#tgif edition – @skopemag news for may 24, 2019 @ 9 am est


TIFFANY’S new music video for her newest single, BEAUTIFUL, from her latest album ‘Pieces of Me’ premieres today, May 23rd, 2019 exclusively on Billboard.com at 11a.m. EST. This new single delivers Tiffany’s iconic chart topping vocals layered over a colorful and vibrant music video shot in Brighton, U.K. In her new single, Tiffany delivers a vibrant rock-pop single which is reminiscent of other female classic pop rock artists like the Go-Go’s. Tiffany’s notable tone takes on a new sound in this electrifying and unexpected rock track. Unafraid to take a risk, Tiffany shows her fans an authentic and different side of herself as an artist. Stepping aside from her ’80’s pop legacy, she dives into music that has been in her heart for a long time. BEAUTIFUL is a culmination of rock and pop while combining Tiffany’s powerhouse vocals, original songwriting, and production skills.

Pop Punk Newcomers Wilmette Sign With Mutant League Records

Wilmette is a 4-piece from the Chicago suburbs that combines pop-punk and hardcore with a fresh style that relies on pop hooks, honest lyrics, and strong musicianship. The band’s emphatic label-debut “Anxious Body” was produced by Seth Henderson at ABG Studios (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends) and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens). “Anxious Body” is available 7/19 via Mutant League Records.

Karen O & Danger Mouse debut making of “An Encounter with Lux Prima” doc

Karen O & Danger Mouse’s “An Encounter with Lux Prima – The Art of Collaboration,” a short documentary chronicling the 18-month development of their multisensory art installation “An Encounter With Lux Prima” debuts today via Variety. Watch the piece—directed by Luisa Conlon and Max Knight, produced in partnership with Dropbox and featuring interviews with many of the installation’s collaborators—here.

The groundbreaking show premiered in April at Los Angeles’ prestigious Marciano Art Foundation. With a completely sold out run, the exhibition’s opening gala was attended by David Lynch, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Chris Bosh, Spike Jonze, Val Kilmer, Ezra Miller, Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Nick Zinner, Warpaint’s Emily Kokal and many more.

Watch Karen O & Danger Mouse’s ‘Encounter With Lux Prima’ Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

Miya Folick debuts new song “Malibu Barbie,” on tour this summer

Of the new song Folick says, “‘Malibu Barbie’ is about my exploration of what being a woman means to me—it’s a longing for an ideal. It’s realizing that I can go to an extreme in pursuit of physical perfection, look around, and realize that I haven’t changed. I am still longing and seeking something more. Who I am is not a place at which I can arrive.”

Britain’s The Claim release ‘The New Industrial Ballads’, first LP since 1992

British indie rock stalwarts The Claim present their much-anticipated album ‘The New Industrial Ballads’, their first new recordings since 1992. Ahead of this, they teased the lead track ‘Journey’ with accompanying video, inspired by Britain’s Brexit conundrum.

The Claim are David Read (vocals/guitar/keyboards), David Arnold (guitar), Stuart Ellis (bass), and Martin Bishop (drums). Hailing from Cliffe in Kent, The Claim were one of the major players in the thriving ‘Medway Scene’, producing mod-influenced pop that seriously influenced on the sound of Blur’s earliest works.

There’s No Rapper Quite Like Rod Wave

With a powerful and expressive singing voice and a deep sense of morality, Rod Wave always wears his emotions on his sleeve. Working through his issues and struggling to keep his feelings in check, Rod Wave shares “Heart On Ice,” his latest video single. The Alamo Records signee is a unique figure in a business that often values a clinical and cold attitude over sensitivity. On the poignant, piano-led “Heart On Ice,” Rod spots a catch-22–pent up emotion leads to aggressive behavior, but being an open wound can foment a lack of respect: “No one could understand, I had way too much aggression/That built over the years from my abandoned adolescence/See I done been lied to, backstabbed, and heartbroken/I wanted to cry but I was too afraid to open.” Faced with an impossible choice, Rod decides “I’ma put my heart on ice, it’s gettin’ the best of me.” In the video, Rod enjoys the successes brought on by his emotionally honest music, including a performance at Rolling Loud Festival.

SARAH AND THE SAFE WORD Releases “Red Hot & Holy” Early

“This is the perfect selling point for what you can expect from Sarah and the Safe Word on Red Hot and Holy. There are huge pop hooks and verses that add depth to the story at large, weird bits of speak-sing interludes, and a video that marries the worlds of camp and punk rock effortlessly.” – Substream

Bandits on the Run to perform at NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest On The Road: NYC Showcase

Comprised of cellist/badass Sydney Torin Shepherd (who goes by the moniker “Bonanza Jellyfish,”) guitarist/fool Adrian Blake Enscoe (“Roy Dodger,”) and player-of-toys/clairvoyant Regina Strayhorn (“Clarissa,”) with a sound forged while busking in the acoustics of NYC subway stations, the group’s signature 3-part harmonic voice stands at the center of their musical equation. Throw in some serious cello action, hooks played on various and sundry toy instruments, and a steely spine of rhythm guitar all accompanied by a suitcase drum packing a powerful punch and bang: you’ve got the basic magic of banditry. Their signature, un-pin-down-able sound veers from shades of Motown to witch-pop to folk-soul to punk-rock on a dime. Bandits on the Run are also known far and wide for bringing various non-music shenanigans to their live performances including shadow puppet shows, costumed characters, and party favors.

