@skopemag news for February 20, 2019 @ 10 am est

Girl Crush – Hybrid of flinty Scandi-pop and sultry 90s RnB

Girl Crush are Ottilia Kjulsten and David Sugar, a Swedish/British duo with a special interest in lost youth, heartbreak and a future that never arrived. New single ‘Baby Steps’, released on Valentine’s Day, is a meditative cut about taking a relationship to the next level.

Astronomar Releases New EP ‘That Thing,’ Out Now Via Psycho Disco!

Boasting a resume that includes official remixes of What So Not, RL Grime, UZ, Canblaster, and Wax Motif, notable releases on tastemaker labels including Mad Decent, Fools Gold, OWSLA, Dim Mak, Psycho Disco!, BNR Trax, and his own label Main Course, which he co-founded w/ Bot (1/2 of legendary Crookers) and Neoteric, LA DJ / producer Astronomar remains one of the pinnacles of the modern electronic music community. Today, Astronomar is making his return to Atlanta’s premiere purveyor of underground House music, Psycho Disco! Records, with a brand new EP titled ‘That Thing.’

JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR pay tribute to their youth heroes with their new EP “Holy Chrüst – Horn Alley Live Session”

A few months before the release of the third album, the Swedish Death ‘n’ Roll road cruiser JESUS CHRÜSLER SUPERCAR takes the first gear in 2019 and brings themselves back with a hellish loud appetizer, the brand new “Holy Chrüst – Horn Alley Live Session”! The new EP with cover versions of the songs “Love Sick” by Bob Dylan, Motörhead’s “Overkill”, “It’s Coming Down” by Danzig and “Ramblin’ Rose” by the legendary MC5 will be released digitally on 22.02.2019 through Dr. Music Records.

Ben Kweller shares new video

Ben Kweller has released his first new song in five years, “Heart Attack Kid,” and it’s available now via a raucous video he made in collaboration with Robert Strange of Superorganism.

Jesse James Dupree To Visit Indianapolis To Support The Trucking Community Strike

Jesse James Dupree will be on-site in Indianapolis, IN this Thursday, February 21 when the trucking community stages a peaceful and professional protest. His interests are two-fold. First, to support those assembled as an independent voice. Says Dupree, “All of the Johnny Cash’s are gone, and somebody needs to step up here.” Secondly, to continue filming a documentary in production tentatively titled Last American Cowboy.

LA-Based Band Jubilo Drive Release New Album ‘Late Night, Early Morning’

“We were pretty experimental when it came to recording techniques on this record,” lead vocalist Jordan H. Kleinman shares. “We’ve determined what does and does not work for our sound or recording style. Right now Jubilo Drive is essentially a new band with an old name. We had some ups and downs making this record but we’re stronger and wiser for it. I feel really confident about our process moving forward.”

Dean Lewis’ Debut Album “A Place We Knew” Set for Release on March 22

Currently headlining sold out shows in North America, multi-platinum selling artist Dean Lewis announces his highly anticipated debut album A Place We Knew, to be released world-wide on Friday, March 22nd. A Place We Knew includesglobal hits ‘Be Alright’, ‘Waves’ and brand new single ‘7 Minutes’. For Lewis, the title A Place We Knew encapsulates the bittersweet memories of past relationships.


It was recently announced that Brynn will join labelmates Why Don’t We on their North American “8 Letters Tour.” The trek begins March 20th at Phoenix AZ’s Comerica Theater and then continues through mid-April. A number of dates are already long sold out, including a hugely anticipated show at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall, set for April 5th. For complete details and ticket information, please visit brynnelliott.com.

Killin’ Candace // Release new Music Video “Miss Deception”

As promised, LA-based punk rock and melodic metal band Killin’ Candace today releases their highly anticipated and debut music video for single, “Miss Deception.” Hitting the new year with a bang, they are sticking to their guns by using this track to lay the ground rules of what’s to come following the release of their debut EP Tales of Heartbreak & Homicide.

