@skopemag news for june 17, 2019 @ 6 pm est

Yianna’s Alt-R&B Sophomore Single “Heavy Waters” Is Out Now

New York-based songstress Yianna is back today with the release of her second single, “Heavy Waters,” the follow up to her stunning late 2018 debut, “Ordinary Love.” Drawing influences from alt-rock, pop, R&B and soul, Yianna creates music that is completely unrestricted by traditional genre boundaries.

V Blackburn releases new single “Al Roker”

Showcasing Blackburn’s enviable vocal range in an understated yet powerful manner, the track’s honest lyrics and simple elegance captivate with a Jenny Lewis-esque flair. “Al Roker” is the fourth single released from the songstress’ forthcoming EP Public Figure, out June 28, 2019.

Comprised of five vibrant tracks, Public Figure is (surprisingly) the artistic culmination of a severe case of writer’s block. Challenged by some friends to use celebrities as a writing prompt, V found that the constraints actually inspired creativity. What is more surprising is that by using the lens of these public figures, she was actually able to find a space for introspection and self-discovery. To further this sense of expression, Blackburn hand-designed the artwork for each single, creating collages decorated with images that depict her personal connection to each song.

Cali Riser 24kGoldn Jets to Japan for the “A Lot to Lose” Video

With a full and powerful voice and an ear for hooks, 18-year-old rapper 24kGoldn is a sure bet for stardom. Traveling to Japan for a dark night of the soul, 24kGoldn works through his relationship problems in “A Lot To Lose,” his new music video. Textured with snaky alt-rock guitars and prominent 808s, “A Lot to Lose” is a testament to Goldn’s crossover appeal–a trap ballad that wouldn’t feel out of place on rock radio. Taking a neon-lit stroll through Tokyo, Goldn works through conflicting emotions, contemplating what a failed relationship could do to his psyche and his burgeoning career: “No time to fight now/Barely got time for me/Can’t afford to lose right now/I’m just chasing my dreams.” Complete with cinematic scenery and time-lapse technology, the video is Goldn’s first since the viral hit “Valentino,” which has over 2 million views on YouTube.

Death Before Dishonor unveil new track “Cowards Will Fall” from upcoming album

Boston’s Death Before Dishonor have been an institution in hardcore since the early 2000s. Playing countless shows all across the globe with the likes of Madball, Agnostic Front, and Terror, as well as releasing three full-length albums on Bridge Nine Records. After quietly working on new material for almost a decade, the band is finally ready to unleash their new album ‘Unfinished Business’. Recorded by Chris Harris at legendary Zeuss Studio (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche), ‘Unfinished Business’ is a 20-plus minute juggernaut that’s unrelenting from start to finish. Seamlessly blending hardcore, punk, and metal together into a fiery ball of cathartic raw aggression. Their fourth studio album is slated to hit stores on July 26th via Bridge Nine.


Punk-pop duo The Dollyrots partner with FolknRock.com for the premiere of the video for their song “I Know How To Party” today. The new video is from the duo’s new album Daydream Explosion out on July 12 on Wicked Cool/The Orchard.

An Interview And Video Premiere With The Dollyrots


BRIT Award-nominated artist Mahalia has announced the release of her hugely anticipated label debut album. LOVE AND COMPROMISE arrives at all DSPs and streaming services via Atlantic Records on Friday, September 6th; pre-orders are available now.


Produced by J.PERIOD and DJ Khalil, “See The Light” is a haunting new anthem about light and dark, good and evil, and fighting for what’s right—no matter the cost. “See The Light” features cover art from award-winning artist Ernesto Yerena, and visuals from noted photographer and director, Myriam Santos.

J. Period Preps for Revolution With Dead Prez, Andra Day in New ‘See The Light’ Video

Freaknik Festival returns with strong lineup of events for weekend

Atlanta-based promoter Carlos Neal, through his company After 9 Partners, has curated the resurgence of Freaknik to be a safe yet adults only experience that recaptures the fun, nostalgia, and legacy of the iconic 90s event. Neal has strongly expressed safe celebration as the priority for the weekend.

“There will be events referencing Freaknik that aren’t sanctioned by or affiliated with After 9 Partners. We urge everyone to use caution when choosing events to attend over the weekend,” Neal remarked. “After 9 Partners has been in communication with Atlanta PD and will work with them to ensure a safe, adults only weekend of fun for everyone.”

Apple Music for Artists: New Analytics Tools

When your songs are available for listening at Apple Music, you get access to Apple Music for Artists for free. For indie musicians looking to take control of their careers, discover new data and benefits with this cool addition.

In this blog post, we’ll cover how to get it, how to use it and what it offers as far as new analytics tools.

Apple Music For Artists: New Analytics Tools For Fans

OddFellas Premiere New Music Video and Announce Pre-Order for Debut EP

Pampa, Texas, alternative rockers OddFellas premiere the music video for “Walk On By,” a song from their upcoming self-titled debut EP. OddFellas is set for a worldwide release on September 20, 2019, via Pavement Entertainment. The EP is also available for pre-order and includes “Walk On By.” Stream the track now on iTunes and Spotify.

