@skopemag news for June 5, 2019 @ 12:15 pm est

Icelandic duo Hugar sign to Sony Music Masterworks

Comprised of multitalented instrumentalists and musicians Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson – have forged a musical lane all their own with a genre-defying sound. Combining a shared passion for music and an impressive resume working alongside fellow Icelandic luminaries Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds and Jóhann Jóhannsson, the longtime friends and natives of Seltjarnarnes began writing music together in 2013. Through a series of impromptu sessions, Bergur and Pétur recorded and released their independent self-titled debut, a sweepingly multi-layered and ethereally ambient album, in 2014.

Opeongo – Hear: “Hopeless”

It features appearances by some great musicians like Daniel Romano, Aaron Goldstein, Aaron Comeau, Carleigh Aikins, and Arif Mirabdolbaghi. Aaron Goldstein also produced the album, while the record was mixed by the talented Christopher Stringer, and mastered by Grammy-nominee Philip Shaw Bova.

Cassie Rytz unleashes hot new single ‘Shell’

Cassie’s seamless, high-octane flow is complimented by the mosh pit-inducing grime beat that underpins ‘Shell’. The GIRLS of GRIME member’s commanding, rapid-fire delivery displays a maturity and confidence far beyond her years.

American Idol Star, Paris Bennett, Releases NEW Music!

American Idol star Paris Bennett has secretly released a new single over the weekend entitled “Unapologetically Me”. Her newest single is the title track from her upcoming EP set to release in the Fall of 2019. After standing out as a fan favorite on the popular show American Idol, Bennett is back and focused on delivering that same star power and energy to her music career.

(Sandy) Alex G Announces New Album ‘House of Sugar’ | New Song “Gretel” Out Now

(Sandy) Alex G, a.k.a. the singer, songwriter, and musician Alex Giannascoli, today announces news of a forthcoming album. Titled House of Sugar, the album is the Philadelphian’s ninth overall and third for Domino, and is due for release September 13th, 2019.


Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has announced plans for a very special North American tour, set to kick off this fall. The multiple Grammy award-winner will be joined by longtime collaborators Raining Jane for the run, dubbed “Ladies & Gentleman, An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane.” Set to kick off on October 23rd in Modesto, CA, the tour finds Mraz bringing his exuberant live show to theaters and performing arts centers, wrapping with a two-night stand at The Chicago Theatre on November 23rd + 24th.


Ty Herndon Releases New Version of #1 Hit “What Mattered Most”

Grammy-nominated country singer/songwriter Ty Herndon has released a re-recorded version of his 1995 breakthrough hit song “What Mattered Most,” along with a new video. With the pronouns reversed from the original, reframing the subject of Herndon’s affection in the song as another man, this new version of the modern classic ballad reflect’s Herndon’s true self that fans have come to know since he came out in 2014. The track and video were released on June 4th in honor of Pride Month, and premiered with Huffpost who writes “Ty Herndon is kicking off LGBTQ Pride Month by giving one of his most beloved hits a fresh, forward-thinking shine.”

Khushi premieres “From Me” video today!

“The ‘From Me’ video is built around the improvisations of two dancers, Elijah Laurant and Kya Bliss,” Khushi tells Hypebeast. “They already knew each other and had a special dancing connection. The director, Parsons, and I wanted to give them space to bring their own creative instincts and natural chemistry to the process. They did an incredible job and Parsons, who also used to be a dancer, created an amazingly open, energetic and creative atmosphere on set. It was a madly fun day’s filming and this video is what emerged from that fertile chaos. The energetic shifts in the song are reflected with ever-evolving colour and movement in the video—a treat for the eyes hopefully!”

Fruit Bats premieres new song “Ocean” on Paste, adds autumn shows to tour

Head to Paste this morning for the premiere of “Ocean,” the latest preview off Fruit Bats’ forthcoming full-length and Merge debut, Gold Past Life. The project’s maestro Eric D. Johnson says, “This is a song about late bloomers, late discoveries, adult baptism, coming-of-age when you’re way past the right time to do that. About growing, I guess. And how a good love can help you do all of that. In short, this is a lovey-dovey song I hope you enjoy.”


Alt. Rock good vibes torchbearers The Mowgli’s are hitting the road this summer bringing their feel-good anthems to the East Coast and Midwest on their Summer Vacation tour, supported by Petal and Arms Akimbo.

w/ Arms Akimbo and Petal

7.14 @Union Stage – Washington, D.C.
7.16 @Elevation 27 – Virginia Beach, VA
7.17 @The Underground – Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
7.19 @The Social – Orlando, FL
7.20 @Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
7.21 @Crowbar – Tampa, FL
7.24 @White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
7.26 @Globe Hall – Denver, CO
7.27 @Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
7.29 @The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
7.30 @The HiFI – Indianapolis, IN
7.31 @Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH *
8.01 @The Basement East – Nashville, TN *
* w/o Petal

Red Sleeping Beauty release summer single – in Swedish (listen / share)

In April, the pop trio Red Sleeping Beauty released their critically acclaimed album ‘Stockholm’ on Matinée Recordings. “A modern synth pop classic.”

