@skopemag news for december 21, 2018 @ 11 am est

NFL Lineman Joe Barksdale to Release New Music in 2019

Up-and-coming guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Barksdale is set to hit the ground running in 2019 with a new EP produced by the legendary Narada Michael Walden (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Temptations, Lionel Richie, Ray Charles). The soulful new rock tunes from the offensive lineman of the Arizona Cardinals – some of which were co-written by Walden – are slated to be released in early 2019.

“If you dig Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix, you will dig the electric soul of Joe Barksdale,” stated Narada Michael Walden. “He plays guitar and sings from the heart. It’s pure classic rock soul with a contemporary flavor.”

The eight season NFL veteran offensive lineman – who has also played for Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers – picked up guitar as a therapeutic tool to help with bouts of depression, helping him to heal, process, and communicate his emotions.

Finding Your Inner Warrior – Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer/songwriter and performer whose multinational heritage (Native American (O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply informs her music. This perspective can be heard in her anthem ‘American Dream’. The powerful and thought-provoking single is inspired by the destruction of Donald Trump’s election, the lack of mainstream media for Standing Rock and the struggles Zaragoza faced growing up as a female multi-cultural youth in the US. Inspired by numerous elements which have impacted Zaragoza’s life, she tells the tale of her great grandmother and how was forced into a boarding school to be raised by a European woman, separated from her parents and siblings. Zaragoza reveals, “Her story haunts me, because so many people don’t realize the awful things that have happened in this country just within the past 100 years. The only way to move forward is to acknowledge that ‘change is a choice that can start with you”.

Parrot Dream explores lost connections in the video for “Light Goes (In Mines)”

The video stars Kai Pelton, a co-facilitator of the Trans-Generational Theatre Project (more here), with the song reflecting on challenges within relationships between parent and child, and how often much remains uncommunicated and unresolved in these relationships. In turn, the video explores a range of experiences dealing with grief, loss and the struggles connected to these types of relationships.

GREAT FALLS: Revolver Premieres A Sense Of Rest From Seattle Post-Hardcore/Noise Rock Trio

A Sense Of Rest is the impending new full-length from Seattle-based post-hardcore/noise rock trio GREAT FALLS, featuring within its ranks former members of Undertow, Nineironspitfire, Kiss It Goodbye, Playing Enemy, and Jesu. Set for release tomorrow via Corpse Flower Records, A Sense Of Rest thrusts forth eight psalms of restless energy centered on death, family, art, and immortality.

Baby Fuzz Drops New Video

Lowry has written and produced multiple #1 songs and his works have gone on to sell over 16 million units since 2011. The acclaimed producer, who has also been professionally known as Sterling Fox, has written hits for many more mainstream artists including Madonna, Lana del Rey, Charli XCX, Adam Lambert, Gym Class Heroes and Avicii.


The Sonic Dawn to Release New LP, ‘Eclipse’, February 1

Danish psych rock band The Sonic Dawn will release its new LP, ‘Eclipse’, on February 1 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records (Ecstatic Vision, Nebula, The Well). Fresh off of a sold-out European tour with founding Kyuss member Brant Bjork, The Sonic Dawn look to build on their upwards momentum with the new, 13-track LP. Eclipse is the follow-up to the group’s 2017 sophomore album, ‘Into the Long Night’, a record hailed as “a deceptively complex front-to-back trip” that “shifts between late-’60s pop, mid-’70s fusion and more modern strains of retro-minded heavy.”

Gucci Mane + EyeonEyez Keep You Warm This Winter with “Polar Bear”

One thing is for sure is that winter is coming and it’s going to be a cold one. And as Mysterious Producer EyeOnEyez teases on his instagram, “Keep Calm, Stay Warm EyeOnEyez Heat is Coming!”


Aftercluv, the first major dance label operating in the entire Latin American and Iberian peninsula dedicated entirely to dance culture in all its genres, today will release a suite of smokin’ remixes for Bruno Martini’s “Youngr” which premiered on Billboard.com Dance last month.

NEKHRAH – “Nekhrotise” from album “Cosmic Apostasy”.

Nekhrah have recorded and released their first full-length album entitled COSMIC APOSTASY which was mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Music and subsequently self-released.

Luke Combs sells out summer tour dates

Luke Combs’ recently added summer concerts as part of his extensive “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour” are all sold-out. The six shows—at Detroit MI’s DTE Energy Music Theatre, Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Gilford, NH’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Charleston, SC’s Volvo Cars Stadium, Alpharetta, GA’s Verizon Amphitheater and Charlote, NC’s PNC Music Pavilion—total 70,000 tickets sold including 40,000 through Combs’ Bootlegger fan club/Verified pre-sale.

Live Nation Acquires Argentina’s Leading Concert Promoter DF Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in DF Entertainment, one of Argentina’s top independent concert promoters. The companies plan to combine DF Entertainment’s broad reach and regional expertise with Live Nation’s extensive resources to continue growing live entertainment offerings throughout Argentina. The Buenos Aires-based company sold more than 500,000 tickets to events in 2018, and oversees a rapidly growing lineup of artists for both concerts and festivals.

