@skopemag news for march 20, 2019 @ 2 pm est

ZVI: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Kettle Dreams” Single

BrooklynVegan is premiering the new single from ZVI’s new full-length album, Deer Pink, which is nearing release through Nefarious Industries in April. ZVI is the eclectic solo project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Ron Varod, known for his roles in Kayo Dot, Sabbath Assembly, Psalm Zero, So Is The Tongue, and more, and the new song, “Kettle Dreams,” features guest bass guitar from Varod’s friend Toby Driver (Secret Chiefs 3, Kayo Dot, Maudlin Of The Well, Vaura).

Krief (indie pop/rock-folk singer-songwriter) to release new single in March

Indie singer-songwriter Krief (full name Patrick Krief) is set to release the first single, “Take The Night,” from his new album, on March 22, 2019 via Rock Ridge Music in the U.S. “Take The Night” appears on Krief’s forthcoming album, Dovetale, which is set for simultaneous U.S. (Rock Ridge Music) and Canadian (Indica) release on June 7, 2019.

Krief – Watch – “Take The Night”

“People of duplicitous nature can only do harm when welcomed into your life. “Take The Night” is about becoming witness to evil and fighting back instead of allowing it to consume you. Produced mostly from the comforts of my own apartment, I replaced the drum machine that I used on the demos with live drums and spent weeks practicing.”


Post-shoegaze/rock band Semaphore deliver cathartic release with lyric video for “Leave With the Season”

New > Belgian Producer ShunGu Teams Up Pink Siifu On ‘Pick Up The Phone’ > listen here

Hailing from Brussels, producer ShunGu has been dropping cosmic sounding beats since 2012, with an extensive back catalogue of thirty beat tapes on bandcamp. On March 15th ShunGu released his latest offering, ‘Pick Up The Phone’ featuring L.A. based rapper Pink Siifu. premiered on okayplayer. The single is taken from his forthcoming album ‘A Black Market’, released on his own label, Sunthings Records, on April 19th.


GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, announced today that it will honor Brendon Urie, front man of the band Panic! at the Disco, with the Inspiration Award for his ongoing commitment to LGBTQ youth and for investing in the power of students to create more inclusive schools. Urie will be presented with the Inspiration Award at the upcoming 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York, on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Mary Bragg Releases New Video for “Fight”; Acclaimed Album ‘Violets as Camouflage’ Out Now

New > KOKOKO! > share single “Malembe” > headline XOYO, Ldn and Babadoum, Paris

Kinshasa collective KOKOKO! have unveiled brand new single ‘Malembe’, out now on Transgressive Records. The song – which follows their critically acclaimed debut EP, Liboso – finds the group at their most electrifying, combining forward thinking and heavy grooves with a refreshing and raw electronic feel, held together with Makara Bianco’s energetic, idiosyncratic, vocal.

Black Pistol Fire Share “Black Halo” Track Via CoS

Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Drawing inspiration from blues, R&B and rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters, BPF’s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by undeniable musicianship. Dubbed the “next big thing” by Huffington Post after SXSW 2013, BPF has developed a reputation for their untamed live performances. Described as “Pure fire on stage”(Degenrefy), they quickly became festival veterans, having performanced at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch Music Festival, Shaky Knees and Governor’s Ball, among others (including international festivals such as Mad Cool and Colours of Ostrava). After Lollapalooza 2015, Yahoo Music described Black Pistol Fire as “a power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of the massive rock sounds of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac… in a breakout set.”

Black Pistol Fire share Origins of new track “Black Halo”: Stream


The surprise collaboration arrived overnight and the companion music video – directed by Jason Koenig (Ed Sheeran, Macklemore) – can now be viewed HERE. “I Don’t Belong In This Club” arrives on opening night of the band’s 8 Letters Tour, kicking off tonight in Phoenix, AZ.

DOOMSQUAD Share New Track “Dorian’s Closet”

The band comment: “Dorian Corey was at the heart of the NYC ballroom / vogue scene in the early 80s. She was a role-model and matriarchal figure for a lot of queer POC youth. When she passed away, due to AIDS, they discovered a mummified body in her closet dating back to 15 years ago. The body was of an ex-con who was believed to be a controlling and abusive ex-lover, and she carried the body around with her from apartment to apartment over all those years.

