@skopemag news for March 4, 2019 @ 3 pm est

NORMUNDY mix rap, rock, and electronics on chantable new single

Indianapolis rockers NORMUNDY combine rock, rap, and electronic elements into one distinct sonic experience for their new single “Out of my Head.” The music video premiered exclusively on PureGrainAudio.com.

THE HOLD STEADY release new single “The Last Time That She Talked To Me”

The Hold Steady are visiting London this week for “THE WEEKENDER,” a sold out three-day concert event that will see the NYC-based band taking the stage at London’s Electric Ballroom on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, followed by a limited capacity third show at Oslo, in Hackney, London on Sunday, March 10. In addition, an exclusive screening of The Hold Steady’s acclaimed 2009 documentary, A Positive Rage, will be held the afternoon of Sunday, March 10 at the Picturehouse cinema in Hackney.

Pharrell Williams Launches SOMETHING IN THE WATER Art, Culture And Music Festival Celebrating Virginia Beach

Today visionary recording artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist, fashion designer, and entrepreneur, Pharrell Williams announced his newest venture – SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a multi-day music festival and cultural experience on the beach in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

Stream/Share: “‘Til the Morning” by Claire Ridgely

Claire Ridgely was born in Seattle, raised in Switzerland, went to school in Virginia and now makes music in Montreal. She made a splash with the previously released “California,” and is continuing to ride this wave of success with her new single “‘Til the Morning.”

Jack Symes Release “Sugar Mama” Music Video

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.

Ben Folds and Violent Femmes announce co-headline tour

Ben Folds and Violent Femmes have announced a very special summer co-headline tour, set to begin Sunday, July 28 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and continue through the first half of August.

Dead Girls Academy Premiere New Video ‘Far Away’

Los Angeles rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY are premiering their most compelling and euphoric video to date, “Far Away.” Their ode to mortality faces the question of life and death, and analyzes a reflective conversation in the mind of vocalist Michael Orlando. “I believe the imagery in this video will resonate with a lot of people,” Orlando states. “Not only does it deal with longing and loss, but with mental illness. Songs should make you feel something and the music video should bring that feeling to life.”

Michelle LeBlanc (indie singer-songwriter) to release new single in April, “A Good Man“

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Michelle LeBlanc is set to release a new single, “A Good Man,” on April 5, 2019. “It’s a love song,” says LeBlanc. “It’s about how timing is divine, how the right one comes at the right time, and the beauty and protection in all of that.” Before recording the song, she wasn’t planning on getting back into the studio so quickly, but the song wanted to be born. She met Josh Kaler (Frances Cone, Matthew Perryman Jones, Dar Williams), who produced and performed all of the instrumentation on the track and added his own magic and cosmic vibes to it.

new AUGUST 08 vid “Blood on My Hands” ft. Smino

AUGUST 08 dropped off his newest single “Blood on My Hands” ft. Smino last month and today he’s followed it up with a video for the stunning track. Directed by Isha Dipika Walia and starring the Los Angeles based artist the video is as dark and mysterious as the track title suggests. An expert in crafting emotionally intricate works of modern R&B, AUGUST 08 has written hits for the likes of DJ Khaled, Chance The Rapper, Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne (I’m The One), Sabrina Claudio (Orion’s Belt), Wale & G-Eazy (Fashion Week) and more. Check the video for “Blood on My Hand” below.


In the Spring of 1970, armed National Guardsmen fired on Vietnam protesters at Kent State in Ohio, killing four students. The event reverberated across the country, spurring Neil Young to pen “Ohio” for Crosby, Stills & Nash, a folk anthem The Guardian calls “the greatest protest record” in American history.

Cleveland’s Heart Attack Man Drop Title Track/Video Off ‘Fake Blood’

Cleveland OH’s Heart Attack Man will release their sophomore LP ‘Fake Blood’ on April 19 via You Did This/Triple Crown Records.


Bear’s Den premieres lead single “Laurel Wreath” today!

“We’re hugely excited to be releasing ‘Laurel Wreath’ into the world today. It’s a song about vulnerability and courage and the need for connection that runs through the whole album,” says Andrew Davie (lead vocals, guitar). The track is taken from their highly anticipated third album So that you might hear me, which is set for release on April 26 via Rounder Records.

Newcomer Julian Mika projects idiosyncratic rap cut ‘Pattern’

Born in Rome to a Sicilian mother and an American father, and raised in North-West London, with off-kilter melodies, silver-tongued lyricism and half-sung flows, JULIAN MIKA fills a stylistic void in the Great British urban scene with ‘Pattern’.

Grand Funk Railroad Time-Life Cruise March 25 and 26

The American Band, Grand Funk Railroad is headlining Time-Life’s ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise this March 25 and 26. The Cruise takes Rock & Romance to new heights when it sails through the Caribbean aboard the luxurious Celebrity Infinity. Other Superstars on the Cruise include Foreigner, WAR, Orleans, Leo Sayer, Gino Vanelli, and bands Queen Nation, Exile, Firefall, Little River Band and former members of ELO. Hosting this amazing lineup of talent is Peter Asher plus radio hosts Delilah and Joe Johnson and more.

Charlie Straw is the Sound of Vulnerability on Acoustic Pop Single (New Music Friday/ Clash)

First and foremost though, Charlie is an incredible songwriter. His string of releases has seen him sell out three London headline shows. He’s performed at Citadel, Wilderness and The Great Escape, as well as supporting James Bay, Marika Hackman, Nathaniel Rateliff & James Morrison. He’s also picked up significant support from DSP’s, racking up over 3 Million Streams on Spotify and top 10 viral positions in the UK and across Europe. He’s also been featured by the likes of Clash Magazine and The Independent.