Don Broco unveil brand new video for latest single ‘Half Man Half God’

Don Broco have shared the video for their latest single, ‘Half Man Half God’, ahead of their run of UK festival dates this summer.

Featuring footage from their phenomenal show at Wembley Arena earlier this year, the video sees the band’s infamous cowboy captured in a darkly lit, ominous room before he launches into the crowd, laughing maniacally amid euphoric chaos.

NY’s Rising Star Lil Tecca Shares Cole Bennett-Directed “Ransom” Video

Topping charts on SoundCloud with his melodic trap, bespectacled Queens artist Lil Tecca cuts a unique figure in the hip-hop scene. Traveling down to the Dominican Republic with director Cole Bennett, Lil Tecca has a blast in “Ransom,” his latest video. With a bouncy and bright beat that perfectly complements the Caribbean surroundings, “Ransom” finds the 16-year-old artist pridefully touting his originality, threatening to mess up anyone who jacks his flow: “I know I’m boutta blow-oh-woah-oh, I ain’t dumb/They try to take my flow, I take they ass for ransom.” In the video, premiered on the Lyrical Lemonade channel and enhanced by Cole Bennett’s trademark illustrations, the video finds Tecca and his friend Buru going dumb in a tropical resort, dancing on the golf course and getting fit with a team of strippers in a hotel gym.

Vukovi enlist animated signing interpreter for new ‘Behave’ video

Ayrshire, Scotland based band Vukovi are today sharing a new video for latest single ‘Behave’. With a passionate aim to promote inclusiveness for deaf fans and disabled music lovers the world over, the band have enlisted the assistance of an animated signing interpreter.

Fuego grab the extinguisher

“When I turned seventeen I use to make fun of a family friend being in a rap group. I use to recite my friends rhymes every time someone would ask me to rap. I use making fun of their verses, until one day they said to me why don’t you try it since you think it’s so easy. Then I began to write verses in my composition book, really influenced by lyricist such as Canibus, Jadakiss, Nas, Biggie and Jay-z. I concentrated on punch lines. I am known for always saying the catchy metaphors.” – Kick 5000

Helena Christensen Directs Oh Land’s Captivating New Video For “Family Tree”

Danish composer Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as Oh Land, has just shared her new video for “Family Tree,” the title track off her much anticipated album Family Tree, out now. Directed by Danish model, director, and photographer, Helena Christensen, the beautifully haunting video captivates – as Nanna floats her way through frosty woods and an empty, dimly lit house, the sense of intimacy one feels while watching is palpable.

Ian Noe’s “Between The Country” now streaming at NPR Music

Out next Friday, May 31 on Thirty Tigers, Between The Country was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and is now available for pre-order. Each digital pre-order comes with an immediate download of three album tracks: “Letter to Madeline,” “Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)” and “Between The Country.” Of the title track, Rolling Stone declares, “An old-school folkie cut from the same cloth as Colter Wall, Ian Noe sings about the desperation, listlessness and True Detective-worthy eeriness of his homeland…‘Between the Country,’ sets the scene, pitting Noe’s Dylan-esque voice against an acoustic guitar and a violent narrative fit for a Denis Johnson short story.”

BuzzBandsLA premieres Sumo Princess video, record release party at Bootleg this Sunday May 26th

As the queen of thump, the goddess of thunder, the sista of 60Hz, Abby Travis has traveled a musical journey that has rumbled across the musical spectrum. After building herself quite the 30-year career as the go-to badass session/touring bassist in town, she’s now fronting her latest revelation, Sumo Princess.

Sumo Princess Record Release Party*
Sunday, May 26th
Doors: 7:00 pm
Poppy Jean Crawford: 7:30 pm
Sumo Princess: 8:15 pm
tickets: $10
at Bootleg Theater Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057


Skizzy Mars returns today with the release of his newest single, “No Advice.” The track is also joined by a new companion visual, streaming now at Skizzy’s YouTube channel. Additionally, Skizzy announced his new studio album, Free Skizzy Mars will be released later this summer.

BILLYBIO (Biohazard/Powerflo) Releases Volatile New Music Video for “Enemy”

BILLYBIO says about “Enemy”: “I wrote a song about the two sides of a political enemy. Is the political detainee who stands up for his kind, sacrificing their own well-being for the benefit of everyone else, an actual enemy? Is the person who stands up for those who can’t stand on their own, a friend or a foe? One of the most controversial subjects while I was writing this song was waterboarding, the scene at the end of the video was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. There are two sides in life, with, or against. Pick one.”