@skopemag news for january 15, 2019 @ 11 am est

Introducing The 1865 – Exploring America Post Emancipation

Formed in 2017 by musician/filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (The White Mandingos, The Wilding Incident), The 1865 came to life when joined by famed session musician/Pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece on drums and the Queen of Shoegaze Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman (Apollo Heights, Badawi) on lead vocals/baritone guitar duties. The band later added Afro-Brazilian bassist Flora Lucini (Maafa), and drummer Jason “Biz” Lucas (Dragonz of Zynth) to the mix. The result is The 1865, a band whose lyrics are just as impactful as their undeniable sound and what Jenkins says “was a great way to create contemporary music that spoke to the past, but also spoke to the same things that continue to happen over and over again in our country.”

VARNA “The Craving” Official Lyric Video

Mike Posner Releases New Song, “Noah’s Ark;” Prelude to Upcoming Album

YNW Melly – We All Shine EP Tracklist FT. Kanye West & Fredo Bang [Out Jan. 18] ???

Melly is the exciting Florida rapper, who captivated music lovers everywhere with his massive single, “Murder On My Mind” and popular documentary, MELLY. YNW Melly’s critically-acclaimed EP, I Am You, dropped in September of 2018. 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.

Mariel Darling New Music Video “Unknown” – Press Release

Emerging star and social media influencer, Mariel Darling (https://marieldarling.com). Darling is hitting the internet by storm with her new music video “Unknown”.

Psychedelic Rock Legends The Chocolate Watchband Release New Album “This Is My Voice”

Iconic California psychedelic rock legends The Chocolate Watchband celebrate the release of their new album “This Is My Voice” (released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave THE sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy.

Mesmerizing and picturesque indie folk single by Verluna – ‘Luscinia’

Verluna began as a concept album called Oku in 2015. Alex Katsaropoulos, a songwriter and producer from Chicago, was inspired by a poetic journal by Matsuo Basho called The Narrow Road to Oku. After 3 years of writing, performing, and recording this album it was released on September 21st, 2018. Most of the songs reflect events that took place throughout that period of time and all have a distinct melancholy feel. The songwriting and production of the record is based on Americana folk with more pop melodies and experimental production techniques. Alex pulls inspiration from artists such as Bjork, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Local Natives, and James Blake.

Richie Spice Back with Brand-new single – “Beautiful Life” Featuring Kathryn Aria

Reggae & Rastafari champion Richie Spice returns to VP Records with a brand-new single “Beautiful Life” featuring Toronto based singer/songwriter Kathryn Aria, available worldwide January 18th.

Matt Koeslch ft Georgia Feroce Entitled ‘All My Friends’

Georgia Feroce and Matt Koelsch made an instant connection amidst the dynamic music scene surrounding the Eastside of Los Angeles California in early 2016. Both natives of the harsh New England winters, each set out to the west coast with the intentions of expanding their musical horizons and in pursuit of eternal sunshine.

Polish death metal band NEX to release “The World Collapses” on January 31st!

Polish death metal band NEX sets January 31st as an international release date for their album “The World Collapses”!

Booby Trap unveils first single from “Stand Up And Fight”

Portugal’s Booby Trap have launched a video for the title-track of “Stand Up And Fight”, the third full-length from the crossover/thrash metal collective.

Mac X King Return With ‘Bad Ting’

After sharing the stage with the likes of British soul singer-songwriter of Done-EE and EO, RnB duo Mac X King return with the release of their single ‘Bad Ting’ dropping January 18th.

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Massive 3-Day Line Up

This year’s electrifying line-up also includes +Live+, Taking Back Sunday, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Motionless in White, Fozzy, Buckcherry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Andrew W.K., P.O.D., Stabbing Westward, Light the Torch, From Ashes to New, Smile Empty Soul, Eyes Set To Kill, Awake at Last, The Funeral Portait, Kerbera, Raven Black, Beyond Unbroken, Rivals, Impending Lies and The Everyday Losers, plus special performances by The Monster Dolls.

The Cranberries share first single “All Over Now” from final album

Thirty years after forming in Limerick (initially as The Cranberry Saw Us) The Cranberries are set to release their 8th and final album In The End. With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the eleven-track record brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. Announcing the album, the band has shared the first single “All Over Now” that blends rock, alternative and catchy almost pop-sounding melodies to deliver a classic Cranberries sound.

