@skopemag news for may 8, 2019 @ 9 am est

Riot Ten Drops Dubstep & Hip-Hop Influenced “Hype Or Die: Sun City” EP Ahead of His Own Hype Or Die Fest

They say everything is bigger in Texas and Lone Star State native Riot Ten proves this true for music, as well, with his new Hype Or Die: Sun City EP. Mixing everything from dubstep to trap to bass house and beyond, “Sun City” is a raw and rebellious addition to Riot Ten’s “Hype Or Die” series. Opening with mariachi-tinged heater “Los Pinches,” the Texas-based producer wastes no time turning out high octane material. Across six tracks he invites collaborators (Throwdown, Stoutty, Pierce, Basstrick, Foreign Suspects) and rappers (Bok Nero, Atarii, Hashu) to enhance the rail-breaking experience, carrying through on tracks like the relentless, heavy-metal influenced “Ain’t Scared” and the hip-hop tinged “ShutYaMouth.” Rounding out the release with a touch of tranquility, Riot Ten fades into the sunset on slow-burning outro “Sun City.”

Empath Releases Debut Album “Active Listening: Night On Earth” via STEREOGUM

After a temporary pause, Philadelphia-based noise-punk band Empath’s debut LP Active Listening: Night on Earth is set to be released May 3rd exclusively on Get Better Records! Over the past year Empath has become one of the buzziest emerging bands in indie music, being heralded as “America’s most inventive young psychedelic band” by Rolling Stone Magazine in their latest print issue. They’ve also garnered support from Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, NPR and more around “Soft Shape” and “Hanging Out of Cars,” the two standout singles they’ve released from this upcoming record. Their final single “Roses That Cry” received Pitchfork’s lauded award of “Best New Track.” Today we’re excited to share the full record with the world via STEREOGUM!

Hoodrich Pablo Juan Recruits Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Young Dolph, and More for ‘BLO The Movie’ Album

Hoodrich Pablo Juan turns flexing into an artform, using his nonchalant flow to truly hammer home how much better his life is than yours. Returning to the fold with his latest trapstravaganza, Pablo shares BLO The Movie. With BLO, the 1017 Eskimo emcee welcomes you into his world, filled with the finest designer threads, kilos of weight for selling, pounds of weed for smoking, drop-top cars, jewel-studded watches, and more money than you can count. The new project gives a home to several previously-released gems, including the Complex-premiered “Screaming Slatt,” featuring Young Thug, he Highsnobiety-premiered “Shoebox,” featuring Gucci Mane and NAV, and the sinister “Fireworks” (3 million YouTube views). With additional appearances from Young Dolph, Gunna, Smooky Margielaa, Key Glock, and NLE Choppa, BLO The Movie arrives via 1017 Eskimo/Alamo.

Foxtrails Release New Single “Gemini”

Los Angeles based septet Foxtrails have released their new single, “Gemini,” available now on all streaming services. The track was premiere by Atwood Magazine – you can read their feature and review here.

Holly Redford Jones shares the slow burning track “Bonjour Madame”

London-based songwriter Holly Redford Jones just released the slow-burner country-rock single “Bonjour Madame.” The track displays Redford-Jones’ toughness and grit, telling the narrative of the “every-woman” just trying to get by.

First Listen: Holly Redford Jones – Bonjour Madame

Young Dolph, Juicy J, and Project Pat Throw Down Memphis-Style in the “By Mistake” (Remix) Video

Smokepurpp Announces Lost Planet EP Expansion, Shares Vid For Kenny Beats-Produced “Repeat”

Specializing in well-crafted and highly-energetic bangers, Smokepurpp is one of the breakout stars of the South Florida scene. Continuing the momentum built from his performance at Coachella, the Alamo Records signee announces Lost Planet 2.0, an expansion of his recent Lost Planet EP. Appending three new songs to the end of the original EP, Lost Planet 2.0 is a well-timed treat for his fans, arriving on the same day as his primetime performance at Rolling Loud Miami. Featuring tracks such as the softly-sung “Remember Me” and the high-energy destroyer “Double,” as well as appearances from Lil Pump, Gunna, and NLE Choppa, Lost Planet 2.0 arrives on May 10th via Alamo/Interscope.

