SKOPE NEWS FOR APRIL 13, 2018 @ 10:30 AM EST

Ecstatic Union Premiere, “Desert Queen” Video via Atwood Mag

Ecstatic Union’s sound is like a liquid sun-soaked harmony layered psychedelic dance party. Started in 2012 as a kind of solo-spiritual-folk-rock recording project by frontman Rex Costello, after assembling a few core members (including Oliver Hart & recording partner Paul Olsen) the band took on various forms over the years and primarily played as an acoustic folk act.

Corusco Announces Debut Album, Releases Lead Single “New Year”

Texas three-piece Corusco have been flying under the radar the last few years while writing new music and performing around the country. Today, the band is thrilled to announce what they’ve been working on, their debut album Wake which has been set for release on May 25th, 2018. Produced by Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost), Wake was inspired by the idea that each song on it’s own is a piece of a larger mosaic that comes together to recreate a variety of memories encapsulated within the album. Along with the announcement, Corusco has partnered with GroundSounds for the premiere of their latest single, “New Year,” a track that was inspired by a first kiss that felt as if it were plucked right out of a movie. “New Year” is one of seven tracks on the release that showcase the band’s growth over the years. Vocalist Aaron Gonzalez had this to say about Corusco’s debut album:

“Wake is the result of us growing, learning, and pushing ourselves to create something meaningful. We’re really proud of these songs, and we’re excited and grateful to finally be able to share it with everyone.”

New single from Ivor Novello winning songwriter Scott Matthews

“The Great Untold” from Scott Matthews is out April 27th from the Ivor Novello winning (for best song lyrically and musically) songwriter, whose music was always perhaps a little too confessional for the major label world he was plunged into on his debut. He returns with a new album that marks his entrance to fatherhood and a decision to produce the record himself, playing almost every instrument in a stripped back sound that pays dues to key influences such as Bert Jansch, Paul Simon and Tim Buckley.

Paul Beaubrun Announces Album ‘Ayibobo’ out 5/11 via Ropeadope

Today, Haitian-American roots/blues musician Paul Beaubrun announced his new album Ayibobo, out May 11th via Ropeadope. The NYC-based artist also released the video for his first single “Why Don’t You Love Me,” with Glide Magazine saying “with this song Beaubrun locks into a deep groove and asks the big questions we all want to know.”

VIDEO PREMIERE: Paul Beaubrun Exudes Mizik Rasin With “Why Don’t You Love Me”

new Paul White (re: Danny Brown/Homeboy Sandman) single

Paul White has just shared another single from his upcoming album Rejuvenate. “Returning” is a swirling guitar-based psychedelic jam that has more in common with, say, Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan” or Beastie Boys’ late 90’s instrumental songs than his production work for Danny Brown/Homeboy Sandman/Open Mike Eagle.

Snow Patrol Debut New Song And Video, “Life On Earth”

Today, Snow Patrol debut their music video for “Life On Earth,” a new song from Wildness, the band’s first record in seven years. The music video was premiered today by British Astronaut Tim Peake and was shot at the European Space Agency in Holland. Watch the music video for “Life On Earth” here.


LA-based artist Miya Folick has just shared a video for her recently released single “Deadbody.” The arresting single-take video underscores the tension at the heart of the song’s lyrical themes. States Folick, “I wrote ‘Deadbody’ after reading article after article about people’s exploitation by people and power structures, and then talking to my friends about our own heavy experiences. I felt defeated by the weight and pervasiveness of the system we are fighting. I needed something to sing that felt hopeful but fierce. To me, the song is an outward expression of a very internal shift from passivity to power. We wanted to make a video that explored how power can be quiet, private, almost imperceptible. It’s meant to express that you don’t have to shout to be strong. Though it does feel good.”

UK Songwriter RJ Thompson Shares New Visual for ‘Think About You’ (Wonderland/Clash)

RJ Thompson has built a name for himself in recent months as one of the countries strongest up and coming singer-songwriters. His poignant lyrics perfectly capture the mood of the past 12 months, with songs that won’t fail to resonate, and all are set against a colourful (and at times nostalgic) soundscape that goes far beyond modern-day singer-songwriter stereotypes.

