Weekend edition – @skopemag news for may 19, 2019 @ 2 pm est

The Allman Betts Band Release First Single “All Night”

Today, The Allman Betts Band released the first track “All Night” from their debut album Down To The River (BMG).

“It goes beyond the fact our dads were in a famous band and supersedes the whole ‘sons of’ thing. We’re a band, and we’re going to make sure everyone recognizes that.” Allman told Billboard of The ABB.

Ellis Paul Releases Music Video For “Kiss Me ‘Cause I’m Gone”

“The song is like snapshots of my life on the highway. Sometimes getting to a better place means driving there,” Paul stated. “I’m from a small town in Maine, so this music video represents the moment of leaving, followed by that tsunami flash of highways, places, beauty, that adventure brings. It took me a year to film all of these places. I took along the same damn shirt for the entire ride…”


“4 AM In NY” is both written and produced by bLAck pARty. The video was shot in New York through the lens of a night out on the streets and in the subways of New York.


Imagine an African artist with the tenderly subversive touch of Bon Iver, the haunting falsetto of Skip James, the razor-like mind of Akala, and the inventiveness of Moses Sumney. You’ve just imagined Blick Bassy. In the slipstream of his acclaimed album Akö, Blick Bassy delivers 1958, a defiant tribute to the heroes who fought and died for the independence of his native Cameroun. Its focus is specific, but its themes—the bondage of neocolonialism, the need for heroes, the relevance of history and the search for true identity—are universal.

Lea Love Drops Empowering New Single “Way I Am”

Soulful R&B/reggae singer Lea Love has just announced her upcoming EP release “Way I Am,” out Friday, June 14th via Mensch House Records! Combining full bass lines, sensual lyrics, and warm harmonies, Lea creates an environment of hypnotic and sweet sonic bliss for listeners to enjoy. The sultry title track off the EP, “Way I Am,” dropped on Friday, May 10th! Other standout singles on the EP include “No Feels,” which is out now and premiered on SoulBounce!

SoulBounce Exclusive: Lea Love Fights Catching Feelings In ‘No Feels’

Oliver Ray Announces Debut Solo LP, Premieres Single via Paste

Out Passed Nowhere is the debut solo album from Oliver Ray. Unfurling like a long stretch of road leading out past the edge of town, the album takes the listener to uncharted destinations beyond the edges of the map.

Dumi Right Releases “Liberation Music” Video

As a member of Zimbabwe Legit, Dumi Right made history by being part of one of the first African hip hop groups to release an album in the United States. Now he’s focused on continuing to make more big moves on his own with the release of his hard hitting video for “Liberation Music,” the latest single from his most recent album, Doing It The Right Way.

BLOODY HAMMERS Release Dark Official Video For “From Beyond The Grave”

The Transylvania County based duo BLOODY HAMMERS release the second official video from their upcoming album “The Summoning.” “From Beyond The Grave” transports the dark and sinister feeling that only BLOODY HAMMERS can summon in 2019. The wonderfully creepy horror mix of 80s hard rock, gothic, doom and epic metal riffs are wonderfully illustrated in the new video with a silent film era twist. The video was once more produced by the band itself in the BLOODY HAMMERS Film Studios.

Magic City Hippies Share “SPF” Track

Magic City Hippies share their new single “SPF” off their debut album, due out later this year. The band has also announced summer live dates, including U.S. Festival appearances and select dates with Umphrey’s McGee.


YOUNG L3X (LEX) is an independent artist hailing from Massachusetts known for the combination of rap, hip hop and pop genres that is accompanied by story-telling lyrics and catchy melodies.

After independently dropping more than 80 records to date, garnering more than 22M streams; he’s back with his newest release, “Wavey Like You.” The new single effortlessly leads you to catch a feel-good summer vibe; making the urge to press repeat irresistible.

Modern Metal Outfit SHATTERED SUN Reveals Music Video for Brand New Track “Shades of Melodie”

Texas melodic metal sextet SHATTERED SUN burst onto the scene in 2016 with the release of their debut full-length album, Hope Within Hatred – debuting at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In the same year, the band scored a coveted spot on the biggest touring festival in rock and metal music history, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. After completing tours with artists like Testament, Exodus, Soilwork, Soulfly and Scar Symmetry and additional performances at Welcome to Rockville Festival and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, the band continued proving their potency in 2018 on the legendary Vans Warped Tour – cementing their status as one of the breakout success stories in rising metal at the time.