Alexandra Savior Shares New Song “Crying All The Time”

“”Crying All The Time” is a soulful and nostalgic new offering drenched in a sort of haunted sorrow that oozes from both the eerie instrumental and Savior’s classic-sounding vocal. It’s a sound that should catch on in a hurry with fans of Lana Del Rey, Dead Man’s Bones, Zella Day and similar artists with a retro flair.” – Forbes

Rubikon Returns With Their First Album In 4 Years – The Record Out September 16

Rubikon returns with their first new album in four years. The Record, out September 16, 2019 on Round Hill Records, brings the band back to the basics, delivering a slew of swampy, hard rocking songs with hook-heavy vocal melodies. Rubikon is more than a band, it’s a brotherhood consisting of five friends that love making music together, and you can hear it shine through with this album. “There’s nothing like locking the band in a room and refusing to come out until we’ve got a bunch of tunes to share with the world,” says guitarist Dave Raymond. “We bounced a wide range of ideas off of each other this time around – hard rock, of course, but also more classic-sounding rock, Americana, folk, nothing was off the table – and we are pumped about the album that came out of that process.”

Rubikon Returns With Their First Album In 4 Years – The Record Out September 16

CITY MOUTH Debut “Sanity for Summer” Video

Chicagoland pop-rock sextet City Mouth has re-emerged after the shimmering emotional wanderlust exposed on 2017’s Hollows with something more direct, infectious, and personal than its predecessor, and we thought this was impossible. “Sanity for Summer” may come bundled with a Super Nintendo-inspired visual and twinkling melodies in part produced by Marc Mcclusky (Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack), but what remains after the glitter bombs disappear is the band’s continued dialogues on mental health, self-worth, and above all, remaining above water long enough to enjoy the sunshine.

Arthur Kay celebrates Norway’s socialist institutions on moog-heavy new track      

Growing up in the trend-driven city of Oslo, at a time when skinny dudes with guitars ruled, Arthur vowed to make Moogs cool again by the time he was 30. Drawing on disparate influences, Arthur channels contempories Thundercat and James Blake one moment and the spirit of Sun Ra the next.

ALBORN Release Official Music Video for “Let Me Bleed”

Mannequin Pussy Share “Cream” Video

Today Indie punk band Mannequin Pussy share a new video for the song “Cream,” a track off the band’s full-length Patience out June 21 on Epitaph. Marisa Dabice (guitars and vocals) explains, “for the music video we wanted to create a creepy, monochromatic and colorful world. The director, Hanna Hamilton tapped into the lyrics of the song and created a story around them. Being followed by and possessed by an entity that controls the people around it. It feels like a classic 70s horror movie that I wish existed in real life.”

San Francisco’s The Bobbleheads Share Video “Listen You Know”

The Bobbleheads are an indie pop-rock band, formed in 2003 in San Francisco, CA. Currently consisting of John Ashfield (guitar/vocals), Pat Ennis (bass), Rob Harford (guitar/vocals) and Rob Jacobs (drums), their sound is best described as upbeat, but sly, hard-hitting pop with melodies that stay with you for days. But don’t confuse catchy with kitchy, they turn a tad serious on their new album, Myths and Fables.

Magic City Hippies Announce Debut LP

Magic City Hippies have announced their debut LP Modern Animal and have shared the album’s title track. The band has also announced a fall tour and summer live dates, including U.S. Festival appearances and select dates with Umphrey’s McGee and Thievery Corporation


Eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter Zhavia has released her highly-anticipated debut EP 17 today via Columbia Records. Zhavia co-wrote all 6 tracks on the EP, including her emotional debut single “Candlelight” (which has over 35 million views/streams to date) and the deeply personal title track “17.” The EP also features a collaboration with Skip Marley on “All I Am”.

Crywolf Reveals Tantalizing New “Foreign Tongues” Visualizer

Jenna Raine – “A Letter To Me”

Jenna Raine is back with another great new music video titled “A Letter To Me.” The new release is a follow up to her debut single, “Us” and can also be found on her new solo EP Nen. Prior to launching her career as a solo artist, Jenna Raine performed with the girl group L2M which sang the theme song for the movie Lego Friends: Girlz 4 Life. Raine also had a starring role in the YouTube Red series Hyperlinked. She also just finished touring the UK with British music duo Max & Harvey. Her new video, “A Letter To Me” is a fun poppy energetic song about Jenna writing a letter to her future self hoping that when she reads it later she will have accomplished her dreams and stayed true to herself.

Yung Heazy Releases Video for “Girl I’ll Take You Anywhere” via VENTS Magazine

Buzzy Vancouver BC based bedroom-pop artist Yung Heazy has cemented himself as one of the pillars of the emerging slacker pop scene on the world scale, drawing comparisons to modern millennial stalwarts Mac Demarco, Boy Pablo, Cuco and even being paralleled to The Beatles for his technical skill and swaggering soul. We’re thrilled to present his latest creative endeavor; a vibrant music video made for his hit single “Girl I’ll Take You Anywhere” which has garnered more than 2 million streams across Spotify and YouTube.

PREMIERE: Yung Heazy Releases New Music Video For “Girl I’ll Take You Anywhere”

Swearingen & Kelli Release New Song “Hot Southern Nights”

Today Nashville-based duo Swearingen & Kelli are releasing their new song “Hot Southern Nights” just in time for the summer. This head-bopping, foot-stomping track is the first single from their upcoming album Cold-Hearted Truth, out September 20th.