CoCo and the Butterfields share ‘Monsters’ video

Sinkane’s “Ya Sudan” Single Out Now

After a collaborative performance at Brooklyn’s 37d03d (formerly PEOPLE) Fest this weekend, Sinkane today released a new anthemic afro funk track, “Ya Sudan,” previewing their forthcoming new album Dépaysé out May 31st (City Slang). “Ya Sudan” finds band leader Ahmed Gallab — who was born in London to Sudanese parents, raised in Ohio, and now calls NYC home — reflecting on his cultural roots, his family, and what it means to be Sudanese. Stream it now via an animated video inspired by vintage Sudanese vinyl artwork and featuring childhood family photos of Ahmed via YouTube HERE.

“Good Boy” by ELIS NOA – Single

ELIS NOA from Vienna pushes the boundaries of electronic pop and creates a poly-stylistic sound. The musical framework ranges from pop to contemporary R&B, all the way to Future Soul. With their second EP “Love Letters” (Rel: 3th May) ELIS NOA (aka. Elisa Godino, Angel Vassilev and Aaron Hader) tell a story full of devotion, desire, frustration, and ecstasy. This results in a distinct sound which is woven together by Godino’s extraordinary voice — relinquishing pop music from its conventional structures, without losing its accessibility.

NEWS: Boston Calling Announces its Set Times

Boston Calling, celebrating its 10th edition, announces its set times today. The festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 – 26, 2019, at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA.


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new Jamila Woods track “Baldwin”

Listen to “Baldwin”, the latest offering from Jamila Woods forthcoming LEGACY! LEGACY! LP coming this Friday May 10th via Jagjaguwar in partnership with Closed Sessions. According to Woods: “Baldwin is a song inspired by the work of James Baldwin, particularly the “Letter to My Nephew” in his book The Fire Next Time. He had an incredible ability to speak about whiteness in a way that was hard-hitting and nuanced, and delivered some of the most elegant reads to white America, providing me a lens to think about how I see whiteness at work in my world today.”

Las Rosas lament lost love and melting ice caps on new track

Las Rosas formed in Brooklyn, New York. Consisting of guitarist Jose Boyer (Matador Records), bassist Jose Aybar, and drummer Christopher Lauderdale, their lo-fi psych pop affectations garnered the attention of legendary indie label Burger Records. Now with Greenway, they’ve transcended their garage roots with a more polished, complex sound that holds onto its abrasive edge.

Photo Credit: Savannah Jankosky

Thomas Wesley, new country project from Diplo, premieres “So Long” video

Thomas Wesley, the new country project from Diplo, premieres the video for first track “So Long” today. Directed by frequent collaborator Brandon Dermer (What Would Diplo Do?, “Look Back,” Major Lazer’s “Scare Me”), the new video stars Diplo at his first-of-its-kind Stagecoach set and Nashville’s Cam who features on the track, as well as cameos from Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Georgia born singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, American restauranteur and television personality Guy Fieri and country legend Dwight Yoakam—watch here. “So Long” is one of several forthcoming collaborations with country artists, a first for Diplo.

BerkleeNYC launches Community Fund and new 360 VR music video

Berklee College of Music launches the BerkleeNYC Community Fund, raising money for educational programming, scholarships for K-12 students in need, community outreach, and partnerships at BerkleeNYC, the college’s new New York home located in the famed Power Station (formerly Avatar) studios – now known as Power Station at BerkleeNYC.

Parisian musician Zimmer’s debut album set for release in September + New single “Mayans” out now!

Additionally, Zimmer’s video for his new song, “Mayans,” premieres on Earmilk, who proclaim, “There’s a natural crescendo and buildup of tension that’s really powerful for the listener…. With its hypnotic, primal element, Zimmer has certainly created a captivating tune.” Directed by Claire Palliser from Parisian studio H5, the CGI based video dives deep into Zimmer’s imagination, which he calls “a magnetic journey into a mystical world.”

Izzy Bizu’s Glita EP Out Now

As well as five brand new tracks including “Lights On,” Bizu’s Glita EP also features a reworking of the previously released “Someone That Loves You,” featuring none other than Coldplay’s Chris Martin. The two artists met in 2017 when Izzy supported Coldplay on their North American tour and found themselves to be creative kindred spirits, re-recording this song featuring Chris’ unmistakable vocals.

ABRAHMA unveil new track “Eclipse Of The Sane”; new album coming soon!

