App Show News | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:24:21 +0000 en (Un)Covered: Sign of the Times Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:00:03 +0000 Tom Foxtrax went in a different direction with their cover of Harry Styles' "Sign of... Sign of the Times”
Writers: Alex Salibian, Jeff Bhasker, Harry Styles, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Nasci, Mitch Rowland
Original Release Date: April 7, 2017

For someone who claims she’s not a One Direction fan, I’ve spent an awful lot of time listening to the boy band recently...and most of their solo projects.


Maybe you’re the number one Directioner on the planet or maybe you’ve spent the past seven years trying not to listen to a 1D song—either way, when the band members split and started releasing solo music, it became even harder to avoid them (I’m not saying I’ve accidentally fallen in love with Niall Horan or anything, but “Slow Hands” is a jam). Harry Styles released his self-titled album a few months ago, and since then, his first single—“Sign of the Times”—has been played pretty much everywhere. This melancholy number clocks in at nearly six minutes long, and it’s surprisingly intricate for something with such a simple melody: there’s elements of pop-rock and glam rock and maybe even a little bit of psychedelic soul. It’s not what anyone expected from the “cute” member of 1D, but it was certainly an interesting direction for him to go in.


Indie band Foxtrax took on “Sign of the Times” and made it completely their own. From the rhythmic bass that speaks to your soul to the slightly faster tempo, it sounds like a different song and you’ll love it. Because of the upbeat vibe, it’s a lot less moody than the original, almost joyous at times despite the sad lyrics. “Will we ever learn? We’ve been here before” sounds less like admonishment and more like something you’d say in good humor when you realize what a silly mistake you’ve made. And while Harry Styles was clearly inspired by music from the seventies, Foxtrax gives the single a more light-hearted vibe that would be better suited for the sixties.

Basically, if you want to wallow in sadness, you’re better off with the Harry Styles original, but Foxtrax manages to coat the darkness with lightness and it’s a nice change.


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Exciting New Release: Sheena C. Howard’s Encyclopedia of Black Comics Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:05 +0000 Tom Celebrate Black comic culture and history with Sheena C. Howard's Encyclopedia of Black Comics. [/imgfull]

The Encyclopedia of Black Comics came out this month from Fulcrum Press, and it’s jam-packed with entries on over 100 publishers and creators from the world of Black comic culture. Eisner Award winning author Sheena C. Howard and a group of passionate writers pay tribute to the many Black comic contributors: from inkers to illustrators, convention creators to academics—you might not know their names, but you’re definitely familiar with their work. What makes this even more special for us, is the fact that idobi’s own multi-talented chief creative officer Sherin Nicole contributed the entries on Khary Randolph, Mat Johnson, and Deborah E. Whaley! That's a trifecta of goodness right there, with many more names to add to the list.

With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Christopher Priest, this is a comprehensive volume that celebrates the many notable achievements from Black comic history. 

[blockquotefull]"Some will ask why an encyclopedia of Black Comics needs to exist. Ta-Nehisi Coates is why. David Walker is why."
- Christopher Priest[/blockquotefull]

Order your copy now, then join the conversation on Twitter!

About the editor:
Sheena C. Howard is Associate Professor of Communication at Rider University and first black woman to win an Eisner Award. Howard won the 2014 Eisner Award for her co-edited book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. She is also the author of Black Queer Identity Matrix and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. Howard has appeared on NPR, The Washington Post, ABC, PBS and other networks and documentaries as an expert on popular culture, race, politics and sexual identity negotiation. In 2016, she directed, produced and wrote the documentary Remixing Colorblind. She also has bylines in The Huffington Post, CurveMagazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more.


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Premiere: Check Out One For The Braves New Video for “Dirt Nap” Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:36 +0000 Tom Our latest premiere is One For The Braves... or by One For The Braves,... [/imgfull]

Our latest premiere is One For The Braves... or by One For The Braves, at least. In the latest display of stellar Poughkeepsie pop punk, the band has just made an appearance on our very own Eddie Jason & Chris Show, and now, they're bringing an exclusive premiere to

For the song "Dirt Nap", the five piece group is dropping the video for the song below. By balancing nostalgia and modern pop punk, One For The Braves is crafting a unique song anyone could enjoy. Check it out below!

