Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for March 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm est

Open Volunteer Spots at Ariana Grande

We are registering voters at every Ariana Grande show on her Sweetener Tour, helping fans become a part of the #thankunextgen – a program we designed with her to register voters, help contact legislators, and remind younger fans to register on their 18th birthdays.


Emmeline Rises Up Through the Ashes

Each song on RISE sings with its own distinct voice. The discoveries are endless, and the listener hears different stories each time a track is explored. Extensive production sets the album apart from Emmeline’s previous releases. Like “Superheroes,” and “Empire,” the instrumentation on the album builds and grows with an outpouring of emotions in times where one feels like they are truly being tested by the world. Five years in the making, RISE wasn’t completed without hindrance. Finishing the album felt like spraining an ankle in the last seconds of the race and limping determinedly towards the finish line. This perseverance permeates every track and ultimately inspired the album’s title. Emmeline states, “This record is about getting past your pain by working through it and realizing that there is so much joy on the other side.”


SONTALK, the latest project from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph LeMay, makes its album debut with today’s release of Stay Wild [Sony Music Masterworks]. Available everywhere now, the twelve-track collection follows the personal trials, tribulations and triumphs of LeMay, culminating in an openly honest dialogue between himself and listeners. Having already been met with critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound and Billboard, Stay Wild hints at the vastly expansive sonic and emotional terrain of SONTALK, whose conversation has just begun.

Former Murder FM frontman Norman Matthew releases new solo project As Strange As Angels

Dallas, Texas based As Strange As Angels is former Murder FM front man Norman Matthew’s passion project. He has released a new single “Mirror Mirror”, and it’s already been added to Spotify’s Rock Hard and Loudwire’s Weekly Wire playlist. The single is also the title track from the forthcoming debut EP, which drops on April 26th.

VR SEX (mem. Drab Majesty) announces ‘Human Traffic Jam’ LP for Dais Records

Technology was meant to be humanity’s tool to combat famine, disease, confusion, and to facilitate life, culture, and innovation. Instead, we’re mired in a digital labyrinth that few care to navigate or even solve. Perhaps it’s not a ruse and the matrices coded by keyboard maestros are a path to liberation, but without querying the constructs we cannot ruminate on their affectations on humanity.

Yvette Noel-Schure Receives Berklee’s Master of Global Entertainment Award

Yvette Noel-Schure, highly-regarded music and entertainment PR executive and vice president of Schure Media Group, was presented with Berklee’s first Master of Global Entertainment Award by María Martínez Iturriaga, executive director of Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. The award was presented at a March 14 event in Noel-Schure’s honor at Berklee Valencia.

The respected industry veteran is known for her work with Beyoncé, Prince, John Legend and many others. “Yvette Noel-Schure is the most relevant PR professional within the music and entertainment industry today,” said Iturriaga. “Her passion and dedication to the artists she represents makes her an example to other colleagues and for future generations of industry professionals.”

Berklee Honors Beyoncé PR Strategist Yvette Noel-Schure

New single/video “Better In Reverse” from garage-pop band Super Cassette delivers a heavy message

California’s garage-pop/indie rock band Super Cassette dropped a brand new single and accompanying music video today, titled “Better In Reverse”. With lush, jangle-pop melodies, a bit of fuzzy, over-driven guitar, and layers of harmonic vocals, the band builds a relaxed yet forward-moving and hook-laden pop tune. A closer listen to the lyrics reveals a jump into dark introspection, questioning the actions of humans – and wondering if everything would be ‘better in reverse’.


Charly Black emerged from Jamaica’s vibrant reggae dancehall scene with a single that went certified gold and diamond and shook the world: “Gyal You A Party Animal,” which skyrocketed up charts around the world and amassed more than 600 million plays, earning a remix with legendary icons Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. Play-N-Skillz is a production-rapper duo from Texas who have won Grammys for their work, including the production of the acclaimed single “Ridin” by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone, and Lil Wayne’s award-winning album Tha Carter III. Born to a Dominican family in Harlem and raised musically in the Bronx, DJ Kass is the talent behind the well-loved single “Scooby Doo Pa Pa,” which was hailed by E online as “the new dance craze you need to know about,” garnering billions of views and sparking a viral movement.