After four album and an ocean of singles and EPs in English, Red Sleeping Beauty now release their first ever single in their mother tongue. ‘Ikväll’ is warm summer night of lust, hopes and expectations with a chorus that is impossible to get out of your head

Genre-defying artist MF Tomlinson releases ‘Nature Boy’ video

Genre-defying MF Tomlinson has released the video for his debut single ‘Nature Boy’. Playing like a trailer from a move, ‘Nature Boy’ is musically inspired by 1970s action greats such as Shaft, and the video follows in the same style.

FETID: Revolver Magazine Streams Entire Steeping Corporeal Mess LP

Steeping Corporeal Mess was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Greg Wilkinson (Necrot, Vastum, Ulthar) and wrapped in grim artwork by Daniel Hermosilla. Offers FETID drummer Jullian Rhea, “After a year and a half of waiting, we are finally able to unleash these recordings. We are not only eager to share these sonic abominations, but also, to continue descending down this slowly submerging, sewage-ridden-leftovers of a path that once was and deliver whatever delicious offals that may survive this wake of pungency to wherever the listeners may still exist.”

Emily Bear Releases “Dancin”

17-year-old critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, composer, pianist and all around super talented Emily Bear, has released her brand new single entitled, “Dancin.” The funky, uplifting song was produced by Neff-U (Justin Bieber, Sia, Kendrick Lamar), and co-written by Emily, Neff-U and Jordan Powers (Selena Gomez, Charlie Puth). “Dancin” is the second offering from Bear’s forthcoming debut EP, set for release later this year.

ENTHRONED Stream Entire New Album, ‘Cold Black Suns,’ via New Noise

The band comments: “Condemned again to channel the darkness into a sonic trip, Enthroned are back with their most reckless album: ‘Cold Black Suns.’ An ode to the arcane of cosmic matter and what holds historical certainty, our vision exalts the manifestation of physical forces within the world’s cultural heritage and its direct relation to the occult.”

Album Premiere: Enthroned – Cold Black Suns


After three years of hard work, composer, arranger, and multi instrumentalist, Tony Succar, is now ready share with the public a new musical jewel: “Mas De Mi” with the colaboration of superstars from diferent continents.

The Prescriptions Share “She Is Waiting” Music Video, Tour With John Paul White Starts Thursday

Today, the Nashville-based rock band The Prescriptions released the music video for their single “She Is Waiting” from their debut album Hollywood Gold out now through Single Lock Records. This week the band embark on a tour opening for John Paul White beginning with a show at Andy’s Bar & Grill in Denton, TX this Thursday, June 6. See full list of tour dates below.

Mumford & Sons unveil new video for “Woman”

Of the track, Winston Marshall shares, “‘Woman’ was written over a long period of time, but really came together under the hands of Paul Epworth. In the studio we would find Paul going into ‘crazy-genius-mode’ every now and then when inspiration would carry him late into the night. When ‘Woman’ went through that process it became what it is now.”


The Dollyrots are joining forces with CrypicRock.com for the premiere of the video for the song “In Your Face” today. The new video is from the duo’s new album Daydream Explosion out on July 12 on Wicked Cool/The Orchard.

MEATWOUND: Florida’s Caustic Hardcore Outfit To Release Culero LP

The band was founded by scene veterans also with Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research, and many prior acts throughout the past two decades or more, who unify those styles and tones into MEATWOUND. The band’s gnarled and caustic style of metallic hardcore punk writhes with swamplike tactics and demoralizing tones, with damaging results every time.

Russian Baths debut “Parasite” video via BrooklynVegan

The video premiered today via BrooklynVegan who noted the track, “balances the vocals of Jess Rees’ high pitch against the lower register of Luke Koz’s, all while guitars trade barbs between a jagged atonal clean and a thundering distortion.”

Walk Off the Earth To Perform @ NBA Finals

The NBA announced today that multi-platinum musical phenomenon Walk Off the Earth will perform the Canadian national anthem live on Friday, June 7 prior to Game 4 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The performance will air at 9 PM EST on ABC and TSN.

Fresh off their headline appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Walk Off the Earth released their new original single “Mike’s Song” last month in honor of their late band member, Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor. The band’s highly anticipated full length album will be released in early October and they are currently in the midst of an extensive world tour, which includes stops at Wembley Arena in London and Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.