@skopemag news for April 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm est

DIE-REK drops “Lift Me Up 1 Time” single

From the physical to the spiritual to the digital, we are living in some competitive times. We’ve gone from trying to establish points of commonality to setting up barriers of difference. When was the last time you stopped, put self to the side and reached out to help someone other than yourself?

Mons Vi Releases Dark And Moody New Single “Ask Me Anything” Today!

A little more about Mons Vi: Combining the lo-fi, moody vibes of Joji with the introspective lyricism of Frank Ocean, Miami-born, Brooklyn-based, Mons Vi thrives in emotionally-charged territory rarely ventured to in the world of indie pop. Mons Vi has been featured by Level (Warner Music), Ones To Watch, the Deli Mag, and Brooklyn Vegan amongst several other publications. His music has garnered over 3 million plays across all streaming platforms. He also recently wrote the screenplay for the HBO short film, “La Piel de Ayer,” premiering on May 1, 2019.


Today, YBN Almighty Jay returns to share a new video. “God Save Me,” directed by Michael Artis, finds Jay at his own funeral, introspecting about his life up to now through trippy and surreal visuals. The video follows “Let Me Breathe,” also directed by Artis and the lead single for YBN Almighty Jay’s debut project Legend, where he recounts a brutal attack he suffered in New York earlier this year.

Maserati Skrill “Reasons Part Two” Produced By Sisco Kenedy!

Throw The Fight New Video ‘Echoes’


Grande fox, the 5-members Space Psychedelic Stoner Heavy Rock band from Thessaloniki, Greece, recently released the EP “Kulning” and their debut album “Space Nest”, and they prepared for the second full-length album. The single “Documento” is a first characteristic sample of their unique style.

BRAND OF JULEZ “Take It All Away” Official Music Video

New York based Heavy Rock Band BRAND OF JULEZ has released the official music video for their newest single, “Take It All Away.”

Son of Cloud releases solo debut

Seale unveiled the Son of Cloud project in a live setting just this past March, at a special concert at a Quaker Meeting House in Brooklyn, NY. The show was an immersive multimedia event, featuring an interactive light sculpture designed by Seale and artist Adam November. Perhaps most impressively, Seale co-created a mobile app that allowed the audience to participate in the music. At key moments, concert goers were prompted to contribute to the sonic landscape of the performance, heard sound effects from around the room and were even led in a sing along via messages on their screens.


Gesaffelstein’s performance at Coachella marked his very first live performance since 2015 as well as his first live performance in support of sophomore album Hyperion. The packed crowd was immersed in a sonically and visually stunning show that featured intense lighting design and a masked Gesaffelstein performing against a backdrop of deep darkness.

The Hip Priests from Nottingham, England preach misanthropy, hate, sex and contempt

Digital Warfare Records announces new album by Nottingham, England’s garage-punk band The Hip Priests. The album titled, Stand For Nothing, will be available as CD and LP on Friday, May 10th, 2019.

Fiercely independent and tirelessly driven, the ‘Priests have preached their high energy sermon of misanthropy, hate, sex and contempt across tours of the UK, Europe and USA, and have made countless rapturously received festival appearances. Gaining a richly deserved reputation as a white-hot live band they play to ever increasing audiences both at home and abroad. The band has recently toured with Zeke, Dwarves and delivered a stand out set at Eindhoven’s Helldorado Festival.

Sisters Doll – New single ‘Black Mirror’ exposing a generation

Melbourne glam-rockers, Sisters Doll, have released their new single, “Black Mirror” – the single’s title aptly a synonym for the reliance we have on technology, our phones, our computers, social media or the like, and its manipulation and the trepidation that comes from a generation constantly glued to “black mirrors”.


Following on from the previously released aggressive and dynamic “Which Witch Is Which?”, young metalcore formation A Burden To Bear is back with a second single – “The Weight Of Your Heart” – aiming to stabilize and certify the group’s potential to create and perform conventional and modern heavy music to its best potential. With a quite varied instrumental structure, which thrust the listener into a sea of intricate, energetic riffing and bone-shattering breakdowns, along with some orchestral effects and vocals that jump between screaming, shouting and sing-along choruses, “The Weight Of Your Heart” provides every band member with the opportunity to appear in the limelight, making this song an all-around solid, cohesive effort that is not only further supported by the addressed lyrical theme, but also showcases a great potential to be a very popular at concerts track.

Ungoliantha set release date for new EP, reveal first track!

Ukraine’s Black metal band Ungoliantha (since 1996) sets May 13th as an international release date for their highly anticipated brand new EP “The Howl in the Waste”! Five new tracks including “Hymn of the Ancient Spirit of the Forest” (Lord Belial cover). Following closely on the highly evaluated band’s previous album, “Through the Chaos, Through Time, Through the Death”, released late 2015 by Satanic Art Media, “The Howl in the Waste” is a bold step forward for Ungoliantha prior to the new full-length album!

J.Lamotta Releases ‘Suzume’ Album

On the back of two successful single and video releases, Berlin based producer and artist J.Lamotta shares her sophomore LP ‘Suzume” – available from April 12th via Jakarta Records.

VRWRK to return with soulful electronica EP ‘The Sun In My Shadow’ out May 17th

It’s the type of experimental splicing together of decadence of 90s rave, UK Garage and psychedelic culture that has achieved VRWRK sold out shows and acclaim all across the board from the likes of Best Fit, The Fader, Clash, NME, BBC 1xtra and more!

ICYMI: Blonde Redhead founder, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kazu Makino announces solo project

Adult Baby, the imprint, is Kazu Makino’s new venture which she will use to share work from both emerging and established like-minded artists who are driven by experimentation and freedom of expression. Distribution will be through !K7.

