Memorial Day Weekend edition – @skopemag news for may 26, 2019 @ 7:15 am est

JOHN DIVA & The Rockets Of Love Release New Single and Video “Rocket of Love”

The flashy band in the style of the eighties JOHN DIVA & The Rockets Of Love releases their fourth single and video for the song “Rocket Of Love” today.

John Diva says: “In case you don’t call a spaceship your own, you can still listen to this song on your car stereo while cruising the streets of your hometown. Blast it out loud & shout along — this is the anthem of the upcoming summer. Loud-mouthed, joyful and exuberant, 100% Rockets of Love!”

Dylan Brady Delivers Ultimate Break-up Song “Over Us”

“For someone who is ready to move on, but not quite ready to say goodbye, this is a song we wrote for you,” shares Brady, who moved to Nashville on his own in 2016 to be closer to the creative songwriting community. “When we sat down to write this, it was the first time we’d all gotten together, so we started with an idea I had a few years back: you’re over the relationship but miss the little things about the person. Immediately each of us could recall that one relationship that wasn’t meant to be, but it still was better when you had someone.”


Here’s a new track from the energizer bunny known as Carlie Hanson to add to your New Music Friday playlists…this new song is called “WYA” and is off Carlie’s forthcoming debut EP, JUNK, releasing June 7 (Warner Bros. Records). Carlie says of the song, “it’s a letter to my future self – full of anticipation and also some nervous energy.”

AETHER VOID releases Official Lyric Video for “One Last Dawn”

Lonesome River Band carries on Bluegrass tradition with Outside Looking In, available now

Lonesome River Band has a long established legacy, created by their immediately recognizable sound that has influenced a generation of roots music musicians. This bridging between the worlds of traditional and modern Bluegrass continues with with their new release, Outside Looking In, with songs that reflect who and what this band is and the culture they come from. The album is available now from Mountain Home Music Company.

The flawless groove of the first track, “Generosity Killed This Cat,” personifies the “deep-pocket” timing of Lonesome River Band’s celebrated banjo master Sammy Shelor, five-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year award and 2011 winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Sara Lew releases her new album ‘Sunday Morning’

Sara Lewis Sørensen, who recently expanded her artist name from LEW to SARA LEW, now presents her new album Sunday Morning. Centred around Sara’s expressive vocals and intense melodies, ‘Sunday Morning’ is released on May 24th via Copenhagen-based label HUN SOLO Records.


Hey Violet release a new track — “Close My Eyes” — today on Hi or Hey/Capitol Records. It is now available for streaming and purchase from all digital partners. An official video will follow soon.

reggae legend Big Youth releases Bo Diddley’s “Gunslinger” video

Trojan Jamaica is excited to release the new video for the Rob Jevons remix of Bo Diddley’s “Gunslinger” performed by reggae legend Big Youth, whose exuberant, eccentrically avant-garde delivery helped set the template for Jamaica’s DJ-toasting in the 1970s, and paved the way for hip hop of the future. Instigated by label co-founder Zak Starkey and directed by Gabriella Blackwood, the raucous and colorful clip features other label co-founder Sharna “Sssh” Liguz and a bevvy of musicians and dancers exploding in a burst of psychedelic hypnotica all in service of this joyous dirty dub spaghetti western manifesto. Large Up premiered the video yesterday.

Swedes CARRY THE TORCH releases New Single ‘Flame Of A Thousand Suns’

Swedish metal group Carry The Torch release their new single, Flame Of A Thousand Suns, from the upcoming album Obsession set to be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on July 2nd.

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Share New Track “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)” Via Pitchfork

Today, Pitchfork premiered “Turn Off The News (Build A Garden),” the poignant and timely title track from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s highly anticipated new album – out June 14th, 2019 on Fantasy Records. The uplifting and emotional song, with backing vocals from Sheryl Crow, is a message of hope, positivity and activism. “We’re trying to encourage a lifestyle where people can be active in their local communities, and do something constructive, rather than glued to a device,” said Nelson.

