@skopemag news for january 4, 2019 @ 11 am est

joan To Head Out On Tour This Month With Half Alive // portra ep Hits 10M+ Streams on Spotify

Little Rock, Arkansas duo joan make infectious alt-pop with lyrics that’ll tug on your heartstrings wrapped seamlessly in 80’s inspired synthwave beats, perfect for blasting full volume on your boombox outside your crush’s house. joan are Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford, who first met playing a show together while in different projects and became fast friends. With their debut EP portra available now, the duo will head out to play a round of dates this winter, bringing their much talked about live show to cities in the US.

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MORILD: Copenhagen-Based Black Metal Act To Release Debut LP Through Indisciplinarian In February

On February 1st, Copenhagen, Denmark-based atmospheric black metal act MORILD (Danish for “phosphorescence”) will release its debut album through Indisciplinarian, who this week issues the album’s artwork, track listing, and more. The band will perform at the Danish National Aquarium as a special release show for the album.

Glossies – Spotify ‘Cactus What You Peach’

Glossie’s debut record Practice What You Peach was released on NYE 12/31 on UK-based cassette label Super Fan 99 Records!

New Release from BRING ME THE HORIZON “medicine” On Sony Music Australia

Globally-renowned UK rock act Bring Me The Horizon are set to release their sixth album amo on January 25 following the release of new single ‘medicine’, their most pop-oriented track to date.

amo will be another addition to the band’s impressive back catalogue of Platinum selling albums of which the last three have all been ARIA #1 debuts. As they have done across each album in their career, Bring Me The Horizon continue to evolve their sound and win legions of fans along the way.

California Supergroup Volcano to Release Debut LP, ‘The Island’, February 15

Featuring trailblazing musicians from San Diego’s psychedelic music scene, including members of Harsh Toke, JOY, Loom and Radio Moscow, Volcano merges Afro-beat rhythms, electric rock guitar and dance floor grooves to forge a sound that is totally new, yet instantly recognizable. The all-star group will release its debut LP, ‘The Island’, on February 15 via Tee Pee Records (Painted Doll, Ruby the Hatchet, Sweet Apple).

Volcano Premiere “Naked Prey” Video; The Island Due Feb. 15

LIL WAYNE Joins as Special Guest for ESPN’s College Football Playoff

Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning Lil Wayne will join a special performance by Imagine Dragons during ESPN’s half time presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Presented by AT&T on January 7.

While Clemson faces Alabama in the National Championship Game from Levi’s Stadium, the halftime show will originate from Treasure Island, located in the San Francisco Bay. It will be part of a larger National Championship viewing party ESPN is hosting on the island. Admission is free for fans who have secured passes for the event, which have been fully distributed.

Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Band Imagine Dragons to Highlight Halftime Telecast of the College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN

The Second After Announce Winter Tour With Frenchie

North Carolina pop-punk band, The Second After, has announced a winter tour. The band is touring in support of their debut label EP, Treadmill at the Finish Line, which was released in April 2017. Fans can purchase the EP on iTunes now.

Cabinet of Millionaires sends timely message to Theresa May + New ‘Lavine’ LP from Sweden’s Moist

British electronic act Cabinet of Millionaires has announced their new single ‘Theresa’. Featuring resplendent punchy beats, sci fi loony tune hooks, dub basslines and gospel tinged soul-rock vocals from Pat Fulgoni, this five-song includes four versions of the title track plus b-side ‘Serve Me’.

FAREWELL TO FEAR Release Official Music Video for “YOUR CURE”

Modern Rock Band FAREWELL TO FEAR has released the official music video for their newest single, “Your Cure.”

The meaning behind the name: fear impedes all areas of our lives’, it holds us back from fostering fruitful relationships, financial freedom or simply risking it all to live out the life of your dreams. The day you say “Farewell to Fear” is the day you realize that you are free from any obstacle holding you back from living the life you were meant to live.

Frances Luke Accord – New Single “Silver & Gold”

The second single and title track from Frances Luke Accord’s forthcoming Silver & Gold EP is out now. Featuring a gentle piano underneath the duo’s signature harmonies and acoustic guitar, “Silver & Gold” unveils as one of the loneliest and solemnest tracks in Frances Luke Accord’s repertoire—a tribute to their new status as a “long-distance band” (Nick works from Philadelphia, Brian from Chicago). A depart from the EP’s colorful first single, “Honeyguide,” “Silver & Gold” gives listeners another taste of the duo’s first major work in nearly three years.

Yalee “Hollyhood” New Single!

EVIL CONSPIRACY Release New Official Video From Forthcoming Album ‘Evil Comes’

Swedish metalists Evil Conspiracy have released another potent taster from their forthcoming album Evil Comes, set for release worldwide via Sliptrick Records on February 19th, 2019. The song is called Dogs Ov War and sounds exactly as it reads, with it’s balls very firmly fixed to the wall. Check out the brand new official video below.

LISTEN – James Hersey x Jeremy Loops Release New Single ‘My People’, Out Today.

Co-written by Hersey and Loops, ‘My People’ is a gloriously upbeat indie-pop track which compliments both artist’s unique vocals as they flow back and forth, then congregate on the infectious chorus over the guitar-led production. Jeremy Loops previously won MTV Africa’s Award for ‘Best Alternative Album’ and has supported the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Rebelution and Milky Chance on tour, with praise from the likes of Consequence of Sound, Red Bull, CLASH and Baeble.


“Dancing With a Stranger” is a smooth slice of sultry, R’n’B influenced pop where Sam and Normani’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production. The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in LA as Sam was writing with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes, Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other it was a no-brainer for her to team up with Sam to create the new track.

EWIGKEIT: Premieres first track & video from the forthcoming album DISClose

British band Ewigkeit released their video Guardians of the High Frontier. This song is part of the upcoming album DISClose and is considered one the “lighter” tracks on the album.

Ewigkeit is the project of British multi-instrumentalist James Fogarty (In The Woods, Old Forest, Jaldaboath and others). DISClose the 8th Ewigkeit album release and is the strongest and most coherent album since 2005’s Conspiritus album (Earache rec.)

Legendary Musician Carlos Santana Signs With Concord Records

For Immediate Release – January 4, 2019 – Concord Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary artist Carlos Santana. A guitar icon who has sold over 100 million records and performed for three generations of concert fans worldwide, Santana will release a new EP, In Search of Mona Lisa, on January 25, 2019 (with a vinyl edition scheduled for February 22).

Tee Grizzley shares “We Dreamin” video from ‘Still My Moment’

Tee Grizzley has shared the music video for his track “We Dreamin”, off his latest mixtape Still My Moment out now on 300 Entertainment. The video shows a young man getting pulled into a life he doesn’t want while trying to hone his rap skills, backdropped by Tee’s lyrics reflecting on his past and newfound success and freedom. Still My Moment also features collaborations with Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Offset, Lil Pump, and production from Helluva and Tay Keith. Watch the video and listen to the full mixtape below.

Alt Pop Band Something Else Drop Reflective Self Titled EP

Columbus-based alternative pop band Something Else have released their new self-titled EP, out on all digital platforms NOW. Along with a fresh music video for their single “The Fool,” Something Else takes a mature approach to their genre, blending influences of both alternative and pop. A reflective collection, the EP’s seven tracks take on a variety of viewpoints, showcasing the band’s seasoned lyrical depth. About the EP, the band states:

“We started recording this EP during the summer of 2018. The writing for it spans over the past year or so, and the approach taken was to look in the mirror and be honest with ourselves. Over the 7 track EP the songs look into the self-doubt, hypocrisy, and overall fears that tend to rule our minds and actions. We wanted to call those out.”