SHATTERED SUN: Reinvented / Exclusive Shades of Melodie Video Premiere

Eleni Mandell Confirms More Tour Dates; ‘Wake Up Again’ Out June 7

Critically lauded Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell has confirmed more tour dates in support of her 11th studio album, Wake Up Again, out June 7 on Yep Roc Records. Kicking off with an album release show June 9, at Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles, the tour includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, and a debut appearance at JazzFest in Montreal.

Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt- Juwan Crawley releases debut single “I.D.C.4.U.”

Based in New York City, singer, actor, and songwriter Juwan Crawley introduces his solo recording artist debut. Showcasing his eclectic background in the musical industry, the young triple-threat has already proved an impressive resume, having placed awarding roles for the Original Cast of Off-Broadway’s Spamilton, Genie standby for Broadway’s Aladdin, and co-starring on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Whether it’s on stage, screen or his personal music, Crawley’s characteristic bravado, voice, and uncompromising self-confidence is shown throughout every line of work he portrays. Today, Crawley is ready to unveil his next musical declaration, with the single release of “I.D.C.4.U.”

Nabad – Electronic music from the Middle East

Nabad is a project produced by Lebanese artist Jay Wud who is on a constant rise in the Middle East.

Jay Wud has opened for the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Skunk Anansie, and recently supported American prog supergroup Sons Of Apollo on the UK and Ireland leg of their world tour.

VR SEX (mem. Drab Majesty) shares ‘Maiden China’ video, ‘Human Traffic Jam’ LP out now!

On the hells of the recently released VR SEX – Human Traffic Jam LP, the band are sharing the music video for the single ‘Maiden China’, the video was directed by Thomas McMahan and was, according to him “an homage to some of our favorite slasher movies of the 70’s and 80’s. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was the biggest inspiration along with Joe Spinell’s character from Maniac. Our goal was to make a brutal no compromising video where a woman takes out her frustration with the world on unsuspecting men looking for a casual hook up.”

Chicago’s Fauvely release their new EP ‘This is What the Living Do’

Read their Track x Track feature courtesy of Balloon Machine who states “Opening with a looping, elusive instrumental, Fauvely’s EP starts as it means to go on, sending the listener way off the trail of the more traditional songs that follow. It’s an EP where light and dark have equal significance, for one light moment – the plush choruses on the title-track – another dark moment awaits in the shadows.”

Track by track: Fauvely

Gramatik & Big Gigantic Release New Single “Better Believe It Now”- Out Today

Both considered pioneering acts of the electronic and funk hybrid sound, Gramatik and Big Gigantic have now joined forces on a brand new single titled “Better Believe It Now.” Out today via all major streaming platforms, “Better Believe It Now” is an anthemic fusion of organic and electronic instrumentation- fusing the worlds of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and dubstep. Highlighted with the saxophone melodies of Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli, “Better Believe It Now” hits a unique sweet spot between danceable easy-listening and all out head banging.

Skope Magazine x The Stash (New Single To Share)

The band just released a brand new single called “Run Into Me,” streaming now on Substream Magazine! They’ve also announced that they’ve signed to LA-based label Anchor Eighty Four Records, who is thrilled to welcome The Stash to their rapidly growing roster.

EXCLUSIVE: The Stash sign to Anchor Eighty Four + drop “Run Into Me”

THE DOLLYROTS Announce July/August Tour Dates

The Dollyrots continue to bring their trademark melodic pop-punk to the masses with a new album and tour run this summer. The duo’s upcoming new album Daydream Explosion will be out on July 12 on Wicked Cool/The Orchard. Hear the brand-new track “In Your Face,” released today on all streaming platforms, or preorder the full album now and get both “Everything” and “In Your Face” as instant downloads.


INTRODUCING: Creature of Doom (new project from The Dig’s David Baldwin)

The Creature of Doom is not one of ill intention. He’s just a guy out on the town who can’t help but clear out a room wherever he goes. He dances in the shadows, swinging his hips to his favorite dance which he calls The Loneliness. Creature of Doom the band is a haven for anyone who feels like an outsider. A place to come together for a night out on the town alone.

CB2 Track: Big Truck

CB2’s latest single, “Big Truck”, fuses two single (country and hip-hop) to create the unique genre CB2 coined “Countrified Urban”. The track draws inspiration from country music, rural town culture, and American country life fused with the essence of hip-hop. The single is dedicated to all of the women that are new to a cowboy town, and the men that let them slip through their fingers.

Quixotic’s EP ‘Goddess’ – Out Now

Quixotic’s newest EP Goddess, out today, is a unique blend of melodic down-tempo songs is laden with emotional, heavenly vocals and warm strings. The Goddess EP features vocals, strings, harps and earthy drums in a moody electronic landscape. Dark, heavy backdrops fill the sonic spectrum.

