@skopemag news for may 2, 2019 @ 9 am est


Today, pioneering music and arts festival AVA announce their full programme, including conference additions, festival stages, opening show and afterparty on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st of June. Heading back to its home of Belfast and celebrating 5 years strong in the city, AVA have programmed a forward thinking line up to take note of as Hessle Audio bossman Ben UFO, Len Faki, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Avalon Emerson and new addition Detroit figurehead and Inner City member Kevin Saunderson as their final Conference Keynote.


Three of metal’s finest vocalists, known collectively as THREE TREMORS – Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (JAG PANZER, SATAN’S HOST, TITAN FORCE), and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (CAGE, DENNER/SHERMANN, DEATH DEALER) – have unveiled the latest video from their self-titled debut, for the track “Fly or Die.” As seen in the striking clip, footage of fighter planes and the Three Tremors singing the tune on a landing strip is on display throughout:

JAWS share new video for ‘Do You Remember?’

Following the release of their long-awaited, and critically acclaimed third album, “The Ceiling”, and a short run of sold-out UK headline dates, Birmingham dream-pop group JAWS have shared a new video for their recent single “Do You Remember?”.

J.I.D Releases “151 Rum”


The newest community event and seasonal release for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 is available now on Playstation®4, with other platforms to follow. Operation Spectre Rising delivers assassin-themed updates across the game, including a beloved Specialist, big changes to Blackout, new game modes and personalization items, as well as adding three Multiplayer maps and a special summer-themed event.

“The community has anticipated Spectre’s return for a long time, and that’s inspired us to build Operation Spectre Rising all around this shadowy, fan-favorite assassin and the wetworks theme,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “This new Operation delivers lots of new game modes and fun ways to play Black Ops 4, including some really cool changes to the Blackout map following Spectre’s dramatic introduction – players won’t want to miss this event!”

Swiss Hardcore/Noise/Metal/Punk rebels Coilguns shared new music video “Blackboxing”

Junya Boy “Keepin’ It G” Nipsey Hussle Tribute!

Alpine return with new song/video for “Dumb”

Sydney’s Ivy League Records are thrilled to announce the return of beloved Melbourne-based outfit Alpine, who today share their insanely catchy new single “Dumb.” To celebrate their long-awaited comeback, the band have shared the official video for the track (directed by Marie Panguard) and have announced a string of Australian headline shows in July.


George Clinton adds 14 new dates to the highly anticipated “One Nation Under a Groove Tour,” in response to fan demand. Stops along the tour now include Pittsburg, PA, Atlanta, GA, Madison, WI & more! Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his final tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires. After joining Red hot Chili Peppers for a 9 city tour of Australia Feb-March, George and P-Funk follow up with their own Australian headline tour in April where they will hit the legendary Bluesfest stage in Byron Bay, and a stint in Japan at Billboard Live.

New Pete Gardiner single interprets the madness depicted in world news

His early demos, which gained support from local BBC radio, caught the attention of a major UK radio group, who then tipped off a record label, which resulted in Pete signing his first recording contract. Pete’s debut album, recorded with award winning Irish producer Tommy McLaughlin (The Villagers), earned great reviews and the first single ‘Idols’ was featured in ‘Record of the Day’. The follow up, All These Things, was picked up by BBC Radio 2 by presenter Janice Long.

Roman Clarke crafts a blissfully unique amalgamation of soul and storytelling

Winnipeg’s Roman Clarke has a reputation in the underground music community for being frighteningly versatile. Previously known for his work as a drummer and collaborator for the likes of The Middle Coast, Joey Landreth, and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Clarke quietly built up a prolific catalogue of his own music. His command of his own creative process was fundamental in making this record. On his soon to be released debut full-length, Clarke wrote every lyric, played every instrument, and sang every vocal.

Jade Jackson “Wilderness” out June 28th on ANTI-

Sunset Rollercoaster share ‘Vanilla Villa’ EP

Vanilla Villa takes the band’s signature modern city pop sound, inspired equally by classic 80s-synth as well as Motown-era soul, in an even more mellow direction. Designed as a concept EP and meant to be listened to as one body of work, the tracks are titled “Welcome To,” “Vanilla,” “Villa.” Says frontman Kuo-Hung Tseng,

Hear “radiance” off Matt Kivel’s upcoming album

Skating Polly Releases Explosive New Single “Play House”

“Play House” is about a very wild night I had with some of my closest friends and how fun it is to act like a child. I needed to write something that wasn’t so heavy because every track on our last album was pretty vulnerable. At the very least just to prove to myself I could. We made a playlist of all these songs about just having a good time more or less “Bluebird Wine” by Rodney Crowell, “Fight For Your Right” by Beastie Boys, “Rocka Rolla” by Judas Priest, “Hit It & Quit It” by Funkadelic, “Danger! High Voltage” by Electric Six and I wanted to write something that could stand in their company. – Kelli Mayo

Kishi Bashi Debuts “Marigolds” With Smithsonian Magazine Feature

Kishi Bashi today shared his new song “Marigolds,” the third and final single from his forthcoming album Omoiyari, out May 31st on Joyful Noise Recordings. Smithsonian Magazine premiered the track alongside a feature, which notes his “ability to soulfully build complex, layered sounds into pocket symphonies.” As for the song’s thematic inspiration, Kishi Bashi explains: “[Marigolds] is about the differences between generations that are difficult to comprehend sometimes. It’s almost impossible to completely understand somebody who grew up in a different era than you, older or younger, alive or deceased. It’s the realization that another person’s perception of the world is just as real to them as yours is to you, and that this humility is the first step in living in harmony on a planet that is ultimately made up of 8 billion parallel universes.”

SOMEONE releases stunning psych-pop EP ‘Orbit’ alongside AR Exhibitions

Amsterdam artist Someone, AKA Tessa Rose Jackson, releases her stunning new multi-media EP Orbit via [PIAS] Recordings. Six tracks of infectious psych-pop, equally indebted to Tame Impala, Arthur Russell or early 90s French electronica pioneers Air, there’s more to the release than the music.

Verdigrls (NYC) share new single “Small Moves”

Borrowing from both their classical-music training and early forays into indie rock, Verdigrls’ Anna and Catherine Wolk have been crafting their unique sound since grade school. The Connecticut-bred sisters left their rural childhood home for the crowded streets of New York and began working at songs that would become their debut EP, 2014’s Heartbreak Hour. The title track snuck onto both the big and small screens (Marvel’s The Fantastic Four and MTV’s Scream, respectively), propelling the duo to keep fine-tuning their introverted brand of bedroom pop.