Month: August 2008

Team Blackout, Lights Out

Rev Run of Run DMC introduces some new cats to the hip-hop scene, Team Blackout, with their debut album, Lights Out.   The group includes JoJo Simmons, son of Rev Run, along with two of his childhood friends, Zach and Reggie.   The trio has been featured on MTV’s reality series, “Run’s House” and they…

Freekbass, Live Grooveyard

Freekbass plays that funky music and yes he is white, but it doesn’t matter.   Funk seems to flow right out of Freekbass’ soul and flows smoothly like crystal, clear water to his bass guitar.   Grooveyard is a new album by Freekbass, which was recorded live at 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.  …

Okkervil River, The Stand Ins

On The Stand Ins, the worth is in the girth. At only eight songs, discounting three eponymous interludes, the latest release from Austin-based Okkervil River could easily come off as thin, but each song in this 8-pack is jam packed with meticulous arrangements and brilliantly crafted lyrics. The Stand Ins is the “sequel” to 2007’s…

STOLI LEARNS ABOUT THE UPS & DOWNS WITH TICKLE ME PINK

This next band in one of my favorite bands on the scene today. First of all they did a music video for “Typical” with Gabrielle Fox who is just amazingly hot. They also are signed to Wind Up Records and have one of the busiest tour schedules out now. Earlier this year the band took…

WHITE LIES NEW VIDEO / AUDIO / US DATES

British trio WHITE LIES (Harry McVeigh – Vocals/Guitar, Jack Brown — Drums. Charles Cave — Bass) and their post-punk sounds will echo again stateside with a headline tour and performance at the CMJ Music Festival in October.

SKOPE LIVE! ANNOUNCES 2008 HOLIDAY BASH

It is official, Skope Live! has just finished up talks for the Skope Live! Holiday Bash. The live music party will happen on 12/6/08 at 9 pm. The bands have not been selected as yet but stay tuned for more details coming soon. If this is like the 7/25/08 show at The Middle East, be…

WATCH NEW OASIS VIDEO / COVER ART / AUDIO STREAM

Formed by the Gallagher brothers in Manchester, England, in 1991, OASIS has become not only one of the most commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, they are one of the most celebrated UK bands of all-time and arguably the most influential British band for the past 17…

REVIEW: NATURAL INCENSE LIVE IN SAN CLEMENTE, CA

The city’s Beach Concert Series came to a fitting seasonal end last week with Natural Incense, one of Reggae-Rock’s rising stars, jamming a two-hour set of tunes through the amazing Southern California sunset. It was truly a summer Send Off, So-Cal Style on 8-27-08 in San Clemente, C.A.

THE VIRGINS TO TOUR WITH BLACK KIDS / TWO VIDEOS

THE VIRGINS released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records this summer. Produced by S*A*M* and Sluggo, the album received 4 stars from Rolling Stone, while Vice Magazine said, “We’re jealous of their futures, basically.”

The Saturday Knights, Mingle

When I first heard the Saturday Knight’s 4 song EP I was instantly obsessed (as anyone who has ever read this column must already know). I foisted it on everyone I knew and eagerly awaited their full length album, which finally came out this year. All of the songs from the EP are on the…

Blak Madeen, The Opening

The first couple of tracks on this album did not impress me. “The Opening” is awfully pretentious although the chanting in the background is beautiful. The second song, “Two of the Best” has a boring keyboard backbeat that sounds like an early 80’s public access show theme song. Things improve from there, however. Al-J, one…

Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Eleventh Hour

My introduction to Del was with the original Gorillaz album. That song “Clint Eastwood” made my summer that year. I was so obsessed with it and him (though I knew nothing about him at the time) that I bought the album the day it came out, which is the only time I can remember doing…

The Verve, Forth

Forth is the first LP for The Verve in more than 11 years, and though the title suggests some kind of movement forward, the English quintet basically sticks with what they do best. Massively popular in the U.K.–where their reunion was celebrated with near-biblical excitement–The Verve’s main notoriety stateside is for “Bittersweet Symphony,” the music…

DENNY’S NEW ALLNIGHTER ROCKSTAR MENU / PICS

Denny’s introduces a new line-up of chefs in their kitchen with the launch of the Rockstar menu.   Top musicians, such as the All-American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday, Plain White T’s, and the Eagles of Death Metal join Denny’s to create the new Denny’s Rockstar Menu presented by Dr Pepper.

SEPTEMBER 2008 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”

This month’s Sonicbids Artists to Watch are an exciting bunch. Half of them are singer/songwriters and the other half are bands that cover a broad range of styles. These artists also come primarily from the US, with some from Australia and one from Belgium.

GIT FRESH MAKES FRESH, NEW START WITH DEF JAM

With R. Kelly on their resume and an endorsement by So So Def president Jermaine Dupri, R&B outfit Git Fresh are poised to release their self-titled debut this fall. When I spoke to the guys, a promo run had them in New York City “in the club late and up early doing press all day.”

Marie Black, Water Me

Whether you love or hate Marie Black’s Water Me depends a lot on whether you buy into her voice and lyrics. The rest of the album — the instrumental sections, the guest players, the production — are all fine. Black is ably backed by musicians who can play rock and twang with style and soul,…

STOLI MEETS VICTORIA WARD A CELEB ARTIST

So as I am doing email one day I get an email from a Skope reader who tells me that she is a celebrity artist. Her name is Victoria Ward and as I came to find out she is the real deal. Victoria has done work for Roberta Flack, Jurnee, Chaka Khan, Entrepreneur Magazine, &…

CLARE & THE REASONS MAKE SONG FOR OBAMA / UK DATES

As the world enjoys the last days of summer, Clare & the Reasons are headed back to the UK for a tour that is still adding dates. The tour includes stops at landmark UK festivals, such as Fringe, Connect and End of the Road. The group will join up with My Brightest Diamond halfway through…

Abney Park, Lost Horizons: The Continuing Adventures of Abney Park

With Lost Horizons, Abney Park completes the transition from goth to definitive steampunk. Not that they had to travel very far — the musical genres are close cousins, based in the dark, dystopian past with the period clothes to match. Abney Park has always taken cues from exotic, old world sounds and brooding, Bauhaus rock.…

Hills Rolling, Something Delicious

If Something Delicious comes off like a self-recorded collection of demos, it’s because hat’s exactly what the album is. Hills Rolling is Trey McGriff, who sang and played everything on this album except a couple of drum tracks. The result is an underwhelming rock album that probably could have used another voice or two to…

Alex Stanton, Go Big or Go Home

First things first–I tend to handle an artist’s work with kid’s gloves; recognizing this as someone’s blood, sweat and tears all wrapped up in a neat little CD jewel case. I understand the effort, time and patience that go into creating something artistic. I am also a firm believer in the premise that if you…