@skopemag news for april 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm est

Crag Mask premieres new single “Stainer”

Vundabar side project Today post-grunge band Crag Mask share their first single “Stainer” off their upcoming LP Bend, due out July 12th, 2019. Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Zack Abramo’s twisted sense of songcraft and melody is on full display, complete with a slyly catchy intro that devolves into a foreboding doom riff just long enough to unsettle the unsuspecting listener. They deliver a compact dirge that makes good on the promise of their debut.

I, the Mountain is excited to share a brand new summer anthem ‘The Boat’

Inspired by Alistair MacLeod’s classic short story of the same name, our song “The Boat” is embedded with East Coast sound and imagery. In its earlier form, the song told the tale of a poor family subsisting in a rural Atlantic fishing town, but, with the help of Simon Ward, lead singer of The Strumbellas, it became an anthem of hope, persistence, and empowerment.

Introducing Esther Rose

“I’m always changing,” Esther Rose sings at the top of her sophomore album, You Made It This Far. The line is at once a promise and a plea, a concise distillation of her commitment to evolution as well as her dogged determination to meet every challenge in her path with unconditional acceptance. Laid-back yet deliberate, her delivery here marries old-school country and rural folk with a plainspoken philosophy that’s thoroughly modern, and the end result is a record that’s as joyful as it is restless, one that weaves fiddle and lap steel around profound revelations, late night conversations, and all the moments in between.

BAILEN Share “Something Tells Me” Via Billboard

NYC’s BAILEN today shared “Something Tells Me,” the final track previewing their John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War on Drugs)-produced debut LP, Thrilled To Be Here, out April 26th, 2019 on Fantasy Records.

argonaut&wasp Share New Track “Composure”

Brooklyn-based duo, argonaut&wasp, have returned with a brand new single, titled “Composure.” This is the first single in over a year, as well as their first release since their recent signing with +1 Records. argonaut&wasp have achieved over 11 Million streams to date, all without a label. Their Spotify Monthly Listeners have grown from 35k to 250k in the last calendar year without releasing any new music.

KOLLAPS: Australian Post-Industrial Trio Premieres “Love Is A War” Via Heathen Harvest

Australian post-industrial trio, KOLLAPS, presents a new single from their impending second album, Mechanical Christ, which is nearing early May release through Cold Spring Records. The new track, “Love Is A War,” makes its debut through an exclusive advance premiere hosted by Heathen Harvest.

Timeless Struggles in a Postmodern World: Premiering “Love Is a War” by Kollaps


“Wallpaper” appears on Spencer’s debut EP, NONE of this has been about you, which was released last month via BMG. The five-track effort is an introspective journey that spotlights his signature tone and falsetto, reminiscent of the 60s with stripped-down 80s-inspired production. Listeners can hear traces of his major influences on the record, ranging from Marvin Gaye and Bruno Mars, to Prince, Elvis, and The Temptations. Spencer’s honest and relatable approach to lyrics, in tandem with his powerful live performances, culminate in what is being lauded as a fresh new sound in pop.

Donald Glover and adidas Originals officially launch Donald Glover Presents

Donald Glover Presents reimagines three classic adidas styles, the Nizza, the Continental 80, and the Lacombe, in subtle, tone-on-tone white canvas. With a focus on the personal narrative that worn-in sneakers can hold, and the wealth of experiences they bear, the collection is inspired by subtle imperfections.

“Rich is a concept,” said Donald Glover. “With this project, I wanted to encourage people to think about how their stories can be told on their feet. Value isn’t quantified by what you wear, rather the experiences from them. And you make the decision on what works for you, you live through your own lens. The partnership for me is about being able to exemplify what doing your own thing truly looks and feels like.”

Tee Grizzley shares “God’s Warrior” single + video

Tee Grizzley has shared his latest single and video for “God’s Warrior”, out today on 300 Entertainment. Tee premiered the track this morning on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show and now drops the video to accompany it. “God’s Warrior” sees Tee further solidifying himself as a conductor of the streets, known for sharing his wisdom with others but also commanding the respect he’s rightfully earned and being ready to claim it.

Patrick Swayze is Hazy dream-pop and Nostalgic

Wobbling synthetic textures held down by the classic Trunky Juno thumping Electric Bass dominate ‘Patrick Swayze’ throughout, building beautifully towards a chorus which bursts from the speakers in a distorted cacophony of euphoric proportions.

Jeremy Jones has found his voice – ‘Intention’

Jeremy Jones has been getting around. The LA multi-instrumentalist was just featured as a member of ScHoolboy Q’s orchestra in his Travis Scott collaboration, “CHopstix”, and was scheduled to play viola with Khalid’s at Coachella until production issues cut down the live band.

HALCYON WAY Premiere Music Video For ‘The Church Of Me’ via Decibel Magazine

Shortly before their North American tour with Metal Church, which kicks off on April 23rd, Atlanta-based metallers HALCYON WAY present a music video for the track “The Church Of Me”. The song is taken from their new album “Bloody But Unbowed”, out now on Agonia Records. The video is available via Decibel Magazine at:

Video Premiere: Halcyon Way – ‘The Church of Me’

Call Him “Master Key”: Key Glock Shares the Outrageously Flossy “Yea!!” Video

DRIVING SLOW MOTION: PopMatters Debuts “Of The Sea” Video

Arda is the forthcoming new full-length from Fort Worth, Texas-based experimental post-rock ensemble DRIVING SLOW MOTION. Set for release on June 7th, the stunning new offering was self-recorded and produced, mixed by Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw, Hopesfall), mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, August Burns Red), and takes its listeners on an emotional journey of extreme proportions.

Mayday Parade Premieres Music Video for “Never Sure”

“Never Sure” always gave me a feeling of energy and it only seemed appropriate to make a video that not only included us performing live but also included behind the scenes footage of the band being ourselves while on tour. I remember seeing videos on Instagram of Chris’ work (@ChrisBlockd) with Neck Deep, 3OH!3 and Don Broco and I just knew he was the man for the job. It was an honor to work with him and I think he gave the song even more life in the form of a video. Enjoy! – Jake Bundrick

NYU Clive Davis Institute and Billboard Magazine Announce Unique Educational Program Focused on the Music Industry

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, in collaboration with Billboard magazine, today announced Music Industry Essentials; a unique program designed to illuminate and instruct learners on the inner-workings of the $17 billion music industry.

Provided entirely online, the program is powered by Yellowbrick, a New York-based education technology company that creates career-discovery courses in partnership with top universities, major media outlets, and brands. FIT, Parsons, NYU, Complex, Allure, and Teen Vogue have all participated in previous programs; sharing their knowledge in fast-growing industries like fashion, beauty, sneaker design and trade, and sports.

Kuri Single Entitled ‘The Great Orator’

Though he may be a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Kuri chiefly describes himself as “an observer.” His keen insight and sonic curiosity thread together an intriguing framework of carefully constructed and composed alternative on 2019’s debut album No Village [Nevado Music]. The foundation remains rooted in organic performances, classically infused orchestration, jazzy freeform spirit, cinematic ambition, and ultimately inspired observation. “I like to watch, analyze, and create systems in my brain,” he affirms. “As a solo artist, I enjoy the freedom to express exactly what I want by drawing on what I see.”