@skopemag news for march 28, 2019 @ 9 am est

Brit Daniels Releases Hypnotizing Moody Pop Anthem “Deja Vu”

Rising Nashville pop darling Brit Daniels is diving deep into her feelings with her new single “Deja Vu,” out everywhere today. Packed with Summer-ready atmospheric beats, relatable lyricism, and hypnotic pop vocals, Brit Daniel’s new single is a song you’ll be eager to throw on repeat.

EMILIE KAHN – Releases new video for ‘Three’ + Announces London date for May

Today, EMILIE KAHN released a music video for the song “Three” from her new album Outro, available everywhere now via Secret City Records.


Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” surpasses one billion streams!

“Cold Water,” Major Lazer’s 2016 track featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, has surpassed one billion streams on Spotify following “Lean On,” making them the sixth artist to have two songs reach this milestone. With the achievement, Major Lazer joins the company of Drake, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Chainsmokers and DJ Snake.

Steve Marino premieres “Fluff” via Paste + Announces debut LP out 5/24

Today midwestern songwriter/musician Steve Marino announces his honest and intimate “debut” album Fluff due out May 24th, 2019 via Darling Recordings. The lead single and title track premiered today via Paste Magazine who called Steve’s music “quote.” The accompanying music video is a charming look inside Steve’s Bloomington, Indiana home through a pair of canine eyes.

Craig Finn shares new song and video; new album out April 26

Partisan Records announces the release of Craig Finn’s new song, “Something To Hope For,” from his eagerly awaited new album I Need A New War arriving Friday, April 26. The third album in a trilogy (following 2015’s Faith in the Future and 2017’s We All Want The Same Things), I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era. He draws deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City – his home for the last 18 years.

Nada Surf share new “Song for Congress”

“I’ve written a few political songs over the years but most of them have remained in a desk drawer unfinished – they’re hard to write and can feel futile,” says Nada Surf singer-guitarist Matthew Caws. “But when I read about the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, I felt compelled to try again. Like most people learning of the tragic situation there, I was outraged and upset. After calling the offices of my state representatives and leaving messages urging them to take some kind of action, I wished there was something more I could do. A thought occurred to me: what if I could speak directly to a congressperson or senator through a song? I knew that anyone on Capitol Hill actually hearing it was a moonshot, but I also knew that music can travel in unexpected ways and that it was at least worth trying.”

DARKO release new single ‘Hustler’ with Destructo & Ice-T

Following the recent release of their remix ‘Ready For Love’ by Mahkenna, mysterious producer collective DARKO have released ‘Hustler’ with Destructo and Ice-T dropping Wednesday, March 27th.


“Ethopian-Canadian R&B singer-songwriter will have you hooked” – HIGHSNOBIETY

WALKING BOMBS & GRIDFAILURE: PopMatters Debuts “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul”

Hudson Valley, New York solo outfits WALKING BOMBS and GRIDFAILURE are preparing to release their diverse, fully collaborative musical experiment, Suicide By Citizenship, through Nefarious Industries in late April. With the record nearing release, the new single “Supply And Demand Of The American Soul” has been premiered through PopMatters, as preorders for the CD are posted.

Modern Love Child to support Ben Kweller on spring tour, new single coming soon

Since 2012, Shane has been engrossed in his own flavor of Venice, CA living: “Surf when you want to, work a shitty job when you have to, make music all night.” His first band, Blue Blazer, became a local favorite up and down the Sunset Strip before disbanding in 2015. As Shane began exploring a more direct, autobiographical way of writing, Modern Love Child was born. The following year, he headed to London and inked his first record deal with Believe.

Modern Love Child on tour with Ben Kweller
April 22 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
April 23 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
April 24 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
April 26 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
April 28 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
May 1 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake

Big Eyes Drop Psychedelic New Video For “Hourglass” // New Album Out 4/5

In addition, Big Eyes’ forthcoming album, out April 5th, explores new territory for Kait and the band. Sonically, one can expect Kait to plant quite a few new musical trees, as she lyrically branches out with her subject-matter. “This (album) enabled me to tackle some heavier topics than those on our previous albums, which had mostly consisted of my own personal experiences,” Kait said. Now writing in different perspectives, consider the latest offering layers of an onion falling off.

North America Largest Caribbean Concert Best of the Best Pays Homage to 90s Dancehall

With much anticipation, Best of the Best Music Concert, (BOTB) has made their first announcement for their 13th annual staging. The premiere Caribbean summer concert returns to Bayfront Park, in Miami Florida. The promoters of Best of the Best Concert are pleased to announce a cast of some of reggae/dancehall and soca most electrifying artists for this year staging. Set to be held on Sunday May 26th, 2019 organizers have put together a historic line up paying tribute to 90s dancehall.

