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Industrial Pop Outfit AESTHETIC PERFECTION Reveals Eccentric Music Video for “Gods & Gold”

Los Angeles-based producer Daniel Graves has been turning heads with his addictive industrial pop project, AESTHETIC PERFECTION, for nearly two decades. Since forming in 2000, Graves has released five full-length albums, numerous singles and music videos, all the while reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist. Blending industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between, AESTHETIC PERFECTION defies definitions in a world that demands them.

Aesthetic Perfection get vicious with Rammstein guitarist in “Gods & Gold”


The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. In November 2018, they returned to the Beacon Theatre in New York City for the first time in 25 years to perform two of their landmark albums, Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. These historic concerts offered an opportunity for Doobie fans to hear deep cuts and songs never before performed live by the band. This amazing live concert experience was captured for PBS viewers in THE DOOBIE BROTHERS LIVE FROM THE BEACON THEATRE, part of special programming premiering on PBS stations in June 2019.

The Scars Heal in Time Release New Music Video for “Save Me” today!

After an extensive year of touring, sisters Kayla Smith (Vocals, Guitar) and Tayler Smith (Drums), as well as, guitarist Tyler Niccum have spent the last few months in the studio writing a full-length record with Los Angeles based producer/songwriter John Espy of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. This is the first release since their last EP Unidentified and, with its moving lyrical content, powerful vocals, and theatrical percussion this song is delivering the kind of energy we’ve been asking for. The single is mixed and mastered by Cody Stewart of the Browning and the energetic new music video is directed by Jon Vulpine of Black Dagger Films.

Woodstock Book By Mike Greenblatt

The year was 1969. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Neil Armstrong was on the Moon. And revolution was in the air. In that backdrop, 500,000 young people gathered on a mid-August weekend in upstate New York for the promise of three days of peace and music. What they experienced at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was something far greater.

Celebrating “the greatest peaceful event in history,” Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back to Yasgur’s Farm (Krause Publications) offers a dazzling and compelling front-row seat to the most important concert in rock history, an implausible happening filled with trials and triumphs that defined a generation.

Trentemøller – “Sleeper” + Sean Penn/Helena Christensen video

The Danish indie-electronic composer, producer and artist also recently wrote and recorded a song with Lisbet Fritze for a short film featuring Sean Penn and Helena Christensen here.

BLUE OCTOBER Documentary Trailer “Get Back Up” Shows Band’s Struggle with Alcohol/Drugs and Ultimate Redemption

It’s an ultimatum that no addict wants to hear, especially not a platinum-selling rock star like Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. But that’s exactly what his wife Sarah said to him, as seen in the powerful and riveting new trailer for the upcoming music documentary GET BACK UP. While the ultimatum is intended to be focused on his immediate family unit, this demand of finality can be seen as a universal plea that includes his band, management and ultimately his fans, as witnessed in powerful and gripping feature-length film as directed by acclaimed Emmy-winning director Norry Niven (Dexter, Chasing Shakespeare, American Idol).


Layton Greene’s new single, “Leave Em Alone” ft. Lil Baby, City Girls and PnB Rock, was released today by Quality Control Music/Level’D Up/Motown Records. The track was produced by Hitmaka (Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign) and Cardiak (Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj). Paul Cabbin (2Chainz, Chris Brown) and Rodney Jerkins (Beyoncé, Mary J Blige) co-produced.

Nessly Teams with Lil Keed & Lil Yachty for A High Thread Count Rap Track

Flashing mutated auto-tuned hooks and flex-heavy lyricism, Nessly is the next step in the evolution of melodic ATL trap. Recruiting two fellow offbeat ATLiens for a lush new banger, Nessly shares “Foreign Sheets,” his latest single. Melding thudding 808s, delicate guitars, and entrancingly tuneful synths, the instrumental for “Foreign Sheets” is the ideal canvas for Nessly, as he experiments with halting flows and cadences and paints a picture of his life of luxury: “Louis V bag full of…weed/Took the doors off of the…Jeep.” The song boasts memorable guest appearances from Lil Keed and Lil Yachty, who demonstrate their unique skillsets in their cameos: Keed channels his mentor Young Thug with his high-pitched and infectious yelps and Yachty seamlessly switches between rapidfire rhymes and languid melody.

