@skopemag news for may 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm est

Roman Clarke – ‘Scorcher’

“The album cover features a metal horse sculpture that is pieced together with random spare parts, scrap metal, and old tools. It was created by my dad, Cary Clarke, who is an incredible creative force. He didn’t necessarily set out to make a beautiful piece of art, he just didn’t know what to do with all of these small, useless odds and ends. It’s over five feet tall, and it lives outside in my parent’s garden. A bird made a nest in its chest cavity, and lays eggs there almost every year. This is symbolic of how I approach making my own music, bringing small pieces and influences together, from wherever I can find them, to try and make something beautiful.” RC

Taylor Swift breaks Vevo 100M views record

On Sunday, Vevo confirmed that Taylor Swift’s “ME!” had broken the record for most views in 24 hours. Today, Vevo can confirm that “ME!” is now the fastest video to reach 100 million views.

MRS. GREENBIRD – ‘Dark Waters’


Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser has announced plans for another epic U.S. concert tour, “The Open Bar Tour” – coming to the Van Wezel on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.! Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Rootsy Storyteller, Lauren Crosby, Announces New Album

“‘Her name album is a coming of age, multi-genre collection blending elements of classic rock, lyric-y folk, and vintage western. Today, we premiere the folksy charmer “You Don’t Need A Rose”. And one thing’s for certain, Crosby doesn’t need to give us a rose to make us fall in love with it.” – Earbuddy

PREMIERE: Lauren Crosby – “You Don’t Need A Rose”

Shallow Side’s Frontman, Eric Reveals Near Death Experience and Epiphany

Mental and physical damage is expected when you lock eyes with your passion. Nothing in this world has ever come easy and in the springtime of 2016, the largest task I’ve ever faced would meet me and walk me to the exit sign of the world.

Ships Have Sailed – Has music ever saved your life?

“‘Escape’ is a really special song to me – as with many, it arose out of a personal struggle I was experiencing at the time, and the creation of the music helped me through that, also helping me to process several other issues that I’ve been trying to overcome for most of my life.”

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers to release new album, ‘No Good Deed,’ on June 28th

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers live, eat and breathe music as a collective — it’s their oxygen. Add to that a balanced mix of diverse musical backgrounds, big personalities and the bond of mutual respect coupled with friendship, and what transpires in the recording studio is sonic magic. It’s that kind of chemistry that the Los Angeles-based band has righteously captured and parlayed into their third studio album, No Good Deed, which is set for release on June 28, 2019 on Abair’s Pretty Good For A Girl Records.

Lil Durk & Teyana Taylor Star in the Game Of Thrones-Inspired “Home Body Remix” Video

Hailing from the frigid North, in a city where you never know whether you will live through the long nights, Lil Durk’s life has more in common with Game Of Thrones than you might think at first glance. Teaming up with Teyana Taylor to create a diverse and sexy alternate vision of the show’s fantasy realm of Westeros, Lil Durk shares the video for “Home Body Remix.” Clad in furs reminiscent of Jon Snow and bejeweled armor that evokes the Unsullied, Durk takes his horse up the old Kingsroad to a mysterious palace, where he interacts with dozens of masked, scantily clad models, before heading up to the chambers of Queen Teyana. Directed by Teyana Taylor herself, the video is a lavish tribute to the massive HBO hit, complete with dreamlike visuals, intricate and elegant costumes, and a fair helping of eye candy.

Bad Books Announce New Album ‘III’ Out 6/14

Andy Hull on “Lake House” – “‘Lake House’ is quite a personal song to me. We tried to place it in a sonic environment that felt three dimensional. Instead of just hearing the song left and right, we wanted to have the sounds feel forward, backwards, above and below. Hopefully achieving a certain level of floating and immersive movements to take the listener along with the lyrical journey.”

Diplo’s Higher Ground EP out now on Mad Decent

The new project of house-inspired tracks features a collaboration with house staple Blond:ish, the project from Montreal based Vivie-Ann Bakos, plus guest appearances from Nigerian singer Kah-Lo and pop-star and previous collaborator Tove Lo.


On June 14, Virgin Records will release Bastille’s new album, Doom Days. Made by Dan Smith with bandmates Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson and Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, and producer Mark Crew, it sees the GRAMMY®-nominated, Brit-winning band stretch out and open up like never before.

