Month: May 2014

BONDS OF FAMILY & FREINDSHIP FORM THIS ECLECTIC MUSICAL TRIO

It is refreshing to hear when music is formed through the spirit of unity and trust. This fact is evident with the coming together of step-brothers Josh and Steve with childhood friend Chrystian Cano. The musical seed was planted for Steve and Josh when they were fairly young. Their family as a whole where musically…

Ray William Roldan, Mended Fences

Ray William Roldan is back with his latest release, Mended Fences. He comes on the scene with the same tenacity he puts forth in everything that he does. He is edgy country and rockin’ the socks off his fans globally. He is enjoying radio play worldwide and after listening, I can certainly understand why. He…

THE NEARLY DEADS MUSIC VIDEO “I SAID”

Alternative rock outfit The Nearly Deads have released the official music video for “I Said” (http://bit.ly/ISaid). Echoing the band’s same frisky sense of humor and love of cinema that propelled their breakthrough “Never Look Back” to 6.3 million views, the new video is an homage to the 1992 comedic masterpiece, Wayne’s World. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CASUCEPp0hU With singer…

SUNDANCE SINGLE “CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON”

Sundance debuts the first single from his forthcoming release Midlife Marauders. The track features his signature production while Elias provides his soulful vibes on his verse and the hook. Sintax the Terrific also contributes a verse. “Midlife Marauders is about searching for meaning in life despite not really understanding why things are as they are.…

HONOR ANGELES “PERFECT GETAWAY” VIDEO

HONOR ANGELES is a pseudonymous, kaleidoscopic-songstress, having emerged from the marrow of Canada’s cultural spine: Toronto. Delivering unabashed pop music, enigmatically housed in a psychedelic package, Honor harmoniously progresses from dreamy, melancholic balladry to brazen dance-floor indulgence, effectively transcending genre. This phonic chameleon cites an eclectic & eccentric assembly of aural influences, listing Neil Young,…

SKOPE NEWS FOR MAY 30, 2014

NEW ALBUM POSTED BY HOTH Blackened extreme metallers Hoth have released their sophomore full-length album, Oathbreaker, via Epicurus Records.  The 8-song, 55-minute opus is available to stream and purchase in digipak CD or download format via their bandcamp page. The Seattle-based duo, consisting of David Dees and Eric Peters, formed in 2011 and released their…

The Pondhawks, The Pondhawks Have Landed

One of Chicago’s top indie pop bands are The Pondhawks, who are making a spash not just locally but also abroad, with their brand of cheeky soft rock. The Beatles are the first thing that comes to mind, not necessarily the actual band, but the band members during their various solo adventures, Paul McCartney’s solo…

JP Stacka featuring Shemida, J-B Without U

JP Stacka reigns out of Tampa, FL and is no stranger to the industry. He has been in the business for 14 years and the experience shows in his music. His latest single featuring the lovely Shemida J, B Without U, is a song you can’t live without. Listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/jpstacka/song/20032540-b-without-u This tune has all the…

MARYA STARK VIDEO “CROSSROADS”

Marya is an exceptional Bay Area artist with a flare for the dramatic. Using music as a vehicle to connect to the world around her, Stark earned a degree in Music Therapy–a pursuit that has expanded and energized her own art. All of these attributes are clearly on display in “Crossroads,” a work of dynamic…

BROODS PREMIERE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR CURRENT SINGLE ‘BRIDGES’

Hot on the heels of their SOLD OUT North American tour this spring, New Zealand duo BROODS premiered the official video for their current single “Bridges” today. View now on VEVO: http://smarturl.it/WatchBridges Having posted “Bridges” on soundcloud and garnering more than half-a-million plays in just a couple of months, the brother/sister duo soon inked a…

NOY NEW SINGLE “LET HER GO”

Following the successful recent release of her self-titled debut album, soulful pop-rocker NOY slows things down with her new single, “Let Her Go.” The emotional ballad features the raw vocals the multi-cultural artist has come to be recognized for as she continues to showcase her genre-defying versatility. Swelling strings frame “Let Her Go” as NOY…

NEW TRACK “I OWN IT” BY NACEY FEAT. ANGEL HAZE

Washington DC based DJ and producer, Nacey gives us a dance floor smash with “I Own It” feat. Angel Haze.  The Washington Post has called him “One of the District’s most prolific DJs.” Recent remixes from Nacey include La Roux, Major Lazer, M.I.A. and Outkast, with more to come from him this year. https://soundcloud.com/nacey/nacey-i-own-it-ft-angel-haze

Jiggley Jones, A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light (EP)

