Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for March 23, 2019 @ 8 am est

R.W. Roldan Presents New Single ‘Wyatt Earp’

SHOR releases new single ‘Gold’

‘Gold’ leads with a chilled bassline and tropical tinged electronica before breaking into a bold dreamy chorus showcasing SHOR’s distinct and impressive vocals. The result is reminiscent of the seductive genre melding of Glass Animals or Fyfe, while SHOR’s broad vocal talents deliver a soulful depth in the realms of Rationale or Jack Garratt.

Tim Baker Releases Nostalgia Anthem “All Hands”, Solo Debut FOREVER OVERHEAD out April 19th

Forever Overhead, the debut album from singer-songwriter Tim Baker, features eleven songs that centre on kinship. His buoyant first single “Dance” was about a longing for connection and feeling close to, but ultimately separated from, love. “All Hands,” his joyous indie-folk single, again explores connections, but is less of a lament than a thank you letter, dedicated to the people who have helped Baker throughout his career, and part nostalgic anthem about his Newfoundland home.

Alex Aiono to Bring His FUN23 Tour to North America This Summer

Earlier this week, pop star Alex Aiono announced that he will be embarking on his FUN23 Tour this summer alongside special guests 4th Ave and AJA 9. The hotly anticipated run will mark his second headlining tour to-date, being preceded by his sold-out winter 2018 North American Feels Like Tour. Having partnered with Mongolian performance artist Canion Shijirbat (Mongolia’s Got Talent, Asia’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent) for this tour, each show will feature innovative and interactive LED lights to compliment a setlist of Alex’s songs.

Josh Ritter’s new song, “I Still Love You (Now and Then),” produced by Jason Isbell debuts today!

The track will appear on Ritter’s tenth studio album, Fever Breaks, which is set for release on April 26 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, the 10-track album was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and features Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit.

Josh Ritter reveals new song “I Still Love You (Now and Then)”, produced by Jason Isbell: Stream


Jasmine Thompson chronicles self-destruction with serene beauty on new song “more,” released today along with companion video. The song will make its place on her upcoming EP titled Colour on April 5th via Atlantic Records.

Jamestown Revival’s new album “San Isabel” out June 14, “This Too Shall Pass” premieres at Rolling Stone

Co-produced by Jamestown Revival and Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov), the album was recorded at Ward Lodge Studios overlooking the San Isabel National Forest in Buena Vista, Colorado and includes 10 new songs co-written by Clay and Chance as well as a rendition of The Mama & The Papas’ 1965 classic, “California Dreamin’.” In addition to Clay (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, steel guitar, bass), Chance (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Mefford (juno, acoustic guitar, banjo, background vocals), San Isabel also features Nick Bearden (bass guitar), Ed Benrock (drums, percussion, background vocals), Psyche Dunkhase (cello), John Gringsby (bass), Dan Reckard (wurlitzer, organ, piano, accordion) and Rachel Sliker (violin, viola).

Jamestown Revival Channel Simon & Garfunkel in New ‘This Too Shall Pass’

Lucy Rose’s ‘No Words Left’ LP out today via Arts & Crafts

“Releasing this record feels entirely different to every other record I’ve released. But to try and sum up my emotions is virtually impossible,” Rose explains, “This album reflects the reality of my life, the toughness life throws at you, and for a period of time it did become too much for me to handle alone.”

The Magician unveils summer house anthem ‘Ready To Love’

The Magician’s fresh production utilises a powerfully rhythmic bassline amidst summery piano-house melodies. “‘Ready To Love’ is a catchy romantic dance song”, says The Magician, “back to classic house driving beats with huge piano riffs and melancholic chords”. Sure to prove one of 2019’s biggest tracks, ‘Ready To Love’ carries the hallmark of a future Ibiza classic and follows The Magician’s Kideko collaboration ‘Jalisco.’

Bruce Hornsby’s new song “Cast-Off” co-written with and featuring Justin Vernon premieres on Pitchfork

Produced by Hornsby, Vernon, Tony Berg and Brad Cook, the track was recorded at Vernon’s April Base studio and includes vocals and keyboards by S. Carey. Hornsby says it’s “a song about acceptance and even gratitude in the face of rejection, egolessness, patience and humility.” The single appears on Hornsby’s forthcoming record, Absolute Zero, which is out on April 12.

