SKOPE NEWS FOR APRIL 26, 2018 @ 11:30 AM EST

Seinabo Sey “Breathe”

“Breathe” is a bold anthem drenched in quivering strings and a choir’s layered harmonies. Seinabo wrote its central message about self-love and self-acceptance while on an impromptu solo trip to Dakar, Senegal in early 2017. Feeling content, she found herself “sitting there, thinking about why I really enjoyed being there. I love it here because I don’t have to explain myself to people… I realised that as a black woman, so much of our time is spent explaining obvious things about our culture or ourselves, when she would rather just be.”

Japanese superstars MAN WITH A MISSION announce new album ‘Chasing The Horizon’

Japanese superstars MAN WITH A MISSION have announced their new album Chasing the Horizon, due for physical release on August 10th via Century Media. The album is the wolf collective’s fifth in their native Japan, but their first brand new album to be released worldwide.

ChikaTheGreat – “VIBELAND”

ChikaTheGreat Takes Listeners To A Mystical Land Dedicated To Drugs, Addictions, And The Many Personalities Within The Majestic Atlanta Native; Disguised By A Multitude Of Euphoric Melodies, Themes, Emotions, And Experiences, All Collaboratively Equating The Grand Piece “VIBELAND”.

NEWS: Boston Calling 2018 Announces Boston Calling Film Festival Curated By Natalie Portman

Boston Calling adds to its music, comedy and arts programming and reveals details for its first ever Boston Calling Film Festival, curated by Academy award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman. The film festival will showcase a series of films that explore similar themes told from the perspective of either male or female directors. The film festival will lead up to Boston Calling Music Festival and take place Tuesday, May 22nd – Thursday, May 24th at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square (40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA). Additionally, Natalie is curating and hosting a series of special programming, held indoors at the music festival’s arena throughout the weekend, May 25th – May 27th. A limited number of tickets will be available for Boston Calling Film Festival beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 27th at

Muse to Release ‘Drones World Tour’ In Cinemas Worldwide For One Night Only On July 12

Muse have announced plans to release their ambitious ‘Drones World Tour’ to cinemas worldwide on July 12 for one night only, through Trafalgar Releasing. Exclusive screenings will bring the globally renowned, multi-platinum-selling band and their Drones ‘in the round’ spectacular to the big screen. Tickets will go on sale by May 3rd. For more information, including screening locations, please visit

Filmed and recorded over multiple tour dates in 2016, the ‘Drones World Tour’ will showcase Muse’s career-spanning hits including ‘Psycho’, ‘Madness’, ‘Uprising’, ‘Plug in Baby’, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and ‘Knights of Cydonia’ amongst others. The film contains never-before-seen special effects, perfectly complimenting the awe inspiring level of creative stage production Muse fans have come to expect, ensuring the ultimate audio / visual sensory experience.


Grammy nominated group Code Orange have announced a North American headline tour which will feature support from Twitching Tongues and Vein. “The New Reality Tour,” which gets underway June 22nd, will also feature special guests Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Show Me The Body, Ghostemane, Nicole Dollanganger, Disembodied and Trail Of Lies on select dates.

Kelsey Lu unveils “Shades of Blue” video today

Kelsey Lu’s Vincent Haycock-directed video for “Shades of Blue” debuts today; watch it here. The track premiered last week to great critical acclaim, Pitchfork says “it’s Lu’s voice, emotionally generous and brimming with hairpin melodic turns, that remains her most potent instrument as she looks inward for resilience.”

Chaouche’s heartbreaking hymns pack debut LP ‘Safe,’ out 6/15

Singer/musician/producer Aisha Chaouche is set to release debut album ‘Safe’, a deeply emotional document of heartbreaking and spine tingling hymns that have helped bring peace to traumatic events experienced earlier in her life. Her delicate piano playing features prominently and is bolstered by balanced production of her own massed vocals, programmed drums, sub-bass, cello, violin and an obsession with reverb and delay.

Watch Joan of Arc’s “Punk Kid” Homage Video

Chicago’s Joan of Arc today premiered a video for their new single “Punk Kid,” off their forthcoming album 1984, out June 1st, 2018 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Directed by Mike Gibisser, the part live performance, part collaborative art video finds heroism in the everyday lives of the band’s family and friends: real punk kids. The video also features singer Melina Ausikaitis playing The Fake Guitar, a prototype from Versus Guitars in Chicago, which started as a prop and has since developed into a drum machine of sorts using a contact mic.

The Band of Heathens To Release New EP “Live Via Satellite” On April 27th

The Band of Heathens made a giant leap with their last full length album Duende, which landed on Rolling Stone’s top 50 Americana and Country Albums of 2017 at #31 – “It’s only natural that the Band of Heathens – a tireless touring outfit – made one of the year’s best driving records.” Touring the United States and Europe relentlessly to support the release last year, they found themselves at SiriusXM’s satellite radio headquarters in New York City in January of 2017 to perform songs from Duende live in the studio for a recorded session on the Outlaw Country channel. They also offered an incendiary cover of the classic Neil Young song “Alabama” which they wryly dedicated to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on air (and received a pile of hate mail for doing so) and delivered a touching version of the Dave Rawlings’ (Dave Rawlings Machine/Gillian Welch) ballad “Ruby”.


Today, Gilfillian will perform the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, which takes place in Arlington, TX. For details, visit

FERGUS releases ‘Sinking’ – 26-04-18

Today, FERGUS releases ‘Sinking’ (rel 26.04.18) via Goldun Egg Records, the second track, taken from his debut EP due for release summer 2018. ‘Sinking’ follows the release of his debut single ‘You or Nothing’ in Oct ’17.

Lowly Share New Track “Wood”

As remarkable as their music is, Lowly only came together as a band in 2014, having met at the musical academy in Aarhus, Denmark. Despite all five members being involved in different studies, and having their own pre-existing endeavors, Nanna Schannong (lead vocals, guitar), Soffie Viemose (lead vocals, laptop), Kasper Staub (synthesisers), Thomas Lund (bass, Moog) and Steffen Lundtoft (drums, percussion) soon found common musical ground; a restlessly inventive and exquisitely melodic sound that refutes easy categorization.