ALBUM PREMIERE: Performance Art Collective Quixotic Conjure Grooveable Pop Sound With ‘Goddess’

Louder Than Words Release Music Video For New Single “Stockholm”

Max Styler Unveils “Sweet” Off Forthcoming “Supernatural” EP

Max Styler creates a slick sunset groove on “Sweet,” featuring vocalist Alex Hosking. Deep, funk-filled basslines and jazzy instrumentation provide the backbone to this sophisticated house single.

“Sweet” is the third single to be released from Max Styler’s forthcoming Supernatural EP. Due out later this summer on Dim Mak, Supernatural promises to continue Max Styler’s voyage into sun-kissed house music. Recent EP cuts “Gimme That Funk” and “Animal” have already seen support from the likes of Diplo and David Guetta.

Skope News: Century Babes – ‘Swim’ Video

“Swim” rolls like a sun-soaked tide. Seamless harmonies swirl with buzzing guitars and infectious hooks to perfectly encompassing a brush with an intoxicating summer breeze. While the melody builds with electrifying anticipation, its emerald wave crashes onto a soft, sandy shore. “Swim” is the first single off the upcoming album, Visionary, out later this year.

Grim Streaker Share Debut Album ‘No Vision’ Out Today Via Local Fun Boy, Playing East Coast Dates

Today, Brooklyn-based band Grim Streaker share their debut album, No Vision, out now on DSPs via Local Fun Boy. Earlier this week, AdHoc offered an exclusive interview and first listen of the record in full, and presented the band’s packed record release show at Alphaville. Grim Streaker will be performing select East Coast dates this June, with more dates to be announced soon. No Vision Limited Edition Cassette + Zine Packages are available to purchase on Bandcamp.

Bedroom returns with “Count to Five,” a raw piano dream via Atwood Magazine

Regarding the track Kittinger stated “A while back I decided to stop making music with this project. I wanted to try other avenues which led to an EP under my own name, which then led to a hiatus of some sort. I never wasn’t working on stuff, I just didn’t see a vision for it anywhere like I did with the early Bedroom releases. After bouncing from wall to wall, I decided to bring the project back. I enlisted the help of Paul Kintzing of German Error Message – I always knew he also lived in Nashville, but we never linked. After a fan tweet that included both of us, we ended up getting together. I explained to him I was having a hard time getting any music finished, I was stuck in place creatively. A week or so later we got into his studio and began working right away. This is just one of the things that we’ve recorded in that space so far. Enjoy.”

Raw Neo Soul // LGBTQ Anthem – Bridesmen Entitled ‘Overwhelm’

As a gay Asian second generation immigrant, Chen grew up feeling isolated, constantly hiding behind masks to protect himself. In Bridesmen, he aspires to uncover these masks in an effort to live a boundless and truthful life.

Singer-songwriter, Activist Nora Rothman Releases New Single, “strange,” Ft. On New EP ‘Nothing New’

“Rothman’s music itself has drawn comparisons to the work of Joni Mitchell, Nora Jones, and other great songwriters who blend soft guitar-driven melodies with introspective lyrics. It’s hard to say whether the best part of her work is that it was created by exclusively womxn or that, with its blend of dream-pop gauziness and 70’s folk motifs, it’s a pure delight to listen to—or maybe each these things uplifts the other, ultimately creating something truly great and profoundly relevant for our times.” -POPDUST

Holly Henderson releases Bowie-inspired single “Pride Can Wait”

Sonically, the track transports the listener into a rich soundscape, resonating with space driven tones and Henderson’s silvery vocals. When writing “Pride Can Wait”, Henderson drew inspiration from David Bowie’s Blackstar, an album she found solace and hope in during a difficult time. The song stems from Henderson’s debut full-length, Monday Green, out June 7th on Trend & Chaos.


El rapero tapatío C-Kan estrenó sencillo y video junto al dominicano Mozart La Para, el clip de “Tu Por El”, que ya se encuentra disponible en YouTube, fue filmado en Santo Domingo.

COASTCITY Confirmed as Opening Act for Pedro Capo’s USA Tour 2019

2X Grammy nominated artist-production COASTCITY confirmed as the opening act on select dates for Grammy winning singer-songwriter Pedro Capó’s U.S. Calma Tour launching on May 24th in Miami, FL at The Fillmore.

“We are so honored to be opening up for our longtime friend and colleague Pedro. I came up with him when I was signed to Sony Latin and it’s really beautiful to see him rise to the top this past year with a Grammy win and a global hit. We are fans of Pedro and have always respected his work and hustle. We can’t wait to be on the road with him,” says Jean Rodríguez, lead vocals.

