@skopemag news for january 7, 2019 @ 3 pm est

LA’s Sean Pawling – New Single Honors An Immigrant’s Journey Across the US Border

The new single from LA’s Sean Pawling accompanies a Central American immigrant woman trying to get across the US border, and highlights her dogged determination for a better life. “Rio Grande” centers around trombone melodies as they expand across the track to create a vast, open landscape set before the protagonist’s journey. The single is off of the upcoming album, Sunsinking, due out January 25 on R-Team Duo Recordings.

Pawling wrote “Rio Grande” as a tribute to the traditions of people, especially women, who embark on the dangerous mission of crossing the border into the United States. The significance of highlighting the dogged struggle of migrant women has never been more timely. Engulfing the bottom layer of the single’s musical anatomy is a dense walking bass line which provides stability, fullness, and supports a cascading trombone melody that adds exuberant richness to the myriad of instrumentation. A panning electric guitar syncs up with a low-registered horn line as waves of soaring synth wade in the deep pools of sound.

FRANKLEY EVERLONG flawlessly meld pop-punk and disco in new ‘Till the Dance Do Us Part’ music video & single

Life and Death announce ‘Displaced Soundtracks Vol. 2’ + share DJ Nobu track ‘Spring’

Life and Death are pleased to announce the sophomore edition of the Displaced Soundtracks out 25th January 2019.

Elaquent Announces Upcoming Album “Blessing In Disguise”

“Sometimes the best things in life to ever happen to you…are the things that don’t happen,” Elaquent says. Blessing in Disguise imagines its title not as a quick aphorism or a tired stock phrase, but as a reminder of the real, hard-earned wisdom that comes from navigating life’s roughest stretches. This is a record about resilience, born from false starts and dead ends that would stop some aspiring artists in their tracks. But this is a story of perseverance: the hardship informs the music, which in turn helps listeners navigate those difficult periods in their own lives. It also pushes you to find new roads around unfamiliar roadblocks. As the artist himself says: “Failure is often the greatest catalyst for growth and success.”

Tropkillaz team up with Sam Spiegel for “Perfect”

Houses Announce Headline Shows

Drugstore Heaven delivers a dynamically textured sound partly shaped by Tortoriello’s exploration of rave and drum-and-bass artists from the late ’90s.The EP’s punchiest moment, “Left Alone,” emerges as a bright and bouncy anthem celebrating the bliss of solitude, while closer “Pink Honey” is a lavishly romantic number built on ethereal vocals, delicate guitar tones, and luminous synth.” Drugstore Heaven has earned praise from NYLON (“so, so good”), FLAUNT, Laughing Squid, Hilly Dilly & more.


Today The Chemical Brothers have shared “MAH,” a new song from the duo’s forthcoming ninth studio album, No Geography. The track saw a Zane Lowe World Record premiere earlier today and is accompanied by a visual filmed at the band’s recent sold-out London shows at Alexandra Palace. Directed by Marcus Lyall and featuring visuals created by Adam Smith & Marcus, the clip captures a taste of the band’s live spectacle, regarded as one of the best shows in the world.

Introducing Tenille Townes: 2019 Artist to Watch

Emerging singer, songwriter and performer Tenille Townes is “poised for a breakthrough” (Refinery29). Selected as part of Amazon Music’s “2019 Artists To Watch,” The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” CMT’s “Listen Up,” iHeart Radio’s “Artists To Watch in 2019” and the inaugural class of “Opry NextStage,” Townes is garnering widespread attention including recent praise at The Tennessean, Refinery29 and Sounds Like Nashville.

YNW Melly Announces New Project & Tour – WE ALL SHINE

YNW Melly is the exciting Florida rapper, who captivated music lovers everywhere with his massive single, “Murder On My Mind.” After releasing his popular documentary, MELLY, the Gifford native is now announcing his newest project, WE ALL SHINE, due out January 18th. Starting the year off strong, Melly hits the road for his first headlining tour, WE ALL SHINE TOUR January 27th, which begins in Atlanta, GA.

YNW Melly’s critically-acclaimed EP, I Am You, which dropped in September of 2018. The juxtaposition of misery stricken lyrics and beautifully exuberant production has YNW Melly delivering a remarkable body of work to both loyal fans and curious music lovers around the world. Less than a year into music, the 19 year-old has accumulated over 165 million views on YouTube. Stands out tracks such as: “Murder On My Mind,” “Virtual,” and “Melly the Menace” has shot Melly to the forefront of Florida rap and caught the attention of The Fader, Forbes, Pitchfork, Complex, Genius, Hypebeast, Hot New Hip-Hop, Elevator, and many more.


Walk Off The Earth Announce Memorial & Tribute Concert for Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor

Walk Off The Earth have announced a free Memorial & Tribute Concert for Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, their beloved keyboardist who passed away late last weekend. Presented by The City of Burlington and Sound of Music Festival, family, friends and fans will come together to celebrate Taylor’s life and legacy on Sunday, January 13th at Civic Square in Downtown Burlington. Special guests such as Scott Helman, members of The Barenaked Ladies and more will perform at the event, portions of which will be live-streamed on Walk Off The Earth’s Facebook page. For those not able to attend, the band will continue paying tribute to Taylor during their 2019 world tour, saying, “Mike loved our fans so much. We want to honor him and his legacy by continuing our world tour to bring the spirit of this memorial to our fans across the globe.”

In Memory of Mike Taylor

Sophie Strauss Enchants In Her New Video For “I Was”

In her introspective new video “I Was,” out now via The Talkhouse, Sophie Strauss has yet again created the perfect balance between division and harmony through her music and aesthetic. Sophie shares that underneath all the beauty shown, this song is a reassessment of her childhood relations with girls, “[…] and upon reflection as an adult, it’s really hard to parse out where platonic feelings ended and romantic ones began.” However, Sophie reconciles with herself through raw yet light vocals and eventually understands that she may never fully understand her childhood relationships, and that might be okay.

Dead Eyes Always Dreaming announces signing to Legend Recordings with new single

With only a few days of 2019 done, Dead Eyes Always Dreaming is kicking off the new year in a big way. The band is proud to announce they have signed to Legend Recordings along with the premiere of their new single “Soul Rot”.

Combining their influences of heavy hitters such as Carnifex, Rings of Saturn and Whitechapel into their own unique sound, D.E.A.D are excited to join the Legend Recordings roster. Drummer Spencer Robinson shared the band’s enthusiasm about finding a new home at the label, “Myself and Dead Eyes Always Dreaming as a whole couldn’t be happier to be working with Legend Recordings. We feel like we have come home to work with a group of like minded individuals. Its not everyday you find people who believe in your music as much as we do. This is going to be EPIC.”


Atlantic recording artist Alec Benjamin has unveiled a stellar new version of his breakthrough hit single, “Let Me Down Slowly” featuring GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Alessia Cara. “Let Me Down Slowly (Feat. Alessia Cara)” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE.

Greta Van Fleet, “Saturday Night Live” Musical Guest, 1-19-19

With three #1 rock singles, four 2019 Grammy nominations, a debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and a massive global tour set to kick off January 22 in Japan, Greta Van Fleet will make its debut as musical guest January 19 on “Saturday Night Live,” airing on NBC at 11:30PM ET/10:30PM CT.

Pavo Pavo Share New Track “Close To Your Ego” || New Album ‘Mystery Hour’ Out 1/25 On Bella Union

Following the success of their critically-heralded debut album Young Narrator In The Breakers and just weeks away from the release of their forthcoming sophomore album Mystery Hour (out 1/25 through Bella Union), today Pavo Pavo are pleased to share brand new track “Close To Your Ego”.