Rising Appalachia drops new single via Paste, announces new tour dates

Leylines, the band’s seventh studio album, was produced by Joe Henry—the title alluding to the concept of invisible lines believed to stretch around the world between sacred spaces, bonded by a spiritual and magnetic presence. That deep sense of connection is key to understanding Rising Appalachia as a whole.

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 producers Rahmani (LÉON, Skott) and Björnson.

Music Creation Platform Splice Raises $57.5 Million Series C

Splice, the company evolving the way musicians make music, today announced that it has raised $57.5 million in a Series C funding round to continue helping musicians create and earn revenue. Leading the round are existing investors Union Square Ventures and True Ventures who are joined by DFJ Growth, Flybridge, and Lerer Hippeau. Liontree, Founders Circle Capital, & Matt Pincus, founder of Songz Publishing, are also joining the round.

Psychedelic Metal Trio DRUIDS Reveal Colossal New Track “Mirrors of Trigon”

Monument will prove to be the band’s most confident and explorative effort to date, and to further solidify that claim, DRUIDS have revealed the album’s most colossal track, the nearly nine-minute opus “Mirrors of Trigon” – available to stream now via Revolver.

Mumford & Sons debut official music video for “Beloved”

Directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, Charlotte Regan, the video was shot in and around Port Talbot in Wales and reflects the song’s lyrical touchpoints of death, the heartache of its acceptance and the long-standing memories we cling to in its wake.

Worshipper to Release New LP, ‘Light in the Wire’, May 17

Through its unique mix of contemporary and classic influences, Boston’s Worshipper proves that the fiery soul of melodic heavy music still burns brightly. The award-winning band takes all the fragments we love about legendary metal groups and molds them into shining shards of standout R’N’R. Worshipper will release its new LP, ‘Light in the Wire’, on May 17 via Tee Pee Records. The record is the full-length follow up to Worshipper’s 2016 debut, ‘Shadow Hymns’, an album hailed as “melodically thunderous” by Guitar World and one of the Best Hard Rock records of 2016 by Magnet.

Dressy Bessy To Release ‘Fast Faster Disaster’ June 14; Tour Dates w/Filthy Friends, Potty Mouth Announced

Denver-based indie rock band Dressy Bessy—Tammy Ealom, John McDowell Hill and Craig Gilbert—who create “teeth-eroding pop” (SPIN) are set to release Fast Faster Disaster on June 14. Their seventh studio album, and second for Yep Roc Records, comes as the band celebrates their 20th anniversary as “pioneers of the fuzzy, buzzy lo-fi rock” (Cleveland.com). Westword premieres the official video for “Stay True” (watch/share), the album’s first single today.


On the track, BAD CHILD tells COMPLEX, “Life is fleeting and I want to live it wild and unrestrained. ‘Breathing Fire’ is song about passion. When I produced this record, Jethro Tull, Sean Paul, and Nine Inch Nails were all parts of what inspired the sonic environment. Music is the only way I can explain what’s in my heart.”

Something Every Artist Should Know…

Show4me Music Interaction Network is giving artists limited access to the closed Beta version of its next-generation music interaction network. It’s a one-time opportunity for artists to be the first ones to create a professional music business account on the network – Artist club, prior to official launch in April 2019.

“The purpose of pre-launch is to give musicians a taste of the Show4me interactive experience and surf all essential tools that Artist Club offers. It’s time for them to learn how to run a successful music business in a brand-new way or how to level up their already existing music careers. Whatever the goal is, Show4me is here for every artist to make it happen!” said Karėn Chiftalaryan, Show4me Founder.

Watch Gunna’s Lavish Lifestyle In New Video Richard Millie Plain

“Drip or Drown 2 Tour” will be kicking off in Anaheim, CA on March 31st and will trek through cities including Chicago, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Houston and more through end of May. Sold out cities include Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and more! Drip Or Drown 2 landed on the charts as the #1 Hip-Hop Album across the nation and #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, nearly 200K units sold with about 300 million streams to date!