@skopemag news for june 20, 2019 @ 10:15 am est


Debuting at #3 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, Chip Tooth Smile has been met with an outpouring of critical acclaim since release last month. “Rob Thomas is an expert at his craft” raved Variety, while Forbes echoed “‘Chip Tooth Smile’ is vintage Thomas – smart songwriting, excellent pop/rock craftsmanship, eclectic and at times moving, at times, fun, and always solid.” The 12-track collection features production from Butch Walker (Panic! At The Disco, P!nk) and Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran), perfectly complimenting Thomas’ long-acclaimed songwriting talent.

SUNN O))): EarthQuaker Releases Exclusive Distortion Pedal

SUNN O))) and EarthQuaker Devices join forces to create Life Pedal. This is a limited, hand numbered, tube amp crushing octave fuzz and distortion with boost. Life Pedal empowers the operator to immerse themselves in the same full spectrum overdriven sonic palette as used on the Life Metal album.

In the writing sessions for Life Metal SUNN O))) worked extensively shearing our tones toward a broader energy spectrum over high powered saturation and across planes of sonic character, with the ambition to take full advantage of producer/engineer Steve Albini’s exacting capture skills. The results are astounding: there is breadth and luminosity of colour, vast sonic cosmoses, flashes of abstract colour (synthetic and objective) through resulting themes which emerged from the mastered depths of saturation and circuits between the two players and their mountains of gear.

The Wood Brothers Announce Fall Tour Dates

The Wood Brothers have announced Fall 2019 tour dates. The 14-show run focuses on the Midwest and Texas beginning in November and concluding in December, including stops at Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH, The Pageant in St. Louis, MO and The Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Artist pre-sale tickets for the tour go on-sale Wednesday, June 19 (10am local) with password HAPPINESSJONES. Local pre-sale begins Thursday, June 20 (10am local) with password LUCKIEST. General public tickets are available on Friday, June 21 (10am local).

Big Gigantic sign to Counter Records, begin a new era on exhilarating ‘You’re The One (Ft. Nevve)’

Boulder-based electronic standouts Big Gigantic have kickstarted a new era with a melodic, impassioned production called “You’re The One” which features gorgeous vocals from topline-sensation Nevve. They kicked off the release with an uplifting campaign where fans were encouraged to share what they love about themselves here. Their first original work in three years, “You’re The One” marks their debut release via Counter Records which puts them in respected company alongside the likes of Big Wild and Maribou State.

Watch the new Fruit Bats music video and learn about the wonders of B-roll footage

Eric D. Johnson’s new Fruit Bats album (and Merge debut) is called Gold Past Life, and it’s out this Friday. As most artists know, it’s good to explore new and exciting avenues throughout one’s career, and Johnson is always willing to try anything (Exhibit A: the “Getting in a Van Again” documentary). For the video for the album’s title track, Fruit Bats sought out the B-Roll Boys, specialists in the futuristic world of “flexible video footage,” and the results are simply astounding. Watch it today!

Kane Incognito is the dynamic brainchild of Eric Kane Cherrington

Hailing from the stark, prairie metropolis of Edmonton, Alberta, Kane Incognito is the dynamic brainchild of Eric Kane Cherrington. After the loss of his brother and No Heat Tomorrow bandmate, Keeth Cherrington, Eric Kane, turned to music and formed Kane Incognito with his cousins, Austin and Braydon Shaw and childhood friend, Stephen Schoenthaler.


New Jersey-based rock band, The Parlor Mob, have shared “Someday,” the new single from their forthcoming album, Dark Hour (out August 16). The release is a fiery, arena-sized track laced with engaging beats and booming guitar riffs. The group have unveiled the accompanying music video today as well.

For Skope: Sludge pictures Yugoslavian conflict on “Emergency”

Iconic DJ and producer Carnage founded his label Heavyweight Records in 2017 as a home for hard bass and hip-hop music. Since then, the LA-based artist has gathered a formidable crew of cronies on the imprint, from the masked mastermind GRAVEDGR, Melbourne bounce frontrunner Will Sparks, trippy up-and-comer GOMMI, and now the sinister and dangerous Sludge. Sludge joins their prestigious ranks as a brand-new artist, with “Blacksmith” being his first release and “Emergency” his follow-up, and has set the stage to be one of the label’s premiere acts going forward.