Ryman Hospitality Properties Celebrates Doghouse Opening

Ryman Hospitality Properties (RHP) and Blake Shelton celebrated the grand opening of The Doghouse at Ole Red Tishomingo, a music hall and events venue expansion to the Shelton-inspired bar and restaurant located in downtown Tishomingo, with special performances by country music mega-stars Luke Bryan on Thursday, May 23 and Shelton on Friday, May 24.

Festivities kicked off Thursday evening with Shelton welcoming Bryan to officially christen the new venue. He delivered a 90+ minute set that included a breadth of songs from his extensive catalog of hits with Bryan noting to the packed crowd, “this is the one time it is good to be in the ‘Doghouse.’ He delivered a spirited performance that included current single “Knockin’ Boots” as well as fan favorites “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Strip It Down” and many more.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Share a Celebratory Smooch at Opening of The Doghouse

Ellis Paul’s New Album ‘The Storyteller’s Suitcase’ Streaming Now via Folk Alley

Folk Alley writer Kim Ruehl praised the album saying, “Paul has always been a ruminative, deep-thinking songwriter/storyteller, and The Storyteller’s Suitcase is another example of his adept approach to his craft. Once again, we’re treated to his particular brand of narrative lyricism and expressive vocals, his catchy melodies and delightful, easy harmonies.”


In her heart-rending new single, “About You,” FLETCHER faces the memories of a lost love that come flooding back at the slightest physical cues – a coffee cup, the key that was returned and now dangles from her key chain. Opening with the sound of a music box that has nearly run down, the track is by turns fragile and buoyant. Produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Lorde, Sam Smith), her key collaborator behind “Undrunk” which Billboard has called “the first great breakout pop song of 2019.

Heart Beat – New Release from Wriddyl

Wriddyl will make your Heat Beat with this brand new release off his debut album of Me This.

Cincinnati-based Wriddyl paints picture-perfect scenes with his music, and his esoteric, downtempo beats are prone to pulling on heartstrings. With sombre tones and soulful licks that echo the complexities of human vulnerability, Wriddyl’s music is as deep and emotive as it gets.


Since his emergence last fall with I, Lucky’s music has been met with critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, with NPR Music touting him one of the “10 Kings of R&B for 2018,” describing “his versatility and strategic fusions of funk and jazz on I nod to how he might set himself apart come 2019.” Since then, he’s gone on to release II, the second installment of songs from Painted, receiving critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, FADER, Complex, ESSENCE, HYPEBEAST, Pigeons & Planes and more.

Jolé releases ephemeral debut self-titled album via Republic of Music

“This album has been a labour of love for the last two years, not only because it’s the first album I have written as an artist but also because the songs represent an important time in my life. I wrote these songs over a period of a few months; some when I was travelling, some as I was just moving to London and some when I was going through a particularly difficult time in my personal life. With that came a mixture of emotions that I put in to songs resulting in this album. Its full of positivity, looking forward but also reflecting on the past and learning from experience.” – Jolé

Bollywood Actor Touches Hearts With Latest Stunning Video

Arsh Singh was born up in Dubai and after periods living in India, the UK and Canada, but has now settled in Los Angeles. Obsessed by the art of filmmaking from an early age, he often visualised music videos for his favourite artists and sought refuge in these celluloid worlds when times were tough. Initially Arsh found himself on the other side of the lens, appearing in hugely successful Bollywood films such as Gold Bracelet (2005); the internationally-release horror film, Hotel Hollywood (2010); and All Out Dysfunktion! (2016), released digitally globally by Gravitas.

KSHMR links up with Swedish producer KAAZE on new track ‘Devil Inside Me’

Following his recent sold-out KSHMR LIVE performance in NYC, KSHMR releases collaboration with Swedish DJ and producer KAAZE on new single ‘Devil Inside Me’ featuring the vocals of Karra, out now on Dharma Worldwide.

