@skopemag news for February 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm est


Multifaceted, award-winning and platinum-selling pop innovator MARINA (previously Marina and the Diamonds) returns with her eagerly anticipated new single ‘Handmade Heaven’. MARINA’s first solo material in four years, ‘Handmade Heaven’ is released today Friday 8th February via Atlantic Records. Listen here.

Introducing: 0171 share intriguing synth-pop debut, ‘1000 Words’

Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare are 0171. The band, from Hackney, East London, create their own world with a roughness that feels honest, intense and intimate.

Alex Aiono Reveals Video For “As You Need”

Interscope recording artist, Alex Aiono has revealed the charming new video for his song, “As You Need”. Written late the night before his appearance on iHeart’s morning show with Elvis Duran, Aiono debuted the song that morning on the program, performing it live and receiving thousands of fan requests for the artist to record and release it. The new visual, filmed on a New York City rooftop and directed by Clarence Fuller (Azealia Banks, Skylar Stecker), follows Aiono through an intimate serenation to his loved one while including unforgettable visuals of the city’s famous skyline. Written and produced on his own, Aiono gives his fans the ultimate experience with an intimate, unplugged performance.

Nashville Sisters LARKIN POE Release Video for “Honey Honey” on Rolling Stone Country

Nashville-based sister duo LARKIN POE have just teamed up with Rolling Stone Country to release the video for the swaggering track “Honey Honey” off their new album Venom & Faith, out now via Tricki-Woo Records.

Larkin Poe Take London in New ‘Honey Honey’ Video

RUN RIVER NORTH Announce US Headline Tour; Watch “Hands Up” Video       

Following the release of their new single “Hands Up,” Run River North have announced a spring tour of the U.S. that starts on April 25th in their hometown of Los Angeles at the Moroccan Lounge and ends May 23rd in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill. The band will also attend SXSW next month; details on shows in Austin to follow. To celebrate the release of “Hands Up” last month, Run River North teamed up with Bandsintown for an exclusive, intimate underplay in LA. Watch the live performance of “Hands Up” here:

Ynr Spark Offers Fresh Perspective on New Single “Løser / Løver”

The newest member of the YnR group, Aweys aka YnR Spark sets the tone for another dope year of making relatable music with a new single, “Løser / Løver.” Known for making emo, spacey and cloudy type music, YnR Spark’s latest track offers a deep look into the British artist’s life with passion that can’t be overlooked.

Culture crossing, Asian-Canadian hip-hop/RnB – Samurai Champs Return with BAE

Samurai Champs have been taking the live world by storm, featuring at SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn Festival and Tallinn Music Week the last year, US/UK dates about to be announced soon. So much was their success, the duo now host their own music festival called Trifecta, and the quote for the single is dedicated to the hip-hop community in Canada.

Your Heart Breaks Announce New Album, Share “Our Forbidden Country” Video

Yesterday, The 405 exclusively premiered the track and it’s accompanying music video, praising, “With an intricate layer of guitar, strings and, as the album’s title would suggest, a drone, frontperson Clyde Petersen uses ‘Our Forbidden Country’ to explore the secret and forbidden love many queer people must engage in. The lyrics, inspired by the writings of Joan Nestle, paint a vivid portrait of going where one must to find time for love and intimacy.” “Our Forbidden Country” is out now on all streaming platforms.

Topshelf Records // Bellows release new song, “The Tower”

“‘The Tower’ is partially based on an interpolation of the song ‘WTF’ by Gabby’s World, the other band I’m in,” says Oliver Kalb of the penultimate track from his forthcoming record The Rose Gardener. “Those first lines are about the experience of hearing ‘WTF’ and having a memory of the power of touring in a band and singing someone else’s beautiful songs night after night. In a moment of extreme chaos and conflict in my life, the context and meaning of the song changed for me. It suddenly felt like a rallying cry to stick with music despite it feeling like a hopeless endeavor: ‘I will not back down.'”

KICKER: Pure Drivel Full-Length From Oakland Punk Unit

Pure Drivel, the latest full-length from Oakland punk practitioners KICKER, is out TODAY via Tankcrimes. 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 follow-up to 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).


Not Your Dope Releases Double Hitter “Lost In The City” with “Holding On (feat. Leo The Kind)”

Not Your Dope takes listeners on a spontaneous journey via the vocal dance track “Lost In The City.” The single is backed with “Holding On” a soulful drum and bass arrangement featuring Leo The Kind.

Singer/Songwriter Eliza Spear Releases Video For Her Power Ballad “There Has To Be More”

The video prominently features Eliza, both focusing on an intimate, close-up scene of her at the piano and tracking her through city streets as she stumbles upon a group of dancers including Frances Gargano, Mackenzie Marks and the choreographer herself, Alyssa Needham . Director/Editor Austin Coombs-Perez and Cinemtographer Jeremy Herron beautifully couple the video’s composition with the song’s uplifting message of hope and inner strength, suggesting throughout its entirety that something great awaits Eliza which can be attained through her talent and passion for music.

