered: Christmas Lights Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:11 +0000 Tom It’s the most wonderful time of year which means it’s time for all things... Christmas Lights”
Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Original Release Date: December 1, 2010

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Which means: trees and festive songs and lights and, of course, festive songs about lights.

Released as a surprise single in December 2010, Coldplay’s melancholy Christmas anthem “Christmas Lights” has become a huge hit. It fools you into thinking it’s a happy, festive song, but the opening lyrics—“Christmas night, another fight / Tears we cried a flood”—indicate that not everyone is having a happy holiday. In fact, it seems to be a song about missing someone you’d normally spend the holiday with. A walk down a lights-filled street both reflects your sadness back to you but also offers you some hope: “May all your troubles soon be gone”. The piano-based intro actually makes me think of the theme from A Charlie Brown Christmas—another holiday classic that manages to be both hopeful and melancholy.

I love Christmas music and I love pop-punk, so naturally, I love pop-punk Christmas music. Thanks to Punk Goes Christmas back in 2013, I found a whole bunch of Christmas covers from pop-punk bands I love (All Time Low) to bands I don’t listen to often but whose covers stand out for me anyway. Case in point: Yellowcard’s version of the Coldplay song. It’s impossible to stop yourself from belting out the bridge (which will get stuck in your head for days). Obviously, one of the most recognizable aspects of Yellowcard’s music is the violin—while it’s quite subtle here, it works beautifully with the overall vibe of the cover. And even though the words haven’t changed, the energy that Yellowcard put behind their version makes it sound a little less melancholy, letting the hopefulness shine through a little brighter.

I actually hadn’t heard the Coldplay original until after I heard the Yellowcard one, so the cover holds a special place in my heart.


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