Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for March 2, 2019 @ 4:30 pm est


Noah “40” Shebib: “Pvrx is one of my favorite out because he has the ability to make incredible music amongst the chaos he’s gone through. He’s one of the most talented in our city. I’ve been watching him grow over the years and excited to see where he takes it.”

Sharon Lia Band New Single ‘Why Can’t We Pretend’

Think Adele (Hello) meets Evanescence (My Immortal) in this powerful song by the Sharon Lia Band. This commanding song both lyrically and musically has its soft side and it’s rocking side with a haunting quality throughout. “Why Can’t We Pretend” strikes a chord in all of us. Being forever changed is something many of us can relate to, as well as wondering why “us”. Why can’t we pretend it’s not me, its them? Sharon and her band along and their producer, created an epic production meant to fill the listener with a wide range of emotions. There is a real story behind this song, but Sharon wants the listener to find their own meaning… I am sure someday she will share the details.

LÉON Releases Self Titled Debut Album Today.

Following the release of her widely celebrated singles You and I,” “Baby Don’t Talk” and “Falling,” Swedish artist LÉON has released her highly-anticipated self-titled debut album today. Listen to it HERE.


Amy was instrumental in the treatment, casting and execution of the video, with her hands-on approach reiterating her strong creative vision for the LOVE MONSTER project. Brought to life in LA by U.S. Indie Pop music director/photographer David O’Donohue (Sasha Sloan/COIN) and co-directed by Amy, the clip sees the narrative follow a complicated love story

The Prescriptions Sign With Single Lock Records For Debut Album

Nashville-based rock band The Prescriptions have signed a deal with Single Lock Records to release their debut album Hollywood Gold on April 5. Previously released singles off the record include “She Is Waiting,” “Cuts Like A Knife,” “Broken Wing,” and the title track.


GDE/Island Prolific/Atlantic Records recording artist, Raiche, has introduced the release of her highly anticipated debut EP. DRIVE is now available at all digital music retailers and streaming services. Download/stream here.

Metal Act Blessing A Curse Release New Single, “Rat Race”

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, Joshy 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.”

Yves Jarvis Releases New Album ‘The Same But By Different Means’

Yves Jarvis is thrilled to release his new album The Same But By Different Means today via ANTI- Records. As Jon Pareles of The New York Times said, the music is “a rumination on ‘constant change’ that’s secure in its own fragility.” Filmed in director Tamás Wormser’s airy Montreal loft, watch Yves’s new music video for the track “Talking or Listening?” HERE.

Don’t Believe In Ghosts Release New Video Featuring Comedian/Actor Gilbert Gottfried for Single “Don’t Wake Me Up” TODAY!

Don’t Believe In Ghosts kicked off 2019 by selling out their first ever headline show at NYC’s iconic Bowery Ballroom. Looking out across the room that Saturday night, it was evident not only in the faces present, but the energy they contained, that something special is happening. With an entirely new album ready to go for this year, Don’t Believe In Ghosts released their brand new single “Don’t Wake Me Up.” The single was mixed by Ken Lewis who has worked with powerhouse artists X Ambassadors, Eminem, FUN, Bruno Mars, Lorde, One Republic, Kanye West, Drake, Des Rocs, and Lady GA GA. “Don’t Wake Me Up” is currently at #2 at retail radio with close to 90k spins in ift’s first week. The imaginative video for the single features stand-up comedian/actor Gilbert Gottfried. The video will go live on YouTube at 3:00 PM EST, where you can join the band in watching the worldwide premiere.

Calan Mai releases his first single of 2019, returns to the US in April

Calan Mai explains, “In early 2018, I traveled to the US and recorded with a few different producers in Los Angeles. ‘Friend of a Friend’ was written during one of these sessions. I entered a studio in Hollywood at 7 PM and came out at midnight with a 2-minute demo about a break-up I hadn’t even had yet. But the song felt more real to me than a recount of past events or present anguish. It seemed honest to write about a future I could predict as sure as a sunrise. Now I’m living the lyrics I wrote a year ago. I’ve given up the most important relationship I ever had for the pursuit of a dream that may never come to pass. And it’s the most liberating thing I’ve ever done because it may all be for nothing. That’s what ‘Friend of a Friend’ is about — the space between what you know will happen and what you hope will happen. I’ve learnt to live there.”

