@skopemag news for january 16, 2019 @ 11 am est

New Music: Los Elk “Say” 1/18

Since their 2015 arrival in Boston, Los Elk has quickly evolved into one of the city’s premier Indie Rock bands, making waves as the newest must-see act.

Acclaimed Guitarist/Vocalist JD Simo Announces New Album ‘Off At 11’

Revered guitarist/vocalist, JD SIMO, announces his upcoming, first solo record, OFF AT 11, due out March 1, 2019 as well as a national tour that kicks off on January 22nd before the band leave for a European tour in support of Tommy Emmanuel. JD returns to the United States in April to open for the Allman Betts Band on their inaugural tour, with shows announced in New Orleans and Memphis, and more dates TBC. For all dates, JD will be backed by drummer Adam Abrashoff and bassist Andraleia Buch. With his band, SIMO, JD and cohorts have gained a solid fan following from touring and opening for bands such as Blackberry Smoke, The Gregg Allman band, Warren Haynes, Tommy Emmanuel and others.

Hip hop Artist/Model WONDR Delivers “All For You” to Pump Up 2019

Agouti – ‘Dragons’ single

Even in the diverse do-it-yourself San Francisco music scene, local psych-rock band Agouti stands out. Singer/songwriter Carmen Caruso built her own instruments. She built her own studio. And, through Agouti, she built her own sound: eclectic and wildly unrestricted, nodding knowingly to generations of psych and 70’s hard rock.

KICKER: Oakland Punk Unit Featuring Current/Past Members Of Neurosis, Dystopia, And Operation Ivy

Fronted by UK transplant Pete the Roadie along with current and former members of Neurosis, Dystopia, and Operation Ivy, KICKER plays UK-meets-East Bay punk rock inspired by the output of Crass, Bluurg, Mystic, and early Dischord and SST releases. The band will unleash their long-awaited third full-length Pure Drivel via Tankcrimes next month. Following up 2016’s Rendered Obsolete, Pure Drivel boasts eleven rambunctious tracks in twenty-six minutes recorded at House Of Faith by Bart Thurber (Spazz) and features cover art by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste) as well as inner gatefold art by Skinner (High On Fire, Mastodon).


Troubadour Thomas Keating has today announced his introverted new single Today I’m Staying Home, a comforting ode to self-care during times of stress and uncertainty, out February 1. Thomas has also announced a lovely clip to accompany the track, filmed during the recording process of the single, offering rare insight into the private world of an artist in the studio. Thomas will be celebrating the release of the single with launch gigs in Sydney at The Newsagency on February 8, and Melbourne at Red Betty on February 9.

WEEDEATER Hit The Road in the U.S.A. on January 19

Southern stoner metallers WEEDEATER will be hitting the road in the U.S. this Saturday, January 19! The trio will be supporting CORROSION OF CONFORMITY on January 19 in San Antonio, TX and will complete the extensive run on February 13 in New York City. The full itinerary can be found below.

BLACK NEEDLE NOISE Premieres New Song/Video For “Gone” via Torched Magazine

Fronted by seminal producer John Fryer, BLACK NEEDLE NOISE is starting off 2019 with a bang by premiering his new powerful song “Gone”via Torched Magazine. Featuring vocals from Yvette Winkle, the new song is the latest in a series of singles that Black Needle Noise has been releasing consistently over the past few years and is now available via Bandcamp. A major production force to reckon with, Fryer has been behind dozens of blockbuster albums by artists such as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Yaz, Stabbing Westward, Peter Murphy and others.

Torched Exclusive Premier – Black Needle Noise New Song And Video ‘Gone’ Ft. Yvette

Dorothy (Dumplin’ Soundtrack, Linda Perry)

Her latest album, 28 Days in The Valley, was produced by Linda Perry, who’s worked with Pink, Christina Aguilera, Adele to name a few and is a Songwriters Hall of Fame member. Linda was nominated this year for a Grammy for her work she did on the album. Also, the record scored a Top 20 Rock Chart hit with the single “Flawless.”

Lucille Furs share bouncy psych-pop gem “Paint Euphrosyne Blue”

Those familiar with the sound and style of the DIY scene in Chicago’s Logan Square may be surprised to find out that it was the birthplace of psych pop quintet Lucille Furs. They are a little surprised themselves.

SONG PREMIERE: Lucille Furs Bound For Psych Pop Glory With “Paint Euphrosyne Blue”

BLACKTOP MOJO Release Official Music Video for “Prodigal”

“We had fun making the video with some of our good friends from our hometown acting out the main parts. We felt like the father-son dynamic in the video really reflected the song’s theme. The song is sort of autobiographical. It’s about the experience of growing up in a small town and always talking about ‘getting out’ one day. No matter where or how far you go, though, you always have a little bit of where you came from that you take with you.” – Matt James

And The Kids Premiere “No Way Sit Back”

And The Kids have shared a new song from their upcoming album When This Life Is Over out February 22 on Signature Sounds (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter, Dustbowl Revival). “No Way Sit Back” is a rollicking indie rock attack of the media and the toll it takes on minorities. While it’s written from the queer perspective, the message isn’t limited to one viewpoint. The joyful melody clashes against a stabbing line, “The world was never made for, Made for us.” When This Life Is Over is the beloved Northampton group’s third full-length and the most dynamic declaration of their distinctly rambunctious sound to date.

And the Kids share the Origins of new track “No Way Sit Back”: Stream

Vic Mensa’s 93PUNX shares Cranberries “Zombie” cover honoring death of singer Dolores O’Riordan

93PUNX, Vic Mensa’s new project, shares a powerful rendition of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” to honor the one year anniversary of singer Dolores O’Riordan’s death today. “93PUNX is a band I created to express things outside of rap. We connected to zombie because we were born from violence. RIP Dolores.” – VIC MENSA

Scene Point Blank celebrates 15 years

A common talking point throughout the 21st century has been the changing landscape of print journalism. In 2018, NME announced its move to a digital-only platform, a common change for many classic magazines, whether they cover music or anything else. Just this week, Maximum Rocknroll announced that it will cease print publication. What most people overlook is that the digital world is hardly a beacon of stability either. As we enter 2019, Scene Point Blank celebrates 15 years of continuous punk/hardcore coverage. All for free, all online.

RZA protege Stone Mecca tackles racism in “Boogeyman”

Billboard premiered the video today and said it “isn’t particularly subtle. Nor is it meant to be.” And they were right! Stone tackles hypocrisy and challenges media-driven fear-mongering and racism. It’s provocative from every angle.