Abrina Releases a Stunning Video for her Latest Single “Toda Tuya” feat. Frankie J

After the release of her captivating new single, “Toda Tuya” feat. Frankie J, Abrina has dropped a stunning visual to capture the essence of the track. Shot in Malibu, Abrina is taken on a journey through an eerie forest unsure as to where the path will take her. After walking through a mysterious door, Abrina is led into an enchanting dimension where she finds herself in lush surroundings. Along with appearances by Abrina and Frankie J, the video also showcases two dancers falling in love with one another, physically illustrating the emotional rollercoaster of giving yourself to someone.

Mavis Staples Releases New Album ‘We Get By’

“When I first started reading the lyrics Ben wrote for me, I said to myself, ‘My God, he’s saying everything that needs to be said right now,’” Staples remembers. “But the songs were also true to my journey and the stories I’ve been singing all my life. There’s a spirituality and an honesty to Ben’s writing that took me back to church.”


Hamzaa said – “I wrote a song about my city, my London , I love this place and I’m so happy I get to share that with the world. I feel like now more than ever huge changes are happening across the city and we may not like it all, but the people and the energy, the lifestyle and the culture is what makes this place home, and I’m sure you feel the same way about where you’re from, wherever you’re from.”

Walk Off the Earth release tribute to late band member

Walk Off the Earth have released the new original single, “Mike’s Song,” via RED MUSIC, in honor of their late band member, Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, who tragically passed away in December of 2018. The band says, “Some of the strongest connections in our lives have been those forged through music. The connection we all had with Mike was a shining example of that. He was an incredible person that touched the lives of so many, and having the opportunity to commemorate his life and legacy with this song is an honour that we cherish greatly.” After Mike’s passing, the band organized a massive memorial in their hometown of Burlington, Ontario, featuring performances by members of Barenaked Ladies, Akells, Scott Helman, Monster Truck, USS and more.

Osmani Garcia releases “Pa Los Files”

Osmani Garcia sigue lanzando hits, “Pa Los Files” es su ultima interpretacion inspirada por su deporte favorito, el beisbol. A tiempo para la nueva temporada de beisbol norteamericano, Pa Los Files incluye la distinguible voz de Adonis MC como feature y fue producida por DJ Jerry. Osmani se ha mantenido activo en el studio en los ultimos meses y esta preparando varios sencillos adicionales que pronto lanzara.


PRETTYMUCH is Austin Porter, Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Nick Mara and Zion Kuwonu. They were coined as one of Artists to Watch by Rolling Stone, MTV, Los Angeles Times with Billboard also honoring them in their “21 Under 21” list. They were nominated for Best Boy Band at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards and Best PUSH Artist of the Year at the 2018 MTV’s VMA.

Ryne Ziemba Premieres Cataclysmos LP via VENTS MAGAZINE

After years of riding freight trains around the U.S., Ryne Ziemba landed in NYC and spent a few years supporting other songwriters and bands in the Brooklyn music scene as a lead guitar and synth player. It wasn’t long before he started experimenting with DIY production and landed on the ragged, sweaty, swaggered style evocative of his mother swamp, Florida, for his debut e.p.: Dirty Sunset #1.

PREMIERE: Ryne Ziemba Releases New Music Video For “The Hook”


Jess Glynne is the only British female ever to achieve 7 #1 UK singles, along with 2 #1 UK albums, and is fast-becoming the ultimate modern British popstar – effortlessly brokering the hinterlands between pop, soul, R&B and house music. She is unrivalled in her ability to communicate with an audience through song- to tell the truths young women want to hear about their concerns, the loves that build them up and let them down, the aspirations and dreams that might turn sour, but you smile through them anyway.

Coco And The Butterfields – ‘Monsters’ EP OUT NOW

CoCo and the Butterfields have shared their new EP, Monsters. Previously released as a collection of acoustic tracks, the new release has been re-recorded as a fully orchestrated representation of the band’s creative evolution since its conception six years ago.

IYVES Gets Intimate on Stunning Acoustic Release of “Gold”

When asked why IYVES wanted to release an acoustic version, she explained: “I think hearing the song more stripped down lends itself to hearing it in a new light. The mood, lyrics, melodies can take on a new meaning, or be received in a different way than the full production. “Gold” is a song that is about a very personal experience so putting out a more vulnerable, bare track made a lot of sense for this song in particular.”