Month: February 2009

Missy Higgins plays Lauderdale

Missy Higgins brought her warm, heartfelt music to Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room this past Wednesday. She took the stage in a summer floral dress, barefoot with hair no longer closely cropped as seen on her album covers, but  now shoulder length.

DEADMAU5 RELEASES INNOVATIVE MIXING APPLICATION FOR iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH

Electronic music’s fastest rising star, prolific producer and electronic artist DEADMAU5 (pronounced ‘Dead Mouse’) has released an innovative and interactive application on the iPhone and iPod Touch for music enthusiasts. In association with Future Audio Workshop, the Deadmau5 Touch Mix application allows users to mix DEADMAU5 music using an iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can…

LEAH RENEE HOOKS UP WITH THE JONAS BROS.

2009 is already bumpin’ for emerging pop singer/songwriter Leah Renee, whose vocals draw comparisons to a young Mariah Carey or the soulful Christina Milian.   Leah is already making her way onto the big screen and with the Jonas Brothers no less! Leah’s new single, “iBF”, slang for “Imaginary Boyfriend,” is set to hit the…

ACEYALONE NEW ALBUM OUT MARCH 31 / AUDIO

The Los Angeles rapper and founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D’Etat and Project Blowed, Aceyalone returns with Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones, which draws on Phil Spector, 60s girl groups, the J.B.s and a slew of raw, dirty funk for sonic inspiration. Single “The Way It Was” feat. Bionik: SKOPE IT HERE! www.myspace.com/aceyalone

QUOTED: LUKE SPEAKS ON GOING TO JAIL

Statement from Luther Campbell in response to story headlined “Rapper Luther Campbell jailed in Miami-Dade.” Miami Herald, February 18, 2009: “The story in yesterday’s Miami Herald gives a false impression about my arrest on Tuesday.   The arrest had nothing to do with “allegedly owing” over ten thousand dollars in a child support case.  …

SLIM THUG “BOSS OF ALL BOSSES” ALBUM PROMO TOUR / AUDIO

As Slim Thug’s single, the Jim Jonsin produced “I Run”, approaches 2,000 spins and counting and his video enjoys national rotation on MTV2 and BET, the “boss of all bosses” is getting ready to hit the road on a 24 city promo tour, dropping another bangin’ mixtape along the way.

TICKETMASTER PUNISHED FOR SPRINGSTEEN TICKET FIASCO

In the wake of their fiasco with Bruce Springsteen tickets, Ticketmaster has had to pay up.   In a national settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General, the company promised to change their business practices and pay 350-thousand dollars to cover fees associated with an investigation into them.   The whole to-do started after Ticketmaster…

METALLICA, AC/DC TO GET THEMED CONS TOO

Converse has already released a line of Ozzy Osbourne themed shoes and next month, they’ll be some sneakers with Pink Floyd artwork on them.   Now, according to the New York Post, the shoemakers are planning more lines of hard rock themed Cons which will feature Metallica and AC/DC.   Expect those shoes on shelves…

SEAN GARRETT IS READY TO GIVE MARIO HIT SINGLE

According to Bossip.com, Mario is working on his forthcoming album and is getting help from hitmaker Sean Garrett. Turns out that Garrett just finished crafting his 13th number one hit with Beyonce’s “Diva” song and is ready for Mario’s project. Sean told Bossip, “This record that we’re doing for Mario is really going to show…

MARK HOPPUS TALKS BLINK

Mark Hoppus sat down with Alternative Press for a chat about the Blink-182 reunion.   He said that there was no trepidation about getting back together and that it was “just a natural thing.” He claimed that the whole experience has been really positive so far and the three boys are “the most supportive we’ve…

QUOTED: COLBY O’DONIS & LADY GAGA HAVE HECTIC SCHEDULES

Singer Colby O’Donis is currently featured on Lady Gaga’s smash single, “Just Dance.”   We recently caught up with him at the GRAMMYs and he said that since their careers blew up, they don’t see each other that often.     “We both have hectic schedules, so if we bump into each other at a…

MSTRKRFT NEW VIDEO FOR “BOUNCE” / DATES

With their highly anticipated sophomore album Fist Of God to be released digitally on March 10th and in stores on March 17th on Dim Mak / Downtown Records, the Canadian duo will take their latest anthems to the crowds.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS ARE BACK WITH ALBUM & “ZERO” SINGLE

