@skopemag news for may 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm est

16 piece big band hip-hop collective Urban Renewal Project

The sixteen-piece collective known as The Urban Renewal Project is back and doubling down on the live-band hiphop aesthetic that has set them apart from their jazz-funk and fusion contemporaries. Between coast-to-coast tour dates with rap legends Camp Lo and a transpacific festival appearance in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, the Los Angeles-based group has found time to record new material that explores an updated version of the Golden Era hiphop sound—infectious rap hooks, concentrated horn lines and a heavy dose of live drums—creating positive vibes just begging to be danced to.

British Prog Diva Rosalie Cunningham To Release New Self-Titled Solo Album On July 26, 2019!

Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce a new studio album with Rosalie Cunningham. Since her celebrated band Purson played its final gig in late 2016, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Rosalie has been working on a new solo album, to showcase her talents as the visionary solo artist she always was

As Rosalie says, “Being able to take time over arrangements without time pressures means that everything feels right, without being contrived.”

Ice Cube and George Clinton perform “That New Funkadelic” at Jammcard’s JammJam

A whole lot of rhythm was goin’ down at Live House in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 9, at the “George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic JammJam” presented by Jammcard. George Clinton, the man who invented P-funk, was in attendance to witness stellar roof-tearing performances by some of his best-known acolytes including Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak, CeeLo Green, Eddie Griffin, Battlecat plus members of the original Parliament Funkadelic. Clinton testified, “They had me crying like a bitch with tears of joy.”

See George Clinton, Ice Cube Join Forces on ‘That New Funkadelic’


Skope Magazine + Saint Sister – new single out today!

Since forming Saint Sister in 2014, Morgan Macintyre (vocals, keyboard) and Gemma Doherty (harp, vocals, keyboard) have quickly established themselves as one of the most talked about bands in Ireland. 2015’s Madrid, recorded with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), was a breakout success, earning playlist recognition on BBC Radio 1, RTE and across European radio. In 2018, they released their full-length album, Shape of Silence.


Today, critically-acclaimed rapper Lil Skies drops another new visual from his instant hit debut album Shelby. Following the first live performance of “Breathe” in Houston last week, the official video is now available to stream at Skies official YouTube channel HERE.

Rock duo Black Pistol Fire get personal with “Pick Your Poison”

Black Pistol Fire release “Pick Your Poison,” a brand new track packed with catchy vigorous vocals, vibrant guitars and dynamic drums recorded in Nashville, TN with Vance Powell (engineer/mixing: The Raconteurs, Chris Stapleton, The Dead weather). “Pick Your Poison” is a last minute addition that almost didn’t make it along with a handful of tracks set to be recorded with Powell.

Phildel’s New Album ‘Wave Your Flags’ Is A Story Of Fracture And Repair

Wave Your Flags is a story of fracture and self-repair – a strong, sparse album of powerful songs re-enacting cycles of loss and renewal. It’s a work about the importance of speaking up and finding your way in the world – regardless of whether or not you are believed.

Steve Marino releases “Six Two Four” + new LP out 5/24

Bloomington-based songwriter/musician Steve Marino releases a carefree new tune “Six Two Four” from his forthcoming “debut” album Fluff due out May 24th, 2019 via Darling Recordings. This easy-going groove brings to mind unforgettable summer nights with the people you care about most. With tender, reassuring lyrics, “Six Two Four” paints a picture about the best of times. As Marino croons, “If you ain’t here, you’re missin’ out.”

Eric Church Set to Headline Nissan Stadium Solo

For the first time in its 20+ year history, Music City’s Nissan Stadium will host a live show featuring a singular artist, sans opening act, as multi-Platinum superstar Eric Church is set to make his stadium-headlining debut this Saturday, May 25. As usual, the country music renegade is doing it his own way.

In keeping with all previous dates on the Double Down Tour, Church alone will perform three hours of music spanning his entire six-album catalog. Remarking on the true uniqueness of this touring approach, Pitchfork declares that he “proves himself the rare star trying to change the game from the inside” while Stereogum notes that he is “at the top of his genre because he breaks its rules in big, exciting, arena-filling ways.”

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