Weekend edition – @skopemag news for June 1, 2019 @ 2:15 pm est


Atlantic recording artist and GRAMMY award winning singer/songwriter/producer Sam Martin has unveiled the standalone video for “The Great Escape,” a song from his debut album, Alpha Omega. On “The Great Escape,” Martin delivers a darkly charged mediation on the lies and seduction of drugs.

THE LOVE KING, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN Announces The Release of His Seventh Studio Album

Three-time Grammy Nominated and 2019 NAACP Outstanding Male Artist nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and last but not least, philanthropic-pioneer, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN announces the release of his upcoming seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion”. The anticipated album will be globally released on June 28th, 2019, via the SRG/DMG label imprint.

Fujiya & Miyagi Share ‘Flashback’ LP On Clash

Fujiya & Miyagi have shared an advance listen of their new LP ‘Flashback’ On Clash. Recently the group shared the track “Personal Space” on BrooklynVegan. Prior to that, they premiered the video for their recent single “Flashback” on Under The Radar. The track originally premiered on Consequence of Sound along with the album announcement. They also did an Origins feature, detailing the track’s influences. The group’s Spring/Summer tour started this week and the band will be on the road through July. The Flashback LP is out tomorrow on Impossible Objects Of Desire.

MC Lars & Mega Ran Premiere “Walden” Video on The Talkhouse

“Walden” was the first song we wrote for the Dewey Decibel System, with verses by Mega Ran and the chorus by MC Lars. Part of the fun of creating this album was reading all of the books, poems, plays, and graphic novels that inspired the tracks; it was a process of “unplugging” and being in touch with an older way of communication (namely, books). We filmed the music video for this at Walden Pond, after our show in Boston around the time we made this track. Our favorite shot is Thoreau looking at the iPhone, which surprisingly fit into his contemplative hand.


Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy® Winner, New York Times Best-Selling Author, co-founder and chief lyricist of The Beach Boys, Mike Love, is set to release a new album, 12 Sides of Summer on July 19th through BMG. Billboard premiered the first single off the album today, a cover of the Ramones’ 1977 hit “Rockaway Beach.”

To celebrate the single, Marky Ramone will join The Beach Boys tonight at The Paramount in NYC to perform the song live. The performance marks the first time the legendary musicians have shared the stage together.

Cat Clyde Announces Upcoming Album ‘Hunter’s Trance’ w/ Release of New Single “So Cold”

Dripping with old soul and gritty blues undertones, Ontario based singer-songwriter, Cat Clyde’s new single “So Cold,” is out today on FLOOD along with the announcement and pre-order of her upcoming album Hunter’s Trance, out June 14th. The melody itself will inspire you to pour a glass of whiskey and sulk at a bar; it epitomizes the grudge and allure that is notorious of blues- truly authentic and particularly chilling. “So Cold” encapsulates the essence of inspirations such as Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin to remind us that music that comes from the soul is never outdated and forever transformative. The single evokes a type of rawness that is genuine and natural to an artist like Clyde. Whether you’re a die hard bluesy-folk fan or not, Cat Clyde’s velvety voice will bury into your heart, stick in your mind, and leave you with that familiar bittersweet taste in your mouth.

Los Angeles-based art rock band Fell Runner share “Dog Inside A Car” with FLAUNT Magazine

At once understated and astonishing, Fell Runner’s blend of post-punk and improvisation is declarative of a unique voice on the L.A. rock scene. The four-piece take guitar rock and infuse it with literary sensibility, vibrant vocal harmonies, and expressive polyrhythms, influenced from their studies of West African music with Ghanaian drum master, Alfred Ledzekpo. Fell Runner executes these embellishments without ever breaking the uninhibited drive that serves as the band’s foundation, keeping their sound edged and urgent.


Live Nation is excited to confirm that U2 will bring their acclaimed Joshua Tree Tour to New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea later this year.

Hua Li Shares “Social Meds” Video Via Exclaim! | Debut LP ‘Dynasty’ Out September 20th Via Next Door Records

Montreal based musician, Hua Li, has shared a brand new music video for her single, “Social Meds.” The video was premiered with Exclaim!. This is the latest release from her recently announced debut record, Dynasty, out September 20th via Next Door Records. This will be her first release since signing with the label. Check out the new visual above and stay tuned for more exciting news about the upcoming record!

