@skopemag news for march 28, 2019 @ 11:30 am est

SOWFLO’s New LP “New Shoes” Lands at #3 on Billboard Reggae Chart

Naples, FL reggae/rock group SOWFLO are celebrating a stellar first week with their latest LP “New Shoes”, which landed at #3 on Billboard’s Reggae chart.

for Skope: Gryffin and SLANDER team up on “All You Need To Know” [Darkroom/Geffen]

Great prelude to to Gryffin’s forthcoming debut album and SLANDER’s headline performance at Ultra Music Festival this weekend.

Laraaji + Clarice Jensen guest on new Big Bend track “Four”

Big Bend’s primary songwriter is Nathan Phillips, an Ohio native. His mother–daughter of a twelve-tone composer–wrote music and sang in operas and musicals in Mansfield, OH, where Phillips grew up playing piano. Her voice is featured on Radish, Big Bend’s second release and first non-instrumental recording. Throughout the album, Phillips is both vocalist and keyboardist.

The Green Drops New Acoustic Album “Black & White”!

In early November 2018, The Green supported their old friend Bruno Mars for two shows at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The members of the Greenwere blown away when the sold out stadium sang along to their hits. But it was alittle seen video of the band warming up backstage for those shows that really demonstrates the direction The Green is headed with their latest release, Black & White, out now via longtime label partner Easy Star Records.


Flume is sharing a new track today, “Friends” (feat. Reo Cragun), his first official single since 2016. The track premiered on triple j in Australia and was written and recorded in Los Angeles with rising hip-hop artist Reo Cragun.

“Greyzones [2nd Zone]” is the latest track from Greyzones

“This is a blue song about the huge sense of desolation and distress after a big loss,” says the band. “Synth-y sounds and ethereal guitars creates hazy landscapes that are the main background for this song; miles and miles of slightly creepy nothingness, which finds its climax in the middle section.”

G-Eazy’s Partner Sues Bacardi for $100M

In a lawsuit filed today, Stillhouse LLC, where hip-hop artist G-Eazy acts as investing partner and Co-Creative Director, sued Bacardi Limited for $100 million for extortion, fraud and more.

The lawsuit alleges that Bacardi convinced Stillhouse’s CEO, Brad Beckerman, to provide inside access and control of Stillhouse through a series of false representations. The company also alleges G-Eazy is in mortal danger due to the financial malfeasance of Bacardi.

The company, which is currently worth in excess of $100M, will be forced to close business if Bacardi isn’t forced to cease, despite their fast growing success throughout the U.S.

Reign of Z Premieres Official Music Video for Single “Reflections” on PureGrainAudio.com

Reign of Z premiered their official music video for single “Reflections” off of their debut EP Mirrors and Memoirs produced by Steve Sopchak (Ice Nine Kills) due out on April 19, 2019. The band was able to fund the new EP after exceeding their goal through a very successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.


The man, the myth, the legend Nick Oliveri (QOTSA/Kyuss) returns to Australia this July, teaming up with Russian punk sensations Svetlanas for what will be their first ever joint tour down under.

The latest Australian tour, Nick Oliveri’s third in solo mode after a majority sold out 2016 Aussie tour, will see both acts perform across the country on the back of an already announced Dead of Winter Festival appearance in QLD. Oliveri will rip out ‘Death Acoustic’ and Kyuss sets with local Aussie bands as well as randomly jumping in on bass with friends Svetlanas, known for their super high intensity live shows.

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Inspired & the Sleep share new single, “Liaison”

Last Friday, LA via San Diego indie-pop band Inspired & the Sleep released their new single “Liaison.” The song premiered via Earmilk, and features optimistic vocals, slick bass, vinyl samples and raspy fuzzed-out guitars.

New Release from LIL NAS X “OLD TOWN ROAD” On Sony Music Australia

19-year-old Atlanta, Georgia rapper Lil Nas X has been making his mark with his latest single ‘Old Town Road’.