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"‘Dirt Nap' is about moving forward regardless of what the world thinks of you. No matter what you do there are always going to be people who hate you. It's fine, you can't win the world over. You have to let all that negativity flow in one ear and right out the other. In the video we used signs and people's interpretations of the signs to convey some of that negativity. Running is a great way to relax and deal with anxiety and to keep yourself moving forward, which is why in the video I'm running on a track, acknowledging the negativity but still moving forward, accepting that these things exist but not letting them hold me back." - Adam Rebillard (Lead Vocals)


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Music Makers Who’ve Got Our Vote – Callwood at the Cooler #28 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:22 +0000 Tom In light of rumors that Kid Rock is considering running for US Senate, Brett... [/imgfull]

In recent weeks, rumors have emerged that Kid Rock is considering running for US Senate. The man-child himself has been fueling the rumors, though nothing has yet been confirmed. But we shouldn’t be surprised that the rise of the alt-right has led to a man known for performing in front of the confederate flag thinking about moving into politics. I mean, why the hell not? The President is a reality TV star who dubiously ran a business and made a few bucks. Success is all but guaranteed when you consider the “We’re sick of politicians—let’s try this instead” crowd. But let’s stop for a minute. If we’re going to stomp forward into a world where entertainers, specifically musicians, can win races and make decisions that will affect our lives, there must be better choices. Here are 10:
Bob Dylan

He just won his Nobel Prize for Literature, and it was well-deserved. Dylan can articulate himself so beautifully that he would have Republicans dancing to his tunes, “Mr. Tambourine Man” style, without really knowing what it is that they’re dancing to. The word “genius” is overused, but Bob Dylan truly is one. Intelligence might be something that gets knocked by Trump’s supporters, but surely Bob could win everyone over.



Chuck D

Or maybe we’re going to need a razor-sharp artist who will point out every injustice, lay it all down, and then get to work fixing it. If Chuck didn’t have to fight the power anymore, because he was in power, imagine what could be achieved. Bring the noize…



Otep Shamaya

Christ, when Otep isn’t laying waste to stages with the band that shares her name, she can be often be found taking part in protests anyway. She’s a bad-ass, openly-gay activist that won’t lie down and cower for anyone. Wait 'til the other side of the aisle gets a load of her.




Detroit has another, better, mega-star. Now, sure, Eminem has said some dumb things himself over the years, particularly in the early stages of his career when he claims to have been in character. He appears to have left that crap behind for the most part. Put next to Kid Rock, he looks like someone born to lead. That’s a low bar, I know.




The Republicans could get on board with the sentiment that “we are living in a material world,” so Madonna might cross the aisle. But we know better. Madonna’s speeches before and after the election proved that she’s capable of greatness in the public speaking arena, and she brings a huge fanbase with her. She written children’s books, so she’s got a grip on education. She had a genuine brush with Jesus in the “Like a Prayer” video, so she can speak on religion with conviction. And she once told her papa, in no uncertain terms, not to preach. She she has no problems putting authority figures in their place.



Ice T

The thing with Ice T is that he commands respect just by walking into a room. Like Samuel L. Jackson, he oozes cool, and it’s annoyingly effortless. With that sort of charisma in his wheelhouse, he would surely have every other world leader eating out of the palm of his hand? Angela Merkel? Putin? Both will be knocking back champagne in the OG’s hot-tub. And don’t tell me that’s not an amazing image.



Jello Biafra

Former Dead Kennedys singer Biafra has always been politically outspoken. The man who can talk forever at lightning speed has an opinion about everything, and he can spit it out with enough venom to shock the hardest of humans. This is the guy who sang “Nazi Punks Fuck Off,” and we need that sort of conviction right now.



Andrew WK

Conversely, Andrew WK wants to party, and party hard. And who can blame him? The world is going to shit. Look, truth be told, Andrew WK would make a terrible politician. But still, waaaaay better than Kid Rock. I’ve spoken to Andrew WK before — he can string a sentence together.