Smokepurpp Heads to Memphis to Rage with NLE Choppa in the “Double” Video

With an irrepressible, manic energy and an ear for lyrical witticisms, Smokepurpp’s talent speaks for itself. Heading to the home of Stax Records to make some musical history of his own, Purpp mobs in Memphis in “Double,” his latest video. Produced by Tony Seltzer, “Double” is a minimalist slapper, complete with warped cowbell, underwater synths, and cracking snares–a backdrop on which Purpp paints his sex-crazed bars: “I just want a side b*tch, I don’t want no drama (Drama)/I know that’s yo’ main b*tch, you can meet her mama.” In the video, Purpp takes over the block with Memphis’s teenaged sensation NLE Choppa, who menaces with breakneck bars and sing-songy cadences. Intercut with flashy camera effects and pasted-in cameos from famous figures, the duo gather a crew to storm a local eatery and show off their wild dance moves–even Obama gets down to Smokepurpp.

Mayday Parade Drops New Video for “Looks Red, Tastes Blue”

Mayday Parade have shared the music video for “Looks Red, Tastes Blue” – the most recent video to drop from last year’s album Sunnyland (Rise Records). The video premiered on YouTube today, Wednesday, May 29th at 3pm ET – watch here! Mayday Parade drummer Jake Bundrick shared a few words on the video, which plays on human connection and the band’s commitment to uplifting their fans:

“We wanted to make a video that connected our fan base even more and ‘Looks Red, Tastes Blue’ was the perfect song to give us that opportunity. No matter what you’re going through in life, we’re there for you. We’re all the same and we’re more connected in this life than you know. We’re family.” – Jake Bundrick

La Felix (Ft. Max Green) – ‘Too Many Lies’

LA-Based Singer/Songwriter Max Green here. New single La Felix (Ft. Max Green) – ‘Too Many Lies’ out on Casablanca Sunset Records.

Hackney duo 0171 invert privacy on exhilarating new single ‘Red Light’

Have our memories grown weaker because we rely on photos and videos to capture them? Today, 29th May, Hackney based duo 0171 release new single ‘Red Light’ – which explores the way we increasingly feel the need to record our lives and experiences. ‘Red Light’, also stands as the final piece of the puzzle of 0171’s debut EP of the same name – also released today.


Toronto electro-pop duo Once A Tree release new single ‘Worth’ discussing the negative effects of social media on our self worth.

Skope Request! – Tommy Down video Superficial – Produced via Rhys Lewis

Tommy has been locking himself away and working very hard on this very cool video which spills electronica and indie pop track ‘Superficial’ which produced by rising star Rhys Lewis and also features bandmate and Cold Feet actress Sylvie Briggs

Aan returns with new record on Fresh Selects 6/13!

“Dada Distractions is the sworn testimony of an artist coming out fighting. A combination of simplicity and sonic surprises in the manner that has made Spoon and Built to Spill endlessly intriguing.” – BANDCAM

New Music // Tony Harrah (folk/country)

Tony Harrah’s Facebook bio simply reads: “Honest family man and lover of bourbon and scotch.” It might sound silly if it weren’t so damn true.

Philly Rockers RAT ROD Release Lyric Video for New Single “Peacemaker (Ballad of Tombstone)” and Preorder New Album Light’em Up!!

The new kings of the Philly Tri-state area rock n roll circuit, RAT ROD have just released the lyric video for their second single “Peacemaker (Ballad of Tombstone) off their forthcoming second album titled “Light’em Up” –


Soulful, Montreal-based singer-songwriter KAYTA releases her new single “DRESS LATER” today. The Chilean and Slovakian songstress effortlessly blends hip-hop grit, R&B groove, and dreamy pop in undeniable fashion. “DRESS LATER” is a conversation highlighting KAYTA’s struggle with anxiety and how she grows from it. With lyrics focusing on reassurance and growth, her mesmerizing vocals flutter over a mellow and entrancing beat to remind herself “all I gotta do is focus on the bright side, don’t let trouble come around and leave it behind.”

Night Market “White Seasons” Single

Los Angeles band, Night Market, dips into a classic rock inspired sound on their brand new single, “White Seasons.” The duo, comprised of Evan Effres (vocals/guitar) and Jon Swan (vocals/guitar), formed in 2017 and immediately discovered a cohesive songwriting style. Their debut EP, released in October 2018, is flush with inspiration from artists like Real Estate, Young The Giant, and Built to Spill. Their vocal driven sound struck a chord with fans, critics, and music supervisors alike garnering them an influx of attention. The track “Miles Alone” was featured on NBC’s Manifest while an early version of “White Seasons” was featured on both NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura and ABC’s A Million Little Things. All the while they’ve been performing at popular LA venues and are hard at work on new music, including the writing and recording of their newest single, “White Seasons.”

