@skopemag news for may 13, 2019 @ 9 am est

Future Indie Folk Heroes Eva & The Vagabond Tales Share Exuberant New Single form Forthcoming Album

Eva & The Vagabond Tales, a folk ensemble based in Southern California and led by charismatic Russian-born Eva Mikhailovna, are set to release a new album, their second in May. Titled Uncharted Ocean, the album features ten original songs that combine western, old folk and ragtime traditions into a musical melting pot, creating a unique and alluring sound that transcends time and continents. David Fleming of NPR describes their sound as having “the feel of old Europe.” Performing alongside Eva as The Vagabonds are Jake Pflum on percussion, Alan Arteaga on electric guitar, banjo and ukulele, Jasmine Capitulo on accordion and Benjamin Purper on bass. Produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones), the album also includes Claudia Chopek (Father John Misty, Moby) on violin and viola, Christian Dupree (Jack Johnson) on cello, and Logan Coale (Natalie Merchant) on upright bass. The song “Sea Will Return You” will be released as a single digitally on May 10. Uncharted Ocean will be released digitally, on CD and on “Sea Green” vinyl on May 17. The band will play a special album release showcase at Hotel Café on May 15.

Video: BOE Sosa – “Your Turn”

Already a font of street wisdom at the age of 17, Sacramento’s BOE Sosa raps about his life with detail and wit. Passing down a bit of wisdom he gleaned from the OGs, Sosa puts hangers-on in their place in “Your Turn,” his latest single, premiered by HYPEBEAST. Reflecting on his childhood poverty and his relentless hustling to make life better for himself, Sosa shares his lack of sympathy for clout chasers, saving his respect for those on their grinds: “I came from nuthin, nobody gave me shit, n****/Now I’m running up my bag and my chips, n****.” In the video, Sosa and his crew post up in a trap house, as animated visual effects bring his lyrics to life. “Your Turn” is the first peek at Sosa Stories, BOE Sosa’s upcoming mixtape.

DREADNOUGHT: Emergence Full-Length From Progressive Doom Unit Out Now And Streaming Via Profound Lore

Engineered and mixed by Andy Patterson (Subrosa) and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate), with art and design by Mark Facey, the band’s fourth long player takes their signature multiplex and pictorial sound to new sonic realms delving more into heavier and darker sonic territory. Writes Decibel in a recent review of the record, “Busy, rootsy, melodic, and highly conceptual [DREADNOUGHT’s] take on progressive heavy metal plants a flag on the same distant planet as some of the most beloved band’s in metal history. Like who? Here’s a list of names: Enslaved, Opeth, Mastodon, Cormorant. Be they international headliners or cult acts, the people who can bend their unwieldy sound to their will and wield it like a weapon are champions, and DREADNOUGHT deserve to be mentioned in their like.”

UK Tropical Punks THE SKINTS Release Highly-Anticipated Fourth Album Swimming Lessons

London “tropical punk” four-piece, THE SKINTS, are pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated fourth album Swimming Lessons, released today via Easy Star/Mr. Bongo. Drawing on influences as sprawling as Bad Brains, Popcaan, No Doubt, Alton Ellis, Wiley, and Weezer, Swimming Lessons deals with crushing heartbreak, the impending doom of Brexit and the current political climate, all the while surviving as independent musicians navigating the weird world of 2019. All of these are proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us. In addition to the release of Swimming Lessons, The Skints will be hitting the road on a 13-date west coast US tour From May 23 – June 8.

Aaron Rice Releases Debut LP ‘Neverfade/For Dusk’ | Shares Album Stream Via AudioFemme | Record Out Today

Minneapolis singer-songwriter, Aaron Rice, has released his debut LP, Neverfade/For Dusk. Last week, he shared an early stream of the record in an exclusive interview with AudioFemme. Tap into the new album up top and stay tuned for more exciting news from Aaron Rice.

PREMIERE: Aaron Rice “Neverfade/For Dusk”


Up-and-coming rapper Stunna 4 Vegas has signed to Billion Dollar Baby Ent. — a label run by fellow North Carolina artist DaBaby. Today, Stunna 4 Vegas makes his label debut with a new project called “Big 4x.”