LaMusica, la plataforma digital de Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) estrena exclusivamente el nuevo sencillo y video musical de la sensación urbana, Shadow Blow, titulado “Pa Que Sufran” en colaboración con Mozart La Para disponible en nuestras plataformas desde este 28 de marzo de 2019.

La nueva canción y el video musical estarán disponibles exclusivamente en la aplicación móvil de LaMusica y en su sitio web oficial, www.LaMusica.com durante 24 horas, antes de su lanzamiento mundial el viernes 29 de marzo.


Ahead of their highly anticipated second album Langata, electronic dance trio Crooked Colours have released another cut from the record, Hold On, out now. The simmering track follows previous hit singles I’ll Be There and Do It Like You, and is another piece of the enigmatic puzzle that is Langata. The trio, consisting of members Philip Slabber, Leon De Baughn and Liam Merrett-Park, have revealed that the album will be out on May 17, with preorders available now. The group have also announced the tracklist for the record, available below. Tickets to the upcoming Langata national tour are moving quickly, with a second Melbourne show being announced for May 26 after the first sold out within days, and shows added for Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle. Joining Crooked Colours on the headline dates will be fellow triple j faves Nyxen and Kayex.

Sam Hunter Switches It Up With Feel Good Anthem ‘Catch Ma Drift’

The single is something new from the hip hop artist, with funky grooves and dance- worthy beats, the track is about enjoying life and the simple things.


Today, award-winning multi-platinum pop powerhouse Zara Larsson shares a brand new track entitled “Don’t Worry Bout Me.”

FIRST BEIGE share new single ‘Details’

Brisbane six-piece First Beige are back with glittering new single, ‘Details’ premiering with Belgian tastemakers HighClouds and receiving a first spin from FBi Radio this week. The track arrives alongside the announcement of the band’s single launch in Brisbane in May.

FALLEN ANGELS New Official Video For ‘Psycholove’

Here’s what the band explaining about the track and video; “Psycholove is a topical song (written thinking of the typical life of the middle-class worker), which speaks of male auto-eroticism caused by excessive laziness from frequenting the outside world, or total resignation to attend party venues, or clubs where women are present, because for fear of rejection, added to a dose of shyness, a person decides to shut himself up in his world and convince himself that he no longer loves women.

James McMurtry signs with New West Records; new album in fall 2019

James McMurtry has signed with New West Records. The legendary songwriter is currently writing songs for a new album to be released in fall 2019 on the leading Nashville-based record label. “I first became aware of James McMurtry’s formidable songwriting prowess while working at Bug Music Publishing in the ’90s,” says New West President John Allen. “He’s a true talent. All of us at New West are excited at the prospect of championing the next phase of James’ already successful and respected career.” McMurtry joins New West’s singular roster of all-stars including Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Buddy Miller and dozens more.

“James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation.” —Stephen King


On Saturday 6th April, iconic electronic music festival Time Warp will celebrate 25 years in the game by doing what they do best: Uniting 18,000 techno and house fans from all over the world for the longest night of the year.

Time Warp Germany
Saturday 6 April 2019
Maimarkthalle, Mannheim

Sparkling explore inner life in video for ‘Fractions’ ahead of ‘Felonious’ album release

“As the song is about embracing getting older and becoming more aware of your surroundings and inner life, we wanted to create a video that reflects the passing of time while implying that love, life, and the love of life goes beyond age. In the video we meet two elderly couples. Maybe they are acquainted, maybe not. But they share the same passion of secretly meeting to dance the night away. The chauffeurs/guardian angels (cameo by Sparkling) suggest that there’s a whole secret community of people who meet-up to celebrate life.”

Sting Announces New Album ‘My Songs’ To Be Released May 24th

Sting has announced ‘My Songs’, a new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner’s most celebrated hits from his unparalleled career, each reshaped and reimagined for 2019. ‘My Songs’ (Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope) will be released on May 24 in multiple formats including a deluxe edition featuring bonus content (see below for track listings).