Luke Underhill’s sophomore studio EP Illuminations

With diverse influences ranging from Gavin DeGraw and Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran and Ben Folds, the multi-talented 23-year-old singer/songwriter, Luke Underhill, is making his mark in the format. Earning a reputation as the new age ‘piano man,’ the Chicago native’s emotional renditions of his songs have already earned him comparisons to a young John Mayer – while some more upbeat arrangements inspire exciting flashes of early Bryan Adams. Since the release of his debut studio EP The Left Side in 2017, Underhill has worked diligently to hone his skills as a songwriter, musician and artist.

Sublime With Rome Releases New Album & “Light On” Video Tomorrow

Blessings is set for release tomorrow on May 31st and was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Paramore, Linkin Park), and “Wicked Heart” was co-produced by Rob Cavallo and Andrew Goldstein (Robert DeLong, Blackbear, Lauv). Listen to “Light On”, “Spiderweb”, “Blackout” and “Wicked Heart” off of the forthcoming release.

OUT NOW: Funk/soul band Soul Vibrator share self-titled debut album

Soul Vibrator has been a mainstay of the Eugene, Oregon funk scene for half a decade. Formed fresh out of high school, the founding members began by jamming at local open mics to form songs and hone their skills. After spending a couple years writing and playing shows, Soul Vibrator entered the local “Eugene Weekly’s Next Big Thing” contest and won, earning time at a local studio. Between 2014-15 they recorded and released their debut album Electric Stardust. Realizing that their next record needed to be more polished and streamlined Soul Vibrator began writing and furiously playing shows at local venues and events. Over the course of the next few years they would share the stage with Turkuaz, Monophonics, Moon Hooch, Polyrhythmics, Dirtwire (feat. members of Beats Antique), Ripe, and The Dip. In 2017 Soul Vibrator realized on of their goals by playing Main Stage at the fabled Oregon Country Fair.

Lil Durk Talks to His Loved Ones and Fans on “Turn Myself In”

Chicago rapper Lil Durk plans to turn himself into the authorities today, in connection with charges springing from a recent incident in Atlanta. As a message to his fans and loved ones before surrendering, Durk shares “Turn Myself In,” a vital new single. In the single, the rapper laments his circumstance, apologizing to his loved ones and maintaining his innocence. The song is a fitting and heart-wrenching confessional, released as the rapper enters the justice system on his own terms. The 26-year-old rapper born Durk Banks is fully cooperating with the authorities on this matter.

New full-length from Phoenix alt rockers James World

James World rose from painfully complex origins. Michael’s father was a worship leader who had a fatal heart attack while playing music at church. The guitar Michael writes on to this day is the instrument his dad played on during his final performance. “That event shows that through trauma and heartbreak beautiful events can occur. My goal is to give everything to music just like my father did,” Michael explains. The alt-rock quintet’s debut, Funny Dreams, comes out May 24th.

Bay Area indie pop artist Zyles releases new single “Slow Learner”

Bay Area pop artist Zyles, who has returned with his fourth single release to date in “Slow Learner,” a seductive summertime jam

Cooper Phillip New Single – ‘Low Key’

With her natural charisma, limitless talent and genuine like-ability, the word “star quality” is used often when people meet this young girl. The future only seems to be getting brighter for COOPER as her soaring voice shines and her focused passion continues to grow every step of the way.

Empowering, Embrace, “BASQUIAT” Legendary Artist Inspires

Emerging recording artist, Duchi Da Vinchi,announces new song “Basquiat,” inspired by the legendary Basquiat himself. With over 33K Instagram followers, Duchi Da Vinchi has quietly come to represent young individuals that feel lost in a world where they don’t fit in.

ELKI releases debut EP ‘Extended Play’ and new single ‘Soho’

The enigmatic Sydney songwriter ELKI has today released her debut EP ‘Extended Play’ alongside the new single ‘Soho’. The Sydney songwriter calls on her classical music training – her passion for the melodic mastery of Burt Bacharach – and an ongoing obsession with the fiery pop dramatics and sound production genius of Kate Bush to create her debut release, showcasing the young artist’s incredible writing chops.