Nadia Tehran premieres “Come & Go,” debut album out May 16

The new song is taken from her forthcoming debut album, Dozakh: All Lovers Hell, out May 16 on YEAR0001. Produced and written by Tehran, the album is over a decade in the making with songs dating back to her childhood years singing in punk bands.

Of “Come & Go” Tehran says, “This song is a call for life, a flame of hope that can’t burn out, a statement of resolve against the sea, and the dehumanizing gaze of the western world.”

Carnaval San Francisco Returns for 41st Annual

Throughout the weekend, hundreds of Carnaval San Francisco participants will come together to transform the district into an enormous celebration featuring music, dance, brilliant costumes, and delicious food from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Africa, Chile, Haiti and more. This year, Grammy and Latin Grammy award winning band Los Tigres del Norte will headline the festival with a free performance on Saturday, May 25 at 3 p.m.

ABBATH Unleash Lyric Video for New Song, “Calm in Ire (of Hurricane),” via Kerrang!

Norwegian black metal titans ABBATH have partnered with Kerrang! to unleash the the second single from their upcoming full-length, ‘Outstrider,’ which is set for release on July 5. “Calm in Ire (of Hurricane)” is streaming in the form of a lyric video at THIS LOCATION.

Luke Combs named Top Country Artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Luke Combs won Top Country Artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, as well as Top Country Album and Top Country Male Artist.

Adam “MCA” Yauch Mixtape Tribute

The late Adam “MCA” Yauch is credited with spearheading the Beasties Boys’ transformation from party-rap pranksters to conscientious hip-hop experimentalists, both on a musical and spiritual level. In their 2018 memoir, ‘Beastie Boys Book,’ bandmates Ad-Rock and Mike D pay their respects by listing off the hardcore ragers, classic-rock nuggets, rap jams, and reggae faves “guaranteed to be on a Yauch mixtape”—and for the upcoming May 4th anniversary of Yauch’s death, we’ve collected them here for you to enjoy on your virtual boombox.

Kerrang! Premieres New Duel Song “Tyrant on the Throne”

Austin, TX based rock ‘n’ roll ring Duel will release its new LP, ‘Valley of Shadows’ on May 17 via Heavy Psych Sounds (Brant Bjork, Dead Witches). Produced by Duel guitarist Jeff Henson at his Red Nova Ranch studio and mastered by Roberto de Icaza (King Crimson, Clutch), ‘Valley of Shadows’ is the follow-up to Duel’s 2017 album, ‘Witchbanger’, a record described as “early Judas Priest with evil Elvis vocals” by the Austin Chronicle.

Brooke Moriber Releases Brand New “Cry Like A Girl” Music Video

With her brand new album “Cry Like A Girl” OUT NOW via iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer – Singer/Songwriter Brooke Moriber recently released her brand new Music Video of the same name!

The Unlikely Candidates Release Music Video For “Novocaine”

The Unlikely Candidates recently wrapped a handful of tour dates with The Brevet and are gearing up to hit the road for their second leg of tour dates with Irontom. The tour starts on May
7th in Tulsa and wraps on May 19th in Los Angeles, making stops along the way in Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and more. For more information on the band’s upcoming tour and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.

Kyan Palmer & nicopop. Deliver Pop Perfection With New Single “Headcase”

Powerhouse pop duo Kyan Palmer & nicopop. are back today with the release of their third collaborative single, “Headcase.” Kyan Palmer’s sleek soulful vocals and irresistible pop hooks perfectly compliment nicopop.’s futuristic pop production, resulting in an irresistible summer-ready anthem.

A.A. Bondy Shares New LP Via NPR First Listen

“In 2012 I quit making music and joined an MDMA surf club in Los Angeles. Years passed. People died.”


Capturing his soon-to-be-trademark energy, humor and visual flair, Barny’s second video is a perfect accompaniment to the track’s twist on those moments when life is anything but all “Blu Skyes.” Mixing hazy hip-hop, smooth R&B and Fletcher’s restless, rapid delivery, the track – says Barny – “is about being broke as fuck, but still spending all your money regardless. It’s an ode to the finer things in life. Like going on holiday. Free alcohol. Moving on from your ex-girlfriend.” Produced by Cadenza (M.I.A, Jorja Smith, Flohio), the “Blu Skyes” video and single is a compelling glimpse of an artist whose occasional eccentricity and boundless positivity feels like a genuine breath of fresh air.