Flawes Releases Brand New Single ‘When We Were Young’

British alt-pop trio Flawes release their brand new track ‘When We Were Young’ on March 15 via Red Bull Records. The song, the second in a series of three to be released by the London band, follows their recent release ‘Don’t Count Me Out’, which has been gathering critical acclaim since its release in February.


IV Jay continues to churn out new music. Just after last week’s release of her video for “Superstar” off her debut EP “IV,” IV Jay has released her newest track, “With You.”

LA-based Indie Pop Artist LeyeT (prounounced “Light”) Debut EP Out Today; Listen To “Work It Out”    

LeyeT combines her background in guitar songwriting with the energy and ethos of dance music. Inspired by the lyrical depth and sonic verve of her favorite dance artists, she channels emotional vulnerability into alternative-pop songs with a solid heartbeat. LeyeT made an impressive debut in 2017 with her first single “Don’t Make Me Cry” topping Spotify’s Fresh Finds and landing in both the US and Global Viral Spotify charts. She’s since followed up on that success with several more singles including “Long Way” and “Like You More” (both reaching #1 on Hype Machine), as well as “Most People” which premiered via Billboard, and her “Let Me Know” landing in Spotify’s New Music Friday.

Listen to La Fille’s new power-pop filled album, ‘Alright Already’

La Fille is a Seattle band whose music has been described as indie-rock and power-pop. The band’s obscure name (pronounced la-fee) is countered by their approachable sound and honest, self-deprecating lyrics.

SPiN “Too Late” (80’s Influence)

Ametist Releases Brand-New Single/Video In Early 2019 – “Insomnia” Is Out & Available Now!

Through the powerfully gripping vocals & instrumentation supplied by the talents of Vlad Schchiptsov (Drums) and Vitally Golovanov (Guitars, Bass, Vocals) – Ametist has become a genuine force to be reckoned with. Determined to outwork the rest and consistently make their current material their best material to-date – they’ve risen to that challenge once again with their brand-new single “Insomnia.”

BEASTIE BOYS STORY: As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

Due to overwhelmingly popular demand, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond have confirmed three dates for Beastie Boys Story As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz.

Painted Young Drops Music Video For Single “The Madhouse”

Santos states: At it’s surface, the song can be about being locked up in an insane asylum, with lyrics inspired by horror movies surrounding the topic. But the lyrics are also hyperboles and metaphors about how dealing with mental health problems on your own on a daily basis can sometimes be very frustrating and occasionally angering. As high-energy as this song is, it could also be described as a chaotic cry for help.


nothing,nowhere. has shared a brand new single titled “call back,” which is streaming today at all DSPs. “Call Back” follows nothing,nowhere.’s recent singles “dread” and “ornament,” which arrived shortly after the release of his acclaimed 2018 LP, RUINER.

nothing,nowhere. shares emotional, weighty new single

TOMMY ASHBY releases ‘Cocoon’ from forthcoming Golden Arrow EP’

Today Scottish singer-songwriter and doctor in ‘the perception of sound’ Tommy Ashby, releases ‘Cocoon’ (REL 15.03.19) the first single from his forthcoming ‘Golden Arrow’ EP set for release April 2019 via Wow and Flutter Records.

Lone Deer Laredo Release “Golden Harvest” Video // Skope Magazine

Lone Deer Laredo is made up of Paola Suhonen—founder of the Finnish fashion line Ivana Helsinki—and Olli Happonen of New Silver Girl—a rock band produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor, Hinds). The two created this duo project on a whim one night after meeting at a bar in Helsinki. Realizing in that moment that they were musical soulmates, they quickly wrote their first song and formed the band.