@skopemag news for april 16, 2019 @ 11:30 am est

Debut EP from IV League ‘When You Lose Me’ + new single ‘Cola Tooth World’ out now

Melbourne indie-darlings IV League released their debut EP ‘When You Lose Me’ by surprise on Friday to the open arms of indie-music lovers globally. They’ve delivered a string of perfect indie pop singles – most recently ‘Lose Me’ and ‘Superstar’ – toured relentlessly and surrounded themselves with a standup team. Their punk-tinged new single ‘Cola Tooth World’ (also released on Friday) has already amassed dozens of plays across national and community radio in Australia and been included in local Spotify and Amazon lists. Surprisingly, EP highlight ‘Comedown Sensation’ has already received some love in Spotify’s Chords + Cardigans.

Rich Layton & Tough Town Announce Single, “Live to Rock” Due Out May 13, 2019

In a world of compromises, those who find True North and follow wherever it leads have a treasure beyond measure. What if that pursuit was suddenly taken away? Would there be defeat, or a fight to get it all back? With their new single “Live to Rock,” Rich Layton & The Tough Town provide an anthem for everyone facing doubt, roadblocks, and brick walls to reclaim the one true thing at the core of who they are. Due out May 13, “Live To Rock” is the lead track and second single off Salvation Road, the upcoming album co-produced by Layton and LA-based Terry Wilson, a fellow ex-Texan and 2019 Grammy nominee. The album is due out May 31 on Never Lucky Records.

2019 Nashville Comedy Festival Hosted A Slew of Sold-Out Shows And Brought Endless Laughter to Nashville

Nashville Comedy Festival made its triumphant return to Music City April 8-14 with gut-busting laughs and record-breaking attendance. With more than 20 sold-out shows and over 45,000 tickets sold, the festival kicked off on a charitable note with the yearly TJ Martell Foundation Roast at Zanies, raising over $65,000.00 for cancer research.

Among the dizzying week of sold out shows included 2 sellouts of Polk Theater with comedy superstar Sebastian Manisicalco, sold out Ryman Auditorium shows from trendsetting YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link, multi-talented mega-star Ali Wong, sharp-witted late night king Jim Jefferies, and 2 sellouts from rising comedy star John Crist. Tennessee kid Nate Bargatze brought a family affair to Polk Theater for 2 sold-out performances and Tiny Meat Gang podcasters Cody Ko & Noel Miller followed suit with their own sellout of Polk Theater.


Local Natives’ new album Violet Street arrives this month on April 26th via Loma Vista Recordings. Today, the band can share news of a full UK tour for October 2019, all dates of which can be found below.

New music: Editors release ‘Hallelujah (So Low)’

Having sold out their limited edition colour vinyl of The Blanck Mass Sessions for Record Store Day on Saturday, Editors today unveil the second track from the album: ‘Hallelujah (So Low)’. Fans queued overnight to get their hands on the limited physical run and copies are now changing hands online for over £100. The LP, made up of producer Blanck Mass’ original productions of their acclaimed 2018 top 10 album Violence, is out on general release on May 3rd via Play It Again Sam.

Dimlight release new song

The dead know no peace: their path to the Judgement Hall is long and the gates of Irkala Kar are guarded by the disfigured creations of the Old Gods. ‘Ere the shores of solace can be reached, seven hulking abominations await to tear, burn, poison, crush and flay the wretched souls that stray…

Skope single submission: Waivs & Kodiak Soul, “Beside Me”

Waivs says he recorded the new single “with the thought of how it feels to hold someone, which I believe is one of the best feelings you can have.”

Tallsaint releases new single ‘Hard Love’

Following the enormous sound of tender ‘Warm Skin’, the Leeds based artist’s newest offering captures “the surreal feeling of being left hanging on the outskirts of someone’s life but still relentlessly yearning for inclusion in different ways.”