Speaking on his approach to the album, Sting says: “‘My Songs’ is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus.”

Mixhell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard team up again for ‘Killer Whale’

Husband and wife duo, Laima Leyton and Iggor Cavalera, have been quietly been releasing mesmerizing synth-pop records under their Mixhell alias for over a decade. With the acclaimed ‘Strong & Wrong’ EP released last summer, alongside Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Paranoid London’s Mutado Pintado, Mixhell collaborates with Joe once again for their new single, ‘Killer Whale’.

French Alternative/Prog-Metal outfit Far Away shared their entire new album ‘Viaje’ on YouTube

A few weeks after the official release of its debut full-length album ‘Viaje’, French Alternative Metal/Progressive “Earth-Metal” band Far Away – including current or ex-members of Assent, Irradiance, Thanatic Eyes or Groovecorps – just shared the whole effort on YouYube thanks to the courtesy of the WherePostRockDwells Channel.


“Self” is the latest new offering from “Free Spirit” joining “My Bad” “Better” and “Talk” as instant grat tracks for fans who pre-order the album. “Talk” the lead single off “Free Spirit” was written by Khalid and produced by Disclosure.

Social Contract ‘Common Tongue’

This is the brand new single ‘Common Tongue’, from South London alt-rock band Social Contract. It has just been released and it would be great to get some coverage from you. It’s a politically-charged track taken from their upcoming debut EP, and is accompanied by a music video directed by lead singer, Josh.


Genesis Publications are delighted to announce a new book by Jimmy Page, due out later this year. This is their second book with Jimmy and follows the 2010 sell-out success of the official signed limited edition, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, which was their fastest limited edition title to sell out, while the trade edition continues to sell steadily at stores worldwide.

G-Eazy & Blueface enlist YG & ALLBLACK in video for “West Coast”

New video: Alexander Wolfe releases video for new single ‘Avalanche’

Having recently released his rousing new single ‘Avalanche’, Alexander Wolfe reveals the video for the track, directed by São Paulo animator called Ferreristico. The Brazillian Director, animator and artist, is known for his animated short Los Rosales, produced in Italy and awarded 1st prize animation at YDA in Cannes, Jury Prize at Palm Springs and by Tim Burton in person, in São Paulo.

‘Unknown’ artist Otis McDonald with 7.6 billion streams spells the end of the music publishing industry

He’s your favourite musician and yet you don’t know his name – his music has been heard by billions; his videos by millions. He has thrown the rule book of accessing music out of the window and installed triple glazing. He’s the Zorro of Funk and the Scarlet Pimpernel of Retro Electro – he’s Otis McDonald and he’s pleased to meet you…

Located in San Francisco, Otis McDonald (the performing name of Joe Bagale) is producer, engineer, drummer, singer, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist extraordinaire.

Eric Clapton Announces 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival

Widely considered one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton announced today the fifth installment of the Crossroads Guitar Festival. The Festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, will take place September 20-21 in the city that hosted the first-ever Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas Texas. See full listing below of artists performing.

Elle Azar Fights Through the Clutter in Debut Video

“I was feeling pretty lost when I wrote this song. At a quick glance everything might have seemed fine, but if you looked closer, it really wasn’t,” Elle Azar admits. “‘Mess’ was a moment of imagining being put back to my truest form, and then breathing a sigh of relief in the middle of it all… realizing that it’s alright, even when it’s not alright.”

Yugen Blakrok Releases Video for “Gorgon Madonna” – Watch Here

Fast-rising South African MC Yugen Blakrok releases “Gorgon Madonna,” the third single and video from her critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Anima Mysterium out 2/1 on I.O.T. Records. “Gorgon Madonna” follows “Picture Box” and “Carbon Form,” which were both widely praised by a cross-section of media upon release, including the NY Times, OkayAfrica, Brooklyn Vegan, AllHipHop, and Flaunt Magazine.