Digital Audio Press Kit: JANET JACKSON – CONTROL

On June 7, A&M/UMe is set to release Janet Jackson’s iconic mega platinum-selling third album Control on single vinyl in two different color options: black and translucent red. This will be the first time Control has been reissued on vinyl since the album’s initial release on February 4, 1986. Pre-order Janet Jackson’s Control here

Over the course of its relentlessly catchy and undeniably dance-able 42 minutes, Control instantly established Jackson, along with her co-writers/producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, as perennial pop and R&B innovators. (The three of them continued to experiment and break new ground together on a number of subsequent best-selling releases, including 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and 1993’s janet.) Control is internationally recognized as a singular fusion of musical styles including rhythm and blues, funk, pop, soul, disco, and modern synthesized percussion. Control also solidified the fact that Janet Jackson had truly arrived as a liberated and noteworthy artist, one who ultimately emerged as a global superstar and a model for independent women the world over.

Opelousas release debut album Opelousified

Inspired by the Louisiana town of the same name, Australian trio Opelousas (Opper-loo-sas) serve up a spicy slice of Swamp blues.

Their debut album Opelousified is a feast of grit and glory and features a roux of Kerri Simpson’s powerful raw vocals, Alison Ferrier’s dirty stripped-back electric guitar, amplified fiddle and smooth vocal tones, peppered with Anthony “Shorty” Shortte’s swamp-soaked percussion.

CASA X Releases Epic Cinematic Visuals For ‘Lighting Fires’ as the Second Single From Upcoming Album ‘100FACES’

Following the release of his lead single ‘Flip Mode’ earlier in May, CASA X hits back with a hauntingly poetic and lyrically enthralling hip-hop track titled ‘Lighting Fires’, featuring vocals by RENNY SYMF.

New Single By LAV.ISH – “Homer Simpson”

LAV.ISH was formed in late 2017 while the group was graduating college. They released their debut single “Pass It Around” in early 2018 before releasing two projects (“With A Dot In The Middle” & “LAY.ERS”) and playing shows throughout the Midwest for the remainder of the year. In January 2019, the group headlined and sold out their debut self-hosted festival, Des Moines CultureCon.

Doug Tuttle’s ‘Dream Road’ Out Now Via Burger Records

Burger Records is pleased to announce the release of Massachusetts-based indie-rock artist Doug Tuttle’s new album Dream Road. The new album is available on CD, cassette, vinyl and all major streaming platforms.

Dana Coppafeel f/ Skyzoo, Strickland and Vincent Van Great Drops New Single, “Paper”

Dana Coppafeel drops a brand-new track today, “Paper,” featuring Stricklin, Skyzoo and Vincent Van Great (Uni-Fi Records). The trio of Midwest artists joins forces with Brooklyn’s Skyzoo for rhymes that mix Lt. Dan up with stacking paper and take a hard, unflinching look at life. Coppafeel, the rhythmic wordsmith, is in full effect here, matching his lyrical intensity to laid-back beats and melodies. Listen to it here.

Unimagined “Friendless” EP out Today – “Fuck what the cool kids are doing.”

Loud, unapologetic, violent yet heartfelt, Unimagined constantly strives for new heights of creativity. Never ones afraid to stray from the traditional mold, they are a commodity in their scene, known always to draw a crowd & keep it snug in their pockets. They aren’t here to make friends. They aren’t here to impress the status quo.

Rising Star SADFACETHUGGIN Releases Must Listen Album

Pitch Black The Label & SADFACETHUGGIN release the highly anticipated “World of SADFACE” LP. “World of SADFACE” is the third installment from the “SADFACE” installment which included “SADFACE” & “SADFACE II – Emotionless”, both of which were met with Critical Acclaim. Leading up to the release of the LP, “Detonator”, “Put One In The Air” ft JayDaYoungan, and “Cancer II” were released as singles and received amazing media and DJ support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Travis Mills, Hot New Hip Hop, Lyrical Lemonade, Okay Player, Elevator Magazine, HipHopDX and more.


Today, the iconic Katy Perry unveils her first new solo music since 2017. On the single “Never Really Over,” Katy explores the nature of relationships. She co-wrote “Never Really Over” with Zedd, Dan Haywood, Leah Haywood, Dagny, Gino Barletta, Michelle Buzz, Jason Gill and Hayley Warner. The track was produced by Zedd and Dreamlab. Download / stream “Never Really Over” HERE.