@skopemag news for may 21, 2019 @ 2:30 pm est

South African newcomer James Deacon releases the video for his powerful debut single ‘Not Givin’ Up’

Speaking about the video James says, “We shot all around Johannesburg – we really wanted to show off how amazing the city looks at night! It was epic especially because all the extras are some of the most important people in my life. It was an awesome experience and was a lot of fun to shoot.”

Billy Sherwood to Release “Citizen: In The Next Life” July 12th via Frontiers Music Srl

“Citizen: In The Next Life” is Billy Sherwood’s second release in the Citizen series, which follows the concept that he started with the “Citizen” album released in November 2015. The songs describe the individual experiences in a journey through time and space of a character, “The Citizen” through his own eyes: from an appearance in the Berlin bunker as Adolf Hitler in the final days of WWII to the Impressionist painter Monet, then as Stephen Hawking exploring the depths of the mind and the universe, Wyatt Earp, the legendary sheriff of Tombstone, Christopher Columbus, Romeo Montecchi and Mata Hari, among other real and fictitious characters.

SKOPE NEWS: Techno and Electronica producer NHOAH returns with new single, “I Can’t Satisfy You”

A skilled producer, engineer and drummer in his own right, NHOAH’s back catalogue spans over decades, and he is widely considered one of Berlins “living musical legends.” Constantly sculpting the conventional techno template into surprising new forms, NHOAH has remained at the forefront of his craft through his ability to evolve with the current musical landscape, while remaining true to the traditional lineage from which he hails.

Lauren Crosby Shares “I Work, I Work, I Work” in Advance of Release

Hailing from an island in Maine, Lauren Crosby’s music is a pure creative expression of the north Atlantic. With hints of smoke and salt, her voice is deeply captivating, yet light with wit and life. A lobsterman’s daughter let loose in the modern world, Lauren’s old soul lends itself to the surrealism of her surroundings and everyday happenings. Her style is a unique one to categorize.

Listen now the latest HOT release by Smiley – “Song About Nothing”

TOVARISH: Providence, Rhode Island Experimental Metal Outfit To Release If The War Comes Tomorrow LP

Providence, Rhode Island-based experimental/doom metal outfit TOVARISH presents their harrowing new album, If The War Comes Tomorrow, as the band marks its tenth year in existence. Now confirmed for release through Argonauta Records in early July, the track listing, cover art, a brief trailer, and additional details on the album have been posted.

Single: Young Black And Gifted – More Than Music (ft Jae Hussle)

Rochester Hip Hop has been getting a lot of great looks in the past few years as there’s been a lot of great talent coming out of the rough upstate NY city.

Track Released Today from Nyssa

Nyssa’s triumphant, 21st century-road-song, “Hey Jackie”, receives a stunning visual treatment courtesy of director, Ron Hollywood. We see Nyssa transformed into a lone sentry, an industrial knight-errant, defiantly at ease in her abandoned, apocalyptic realm. Invincible in her armor and calm in her poise, she walks alone, vindicated in her vagabond ways.

Skating Polly Releases New Song “Flyer”

“Flyer” is about this overwhelming self-consciousness and agoraphobia that’s been hitting me a lot lately. I was scared to leave the house, scared to see my friends, scared to make decisions of any kind. That led to writer’s block because I wouldn’t stick with any choices. So, I made a deal with myself. “Play House” was gonna be a straight forward song structure with playful and abstract lyrics and “Flyer” would have a very abstract song structure and very personal sincere lyrics. Peyton wrote my favorite part of the whole song “I’ve had more than enough time to learn what I felt was not a thought crime”. – Kelli Mayo

Reno McCarthy ‘Growing Up’

The main theme of Counterglow is fear. Fear of growing up, fear of responsibility, fear of love, fear of time, fear of dumb trivial stuff like my stomach rumbling in a silent classroom. It’s an album about anxiety, as well as a coming of age story. It’s not a concept album, there is no all-encompassing underlying lyrical intention, each song is just a simple representation of what I was feeling when I wrote it. Some are rooted in fleeting and undefined dreams, some in harsh truth and dull realism.

Peter Perrett Shares New Song “Heavenly Day”

On June 7th, Peter Perrett will release his new album Humanworld – his second record in as many years since signing to Domino. Today, Peter shares a third track from the album, “Heavenly Day,” and kicks off a string of dates in the UK and Europe.

Spanish artist ALIEN TANGO releases oddball-pop cut ‘Friends!’

Tackling themes such as caring for your elders, ‘sexy time’ and supernatural mangos across their glam, psychedelic tracks previously, there’s a more relatable subject unsurprisingly associated with newest single Friends!, released also with a chaotic self-directed and edited music video. As Alberto explains:

HELL & HOLLAR Release Official Music Video for “Showdown;” Debut EP, ‘442’ Out NOW!

West Palm Beach, FL based Stoner Rock Band HELL & HOLLAR has released the official music video for “Showdown,” off of their debut EP, 442.

Pandora Predicts “The Songs of Your Summer”

As the temps rise and the days get longer, it can only mean one thing: summer is coming. Whether you’re road trippin’, barbecuing, hitting the beach or vibing at a music festival, we’ve got the perfect soundtrack for all of your warm weather adventures.

Based on a combination of Pandora data and insight from our expert curators, we’ve made our annual predictions for the hottest songs of the summer across hip hop, pop, dance, country, rock, K-pop, and Latin from artists including Daddy Yankee, Billie Eilish, BLACKPINK, Luke Combs, DJ Khaled and more.

EXIMIOUS Release New Single, “Mind on Fire”

Central Pennsylvania Rock Band EXIMIOUS–comprised of former members of FROM ASHES TO NEW–has released their newest single, “Mind on Fire.”

Blue Flowers’ new signing Joviale makes her debut with ‘Dreamboat’

Blue Flowers’ new signing, London-based Joviale creates music that by turns evokes the twinned realities of pleasure and pain in quotidian life. Immersing herself in a plethora of different creative mediums, an insatiable curiosity absorbs the world around her and translates it into music where a beguiling aesthetic sets the stage for lush character dramas.

Luke Combs’ new EP “The Prequel” out June 7

CMA and ACM-award winner Luke Combs will release his highly anticipated new EP, The Prequel, June 7 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville.

GYGAX Releases “Hide Mind” Single

Just over a year after the release of their acclaimed Second Edition LP, GYGAX returns with their third, and most triumphant album to date, High Fantasy. The band’s fantastic storylines come blazing to life in the nine brand new tracks on the new LP, which surges with powerful riffs, killer harmonization, and unavoidable hooks from beginning to end.

Davina And The Vagabonds Set To Release ‘Sugar Drops’ July 19th. Band Shares New Track “Little Miss Moonshine”

The album marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville’s Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of powerhouse players including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3.

Box Of Moxie Premiere’s ‘Spirit Rainbow’ via Too Much Love

“Delicate and stylish drums greet us at the onset of “Spirit Rainbow” and open up the floodgates on a mountainous melodicism that will guide our adventure through the next three and a half minutes of sonic sophistication.” -Too Much Love

Box of Moxie releases Single

HUNNY Share “Saturday Night” Featuring Bleached

Today, indie rock band HUNNY share a new song “Saturday Night” featuring Bleached; a song off their debut full-length, Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. out July 19 on Epitaph.

On “Saturday Night,” HUNNY slip into a more melancholy but still-romantic mood, embedding their storytelling with references to My So-Called Life and Echo & the Bunnymen. “It’s mostly about being emo in your bedroom on a weekend night, but being able to share that with somebody else,” says Kevin Grimmett (bass, keyboards).