@skopemag news for june 13, 2019 @ 12:45 pm est

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Z Money Lords Over His Drug-Fueled Empire in “Ah Sh!t” Video

Z Money makes down-and-dirty trap music, dedicated to unearthing the nitty-gritty of hustling and the glory of its rewards. Reveling in his wealth and ignoring the consequences, Z Money shows us the life of a Don in “Ah Sh*t!,” his latest video. A supremely slinky, 86-second ChaseTheMoney-produced slapper, “Ah Shit” finds Z Money rapping doubletime atop Eastern-influenced flutes, offering a stern warning against those who aren’t ready for the Boss life: “And this the type of game, you gotta stay consistent/And this the type of chain, you touch, you gon’ be missin’ Christmas.” In the video, Z Money lords over his kingdom, rhyming in his mansion, surrounded by models who can’t get enough of his product. “Ah Shit!” is the latest video from Z Money’s recent Shawty Paid, following the kaleidoscopic “Shawty Paid Intro” and the glitzy “Wealthy”

Listen to Catacomb Saints’ new hypnotizing post-punk ballad “Bankquilizer” via Spill Magazine

Regarding the song, the band stated “”Bankquilizer” is a hypnotizing post-punk ballad of greed and violence, sung in a visceral style inspired by Nick Cave and the falsetto of Klaus Nomi. This song is a call to arms to rise up and not be tranquilized by banks and good ol’ boys. We recorded this long distance between LA and Edmonton, but that distance pales in comparison with the distance between the oppressor and the oppressed.”


Taken By Canadians – ‘Magdalene’

New single ‘Magdalene’ from Taken By Canadians that came out this weekend.

Luke Hogan // new single (indie folk)

“Carpentry is a second passion of mine,” the Portland, Oregon-based artist shares. “It has proven to be a great skill to make connections with. When I made this record, I didn’t have to worry about how much it was going to cost; I could really take my time and explore different arrangements for each song.”

PASTEL GHOST releases new album ‘Ethereality’

While critics may struggle to define PASTEL GHOST’s music with tidy descriptors like witch-rave or blog-house, it’s evident that PASTEL GHOST is creating sounds that take flight beyond any genre boundaries. On her debut album ABYSS, the Austin-based artist laces elements of dream-pop, post-punk, and electronica to create sounds that can only be described as otherworldly. Ethereal vocals glide over chilly synth hooks and
thumping drum beats, creating tracks so infectious, they can lure even the most brooding shoegazers onto the dance floor. By tying her love of hazy, anime visuals to her sound, her songs have an instant cinematic feel to them — each track evokes dreamy imagery that is a significant component to PASTEL GHOST.

Billboard Artist FLAVIA // Feature for NEW SINGLE

Having premiered on Billboard and with her music video Til I Die receiving half a million views in the first month, FLAVIA is ready to drop her new single, DAMN LIFE IS GOOD! This bop is a feel good, Summer anthem all about celebrating friendships and the people you love and making memories that will last a lifetime.


Following on from her national For Your Love single tour in April, Montaigne has today released her new single Ready, and confirmed details of her forthcoming LP and national tour.

Ready is undoubtedly Montaigne’s most anthemic single to date, and is lifted from her soon to be released second album entitled Complex, the follow up to her ARIA Award winning, Top 5 debut album, Glorious Heights. Complex is set for release on August 30 and is available to preorder now, with all preorders scoring a bonus illustrated poster. There will also be a spectacular limited edition red vinyl of Complex available to preorder, along with CD/vinyl bundles with an environmentally friendly tote bag included.

REZZ releases new single ‘Falling’ featuring Underoath

After performing the song to enthusiastic fan reception at her recent live shows, REZZ today releases her new single “Falling” featuring UNDERØATH’s Aaron Gillespie. The accompanying video offers its viewers the chance to escape their own reality through Aaron’s donning of a VR headset. A nod to the inherent value in viewing the world from another’s perspective and experiences, “Falling” also parallels the VR worlds that will accompany each song on REZZ’s ‘Beyond The Senses’.

The LaFontaines share explosive new single ‘Body’

Opening to a swaggering bassline, the track builds through verses driven by the expressive rap flow of frontman Kerr Okan into an anthemic combination of infectious vocals and explosive instrumentation, punctuated by huge, arena-sized choruses. To coincide with the release, the band have shared a stunning one take video, filmed at Park Lane Studios.

LIFE announce highly anticipated new album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’

Following the release of their recent single ‘Moral Fibre’, which was B-listed on BBC 6 Music, rotated heavily on international radio and earned plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, NME Radio, DIY, Dork, CLASH, Louder than War, Gigwise and more, Hull outfit LIFE have now announced details of their highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’. Alongside the announcement the band have also shared a new single taken from the record called ‘Hollow Thing’.

