@skopemag news for may 2, 2019 @ 2 pm est

Smoke Signals premieres KoRn cover

Growing up, we learn to have an appreciation for music. Exploring different genres and finding new bands brings excitement to most. Sometimes as we age, our tastes change and other times, those bands we fell in love with stick with us forever. Musicians can get inspiration from the early bands that influenced their lives and Smoke Signals is proud to premiere a cover from a band that inspired them, KoRn’s “Here to Stay.”

Jazz guitarist Chris Standring reimagines his best

Over twenty years and twelve albums into his career as a solo artist, chart-topping guitarist Chris Standring had no interest in putting out a typical “best of” album. After a gig, a fan approached him with a novel idea that did get his creative wheels spinning.

“I had thought about releasing a ‘best of’ for a long time, but it didn’t make a lot of sense because with streaming and downloadable songs, anyone can grab their favorite songs thus a compilation felt a little redundant. But then a fan brought me the idea to take my most popular songs and do something new with them. It’s nice to breathe new life into some music that has been around a while,” said Standring who drops “Best of Chris Standring Remixed” on June 21 on the Ultimate Vibe Recordings label.

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2018 Winners

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world, is pleased to announce its 2018 winners. Created in 2002, ISC received almost 19,000 entries tis year from almost 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.

TUNE IN NOW: New Years Day Premiere ‘American Psycho’ Inspired Music Video for “Shut Up” on YouTube

The music video features Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and the original ax from the Christian Bale classic “American Psycho”


Jack de Mello, the man who never stopped, is finally at rest at age 102. His lush orchestrations would change the history of Hawaiian music forever. Jack began his love affair with the music of these islands in 1947 and that love affair would profoundly affect the growth of Hawaiian music in the 20th century. Jack was born November 15, 1916 and passed away on April 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his wife Ilse de Mello, son Jon de Mello, granddaughter Kamokila de Mello and his great granddaughter Penelope de Mello.

ISC 2018 Winners Announced

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2018 winners. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving almost 19,000 entries from 140 countries in 2018. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.


“Same” is also being featured in a new campaign promoting the Sperry BIONIC® Collection, which launched on World Water Day, earlier this week. Dunne has also teamed with Sperry and Zappo’s For Good as collaborator and face of the collection, made with material spun from plastic recovered from marine and coastal environments. Additional information can be found HERE.

Asian Da Brat Has Haters “Tweakin'” With Her Latest ‘UNFUCCWITABLE’ Single

Shedding her Doll identity and re-affirming her place as one of rap’s most colorful personalities, Asian Da Brat recently eclipsed 1 million followers on Instagram. The follow-up to October’s So Icy Princess mixtape, UNFUCCWITABLE is an extraordinarily confident release, as Asian gleefully switches up her style from track to track, alternating defiant kiss-offs with sultry love songs and titanic flexes. Featuring appearances from Lil Durk, Smokepurpp, Calboy, Smooky Margielaa, Stunna4Vegas, Yung Mal, and PNB Meen, UNFUCCWITABLE finds the Dallas rapper coming into her own, embodying a glamorous and candy-colored vision of rap’s future. UNFUCCWITABLE arrives on May 3rd via 1017 Eskimo/Alamo).

PureGrainAudio and BlankTV announce new partnership

Leading Canadian alt-music and pop culture website PureGrainAudio.com and music video channel BlankTV have announced a new partnership. The merger will see BlankTV handling the video portion of PGA’s already large library of content, while PGA will begin managing BlankTV’s website. The two companies will further collaborate on new content and show/festival coverage.

Looms share “Once Known” via Under the Radar | New LP out 5/3

The track premiered via Under the Radar Magazine where the band’s Sharif Mekawy detailed; “This was my last chance song. I had so many back and forths with my ex, to the point that I once cut all communication for several months, only to eventually fall back into the familiar. I thought that we might have one last shot to work it all out. In the midst of that huge unknown, this came out.”

“Going On” – a new video and single by Robert Arellano

This video was shot in his hometown of Austin, Texas by Craig Nigh.

MXMS Share “Salvation Hurts” Video On PopMatters

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process (you) do not become a monster.  And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” -Friedrich Nietzsche


“We never actually thought that signing a record deal could be a reality,” says the group. “If someone had told any of us five years ago that this would be our reality, we never would have believed you. We are so grateful to RCA for believing in us and we can’t wait to show the world who we really are.”

CANNIBAL CORPSE To Begin North American Run With Slayer, Lamb Of God, And Amon Amarth

CANNIBAL CORPSE will kick off their North American tour supporting Slayer this week. The journey begins May 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona and runs through sixteen cities, concluding on May 25th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Additional support will be provided by Lamb Of God and labelmates Amon Amarth. The band’s latest journey follows their co-headlining run with Morbid Angel on the Decibel Magazine Tour earlier this year.

CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth:
5/02/2019 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA

Silver Snakes Streaming New Album Exclusively via Kerrang!

SILVER SNAKES will release their new album, Death and the Moon, this Friday (May 3rd) on Claudio Sanchez’s Evil Ink Records. However, the band has now premiered the new album in its entirety for streaming exclusively via Kerrang!