Violent J

In the song “Bang Pow Boom,” the Insane Clown Posse have a plan. They want to round up all the world’s rapists, child abusers and other terrible people, put them in one place, and blow that place up. It’s not a plan that doesn’t have flaws, I grant you. But at least Violent J is trying, and his heart is in the right place. Plus, the juggalos just marched on Washington to protest the fact that the FBI labelled them a criminal gang. These guys will follow their  idols anywhere and everywhere. Meanwhile, Kid Rock is moaning about welfare recipients. Dick.



Almost every other musician on the face of the planet

Take your pick. Weird Al? Taylor Swift? The guys in Stryper? It’s hard to think of anyone who would make a worse politician than Kid Rock. Ted Nugent maybe. One of those Norwegian black metal singers who kills other Norwegian black metal singers and burns down churches? Possibly, but not definitely.



“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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Let’s Become “Legends” with Sleeping with Sirens Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:10:45 +0000 Tom Sleeping With Sirens is inspiring fans to overcome obstacles and become legends. [/imgfull]

Sleeping With Sirens is inspiring fans to overcome obstacles and become legends. Following the #wecanbelegends campaign launched earlier this summer, the post hardcore group has just dropped a video for the track "Legends".

Taken from their forthcoming album, Gossip, the video features motion picture Polaroids of fans performing the song. The new collection, which drops, this Friday (9/22) is SWS' fifth studio album. Catch your first taste below.

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Chase Atlantic Announce Self-Titled Debut Album + Headline Tour Dates Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:37:08 +0000 Tom Chase Atlantic have announced their self-titled debut album will drop October 6th, and they've... [/imgfull]

Brace yourselves, because ya boys in Chase Atlantic are gearing up for somethin’ BIG. They’ve just announced their self-titled debut album will drop October 6th via Warner Bros! The record will include eight new songs, along with all the tracks from this year’s previous releases, Part OnePart Two, and Part Three. See the tracklisting and album art below!

To kick off this new era of Chase Atlantic in style, the Australian alt-pop trio are heading out on a bunch of headline dates this October, right after their current run of shows supporting Sleeping With Sirens. Keep scrolling to see the full list of tour dates and let the countdown begin…


Chase Atlantic Tracklisting:

1. Into It
2. Cassie
3. The Walls
4. Dancer In The Dark
5. Consume (ft. Goon Des Garcons)
6. Swim
7. Triggered
8. Ozone
9. Keep It Up
10. Angeline
11. Okay
12. 23
13. Drugs & Money
14. Uncomfortable

Upcoming North American Tour Dates:

  • September 18      Baltimore, MD      Ottobar*

  • September 20      New York, NY        Gramercy Theater*

  • September 22      Washington, DC    Rock & Roll Hotel*

  • September 23      Charlotte, NC        The Underground*

  • September 24      Atlanta, GA            The Masquerade*

  • September 26      Orlando, FL           The Beacham Theater*

  • September27       Tampa, FL              The Orpheum*

  • September 28      Pensacola, FL        Vinyl Music Hall*

  • October 22           Phoenix, AZ           Valley Bar

  • October 23           Anaheim, CA         Parish Room @ HOB

  • October 25           San Diego, CA       Space

  • October 26           Los Angeles, CA    Bootleg

*with Sleeping With Sirens


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Linkin Park Announce Concert in Honor of Chester Bennington, Share “One More Light” Video Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:13 +0000 Tom Linkin Park have announced a special show in honor of Chester Bennington, and shared... [/imgfull]

Linkin Park have announced a special show in honor of Chester Bennington. The band will come together for one night only in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of the late singer, and pay tribute to the man who touched so many lives. Taking place at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27th, Linkin Park will be joined by a number of other artists, and each LP member intends to donate their performance fees to Music For Relief's One More Light FundPre-sale for tickets begins Tuesday, September 19th, and general on-sale starts Friday, September 22nd.