7j2Music Releases New Hip Hop Album “G &YB”

When it comes to hip-hop music, you won’t find two individuals who are more passionate about the culture and traditions of that genre than Oklahoma City rappers Godzilla and Young Barid.

The two MCs from the Midwest have been bringing a Southern spark to hip-hop for the past few years, and their music is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime genre-breaking sound that challenges listeners all over the world to change the way they think. The biggest message they’re bringing to the world is unity, and their new album “G & YB” is dedicated to helping “unite us all as humans together.”

New video: The Divine Comedy release video for new single ‘Queuejumper’

The Divine Comedy have released a video for ‘Queuejumper,’ the lead track from their new album ‘Office Politics’ which is set for release on June 7th.

New > Mall Grab & Nite Fleit > ‘Moogie’ EP > Out May 3rd 2019 > Looking For Trouble > Listen Here

LFT003 is an introduction to the music that Jordon Alexander (Mall Grab) and long-time friend, housemate and sometimes-DJ-partner Alysha Fleiter (Nite Fleit) have worked on over the past year together. The product of swapping stems on tour, trains and at home, the ‘Moogie’ EP combines two individual and two collaborative tracks for the third release on the Looking For Trouble label.

Brantley Gilbert announces 2019 Not Like Us Tour

When Brantley Gilbert gets his tour on, he goes out of his way to make sure it’s unlike anything he’s ever done. Having spent last fall on the road with Kid Rock, he wanted to take his own hardcore post-country to some new places on his 2019 Not Like Us Tour – bringing some different flavors to the ever faithful BG Nation, which kicks off August 20 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joining the CMA Song of the Year nominee for Not Like Us will be traditional-leaning, country-pop superstar-in-the-making Michael Ray, known for “Get To You,” “One That Got Away,” “Kiss You In The Morning” and “Think A Little Less,” and the fiery, genre-blurring guitarist/vocalist Lindsay Ell, who joins Gilbert on his first male/female duet “What Happens In A Small Town,” as well as her own “Criminal” and “Shut Me Up.”

Bradley University’s Music Business Program is the Nation’s Oldest

Music is a universal language, able to introduce and connect us to a wider world and its inhabitants. Business blends art and science to bring people and ideas together. Combine the two, and you have the prospect of a dynamic, fulfilling career.

Awards shows like the Grammys, competitions like The Voice and American Idol and recording artists like Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, and Kendrick Lamar are one side of the industry. But the $130 billion worldwide industry also needs technicians, managers, web designers, publishers and instrument makers.

Bradley University’s music business program is the nation’s oldest, dating to 1948. Carl Anderson, a 1986 graduate of Bradley University, is the instructor in residence who directs the Music Business and Music and Entertainment Industry programs at Bradley.

Brown County Music Center in Nashville, Indiana announces Grand Opening plans & Initial list of events

Located in Nashville, Indiana, the Brown County Music Center will be a visual and auditory masterpiece with cutting edge design that will bring in nationally known performers and host local events. The new venue will offer an incredibly intimate experience for each show. The farthest seat from the stage will only be 106 feet away.

Dana Beth Evans, the Director of Events for the new venue said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for Brown County and you can feel the anticipation growing as we get closer and closer to opening day. We’ve all put an incredible amount of time and effort into this place to make sure that it is nothing short of amazing for all who attend, including the artists. We hope people are able to take in all the beauty of the venue, the nature around it and the love and care of the people in this community when they visit us.”


Grammy nominated musician Brent Cobb has announced a new leg of the “Sucker For a Good Time Tour.” The headline dates kick off August 1st at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, SC and continue through November, making stops at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, and Macon, GA’s Hargray Capitol Theatre, among others. Artist presale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, April 16th at 10am local time, with general onsale beginning Friday, April 19th at 10am local time.


New > Dan Shake > ‘Freak’ EP > Out April 22nd on Shake Records > Listen Here

London based DJ and producer Dan Shake has announced his new 12″ ‘Freak / Can’t Take It” on his label Shake, set for release on April 22nd 2019.

Mckenna Faith @ Country Jam – CO

For nearly three decades Country Jam has launched itself to the forefront of the country music festival scene, hosting the biggest names in country music amongst the Red Rock landscape of Western Colorado. The 28th edition of Country Jam features Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Alabama and more of country’s biggest stars. Combine that with a weekend full of camping with all your friends, and you’ve got the biggest party in Colorado. Come join us! McKenna Faith plays the Main Stage on Sunday, June 16th.



“Head and shoulders above what the vast majority of new Country figures are currently producing” – Music Existence

“Matt continues in the spirit of well polished, radio ready, country singles that we have become accustomed to from this fast rising talent” – Middle Tennesse Music

ENTHRONED Premiere Music Video for New Song, ”Hosanna Satana”

The band comments: “The Earth with His glory! It is time to unveil the second single & video clip out of ‘Cold Black Suns:’ ‘Hosanna Satana!’

Olivia Culpo – Lyft & Coachella photo

Olivia Culpo was just one of the many celebs who traveled in style throughout this weekend’s Coachella festivities via Lyft. Ever the style icon, Olivia even made sure to match the famous pink Lyft amp.

Freekbass Announces New Album – Due Out May 31

Freekbass, hailed by the legendary Bootsy Collins as “the new spiritual warrior for the funk,” is ready to serve up his new album All The Way This. All The Way That. on the exciting new Color Red imprint on May 31, 2019. The highly anticipated album embodies the past, present, and future of funk music from the creative minds of Freekbass and co-producers Itaal Shur and Color Red founder Eddie Roberts.