SCIENTIST: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres Barbelith

Chicago-based experimental metal conjurors, SCIENTIST, will unleash the brain-contorting wares of their complex yet compelling Barbelith full-length this Friday. Heavy Blog Is Heavy is premiering the forward-thinking offering in full on the eve of its release hailing an album, “with a varied sonic vision that takes all of its disparate musical components and fuses them into a ravishing whole. It’s ambitious in all the right ways,and cashes in on every promise it makes.”

Florence + the Machine Debut “Sky Full of Song” Today

“This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed,” says Florence Welch. “Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.”

SOCIETY’S PLAGUE take on witches and wizards with metal in new “Rise of the Eidolon” music video

SOCIETY’S PLAGUE take on witches and wizards with metal, in their new “Rise of the Eidolon” music video. This is the third music video from their new album Call to the Void, which comes out worldwide on April 27, 2018 via Eclipse Records. The video was directed by Corey Dupree at Foxfed Productions, and was shot in the fields of Stanford, KY. Watch the epic journey of three knights on their quest to track down and defeat the evil mages who will stop at nothing to bring a plague upon this land. Will the knights bring about the victory they seek, or will the mages succeed in bringing death and chaos to this quiet countryside?

Society’s Plague reveal Rise of the Eidolon music video & single

Lil Durk Contemplates Mortality in the Rain in the “Cross Roads” Video

“The ‘Crossroads’ video means a lot to me because Bone Thugs was a big influence on me growing up,” explained Lil Durk to Complex. “I wish I could’ve had them in the video but this was a way to capture the lyrics of the song into a visual that makes people think. RIP Fredo. Put the cup down, because I did.”

Joshua Hedley’s “Mr. Jukebox” now streaming at NPR Music

Of the album, NPR Music proclaims, “…while many listeners focus on Hedley’s otherworldly vocals (and who could blame folks, with that flawless vibrato), his lyrics are quietly powerful,” and goes on to assert, “After years playing behind the songs of others, his dream of introducing the world to his own voice has been realized, and beautifully so.”

Little Junior announce a new single “Buzz Off”

When power-pop foursome Little Junior were still performing at all-ages clubs around their native Toronto, a sound engineer asked what their setup would be for a show that night. Lead singer Rane Elliott-Armstrong answered the way he had so many times before: They had two guitars, a bass, and drums. “Oh,” the sound engineer responded. “You don’t have a sampler or an acoustic guitar or any of that gay shit?” Elliott-Armstrong, who identifies as gay, was aghast. “It was like, really? Come on man,” he says, recalling the experience.

Covey Shares Video For “Same White Shoes”

Today, Boston-based folk rock project Covey shares the video for “Same White Shoes,” off their debut LP, Haggarty. PopMatters premieres the video writing, “With tinges of outsider rock and lo-fi classics in the vein of Pavement and Guided By Voices, the cut of Covey’s jib is one that’s hard not to like.”

Cam Takes The World By Storm

GRAMMY nominated artist, Cam continues to take the world by storm – bringing the excitement surrounding “Diane” and her highly-anticipated sophomore album to new heights. After an appearance on Good Morning America, the California-country star headed across the pond where she headlined a SOLD OUT show at the Islington Assembly Hall in London on Sunday, April 8th and performed a duet with international superstar, Sam Smith. Cam joined Smith for all four nights of his sold-out show at London’s famed O2 arena, performing “Palace,” a song Cam co-wrote with Sam and Tyler Johnson.


Award winning Atlantic recording artist Serena Ryder has announced the release of her new single, “Famous (Feat. Simon Ward of The Strumbellas),” which is now available at all digital music retailers and streaming services. “Famous” – produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Cobb – is set to impact Triple A radio outlets nationwide next month. In addition, the single will be accompanied by a new companion video, premiering in the coming weeks but heralded today with the debut of an exclusive trailer streaming now on Serena’s YouTube page.


Acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer Bazzi has released his highly anticipated debut album COSMIC, available now at all DSPs via iamcosmic/Atlantic Records. Bazzi will celebrate the release of COSMIC with a series of soon to be announced live performances, including his TV debut performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next Thursday, April 19th (check local listings).

New Noise Magazine premieres Sleepyhead’s ‘Future Exhibit Goes Here’ Reissue

Born in 1988, Sleepyhead was certainly a band of the era, pre-internet, pre-cell phone, and fully dependent on Xeroxed zine culture and passed around hand-written knowledge on all things music. It was definitely slower times in terms of technology, but one that was still full of young adventurers eager to play music and see the world in a used van on their own terms.

