weekend edition @skopemag news for june 15, 2019 @ 3:30 pm est

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Alec Benjamin Releases “Must Have Been The Wind”

Since the release of his critically-acclaimed debut mixtape NARRATED FOR YOU back in November, Alec Benjamin’s star has continued to rise without any signs of slowing down. Most recently, the mixtape’s chart-climbing lead single “Let Me Down Slowly” was officially certified platinum. This fall, he’ll perform his largest U.S. headline shows to date at Fonda Theatre in LA on Wednesday, October 9 and Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday, October 25.

Accomplished Multi-Instrumentalist Andy Stochansky Drops 2nd Single From New Project

White Elephant Orchestra, the latest project from virtuosic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Stochansky, is back with a new release, “Tremolo.”


“Coke & Henny, Pt. 2” is featured on Pink Sweat$’ acclaimed new EP, VOLUME 2, available now for streaming and download HERE. The 5-track collection – which includes the hit singles “I Know” and “Coke & Henny, Pt. 1” – received praised from fans and critics alike, garnering attention from such top outlets as Billboard, Complex, Hypebeast, Ones To Watch, and The FADER, among others.


In tandem with the announcement of new music, he also reveals the details for his biggest North American headline run to date, The ASCEND Tour. Produced by AEG Presents and kicking off in Pittsburgh in September, the arena jaunt will play to well over 250,000 fans in 30 cities as he canvases the country for his largest audiences ever.

Producer The Lasso Debuts “Oscillations” Video

“My years in Arizona were a rebirth for me musically. After decades as a musician, I found a new voice there. Life circumstances forced me to move back home, but I owe a lot to the people and places of Arizona. I wanted my first video to display my love and respect to that sacred land”
-The Lasso

Los Angeles-based producer & DJ davOmakesbeats announces ‘Shadow Boxing’ EP

davOmakesbeats is an LA based music producer and DJ with over twenty years of experience in the music industry. DavO is also the co-creator and resident of the Bay Area party Swagger Like Us, and label owner of Molly House Records. With both businesses being heavily rooted in highlighting and supporting QPOC artists and communities, davO has found purpose and intention in his career through his passion for inclusivity.

Debut Single from The MacQueens

Ordinary Man is an alternative rock song inspired by a local eccentric named Frank Groff, AKA “The Bridgeport General”. Frank is remembered as someone who helped others, but he did everything his own way, refusing to go along with local authorities and often running into trouble with politicians and lawmakers.

Oh, Rose shares “25 Alive” video via The Talkhouse

While My Father Sleeps by the Olympia, Washington based band Oh, Rose tells the complex story of family, adversity, love, and friendship. In ten songs, the record bears the soul and shares the truths of the band’s front-person and creative driver, Olivia Rose, while also serving as a homage to Rose’s mother, who passed away in January of 2017. It is Rose’s life story, told under the banner of a story her mother was never able to finish.

Don’t Believe In Ghosts Premiere Brand New Video for “The Chase”!

Featuring some of NYC’s finest roller girls, Don’t Believe in Ghosts returns with their latest music video for their new single “The Chase”. This is the bands second new single this year following ‘Don’t Wake Me UP’ which saw the band debut at #2 on All Access Retail radio chart and a video that featured comedic actor Gilbert Gottfried.


Global entertainment distributor Trafalgar Releasing is bringing the 9th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies to select movie theaters on Thursday, August 1. This meet-up marks the first time that acclaimed series will receive a global outing, reaching audiences worldwide. Fans of the iconic classic rock band can now find their local screening and purchase tickets at MeetUpAtTheMovies.com.

Moses Mikheyev Track: Ghost Town

Moses Mikheyev is a Russian-American rock pop artist. His debut album SONGS FOR ANOTHER GIRL will be released late 2019. The first two singles off the album GHOST TOWN and I KEEP SEEING YOU are available for streaming and download.

Los Angeles vocal sensation, Fiona Grey

Emerging vocal sensation Fiona Grey has been writing and performing music with Los Angeles as her backdrop. Originally from Chicago, Grey utilizes the earnest nature of her raw vocal quality and defines her sound as “dirty pop,” teased by shades of sultry, soulful melodies.


Aftercluv is Universal Music Latin America’s dance entertainment division. With offices located in nine countries and ten cities across the U.S., Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, Aftercluv is dedicated to global-dance-culture, crossing boundaries between languages and culture while embracing musical styles that range from House to Dance-hall, Cumbia to Baile funk, Afrobeats to Dembow and everything in between.

Nav shares “Tap” video feat. Meek Mill

Nav has shared the video for his hit song “Tap” ft. Meek Mill from his latest album, Bad Habits, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200. The film made in collaboration between head of XO Records, Amir “Cash” Esmailian, and Meek Mill takes place on a lavish yacht in Miami and features Nav, Meek and his kids, lots of cash and cameos from Gunna, Playboi Carti, Rick Ross, Lil Pump and Young Thug. BET debuted the video today in Times Square where Nav and fans gathered to watch.

Brooklyn art rock quintet Kleptokrat are releasing their new EP, Momentarily

A kleptocracy is defined as a government comprised of leaders who exploit their people and natural resources; Kleptokrat embodies a benign representation of this dynamic. The band’s crime is a post-modern misdemeanor: Kleptokrat borrows from different genres, eras, and musical traditions to create a wholly unique sound.

Experimental Rap Duo ‘Violet Houses’ Create Their Own Dystopian Universe in New Dreampop Single ‘Keys to the Horse’

Premiered by VENTS Magazine, ‘Keys to the Horse’ embodies a parallel universe that challenges normality and explores the interdimensional alter egos of Violet Houses. It’s filled with unnecessarily convoluted metaphors that are accompanied by equally as complex visuals leaving you questioning reality and feeling intrigued.

New Release from Nightly “Talk You Down” On Interscope Records

Alt-pop band Nightly release their third EP, Talk You Down today on Interscope records. The four track EP, recorded in Nashville, will include two previously released songs as well as two new ones. Talk You Down kicks off with the synth-y, heartache inspired “No Call, No Reply” and also features “Twenty Something.” Both were recognized by Alt Press, who included them in their, “New Songs You Need To Hear This Week.”

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Freda James Releases Hypnotic New Single “Just Like Wind”

Female empowerment is at the heart of Freda James’ music. From her lyrics to her live performances – which comes alive with the help of her all-female band – Freda makes it clear that women do, indeed, run the show. Today, Freda James continues to take charge with the release of her hypnotic new single “Just Like Wind.”

Co-written with Chrome Sparks & Dave Weingarten, “Just Like Wind” is a song about the rush of new love, the whirlwind of change it brings, and the need to take things slow so that these important relationships don’t change with the seasons. The song, with it’s Donna Summer inspired vocal chants, funky synths and uptempo moody bass lines, is meant to make you feel that rush; but Freda, knowing better than to get caught up in the rush she’s felt before, calls to take it slow – “we’ll go slow, cause I know that you’re healing, I’ll be around, I’m not leaving.”

Debut single from new band Hurtsfall

The song is called Lucid and it is a dark, introspective, 80s tinged post-punk song that you can dance to. It is released on 19th July.

Mr. Cheeks Track: Greatest Gift

Terrance Kelly, known professionally as Mr. Cheeks, is a Grammy-winning rapper best known for his work with the musical group Lost Boyz and as a solo artist.

Greatest Gift is an ephemeral hip-hop track featuring the rhyming of Cheeks and singing of Marley about the gift of life.