ANALISE Releases Video for Her Single “Aftertaste”

Triple Threat Rising Star ANALISE has released a video to support her single “Aftertaste”, (All Star/SMG/Sony Red). To date, the video has 5 Thousand Plus Views, and is gaining momentum. Social Media Influencer Rex Campbell plays ANALISE’S Boyfriend in the video which ends with a shocking twist. ANALISE had this to say about working with Rex: “Working with Rex on my music video was so fun! He’s such a kind person and really funny! At first you can say it was a little awkward, but then we clicked so fast”. You can check out the video by clicking on this link:


Hot off the heels of their last standout release “NMF,” Colombian bass collective and rhythm gurus El Freaky now return to close out 2018 with a bang – literally. That end-of-the-year sizzle comes in the form of a new collaboration with musical prodigy and freestyle luminary Akapellah, and hip hop rising star Nicola Fella , who’s performed at notable events like Festival Estero Picnic, one of Colombia’s most important music gatherings, and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, along with Latin Grammy winner producer, Slow Mike. Titled “Be Happy Happy” the track is a reggae-inspired hit that will transport you to warm island beaches despite the fact that winter’s approaching. The song comes accompanied by a punchy animated lyric video featuring a host of cheeky colorful characters. Check it out today and get ready to jam.

Dimlight – new triple concept album is released, under the main title of “Kingdom of Horrors”

Last month On October 27, the Greek symphonic death metal band DIMLIGHT released “Kingdom of Horrors”, the first installment of their latest full-length work. “Kingdom of Horrors” is much more than “just an album”; in fact, it’s a multiform conceptual release scheduled to come out in two parts and centered around an original dark-fantasy storyline. Following up and expanding the standard they set with their previous album, “The Lost Chapters”, this time DIMLIGHT have created an entire world to set their new album in:

Snake Tongue releases new single and announce EP

Snake Tongue just released their new single “Derailed”. The first single from the upcoming Ep “No Escape No Excuse” that following up their debut album “Raptors Breath” Snake Tongue didn’t spare any brutality on the four track ep “No Escape No Excuse”, a much more raw and and crude recording done by Seth Norder (Witchery / Nekrokraft)


DROTTNAR releases their new video “FUNERAL OF FUNERALS” from their upcoming full length album “MONOLITH”, available worldwide Feb 8th 2019.

Loren Gray releases new single ‘Queen’ out today!

Self-made phenomenon Loren Gray released her new single, “Queen,” today via Virgin Records. The empowering track – produced by Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey, The Chainsmokers) – underscores the importance of knowing your worth in all the different types of relationships you have in life, including your relationship with yourself.

Locos Por Juana releases new video “Tik, Tok”

As a special holiday gift for their fans, today, GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® nominated band, Locos por Juana, release the most recent video of the “Postcards of Miami” series titled, “Tik Tok.” The new video is a visual love letter to Miami as it features some of Locos favorite spots alongside Miami staples. Miami’s vibrant colors and its people come alive in the video for “Tik Tok.”

4 Reasons Why You Should Focus on Small Music Blogs… Not Big Ones

Everyone wants major press placements. I get it. There’s a lot of clout that comes with a feature on Alternative Press, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, etc. However, in their quest to shoot straight to the top, emerging bands are missing a vital component to career growth: small, indie blogs.

Robert Ellis Returns with “Texas Piano Man” Valentine’s Day – Texas Monthly Premieres “Passive Aggressive”

“On Texas Piano Man, Ellis displays his mastery by blending the barrelhouse stylings of pioneering Texas musician Moon Mullican with the staccato rhythms of Elton John. The resulting sound feels like it would be at home in both a West Texas saloon and a Long Island piano bar.” Texas Month.


Today, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum-certified rapper, artist, and visionary 21 Savage releases one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2018 and his second full-length, i am > i was [Slaughter Gang/Epic Records].


These stories just don’t happen on their own—somebody makes them happen through blood, sweat, tears, and dreams. Completely self-made, the songstress quietly cooked up her self-released EP Spaces in 2017.


Cinco de los artistas urbanos más influyentes del género, más el toque sensual e inigualable de “La Diva del Bronx”, Jennifer López, le dan un nuevo “sabor” a uno de los temas más escuchados del año 2018.

“Te bote 2”, producido por el joven puertorriqueño, Young Martino, es una version nueva del tema original “Te bote”, el cual arrasó en descargas en todas las plataformas digitales durante el año 2018. Además, se convirtió en el video más reproducido de YouTube a nivel mundial en el 2018 y ahora cuenta con su “secuela”, una mezcla al estilo Spanglish, que pretende posicionar el tema en el mercado anglosajón.

Weirdo-pop: Maus Haus releases “High School / White Kids” via 30th Century Records

Bay Area weirdo-pop foursome, Maus Haus, shares new music for the first time in six years with their double-A side single, “High School / White Kids” via 30th Century Records. This marks the band’s debut on Danger Mouse’s label and a return to form after 2012’s acclaimed EP, Light Noise. Maus Haus is known for their oddball songwriting, grungy approach and lysergic hooks. “High School / White Kids” further explores the band’s affinity for the far-out.


In an era when aspiring public figures broadcast constantly in an effort to maximize their brand value, Valee’s coolly laconic stands apart. With short songs and a soft-spoken style, his unpredictable raps sketch subjects with a droll eye for detail over a bass-heavy canvas. This is trap music for the connoisseur, for fans of clever lyrics and effortless style.


“We were fortunate to spend a lot of 2018 in the studio, and couldn’t wait until next year to start sharing new music. ‘get behind this’ has been one of our favorite songs to perform live for a while now, and we’re so happy to release it as a single. The song is our gift to you this holiday season.” shared flor frontman Zach Grace.

New Music from Def Manic – JUI$$Y

Def Manic & Alj have just released their final single ‘p(r)etty’ from their new EP ‘JUI$$Y’ which is now available to stream. This is the third chapter about their complicated love ties with women. Check it out and show some love!