@skopemag News For October 17, 2018 @ 3 PM Est

VIDEO: LORD KESSELI & THE DRUMS release tripped-out, sequin-studded film for return single WIZARD

The eccentric and unpredictable Lord Kesseli & The Drums release the video for their new single, WIZARD, out now on Irascible and Bookmaker Records. The ethereal bliss of breathless vocals, gossamer-light piano and synth percussion tumble into a hail of distorted guitars in five minutes of maverick noise, welcoming listeners back into the band’s chapel of warped psych and reaffirming the presence of ‘the Lord’.

Ioanna Gika shares “Roseate” ahead of Deafheaven/DIIV tour

Ioanna Gika has shared the new single “Roseate” ahead of her upcoming tour with Deafheaven and DIIV (full dates below). The first song from her forthcoming debut solo album, “Roseate” was formed from a political premonition Gika had after a period of personal loss drew her back to her family’s home in their native Greece. The single arrives on the heels of Gika’s lyrics getting quoted by Booker Prize winner and activist Arundhati Roy in her most recent best selling novel; as well as three songs from the album making their debut in Olivier Theyskens’s show at Paris Fashion Week. Her full length is slated for early 2019 via Sargent House, home to Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles, Earth, Emma Ruth Rundle and more.

Philadelphia Alt Rock Band Knightlife Announces New LP “Forever Fight” Out 10/26

Philadelphia alt rock band Knightlife have announced the upcoming release of their new LP “Forever Fight,” out on all digital platforms Oct 26. A cool combination of classic rock influences and modern alternative, Knightlife brings thick vocal textures and lyrical depth to the mix on “Forever Fight.” About the album, the band states:

“We feel like we captured a sound on our debut LP. A lot of the early work featured Aaron producing so many vocal harmonies (Tangerines, Molly Ringwald, Long Way Down) that the technique became a style and a point of sound production for the band. We harnessed Aaron ability to vocally create a thick and wide texture, that before his incorporation may have been lacking.”

Broke Royals Address PTSD & AI

On October 17, DC-based Broke Royals will be releasing “Bad Chemicals,” their most ambitious single to date, which tackles the future of PTSD treatment powered by Artificial Intelligence. The song was largely inspired by the work of best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari.

Hanne Mjøen Releases Official Video For Single ‘Sounds Good To Me’

‘Sounds Good To Me’ is the most vulnerable song I’ve released so far. It’s a complicated as well as an ironic love story, which addresses both the positive and negative sides of a relationship. Even though the seriousness of the lyrics, it’s the most danceable song so far, with mesmerising beats and floatying melody lines, flirting with both modern and retro at the same time.” – Hanne Mjøen

EBONY Magazine announces its EBONY Power 100 List

Drake, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Zoë Kravitz and Black Panther are the Hollywood heavyweights honored on the list this year, as well as Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-winning Moonlight and the upcoming film If Beale Street Could Talk, who is also being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category for his achievements in the film industry. Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is another Entertainment & Arts honoree for his role in the new FX television series Pose.

Katie Garibaldi Angelic Voice Shines in New Contemporary Christian Music Video

The wait is finally over for fans who have been patiently awaiting Katie Garibaldi’s “Safe and Warm (Lullaby for Jesus)” official music video. The award-winning singer songwriter has combined passionate vocals, soothing guitar melodies, breathtaking scenes of grassy fields, and a backdrop of the St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, California to produce her music video, now streaming on YouTube.


GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority in record breaking, recently presented Latin musician, Luis Fonsi, with seven GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS titles for his global hit “Despacito,” a duet with fellow artist and important contributor, Daddy Yankee.

Along with his certificates, the award-winning performer, composer, instrumentalist and Puerto Rican Producer was formally presented a copy of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2019 edition in Miami, Florida, while celebrating the release of his fourth and latest single, “Impossible,” as these titles were featured in the latest edition of the best-selling annual.

Farao’s New Album ‘Pure-O’ Now Streaming on Stereogum

The album’s lead single “Lula Loves You” premiered via PAPER and its follow-up “Marry Me” video debuted via The FADER (“a luxe, extremely refined symphony for your ears”). Additional album track “The Ghost Ship” was released in May and earned praise from outlets including Pitchfork, The New York Times, Stereogum, and others. Pure-O was also included in The AV Club’s ‘18 Most Anticipated October Albums’ along with Robyn, Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, and more.

Billie Eilish Releases New Track ‘when the party’s over’

Just days before her sold-out North American1 BY 1 tour starts, 16-year-old Billie Eilish has released a brand new song titled ‘when the party’s over,’ out today on all digital platforms worldwide.

Empress Of Shares New Song ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ From New Album ‘Us’ Out This Friday Via Caroline

In advance of this Friday’s release of her new album, Empress Of shares new song. “I Don’t Even Smoke Weed” from her new album Us, due out this Friday via Caroline. The new track is an honest profession of love that sees her encompassing universal struggles with vulnerability and self-doubt, backed by high-flying, cosmic production.