LEISURE Announce New Album ‘TWISTER’ (Out July 26); Listen To “On My Mind”       

The critically acclaimed band LEISURE announce their highly-anticipated second album, TWISTER. Set for release July 26 via Nettwerk, TWISTER includes brand new single, “On My Mind.”

Partnering with High Snobiety to premiere, “On My Mind” employs pop-rock elements to create the track’s bright, carefree climate, predominantly through the use of vivid guitar licks.

Queen Key Releases Official “Ratchett” Video Today

ALIEN WEAPONRY Premiere New Single “Ahi Kā” (via Billboard)

New Zealand based thrash metal trio ALIEN WEAPONRY have released a brand new single ahead of their first-ever headlining tour in North America. The track, titled “Ahi Kā” premiered today exclusively via Billboard, and marks the first new material from the band since their 2018 debut album, ‘Tū’.

Emily Bear Releases New Single “I’m Not Alone”

17 year old critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, composer and pianist Emily Bear, has released her brand new single entitled, “I’m Not Alone.” The track, produced by Toby Gad (John Legend, Beyoncé, Fergie) and Kill Dave, showcases Bear’s distinct vocal talent against a more pop/urban leaning sound. “I’m Not Alone” is the first glimpse of music from her forthcoming EP, set for release later this year. The song was also featured in a major real-life dramatic scene on Monday night’s episode of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” on VH1.

LAPP fuses flavours of alt-R&B with singer-songwriter sensibility on ‘Ride’ + ‘Farfalla’ EP

He gained serious acclaim from EARMILK and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) simply exclaimed ‘What a great f*cking artist!’ on the singer-songwriter’s entrance-single. The artist now makes a stellar move in releasing his debut EP ‘Farfalla’. On focus track ‘Ride’, his emotive vocals soulfully meander alongside haunting reverb-drenched keys.

Mirrorball shares video for “This Time” via buzzbands, part of Dangerbird’s Microdose single series

Mirrorball is the newly-formed project of singer/songwriter Alexandra Johnstone and guitarist Scott Watson. Johnstone and Watson are both fixtures of the Los Angeles underground music scene. The roots of Johnstone’s songwriting inspiration date back to first hearing Leonard Cohen’s Songs from a Room, prompting her to “put poems to music.” She went on to front the band Monster, later known as White Dove, as a vehicle for her more minimalist, folk-woven leanings, garnering comparisons to the music of Low and Cat Power. Watson’s musical history dates back to playing in various groups in Silver Lake’s early 2000s indie rock heyday.

RUN RIVER NORTH Share “Casina” Video From Forthcoming EP (Out Tomorrow Via Nettwerk)     

When they first formed several years back, LA-bred Run River North were called Monsters Calling Home. Years later, having evolved from a sextet, the trio of Alex Hwang (guitars/lead vocals), Daniel Chae (guitar/vocals) and Sally Kang (keys/vocals) have returned to their name – this time as the title of their EP Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 1 (out tomorrow via Nettwerk).

BLOODYMINDED: Veteran Experimental Noise Unit

Veteran experimental noise unit, BLOODYMINDED, will release its punishing sixth full-length later this month via BloodLust!.

The self-titled follow-up to 2013’s Within The Walls marks the first time ever all six current band members – Xavier Laradji, Will Lindsay (Indian), James Moy (Anal Hearse, Machismo, Ferro Mortem), Isidro Reyes (Anatomy Of Habit, The Fortieth Day), Pieter Schoolwerth, and founder Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit, The Fortieth Day) – recorded together in the same room at the same time. The group convened in Chicago, at Decade Music Studios, to write, record, and even squeeze in a historic six-man live show at hallowed Chicago venue, The Empty Bott

le. They chose to once again to work with engineer/producer Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Minsk, Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, Corrections House), who worked on Within The Walls. Mixing duties were handled by John McEntire (Tortoise), Solotroff’s former Anatomy Of Habit bandmate, while mastering was completed by Collin Jordan, who also worked on Within The Walls.


Brynn Elliott has released a new stripped down video for her current single “Internet You.” The video premiered earlier today via Teen Vogue. Today’s video follows last month’s release of the official story driven companion video for “Internet You,” which premiered on mtvU, MTV Live, Nick Music and on the MTV Times Square Billboard. “Internet You,” which costars Dallas Hart from the Netflix original series “Greenhouse Academy,” is now also streaming on Brynn’s YouTube channel.

