@skopemag news for March 15, 2019 @ 10 am est

Promcore duo Girl Crush Release new single about International Women’s Day ‘Blame Girls’

When Swedes tackle misogyny it’s with typical Scandinavian propriety. Encased in the sweetest of all Caribbean-flavoured pop ditties is an eyelash-fluttering fuck you to today’s online bastards, all ironic loveliness and irresistible hooks….a kiss with a fist.

Leikeli47 drops video for “No Reload”

The Tarot is Given a Soundtrack with Queer Artist Derek Schmidt’s New Album!

Queer composer/songwriter, Derek Schmidt released his immersive, atmospheric album Major Arcana on March 1st. The project incorporates elements of dream pop and elusive harmonies that create a mysticism that only the tarot could hold.

Alexander 23 Debut New Single “Dirty AF1s” – Apple Music’s Bop of The Week

Hailing from Chicago, IL, Alexander 23 is pop’s next rising artist. A multi-disciplinarian and creative, Alexander Glantz got his start as a songwriter and musician who has toured the country playing everything from drums, guitar and vocals. Now, at the helm of his debut solo release, Alexander 23 has shared the first taste of what fans and critics alike can expect from the young artist. The new track titled “Dirty AF1s” (Interscope Records) is an infectious, cloying song that showcases Alex’s pension with melodies and production — a perfect addition to playlists welcoming the early signs of Spring. But don’t take our word for it as the new track has already garnered early recognition from Apple Music who picked “Dirty AF1s” as their “Bop of the Week.”

The Head And The Heart announce new album ‘Living Mirage’

The band have also announced a special livestream performance from The Belasco in Los Angeles on March 21st. Fans can tune in to the stream beginning at 8:30pm PT on The Head and The Heart and Live Nation’s Facebook pages to watch the intimate performance, hear songs from the new album for the first time, and be the first to hear another major announcement from the band about their plans for this summer and fall across North America.

Spin the Block With Yungeen Ace in His New Video

Sharing revealing street missives from Florida’s murder capital, Yungeen Ace tells his story with intensity and melody. Letting loose with a hard-hitting flexers’ anthem, Yungeen Ace shares “Spinnin’,” his latest video. Rocking a sing-song cadence atop wooden percussion and ringing sitar, the Jacksonville rapper shows off his bright red Mustang in the new clip, kicking up dust as he takes on his opps: “Don’t spare me, I ain’t sparin’ you/I’ma show your ass what this Glock do.” With over 385k views on YouTube already, the Joan Pabon-directed “Spinnin'” is the latest video from Ace’s Life I’m Livin mixtape, following the ferocious clip for “Murder Rate Rising” (1.5 million views since March 1st).

New Music > Sean Paul & J Balvin join forces on new single “Contra La Pared” on Island Records

Grammy award winning Dancehall legend, Sean Paul, revered as one of the most consistent hit makers in pop music, teams up with Latin superstar J Balvin for the release of his electrifying new single “Contra La Pared” (Against The Wall) via Island Records. The new single follows on the heels of Sean’s recent smash “Mad Love” ft. Becky G which was produced by phenom David Guetta.

GRIDFAILURE: Heathen Harvest Premieres “Post-Attack Habitat” Video

A video for New York-based GRIDFAILURE’s “Post-Attack Habitat” has been issued through an exclusive premiere at Heathen Harvest. Created for the outfit’s recently-released Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I full-length, out now through Nefarious Industries, the video presents a brief glimpse into the concept behind the album, the first in a five-album series from the ominous outfit.

Hopeless Holocene: Premiering an Extinction-Level Event with a New Video from Gridfailure, “Post-Attack Habitat”


Hawksley Workman Releases Album + Shares New ‘1983’ Single

Produced by The Dears frontman and creative genius, Murray Lightburn, Median Age Wasteland returns with Hawksley’s hooky yet innovative melodic approach, authentic songwriting, and good old-fashioned, unedited musicianship on full display. “1983” premiered on national radio via The Strombo Show, with George proclaiming that “Hawksley is a veteran Canadian musician who always feels like a new artist to me. Hawksley puts a record out and it has this intensity, it has this timeliness. He’s very special…he’s truly one of the greats, this country has been lucky enough to call its own.”


Seminal hardcore band La Dispute have released an early preview of their forthcoming album Panorama (officially out March 22nd) via an immersive desktop game experience. Developed by Joost Eggermont and Jorrit De Vries with creative direction from band member Adam Vass, the game transports users to a geometric world with intense landscapes and scenery. Then greeted by 3 polygonal figures, the listener guides the figures through a unique landscape reflecting each track. The game is free with the option to pay what you want as a donation to The Trevor Project; the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention serves to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

BRANT BJORK: stream “Black & White Wonderland” ; European summer tour announced!

Recorded almost 10 years ago in a desert jam, BRANT BJORK’s instrumental solo album ‘Jacoozzi’ will finally see the light of day this April 5th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Check out new song ‘Black & White Wonderland’ via More Fuzz now!

Joshua Tree, California, 2010: BRANT BJORK has just started to record another solo record. About four days into the sessions, the desert rocker decided to abandon the eight songs he was working on, and told his long time friend and engineer, Tony Mason, to start rolling tape and Brant proceeded to play drums in his natural improv style. After multiple drum track performances were recorded, Brant started layering guitars, bass and percussion in the same spirit. The former Fu Manchu and Kyuss musician essentially decided to “jam” by himself and for the rest of his scheduled sessions.