The Late Ones Drop New Music Video “Tell Me Not”!

Rising conscious reggae/hip-hop band The Late Ones have just dropped their fiery new music video for their latest single “Tell Me Not”on Friday, June 14th! The video is premiering on Rootfire now, and was released via tastemaker label Easy Star Records! The band has been bubbling on the US reggae scene for a few years, while they put together an album’s worth of material to release. Working closely with the Easy Star Records team over the past year, the group is finally ready to begin releasing material, starting with this single. A full album is due later this year.

First Watch: The Late Ones – Tell Me Not

Zoe & Cloyd redefine Appalachian music with new singles inspired by their heritage

Artists that combine diverse elements from the many branches of roots music are rare. Those that can, use the blend of influences to redefine the genre. With this in mind, Asheville duo Zoe & Cloyd are traversing new paths in Appalachian music, building on the rich heritage of their separate upbringings and joining them to create neo-traditional mountain songs.

Lea Love Drops Empowering New EP ‘Way I Am’

Soulful R&B/reggae singer Lea Love has just released her new EP “Way I Am,” on Friday, June 14th via Mensch House Records! Combining full bass lines, sensual lyrics, and warm harmonies, Lea creates an environment of hypnotic and sweet sonic bliss for listeners to enjoy. The empowering title track off the EP, “Way I Am,” dropped on Friday, May 10th and radiates self acceptance and self love. Other standout singles from the EP include the playful tune “No Feels,” and the sultry track “Set The Mood” Feat. Jemere Morgan.

SPACE MONKEY: New Noise Magazine Premieres “We Are Space Monkey”

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering, and the artwork created by Pengdee of SPACE MONKEY.

Song Premiere: Space Monkey – “We Are Space Monkey”

Off With Their Heads Announce New Album ‘Be Good’

Off With Their Heads announce details on their forthcoming album Be Good, set for release on August 16. The band has shared video for the track “Disappear,” directed by Jonah Ray and featuring comedian Kyle Kinane. Watch the video for “Disappear” now.

“All the other records were about moping around and feeling sorry for yourself,” says frontman Ryan Young. “This one is less about feeling sorry for yourself and more about accepting how goddamn miserable you are.”

Cautious Clay debuts “SIDEWINDER” video

“I wanted the visual to be simple and to almost feel like a dream sequence of when you are distracted thinking about something,” Cautious tells Billboard. “The snake and lighter represent that distraction or ‘back and forth’ kind of attitude towards a lot of things in life; sometimes the things we run away from end up being what we want most and visa versa.”


IV Jay has released her newest video for her latest single, “Care.” The video, directed by Rock Davis, premiered yesterday via Galore. The video for “Care” is streaming now at IV Jay’s YouTube Channel.


“Lucky Daye Doesn’t Want to Fit In…[he] makes music full of live funk, strings and brass…’Roll Some Mo’ a slippery, string-slathered funk number…was promptly placed in a pair of million-plus-follower playlists on Spotify…The most energetic moment on I is ‘Late Night,’ a stepping-ready dance-floor number full of falsetto and muscular bass.” –ROLLING STONE

Chicago-via-Bogotá’s Divino Niño Debut ‘Foam’ LP Stream via Noisey

Chicago-via-Bogotá, Colombia quartet Divino Niño today shared an early stream of their new album Foam alongside a feature at Noisey: “Foam is a carefully crafted pop album—informed heavily by the 70s pop crooners like Sandro de America, José José, and others that filled Latinx and Latin American airwaves as the members of the band grew up.” Hear Foam in full ahead of its worldwide release this Friday, June 21st on Winspear.


Today, critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based trio MUNA, announce their North American headline dates for MUNA “Saves The World” Tour in support of their upcoming sophomore album Saves The World set to release on September 6th – preorder available NOW via RCA Records.