Lyrics Born Opens Up With Video for “Can’t Lose My Joy” ft. Aloe Blacc

“We kept my wife, Joyo Velarde’s 15 year battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma a secret from the public until now,” explains long-standing hip-hop artist, LYRICS BORN, who has just released the video for his most difficult and personal track yet, “Can’t Lose My Joy” Ft. Aloe Blacc. “‘Can’t Lose My Joy’ (f/Aloe Blacc) chronicles her being diagnosed at a time when we were working, touring, recording artists with our careers just beginning to blossom. We hope this song inspires you to keep pushing and staying optimistic. There is always hope.”

Papa Reu “I’m Solid” New Single!

Destiny Rogers Shares Debut EP ‘Tomboy’ via Beach Wave Sound — Out Now!

Produced by Grammy-Award winning producers and songwriters, The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars “24K Magic,” Cardi B/Bruno Mars “Please Me”), all 5 tracks on the Tomboy EP give an immediate window into Destiny’s world through her songwriting and storytelling of her real life experiences. Each track individually showcases her poignant vocals while she effortlessly emerges as a pop and R&B hybrid.

DAYLA releases effortlessly sleek debut single ‘Closer’ to acclaim from The Times & Earmilk

Got a stunning debut single out today by an exciting new London based artist DAYLA from the Ferocious Talent stable (George Ogilvie, Hydromag, Jodie Abacus etc.). It’s called ‘Closer’ and is an ethereal plaintive floatation towards liberation for love that finds us getting lost and high all at once.

Rising Singer/Songwriter Willa Amai Releases Debut Single, “Trampled Flowers”

Today, rising singer/songwriter Willa Amai released her debut single, “Trampled Flowers,” her first official release since signing to We Are Hear, the label/publishing/management company co-founded by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Linda Perry (P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera) and multi-platinum producer Kerry Brown (Smashing Pumpkins, Miley Cyrus). On the new song, Willa brings her magnetic vocal presence to a wistful reflection on broken hope, imbuing each line with lyrical complexity and soulful vulnerability.

Billy Raffoul Releases New Song “Lovely” Today, March 22nd

“Lovely is a sad happy song about missed opportunity,” says Raffoul.

Hotel Amour by Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale & Meow Meow out today!

The product of a decades-long friendship, artistic collaboration and songwriting partnership, the long-awaited album also features special guests Rufus Wainwright, Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna fame) and The von Trapps, plus a special live recording with legendary pianist and composer Michel Legrand.

White Owl Red “Existential Frontiers”

Honest, gritty, poignant and powerful, this album unites elements of Americana, Alt.Country and Indie Folk traditions, to take the listener on an unforgettable musical journey.


21 year old Icelandic native Sara Pétursdóttir – aka Glowie – today releases her incredible new single Cruel via Sony Music UK/RCA Records

Kincaid teams up with 80s cult icon Blancmange for new single ‘Big Fat Head’

Fast emerging artist Kincaid has unveiled a new collaborative record with the respected British synth-pop act Blancmange. Out today, ‘Big Fat Head’ will land on Moscoman’s famed Disco Halal imprint.

Steve Aoki and Global Sensation Monsta X Release English Version of Hit Single “Play it Cool”

Today, two-time Grammy nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki and global superstars Monsta X release the English version of their collaborative hit “Play it Cool.” On the heels of releasing the Korean version last month, the Aoki-Monsta force keeps fans on their feet with the new English language track. Aoki composed, arranged, and produced this track, marking Steve’s fourth K-pop collaboration to date.

Andrew Bird’s new album My Finest Work Yet out today, premieres “Manifest” video and tour dates

Along with the new album, Bird is premiering an animated video by Andrea Nakhla for “Manifest” today—watch here.


Artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Benny Blanco, Mason Ramsey “Lil Hank Williams,” Ski Mask the Slump God, and others as well as Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Genius have quickly jumped on the genre twisting artist. He’s turning the industry upside down.

JINJER Premiere New Music Video & Announce European Tour Dates!

One of the hardest working bands in the heavy metal landscape at the moment, Ukrainian juggernaut JINJER have released a 4th video single “Teacher, Teacher!” taken from their critically acclaimed 5 track EP entitled “Micro,” released via Napalm Records in January 2019.


LA-based alternative duo closegood release their debut EP GRAVEN today. GRAVEN is a compilation of tracks that transcend boundaries sonically and lyrically, which Rolling Stone praised. Executive produced by G.O.O.D Music’s Grammy-winning producer/engineer, Anthony Kilhoffer (Kanye West / Travis Scott), their sound lives somewhere between trip-hop, Electro-R&B, and dark pop. Individually they are not confined by any gender binaries nor social norms with both identifying as transgender, and their music boldy explores these complexities.

Experimental Pop Duo Closegood Unveil Debut EP ‘Graven’

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