Ynys (ex Race Horses/Radio Luxembourg) delivers gorgeous sunshine kissed psych pop on debut single ‘Caneuon’ (Songs)!

Ynys is a new project by Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg. The songs of Ynys combine Dylan’s melodic gift and adventurous playful song craft into a rich collection of melancholic harmonies and off-kilter psychedelic pop songs that mirror the vulnerability, yet assured, classicism of alternative touchstones such as Velvet Underground, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Elliot Smith and Teenage Fan Club.

Yves Paquet ‘Talk About The Weather’

Another Sky Release New Single “The Cracks”

Another Sky have today unveiled their new single “The Cracks,” the second track taken from their upcoming EP Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds, due for release on June 14th via Fiction/Missing Piece Records. “The Cracks” follows on from the band’s emotionally impacting previous single “Apple Tree.”

The Dream Syndicate Unveil “The Way In”

“It’s the leadoff track, kind of a Rosetta Stone, decoder ring, instruction manual to light the way,” Lead singer and songwriter Steve Wynn said of “The Way In”. “It’s all about clearing the decks, dusting off, fastening the spacesuit and bracing yourself for what might come next. It sounds like something we might have heard on the radio in 1981 when we were forming the band thinking, ‘Maybe we ought to sound like that.’”


LSD evolved as a natural kinship amongst artists, initiated by songwriters Labrinth and Sia who came together one night to write a song and quickly realized there were many more waiting to be penned. Their undeniable musical chemistry evolved and they were soon joined by Diplo, who rounded out the trio.


In speaking about the video, Hozier says: “Since the song references music so much and is about the experience of listening to music, the concept of this video is kind of drawing from the jazz tradition and just a lot of musicians and a lot of dancers whose disciplines stem from that tradition.”


Rival Sons have shared the official music video for “Too Bad” from their acclaimed album FERAL ROOTS. The video debuted via Rolling Stone and is streaming now on the band’s official YouTube channel.

Watch Rival Sons Light Up Empty Theater in Rousing ‘Too Bad’ Video

Carl Anderson Announces Tour Dates with Paul Cauthen, Devon Gilfillian & Nikki Lane

Today, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Carl Anderson announced tour dates supporting Paul Cauthen, Devon Gilfillian and Nikki Lane this spring and summer. On May 31, Anderson wil release his new EP You Can Call Me Carl, which Rolling Stone called, “…an EP of Seventies folk tinges, wistful bedroom pop and melancholic country heartache.”

Carl Anderson Mixes Heartache With Resilience on New Song ‘Roses’

The Cranberries Release Title Track From Final Album

As they prepare to release their final album, The Cranberries share the record’s title track “In The End.” The last song recorded for the album, and the last track on the album, it is an apt conclusion to a record that pays tribute to Dolores O’Riordan and brings to a close the band’s singular career.

Nate Mercereau unveils first single “Joy Techniques” featuring Terrace Martin

“Joy Techniques” features echoes of Mercereau’s guitar-synth reverberating between Martin’s saxophone. “We weren’t ever asking for permission to do anything,” Mercereau says of the track. “We just played parts because we felt them in the moment.”

Trixie Whitley shares new video; new album created with Run The Jewels producer out now

While the trilogy is a personal study of the space in-between, it unravels a slow-burning language of physical movement and focuses on the evolution from an individual to a collective sense of intimacy, trust, and all its liminalities in-between.

Jessica Winter shares ethereal ‘Sleep Forever’ video ahead of London show

London-based bedroom pop artist and producer Jessica Winter has shared the video for her debut single, ‘Sleep Forever’, the first to be taken from her upcoming EP, Let’s Keep It Shallow. The track was featured last week as John Kennedy’s ‘Hot One’ on Radio X, where he called it “stunning”.

Caswell finds strength in self-love on ‘Surface’ visual      

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 mixed by Cenzo Townsend (a-ha, Bloc Party, Florence + The Machine).