Jealous of the Birds shares “Marrow”, announces new EP

Jealous of the Birds shares a new track “Marrow” today, along with an announcement of a forthcoming EP titled Wisdom Teeth, due out February 2 on Canvasback Music (US) and Hand in Hive (UK & Europe). This will be her first EP of completely new material since signing with Canvasback Music.

Naomi Hamilton, aka Jealous of the Birds, explains of “Marrow”, “This is my attempt to articulate what it’s like to be a human being navigating one’s inner and outer worlds. After I graduated university a year ago, I became much more resolute about chasing a life in music, art and traveling. To me, ‘Marrow’ captures that sense of striving for authenticity in all its colors and forms.”

Kamasi Washington debuts “Hub-Tones” video, directed by Jenn Nkiru

Kamasi Washington debuts the Jenn Nkiru-directed video for “Hub-Tones” today—watch it here. “Hub-Tones,” Washington’s interpretation of the Freddie Hubbard classic, is taken from Washington’s massively acclaimed new album Heaven and Earth, released in June on Young Turks.

Major Lazer debuts “Blow That Smoke” featuring Tove Lo

“This song has been long in the making and I’m so happy about this collab,” says Tove Lo of the track. “It started with me and Diplo just sending ideas back and forth until I sent this vocal I was unsure what to do with, and they made magic with it! To me the song is about the sweet escape from your troubles or just mundane life by being a bit reckless and romantic.”

[EP Release] Nikkie McLeod ‘Quarrel’ Out Oct. 30

The upcoming EP from Afrofuture artist Nikkie McLeod is a swirling storm cloud of trial and tribulation breaking into overcoming resolution. Its steady rise and fall captures each breath McLeod pours forth from an aching soul. The Quarrel EP, which is a dedication and tribute to their late mother and younger brother, whose birthday is September 8, is out October 30 in honor of their mother’s birthday.

Mumford & Sons debut “Guiding Light” official music video

Directed by Joe Connor (Sam Smith, Coldplay), the video was shot at The Tate Modern in London last month—the day after their new album and single were announced—and features the band up close and personal, interacting with their fans. Already receiving widespread notice, “Guiding Light” recently enjoyed one of the biggest add weeks ever at both Alternative and AAA radio—closing out every station at both panels.


Bad Religion Reveal New Song “The Profane Rights of Man”

Bad Religion have released a new single titled “The Profane Rights of Man.” A worried look at the state of human rights in America, “The Profane Rights of Man” continues the band’s long-held commitment to incisively topical songwriting.

Brooklyn’s Darkwing unveils riotous new track “Vicious / Who U R”

The track premiered via Punk News who said, “Cold, Spits-ish voices howl out in a eerie intonation while the band launches forward, their guitars ripping up the surroundings like a thresher.”

First Techno EP “The Material Turn” Made Entirely By Self Made DIY Robots: Moritz Simon Geist

Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist released his debut EP “The Material Turn” on October 12 on his newly formed label Sonic Robots Records with global distribution via Kompakt. The EP precedes the release of Geist’s full length album, “Robotic Electronic Music” on November 16. The EP and LP, both co-produced with Berlinian sound wizards from Mouse On Mars, are the first techno records played entirely by self-made futuristic robots ranging from small motors that beat on metal, futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, salvaged parts from old hard drives that click and cut. It took Geist several years to build, tweak, test and play all his DIY robotic instruments which push the boundaries of the imaginable. With these releases Geist explores the unknown and the futuristic world of techno robotics.

Acid Dad Shares New Single & Video, North American Tour Kicks Off Next Week

NYC’s Acid Dad is back with a brand new single, “Living With A Creature.” Due out October 26th via Greenway Records, it’s the first new music they’re sharing since the release of their highly-praised debut LP, which came out in March on Greenway.

Acid Dad share the Origins of their spooky new single, “Living With A Creature”: Stream

Dance it all out to Better Love’s new single “Pretending”

With Better Love’s new single “Pretending,” the energy stays high while the mood stays cynical. “Are we getting better or getting better at Pretending?” vocalist Brad Harvey sing against a body-twirling tempo. “‘Pretending’ focuses on the present tense and sobering thoughts about the connection you have with people around you and whether or not things are actually ‘okay,'” Harvey says about the new single’s subject matter. With this song, the band offers a chance to dance away the uncertainty of growing up.

Music Video Premiere: Better Love – “Pretending”

Inspired & the Sleep – ‘Right Place, Right Time’

” Right Place, Right Time is our anthem for forgiveness and heartbreak. It recollects a period in my life where I was deeply in love with an individual that, simply put, didn’t feel the same way about me. I spent so much time, energy, and thoughts into resenting this girl and whoever she wound up with. This song is about the introspective dialog of predicting/hoping for the perfect time and place to communicate my apologies and best wishes. Letting go is ultimately the only answer in order to move on.” – Inspired

Boston Ballet presents The Nutcracker, Nov 29–Dec 30

Boston Ballet proudly presents the return of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. Since its world premiere in 2012, Mikko Nissinen and Robert Perdziola’s re-envisioned production has been delighting audiences and critics alike. The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, opens November 29 with performances through December 30 at the Boston Opera House.