@skopemag News For September 26, 2018 @ 7 PM EST

Jeff Cramer Releases “Forgive” via PopMatters, Announces Debut Album

Colorado singer-songwriter Jeff Cramer is pleased to announce the upcoming release of his debut solo album, Northern 45, releasing January 25th, 2019. The songs on Northern 45 were a decade in the making, with each of them heralding back to Cramer’s Midwestern roots and sense of adventure. Cramer’s musical stories began to take form on his journey from northern Wisconsin to Bolivia and back to Washington D.C., up through the wilds of Maine, and through the crisp, mountainous air of Denver, Colorado. The first single, “Forgive,” premieres today via PopMatters, hailing the track as “a song that sounds plenty like the name on the tin, encapsulating a warm and wistful voice that pervades its overall presentation… Cramer’s easygoing grit is enough to simultaneously captivate and soothe listeners as a breath of breezy guitar tones and rollicking percussion swirl around it.”

Hear Young Jesus’ new single: “Saganism vs. Buddhism”

The Whole Thing Is Just There is out October 12th on Saddle Creek and the video premiered recently on Brooklyn Vegan calling it “the kind of heady indie rock song that you don’t hear enough of these days (it’s kind of a spiritual descendent of Perfect From Now On era Built to Spill and A Thousand Leaves era Sonic Youth).”

L.A. Salami Shares Video For “England Is Unwell”

Time, death, life, living, hope: these are the big themes from which L.A. Salami has crafted his astonishing second album, The City Of Bootmakers. Lookman Adekunle Salami is a man in his mid-twenties with a restless spirit and boundless creativity. He makes charming indie-folk, songs that turn intimate tales into epic anthems and big issues into campfire laments.Today he shares the video for track “England Is Unwell”, placing the song’s story in “a cardboard world where all the strings are shown”. Watch it HERE.


“City Girls tap into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring.” – REFINERY29

Boston Ballet Presents BB@home: ChoreograpHER

Boston Ballet presents BB@home: ChoreograpHER, a program dedicated to emerging female choreographers from Boston Ballet Company dancers featuring six original works by Principal Dancer Lia Cirio, Second Soloist Hannah Bettes, and Artists Jessica Burrows, Lauren Flower, Sage Humphries, and Haley Schwan. Performances will be held November 1–2, 2018, at 7:30 pm at Boston Ballet’s South End headquarters (19 Clarendon Street) in an intimate, black box theater setting.

Sunshine And The Rain (fmr. Black Hollies) share two new tracks, expand lineup

Imagine a fairy tale where the romance plays out in rock clubs instead of castles. Justin and Ashley Morey met in 2008 at the Empty Bottle in Chicago when Justin played there with his former band The Black Hollies. They kept in touch, reconnected a year later at the Cake Shop in NYC and began dating long distance while Ashley attended college in Nashville. During her senior year, Justin proposed, and in 2013, with the help of venue owner and longtime friend Todd Abramson, they got married in the back room of Maxwell’s — New Jersey’s most hallowed music hall. It’s safe to say their future was written.

Gucci Mane and Carnage Unveil Unusual Suspects Tour

Atlantic recording artist Gucci Mane and international DJ/producer Carnage have announced plans for a major North American co-headlining tour. The Unusual Suspects Tour – with support from Florida rapper Smokepurpp – gets underway on November 7th at Myth Live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and comes to an end on December 7th in San Francisco at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Tickets for all dates of The Unusual Suspects Tour go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, September 28th at 10am (local).

New Song from Robyn “Honey” out now on Konichiwa Records/Interscope Records

#releasehoneydamnit indeed! — and FINALLY, Robyn has – in a way. Following a play as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio One, the nearly-mythical title track from her forthcoming album, out on October 26th via Konichiwa/Interscope Records, can be heard NOW.

“And now, after…four years spent working on her masterpiece — the glowing, transcendent song “Honey” — a new Robyn is ready to return.” — New York Times

Riley Moore invites us to his “house” in new video “Sitting On A Boat”

Nashville-based folkicana troubadour Riley Moore’s debut LP Vagrant, which Billboard called “a wide-ranging Americana effort,” was released on July 6th, an album which highlights a soul-baring momentary pause in a life that’s been anything but sedentary. Moore, who has wandered across the globe, is one of the first musicians to complete a 1,600 mile tour on foot from Maine to Tennessee with folk collective The Walking Guys and currently lives on a sailboat suitably anchored in the Cumberland River in Nashville. As he speaks about his path towards this minimal, whimsical state, he romanticizes transience in the manner of a young Woody Guthrie, and summarizes this temporal spirit in fragments pulled from his history of perpetual movement across city, region, and country lines.

Watch: Video Premiere of Riley Moore’s “Sitting on a Boat” From Upcoming Release Vagrant

Alt Rock/Pop Artist ALEXA MELO Releases New Video Single “Loyalty’

Having been thrust into the music industry at barely 14 years of age, ALEXA MELO has remained true to her artistic vision without pause, including opting out of a major label record deal with Interscope Records who had attempted to mold her with a more mainstream narrative.

ALEXA’s dedication and perseverance allowed her to pursue an independent route, releasing her self-titled debut LP which garnered a massive online following including over 2 million views on YouTube and over 50k followers.

Indie Pop Artist Andi Fins Releases “How Will Our Hero Get Out Of This One?”

“He spent much more than he had for the conversion of his yellow van, built a kitchen in it and a bed, a drum set and a ceiling fan”. But things don´t work out as we plan. So finally our little hero will probably not make it to Italy and his dream appears to be shattered on a winding road rumbling down the alps.

Z Berg shares “All Out of Tears” music video

Today Z Berg shares new single & video “All Out Of Tears” via Flaunt Magazine. The song is about finally leaving a toxic and destructive relationship, and the video was made with an entirely female cast and crew – Berg co-directed the video with noted director / performance artist Ania Catherine. Z Berg will celebrate the new music video on Sept. 30 at the Bootleg Theater with the latest installment of her Z Berg & Friends show series – this time featuring Benmont Tench, Bobcat Goldthwait, Ethan Gruska, Natalie Bergman, Joe Keefe, Paige Anderson and more Special Guests TBA… The “All Out Of Tears” single will be officially released on Oct. 2 via Metropolitan Records.

GRIDFAILURE Issues “And Eventually, Consumed” And “Peeling” Videos; Multiple Albums Nearing Release

GRIDFAILURE has created new videos for the tracks “And Eventually, Consumed” and “Peeling,” both of which can be found on the outfit’s recently-released Powerdementia EP.