idobi Network http://idobi.com Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:26:14 +0000 en Callwood at the Cooler #22 http://idobi.com/editorial/callwood-at-the-cooler-22/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:00:10 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/callwood-at-the-cooler-22/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/Sex_Pistols_in_Paradiso-300x200.jpg “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.

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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.

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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.

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“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 http://idobi.com/editorial/watch-this-week-626/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:47 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/watch-this-week-626/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/babydriver-300x184.jpg 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!

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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.

 

Preacher


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.

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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.

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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.

 

Cleverman


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.

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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…”

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

 

Broadchurch


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.

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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!

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Watch the series here: http://abc.go.com/shows/american-koko

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!

 

Okja


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.

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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 http://idobi.com/news/premiere-youre-in-for-a-ride-with-at-the-moments-new-album/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:00:26 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/premiere-youre-in-for-a-ride-with-at-the-moments-new-album/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/DSC08908bbb-300x200.jpg 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 http://idobi.com/news/artists-come-together-to-cover-bridge-over-troubled-water-for-londons-grenfell-tower-fire/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:45:01 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/artists-come-together-to-cover-bridge-over-troubled-water-for-londons-grenfell-tower-fire/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/artistsforgrenfell-300x195.jpg 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: http://artistsforgrenfell.com

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LIGHTS’ New Song + Video Has Us Feeling Like We Could Be “Giants” http://idobi.com/news/lights-giants-new-song-and-video/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:12 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/lights-giants-new-song-and-video/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/lights-300x200.jpg 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 http://idobi.com/news/sofar-sounds-amnesty-international-give-a-home/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:30:43 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/sofar-sounds-amnesty-international-give-a-home/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/sofarfeature-300x200.jpg 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 http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-watch-get-busy-livings-burn-repeat-and-repeat/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:30:17 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-watch-get-busy-livings-burn-repeat-and-repeat/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/Get_Busy_Living_Promo_Final-300x249.jpg 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 http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/shatterproof-karma/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:21 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/shatterproof-karma/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/Promo-3-copy.jpg 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 http://idobi.com/news/inbox-jukebox-013/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:55 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/inbox-jukebox-013/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/beach-night-trees-lake-300x200.jpg 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.

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Young & Divine - "Ice Water Chain"

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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!


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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.

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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.)

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

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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’ http://idobi.com/news/clever-cleverman/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/clever-cleverman/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/CM2_GS_Shot_08_Hunter_SuperHero_0657_B-300x200.jpg 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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Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 019 http://idobi.com/editorial/fresh-pressed-new-music-friday-019/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:50 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/fresh-pressed-new-music-friday-019/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/laptop-1283368_1920-300x200.jpg 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.

Imagine Dragons - Evolve


Las Vegas-based rockers Imagine Dragons have been cooking up arena anthems ever since they were playing in small clubs. With their third full-length, Evolve, it’s got all the qualities it needs to sell out those arenas night after night. Evolve finds the band somewhere in between their signature rock flare and a more radio-pop direction, but the pop seems to take precedence. It’s not a bad thing though; the result is by far their best work yet.


DJ Khaled - Grateful


Despite the constant meme-ery that surrounds DJ Khaled day in and day out, he’s one of the most legit forces in mainstream music. His new record, Grateful, personifies his larger than life character, because the 20+ songs on it are behemoths in their own right. Between his number one “I’m The One” powerhouse, “Don’t Quit”, a club jam featuring Calvin Harris and Travis Scott, and the Chance The Rapper-assisted “I Love You So Much,” us listeners have a whole lot to be grateful for, too.


Owl City - “Waving Through A Window”


Dear Evan Hansen has taken the Broadway world by storm, and their recent domination at the Tony’s won’t make nabbing tickets any easier. While you wait around 'til you get picked for a ticket lottery, you can check out Owl City’s reimagining of the musical’s massive number, “Waving Through A Window.” Adam Young’s songs have always been geared to speak to the outsiders, so it makes perfect sense he’d take on this cover—he applies his textbook Owl City electro touch and somehow manages to make the song even more theatrical than the original.


Fall Out Boy - “Champion”


Fall Out Boy aren’t making pop-punk anymore, but their latest sound has them taking over balls-to-the-wall rock just like they took over pop-punk—so, it’s business as usual. After debuting the wacky “Young and Menace” a few months back, Fall Out Boy are back with their latest cut from their new record Mania titled “Champion.” There’s nothing about this song that’s shrouded in mystery, it’s about as straightforward as it comes, as it harkens back to the days when “Immortals” and “Centuries” ruled the charts. “Champion” could be next, or at the very least, the soundtrack to a million ESPN highlight reels.