YEAH YEAH YEAHS are back back BACK! The New York City trio are poised to release the follow-up to 2006’s “Show Your Bones”, an album described by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke as “above all, a textural triumph, a quantum bounce from the brittle jitter and insect-chatter fuzz of the band’s 2001 Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP…

THE COLOR OF VIOLENCE MAKE THEIR DEBUT ON APRIL 7TH

Grindcore Duo Mark their Territory with Youthanize, out April 7th on Epitaph. After dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight as one-half of the wildly popular screamo band From First to Last, Travis Richter (guitars/vocals) and Derek Bloom (drums) have purposefully set aside their knack for mainstream success with their new band the Color…

TI FINAL SHOWS BEFORE PRISON

Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I. has scored another major hit with “Dead and Gone (Feat. Justin Timberlake),” the latest single from his RIAA platinum certified #1 album, “PAPER TRAIL.”   The track has exploded in the past week, rising to #3 on SoundScan’s “Digital Songs” chart with total one week sales of nearly 250,000.  …

TORAE & MARCO POLO SIGN DEAL WITH DUCK DOWN RECORDS

Continuing to add to its growing roster of artists, Duck Down Records welcomes Torae & Marco Polo to the Duck Down Family. The MC/Producer team is prepping a new album entitled “Double Barrel,” which will be entirely produced by Marco Polo and is set to be released this Spring. www.duckdown.com

NEW ALBUM FROM SUPERCHUNK COMING APRIL 2009

Mac says, “Some of these songs are newer than others, but we kind of felt like if we’re going to get to work on a new album we need to clear the decks of these songs first. A couple of them I really like but they already feel like they’re from another era and wouldn’t…

KASKADE SET TO RELEASE MIX ALBUM ‘THE GRAND’ VIA ULTRA RECORDS MARCH 24

KASKADE is one of electronic music’s most sought-after emissaries and one of its most beloved figures. Unaffected and laidback, he’s known per BlackBook magazine as “…the man [who] gets his sh*t done with an unassuming demeanor, and usually in flip flops.” Otherwise known as Ryan Raddon, the San Francisco-based electronic artist continues the ongoing march…

RUSSIA’S MUMIY TROLL SET TO INVADE NORTH AMERICA

Russia’s biggest band Mumiy Troll announced today their debut North American release Comrade Ambassador will be distributed via DisManic and Ryko Distribution on the band’s own imprint, Mumiy Troll Records, pushing the release date from March 24 to April 7, 2009. 03/03 @ The Independent, San Francisco, CA 03/04 @ The Independent, San Francisco, CA…

CITY HAZE RELEASES NEW VIDEO “FOR THE RECORD”

New York City please stand up and take notice of one of your own. City Haze is coming straight out of NYC reppin’ the BK & BX. City Haze has been creating buzz on a global level by using any and all resources he has at his disposal. It is working for  this young hustler/emcee…

THE REAL TRUTH BEHIND JANA MASHONEE

Seven NAMMY’S (Native American Music Awards) and one 2007 Grammy Award Nominee, this young singer is off to a strong start!   Being of Native American descent, Jana has proved she is a strong face for her culture.   Mashonee also heads up her own non-profit organization, Jana’s Kids Foundation, to help Native American and…

THE AVETT BROTHERS COVER “GLORY DAYS” / VIDEO

In honor of the latest Bruce Springsteen album release, The Avett Brothers were asked to be a part of “Hangin’ Out on E Street.” Showing how they draw inspiration and are influenced by Bruce’s music The Avett Brothers put on a performance of their favorite song, “Glory Days”. “Glory Days”: SKOPE IT HERE! www.myspace.com/theavettbrothers  

FIREWORKS RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM MARCH 24 / DATES

The Detroit, MI band–Brett Jones (guitars), Chris Mojan (guitars), David Mackinder (vocals), Kyle O’Neil (bass), Tymm Rengers (drums)–will release their debut album, ALL I HAVE TO OFFER IS MY OWN CONFUSION, March 24 on Triple Crown Records. The album–produced by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert and mixed by Paul Miner (H20, Atreyu, Thrice)–is a…

GOLDEN BLOOM OFFER AN MP3 DEDICATED TO ROD BLAGOJEVICH

Never one to avoid political discourse,   Shawn Fogel’s Golden Bloom sheds his own thoughts on Rod Blagojevich’s, err, predicament. In the one-minute song aptly titled, “Your Minute of Fame,” the simple question arises, “What are you thinking?” “Your Minute of Fame” MP3: SKOPE IT HERE! Named one of “8 Undiscovered bands worth a listen”…