2X Grammy nominated artist-production COASTCITY confirmed as the opening act on select dates for Grammy winning singer-songwriter Pedro Capó’s U.S. Calma Tour launching on May 24th in Miami, FL at The Fillmore.

5/24 Miami – The Fillmore
5/25 Orlando – House of Blues
5/26 Tampa – Valley of Tampa Scottish Rite
5/29 Philadelphia – Theatre of Living Arts
5/31 Washington DC – The Howard Theatre
6/8 Houston – House of Blues
6/9 San Antonio – The Aztec

Southern Rock Legends Black Oak Arkansas Return With New Album “Underdog Heroes”!

Southern Rock legends Black Oak Arkansas return with their first full-length album of all new recordings in more than 30 years! Founding members Jim “Dandy” Mangrum (vocals) and Rickie Lee Reynolds (guitar) have been keeping the spirit of BOA alive and their songwriting partnership makes this album an essential release in the band’s much heralded catalog!

Shallow Side Announce Spring Tour Dates | Update On “Saints & Sinners” Release

Saints & Sinners originally was to be released worldwide on Friday, March 29th but was pulled down last minute as Eric Boatright vocalist explains “Wow, what a Rollercoaster this been to release our first full length album. While working to setup the “perfect” release with our team, we were approached by several major labels interested in putting the album out. We had to take a step back and consider the options so we, along with Thermal Entertainment decided to pull the album down. After weeks of talks and negotiations, we ultimately decided to stay the course with Thermal and release the album this summer. It is a complete honor that these other labels are interested in the band and we will never close the door to opportunity but we owe our fans an amazing album so they will get one. “

Pop Icon Dionne Warwick Releases New Album

Legendary Grammy Award-winner DIONNE WARWICK releases her new album, She’s Back (Kind Music/Entertainment One), today. The album features ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, and features duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”), Kevon Edmonds (“How Do You Keep The Music Playing”), Brian McKnight (“Forever in My Heart”), as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). The Jubilation Choir joins Dionne on “We Need to Go Back,” and an updated version of the Hal David/Burt Bacharach classic “What The World Needs Now.”

FAERIE RING: Indiana Fuzz Rock Unit Premieres “Somnium” Via Indy Metal Vault; The Clearing Debut To See Release Via King Volume Records Next Month

The Clearing is the impending debut full-length from Evansville, Indiana-based fuzz rock collective FAERIE RING. Set for release June 7th via King Volume Records, over the course of seven tracks, the band effortlessly combines various influences from the pantheons of stoner rock into a singular vision.

Track Premiere: Faerie Ring – “Somnium”

Hoozbah – ‘Be My Queen’ Single Release

‘Be My Queen’ is the 2nd single to be featured from Get There. In contrast to the slower ballad of their first release ‘Kneel to the Power’, ‘Be My Queen’ is an upbeat rocker that is full of groove. Spanning the genres of Blues, Psychedelic, and Classic Rock, this single highlights the best parts of what makes Hoozbah a throwback to the good ol’ days while incorporating something fresh into the sound. The use of brass, busy bass lines and a ripping guitar solo in the middle of the track makes this one truly stand out. ‘Be My Queen’ will have listeners moving and grooving like a “sex machine” through the summer of 2019.


Kelly Finnigan, the lead singer of Bay Area-based indie-soul auteurs Monophonics, has just released his debut solo album, The Tales People Tell, via Colemine Records. Over the course of the album’s 10 new, original songs, Kelly channels a multitude of influences that reflect a lifetime immersed in the music and culture of soul, R&B and hip-­hop. It’s the story of an outsider that followed an unorthodox route, always guided by his own creative north star.

Tue 5/21 – The Standard, New York (East Village), NY
Tue 5/28 – Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
Wed 5/29 – Rose Music Hall, Columbia, MO
Thu 5/30 – Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
Fri 5/31 – Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
Sat 6/1 – Martyrs, Chicago, IL
Sun 6/2 – Dakota, Minneapolis, MN
Wed 7/10 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Thu 7/11 – Cider House Music Hall, Eugene OR
Fri 7/12 – Timber Fest, Carnation, WA
Sat 7/13 – The Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC

Blossom shares new single + video “More Than” | Announces tour w/ Ivy Sole & PARISALEXA

On “More Than,” Blossom shares that it’s about, “Late night lust! When we go out at night and we’re having a good time, you might let the liquor talk. ‘More Than’ is specifically about a couple’s interaction as the night is ending. ‘how could you want more than access to my tab, a free ride to my pad” AKA I’m hooking you up and taking care of you tonight. Why don’t you wanna fuck with me?”