Acclaimed Songwriter John Shakespear Releases Poignant Debut Album “Spend Your Youth”

Producer Devon Dawson (Local Natives) helped bring these thoughts to life. With Shakespear’s live band—Sam Wilson (lead guitar), Alex LaRue (bass), John Helyar (violin), Nate Taylor (cello), and Greg Hum (drums)—Dawson produced, recorded, and mixed Spend Your Youth at BearTone Studio in New England and brought in veteran mixer Greg Giorgio (The National, Sharon Van Etten, The Head and The Heart) to mix part of the record.

John Shakespear Announces Spend Your Youth, Shares Wistful Title Track

Toronto-based Quaker Parents (Mark Grundy) release ‘Our Drawing Club’ today on Vain Mina Records!

Mark Grundy states: “The finale of Window’s Solitaire was a majorly soothing symbol of my youth, and since the big theme of this track is self-salve (both in love of staying still with a moment and then in learning how to move on and out of it) a montage honouring it seemed like the natural choice.”

Mars Motel returns with sweeping rocker “Coming Up For Air”

The track premiered via Substream Magazine where the band’s Sarik Kumar detailed, “This song is about an android-like being longing to be human and attempting an alteration. It captures the universal need for connection and the loneliness one can feel in being viewed as an outsider.”

PREMIERE: Mars Motel release new single “Coming Up for Air”

Yungeen Ace Connects with JayDaYoungan for “Creep Behind,”

Known for raw melody and stark honesty, Jacksonville’s Yungeen Ace and Louisiana’s JayDaYoungan are major up-and-comers in the Deep South rap scene. Melding their sensibilities for a quick and vicious new project, Ace and Jay announce Can’t Speak On It EP. The EP gets a jolt of life from the electric chemistry between the two Cinematic Music Group signees and real-life friends, as the two rappers turn each track into a carnival of melodic taunts and threats, boosting each other with buoyant ad-libs. The two rappers previously collaborated for the street hit “Jungle,” a soulful rumination on what it takes to survive in violent neighborhoods that racked up over 11 million views on YouTube and 4 million streams on Spotify. Entirely produced by Heartbeatz, Can’t Speak On It arrives later this spring via Cinematic Music Group.

Z Money Runs Down His History of Hustlin’ on Shawty Paid Mixtape

A hustler since birth and an expert in getting money by any means necessary, Z Money is one of Chicago rap’s most fascinating figures. Revealing some of his trade secrets and reveling in the fruit of his labors, Z Money shares Shawty Paid, his latest mixtape. Wielding his high-pitched sing-song, the newfound ATL native combines the ice-cold honesty favored in his hometown of Chicago with the extravagant boasts favored by rappers in his adopted city of Atlanta. The project boasts a regionally and sonically diverse array of producers, including DY and Southside of 808 Mafia, ChaseTheMoney, Bandplay, and Lil Mexico, who deliver sinister soundscapes for Z to apply his street-savvy bars. Giving a home to singles “Millions,” the Gucci Mane and Hoodrich Pablo Juan-featuring lead single, and the menacing Key Glock collab “1017 Paper Route,” and with an additional guest appearance from Yung Mal, Shawty Paid arrives via 1017 Eskimo/Alamo.

SHADOWMASS – “Final blow” from upcoming debut album.

SHADOWMASS (ex-FADOM) is a newly formed band from Athens. Having a lot of black and death metal elements added in FADOM’S traditional thrash metal style, SHADOWMASS are working on their debut album that will be released later in 2019.

Music Submission: Croon of Flightschool – Track: Eons

Croon of Flightschool (C.O.F) is a Georgia born, Miami based artist. His music is a harsh reality of his life, with lyrics that echo through your body. C.O.F is a rapper, song writer, creator, and producer. His music is drawn and influenced by artists before him. His love and appreciation for music and the culture, is shown through his endeavors. He has created a space for artists to showcase their music, free of charge, to show hip hop’s positive side, beyond entertainment. C.O.F is a product of hip hop culture which transcends past music, past what the media shows us. That is why his music tends to blur lines; that is where the truth really lies.