Guest Singer slams pseudo-profound BS on dark-party debut ‘New Experience’


Platinum-selling band PARACHUTE are kicking off 2019 with the release of their first new music in three years, the new single “Young” available everywhere this Friday, January 18. “Young” is the band’s first single off their forthcoming fifth studio album, coming spring 2019 via Thirty Tigers. The album and tour will mark the trio’s first new material and full-fledged touring since the 2016 release of Wide Awake.

Pandora Launches Voice Mode in Mobile App

Pandora (NYSE:P), the largest streaming music provider in the U.S., today introduced Voice Mode, a new, native smart assistant that allows listeners to control Pandora’s mobile app and enjoy new music discovery using simple voice commands, providing an intuitive, hands-free experience tailored for the unique tastes of each user. Starting today, Pandora will roll out access to Voice Mode to select listeners on iOS and Android, with general availability for all mobile users coming soon.

“Pandora is the leader in personalized audio entertainment, and millions of our listeners are already loving the experience we’ve created on smart speakers and other voice-enabled connected devices,” said Chris Phillips, Chief Product Officer, Pandora. “With Voice Mode, we are introducing an even more natural and conversational way for listeners to discover new music and enhance their experience directly in the Pandora mobile app, like getting recommendations from a friend who really knows you.”

South Korea’s Drinking Boys and Girls Choir

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir are a skate-punk trio from Daegu City, Korea. Formed in 2013 when two drummers MJ and Meena shared a rehearsal space, and decided to form a band. Meena switched to Bass and guitarist Bondu (who had just finished his military service) answered their ad. They bonded over a shared love of drinking, skating and punk.

OGRE & Dallas Campbell share new track from synth-horror soundtrack “All Hollows’ II”

All Hallows’ II is a full-length studio album by transatlantic synthesists Robin Ogden (OGRE) and Dallas Campbell. The sequel builds upon the previous instalment of All Hallows’: slasher synth chase sequences, atmospheres laden with powerful dread and eerie soundscapes score a true horror story, track by track, to a thrilling and cinematic conclusion. All Hallows’ II is a conceptual narrative journey into cults and the occult, unfeeling cosmic horrors, and the unplumbed darkness of the human condition.

Patty Griffin announces national headlining tour

GRAMMY® Award winning artist Patty Griffin has announced a headlining tour beginning February 28 in Los Angeles, CA, making her way through historic venues across North America including The Town Hall in New York, NY, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Tickets for most shows go on sale next Friday, January 18. European dates and further North American touring will be announced soon. Full details, tour updates and much more can be found at pattygriffin.com/tour. The acclaimed singer’s 10th studio recording and first-ever eponymous LP, PATTY GRIFFIN, arrives Friday, March 8 on her own PGM Recordings label via Thirty Tigers.

Dave Harrington Group Shares “Belgrade Fever” Via Stereogum

Dave Harrington released a new track “Belgrade Fever,” which debuted today on Stereogum, and is the second single from the upcoming Dave Harrington Group album Pure Imagination, No Country.

Another Sky Unveil New Single “Apple Tree” with Striking Stop-Motion Video

Another Sky have today unveiled their stunning new single ‘Apple Tree’, showcasing vocalist Catrin Vincent’s astonishing range and the band’s strength for cool atmospherics and poignant lyrics. The track is accompanied by a beautiful stop-motion video directed by Dann Parry, watch HERE.

Harlem’s new single (“Blonde on Blonde”) debuted by Aquarium Drunkard, along w/interview

Aquarium Drunkard interviewed Harlem about their upcoming album, Oh Boy, (out on 2/14) and debuted the fourth single off the new release, “Blonde on Blonde.”

Harlem :: The AD Interview

Night Beats Share Video For “One Thing”

Gauche sign to Merge Records

We warned you that 2019—a.k.a. Merge’s 30th year as a label, a.k.a. MRG30—was going to be full of surprises. Well, here’s one we couldn’t hold back any longer: We’ve signed Gauche, Washington D.C.’s frantic, elastic, bombastic, ecstatic, anti-capitalist, anti-racist feminist jam band.

We’re going to put out their killer full-length later this year, but until we can spill more beans on that, the group is graciously sharing non-album cut “Conspiracy Theories” and its accompanying music video today.