Andy Cook debuts new video for “Red Lights” via For The Rabbits

The video premiered via For The Rabbits where Cook detailed, “I love New York, and old home movies are usually cool, hilarious, embarrassing, or all of the above. So I wanted to bring the home movie vibe using tour footage to this song that’s all about the strange space between connection and longing.

[PREMIERE] Andy Cook – Red Lights

Casii Stephan drops her video,”Letters,”

The video is for Stephan’s self-produced track “Letters,” which received accolades from idobi radio, B Sides and Badlands, Tulsa World, Tulsa People, and more, showcasing Stephan’s “an incredibly dynamic performance.” (Atwood Magazine)Stephan was just nominated for Independent Music Awards 2019 for Best Acoustic Song – “When Winter Comes- Live” and Best Website – casiistephan.com.

“Casii Stephan wants authenticity so that’s exactly what she’s giving…no gimmicks, no over-production, and no outside influence.” (idobi radio)

PREMIERE: Casii Stephan vents her frustrations in “Letters” video

Antony Carle Shares ‘The Moment’ EP Out Today On Bonsound

“”Manifesto” boasts a sparse bassline that echoes as if against vaulted ceilings, whilst multi-tracked vocals shift between chorus and delicate harmony to spine-tingling effect.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“The Greatest Story Never Told About The Greatest Band You’ve Never Heard Of”

Weird tells the story of cult indie band The Pocket Gods since their immaculate misconception 20 years ago in a London record shop. It features the highs and lows of being in a “crap indie band” (their own words). From being discovered by late DJ John Peel and obtaining an official Guinness World Record, to playing gigs to one stoned guy and a dog in a scary pub in Huddersfield.

The film also charts frontman Mark Christopher Lee’s battle with depression and mental health issues which have plagued his life since being abused as a child. This culminated in him taking an overdose earlier this year and he’s now determined to encourage others to seek help and support for depression and mental health issues.

‘Everything So Far’ by Liverpool’s Paul Den Heyer

Today is release day for ‘Everything So Far’, the debut album from Liverpool’s PAUL DEN HEYER, who The Big Takeover Magazine says is “likely the strongest disciple of Slowdive’s Neil Halsted out there”, calling it “a laxidasical sunray of positive psychedelic-tinged musical essence that wonderfully combines elements of The Verve, Mazzy Star, Red House Painters and The Byrds”. Louder Than War notes: “This album is whimsical, pleasurable and grounding. Den Heyer is among those great artists who have transcended their genre to become both compatriots of psych-tinged indie rock and singer-songwriter of the 60s sunshine era of high melodicism and pure spirits”.


Young Mayra Arduini has talent in her blood. A singer, songwriter and actress, this rapidly-rising visionary has earned the reputation of being one of the most requested vocalists and songwriters in South America. The voice behind Bruno Martini’s hit “Savages” and “Shameless” — his collaboration with Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano — Mayra now returns to the global stage with her debut artist EP. Weaving a spellbinding narrative across three breathtaking tracks titled “Listening,” “Looking For You,” and “Monster,” Mayra’s Voices EP is sure to win over hearts with its unforgettable lyrics and melodies, even as fans continue to reel from her recently released interpretation of the 1999 Gigi D’Agostino club anthem “L’Amour Toujours.” Composed entirely by Mayra and produced by Bruno Martini, the EP also counts on talent from producers Angel Lopez and Federico Vindver, as well as mix-master Cassio Play, who each worked on the closing track “Monster.” The EP’s opening track, “Listening,” arrives accompanied by an official music video directed by Patricia Galucci and an all-star female team, bringing the overarching narrative to life by showcasing the first part of this haunting story.

Paul Vernet Releases ‘Personal Mythology’

Paul Vernet is a rock and roll ghost hunter. He knows the dinosaurs of rock are all pretty much extinct, but he’s damn sure their remains can be found and excavated. “There might be something in the water up here” he says, looking over the misty mountains near Woodstock, NY, where he lives and where he recently recorded his album “Personal Mythology”. In the great classic rock star tradition, he spent years perfecting his songcraft, then went out and hired the best sidemen he could afford – namely, himself.

“I called the record that because it’s what everybody’s doing these days; re-branding themselves on Facebook and Instagram, you know? There’s this alternate online reality where everyone’s young and rich and beautiful, with the best hair, and the perfect puppy. Why should I be any different?”

3Mind Blight Track: I Am Not (Remix)

Hailing from Tulsa Oklahoma, with humble beginnings in the late 90’s, with Boom Bap Rap and the Grunge Rock scene. After leading several bands and many production teams, what started as a hobby has lead to a full time music career in production, instrumentation, and artistry.