The band have also shared a video for the song “One More Light”, featuring clips of Chester and the band over the years. Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda have shared some personal messages about the video; you can see them below along with the song, which seems all the more poignant and heartbreaking now. The video shows just how strong the Linkin Park community has always been, and how together the band and fans will continue to draw strength from each other. Fans have been sharing their memories of Chester and showing their support, and you can read all their tributes here:


“It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it. I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection.”
- Joe Hahn

“One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.”
- Mike Shinoda


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BTS Release LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’ + Drop “DNA” Music Video! Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:50:24 +0000 Tom BTS have finally released LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’! And to celebrate, the pop superstars have... [/imgfull]

The day has finally arrived: BTS have released LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’! Yes, we’ll wait ’til you’ve stopped screaming. And, to celebrate what shall now be known as BTS day, the pop superstars have dropped a music video for “DNA”, which you can see below! The group have used the visual to represent the wonders of DNA (what else?) and fateful connections through their epic synchronized dance moves and hyperrealistic colors and reality presented throughout.

BTS are also doing a worldwide live broadcast of their ‘BTS Comeback Show’ with Mnet on September 21st, where you can see BTS performing songs from the new record for the very first time, so stay tuned for that! 'Til then, it's time to dig into the album!

LOVE YOURSELF: ‘Her’ gifts you with eleven new songs and skits, along with two hidden tracks, and combines a whole range of genres including EDM, synth punk, and disco to add to their already intense signature style. Get your hands on the release here or via Amazon, and come jam with us, because we can’t wait to hear what you think—just be sure to speak up, 'cause we’ll be blasting BTS on repeat all day.



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Outlander REWIND “Surrender” Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:00:07 +0000 Tom by Kat Bittner Basically: Surrender your clothes, but don’t give your heart away! If... by Kat Bittner
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Basically: Surrender your clothes, but don't give your heart away!

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If the season premiere was about the internal struggle to move, episode two is Claire and Jamie's first tentative step back into the world through family, burgeoning friendships and career.

The redcoats are looking for a bearded man with a gigantic cap, called Dunbonnet, who has been making trouble for them in the countryside and gaining followers among those left after the rebellion. No matter how many times the redcoats search Lallybroch (held in custody by his brother-in-law, Ian) they cannot find Jamie or his infamous alter ego Dunbonnet. We find that Jamie is hiding out in a cave on his family's land after his sister, Jenny, and brother in law give a convincing show of not knowing where the prodigal brother has gone.


The last we saw Fergus, French pickpocket and adopted son of Claire and Jamie, was just before the Battle of Culloden. He is with two other boys exploring in the woods when they come across a gun. Fergus is confident that he would have been capable of fighting during the rebellion if he didn't have to get the deed to Lallybroch to Jenny.

Fergus is eager to prove to himself to Jamie. However, Jamie has just been through a war and is aware of how easily circumstances can turn with redcoats patrolling the region. When Jenny is in labor the boys notice ravens flying near their home. Since ravens are believed to be harbingers of death Fergus shoots them and catches the attention of the redcoats who were earlier interrogating the family. If it wasn't for the quick thinking of kitchen maid Mary, drawing the blame to herself for shooting the raven out of superstition, Fergus would have enjoyed English hospitality.

Cut to 1948, where we see Claire attempting to move on with Frank. Just as Jamie is still haunted by visions of Claire—whenever he sees a woman—Jamie is the man Claire reaches out for in her dreams. (That gives us  a new image of our favorite Highlander for Thirsty Thursdays!)

Claire and Frank try the usual married couple dates, like having dinner with the neighbors. Despite the complaints about her husband's lack of adventure with dinner in the previous episode we find that Frank makes up for it in other domestic duties. Inspired by this display of passion at their dinner table Claire and Frank try warm up their relationship in front of the fireplace...the spark is NOT there. Frustrated, Frank tells Claire, "When I'm with you. I'm with you, but you're with him".

Back in Lallybroch Ian returns. Fergus is leading the redcoats around in circles; taunting the bully of the group—a Scotsman working for the English. The Scotsman cuts off Fergus' hand while Jamie hides in the trees. Jamie is tormented by his inaction, but his sister assures him if he did show himself they would have killed him, Fergus, and the family for harboring a traitor.

