@skopemag news for march 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am est

Aussie artist, Kyle Lionhart makes sense of the chaos in new track, “So Close” / RIYL Hozier, Vance Joy    

Kyle discloses, “I wrote this song In the midst of chaos. I was lost, I didn’t know what my next step was, what direction I was heading or why. Everything was bubbling up, all my past decisions, mistakes, we’re haunting me again, everything I thought I had built a solid foundation under started falling apart. And it all started with an argument with someone I love and look up to.”

Billie Eilish Collaborates With Takashi Murakami For ‘you should see me in a crown’ Video

Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish surprised fans today with an official video for her hit song ‘you should see me in a crown.’ The video was created by legendary Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami and is available worldwide via Apple Music now. Watch HERE.


Produced by d.a. doman, “Sweat” illustrates the artist’s progression. Not only does it highlight his passion for throwback nineties R&B and soul, but it also shines a light on his slick signature style punctuated by sky-high falsetto. The track hints at more music to come very soon from the artist.

FINN ANDREWS Announces Tour Dates; Solo Album Out Now       

On Friday, Finn Andrews (of The Veils) releases his long awaited solo album One Piece At A Time. To celebrate the release, Finn has announced a summer headline tour that will take him around the world.

North American Tour Dates:

6/11 – NYC @ Rockwood Music Hall
6/12 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
6/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch
​​​​​​​6/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
6/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord
6/21 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre

Remix: Comethazine – “Walk” ft. A$AP Rocky

One of the new generation’s titans of turn-up, Comethazine is rapidly blowing up. In 2018, Comethazine released “Walk,” a woozy and speaker-knocking banger, which grew into a massive hit, with more than 103 million streams on all platforms. Today, Comethazine recruits A$AP Rocky for the “Walk” remix. Rocking a triplet flow atop the track’s flickering and see-sawing synths, Rocky provides a perfect counterweight to Comethazine’s manic bursts of aggression. Premiered by Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio, “Walk” Remix arrives via Alamo/Interscope.

Sister Shotgun Premieres SACRED HEART

English rock band Sister Shotgun premieres the music video for “Sacred Heart,” a single from their debut album, entitled Fragments. The full-length album serves as a follow-up to the 2017 Devour EP. Fragments will be available worldwide on April 19, 2019 via Pavement Entertainment.


“Def Jam Recordings, the storied label that brought us many legendary artists is ready to usher in its next generation with the new offering Undisputed… the compilation album puts the iconic record label’s roster of new talent on full display.” – XXL

Audio Releases ‘Frog March’ on Snake Pit Records

‘Frog March’ follows the same roots maneuvers which made Audio a crucial force during his rise to infamy, however it brings these movements through a contemporary angle. The track is rolling, yet it features stabs which add the record’s carved hooks. ‘Frog March’ becomes more and more overbearing; it steadily grows in a way that pays homage to the times where cuts were allowed to breathe. Its sudden switches keep it interesting, once again highlighting that despite Audio’s penchant for chaotic beats, he’s still able to craft a track that breaks away from standard patterns. With shattering LFOs and steppy arpeggios, ‘Frog March’ is aggressive in its breakdowns but also industrious in its make-up. Thumping drums take you out into the mix and you’re left to feel blow after blow of its heavy subs. The intimidating depth of ‘Frog March’ alongside its relentless undercurrent make this a classic Audio track. There was no better way to reveal what Audio has been doing in the background – this year will be about Snake Pit Records and a release schedule which stretches out across the summer.

Dhani Harrison Added To Jeff Lynne’s ELO 2019 Summer Tour

Dhani Harrison will be joining lifelong friend Jeff Lynne for a 20-date North American arena tour this summer as the special guest of Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, In//Parallel, Harrison most recently scored HBO’s four-part documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” which premiered March 10, alongside Paul Hicks.

Harrison’s association with Lynne is well documented, with the pair co-producing the posthumous Grammy-Award Winning George Harrison album Brainwashed, but this will be the first time the pair has toured together.


Thu 6/20 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sat 6/22 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Mon 6/24 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Wed 6/26 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Fri 6/28 – Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Dome
Sat 6/29 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Wed 7/3 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Fri 7/5 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Sun 7/7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Tue 7/9 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Thu 7/11 – Washington, D.C. – Capitol One Arena
Sat 7/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Tue 7/16 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Thu 7/18 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sat 7/20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Tue 7/23 – Grand Rapids MI – Van Andel Arena
Thu 7/25 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Arena
Sat 7/27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Tue 7/30 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Thu 8/1 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena

For Skope: Thomas Gold’s return to Nicky Romero’s Protocol with “Wildest Dream” [out now]

Thomas Gold is back on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with his original release. His new vibrant, pop-infused “Wildest Dream” just has dropped worldwide, and it’s a collaboration between Thomas Gold and Kosling that features vocals of Matthew Steeper.

AJ McLean (BSB) Releases Emotional New Video for Single “Boy And A Man”!