E-40 Shares the “Melt”

These New Puritans unveil “Where the Trees are on Fire” video ahead of new album

These New Puritans today unveil the video to their new song ‘Where The Trees Are On Fire’, lifted from their already acclaimed forthcoming album Inside The Rose, which is set for release next Friday, 22 March. The song is the haunting centerpiece of their forthcoming album, and the video is directed by band member George Barnett and Max Luz.

Ruben releases a breathtaking live video of “Lay By Me”

AWAKEN I AM have released a brand new video for “Kin,” from their upcoming EP The Beauty In Tragedy, set for release on April 26, 2019. The five song collection plays as a tribute to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley, and features the previously released song/video “Dissolution,” with “Kin” and three new tracks dedicated to Oakley.

Jewelry Must Haves For The Spring

If there is one thing that’s essential to making every outfit pop this Spring, it’s the right fashion accessories and classics from Boma hit the mark every time.

Why Boma? This is the line that simply makes you feel good. Take their Triangle Pull Through Hoop Earrings – so stylish and chic. Or their Hamsa Hand Necklace – perfectly on trend. You’re simply going to want one of everything! With so many gorgeous necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets, you’ll find exactly what you desire and all at a reasonable price.

But there’s even more to love than meets the eye. Boma Jewelry is made from ethical silver and crafted by artisans and silversmiths who are paid a fair wage. Boma also raises money to fund social and community-based programs for its workers’ families.


Interscope Geffen A&M is pleased to announce that Annie Lee has been appointed to Chief Financial Officer. Lee will oversee all of the company’s finance functions as well as other key operational teams and report to Chairman and CEO John Janick. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I couldn’t be happier to elevate Annie to Chief Financial Officer at the company,” said Janick. “Throughout her tenure here she has been consistently growing and ready to take on new challenges. She has a keen eye for the financial and operational aspects of the business overall and our company in particular. Annie is an important part of the future of Interscope Geffen A&M.”

UK band Flamingods share new single “Paradise Drive”; ‘Levitation’ is out on May 3rd

International psych explorers Flamingods are back with a brand new album ‘Levitation’ (3 May, Moshi Moshi Records)

‘Levitation’ is inspired largely by the disco, funk and psychedelic sounds coming out of the Middle East and South Asia in the 70s, the album channels these influences through a vision soaked in mysticism, positivity and sun-drenched imagery.

Sepsiss Are Infecting Eardrums Everywhere with ‘Eyes of Empathy’

If you’re looking for acoustic ballads, the door’s that way. Sepsiss is a female-fronted metal band from Manchester, NH and since 2011 has been wowing crowds across their home state. Founded by vocalist Melissa Wolfe and guitarist William Savant, their latest single sees them showcasing Melissa’s stunningly powerful voice with a pounding rhythms section of the delirious chug and tyre screech of guitars. Looking back to rock heroes like Heart and more recent bands such as Evanescence, Sepsiss are helping to confirm that female-fronted metal bands offer some of the most powerful, intriguing and diverse sounds in the genre.

Bonnaroo announces “Ready to Roo” tour

Bonnaroo organizers announced today the 2019 “Ready to Roo” tour. Set to launch on March 18 in Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago and Tampa, “Ready to Roo” will make stops in 14 cities across the country with more than 35-pop-up events created to bring the spirit of the festival to the hometowns of fans and those interested in learning more about the Bonnaroo experience.

“Ready to Roo” events will feature games, drink specials and chances to win festival tickets. In several cities, Bonnaroovians will have the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities to enhance their communities. Designed to unite fans in their hometowns, locally beneficial activities will include beach cleanups, letter writing campaigns, animal encounters and nature walks. “Ready to Roo” has partnered with organizations including We Are Neutral, Oxfam, HeadCount and The Nashville Food Project to Radiate Positivity and spearhead activities in the selected cities.

Augustine showcases raw magic with stripped video of debut ‘Luzon’      

Moving through potent indie-pop while incorporating jazz-influenced instrumentation, and fusing altogether under an umbrella of bedroom electronica, 22-year-old Stockholmer AUGUSTINE makes his debut with ‘Luzon’ working alongside LÉON’s producer Rahmani.

new V**gra Boys video

Stockholm, Sweden post-punk band V**gra Boys (**=ia because spam) just released a video for “Just Like You” from their recently released debut LP Street Worms.

Pop artist NIKO releases first EP

Following first single “THE ONE”, and the rendition of Josè Feliciano’s “Light My Fire”, singer-songwriter NIKO releases his first EP, RMNC 21. On the record, he fuses contemporary pop melodies with dance beats and Euro influences. The result is a cohesive, sensual soundscape about love, sex, and complicated emotional bonds.

Julie Kember announces ‘Million Lives’ album launch + new single ‘Lived a Million Lives’

With critical acclaim, chart success, international TV syncing and awards a-plenty, it is hard not to see Australian songstress Julie Kember as a bona fide overachiever. The beating heart of all her wild success is wonderful music that touches the soul. Built around the gorgeous timbre of her voice, Kember’s songs are majestically poetic, cinematic and relatable – providing her with a passport to tour the world. From Tamworth and Boyup Brook, to Nannup and Nashville, Julie Kember’s music is at home anywhere it touches the ground.

Spawts announce album, AVI and share ‘Heresy’ video

Kiwi garage rock outfit Spawts announce their debut album AVI, and share the music video for ‘Heresy’, created by Far Side Key.

‘Heresy’ is the second single from post punk, garage rock outfit Spawts upcoming album AV1. An album written “for live”, captures the full force of the band’s energy on stage and the frenetic angst of the new record, due for release on July 26.