Album Premiere + Track By Track: Sleepyhead – ‘Future Exhibit Goes Here’


Electronic production trio Cash Cash returns today with an infectious pop anthem “Finest Hour,” which fans will play on repeat, featuring riveting vocals from Moroccan-born singer/songwriter, ABIR – out now via Big Beat Records – LISTEN HERE!


Sharp/Shock’s name could not be a more accurate indicator of their relentlessly melodic, delightfully explosive sound. The punk power trio—comprised of Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead), Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed; world-renowned tattoo artist) and Jared Shavelson (The Hope Conspiracy, Paint It Black)—is back with the announcement of their sophomore album Youth Club. Watch the video for their first single, “Bad Lad,” via Music & Riots today.

Brothers Osborne’s Port Saint Joe Streaming In Full Via NPR Music First Listen

Brothers Osborne will release their sophomore album Port Saint Joe on April 20 via EMI Records Nashville, and it is streaming now in its entirety via NPR First Listen, who call the record “an excellent Southern rock and roll jam, with soul flourishes, vocal cadences that show an awareness of hip-hop, and a blues underbelly.” Listen to Port Saint Joe via NPR First Listen here.


Fast-rising electronic production duo BLVK JVCK (renowned for their legendary hip-hop production as The Runners) deliver a fresh new music video for their latest infectious collaboration featuring Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, “Love Me Still” – streaming today, watch HERE, via Big Beat Records.

HEADS.: Decibel Premieres “Wolves At The Door” Video

Collider is the forthcoming new full-length from German-Australian noise rock/post-punk unit HEADS.. Set for release in North America via Corpse Flower Records next month, with Collider, HEADS. manages to evade all the pitfalls of the proverbial sophomore slump. These ten songs carry an atmosphere of restrained anger and maturity, capturing a somber narrative that continues to resonate and leave the listener pondering. Collider listens like a trudge through inhospitable badlands with each song starting as if it was always there, and you just walk into the music at hearing distance.

Watch: Heads. – ‘Wolves at the Door’

Delgres Share Video For “Mr President”

Delgres are a trio hailing from the Leeward Islands, more specifically Guadeloupe, who formed some four years ago when Pascal Danaë met drummer Baptiste Brondy and sousaphone player Rafgee. The owner of rich and varied CV, Danaë has experienced life as a composer, player, singer and writer across Europe distinguishing himself with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’dour, Neneh Cherry and Gilberto Gil amongst others, whilst picking accolades in his own right for his solo work.

Watch Sleeptalk’s “I Hope You’re Doing Well”

LA-based electro/indie pop band Sleeptalk recently released their latest single “I Hope You’re Doing Well,” a melancholy breakup anthem that dropped on Valentine’s Day. After receiving a warm response and over 27K plays on Spotify in under two months, the band decided to record a stripped-down version of the track. In the bathed-in-blue music video, the band tinkers with synth pads and other light instrumentation, while giving the melody optimal space to breathe. Slow and steady is the approach here and it allows the devastating lyrics to really expose the loss that vocalist Anthony Fitzpatrick felt.

Ekali & Medasin team up for “Forever” feat. Elohim

Rising stars Ekali and Medasin have teamed up for their new song “Forever”, featuring vocals from Elohim. The song leans into the brighter and more melodic half of the producers’ skillsets, letting Elohim’s vibrant voice glide over the uplifting instrumental. The track is out today via OWSLA / Atlantic / Big Beat just before both Ekali and Elohim perform this weekend at Coachella.

“I wrote ‘Forever’ with Elohim over a year ago, and the song went through a dozen iterations before I found the right sounds for her voice. Medasin had a demo of what is now the ‘drop’ of the song laying around and it really drove the tune home.” – Ekali

Palm Ghosts To Release ” Who Knew Me Better Than You?” May 11th on Ice Queen Records

Nashville dream pop / post punk band Palm Ghosts returns with their new, single “Who Knew Me Better Than You?”, out May 11th on Ice Queen Records.

Colatura Share Debut EP Via New Noise

New Noise has shared the debut EP from Colatura entitled ‘Spring Drew Blood’. Prior to this, Pop Matters shared the single “Afraid” and before that the duo shared their first single “Is Love Enough?” on The 405. ‘Spring Drew Blood’ will be out 4/13.