SICK GAZELLE: PopMatters Debuts Odum Full-Length From Avant Jazz Trio

PopMatters is currently streaming Odum, the four-track debut from experimental jazz trio SICK GAZELLE in its entirety.

Swiss easycore band Sink Or Swim release acoustic single and music video

Ahead of their shows with As It Is, Trash Boat, and Capstan, the Swiss easycore band Sink or Swim have released their new single “Sunrays.”

The acoustic track is a departure from their usual heavy, pop punk sound, which fits nicely with the song’s theme of taking a step back and resetting yourself when you feel overwhelmed. The single is accompanied by a music video, showing the band taking some time off from the daily grind and just enjoying life.

Deniro Farrar Assist Cam Johnson in a “Major Way”

“I see the game shifting in the playlist direction so instead of us going to blogs and other media outlets to post what we think is dope, why not just start my own. We decide what’s hot now, take out the corporate middle men they aren’t on the ground level or have their ear to the streets like us anyway so me and my team will service artist that deserver to have a proper channel posting their work” – Farrar

JANUS is back with a “Drive” For Good

Rocker David Scotney of the band JANUS has created a way to give back through his passion -music. MUSIC FOR GOOD is a label Scotney designed to combine philanthropy of all kinds with compelling music from all kinds of artists. The label will release each single to benefit and draw awareness to a different cause. Signing deals with various artists in many genres who want to give a voice and awareness to a cause of their choosing, the deal will not tie down the individual artist, but simply allow them the opportunity to license one song to the label that will lead their mission with all profits from the song going directly to their cause. This label is a non-profit operation and fully philanthropic.

Sonic Night Music Artist PERFECT DEFECT Debuts New Music Video “Treat Your Man”

Hard rock band PERFECT DEFECT has released a new music video for “Treat Your Man”. Their self-titled debut was released via Sonic Night Music Club and is in stores now.

New Southern Hard Rock band PERFECT DEFECT’s debut reflects a deep trip through a vinyl album collection of both laidback and down and dirty tracks. The band combines unequal parts hard rock, blues, and country to create something new yet familiar.

Morcheeba Releases Folamour remix of “Free of Debris”

Today, British trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba are releasing a remix of their song “Free of Debris” from French DJ/Producer Folamour. Folamour’s remix trades in the eeriness and brevity of the original for a jazzy aesthetic bringing together live instrumentation, atmospheric electronics, and soothing synth motifs to create something truly special. This remix, along with 11 other remixes of songs off of the group’s 2018 album Blaze Away, will be featured on the Blaze Away Deluxe Edition out May 31st via Fly Agaric Records. May 31st will also see the release of a 12-track standalone remix edition of the album.

Your Heart Breaks Share “Dear Jeffrey” Video

Drone Butch Blues is a queer concept album based on the writings of historic and contemporary GLBTQI authors. With a focus on stories surrounding queer community, Drone Butch Blues touches on topics of secret and forbidden love, sex with strangers, the lives of hustlers, the impact of AIDS on homosexuals, historic events and rebellion all interwoven with the personal narrative of Clyde Petersen. Striving to examine the contemporary gap between generations of queers and their elders, Petersen turns to written materials to find buried remnants of gay culture and creative vibrant humans, lost to the plague of AIDS. What emerges from this exploration is Drone Butch Blues, the 9th full-length album from a twenty-year career as Your Heart Breaks.

Journey Founder Neal Schon Launches New Augmented Reality App, “StraxAR™”

Neal Schon, Founder and legendary lead guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band JOURNEY, has announced, with Strax Technologies Inc., the launch of a new augmented reality application, “StraxAR™”, that will combine entertainment, exclusive “sneak peek” distribution of new music and events, and present rewarding retail opportunities. Augmented Reality brings the digital world together with the physical world by “augmenting” digital content or a digital experience onto a physical object or image. In the case of “StraxAR™”, millions of Schon’s album covers, posters, and other imagery are being combined to form a network that will be able to showcase his legendary music, performances, and new material for fans around the world. “StraxAR™” also will enable Schon to change content at will, effectively “broadcasting” it across millions of target images continuously. For launch, Schon will be adding to the image library every “STOP” sign in America – the signs being one of the image targets.

Abc Dialect shares breezy new single “Magic”