@skopemag news for February 18, 2019 @ 5 pm est

Scott Mulvahill wows listeners with his NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Performance

For the high-profile segment, Mulvahill performed solo and with his band on the songs “Begin Againers,” “Gold Plated Lie,” and “Himalayas.” Says Mulvahill about the opportunity to perform a Tiny Desk Concert: “The cool thing about playing behind the desk is that it’s unusual enough to push you out of your realm of comfort, and I think you can sense that in a lot of Tiny Desk performances. You can’t lean on a loud sound system, show lighting, etc. It’s very exposed, and that puts you on the edge of your abilities, and I think that’s why they get so many great performances on their show. It was a dream to play it, and kind of trippy to see photos of myself standing in that spot.” Tiny Desk Concerts host Bob Boilen praised Mulvahill, writing: “This is a perfect introduction to an artist with enormous talent and an artist seeking to stretch his musical world.”


New Super City Album, SANCTUARY

Melodic and guitar driven, Super City is known for their hooky pop sound that blends heavy rock elements and danceability, all with coordinated band choreography that results in killer live performances. This Baltimore band expertly crafts guitar and synth earworms that thrive on the creative tension between bombastic rock and roll and stylized movements.

Tonight Alive fans will lose it for Madre x Mia’s “Head on Straight” music video

San Diego quartet Madre x Mia have released their debut music video “Head on Straight,” premiering exclusively with The Noise. With its alt-rock roots, guitar driven chorus and warm, authentic vocals, their sound is sure to deliver for fans of You Me At Six and Tonight Alive.

Nikki King Joins Artists Protesting President’s Immigration Policies in New Single

Top artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone have actively voiced their anger and dissatisfaction with the president’s policies on immigration. Latin artists such as Camilla Cabello, J Balvin and Ricky Martin opened the Grammy’s with a performance including a not-so-subtle message for the President: build bridges, not walls.

Carverton Release ‘Chasing Sounds’ In Honor of Kyle Yorlets

On February 7, 2019, the Nashville based Pop/Rock group, Carverton, endured a loss when their lead singer, Kyle Yorlets, was killed in an armed robbery. Michael Curry, Christian Ferguson, and Michael Wiebell remember Kyle as a fun, loving, happy-go-lucky individual. One week ago, the band members gathered at Belmont University to honor and memorialize Kyle in a beautiful ceremony of speeches, videos, and most important to share his music.

London Haze Dripping in Shimmering Gold

The new dream pop single from London artist Dream Reporter marches to the beat of a mesmerizing metronome dripping in shimmering gold. “It Stays” is a haunting and cinematic song that envelopes into a punchy approach. Like Gothic pillars crafted by human touch, or an undiscovered field tucked away behind society’s reach, the single is simultaneously haunting and cathartic. Imagine someone heard your deepest secret, and wrote an anthem just for you. “It Stays” is due out on February 18.

MK delivers club-ready remix of latest Sigrid single ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’

BBC Music Sound of 2018 winner Sigrid has unveiled a floorfilling set of MK remixes of her latest hit, ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’, with the original already amassing over 2 million Spotify streams since release earlier this month.

James Gardin to release “Sweet Jesus” EP on Friday February 22

Sweet Jesus! By no means is that anyone taking the Lord’s name in vain. Think of it as more of a proclamation of excitement and expectation of the brand new EP by Illect’s James Gardin. James Gardin often refers to himself as The World’s Most Encouraging Rapper but considering his work rate and the influx of loosies over the past couple of years, he may need to change that moniker to The World’s Most Productive Artist.

Berlin Taxi- “Last Night”

New Orleans based Berlin Taxi’s debut EP, ‘Contract,’ drops April 12th.

Ivan & The Parazol captures teenage vivacity on glam-psych number ‘When I Was 17’      

IVAN & THE PARAZOL, a four-piece Budapestian band carrying the spirit of ’70s glam-rock and incorporation of modern psych-rock instrumentation, making for an amalgam reminiscent of a Brian May-Kevin Parker compound, with their flamboyant guitar solos and overdriven octave-pedals on guitars.

VOWWS on North American tour with COLD CAVE and ADULT.!

Fresh off the successful release of their latest single “Structure Of Love II” and an acclaimed performance at Paris Men’s Fashion week, VOWWS are joining COLD CAVE and ADULT. on the road for a late winter run of the US and Canada. The tour will take the bands up the West Coast, into Canada, and then drop down into Chicago to complete the rest of the stateside run. Before returning to LA the tour will make a stop in Tijuana (Mexico).

EXCLUSIVE Photos: More than 1M watched Janelle Monáe perform at AT&T Pregame Concert Sunday

This weekend marked NBA All-Star which lent itself to a handful of exciting announcements and performances, specifically as it relates to AT&T. Most prominently, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, performer, producer, activist and actress Janelle Monáe headlined the debut AT&T Pregame Concert streamed live Sunday on AT&T and NBA social media channels with more than 1,000,000 live viewers. The rising star was most recently featured in the Robert Zemeckis film Welcome to Marwen in winter 2018, and pulled off an incredible musical performance at last week’s Grammy Awards in support of her critically-acclaimed third solo album, DIRTY COMPUTER.

Futuristic Releases Music Video “Hibachi” via HipHopDX.com

He teamed up with HipHopDX to exclusively premiere the visual. “Futuristic is investing his talents in lyrically burning down Benihana via his new “Hibachi” video.”