Awake At Last Signs to Outerloop Records; Releases New Single + Video “Dead Generation”

February 8th- Today, east-coast based modern rock act Awake At Last are incredibly excited to announce their signing to Outerloop Records. To kick off their newfound partnership, the band has released a stand out single, “Dead Generation”. You can find the video for the single HERE.

Disparager To Release New Album “Existential Dread” May 3rd

Produced by Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane, H2O, Counterparts) and mastered by Mike Kalajian (Machine Head, Saosin, Moving Mountains), their new LP Existential Dread is a vortex of raw human emotion. The music channels sorrow, anguish, and punishing sadness and somehow brings you back to the calm white light and makes the entire experience beautiful.

James Gardin contemplates past, present and future challenges on “Chitown Boogie”

Just like the cold blasts that are synonymous with the Windy City, James Gardin once again breezes through in the form of a welcome and life-sized juxtaposition and drops this warm and catchy ditty, Chitown Boogie.


Indie Rockers Darkbird are here with their new single “Crimes” which is the first of a string of singles to be released by the band over the coming months.

The lyric, “I hope you call this number for a good time” coupled with the electronic feels of this indie pop track will instantly get stuck in your brain and find you bopping around in the stylings of Molly RIngwald circa 1985. A huge installment from this not so little bird out of Austin, Texas.

Manorlady Nails Shoegaze with “Ready Go Fade Away”

Today, Santa Cruz shoegaze trio, Manorlady, share their latest single “Ready Go Fade Away premiering exclusively on Born Music. Shoegaze is no easy genre to dive into—if you don’t get it right, it just comes across as noise without real direction. Manorlady gets it right though. “Ready Go Fade Away” has a dreamy essence remniscent of the production on My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless,’ delivering a transforming single that’s ageless.

Emily Scott Robinson shares her story of survival with Billboard + new single + tour dates

Today, Emily Scott Robinson unleashes her new single “The Dress” which appears on Traveling Mercies, her forthcoming Neilson Hubbard-produced album due out February 22nd. In support of Traveling Mercies she is currently on tour, and will celebrate the release on March 24th with a show in Nashville. See below for a list of tour dates.

Rachel Mazer premieres “Home” via American Songwriter + Debut album out 3/8

Rachel Mazer is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Most people recognize Rachel as a freelancing vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, bass, guitar) who has performed with many different LA and Michigan bands including playing bass with May Erlewine, Monica Martin, and Anna Ash; and has played saxophone with Vulfpeck, Woman Believer, Amber Navran, Benny Sings, Jacob Mann’s Big Band, Julian Allen, Jacob Jeffries and many others.


VHS Collection Release Infectious Single “Dreaming”

Comprised of longtime friends Conor Cook, James Bohannon, and Nils Vanderlip, the trio has garnered over 50 million streams on Spotify since forming in 2015, including three tracks featured on the US and Global Viral Charts. The band’s songs have been licensed by a variety of television programming including Netflix’s YOU, Younger, Shameless, NFL’s Sunday Night Football, WWE’s RAW, and FIFA World Cup. Known for their high energy live performances, VHS Collection has made festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Governors Ball, and Bunbury Festival in addition to traveling supporting acts such as Bloc Party and Powers.

The Hummingbird – Official video

The multinational and visionary metal stars band TRAGUL, are pleased to share a brand new song and lyric video called “THE HUMMINGBIRD”. The single was produced by the band, and mixed and mastered by their long time collaborator the grammy nominated producer Jacob Hansen (Epica, Amaranthe, Volbeat) at Hansen Studios in Denmark.

Premiere: New Video – AWAR “Rolex Time” feat. Cyhi (Prod. Nottz)

After dropping a gem of an album, “Spoils of War” back in October; which included Guests such as Jadakiss, Styles P, Scarface and Anthony Hamilton, as well as production from Alchemist, Jake One, Lord Finesse, Showbiz, Statik Selektah, Vanderslice and more; AWAR offers up a slick visual to remind the listener that every second counts, literally. If you haven’t copped the vinyl, CD, tape, or Digital copy yet, head over to AWAR’s page to support, it’s very appreciated.

SWAZY STYLES “We Out” New Single! New Album Coming Soon!

Born in Bronx, NY and raised in Broward County, Florida, Swazy Styles has a bit of east coast influence complimented by the dominating style of the south, which gives him the diversity needed to add fuel to his fire. Being influenced by two separate cultures can be beneficial and Swazy Styles will reap those benefits.