Track/Album Released Today from Ellis Redon

Ellis Redon is a San Antonio based artist. The first album by Ellis Redon – 2013’s ‘Into the Jungle’ – was a synth / drum machine wonderland with little to no guitar. New album ‘Bloody Honey’ brings guitars, drums, and bass into the mix for a complete band feel. Featuring Andres Nunez on Bass, Shaz Soto From Por Do Sol on drums, and Luis Miguel Rocha De La Fuente from Soft Mothers on lead guitar. The band has been crafting their sound since early 2017, and Ellis has been active since the release of ‘Into the Jungle’ in 2013.

Brand new Danish rock band South Haven release 1st single!

SOUTH HAVEN is a brand new heavy rock outfit from Copenhagen. Playing approachable heavy rock, these guys and girls stand out from the rest on the European heavy scene.

Having not one, but two female lead singers in Christine from Luxembourg/Denmark and Angel from Nigeria , backed up by experienced musicians, SOUTH HAVEN is nowhere near your average rock band. That special mix between Angel’s soulful vocals and Christine’s raw emotional power gives the band an edge that is needed in female fronted rock music.

MONGOL Ride Out on Their East European Tour

Canadian folk metal group Mongol head all the way over to East European for 13 dates across Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Latvia throughout May and June 1st. The band have been riding high since the release and critical success of their last album The Return which has turned into quite the sleeper hit for Sliptrick. Expect a high energy, gonzoid show from the boys full of theatre and rabble rousing tunes.

SOMBRA’s ‘Casablanka’

SOMBRA’s edgy alternative electronic/industrial sound (Muse, Gorillaz, Depeche Mode, Radiohead) is a blend of musical chaos and hauntingly textured songs with pop-inspired melodies and psychedelic energy.


It may seem improbable that Australian artist, Daniel Shaw, is already a veteran of the music scene at only 21-years old, but this is very much the case. Having released his first album, and touring in America and Europe, at the age of 12, Daniel has already outlasted many whom he considers influencers such as Passenger and has been longer on the scene than Ed Sheeran.

Rolling Stone Charts Update

In the past year, Rolling Stone has significantly increased its coverage of the music business— fitting for a time when streaming is changing everything, the industry is evolving rapidly, and fascinating business stories arise every day. We recently announced the next phase of this evolution: Rolling Stone Charts, which will offer an in-depth and in-the-moment view of the biggest songs, albums and artists in music. The Rolling Stone charts harness the innovative analytics of Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music, which came under the umbrella of our parent company Penske Media Corporation last year.

This project is unprecedented for a consumer magazine. Rolling Stone’s charts will feature daily updates, as well as interactive functionality and unprecedented transparency, and we can’t wait for you to see them. While we had initially targeted a public beta launch of May 13th, we are instead going to remain in private beta to optimize with our industry partners and fully ensure the smoothness of our presentation.

An Update on the Rolling Stone Charts


Contrasting joyous pop with anxious, existential lyrics, ‘Shine’ was a turning point for musician, songwriter and producer Ola Svensson as he embarked upon his reinvention as Brother Leo. He co-wrote ‘Shine’ with the Grammy-nominated Elof Loelv (Rihanna, Tove Lo, Tove Stryke).

CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR March Into Ukraine On Their ‘Aggressive Music For Positive People Tour’

British hardcore group Confessions Of A Traitor find themselves in the Ukraine this month headlining the ‘Agressive Music For Positive People Tour’. They will be accompanied for the concerts by Swedish metal group Sarea and expect to hear new tracks performed from Confessions Of A Traitor’s forthcoming (as yet untitled) album due out later in the year as well as the last mega EP Illuminate.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
21.05 | Kryvyi Rih, UKR | Madisan
22.05 | Zaporizhzhia, UKR | Jet
23.05 | Kremenchuh, UKR | Rocker Club
24.05 | Kharkiv, UKR | LF Club
25.05 | Kyiv, UKR | Metal Madness Festival

Mothers takeover Judah & The Lion’s new video ‘Don’t Mess With My Mama’