@skopemag news for may 17, 2019 @ 9:15 am est

Nightly Shares Video For “Twenty Something” Out Now

Emerging, alt-pop band Nightly released new song “Twenty Something” in March while in the midst of a headline tour which had them playing to sold out audiences in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and more. Lead singer Jonathan Capeci took time out during a tour stop in Nashville to shoot this clip for the song with Nolan Knight behind the lens.

Michelle Obama Confirmed to Headline the 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival ofCulture in New Orleans

ESSENCE Communications, the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women, today announced that former First Lady Michelle Obama will headline its 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans, LA, taking place July 4-7, 2019. On the heels of the historic success of her book Becoming, the appearance will mark Mrs. Obama’s first engagement at the Festival and will include a sit-down interview on July 6 at the Louisiana Superdome. Mrs. Obama also appeared on the December 2018 cover of ESSENCE magazine and will contribute the monthly closing article – A Word – to the July/August issue

Mavis Staples Shares New Album ‘We Get By’ Via NPR First Listen

A clarion call to love, faith, justice and brotherhood lies at the heart of We Get By, Mavis Staples’ spectacular twelfth studio album and first full-length collaboration with multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Ben Harper. Today NPR Music has shared the album in advance of its May 24th release date; listen to it via NPR First Listen HERE.

SAINT VITUS Stream Eponymous New Album in Full

American doom metal godfathers SAINT VITUS arew now streaming their new album, ‘Saint Vitus,’ in full. The record is set for worldwide release tomorrow, May 17.

B Boys return with new LP on Captured Tracks

New York’s B Boys (Andrew Kerr, Brendon Avalos, Britton Walker) find inspiration in the chaos that surrounds them: the aggressive attitude and sonic lawlessness of the city they live, work, and breathe in every day. Their raw, yet meticulous style is characterized by rhythmic complexity, commanding riffs, and introspective lyrics that are as playful and self-aware as they are cutting.

MODERN MIMES Release New Video for Mind Lies

Modern Mimes is an American music artist duo from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The duo consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on vocals/guitar/sampling and Ernesto Paez on the double neck guitar bass. Their music can be best described as “Future Goth,” a term they coined in order to explain the fusion of alternative heavy guitar riffs, powerfully haunting vocals, subconscious provoking lyrics, electronic drums, and catchy pop melodies. The band has released a new video for their single “Mind Lies” and have announced tour dates with Wayland and Eve to Adam that kicks off on May 22nd at The Blue Note in Harrison, Ohio. (tour poster below)

The Steel Wheels Announce 7th Album ‘Over The Trees’ For July 12th Release

Virginia-based acoustic roots music collective The Steel Wheels have announced the July 12th release of their 7th full-length album, Over The Trees. Recorded in Maine with producer Sam Kassirer, Over The Trees draws attention to the impeccable harmonies of the four original members: Trent Wagler (guitar/banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (bass), and Jay Lapp (guitars/mandolin). Kevin Garcia, who plays multiple percussion instruments, keyboard, and mallet-based instruments, formally joined the band after the 2017 release of Wild as We Came Here, which Kassirer also produced. In addition to familiar-to-fans harmonies, The Steel Wheels ventured a little farther out of their known comfort zone for Over The Trees. “This is a bit of an experimental record at times, with new sounds and influences,” Wagler says. “We know where we come from. We are a string band from Virginia, but we are evolving with this album, and we are embracing the future.”

Finnish Rock Frontman CAMU Releases “The Future Proves the Past” Solo Track and Music Video

In 2010, with four albums and ten years of performing as the former frontman for Helsinki-based hard rock band Naked under his belt, CAMU was ready for change. When the band’s manager, Bill Aucoin (KISS, Billy Idol), suddenly passed away in the same year, everything immediately fell apart. It was time for CAMU to take a break and focus on his personal life.

Danielle Bradbery Premieres “Shallow” Music Video Live in Times Square

GLASSING: Decibel Magazine Streams Spotted Horse Full-Length

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming Spotted Horse, the anticipated new full-length from Austin, Texas-based blackened post-hardcore trio GLASSING, in its devastating entirety.

Full Album Stream: Glassing – “Spotted Horse”

Don’t Believe In Ghosts Premiere Brand New Single “The Chase”

Don’t Believe In Ghosts certainly believes in releasing new music. This week the NYC based Indie, Alt, pop band premiered their brand new single “The Chase” to a sold out audience at NYC’s Bowery Electric. This is the bands second new single this year following “Don’t Wake Me UP,” which saw the band debut at #2 on the All Access Retail radio chart and a video that featured comedic actor Gilbert Gottfried.