New Years Day Release Lead Single “Shut Up”

Billboard charting, award winning rockers New Years Day reveal the details about their forthcoming full-length album, Unbreakable. The band’s newest album is scheduled for release on April 26, 2019 via RED MUSIC. To celebrate the unveiling of Unbreakable, New Years Day release their single, “Shut Up”. Fans can listen to the empowering, hard hitting track HERE.

LA’s Frankie and The Witch Finger’s new album, ZAM

Frankie and the Witch Fingers’ upcoming LP, ZAM, bleeds beyond borders and boundaries. Its opening preternatural sounds bubble up out of the primordial soup, spilling into our world, invading the inner recesses of the listener’s mind. Like a two-headed snake wrapped around the skull, the album pendulates between winding instrumentals and dancey riffs that pop like supernovas out of the black void. Just when a song goes one way, it propels another through long stretches of a cosmic inferno.


J.ÁLVAREZ lanza hoy el sencillo de “Enamórate” junto a Jowell y Randy, parte de su producción musical “La Fama Que Camina Versión 1.5” que sale al mercado muy pronto. En este tema “Enamórate”, los artistas le cantan al amor, a la sinceridad y ser valiente cuando se trata de asuntos del corazon.

Dee White Releases Debut Album, Southern Gentleman, Via Easy Eye Sound/ Warner Music Nashville

Today, twenty-year-old Alabama native and country music newcomer, Dee White releases his debut album, Southern Gentleman, via Dan Auerbach’s label, Easy Eye Sound, and Warner Music Nashville. The initial five tracks on the album, Side A, were released early as an introduction to the Slapout, Alabama native who makes classic-minded country music for the modern world, and were debuted as an NPR First Listen. NPR says White “is up to something very different than most others in the swelling ranks of young artists with vintage country tastes” and says the album has a “finesse and a distinctly introspective angle on masculinity, and he applies those qualities in such an exhilarating way that his music is likely to sneak up on listeners and make a lasting impact.”

Ben Morrison (of The Brothers Comatose) Releases New Single + Music Video

Ben Morrison (of The Brothers Comatose), debuted his solo project earlier this year. Morrison’s second single “Old Technology” is out today. The song examines the rapid output of technology today, and also touches on how that technology affects the music business, and musicians like him.

Bear Grillz Brings Dubstep and Bass House Together On “Flow”

Lightsaber beats and hard-hitting bass come together on Bear Grillz’ mind-bending single “Flow,” premiered on YourEDM. Cranking up the volume to maximum intensity, Bear Grillz mashes up bass house with dubstep and hints of bounce on this 150 BPM, neck-breaking rave anthem.

UV Rays Share ‘Try and Begin’ EP On FLOOD

On their new EP Try and Begin, Brooklyn’s UV Rays are a band rejuvenated. While guitarist Adrien DeFontaine once served as the band’s principal songwriter, here he has invited his three bandmates to tackle lead vocals and songwriting duties as well. As a result, UV Rays have opened a floodgate of new perspectives and influences, embracing richly melodic pop music alongside their steadfast explorations of intricate, meter-shifting rock. “I wanted the songwriting to be a more democratic experience,” DeFontaine explains. “Early on, what people reacted to was seeing the four of us playing off each other live. That chemistry, and making something together that we couldn’t possibly do on our own, is what’s most exciting to me.” Try and Begin delivers big hooks alongside equally ambitious arrangements; it is as engaging as it is full of surprises.


Greg Holden has released, “I’m Not Your Enemy” the latest single from his 4th studio album, World War Me, coming out March 29th with BMG Recordings.

Head For The Hills Release First Single off new EP

In support of their new EP, the band will be hitting the road, making stops from coast to coast including NYC, Burlington, and Chicago, plus a special home state EP release celebration show in Colorado at eTown Hall in Boulder. The band will also perform at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre just outside of their home town of Fort Collins, CO for their 15th Annual offering of Pickin’ on the Poudre on May 11th.

Delicate Steve Releases New Album ‘Till I Burn Up’ Today, US Tour Begins March 20

The album name comes from a line in Dr. John’s “Walk on Guilded Splinters” where Steve misheard John’s actual phrase “Tit Alberta” as “Till I Burn Up.” But more than fodder for an album title, John’s Gris Gris, and records like it informed a new frame-of-mind for an artist who has historically set out to make a predetermined statement with every recording.

