@skopemag news for February 14, 2019 @ 9 am est

Metal Act Blessing A Curse Announce New Album and Release New Music Video, “Waste”

Blessing A Curse is an American metal band from Orlando, Florida, best known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore, rap-metal and pop-rock. The band spent the better part of 2018 recording their sophomore release, WASTE, produced by Stephan Hawkes (Attila, Jonny Craig, Chelsea Grin) at Interlace Audio in Portland, Oregon and will be released on March 29th, 2019 via Smartpunk Records. Vocalist, Josh Singer explains, “We really feel like this is the album that will resonate with people. Because it’s real. It’s raw. It’s heavy and It’s us. We can’t wait for everyone to hear what we have to say, and we have a lot to say.”

GUEST SINGER releases ‘My Parallel’ and announces debut EP on Heist or Hit

Guest Singer crafts dark party songs; anti-motivational anthems for the post-truth generation. Motorik kraut-rock, as well as more vibrant 80s synth-soaked influences colour the project, devised by Doncaster’s Jake Cope and comprising Paul Burdett and France Lahmar.

Dwen release haunting new single ‘Tr Pp N’

HIGH REEPER: new video for ‘Bring The Dead’ out now on Kerrang!

East Coast’s Sabbath-worshipping metallers HIGH REEPER are unleashing the video for ‘Bring The Dead’ today via Kerrang! Their sophomore album ‘Higher Reeper’ comes out March 22nd on HPS Records. Headbang or die!

Kassi Ashton Releases Vibrant New Music Video For “Violins” Today

Kassi Ashton, one of Nashville’s most compelling rising stars, has released the new music video for her song “Violins” today. A vibrant and entertaining reflection of the song’s empowering lyrics, the piece finds her shutting down an immature suitor amidst the fitting backdrop of a high school gymnasium. Kassi’s creative fingerprint impressively extends beyond the music and into the choreography and fashion elements of the video as well. Throughout, she shows off skillful majorette dance routines and even dons various stylish band outfits that she hand-made herself.

Whitney Ballen shares new video for “Black Cloud”

“It’s easy to get down on yourself / When you’re surrounded by people who don’t know what goes on in your head,” Whitney Ballen sings on the title track of her latest LP, You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship. It’s the irony of existing in a world filtered through social media—comparing real life to curated ones, and longing for validation that seems further away with every scroll of the touchscreen.


Of the release Diplo says, “‘Get Free’ is one of our favorite songs we ever made. It’s a Major Lazer classic, the first song that really put us on. We still play it all the time and Amber’s voice is just legendary. We wanted to bring in our friend Chrome Sparks to breathe some new life into it.”


Grammy nominated activists FEVER 333 have shared an official music video for “One Of Us,” which is featured on their acclaimed Roadrunner/333 Wreckords Crew debut LP, STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS. The video, which is directed by FEVER 333 vocalist Jason Aalon Butler and Djay Brauner, sees the band demonstrating alongside allies on the streets of downtown Los Angeles as they march towards City Hall. The video, which features fans holding personalized protest signs, was filmed just days after FEVER 333 celebrated the release of STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS by marching alongside the United Teachers of Los Angeles in support of their strike.


The video is a continuation of the storyline first introduced in Platt’s debut music video “Bad Habit,” also directed by Lieberman and released earlier this month. “Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind” both arrive ahead of Platt’s debut solo LP Sing to Me Instead, set to arrive everywhere Friday, March 29th via Atlantic Records. The two tracks were met with acclaim from fans and critics alike, with the Los Angeles Times declaring “‘Bad Habit’ and ‘Ease My Mind’ showcase [Platt’s] signature vibrato and guttural vulnerability.”

Sego Share New Song/Video “Neon Me Out” On Billboard

Sego has shared their new single and video “Neon Me Out” on Billboard. Last month they announced their new LP Sego Sucks and shared the Matt Odom directed video for their new single “Shame” on Consequence of Sound. The band also did an Origins piece for the website, explaining their influences behind the track. Sego Sucks will be out 4/5 via Roll Call Records. The band also announced a couple shows including SXSW shows.

Lou Doillon debuts new music video for “Too Much” off of third album Soliloquy

“Too Much” follows the release of Doillon’s video for “It’s You (feat. Cat Power).” The track received rave reviews from the likes of UPROXX, who proclaims, “The reigning queens of haunting love songs, Doillon and Cat Power’s voices are a match in ghostly, melancholy heaven. Their gorgeous harmonies shine over a minimalist acoustic melody, with the two singers’ voices interlocking in complex ways, alternately echoing and singing,” while Stereogum furthers, “The track is an acoustic duet featuring both of their voices swirling around each other.”

Mike Evin shares new single “Recovering Romantic”

‘Never lose the romance’ is a lyric from Mike Evin’s new song, “Recovering Romantic”, but it’s also a reflection on why he keeps making music. He has been steadily building a loyal following across North America and beyond for over ten years, yet his new music has the feel of an artist still out to discover something fresh and honest and connect with a wider audience.

Wye Oak share new song via Adult Swim Singles

Adult Swim Singles have teamed with Durham-based indie duo Wye Oak to offer up the 25th installment of the current program. “Evergreen” marks the first song the band have written after a year of extensive touring in support of last year’s The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, their fifth album for long-time label Merge Records. In keeping with the group’s perpetual forward motion, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner states that “the song was made in an attempt to work a little differently- to ‘try softer,’ as my brilliant friend Lexie Mountain advised me,” and represents overcoming a physically and emotionally exhausting period of self-doubt. In a statement about the song, Wasner states “I understand intellectually that I have worth and value just by existing- that everyone does- but I’m beginning to realize that having an intellectual understanding doesn’t mean you’ve integrated that shit into your heart and mind and unconscious beliefs. Maybe I’ll never get there, but just trying (not too hard!) feels better than nothing at all. So it’s a start. Hope you enjoy.”


Before its official release, Catfish and the Bottlemen performed “Fluctuate” live throughout summer 2018 as a preview of new music to come, and the song quickly became a fan-favorite. Audiences can expect to hear more new tracks from The Balance during the band’s upcoming U.S. headline tour which kicks off March 12. Less than an hour after going on sale, their show at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on April 3 sold out.

Listen to Catfish And The Bottlemen’s new song ‘Fluctuate’