@skopemag news for March 11, 2019 @ 2:45 pm est


Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Hozier released his sophomore album Wasteland, Baby!, which debuted at No. 1 on the album-chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The 14-track LP is available globally and includes current singles “Movement” and “Almost (Sweet Music)” as well as “Dinner & Diatribes.” See full tracklisting below and click here for limited edition merchandise bundles and vinyl offerings. His self-titled debut released in 2014 earned a No. 2 on the album-chart and the Billboard Top 200 Chart.


Written by Khalid and produced by Disclosure, this is the lead single off his upcoming and highly anticipated sophomore album “Free Spirit” which will be released on April 5th, 2019 via Right Hand Music Group / RCA Records.

NEEDSHES Unleash “U Babe” Single & Announce Album, ‘Truth Power’

NEEDSHES, the independent alternative rock band from Tashkent, Uzbekistan are proud to announce their forthcoming album, Truth Power, due out May 3rd via AWAL. Off the 10-track album comes a brand new single called,”U Babe” which perfectly encapsulates the band’s signature alt/rock sound by infusing R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop. Lead vocalist Otabek Salamov (Beck) expands on the importance of the song and how meaningful it is to his childhood. He states, “It is kind of the tribute to James Brown, Lauryn Hill, Tupac, Prodigy, Sepultura, and Beastie Boys. I just wanted to make something you can touch and feel nostalgia.” He continues by touching on the album theme by stating, “Truth Poweris a call for awareness about the obvious truths, which are often ignored.” And in regard to “U Babe” the song addresses the truth as the character is eager for knowledge.” The album intertwines this idea with hidden metaphors, life stories, and easy-to-follow imagery underling the collection and offers an array of exotic sounds with the addition of instruments such as doira and persian tar.


Lil Durk Ain’t Trying to Be Your Friend or Your Man or Your Husband in His Latest Video

Specializing in soaring melodies and grounded street stories, Lil Durk pioneered the sound of new Chicago. Taking a break from his own domestic bliss to comment on a friend’s relationship woes, Lil Durk shares “No Label,” his latest video. Released in late-January, “No Label” is a minor-key hookfest, packed with withering insults aimed towards a woman who wants more than Durk’s friend can give: “You Instagram famous, but you not a star.” The video, directed by Rock Davis, investigates a crumbling relationship, as the central couple squabbles in a Hollywood mansion. With some help from his OTF brethren King Von, OTF Ikey, and Booka600, Lil Durk acts as the devil on his friend’s shoulder, prying him away from his temporary relationship with the promise of more models. With over 2.5 million plays on Spotify and over 5 million YouTube views on its official audio, “No Label” expands upon the sonic palette Durk developed for Signed To The Streets 3, his November 2018 album, and starts to lay the groundwork for Love Songs to the Streets 2, a new mixtape coming this Spring.

Soul/R& B Artist Sheridan Reed’s NEW Single, “Money Maker”

Based out of Austin, Texas singer and songwriter  grew up in a household overflowing with musical diversity. Citing influences ranging from Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five to more recently Billie Eilish and Allen Stone.

Sheridan Reed Releases Single, “Money Maker”


The internet is buzzing — first PAPER asked, then Halsey got curious… but the only one who knows is Charli XCX. The all-female band is the brainchild of the genre defining, culture inspiring, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, who has officially just signed Nasty Cherry to her Vroom Vroom Recordings label imprint.

RAGE OF LIGHT – Release New Video For “Away With You”

It’s time to meld melodic death metal and trance together! RAGE OF LIGHT, the rising stars from Switzerland around charismatic lead singer Melissa Bonny prove that these styles can build a very strong symbiosis. The result is a musical monster!

Waterstrider releases new single “Breed” via 30th Century Records

Fresh off announcing his new EP ‘Way Out,’ Oakland experimental indie musician Nathan Salman aka Waterstrider has released the second single titled “Breed.” The piece is a flourishing, ethereal expression of hope translated through Salman’s angelic vocal performance. After a year fraught with fires that threatened his Northern California home and an infection that left him in the ER, Waterstrider has turned his personal turmoil into triumph. Salman is primed to release his new EP, The Way Out, on June 28th, 2019 via 30th Century Records.

dwilly releases new EP & announces competition to be in next video

Following the release of his video for “ugh!”, starring dancer Jake Kodish, eclectic producer and artist dwilly, released his crayola EP on tastemaker label CloudKid.

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Long Island Rockers DEAD SUPERSTAR Share Blistering New Single “On the Ledge”

Hard, heavy, and hopeful is how rising rockers Dead Superstar bring it on “On The Ledge,”- their intense new single that dives deep into themes of abandonment and self-preservation. Hailing from Long Island, New York, Dead Superstar, was founded in 2005 by vocalist Terence Keith (Perseverance) and includes Mike Bohm, Chad Willems, Charlie O’Neil and Craig Matalon. The band will release the self-produced song recorded at Full Force studios & mixed by Seether’s Corey Lowery digitally on March 8. The song is the first single taken from their forthcoming second full-length album I Did It for the Rock Gods coming April 18.

Former Mausi star DAZE marks return in collaboration with Hungarian duo Birdsday

DAZE marks her return in collaboration with Hungarian producers Birdsday, also teasing her new electro-pop direction.

Pheeyownah shares new single “Gold”

Swedish/Ugandan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & dancer Pheeyownah just dropped her moody R&B single “Gold”. As she explains,”‘Gold’ is a declaration of love. With a sci-fi atmospheric mood, it paints a vivid picture of two people who are dangerously in love.” The track is off her debut album SILVER, out May 3 on Labrador Records.

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Unwed Sailor share unwinding post-rock track “Ovid”

With over 20 years of music under his belt, Johnathon Ford, the visionary behind Unwed Sailor and one-time member of Pedro the Lion and Roadside Monument, presents a new offering in his expansive interpretation of instrumental music. Heavy Age is the project’s first album since 2008’s Little Wars (Burnt Toast Vinyl), set for release on May 3rd, 2019.

Dee White Announces 12-Date Headlining Tour

On the heels of making his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Dee White announces a thirteen-date headlining tour, his first, throughout April. The twenty-year-old Alabama native, who has previously opened for Allison Krauss, Ashley McBryde, and Alan Jackson, will perform in cities including Roanoke, Chicago, and Knoxville (full dates below).

Dee White Tour Dates
Apr 03 /// Grey Eagle /// Asheville, NC*
Apr 04 /// The Spot On Kirk /// Roanoke, VA
Apr 05 /// The Southern Café And Music Hall /// Charlottesville, VA
Apr 06 /// Neighborhood Theatre /// Charlotte, NC
Apr 07 /// Motorco Music Hall /// Durham, NC
Apr 11 /// Carol’s Pub /// Chicago, IL
Apr 12 /// Lo-Fi Lounge /// Indianapolis, IN
Apr 13 /// Thompson House /// Newport, KY
Apr 23 /// Eddie’s Attic /// Decatur, GA
Apr 24 /// Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall /// Winston-Salem, NC
Apr 25 /// Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria /// Knoxville, TN
Apr 26 /// Tangled String Studio/Lowe Mill /// Huntsville, AL
*w/ The Wild Feathers