Erin Durant Shares fourth single ‘Rising Sun’ from Forthcoming Album ‘Islands’

The fourth and final single from Erin Durant’s forthcoming ‘Islands,’ ‘Rising Sun’ is its raison d’etre, the grand statement that leads you by the hand into her sprawling, sun-dappled archipelago. Over a gently strolling guitar and muted toms, Durant sings ‘I’m going far, I’m going wide’, signalling her intention to embed you within her travelling time machine. A lesson in sophistication, ‘Rising Sun’ fuses strung-out trumpets with Durant’s balm-like voice. ‘Rising Sun’ is like the lavender you spread on your pillow to induce sleep. Lie with it, doze off and dream of magical lands.

Rising LGBTQ Alt-Pop Artist PRIME Returns with Self-Titled EP

New York based producer, singer-songwriter and composer PRIME returns with the release of his debut EP ‘PRIME’ May 24th, reflecting his eclectic taste by blending influences from Pop, R&B, EDM and Rock.


The N.O.M.A.D.I.C. Corporation sees a threat in Alex Stone. Targeted for her meddling and suspicious activity, she may have also stumbled upon a newly formed group of rebels, The Reflection. She’s made too much noise in her resistance. To suppress the truth, N.O.M.A.D.I.C. assigns a bounty hunter to hunt her down. He takes her collective by surprise, but Alex isn’t so easily trapped as he will soon find out.


Multi-platinum and Grammy award winning artist, Lil Jon, releases brand new single “Ain’t No Tellin'” with the late iconic rapper and hyphy legend Mac Dre via Geffen Records. The record has been a labor of love for Lil Jon as he went through the process of attaining the rare Mac Dre vocals. Most important to Jon was that the blessing for this release must come straight from Mac Dre’s mother, Ms. Mac Wanda. “I’m more than excited for this record to come out. I’m grateful to Lil Jon and emotional about it as well,” says Ms. Wanda. She notes, “I’m a Lil Jon fan, and my son was a Lil Jon fan, so when he respectfully approached me about this idea there was no way I was going to say no to him.”

Joseph Eid – Listening to Madonna – Single

Just in time for LGBT Pride month, folk-pop artist Joseph Eid creates the perfect summer anthem entitled “Listening to Madonna”. The song pays homage to the pop queen and commends anyone who continues to express themselves just the way they are. The single was accompanied by a bubbly music video and is currently available on all online retail stores.

The Rocket Summer shares new single “Morning Light” via Talkhouse | New album ‘Sweet Shivers” out August 2

“For as long as I’ve heard and made music, the notes and the songs themselves have always evoked colors in my mind. Particularly with songs I write, new or old, they all are the same colors when I hear them now as they were at their birth. Songs are deep and royal blues, dark and light greens, solid blacks, whites, reds, golds and pinks, and sometimes mixtures of several. Morning Light” to me is a trio of yellow, black and white which eerily reminds me of the bee on the cover of this record. I’ve been told my whole life this is called synesthesia, but to me, this is something I believe everyone has to an extent. We all live inside a lifelong mental and spiritual battle of sorts in choosing to believe that we are alright when the noise and “the voice” in its cunning way attempts to tell us otherwise. The noise of your future, the noise of your past, the noise of the right here and now. This song is about shedding light onto that darkness of the mind that is trying to shadow and drown the colors that give day-to-day life its beauty. A bit of a mantra: lean into the colors, silence the voice.

Snow Ghosts share haunting new video ‘Heavy Heart’

Snow Ghosts have unveiled a brooding new video for ‘Heavy Heart’, taken from their new album A Quiet Ritual, out now via fabric’s Houndstooth label. The video premiered with Clash yesterday who called it folk-horror and explained, “Snow Ghosts seem able to tap into the eerie, the uncanny… an incantation, an evocation of another England, the video picks up on this, supplying something almost Paganistic in its stylised monochrome.”

BUNT. Releases New Single And Video “Sure Don’t Miss You” Feat. The Dip Today On Geffen Records

“Our parents introduced us to jazz/soul at a very early age. Artists like Ray Charles, Etta James and Buena Vista Social Club were always playing at home. Since we had been blending classic genres like folk and Americana with electronic music in the past, it felt like a natural progression for us to try it with jazz and soul,” explains BUNT. “We came across the band The Dip after going down a rabbit hole of soul music and fell in love with them right away. Their sound had influences of the past with a fresh and modern twist. We loved working with them and collaborating on ‘Sure Don’t Miss You’!”

New Music From Becky Hill “I Could Get Used To This (Orchestral Acoustic)” Out Now Via Interscope Records

Becky Hill debuts the orchestral version of her previously released track “I Could Get Used To This.” The production is stripped away as Hill’s powerhouse vocals are pushed to the forefront.

Todd Snider assembles cast of friends to head out with him in September

(Photo credit: Stacie Huckeba)

Todd Snider has assembled a cast of friends to head out with him in September to play a few select shows on the continuation of his ‘Cash Cabin Session’ album tour. Dates include September 19 at The Grandel in St. Louis, September 20 at Medicine Stone Festival in Talequah, OK and September 21 at the Crosstown Theatre in Memphis. Snider will gather together with Hard Working Americans’ bandmates Neal Casal, Jesse Aycock and Chad Staehly as well as welcome into the fold Nashville drummer Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo/Wilco). At the headlining shows in St. Louis and Memphis, Snider will perform one solo set and then play a full set with the new band. Look for more to come from this new ensemble.