@skopemag news for april 18, 2019 @ 8 am est

JOHNNYSWIM Unveil New Single “Souvenir”

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles band JOHNNYSWIM—led by husband-and-wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano—unveil their third full-length album, MOONLIGHT [Britannia Row Recordings/BMG], on April 19. This marks the group’s first release under their newly minted deal with Britannia Row Recordings and BMG. This week, their new single, “Souvenir” was spun as a World First on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Apple Music’s flagship show for emerging music from around the world.


The album follows Bassy’s acclaimed 2015 album Akö and is a defiant tribute to the heroes who fought and died for the independence of Bassy’s native Cameroon, including Ruben Um Nyobé, the anti-colonialist leader of the Popular Union of Cameroon (UPC) who was shot dead by French troops on September 13, 1958, two years before the country became independent. The UPC had been campaigning for fifteen years during which time many people died, something which has been subtly annihilated from history by the French and Cameroonian state until recently.

HALFNOISE Drops 60’s Drenched Video for “Who Could You Be”

HALFNOISE drops the brand new vibey video for their recent single “Who Could You Be” today, a perfect companion to the track’s psych-rock feel and explosive 2-minute runtime. Directed by HALFNOISE founder/front-man Zac Farro, the cut comes on the heels of a trio of special headline dates that saw the band play to packed crowds in NYC, LA and Nashville, and newly announced UK headline and festival dates including The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Hit The North. HALFNOISE also returns to the stage in the US this summer for festival appearances at Firefly, Bunbury, BottleRock and Electric Forest.


FAMILY NOT A GROUP represents the historic union of Southern California’s Hit-Boy and the Bay Area’s SOB X RBE . Their new 20-city headlin­ing U.S. tour, the Strictly Only Brothers Tour (with SOB X RBE affiliate Sneakk, and Peacoat Gang) kicked off in February at the Ill Points Festival in Florida. It includes both weekends of Coachella (April 14th & 21st) and the Sunday climax of the Boston Calling festival (May 26th), before wrapping up on the final day of New York’s prestigious Governor’s Ball on June 2nd.

Rising Pop Artist, Alexander 23 Releases Video For Debut Song “Dirty AF1s” Today

L.A.-based, pop up-and-comer, Alexander 23 shares the video for his debut track, “Dirty AF1s” today. The visual, shot by Kenny Okagaki and Alexander 23 in Los Angles, tells the story of the challenges we face when being away from a loved one.

Dirty Mae’s new music video for “Big Red” out

Inspired by Amanda Palmer’s “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now,” Fireman reimagined Red Riding Hood as an empowered woman ready to take revenge on her enemies. Since forming in late 2016, New York-based trio Dirty Mae has made a name for their striking, cabaret-inspired performances and rare blend of New Orleans blues and soulful folk traditions.

Mavis Staples Shares New Song “Anytime”

“I’m the messenger,” Mavis Staples says on the eve of her 80th birthday. “That’s my job—it has been for my whole life—and I can’t just give up while the struggle’s still alive. We’ve got more work to do, so I’m going to keep on getting stronger and keep on delivering my message every single day.”

Madonna To Release Highly-Anticipated Album Madame X Globally On June 14th

Madonna will exclusively unveil the world premiere of her video and single “Medellín” with Maluma, during a globally televised MTV music event, “MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere,” on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 pm BST / 4:00pm ET/ 1:00pm PT. Madonna will join British DJ Trevor Nelson and fans live from London for a conversation about the influences of her new album, and the creative forces behind her transcendent career. “Medellín” collaborator and Colombian pop star Maluma will join live from Miami. Madonna will also take questions during the global event via satellite from MTV’s Sway Calloway and fans in New York City, with additional MTV-hosted events in Milan and São Paulo.

New Pete Gardiner single interprets the madness depicted in world news

Pete Gardiner is a rarity, a true songsmith, a poet who sets his stories to music. Pete writes about doomed, alcohol fuelled love affairs, our celebrity obsessed culture, vanity, greed, violence and lust with a style and passion inspired by his songwriting heroes Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen.

SPIRIT ADRIFT: Revolver Magazine Premieres “Angel & Abyss'” Video

Revolver Magazine is now hosting the exclusive premiere of SPIRIT ADRIFT’s new “Angel & Abyss” video, the new single from the band’s anxiously awaited third LP, Divided By Darkness, set to see release through 20 Buck Spin next month. The new video makes its debut alongside an interview with the band about the new album.

Hear the new single from Chicago’s Fauvely “What the Living Do”

“The song takes its title from a poetry collection by NY-based Marie Howe; Sophie wrapped it into this beautiful song and dedicated it to her friend who had lost her mother to cancer. “What the Living Do” features dreamy guitars, organs and piano that pairs with Sophie’s lilting, melodic voice that addresses the grief and loss felt by those left behind.”

SONG PREMIERE: Fauvely Stir Up Powerful Emotions With Dreamy Indie Rock on “What the Living Do”


As a queer artist that sings from her soul, Montreal-based KAYTA debuts her new single and video “KARMA” today via Complex. The Chilean and Slovakian songstress effortlessly blends hip-hop grit, R&B groove, and pop euphoria in undeniable fashion. Over a sparse and shuddering beat, she slides from quick cadences into an entrancing and ethereal refrain, “Eye to eye. We go outside. We try to hide. And start again.” As with everything she does, the tune proves immediately thought provoking and open to interpretation.

GLASSING: Metal Injection Debuts “Sleeper” Video

Spotted Horse is the impending new full-length from Austin, Texas-based blackened post-hardcore trio GLASSING.

GLASSING Reminds You That You Deserve Nothing In New Song “Sleeper”

Big Eyes Drop Invigorating New Album ‘Streets of the Lost’ Out Now!

It’s 2019 and the words ‘rock’ and ‘female-led’ have rejoined the conversation with Big Eyes’ new album, Streets of the Lost out today. As an album chasing, “Classic power pop songwriting with hard rock dual leads and a punk edge,” Big Eyes succeed in delivering more than just the traditional two-minute angry blast of sound. From tackling the tragedy of suicide on “The Upside” to laughing in the face of adolescence on “Young, Dumb and Bored,” the band presents a fully-formed idea of unrelenting guitars and percussion that anyone could find meaning in. The addition of tastefully electrifying vocals only contributes to the overall humility and humanity of the album.