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The Rise Of Indie Rockstar Roe Kapara

Roe Kapara recently stopped by the idobi Radio studios to perform live acoustic sessions of his songs “Everything’s Fine(Nuke Song)“, “Everyone’s Dying(Grandma’s Drunk Again)“, and a lovely cover of Cage The Elephant’s “Cigarette Daydreams.” Afterwards, he sat down with our very own, Eddie Barella to discuss his rise to success, the release of his new EP I Hope Hell Isn’t Real, and more. Kapara is meticulous and clever with the way he presents his music to people, particularly online. His TikTok and Instagram Reel content feels otherworldly, as if viewers are being invited into a unique universe that he has… Read more »

Concert Reviews

Just Like Heaven Festival – Indie Rock Bliss in Southern California

As the sun was setting over the Rose Bowl on May 13, nostalgic indie rock filled the Southern California air. Just Like Heaven, the single-day indie rock festival was in full swing across two stages in Pasadena’s canyons. The day was filled with sunshine and legends of the indie scene, punctuated by a visceral performance from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to close out the night.  When the lineup was announced, Just Like Heaven instantly became one of the most interesting draws of the season. Single-day, genre-specific festivals are thriving in the modern music festival industry. At just over $125, festival-goers… Read more »


Indie rockers unite for AIDS benefit album

In 1993, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, the Smashing Pumpkins and Pavement brought AIDS activism into the bedrooms of grunge-obsessed teens on the benefit album ” No Alternative” marrying music to message in a way that registered strongly with Generation X. The project, organized by the Red Hot Organization — an international production company dedicated to fighting AIDs through pop culture — and released by Arista Records sold 292,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan and generated several modern rock radio hits. But the success was a mixed blessing; other major labels went out of their way to… Read more »


The O.C. Continues Mission To Save Indie Rock

The hit series The O.C. is becoming known as a hotbed for indie music promotion. Appearances on the show by bands such as The Killers and Modest Mouse have led to increased sales in a genre the industry has pretty much left for dead. Now the show’s expert soundtrackers have put together a new installment of their successful compilation series. This new CD will be the fourth from the show – the previous three all came out last year. The O.C.: Mix 4 is set to come out on April 5. The new comp’s biggest score may be “Scarecrow” by… Read more »


Ex-'Blue's Clues' Host Steve Burns An Indie Rocker At Heart

After more than five years as host of Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues,” Steve Burns is passing the leash to his successor and passing the mic to himself. Burns, who along with animated canine Blue has solved nearly 100 puzzles since the children’s show premiered in December 1996, is now facing a quandary that has baffled just about anyone who ever wanted to form a career around picking up a guitar: how to get signed. The 28-year-old Brooklyn, New York, resident has recorded 11 tunes, some of which are posted on www.steveswebpage.com, for an LP titled Songs for Dustmites. That was the… Read more »


NetRadio Keeps Rockin' The Free World With New "Indie Rock'' Channel

NetRadio Corporation, a media company that is the leading online distributor of originally programmed audio entertainment through its Web site www.netradio.com, announced today the launch of a new non-traditional rock channel called “Indie Rock” that is programmed by Doc Kane, the newest member of the NetRadio programming team. The new “Indie Rock” channel will be album driven, instead of focusing on ‘the single,’ and will have a track depth that no other traditional radio station can match. Listeners will find the latest new indie music infused with some of the most important barrier breaking songs of the past – some… Read more »


As rock star dream fades, "Kindie" takes off

Luke stands on his seat and strums wildly on his copycat rock guitar. Isabel and Jasper pogo and body slam with the best of them in the mosh pit. Potential crowd surfers and stage divers are held back by minders. The gig is in south London, the star is “Mr Ray,” and the audience are mostly between three and four years old. This is “Kindie” — a combination of kids’ and “indie” or independent music and a genre which is taking hold of British pre-schoolers and bidding to oust the grinding of “The Wheels on the Bus” from the family… Read more »


Flea Hosts IFC IndieRock Week, Chili Peppers To Hit Studio In October

Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is slated to host IndieRock week on the Independent Film Channel, September 24-30. It’s a week of music-oriented film, rock ‘n’ roll, and commentary on the world of music and movies. Fans can win a private movie screening with Flea through a contest at the channel’s website ifctv.com. Those not lucky enough to hang with Flea are eligible for other prizes. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have targeted October to head into the studio and record the follow-up to Californication. No tour dates are booked yet, although the forthcoming album is… Read more »


Teenage Joans Launch Indie Horror Film Inspired By Debut Album

After captivating listeners with their debut album, released on October 13 last year, Australian darlings Teenage Joans has launched an indie horror film inspired by their record, welcome, The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest (The Film). Directed by Jamie Al Kayyali, the short film, which runs just over 20 minutes, was completed self-funded and written by the duo. In the enchanting world of Rotland, Cahli Blakers and Tahlia Borg—portraying themselves—embark on a whimsical yet cautionary journey, with hues of red and purple painting the landscape. The adventure unfolds in Chapter 1: Superglue, where an advertisement for candy apple pills… Read more »


Knox Is The Next Big Indie Popstar

Nashville-based indie pop artist, Knox exploded onto the scene in late 2022 with his song “Sneakers“. An instant viral hit, the track gained over 2 million views overnight on TikTok before amassing nearly 30 million streams to date. It was an impressive introduction to say the least, but no one can accuse him of being a one-hit-wonder. He inked a deal with Barbershop Records and Atlantic Records after demanding their attention with his obviously captivating songwriting abilities. Knox quickly followed up his massive first single with a string of popular follow-ups, including “I Don’t Wanna Know,” “Love Letter,” and “Dumpster… Read more »

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