French heavy rockers ABRAHMA return this May 24th with their third full-length and most accomplished effort to date on Small Stone Records. Today, the band is sharing an epic new track “In Time for the Last Rays of Light”, available now.

PREMIERE: Eclipse Of The Sane Pt. 2: Fiddler Of The Bottle – Abrahma

Generationals Announce New LP | Debut New Single On ‘Fresh Fridays’ | ‘Reader As Detective’ Out 7/19 Via Polyvinyl

From their inception Generationals have existed at the convergence of classic style and contemporary technique. Students of an analog school actualized in a digital medium, Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner have always felt most comfortable reveling in this juxtaposition. Grounded in a catalog of infectious pop hooks that feel both familiar and radically new all at once, Generationals mastered their distinct voice as a means to widen the path before them.


Ed Sheeran announced on his Instagram today that his new single with Justin Bieber – titled “I Don’t Care” – is set for release this Friday, May 10 (via Atlantic Records).

ENABLERS To Release Zones LP In June

Zones, the sixth studio full-length from San Francisco’s long-running quartet, ENABLERS, is confirmed for release on June 14th. The album is set for a vinyl release through a three-way label cooperation between Germany’s Exile On Mainstream, UK-based Lancashire & Somerset, and US-based Broken Clover Records. With the album’s details, artwork, and track listing, a video for the lead single, “Bill, In Consideration,” makes its debut through an exclusive premiere at PopMatters.

Gemma (NYC) shares “‘Til We Lose The Feeling” single with emotive essay on Talkhouse

Gemma is Douglass with producer Erik Gundel, a collaboration where Douglass’s playful hooks soar over Gundel’s lush, grooving beats. Gundel has a knack for stacking emotions that seem at odds: for channeling feelings of deep introspection and ecstatic joy at the same time, matching a sentiment that often drives Douglass’s lyricism. Together, they’re masters of upbeat tunes exploding with feelings, a type of healing, happy – sad soul – funk.


DEMATERIALIZE Are Back with “Dead Orbit”

Picking up right where they left off, “Dead Orbit” is exactly what you’d expect the band’s next step to be: the quartet has honed in on their sound while staying faithful to what inspires them and what they enjoy. The track meshes together catchy, distorted guitars and haunting vocals, both the driving forces of their previous EP that have now been taken up a notch. If you’ve been one of the fans who’ve enjoyed and still listen to the band’s self-titled, there is no way you can go wrong with this single.

42 DUGG Releases NEW Music Video for “NOT US” ft. LIL BABY & PEEWEE LONGWAY!!


Each spring, the Hot Pink Party brings together more than 1,000 of New York City’s most prominent philanthropists, celebrities and tastemakers to support life-saving breast cancer research. This year, marks 25 years of BCRF’s unwavering commitment to supporting cutting-edge science across the globe and ending breast cancer once and for all. The evening will honor Sonia Kashuk, who will be presented with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award by Jenny B. Fine, and will culminate with an incredible special surprise performance. The Hot Pink Party is made possible by the generosity of BCRF donors, sponsors, partners and the vision of 25th Gala Co-Chairs Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, and pro-bono event designer Bryan Rafanelli. Underwriters Include ascena retail group Inc., the von Mandl Family Foundation, and Kinga and Edward Lampert.

Robert Plant announces fall tour

Robert Plant has announced a series of North American dates. The tour – which once again sees him accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters – begins September 13 at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, NB, with headlining dates starting September 17 at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Headlining and festival dates then continue through September and into October, culminating October 3 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR.

Craig’s Brother’s First New Recorded Music In Nearly A Decade– “Devils In The Details” is Out Now on Indie Vision Music

Indie Vision Music is proud to present the long-awaited new EP from much loved melodic punk band, Craig’s Brother. These 5 songs are some of the most energetic and passionate songs the band has ever done, with a real sense of urgency. If you dig current and past material from a variety of melodic punk bands like No Use For a Name, Bad Religion, Much The Same, MUTE, Lagwagon, A Wilhelm Scream, and even Rise Against, then you’ll instantly be a fan of this. Songs of hope, searching for meaning, questioning, and that political fire starter (Maintaining Destiny) all rolled up into one incredible release from start to finish.