We the Kings - “Ally”


While June, and Pride month, may be coming to an end in a week, music helps make sure the point of Pride lives on through the rest of the year, too. We the Kings premiered a brand new song called “Ally” to show their support for the LGBTQ community, as well as to honor those lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy a year ago. The band, who are Florida natives, says that they hope the song can help everyone in need of a friend or an ally. “Ally” is a beautiful, minimalistic ballad that’s totally out of left field for We the Kings, but it helps make the song’s message that much more effective.


Young and Divine - “Ice Water Chain”


Music’s best kept secret is looking to break through in a big way. Singer/songwriter Young and Divine is no stranger to writing great pop tracks, and his new one, “Ice Water Chain,” is just one of the two that are set to be released in the coming months. Featuring a chilled out trop-pop vibe, the track is a staple for an after-the-party playlist. More importantly, it shows that Young and Divine is a secret definitely worth sharing.


Prince - Purple Rain
[Deluxe Expanded Edition]


The world is still mourning the loss of music mogul Prince, who passed away in April of 2016. With 39 studio albums under his belt that spanned across nearly four decades, you can probably bet that were a couple songs he recorded that never made the cut. Fortunately, we’re getting our first dose of posthumous Prince material as part of the deluxe re-issue to his legendary record, Purple Rain. This is the first time his 1984 album is getting the re-master treatment, and the addition of 11 songs from the vault make it the perfect package for Prince superfans or new listeners who have yet to experience one of the most iconic musicians ever.


Drake - “Signs”


The grind never seems to stop for Drake. Then again, that’s part of the reason he’s a world-renowned superstar. Either way, it doesn’t matter how many songs he’s featured on or how many records he’s dropped in a calendar year—you never know when he’ll decide to unleash something new. In promotion of Paris Fashion Week, Drake’s latest number is “Signs.” Best described as a sequel to his hit, “One Dance,” the dancehall-esque track is meant to get cranked to full blast—whether it’s on a runway or in your car stereo.

[You can hear “Signs” at around the 6:30 mark]


Manchester Orchestra - “The Alien”


It’s rare to see a band kick off their career at such a high point and continue to ascend to levels unimaginable, but it’s happened here with Manchester Orchestra. The Atlanta quartet made waves in 2006 with their debut, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, and after all these years—and multiple solo projects from frontman Andy Hull—they still find ways to grow as songwriters. “The Alien,” according to Hull, paints the picture of a man facing a decision that will ultimately impact his family. It’s a powerful message, but Manchester Orchestra are the ones who have no issue telling it best. The track is taken off their fifth full-length, A Black Mile to the Surface, out on July 28th.


Radiohead -
OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017


Radiohead’s OK Computer isn’t the oldest album ever, but a lot of records from the 90’s could use a bit of a tune-up. A remaster of the 1997 full-length is part of its repackage called OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 to commemorate, you guessed it, its 20th year anniversary. Along with the audio updates are also a boatload of b-sides, featuring three previously unreleased tracks in “I Promise,” “Man of War,” and “Lift.” OK Computer is undoubtedly one of the most influential rock albums ever, and this fresh edition helps sweeten the collection.



Other new releases:
Lights - “Giants”
HAIM - “Little of Your Love”
Kodaline - “Brother”
Mystery Skulls - “Losing My Mind”
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
311 - Mosaic
RAC, St. Lucia - “The Beautiful Game”
Blackpink - “As If It’s Your Last”
Sheppard - “Edge of the Night”
Various Artists - Despicable Me 3
Nico & Vinz - “Intrigued”
WizKid, Major Lazer - “Naughty Ride”
Jaymes Young - Feel Something
VÉRITÉ - Somewhere In Between
L’il Jon, Skellism - “In The Pit (feat. Terror Bass)”
Jillian Jacqueline - “Bleachers”
Ruelle - "Secrets and Lies"

 

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Premiere: Wanna Forget About the World? Elovay Have the Perfect Track to “Sort It Out” http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/elovay-sort-it-out/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:10 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/elovay-sort-it-out/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/ElovayLiveShot-300x200.jpg Elovay's new song "Sort It Out" is your ticket to escape far, far away... [/imgfull]