LAPP stuns with gritty vocals and organic groove on new track ‘Sunny’      

Gethen Jenkins’ New Single “Restless Ways”

This past Friday, award-winning country singer-songwriter Gethen Jenkins released his latest single “Restless Ways.” Co-written alongside George Shingleton, the single was produced by 4-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Old 97’s, and Buddy Guy) and recorded at Nashville’s Sputnik Studios. The single is from Gethen’s forthcoming full-length debut album Western Gold–set to be released later this year–in which he wrote or co-wrote every song.

ASTHMA CASTLE: Decibel Premieres “The Incline Of Western Civilization”

ASTHMA CASTLE – featuring drummer Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Scour), the twin guitar attack of Justin Ethem (Integrity touring guitarist) and Cameron Smith (Passage Between, Crawler), vocalist Zach Westphal (ex-J. Roddy Walston And The Business), and bassist Jeff Davis (Damnation Audio effects pedals) – will release their Mount Crushmore full-length via Hellmistress Records this March.

Track Premiere: Asthma Castle – ‘The Incline of Western Civilization’

Primal Static return with heavy, dystopian new single

Austin band Primal Static return with a fiery new single. “Velvet Crush” shows the ambition and boldness that is Primal Static: a rock band that pushes boundaries with every song, each having its own distinctive personality. Starting with the fearlessly hypnotic keyboard riff that swirls around the explosive call for action, before introducing dystopian electronics. We’ve teamed up with Pure Grain Audio in the states and Aesthetic Magazine in Canada to share the single ahead of the bands forthcoming EP, The Corrupting of The Revolution.

Exclusive Premiere: Stream Primal Static’s New Single “Velvet Crush”

New Boo Boo Davis album

After a string of single releases of famous blues covers on KuvVer Recors it’s now time again for Boo Boo to release a new and ‘all original’ album.

Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Easy Skanking” Music Video Out Now

The Marley Family, Island Records, and UMe are celebrating the rich legacy of reggae legend Bob Marley with a new music short inspired by the music of Bob Marley and that exemplifies the joy of his beloved birthplace, Jamaica. This piece is a virtual mirror into some of the themes that are reflected in Marley’s internationally renowned body of work. “Easy Skanking,” directed by Brian Kazez, was beautifully shot on film by Pantera Film Studios, on location in Kingston, and captures a loving, authentic look at a day in the life of the indefatigable, uprising spirit of the people who live, work, love, and call Jamaica their home.

FOR PREMIERE: Jaz Clemente – ‘Sacalacalaca’

Created, composed, and curated by activist border-child Nemo C, Jaz Clemente is an Oakland-based musical experience connecting cultures and people in an expression of movement-inspiring joy. An electro-groove fusion of sultry R&B, jazz vibes, and swanky ’70s synth-funk together with afro-latin layers, disco beats, and honey-dripping harmonies, Jaz Clemente promotes love for oneself, each other, and our collective capacity for transformation.

Bon Iver / Ben Howard Inspired Joshua Howlett Releases Stunning Single ‘The Swell’

TIMSTERS releases hotly tipped ‘Chapter 1’ EP

Today, an incredible French artist we’ve been working with for a while now, Timsters releases his debut EP ‘Chapter 1’ and with acclaim from Fresh Finds, Radio X, XLR8R, The Line Of Best Fit, France Top Viral, NMF and more, he’s certainly becoming one to watch for 2019.

2019’s Most Sinful States – WalletHub Study

Every state is known for its own virtues and vices. But harmful behavior on the individual level can result in staggering economic costs, considering that gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 billion per year and smoking costs dwarf that with over $300 billion per year.

With Mardi Gras coming up and sure to be full of drinking, drug use and sex, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most Sinful States as well as accompanying videos along with its Mardi Gras Facts – Booze, Floats, Money & More infographic. To determine where the U.S. has the most moral growing to do, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on seven sinful behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.