Woongi Premieres “Not Sad Sequence” Video Via Skope Mag

“Woongi is delivering something brutally cerebral, but it doesn’t feel the least bit removed from mainstream accessibility thanks to its sublimely high definition finish…” -Skope Magazine

Woongi’s new single “Not Sad Sequence”


“The song is about my life,” explains Yaweh. “I’m living an ultimate high. I went from being homeless to traveling the globe with Rockstars, being able to connect and spread positive vibes to so many people.”

Maren Morris plays “Colbert,” leads CMT Awards noms

Additionally, Maren was nominated this morning for three CMT Awards for Video of the Year (“GIRL”), Female Video of the Year (“GIRL”) and CMT Performance of the Year (“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” with Brandi Carlile). She is among the most nominated artists this year.

New Music from Single By Sunday!

Single By Sunday just released a brand new single “I Want You (You Want Me)” today alongside an accompanying video! “I Want You (You Want Me)” is built around raucous guitars and undeniably catchy melodies as that has become the signature sound of the band as they continue to churn up parties on stages from their native Scotland to their new hometown of Los Angeles.

PINKISH BLACK: Invisible Oranges Premieres “Dial Tone” Video

The band’s latest psalm comes by way of their impending new full-length, Concept Unification, set for release on June 14th via Relapse Records. Writes Invisible Oranges, “Where other tracks on the record explore the post-Steve Moore/post-Emeralds noise-influenced synth soundscape realm in its various forms, ‘Dial Tone’ focuses very specifically on doom metal associations. The distorted bass guitar that underpins the back half of the slow dirge definitely contributes to that sense of foreboding red and blue neon mist lingering in digital graveyards, as does the patient plod of the drums and the dramatic piano. The synthesizers meanwhile feel like something out of a 1970s science fiction novel cover, the era where slipstream was king and heady literary genre psychedelic trip-outs were the norm.”

New Sounds Premieres My Brightest Diamond’s “Dorian” Video

Since releasing her first album under the name My Brightest Diamond in 2006, Shara Nova (formerly Shara Worden) has been a triple threat: an art-rock songwriter, a classical music composer, and a singer for whom a number of other contemporary composers have written music. My Brightest Diamond is where she gets to sing her own music, which is thoughtful without being mopey, and which demonstrates that songs sung from a woman’s point of view are also capable of balls-to-the-wall attitude.

Elliah Heifetz unveils new indie-folk single “Paranoid Blues”

The track premiered on Mother Church Pew where Heifetz shared, “It feels like the world is getting more and more paranoid. Or maybe I just am. Anyway, this song is my attempt to lean into that paranoia a little bit and try to find the humor in it. There’s a simple, drone-like fingerpicking I’d heard on a few Townes Van Zandt songs, a funny kind of blues that makes you laugh and cry at the same time, so I channeled that into my own ‘Paranoid Blues.’ I guess it’s a little more melodramatic than Townes, but I’m kidding, I promise.”

Santana Shares EPK From Forthcoming Album ‘Africa Speaks’

Enlisting legendary producer Rick Rubin, the iconic guitarist and his eight-piece band (which also includes Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and in a joyous and stimulating 10-day period they recorded an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take. Spanish singer Buika’s heavenly lead vocals cast a magical spell throughout the album.

VIDEO: Dumi Right “Liberation Music”

In the gripping video “Liberation Music”, Dumi Right explores social justice, artistic independence, free thought, self-determination and other critical issues of the day. The video features captivating imagery and scenes to accent the poignant and topical lyrics that flow over a head nodding track. The catchy horns amplify the hook and ongoing refrain, “People want that liberation music!”

Hey ICYMI, DMC of Run DMC and DSON McDaniels, Release New Music Video “HEAT”

In celebration of the 35-year anniversary of Run DMC’s self-titled debut album, DMC and his son, DSON McDaniels, have released a new music video “HEAT” featuring guitarist Bumblefoot, real name Ron Thal. This video marks the first single off DSON’s new EP ‘Earning My Stripes” also out now. We’d love for you to check out the release for support consideration.

Kacy & Clayton Return With “Carrying On” Produced By Jeff Tweedy October 4th

Kacy & Clayton are set to return with Carrying On via New West Records on October 4th, 2019. The 10-song set was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco’s recording studio & rehearsal space in Chicago, IL. Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q Magazine called “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future”) and 2017’s The Siren’s Song (described by Uncut as “Ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”).