From Coatsville, Pennsylvania comes Alternative Singer/Songwriter Jiggley Jones who just released his latest EP (A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light) in 2014 (Lamon records). Many of you are already aware how fickle this industry is. Right from the start it might be easy to just categorize Jones as some straight ahead folk rocker,…

SKOPE NEWS FOR MAY 29, 2014

ARNO COST & NORMAN DORAY COLLABO After it’s first original release back in 2009, Arno Cost and Norman Doray’s classic track ‘Apocalypse’ has been given a new lease of life with a 2014 version out from today and a slick vocal edit titled ‘Apocalypse’ (Darkest Days) featuring DEV, out from 2nd June. Having previously received…

Stage Republic, Firstage

Taking the elements of classic pop music, particularly pop music from the 80s, and reconfiguring them in a 21st century format, Stage Republic have created Firstage, a synth filled album with hooks around every corner. ‘The Last Side’ unpacks the synths and sets up the stall, presenting vocals that bear influences from Sting and Phil…

itsDICE, Philosophy

itsDice is hitting the airwaves and coming to us from Los Angeles, CA. His latest release is, Philosophy and he is telling it like it is with conviction. He has a smooth sound with a lot to say, talking about growing up in a poor neighborhood and being exposed to the harsh realities of gang…

DOMINGO NEW SINGLE FEAT KRS-1, GREG NICE, & KOOL G RAP

Domingo is one of the most prominent hip hop producers to ever come from East New York, Brooklyn he has produced for some of hip hop’s most respected and well known artists such as Big Pun, Eminem, Kool G Rap, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Fat Joe, KRS-1 to name a few. In keeping focus to…

BABES’ NEW VIDEO “ISN’T IT LOVE”

The second music video from LA’s Babes is a modern Western. The hilarious and heartbreaking “Isn’t It Love” was directed by Ben Berman and features actor John Ennis (Mr. Show) and Babes’ Sarah Rayne performing the Bull Whip’s various tricks while asking the song’s eternal question. Isn’t it? Babes, the saddest, horniest band in the…

DERON NEW VIDEO “BLUE PILL”

DMV artist Deron release the official music video for his single “Blue Pill” produced by Casito y Scrilla. “Blue Pill” peaked at #3 on the the college radio charts.  Watch the video that takes you the day in the life of an exotic dancer with a pill addiction. Watch Deron’s “Blue Pill” music video now:…

SKOPE NEWS FOR MAY 28, 2014

WE WERE ASTRONAUSTS POST “GOLDEN” We Were Astronauts is a four piece indie/alternative rock band hailing from Boston and hitting the pavement with tasteful guitar licks, strong rhythms, and memorable vocal melodies. Inspired by and named for every kid whose dream of becoming an astronaut was crushed the day NASA’s shuttle program was closed, the…

Chand K Nova, Solar Bliss EP

Guitarist and songwriter Chand K Nova’s new e.p. Solar Bliss is an instrumental guitar record that’s an interesting mix of styles and sounds. Allowing the guitar to be front and center as the ‘voice’ of the music, Chand K Nova’s e.p. is full of passion and understated melodies. The e.p. begins with the title track…

Eluusif, Aliens Do it Better

Eluusif is an electronic dance Dubstep artist out of London. The latest creation is, Aliens Do It Better. Eluusif is definitely doing it as good as they come and is dancing their way into your psyche and possessing your body into a musical frenzy. Allow me to paint the scene for you. The lights go…

REVIEWING FOUR HIGH-QULAITY PEDALS FOR ROCK MUSIC

Regardless the type of music a particular guitarist might enjoy most, he or she likely will need one or more effects pedals to produce a wider range of sounds and possibly help land more studio gigs. Guitarists can find great deals on effects pedals, and here is a look as some of the best ones.…

MAY – AUGUST 2014 ARTISTS TO WATCH (A2W)

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.              …

SHANE PIASECKI VIDEO “FEELS ALRIGHT”

Shane Piasecki’s new single, “Feels Alright”, is a revved up and rootsy slice of soul-rock, one of many gems on his new record Set You Free, his first for label LandStar Entertainment, and his best collection of songs to date. Set You Free is available now on iTunes, and Piasecki is currently gearing up for…

STARKILLERS POST “REEFA” SINGLE

Bringing the sounds of Ibiza 2014 to Big & Dirty Records, Starkillers is the chosen DJ in the mix for the Ibiza 2014 compilation for the label, to be released on the 30th May. The compilation will feature two exclusive tracks from Starkillers himself, Reefa and Bang Ya Head as well as 7 exclusive bonus…

CLOCKWISE PREMIERES FIRST TRACK OFF NEW EP

Clockwise (formerly Andy Clockwise) is releasing the first single and title track from his upcoming EP Dancing World. The EP, set for digital release on July 15th, is the first of a two-part “ode to conflict, both internal and external.” The “Dancing World” single is hypnotic and free, echoing with loneliness and congregation that soars…

