@skopemag news for april 8, 2019 @ 12:30 pm est

Santa Cruz return with new song ‘Changing Of Seasons’

One of hard rock’s most exciting young acts, SANTA CRUZ, has returned with a new single, “Changing Of Seasons.” The song – which was co-written and produced by Kane Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch) – is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms. A lyric video designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions can be seen HERE.

SANTA CRUZ live (more dates TBA):
June 7-9 – Hyvinkää, Finland – Rockfest
June 27-29 – Seinäjoki, Finland – Provinssirock
July 7 – Köln, Germany – Palladium w/ Whitesnake
July 12-13 – Tampere, Finland – Sauna Open Air Festival
Sept. 27-29 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival

Caswell addresses her destructive formative relationships on ‘Stay The Night’ + Releases EP      

She was also slated as a highlight of Latitude 2018 on their website, alongside Wolf Alice and alt-J and the ‘Blindside’ EP was mastered by Frank Arkwright (New Order, Blur, Coldplay) of Abbey Road Studios and partly mixed by Cenzo Townsend (a-ha, Bloc Party, Florence + The Machine).

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine – Raw Studio Mixes’ To Be Released On Vinyl

One of the many highlights of John Lennon’s Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, the immersive and intimate super deluxe edition of his legendary solo album, released this past October on what would have been his 78th birthday, were the Raw Studio Mixes. Helmed by engineer Rob Stevens under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon, these aggressively visceral and emotionally touching mixes capture the exact moment Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song, raw and live on the soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios, at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. The Raw Studio recordings are devoid of the effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) that were added when co-producers John, Yoko and Phil Spector created the additional layers of production sound and added John’s orchestral arrangements in New York.

The Raconteurs announce North American headline tour dates

Hot on the heels of announcing their new album HELP US STRANGER (out June 21 via Third Man Records), The Raconteurs – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler – have announced an extensive run of North American headline tour dates. These new dates, spanning from July to October, include previously-announced US festival appearances at Woodstock 50 and Railbird. The band will kick off their world tour with their first trip to Australia and New Zealand later this month, as well as stops in Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom before returning to the US for their North American tour.

The NorthmeN Release Official Music Video for “Forevermore”

Watertown, NY Heavy Rock Band The NorthmeN has released the official music video for their single, “Forevermore.”

Obscure – Alone (feat. Shanice)

“Alone”, a track produced by T7, is a rumination on the darker periods in the artist’s life, reflecting his early battles with depression and anxiety.

Merival – My New Song: “I With Mine”

For months on end, I had weekly intense dreams about someone I had dated 6-7 years prior, someone who played a very formative role in my life. It began to feel like a funny loop I had created for myself – this magnetism to somebody who had hurt me very badly but who had nothing to do with my current life. I feared I might have to deal with these thoughts for years to come. I felt powerless. If that person had called me up and asked to see me during that period, I don’t think I would have been able to say no.


A master tunesmith who first broke into the industry as a songwriter, GASHI built a massive following with his impeccable sense of melody and lyrical abilities. Born in Libya but with both parents from Kosovo, GASHI spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country. His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, where GASHI spent a majority of his teen years. Though his roots are in hip-hop, GASHI has expanded his sonic palette and created a unique sound that sits in between pop, hip-hop, rap, and dance music, breaking out in 2017 with the hit “Disrespectful,” which has nearly 60 million streams on Spotify alone.

Telekinesis completes the “Effluxion trifecta” with new video, on tour now

Michael Benjamin Lerner is on the road with the Telekinesis band on his first tour since February’s release of Effluxion, and today he’s sharing his third collaboration with director Kayhl Cooper, this time for the album’s opening title track. Read more on Brooklyn Vegan, and watch it below:

THRILLSVILLE Releases Dark Electronic Single, “Second Sleep”

“Reworking and reinterpreting a song wasn’t a stretch for me. It’s kind of like taking a theme and varying it when I’m composing for film, TV or video games. It’s fun to take the same source material and put it in a completely different musical world. I’ve always loved Stolen Babies’ version of ‘Second Sleep’ and getting Dominique from SB to add background vocals to my version made it really special for me. It wouldn’t have been right without her. I feel like the dreamy and moody quality of the original rock version translated even better with this dark dance version.” – THRILLSVILLE