Sometimes the only thing you can do is to turn up the volume, close your eyes, and forget about the world for a few moments. And Elovay's new song "Sort It Out" is your ticket to escape far, far away to brighter days where nothing matters but the beat. The Los Angeles based quartet's new track is a combination of laid back indie surf-rock riffs and soothing lyrics that will have you completely chilled out and ready for the weekend. Singer/songwriter Xavier Brinkman explains the meaning behind "Sort It Out":

"This song is written about the struggle in LA which I think most people in this city can relate to. It's about the moment you realize no one really cares about your problems and you have no choice but to "sort it out" or go home. So many people in this city are going off blind faith that what they're doing will work out in the end, and these lyrics kind of question that mentality. Are we even able recognize when it has "worked out" or are we too busy worrying about the next thing? Success is a staircase, not a doorway and that harsh truth is a tough pill to swallow because we all want success RIGHT NOW." 

It's easy to tell there's lots of success in Elovay's future with music like this, and you'll enjoy hearing every step of their way up. Lucky for you, you won't have long to wait for more—the band are putting out a new EP in September. Recorded at a studio in Venice Beach, you can hear the California summer soaking into every crevice of "Sort It Out", and life ain't so bad when the sun is shining. So crack open a cold one, hit play below, and chill to a chorus of "I feel your pain, I really do, and I feel the same"...

"Although the lyrics in this song are kind of serious and a bit of a cry for help, we were able to capture a really fun and upbeat vibe which I love. This was the first time we worked with a real producer and it made all the difference. He was the guiding light on this song and really helped us define our sound and set the tone for the rest of the EP. Goodbye sad boy grunge, hello twangy surf pop!"

 

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Photos: Deftones in Raleigh http://idobi.com/photos/deftones-in-raleigh/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:34:19 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/photos/deftones-in-raleigh/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/thrice-redhat-15-300x200.jpg idobi photographer Crystal Huffman covered the Deftones show in Raleigh, NC at Redhat Amphitheater....

Deftones


Rise Against


Thrice

 

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Photos: Good Charlotte in Paris http://idobi.com/photos/good-charlotte-in-paris/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:03 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/photos/good-charlotte-in-paris/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/issues_02-200x300.jpg idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the Good Charlotte show in Paris at Le Bataclan....

Good Charlotte


Sleeping With Sirens


State Champs


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Premiere: JACY’s New Track feat. Myles Parrish will Make You Feel “Brand New” http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/jacy-new-track-feat-myles-parrish-brand-new/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:00:02 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/jacy-new-track-feat-myles-parrish-brand-new/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/IMG_4579-300x200.jpg Get to know JACY's new track "Brand New" feat. Myles Parrish before its official... [/imgfull]

Today we're bringing you the cool breath of fresh air your hot summer's day needs. Californian singer-songwriter JACY is about to officially release her new track "Brand New" feat. Myles Parrish into the world this Friday, and we've got three minutes and two seconds' worth of reasons why you'll wanna pick it up—hit play below to hear why. JACY says of the single:

“I am so proud of it!! I think it shows who I am as an artist, it's my sound! Growing up, my singing teacher told me not to sing breathy and the way I was meant to sing... so for awhile I thought I should not sound the way I was meant to.  But working with Foolish Ways, they loved my inherent tone, so it feels raw and authentic...you know me! It feels right!”

Her excitement about "Brand New" is infectious; the soothing pop synths and gorgeously uplifting choruses will leave you refreshed and ready to hear more. In fact, we're so excited about this new track, listen out for it in rotation on idobi Radio! Coming from someone who is only 17 years old (yeah, you read that right), we can only begin to imagine where JACY will go from here—and we can't wait to watch.

 

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Simple Plan are Being Honored for their Charity Work Through The Simple Plan Foundation http://idobi.com/news/simple-plan-are-being-honored-for-their-charity-work-through-the-simple-plan-foundation/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:45:52 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/simple-plan-are-being-honored-for-their-charity-work-through-the-simple-plan-foundation/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/SP-300x247.jpg Simple Plan will be presented with the Meritorious Service Cross for their philanthropy and... [imgfull][/imgfull]


One of the first things that spring to mind when you think of Simple Plan—aside from the sweet sounds of pop punk—is their amazing sense of community. The Simple Plan Foundation has been making the world a better place and helping young people in need since 2005, and as of last year has donated close two million dollars to various charitable organizations. Now the band are being honored for their philanthropy.


Simple Plan’s members will be presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada tomorrow, June 23rd, during a ceremony at Ottowa’s Rideau Hall. We here at idobi can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Simple Plan, and we only hope this inspires more people to follow in their footsteps and give back to the community.