For Skope: Valentino Khan releases hilarious music video for “Pony” [Mad Decent]

Folk Rock Artist Box Of Moxie – Spirit Rainbow (FFO: Wilco)

Previously featured on No Depression, New Noise , and Come Here Floyd, Box of Moxie is a manifestation of material that Stephen Jacques gathered throughout his multifaceted professional life as engineer, custom builder, TV host, and actor. Landing #7 on WRIR_FM Top 30 Albums of 2018, Jacques’ real life experiences reveal their truths in a delicate, dreamy, oftentimes humorous fashion.

Track for Skope Magazine (Toro y Moi vibes)

Yardgames is the experimental pop project of Will Ian Lakritz (5thPlanet, Pajama People, Panama Papers, Salvador Jolly). Yardgames released a genre-defying debut album, ‘Last Picnic in Limbo’, in 2011, and followed with the instrumental ‘Funky Daisy’ EP a year later.

THE BAMBI KILLS release compelling single ‘SWEET LOVE’

Few come close to the unique genre bending style of electro-grunge sister duo The Bambi Kills, now exploring serene pop formalities with ‘Sweet Love’, premiered yesterday on Wickedd Childd.

Stripping back their sound and returning to their roots for the first single of 2019, ‘Sweet Love’ sees the Melbourne pair present their most upbeat work to date. While happy at it’s core, accents of the two’s signature grunge tints seep through create a wonder of unease and nostalgia.


Impresario and icon Benny Boom is having a record setting May. Today, The Wrap reports that the Tupac Shakur biopic, ‘All Eyez On Me’, directed by Boom is number 10 on the “Top 10 Highest-Grossing Music Biopic Movies” list. It is only the second Hip Hop feature on the list with ‘Straight Outta Compton’ coming in at #2.

Last week, for the 11th consecutive time, Boom earned a BET Awards nomination for the Video Director of the Year! He is the only director to be featured in the category every single year since its inception in 2008, and is second only to Beyonce in BET Award video director wins with two (Bey has three wins).


Jack Bruno has released a new music video for ‘Can’t Stop Lying’ on WorldStar, Check out the Premiere here:

Skilton Avenue – ‘Tomorrow’ Single

Hailing from Newcastle on Australia’s east coast, Skilton Avenue are a passionate band who channel their innermost thoughts and feelings into music that people can relate to. Tomorrow is the debut single from the up and coming acoustic rock band.

Cartae teams up with BenjiFlow on latest single ‘I Need You’

Hot on the heels of releasing her single ‘You Care’, the First Lady of the Mini Kingz crew Cartae now shares her anthemic new single, ‘I Need You’, featuring stablemate BenjiFlow. The track is taken from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Minutes’.

SCOTT LAVENE drops gloriously wonky ‘Apples & Pears’

It’s called ‘Apples & Pears’ and is an absurd wonky fairground ride into insanity. It’s a real glorious ode for eccentrics and the downbeaten:


Following the release of recent single ‘Big Belly Flow (Push It Back)’ multi-talented polymath Pauli The PSM today returns with his entrancing new track ‘Buss Case’, alongside a celestial video. The song’s intergalactic visuals were screened for the first time at the California Science Centre alongside keynote speeches from Story Musgrave and Bill Nye. The video continues along a path renowned spacehead Pauli has set himself on following a recent performance at NASA Kennedy Space Center, where Pauli was invited to perform and was welcomed as a Constellation crew-mate sharing the Earth 2068 mission.

Is Music Streaming Changing the Way Artists Go About Music Production? Yes.

Music streaming is changing music production in ways some music fans may not even notice. Whether you’re a hardcore audiophile or an amateur beat genius trying to make it big, these shifts can make huge differences in your experience.

We’re going to look at the biggest ways music streaming is shaking up music today. After that, stick around for some hints which can help guide your decisions in the studio, so that you can increase streams while still staying true to your artistry.

Is Streaming Changing Music Production?


Due to recent wild misinformation and speculation from several media outlets, we are issuing the following statement on behalf of Kenny Rogers:

Kenny was recently admitted to a local Georgia hospital and treated for dehydration. Rogers will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge. He appreciates the concern and well wishes he has received from his fans and can assure everyone he plans on sticking around through the years to come.