MAN MADE MOUNTAINS RELEASE SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM

Man Made Mountains will release their self-titled debut album in the U.S. on March 24th on Reversed Records. Genre jumping is nothing new and Man Made Mountains shows their imagination with their new album. The band blends heavy riffs, crunchy vocal, dialogue samples all the while layering keyboards and ambient noise that will grasp your…

DAVID BERKELEY STRANGE LIGHT OUT MAY 26th

The passion in his singing can be felt from the first verse.   It’s airy, yet articulate; there’s slight whimsy but with absolute control. “David Berkeley is a singular new voice to arrive on the music scene,” according to Bruce Warren, PD of the esteemed WXPN in Philadelphia, and he releases his 3rd studio album,…

THE BRONX TO HEAD OUT ON NORTH AMERICAN TREK / VIDEO

Acclaimed west coast punk rock outfit The Bronx will be heading out on a North American headlining tour beginning on March 23rd in Albuquerque, NM. This will be the first U.S. tour in support of their new album THE BRONX (III). The Bronx continues to wow critics and fans alike with their stellar live shows.…

BEEF: PEREZ HILTON VS N.O.R.E / VIDEO

The beef just went too far. Last night, after all the Twitter beef and radio disses, Perez Hilton paid N.O.R.E. a visit and well, let’s just say it didn’t go too well for N.O.R.E.! Perez Hilton home invades N.O.R.E. robs and leaves him for dead! PEREZ HILTON ROBS N.O.R.E. [youtube hIZhSHImTjs nolink] www.myspace.com/nore    

NEW MUSIC RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/24/08

Here are Skope’s picks for this week’s new releases. We have new albums this week from Black Lips, Chris Isaak, JJ Cale, and much more! Black Lips (Photo) 200 Million Thousand Vice Garage Punk, Garage Rock Revival   J.J. Cale Roll On Rounder Boogie Rock, Roots Rock, Blues-Rock   Chris Isaak Mr. Lucky Wicked Game/Reprise…

ASHLEY BEEDLE & KING BRITT NEW COLLABO OUT APRIL 21

Since its launch the acclaimed Southport Weekender album series has featured mixes from some of the world’s DJ elite including Jazzanova, Mr. Scruff, Kerri Chandler, Gilles Peterson, Jazzy B, DJ Spen, Tony Humphries, Quentin Harris and many more. Having rocked the rafters of Southport Weekender 43 festival this past November, versatile music heavyweights Ashley Beedle…

LADY GAGA PERFORMS WITH THE PET SHOP BOYS / VIDEO

Last week, Lady Gaga and The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers, joined the Pet Shop Boys onstage at the 2009 Brit Awards.   Gaga provided supporting vocals on “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” and “It’s a Sin.” Check out the full performance on YouTube now. DIRECT LINK for Pet Shop Boys’ medley with Lady…

T-PAIN RECEIVES DEATH THREATS, CANCELS SHOW

According to the Associated Press, T-Pain reportedly canceled a concert after receiving death threats. Teddy was scheduled to perform in Guyana, which would mark the first time for Pain. However, concert promoter Kerwin Bollers thought it’d be better to hold off on the show. Bollers told the AP there were several “credible” e-mail and phone…

PWT’S FRONTMAN TURNS 30

It was Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson’s 30th birthday last week and the band and some friends had a party in a hotel room in his honor.   Guitarist Dave Tirio made a heartfelt speech about the singer and drummer De’Mar Hamilton caught the whole thing on video with his phone.   The kitman…

DETAILS ON KILLERS LAWSUIT

The Killers announced on Monday that they filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against their former manager Braden Merrick in Federal Court in Las Vegas. The band said that the federal case charges Merrick with “breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.” The group claims that the manager abandoned them at a crucial…

BRITNEY SPEARS HANGS WITH NINE INCH NAILS?

Britney Spears has been rehearsing for her upcoming Circus tour in the same space as alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails.   According to MTV News, frontman Trent Reznor said, “I can hear the thumping low end of Britney Spears.   It’s been a treat having them here the whole time we’ve been here.”  …

FALL OUT BOY HELP WEEZY ROCK

AceShowbiz reports that Fall Out Boy, who are big fans of hip-hop, will appear on the new Lil Wayne album Rebirth. The record is the first rock album from Weezy, but he is featured on the Fall Out Boy track “Tiffany Blews” and remixes their hit “This Ain’t a Scene It’s An Arms Race.” No…