Slash Ft Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Talk ‘Boulevard Of Broken Hearts”

The “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts” video was recorded at SLASH’s SOLD OUT live performance at The Eventim Apollo, London on Wednesday, February, 20 2019. The stunning video features the album version of the song overlaid with intimate backstage footage and live footage from the Eventim Apollo and shows why SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS are such an incendiary live draw. The video was shot and edited by Dan Sturgess. The track is taken from the group’s most recent studio album LIVING THE DREAM.

Karine Polwart | new single & NPR Tiny Desk

Karine Polwart today releases a new single ‘Since Yesterday’, the latest to be lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’, due for release on August 2, 2019 through Hegri Music. The follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed ‘Laws Of Motion’ – Mojo’s Folk Album Of The Year – the new project captures multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Polwart reimagining a clutch of tracks spanning over sixty years of Scottish pop. Spawned from Karine’s much-praised 2018 Edinburgh International Festival live show of the same name, ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’ draws together interpretations of classic tracks by the likes of John Martyn, The Waterboys and Biffy Clyro. Karine – a six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of The Year – will launch the album alongside a performance at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival on August 2, 2019, ahead of a UK headline tour including London’s Barbican on November 27, 2019 – ‘Since Yesterday’ is streaming from here.

Toronto’s Possum shares first video from new record, filmed at the Frontier Ghost Town

“‘The Hills’ came about after our experience at the Frontier Ghost Town – an authentic wild west camp where they once filmed a Charles Manson movie. Sonically, we wanted to travel between the feel of Mylar & Haight-Ashbury era mysticism.” – Possum

Sebastian Mikael Celebrates Black Love With New Video “Time”

After the release of his EP I C U U C ME PART II Sebastian Mikael returns to unveil his latest video “Time.” The R&B gem has immediately become a fan favorite after quickly earning nearly 300K streams. Upon its release Billboard described the video as a “sultry visual” that is “completely inescapable for three minutes.”

ANCIENT TORMENT: Indy Metal Vault Premieres Satan’s Legacy Come Flesh Title Track

Satan’s Legacy Come Flesh is the impending debut EP from Providence, Rhode Island black metal cult ANCIENT TORMENT. Set for release on cassette and digital formats via Eternal Death May 10th, the four-track offering was recorded and mixed by Lykos (Malacath, Hiss) and mastered by Joshua Freemon (Hellgoat).

Pacifico Colorfully Mesmerizes in Synesthesia-Styled Music Video

Singer Songwriter James Billett Shares Video for Lush Indie Folk Single “Never Lose Flight”

The video was directed by Toby Thomas and shot at Billett’s hometown of Milford On Sea on the south coast of England.

Sunsleeper / New Single “No Cure”

“Mama” by Phoebe Legere

Phoebe Legere’s MAMA is a great song that pays tribute to her Mother. She reflects on how she learned to appreciate her mother, who is no longer with us. The gorgeous Americana song includes her gorgeous soprano and trademark accordion.


Empowered songwriter and producer Fluir has today announced her stellar new single Higher Ground, a hook-laden, uplifting track that encourages listeners to break away from the dull routines that can sometimes take over our lives, out May 17. The upcoming electronic artist worked with the renowned producer Sam Littlemore (Pnau, Tonite Only) on the exciting new track.


Shattering the previous record of most all-time Billboard Music Awards wins, Drake took home 12 awards tonight, including Top Artist – the most of the evening, bringing his total to 27, now the most of any artist ever! Airing this evening from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8pm ET/PT on NBC, the “2019 Billboard Music Awards” opened with a spectacular world premiere performance by global superstar Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, followed by a show-stopping medley of today’s biggest hits from show host, Kelly Clarkson. The night was full of legendary, nostalgic, and never-before-seen performances, celebrating this year’s biggest and best in music!

$700,000 for a guitar? The most valuable electric guitars

We wondered: what are the most valuable electric guitars? Could a 1958 Gibson Explorer really be worth $700,000? (yes) How does a ’63 Fender Telecaster stack up to a ’56 Strat? And… what’s the average value of an electric guitar? Are there any we should keep an eye out for or that we could flip for fast cash?

Your Electric Guitar Could Be Worth Thousands: Here’s How to Tell & Where to Sell

PUSSY RIOT members get asylum in Sweden

Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot have successfully appealed their rejected asylum application in Sweden and after a long battle with the authorities finally received shelter in the country. Lusine Dzhanyan and Alexei Knedlyakovsky, who have two children, last year sought asylum in Sweden, after several death threats because of Pussy Riot’s protest actions in Russia.

Paramount & Fandango Partner to Bring Early Access Screenings of “Rocketman”

Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to offer exclusive early access screenings on May 18 of “Rocketman,” the musical fantasy about the life of Elton John, directed by Dexter Fletcher, written by Lee Hall and starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. Tickets for this limited engagement go on sale today, exclusive to Fandango.


Noel says of the single: “It manages to combine the influences of David Bowie, INXS, U2, Queen, Indeep AND ZZ Top FFS! … I might have been watching too much Top Of The Pops recently … anyway, it’s ‘dope’ … not my words, but the words of Nile Rodgers who literally danced in the studio when he heard it!”

Skope video submission: LOAD B, “Sunlight”