The Growlers Announce Summer 2019 Tour

The Growlers will hit the road this summer with a 20-date North American tour beginning with two-nights in Denver, Colorado, and wrapping with a three show Texas run in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. As part of the tour, the band will perform a very special show with The Flaming Lips at Ogden Amphitheater in Ogden, Utah, on Thursday, July 28. The tour that includes two Eastern Canada shows (Toronto and Montreal) will mark The Growlers’ first appearance at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey plus noteworthy live debuts at CrossroadsKC in Kansas City, Missouri, Agora Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, Asbury Hall in Buffalo, New York and the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. After Texas, the band will travel to the UK to debut at Green Man (Brecon Beacons, Wales) to play alongside Sharon Van Etten, Khruangbin, Idles and more.

7/17 The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
7/18 Ogden Amphitheater, Ogden, UT
7/19 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
7/20 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
7/21 CrossroadsKC, Kansas City, MO
7/23 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
7/24 Club XL Live, Harrisburg, PA
7/25 Asbury Hall, Buffalo, NY
7/26 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
7/27 Rialto Theatre, Montreal, QC
7/28 Skyloft, Albany, NY
7/31 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
8/1 Elevation27, Virginia Beach, VA
8/2 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
8/3 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
8/4 Music Farm, Charleston, SC
8/7 Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA
8/8 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
8/9 Paper Tiger, San Antonio, TX
8/10 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
8/18 Green Man, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

Jonatha Brooke Announces New EP ‘Imposter’ Out 4/19; Lead Single “Fire” Out Now

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke announced today the release of her new EP Imposter on April 19th via Bad Dog Records. Formerly of the New England-based folk-rock duo The Story, Jonatha also shared the lead single “Fire” from the forthcoming album. Parade Magazine stated “With ‘Fire’ songstress Jonatha Brooke lets her self-realized insights roll off her melodious tongue. This sing-song triumph is punctuated by insistent drums and intense horns and stars Brooke’s highly expressive vocal chops.”

Exclusive Premiere: Songstress Jonatha Brooke Triumphs with ‘Fire’

Noctorum hits the Billboard charts.

Schoolkids Records-The Label is proud to announce “The Afterlife”, Noctorum’s brilliant new album, has crashed the Billboard sales charts. We would like to thank all of you who purchased the album and helped us with this great accomplishment.
Billboard Charts and Positions:

Heatseekers #16
Alternative Albums #24
Independent Albums #39
Rock Albums #47


Sauropod reveal new single ‘I’ve Seen How You Smile’ – the first single taken from their EP ‘Sauropod 2, released March 7 via Propeller Recordings. Again, teaming up with artist Natalia Balbina to create the artwork, following on from her series of works for their debut EP.


2 Chainz and Lebron James: Rap Or Go To The League Interview –

Megan Thee Stallion drops video for “Big Ole Freak”  

Megan Thee Stallion is poised to be the next huge hip hop artist. The Houston based artist has graced every ones to watch list you can think of and has gotten praise from Pitchfork, FADER, Refinery29, Complex and more.

TRYER: Finnish Melodic Hardcore Punk Unit To Release Ei Kuole Koskaan Full-Length

Over the course of eleven tracks, TRYER builds on a concrete foundation that combines fast, melodic punk rock, feisty trash-riffs and hardcore aesthetics with a heavy metal twist. The band manages to capture the same intensity that has made them an underground success, known for their staggering live performances delivered with feverish energy. EiKuole Koskaan was recorded by Mikael Neves and TRYER, mixed by Kurt Ballou of Converge at GodCity Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Weekend Nachos, Nails, Magrudergrind, Wake, Tragedy) at Audiosiege with cover art and layout by Jussi “Hytky” Pohjanen (Amorphis, Hexvessel).

Jesse Pepe “To The Kids” Video

“To The Kids That I Might Never Have,” is a biting take on the way society treats planet earth. Directed by Mateo Trujillo-Hobbs and shot in a pristine cinematic style, the opening scene is an intense reflection of how we pummel and destroy the beauty in the world around us through abuse of the land and pollution.

VOYAGER Premiere New Single and Video, “Brightstar,” via Prog Magazine

Directed by Red Empire Media, the music video encompasses the quintessential nature of Western Australia, displaying the relationship between science, art, and nature. With a montage of drone footage taken from Parkes, CSIRO, and MRO Space Satellite sites across Western Australia, VOYAGER explores the synergy of how science and creative expression go hand in hand.