Australian Pop Artist and YouTube Star Arlene Zelina Unveils NEW Video via Substream Magazine

Zelina has gained an extensive following with her flawless vocals in her viral Youtube covers. After uploading her first video, her career skyrocketed. Her cover of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” has racked up 14 million views, and that number is still growing. She has over 230,000 followers across all her social media platforms, and has captured the attention of several international celebrities including Ryan Seacrest, Jason Derulo, and Ellen DeGeneres. Additionally, she has been featured on EllenTube.com by Ellen DeGeneres, on RyanSeacrest.com, and as a spotlight artist on Youtube.com. Zelina was previously signed to Future History, Jason Derulo’s record label. She continues to work with award winning producers and musicians who have worked with pop icons including Selena Gomez, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Fifth Harmony, and more.

Premiere: Arlene Zelina Shares Vivid New Video, “Dream of Me”

Monsieur Job Release Seductive New Video For Cover of The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

Progressive Metal Act – City of Tyrants Release “Bloodlines” Music Video

The band recently released a music video for single “Bloodlines,” which divulges into the details of the character’s background and relationship with his father. Throughout the song, the character is in a battle with his own psyche and trying not to become the evil figure his father taught him to be. The verses of the song reflect on his volatile relationship with his father, while the chorus reflects on his wishes for revenge.

Interview Hip Hop Documentary Director Showcases Seminal Budapest Musicians & Scene

BP UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP showcases the underground hip hop culture of Budapest, and builds a unique visual world including many original archive clips, documenting the birth and thriving of Hungarian hip hop. The film guides viewers through the much-loved talent contest, Fila Rap Jam, and historical event-series like Gimmeshot, Microfonparties and the OSG. Besides dealing with the most important characters, from rappers to MCs and DJs, it also introduces the viewer to the Hungarian culture of graffiti, gypsy hip hop, female performers and break dancers. The fascinating documentary aims to discover how the capital of Hungary, as a center, shaped the subculture, and how a cultural exchange took place between the hip hop figures from the countryside and the faces of Budapest hip hop.

VIRVUM Announce North American Tour Dates in Support of ARCHSPIRE

Technical death metallers VIRVUM will embark on Tech Trek IV’s North American tour in support of label-mates ARCHSPIRE. The band will be touring to support their latest album, “Illuminance,” which was re-released by Season of Mist in 2017. The trek kicks off on May 9 in Seattle, WA and will conclude on June 4 in Boise, ID. The full itinerary, along with ticket links, can be found below.

The Bucket List Featuring Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin & Jerry Marotta Release Debut Album

The Bucket List is the collective effort of guitar extraordinaire Phil Keaggy, legendary bassist Tony Levin and rhythm master Jerry Marotta featuring 12 original instrumentals that showcase the strengths of these three musicians.

Having recorded over 60 albums since the late 1960’s, Phil Keaggy is one of the most admired guitarists in the Contemporary Christian music world. Phil’s talents have earned him two Grammy nominations as well as being a seven time recipient of the GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.

Jack Symes Premieres Debut LP – Songs For Moms

Meet singer-songwriter, Jack Symes. A young, promising artist with a sound and writing style inspired by and reminiscent of the foregoing and forthcoming generations of American Folk. A songwriter with a scope for all things relatable, Symes has engulfed his listeners with fables and life experiences all too familiar. From sadness to a thoughtful levity, his performance will have you in tears one moment, laughter in the another and climactically, reflective in thought the next.

Sabbath Assembly to Release New LP, ‘A Letter of Red’, April 19

Sabbath Assembly is a dark rock band based in Texas and NYC. A true artist collective, Sabbath Assembly features vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune, Wolves in the Throne Room), guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), guitarist Ron Verod (Kayo Dot, Myrkur), bassist Johnny DeBlase, and drummer / founding member David Nuss. Sabbath Assembly will release its new album, ‘A Letter of Red’, on April 19 via Svart Records.

Amigo the Devil Drops New Video “Hell and You”!

Wallows Release New Track “Scrawny”

Wallows will make their debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, performing “Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo)” live for the first time. “Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo)” was recently released to widespread praise, with TIME naming it one of “5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week,” Idolator declaring it “another stone-cold gem” and Highsnobiety pronouncing it the “ultimate karaoke jam.” The track has amassed over three million global streams, and has been heavily playlisted with Spotify highlighting the track on “New Music Friday,” “Ultimate Indie,” “All New Indie,” “Indie Pop,” and “Indie Chillout.” Apple has featured “Scrawny” on their “Best of the Week,” “Breaking Alternative,” and “Hot Tracks – Alternative” playlists, and has endorsed the track on the iTunes Store’s main page as “Best of the Week.”

FEELS Debut Title Track From New LP via LA Record, ‘Post Earth’ Out 2/22

Of the track, singer/guitarist Laena Geronimo says, “’Post Earth’ is the fictional concept that there is a future for humanity after the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by arrogant profiteers, who believe that human engineering can create a suitable environment to sustain fulfilling life elsewhere. There is no such thing. The song is addressed to those billionaire 1%-ers as their fate unfolds: as they leave their trash behind and take a rocket ship to their new home on Mars, only to arrive and face catastrophic horror. ‘DON’T YOU KNOW? THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE.’”


Crypt Trip Debuts New Song “Death After Life”

Texas trad rock band Crypt Trip is a progressive power trio that delivers energetic music which unites elements of blues, rock, and jazz. On the heels of its lauded debut, ‘Rootstock’, the San Marcos-based band will release its new LP, ‘Haze County’, on March 8 via Heavy Psych Sounds (Brant Bjork, Duel, Nebula).

Song Premiere: Crypt Trip “Death After Life”