AJ McLean has released the moving video for his gorgeous new single, “Boy And A Man” today! The video, produced and directed by René Elizondo is a beautiful tribute to everlasting love and the bond between two people who grow together, live with and for one another, and the devastating reality that time will eventually separate even the strongest of love. The aesthetically stunning “Up” inspired video was filmed at Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch and features a cameo from McLean’s real life wife Rochelle McLean. The video also has an epic twist with McLean taking on a very special (and surprising!) role… This is a definite must see! Catch the video now on CMT and CMT Music. The single was amongst the top ten most added at country radio last week alongside artists like Maren Morris, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley and premiered with People Country. AJ will play the song live when he performs at the 7thAnnual ACM Party for a Cause® in Vegas next month.

Muet Show Their “Muscle” In Their New Video. Announce New Album

Art-Rock/Post-Punk artists Muet announce the release of their self-titled debut album. Muet is comprised of iconic Post-Industrial members Steven Seibold (Hate Dept./Pigface) Daniel Evans (Chemlab/Dead on TV/Die Warzau) and Vince Mcaley (Chemlab/Dead on TV/Die Warzau). Guitarist Daniel Evans offers a description of what to expect for their album…

It kinda sounds like if Steve Albini did a Cure record. It’s loud and noisey but maintains melody and a fair amount of prettiness despite the starkness and dissonance.

VAURA: Post-Punk Premieres “The Lightless Ones”

Sables is the impending new full-length from Brooklyn, New York-based experimental collective VAURA. Featuring Josh Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) on guitar, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on bass, and Charlie Schmid (Tombs) on drums and electronics, VAURA’s first output since 2013’s lauded The Missing engages ever more with their UK and German prog/art rock influences to grandiose and eerie effect.

The Lightless Ones – The First Taste of Vaura’s New Single and an Interview with Josh Strawn

Topshelf Records // No Vacation shares new video for “Yam Yam”

“Yam Yam” is the hit single off No Vacation’s third EP titled Intermission. BOREDOM took on the task to transform their song into a mixed media visual experience. The video is constructed of UHD Digital, Super 8mm Film, and features over 1,000 frames of HandPainted Watercolor Animation. Through a minimally rich color palette, BOREDOM explored the yin and yang of the modern life emotional experience, the happy and the sad. This is the first music video made for No Vacation by BOREDOM.

Loyle Carner Announces New Album ‘Not Waving But Drowning’

Loyle Carner will release his highly anticipated sophomore record, ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ on 19 April via AMF Records.

Alt-Folk/Indie – A Choir Of Ghosts (UK/SE) – new single “Southwest of The Moon” – out 12.4

the British artist “A Choir Of Ghosts” will release the new single “Southwest of The Moon” on 12th of April. Having grown through the soil that is the reminiscence of Kurt Cobain, topped with water, sun and air of Tallest Man On Earth and Hollow Coves, James, the front person, can be found fingerpicking the guitar in the deep Scandinavian forest.

Quiet Kids debut new dream-pop gem “My Moon” via The 405

The track debuted via The 405 where the band’s Andy Peña detailed, “‘My Moon’ is a love song to my wife. No matter what our lives throw at us she’s always there, like the moon, leading me in a calm way. I started writing that song when we were in between homes trying to figure out where we wanted to settle. I realized we were each other’s home and we didn’t really have to worry about finding a place for ourselves.”

Elliah Heifetz debuts “American Goldfinch” & shares inspirations via Impose

The song comes paired with the announcement of the songwriter’s new LP, New Folk Songs. Heifetz shared the news along with 5 things that inspired the album in a guest piece on Impose Magazine including Townes Van Zandt, Vladimir Vysotsky, the legendary McSorley’s Bar and more.

John Shakespear To Release Debut Album “Spend Your Youth” on May 10

Nashville-based, Boston-bred indie-folk songwriter John Shakespear is releasing his much-anticipated debut album Spend Your Youth on May 10th. Walking a fine line between the personal and the political, Spend Your Youth’s origins are a coming-of-age story. As a lot of our most classic stories begin, Shakespear’s coming-of-age happened amidst a time of escalating national division and social unease; a time where ideas of clarity or merriment or self are few and far between. Spend Your Youth opens with the line “nineteen ninety-four—precious years we had between the wars”, giving listeners an immediate idea of where these songs come from.

Thrash Metal Act INFINITY Announces The Release Of Their Single, “Set Me Free”

Philadelphia’s INFINITY proudly announce the release of their new single, “Set Me Free” from their forthcoming album, AWAKENING on Machine Man Records.

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Maren Morris’ GIRL marks largest ever debut streaming week for a country album by a woman!

GIRL, superstar Maren Morris’ new album, has shattered the record for the largest ever debut streaming week for a country album by a woman, with 23.96 million streams in its first week. The album debuts this week at #4 on the Billboard 200, #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and continues to receive rave reviews.

“I am blown away by the support this last week,” says Morris. “My fans were already screaming the lyrics at the show the day after the album came out. I am so shocked and thankful to have broken this record for country music!”

Action Bronson Announces ‘Stoned Beyond Belief’ Events and TV Appearances

With a constant slate of tour dates and TV appearances, and a busy schedule of recording, writing, and even painting, Action Bronson just might be the hardest-working man in show business. This week, Bronson embarks on a media blitz to promote his new book Stoned Beyond Belief, releasing tomorrow, March 19th, via Abrams Publishing. The Queens-born renaissance man will host two book release parties and make two TV appearances on release day–ABC’s Good Morning America in the morning and NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers in the evening.