SKOPE NEWS FOR MAY 27, 2014

WIRE: PETE MOLINARI FULL ALBUM STREAM ver the past few years, Pete Molinari has established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting musical talents. His previous album, A Train Bound For Glory, earned Pete a nomination for Best Newcomer at the MOJO Awards along with an appearance on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland. His…

The Fixers Red, Novellus

The Fixers Red is a one man band from Seattle that writes, records and produces his own songs. “Novellus” is his latest offering, and man what an offering it is. 19 songs, ranging from jazz to progressive altrock, there’s alot of variety here, and the man behind The Fixers Red [Daniel Schauer] plays every instrument…

CD REVIEW: THE BLUES CAME CALLIN’, WALTER TROUT

During the celebration of Walter’s 25 years of being a solo artist (and some 50 years in the business) he was struck with severe liver problems, and is awaiting a transplant.  This release and an official biography will be available in June.  With the exception of a John Mayall and J.B. Lenoir cover, the songs…

PRODUCT REVIEW: ROLLING STONES GEAR, ANDY BABIUK & GREG PREVOST

Talk about an obsession, this is 672 pages of Rolling Stones gear, trivia, and history.  The subtitle is “All The Stones’ Equipment From Stage To Studio”.  This five or so pound coffee table version (large table) tells you just about everything you wanted to know, or want to debate.  It begins covering the history of…

C-MONEY DROPS “PLAY THAT” FEAT IAMSU FOR MEMORIAL DAY BBQ’S

C-Money has got the single that you will need to keep the BBQ party going all weekend. “Play That” feat his boy IAMSU is quickly becoming an anthem. C-money, Raised in Oakland, California, actually grew up listening to a lot of east coast rappers. He gives you heartfelt music that he knows his fans will…

RECKONING STONE SPEAKS WITH DIANA OLSON

Less than a year ago Mark, Erika and Katie met at the apartment complex in Cottonwood, Arizona where they all reside. They immediately realized that they all have a passion and talent for music so they met up to jam and the rest is history! Reckoning Stone began working on their demo, and have so…

SILVERBIRD WANT YOU TO HEAR ‘SURFACE LIFE’ EP

Silverbird’s debut EP Surface Life is out next Tuesday (May 27), and today they shared the full EP stream!  Silverbird formed when frontman/songwriter Tim Barr, whose past musical endeavors include a short stint performing with Lizzy Grant aka Lana Del Ray as well as playing and studying with Dizzy Gillespie’s longtime pianist Mike Longo, caught…

NAO COMES OUT WITH “BACK PORCH”

Nao is a 24 year old singer, songwriter and producer from East London. Since leaving Guildhall School of Music and Drama Nao has been working full time as a musician (including jobs singing with Jarvis Cocker, Pulp and Kwabs) but is now taking her first steps as a solo artist. After writing hundreds of songs…

SKOPE NEWS FOR MAY 23, 2014

BONNIE RAITT’S ‘NICK OF TIME’ GETS VINYL TREATMENT On June 24, Capitol Records/UMe will release a special vinyl-only edition of Bonnie Raitt’s classic Nick of Time in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s tenth album still stands as her signature work and as a turning point in her…

KYLIE MARCUS BURNING UP THE CHARTS WITH HER “YELLOW SHIRT”

Pop singer Kylie Marcus is currently #4 on the Billboard hot singles sales charts and continuing to confound the industry as well as gaining fans around the world. With her hit single “Yellow Shirt”, Kylie is poised for the ‘next level’ in her career as a pop singer/songstress. With a soulful, almost jazzy voice, the…

Bae Kuang, These Darling Wings

With her latest release, These Darling Wings shows off Bae Kuang’s skills as a singer, lyricist, and composer. Opening with the EP’s title track, her skills are gifts are immediately clear, balancing the tones like that of Norah Jones, Nina Persson, and even Stevie Nicks with soft, laid back instrumentation that is minimal yet commanding.…

Monks of Mellonwah, Turn the People

Monks of Mellonwah are an award winning 4 piece alternative rock band out of Sydney, Australia. They have actively toured in their own country as well as the United States promoting their debut release, Turn The People. Monks of Mellonwah have put their best foot forward and poured their hearts out in this CD. I…

UNDERRATED SPORTS: IS IT A DYING ART OR AN EXCITING SPORT?

Some sports just don’t hold allure of popularity they once did. Others take their place in the popular sports canon through media and popular participation. The interests of the general public change regarding the excitement they seek in sports. Consider some of these sports that have seen a significant decline in recent decades. These sports…