 

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Catch a Free Cold War Kids Show at LA’s Union Station Tomorrow, June 23! http://idobi.com/news/catch-a-free-cold-war-kids-show-at-las-union-station-tomorrow-june-23/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:00:52 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/catch-a-free-cold-war-kids-show-at-las-union-station-tomorrow-june-23/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/cwk-300x300.jpg Cold War Kids are playing a free show at Union Station this June 23rd! [imgfull][/imgfull]


If you’re around Los Angeles tomorrow, you’re in for one hell of a treat: Cold War Kids are playing a free show at Union Station this June 23rd! The band have partnered with Sofar Sounds and Metro Art Presents to bring this secret, invite-only experience to you.


But hurry, spots are available on a first come first serve basis, and you can enter to win a limited number of guaranteed entry passes to the show right here! So, what are you waiting for?! Head on over to the link to win your place at what's destined to be one special and intimate night of live music.

 

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Exclusive Premiere Stream: Crooked Teeth’s New EP ‘Pastel’ is What the Repeat Button was Made For http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/crooked-teeth-new-ep-pastel/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:27 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/crooked-teeth-new-ep-pastel/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/E55CF5CD-9FC6-4E42-99D0-EAC1921C8A98-300x183.jpg Your favorite emo boys are back: we're bringing you the exclusive premiere of Crooked... [/imgfull]

Music is at its best when it speaks to you; when it lifts you up on a really bad day, or fuels that spark of hope when you need it most. So when you find something special, it's worth keeping close: Enter Crooked Teeth. If you've been anxiously awaiting new music since we premiered their EP Out Here, A Lone. last year, the wait is over. We're bringing you the exclusive premiere stream of their new EP, Pastel. Yup, your favorite emo boys are back, and better than ever with a new approach to making music. Tyson Evans explains the direction this release takes:

"These two new songs ("Out of Place", "Crawl") were the first collective effort made by us in terms of writing music together as Crooked Teeth. To me they signify a step in a different and I guess even a slightly more mature direction as songwriters. We decided to re-record "Helpless" and add it to the mix due to it being one of our favorite songs to play live. Overall, this EP feels like our band's formal introduction to the world and we're so stoked to share them [the songs]."

In just three tracks the Los Angeles band will have you so hooked all you'll wanna do is play these songs for everyone you know. So hit the arrow below and start learning all the words and sweet guitar breakdowns to get ready for when Pastel drops tomorrow, June 23 via Blossöm Records!

 

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Exclusive Premiere: Pluto Revolts’ Electrifying “Tidal Wave” Music Video Asks All The Right Questions http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/pluto-revolt-tidal-wave-music-video/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:00:24 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/pluto-revolt-tidal-wave-music-video/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/2016_9_15_Pluto0478-300x200.jpg Indie electro-pop act Pluto Revolts are taking their musical magnetism to the next level... [/imgfull]

Hey you. Yes, you. Stop what you're doing, put down the phone, switch off the TV that's playing in the background, and take a moment—because our exclusive premiere today is about to capture every single part of your attention. Indie electro-pop act Pluto Revolts have been enthralling every listener they meet since 2008, and they're taking their musical magnetism to the next level with their new video for "Tidal Wave".

"'Tidal Wave' is a song about taking a leap of faith, even if you perceive the odds are stacked against you. It's about moving yourself forward, no matter what you see ahead. The music video is ostensibly about the same thing, set to the backdrop of a supernatural, 'matrix'-like reality. From the perspective of the lead character, we meet her complacently drifting about her existence in a stale, boring environment, until she finds the courage to listen to her inner calling for more, and thus commanding to be set free from the bonds of her self-imposed limitation."

The music video for "Tidal Wave" is all about taking chances and pushing beyond just being "satisfied"—but we'll let the band themselves tell you more about it in the clip below. Then it's time to settle in for the video we've all been waiting for: keep scrolling to let the "Tidal Wave" hit you. We promise it'll leave you ready to take on the world (and ready to check out the band's Tidal Wave EP too).

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Photos: Simple Plan in Paris http://idobi.com/photos/simple-plan-in-paris-2/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:54:44 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/photos/simple-plan-in-paris-2/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/06/milestones_02-300x200.jpg idobi photographer Gaelle Pitrel covered the Simple Plan show in Paris at Le Bataclan....

Simple Plan


Mallory Knox


Milestones

 

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