EP Premiere: Colatura – ‘Spring Drew Blood’

Ruen Brothers

ALL MY SHADES OF BLUE spotlights Henry on acoustic guitar, and Rupert playing electric and acoustic guitar and bass, with vocals from both. It also features Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) on drums, Dave Keuning (The Killers) on strings and Ian McLagan (Faces/Small Faces) on keyboards.

ILUKA releases dreamy new video for ‘Ritual’

The new video for ‘Ritual’ stars ILUKA on a journey of renewed self-discovery and acts as an unapologetic love letter to her independence. The clip follows two parallel and intertwining love stories, the first depicted through fuzzy, worn down VHS visuals and sees ILUKA at her most authentic, in front of swooning crowds or behind the scenes with her band, tuning and rehearsing. The second portraying ILUKA in sharp focus, free spirited and only intermittently accompanied by a potential paramour, but for the most part relishing in her solitude and embracing self-love.

Pop Lushness from i2m1

Zoo is the second release from the project (following 2016’s i2 m1) and is Act 2 of the story of The Void. it’s not a concept album though; it is just a reflection of the ongoing story. “It’s 20 songs, each one made for a year of my life, just like J Dilla’s Donuts,” Irene explains.

Sugarland Returns With New Studio Album “Bigger” on June 8th

GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar duo SUGARLAND announced their highly anticipated sixth studio album, titled BIGGER, will be released on June 8 and becomes available for preorder on April 13. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush co-wrote nearly all of the songs on the album, which was co-produced by Kristian, Jennifer, and Julian Raymond.

Justin Nozuka “Run To Waters” May 18th

Nozuka also released today the video for the track, “Laury” describing it as “a song I wrote for someone I loved and still love deeply. Thought we would get married and the whole thing but learned that wasn’t the road for us and maybe not one for me in general…” The song is from the Low Tide EP and was directed by Nozuka’s own brother, Philip and J. Mitchel Reed. It is a more intimate video than most Nozuka previous offerings but includes the mature, thoughtful lyrics and a beguiling melody as always.

Louis the Child Release New Single “Better Not” ft. Wafia

On “Better Not,” Louis the Child deliver a harmony-laced track built on steel drum tones, marimba rhythms, and brightly textured beats. The duo’s first collaboration with Wafia, the song finds the Australian singer/songwriter threading her ethereal vocals through sweetly hopeful lyrics.

Young Thug Releases ‘Hear No Evil’ EP [Ft. Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert & 21 Savage]

Hip-hop superstar, Young Thug releases his latest EP, Hear No Evil via 300 Entertainment, Atlantic Records, and YSL Records. The 3-song EP that features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, and 21 Savage.

After taking a vow of “musical” silence, Thug has now decided to release music and an accompanying sign language video for “Anybody Ft. Nicki Minaj” in honor of his deaf brother and fans with hearing impairments.

THE MOONSHINE BRAND: new album “On The Waves Of Time”

Germany-based psychedelic rockers THE MOONSHINE BRAND share details about their forthcoming new album “On The Waves Of Time”, to be issued ….. on Burning Wax Productions.

A sense of the 3rd, brought to you by a bunch of young musicians with a fable for good handmade rock music of the old time future. THE MOONSHINE BRAND’s scientific approach of lecturing the twilight will give your mind a transcendental walk through the blue fields of space & fantasy, to enlighten the blurred visions of truth… “Take a rest from your thoughts and ride them waves! With a calm mind comes a sense of freedom, but being free is not a mindless game. Free are those who embrace the riddle of the world. Surf the ocean inside your mind. Know the waves from rogue to ripple. Now close your eyes again and feel the wind. The wind is time.

THE RINN Release Brand New Single ‘Destiny Calls’

Destiny Calls is the brand new single from Russian power metal group The Rinn. Compared to previous the LP Stories Of The Green Fairy, which was a compilation of the songs written from 2013 until 2015, the new song represents the band’s current experience, ideas and feelings. With this song, The Rinn wanted to say to all their listeners, that sometimes we are only given one chance in our life, so don’t miss it!