Jamie visits Fergus. They talk about their time in Paris together and reaffirm their loyalty to each other. Jaime finds someone to live for in the lad. Later, finding  his family coat of arms ripped apart is another blow to Jamie. He makes a deal with his sister and brother-in-law to "sell him out" to the redcoats, so their family will have peace.

Jaime tells Mary how impressed he was by her quick thinking with the redcoats earlier. She gives him a close shave... and gets handsy. Although Jaime initially fights her advances he gives in.

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Jump forward to the future, Claire is settling into motherhood. Without a doubt she loves Brianna, but Claire feels the need to be a part of something bigger than herself. She begins medical school and meets Joe Abernathy, an African American student, at her first lecture. Neither of them are welcomed by the professor or the other classmates. Even in her own time Claire is still a trailblazer.

The episode closes with Jaime "coming home" to his sister and the redcoats arresting him. She is tearful in her denunciation of his unforgivable sin being a traitor. The English have gotten what they wanted.

In a final glimpse, while walking to class Claire passes a bagpiper.
In a nutshell: No matter where Claire goes, Jamie will be there with her.

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Airdate: September 24th at 8 PM ET/PT on STARZ, the STARZ app and STARZ On Demand

In prison, Jamie discovers that an old foe has become the warden – and now has the power to make his life a living hell. Over the years, Claire and Frank both put their best foot forward to share a harmonious marriage, but an uninvited guest shatters this illusion, bringing their differences to light.

Outlander” airs on Sundays at 8PM ET/PT on STARZ.


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Inbox Jukebox #018 – Noah Gundersen, Hill, Aly & AJ + Yoke Lore Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:30:25 +0000 Tom The Inbox Jukebox is the new column bringing you fresh new tunes and bands.... This is something you can groove to—this is the Inbox Jukebox:
Noah Gundersen - White Noise


Noah Gundersen feels like the second coming of Peter Gabriel (and that's a love note with hearts in the margins). Listening through the singles, from "Bad Desire" to "The Sound" to "Heavy Metal" immerses you in an 80s-jukebox-classics sound, with atmospheric instrumentation and haunting lyrics that mess with your mind. Gundersen spins on the same playground as The 1975—they don't sound alike but their inspirations come from the same place and they both dive into your feels—it's clear that on Gundersen's upcoming EP White Noise we're the ones who'll get to have the fun.



Hill - "On Camera"


Imagine Fifty Shades of Grey with a stiletto sharp edge—nails grazing your back, teeth scraping your skin, and a slow beat driving you wild. Got an image? Can you feel it? That's what the new single "On Camera" from Hill sounds like. We're talking BDSM over a beat that stalks you down and demands total submission. Those breathy exhales...they're not just on the track...see, we knew this would move you.



Aly & AJ - "Take Me"


Author Sarah Beth Durst is celebrating the premiere of the television adaptation of her book Drink, Slay, Love this weekend, and we're bringing a banger to the party. Trust us, we'll be the belles of the bash with Aly & AJ's "Take Me". The track does what it says on the tin, it sinks its teeth in you. Don't believe us? The video is currently #41 trending on YouTube and we can't stop watching. We're rocking out to the finger snaps, underscoring the pair's melodies; while they demand a tryst that will satisfy even the most vampiric of thirsts. There's blood on the dancefloor, baby, and as long as the DJ is spinning this tune we're not going home 'til the sunrise. "When you gonna take me out!"



Yoke Lore - "Goodpain" & "Only You" (Audiotree Live)


There's something about Yoke Lore that pulls us in. Maybe it's the trippy percussion, or the art district groove; whatever it is, we're addicted. "Goodpain" is all about facing down the harshness of life with an optimism some might call crazy—but is actually a kind of magic. You can dance to this, but it'll also soothe away your pain. "Only You' is the musical equivalent of getting lifted—a fantasy of being strong enough to leave a love behind without actually letting go. We dare you not to catch a contact high when this tune rises out of your speakers like cotton candy colored smoke. Damn man, that's the good stuff.


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