Announcement on 2019 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Organizers of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival announced today that the annual event will be taking a year off. The week-long celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture will return in 2020 for its 15th installment.

“Producing this wonderful event has been our lives for a decade and a half. We have created some amazing moments and worked with even more incredible people. As we continue the fight, our mission to support the Culture remains unchanged. On the eve of our 15th Anniversary, we made the decision to double down on our core value of community engagement. That involved selecting the right artists and slate of programming to reflect that energy. To put it plainly, we have decided to take some extra time to make sure we did that right. The festival landscape is changing and an independent operation like ours must move wisely and make diligent decisions,” wrote Festival Founder, Wes Jackson. “That being said our plan for 2020 is going to be amazing. We thank everyone for their support over the years. And fear not we will be back to do it #ForTheCulture.”

Makeunder announces new album + shares first single, “Promethean Heat,”

“When I listen to “Promethean Heat,” I think of how a dream feels when it’s happening. The opening bass line sounds like an insane ride on the back of a giant hungry snake through a dark forest that is somehow also the desert from Beetlejuice. You’re quickly heading deeper into an unknown territory and, just as it starts to feel familiar, you realize you’re not on a snake anymore — you’re sitting in a motorcycle sidecar. You look over your left shoulder and notice that Prince is driving. You and Prince pull up to the chorus, where a trio of witches appear out of nowhere chanting a dissonant chord. “Tell no one,” Prince sings to you. What is happening? The song somehow feels so comfortable and familiar but also insanely impossible, like Igor Stravinsky and Trent Reznor arguing about a call in last night’s basketball game at a company BBQ.”

Lisa – New Song – “Fumes”

“Fumes” was recorded in England on the Isle of Wight at Chale Abbey Studios.

The track is built around that iconic 70’s, John Lennon drum sound. The melodic bass and heavy drums balance out the simplistic quality of the lyrics. At its heart, “Fumes” is reminiscent of a 60’s bubblegum pop tune – only with a much darker, self-reflective tone.


Tech N9ne Shares Suicide Prevention Message In “EF U” (Easier for You) Music Video

Today, Tech N9ne continues his Kathartic visual series with a new music video: “EF U” (Easier for You) feat. Krizz Kaliko and Jelly Roll. “EF U” (Easier for You) addresses mental health and focuses on a message of suicide prevention. At the top of the song, Tech N9ne dedicates the track: “This is dedicated to the ones that are broken / Stay here with us / Your time to shine is coming.”

Justin Townes Earle’s “The Saint Of Lost Causes” Now Streaming At NPR Music – To Be Released Friday, May 24th

Justin Townes Earle is set to return with The Saint of Lost Causes next Friday, May 24th, 2019. The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN. Founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in 1969, Sound Emporium has hosted country luminaries such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers as well as R.E.M., and countless other historic artists. The Saint of Lost Causes is Earle’s follow up to his critically acclaimed 2017 Kids In The Street, and spans everything from traditional country, blues and folk to western swing, roots-rock and boogie-woogie.

Dylan LeBlanc’s “Honor Among Thieves” premieres at FLOOD Magazine

Produced by Grammy Award winning Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton), the album was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A and features ten new songs along with LeBlanc’s longtime band, The Pollies. Of the album, LeBlanc comments, “I wanted to write the same type of songs that matched the atmosphere the band and I were bringing live. So, I started with ‘Renegade,’ which was fitting since I felt myself going in a new, more intense direction with this record. In the studio, I let go almost absolutely and let Dave Cobb do his work. It was a different experience for me—how focused Cobb was and how quickly we would get live takes down, mostly in one or two takes and never more than three. It left me spinning at how quickly it all came together. Over the course of ten days Renegade was complete and ready for mastering. And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.”

Greg Loiacono Releases New Single, “Close Your Eyes (We’ll Be There Soon)”

Longtime Mother Hips guitar slinger, vocalist, and songwriter Greg Loiacono, in partnership with Blue Rose Music, is excited to announce the release of his new single, “Close Your Eyes (We’ll Be There Soon)”—the second in a series of releases for 2019. This track comes hot on the heels of the March release of “San Felipe,” Loiacono’s duet with Los Angeles songstress, Jamie Drake.

Sebadoh Share Preview of New Album Act Surprised on NPR First Listen

Indie-rock pioneers Sebadoh will release their first new studio album in more than six years Act Surprised on May 24th via Dangerbird Records. Today, the band shared an special preview of the full album on NPR First Listen.