@skopemag News For October 19, 2018 @ 9 am est

Rachel Ana Dobken Drops New Track

The multi-talented artist has a knack for blending indie-rock, soul and jazz throughout her music, describing herself as “My Morning Jacket meets Lake Street Dive.” All photographs for the record were taken by famed rock photographer, Danny Clinch, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams and many more. Rachel works closely with Clinch as his Music Director at his Transparent Gallery in Asbury Park.

Recently, Rachel played the Sea.Hear.Now. festival and will be playing Rockwood Stage 2 on October 24th for her record release show.

Takers Leavers Release “Empty Glow” Music Video from Break & Bloom EP

Offering a fusion of rock with post hardcore and punk influences, Takers Leavers are carving their own path with powerful lyrics and impactful storylines. The name stems from the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, simplifying the concept of society/human behavior and its impact on its surroundings. Forming in 2016, the Costa Mesa, CA quintet consists of David Baqi (vocals/guitar), Karem Idrees (bass/vocals), Robby Friend (guitar), and John Gee (drums). With a deep history of playing together in varying bands and touring, the members came together to find a creative outlet. Takers Leavers launched as an avenue to find unity in an aspect of life that prides itself on individuality.

R&B Star Anthony Hamilton Got Up Close and Personal With WUNC Radio

Iconic GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum-selling R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Anthony Hamilton made a stop by his hometown radio station WUNC for a candid conversation.

Bay Cult Hero Husalah Proves His Athletic Prowess in “Cyan Stop Me” Video

A legendary figure in Bay Area rap, Husalah won a devoted cult with his versatility and his unbreakable cadence. Painting a picture of his life in the context of the broader culture, Husalah shares “Cyan Stop Me,” his latest video. A reggae-influenced banger from Husalah’s recent album H, “Cyan Stop Me” finds Husalah affecting a Jamaican patois and relating some of the most pressing issues in his mind, explaining why he used to be a frequent law-breaker and examining the effect of poverty on his community over mournful saxophone and syncopated percussion: “Then some of my friends became fiends/The poverty gained steam/They walkin’ around with desperation written all over they face.” In the video, Husalah shows his intense workout regimen, which includes soccer, boxing, and parkour, echoing the athletic prowess Husalah exhibited in his outrageous Ghetto Olympics videos in the mid-00s. Premiered by HipHopDX, “Cyan Stop Me” intercuts shots of Husalah with a montage of images referenced in his lyrics, illuminating a darknes in the world surrounding him that Husalah is determined to shine through.


“I’m interested in exploring human themes through sound. Family, mental health, loss, love. I sit at home by myself most days, writing music. It’s quite an insular life, and it can be claustrophobic, but I suppose much of my new music is an attempt to produce work that is outwardly facing. I want my music to connect and to tell a human story through samples, sounds and melody. I have always found these components of music much more interesting than words / lyrics.”

James Taylor Announces Million Meals Challenge For Hurricane Florence Relief Effort

Music legend and Tar Heel native son James Taylor announced today the “James Taylor Million Meals Challenge.” The initiative, launched by The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, will aid New Bern, NC, and 22 surrounding counties who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Florence.

COG Announce ‘Drawn Together’ Tour

COG are stoked to announce their next run of shows. The ‘Drawn Together’ tour will coincide with the release of more new material from the band. Next February and March will see the band hit the East Coast of Australia before taking off for Europe. Joining them in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Wollongong & Port Macquarie will be Osaka Punch and The Omnific.

Kat Cunning unveils new video ‘Stay On The Line’

Singer, songwriter and actress, Kat Cunning has released the music video for her single “Stay On The Line,” which premiered on Billboard.com yesterday.

‘MADI’ shares new single ‘Dirty (Word)’ Single

Welsh singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Maddie Jones, performs alongside band members and Dan Fitzgerald (guitar, pedals, modular synth), Chay Lockyer (bass, synth) and Rich Welsby (drums, samples). The band were born earlier this year as a result of experimentation with production and electronic songwriting, and in-depth work with producer Charlie Francis (REM, Future of the Left, Sweet Baboo), after several successful years playing as Maddie Jones.

International Metallers TRAGUL release new single!

TRAGUL have unveiled their brand new ‘Halloween Special’ track called ‘Inside The Mirror’ released on October 15th.

Halloween is just around the corner and the visionary project TRAGUL are serving up their 4th release of 2018 cicle. Now, armed with this special edition for halloween, TRAGUL is set and ready to tear down the walls of the listener’s ears and taking them on a spooktacular journey, messing with their heads a litlle bit.

The Growlers Release “Problems III” New Music Video

Goodbye Honolulu share new single “Take You Dancing”

Toronto’s Goodbye Honolulu might be one of the most well connected bands you haven’t heard…. yet. They’ve toured the USA twice with Hinds, Selena Gomez is a fan, they just released a single on Burger Records, they’ve also toured with Kate Nash, SWMRS, Miya Follick, Together Pangea and their live show is a rambunctious ball of energy with each member switching instruments and sharing vocal duties, making the crowd dance and sweat to Goodbye Honolulu’s catchy slacker vibes rock n roll.

Rozzi Reveals Video for “Lose Us” With Scott Hoying of Pentatonix

Today, Rozzi shares the music video for her latest song, “Lose Us” featuring Scott Hoying (Pentatonix, Superfruit). The video was shot in Malibu, CA and directed by Nick Leopold, who also directed Rozzi’s videos for “Joshua Tree”, “Never Over You” and “Uphill Battle”. Featuring Rozzi and Hoying themselves, the piece uses scenic illusions to take an interesting look at couples going through difficult times. The clip premiered on Idolator earlier today.

Oslo’s Das Body premiere the striking video for ‘Graceland’s

With hints of Chromatics’ and Lykke Li’s earlier work, Oslo’s Das Body have crafted a delightfully dark odd-pop debut EP. The latest offering from the Norwegian newcomers is the striking video for ‘Graceland’. The dazzling visuals for this pulsing 80s midnight drive of a tune are premiered on THE FADER today, all flickering red filters, cinematography reminiscent of ‘The Neon Demon’ and a great performance from frontwoman and co-songwriter Ellie Linden. Watch the clip above on FADER or on Vevo.