GRAVESHADOW Unveils Music Video For New Song ‘Warchief’

Having previously teased the release of their M-Theory Audio debut “Ambition’s Price” via the well-received “Widow And The Raven” and “Doorway To Heaven,” the Sacramento, California-based GRAVESHADOW has now unveiled a music video for the song “Warchief.” The clip, which debuted yesterday via, and can be seen at this location:

BULLETS AND OCTANE Release ‘Waking Up Dead’ Single

US hard rock band, BULLETS AND OCTANE, have released a new single for ‘Waking Up Dead’, the title track of their new album ‘Waking Up Dead’, due out on May 25th worldwide via Bad MoFo Records/Cargo Records UK. The new single is available on all digital platforms: Spotify, iTunes and more.

Sofi Tukker release their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Treehouse’

SOFI TUKKER’s debut album Treehouse is out today worldwide just ahead of the North American leg of their world tour kicking off 18th April. For the past two years, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern have released a stream of adventurous and innovative music beginning with their Grammy nominated debut single “Drinkee”. Their bold take on dance pop explores joy, empowerment and liberation while seamlessly incorporating unexpected elements like contemporary Brazilian poetry, Japanese raps, and Andean string instruments. Treehouse is a Technicolor invitation into the world of SOFI TUKKER.

Couros unveils brand-new summer single ‘Young’ on PMR Records

Taken from his upcoming 5-track EP this summer, Couros has delivered his fresh new single on PMR Records, the label famed for some of the UK’s most cutting edge talent in recent years, including Disclosure, Jessie Ware, and Julio Bashmore.

The Raven Age reveal new vocalist & ‘Surrogate’ video

Dubbed as “the UK’s next brightest metal hope” (Metal Hammer) and Planet Rock’s
‘Best New Band 2017’ award winners, The Raven Age have today announced the addition of former Wild Lies vocalist Matt James who takes over frontman duties as the band continue their path to global stardom.

“I’m feeling incredibly honoured and excited to become part of ?The Raven Age family. It’s been such a natural fit for me, and has made me see that the possibilities are endless for the future of this band,” says Matt.

Luvian unveils captivating official video for his latest single ‘Rooms’ feat. Amber

British artist Luvian delivers the stunning official music video for his latest single ‘Rooms’ featuring UK singer/songwriter Amber. The soulful-sounding ‘Rooms’ is taken from his A Time & Place EP, out now via Ultra Music.

Tim Baresko unveils remix of Mason’s ‘Dance, Shake, Move’

French producer Tim Baresko has delivered a funky remix of Dutch DJ Mason’s latest release ‘Dance, Shake, Move’, lacing the original with a tribal club-floor feel and looped rumbling chords.

Cradled between house music & hip hop, Tim began DJ’ing via vinyl and soon began to produce his own music, finding home in prestigious labels such as Cajual, Toolroom, Solä & Defected. Having played across various venues and nations, including Belgium, UK, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Russia, Mexico, U.S.A, and Brazil, Baresko is slowly taking the scene by storm with his individual and unique sound.

Nahko reveals ‘Hamakua’ video

Singer/Songwriter Nahko has released the official music video for ‘Hamakua’. The single is the third from his debut solo album, My Name Is Bear, following the release of ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Be Here Now’, and is the title track from his upcoming acoustic EP.

ETERNAL FLAME Release ‘Queen Of The Hill’ Music Video

German Neoclassical Heavy Metal band, ETERNAL FLAME, have released a music video for ‘Queen Of The Hill’, the song is taken from their third album ‘Smoke On The Mountain’, to be out on May 18th, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angles Records. The album includes 13 tracks, and featuring Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire) and Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) on vocals.

New music: Upstairs Open release new single ‘Chicago’ today through Believe

With their debut single ?You Got Love? released in late September now approaching half a million streams on Spotify, Upstairs Open are set to release their second single, ?Chicago?, on Friday the 13th of April through Believe. Unmanaged and unsigned, their debut single was picked up by online tastemakers including Record of The Day, The Line of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle and CLASH Magazine, and featured on a diverse range of Spotify playlists from Indie Pop to Easy.

Loyal Brothers “She Lost Control” New Single Out Today

First single from Loyal Brothers out now via Epictronic? / The Orchard?. Taken from the upcoming debut album “Loyal Brothers” due for release via Epictronic.

Carnage releases eagerly anticipated new album ‘Battered Bruised & Bloody’

Fresh off the back of completing a successful run of European tour dates, International DJ and producer Carnage has unveiled his brand new album, Battered Bruised & Bloody; a 13-track production featuring the collaborative talents of Migos, Lil Pump, and many more.