Tenth Annual “Darius And Friends” Benefit Returns to Ryman Auditorium June 3

Multi-Platinum superstar Darius Rucker will return to the historic Ryman Auditorium on Monday, June 3 for his 10th Annual Darius and Friends concert benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event, which unofficially kicks off CMA Music Fest in downtown Nashville and has raised $1.6 million to date, will celebrate hitting the decade mark with an all-star roster of friends to be announced in the coming weeks.

Rucker, who has always prioritized philanthropic work, was honored with the ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award last year for his efforts and will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 2019 Music Biz Awards. He made a commitment to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital specifically in 2008 after touring the facility known around the globe for treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The King Khan Experience announces first wide release of ‘Turkey Ride’

While young King Khan was making these frequent trips (not only the lysergic kind) to the cities of Bordeaux and Berlin, he was especially mesmerized by the decadent bohemian, relax-your-mind mentality of frogs and krauts alike. He met Dan Ra and waltzed into his studio and within a few days and nights recorded what would be the beginning of the King Khan Experience. After the fourth visit, King Khan walked into the Red Roses (notorious 24 hour drinking hole in Kreuzberg) after an all night recording session. There he met a strange 70 year old African man from Somalia who happened to be wearing the same hat and scarf as King Khan. The man stared into Khan’s eyes and yelled “YOU LOOK LIKE ME!”

For Skope: Trilane & Loris Cimino’s festival-friendly “Still Think Of You”. Out on Protocol

DREADNOUGHT: Progressive Doom Conjurors Unveil “Tempered;”

Emergence is the impending new full-length from Denver-based progressive doom unit DREADNOUGHT. Set for release on May 10th via Profound Lore, the band’s fourth long player takes their signature multiplex and pictorial sound to new sonic realms delving more into heavier and darker sonic territory.

for Skope: Jarvis releases ‘Reborn,’ unleashes #BringBackBrostep movement [Firepower Rec.]

Eli Greenhoe shares new indie-folk single “Public Eye” | Debut LP on the way

Although this is Greenhoe’s debut as a songwriter the songs that comprise his forthcoming full-length have been in his mind and performed in some or fashion since his days studying music at LaGuardia High School. Greenhoe would go on to enter into the classical composition world but never lost his affinity for music in the folk tradition as he revisits here.

LA psych-rock band ØZWALD releases debut album ‘Sweet Delirium’

Los Angeles-based rock band ØZWALD released their debut album Sweet Delirium this past week and we partnered with The Big Takeover to bring you the exclusive premiere. The respected rock n roll outlet called the record “vibrantly lively and hazily reflective…” Stemming from the minds’ of guitarist Steve Stout (ex-Blondfire, Lost Beach) and Jason Wade (Lifehouse), ØZWALD was born out of a mutual love of ’60s & ’70s rock and roll. Together they bring their own unique spin on a classic sound. Their debut full-length, Sweet Delirium is out now via Allswells Records.

Stirring Americana Track from Pete Berwick

Cowpunk / alt-country pioneer Pete Berwick has been touring and recording and hammering out hundreds of shows a year, as a solo artist and with his bands, for over four decades. Along with releasing six albums, the Chicago-based Berwick is also an author and actor, and has written and published four novels, as well as having appeared in film and television. He is also an amateur boxer. “Can’t kill a man born to hang,” is Berwick’s motto, as he fearlessly travels from town to town and roadhouse bar to roadhouse bar with a lifetime of critically acclaimed songs and his battered six string.

THETAN-Backed KOOL KEITH Track “Complicated Trip”

“Complicated Trip,” the new single by Bronx hip-hop icon KOOL KEITH backed by Nashville powerviolence duo THETAN, is streaming exclusively at BrooklynVegan, the only place the track can be streamed online ahead of this Saturday when the single is issued through THETAN’s own Anti-Corporate Music Inc. as an official Record Store Day vinyl release.