SKULLSMASHER: Metal Injection Streams Entire Rocket Hammer Brain Surgery Album

Explosive Los Angeles-based grindcore squad SKULLSMASHER, founded by members of Ripped To Shreds, Azath, Draghkar, and more, present their volatile debut album, Rocket Hammer Brain Surgery. As the record is finalized for release through Selfmadegod Records this Friday, Metal Injection is offering brave listeners an advance preview of the entire album.

introducing new reggae label Trojan Jamaica; first song released

Zak Starkey and Sharna “Sshh” Liguz, have announced the creation of a new reggae record label, Trojan Jamaica, and a groundbreaking compilation, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE, the details of which will be revealed soon. Today’s announcement is heralded by the release of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” performed by Mykal Rose feat. Sly & Robbie, available Friday, March 29 for streaming and download; the track – produced by the legendary Youth (U2, Paul McCartney, The Verve), at Trojan Jamaica Studios in Ocho Rios and featuring a stellar solo from Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin – is accompanied by a new companion visual, streaming now following its exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone.

Zak Starkey Previews New Reggae Label Trojan Jamaica With Black Uhuru Song

Melii Releases Much-Anticipated Debut Project ‘PhAses’ Out Now

Harlem-based singer/songwriter/artist Melii has shared her highly anticipated debut project, PhAses. Released via Rule#1/Interscope Records, PhAses is a daringly candid and powerful portrait of her past, revealing Melii to be a multi-talented force of nature.

Crying High Announces Debut LP, Shares Track Via BrooklynVegan

Arbutus Records signee Crying High has announced his new record ♬ (‘Music’) and shared the new track “Hold Yr Terror Close” on BrooklynVegan.

Rich Aucoin shares stunning new video for “The Mind” via PASTE, new album due in May

Today, Rich Aucoin shares the video for his latest single “The Mind” via PASTE, lifted from his anticipated third full-length album Release slated to drop on May 17 via Haven Sounds. “The Mind” sees Aucoin channel his electronic music production skills in full force as this pulsating instrumental track manages to create an emotional flow of sounds that is sure to provoke a roaring response from any listener. As this slow building track progresses, a new layer is added after each section, culminating in the explosive and euphoric finale. Textured soundscapes and ethereal vocal samples ensures this track as a staple of Release as Rich Aucoin proves there’s no genre he can’t shine in. In “The Mind” music video, the viewer follows a figure covered in a metallic blanket of sorts (similar to a space blanket) as this unearthly image strides on a sunset beach while being subjected to nature’s elements.

Dark Rock Band Sabbath Assembly Debuts New Video “Ascend and Descend”

Sabbath Assembly is a dark rock band based in Texas and NYC. A true artist collective, Sabbath Assembly features vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune, Wolves in the Throne Room), guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), guitarist Ron Verod (Kayo Dot), bassist Johnny DeBlase, and drummer / founding member David Nuss. Sabbath Assembly will release its new album, ‘A Letter of Red’, on April 26 via Svart Records. The group’s seventh studio album, and follow-up to 2017’s ‘Rites of Passage’, ‘A Letter of Red’ was recorded at Figure 8 Studio in Brooklyn with Producer Randall Dunn (Black Mountain, SunnO))), Earth).

Watch: Sabbath Assembly – ‘Ascend and Descend’

It Girl Kari Faux Announces Headlining HELP WANTED TOUR

“In L.A., Kari ingested the spirit of L.A.’s G-Funk sound, combining it with sunny, jazzy, vocals and embellishments, channeling this recipe into her her debut album Lost En Los Angeles. The album, which was produced and recorded in Kari’s bedroom—and put out by Kari on Soundcloud and other streaming services by Kari herself, independently—became a kind of under the radar hit, attracting attention from critics and musicians alike for it’s wide eyed, optimistic yet realistic view of the joys and stress of living, working, and dreaming in Los Angeles as a young person.” – Forbes

“HELP WANTED Tour” dates:
5/21 – Dallas, TX – The Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
5/22 – Little Rock, AR – Ron Robinson Theater
5/23 – Houston, TX – Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall
5/26 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
5/27 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
5/28 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
5/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
5/31 – Toronto, ON – Radio
6/2 – Minneapolis, MN – Loring
6/5 – Santa Ana, CA – La Santa
6/7 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
6/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge