#tgif edition – @skopemag news for june 21, 2019 @ 2:30 pm est

Bad Books’ Acclaimed New LP ‘III’

Bad Books’ long-awaited, much anticipated new album III is out now digitally and has been earning the band — Andy Hull, Robert McDowell (both of Manchester Orchestra), and Kevin Devine — great press from outlets including The FADER, Garden & Gun, Paste, Exclaim! (8/10 stars), Brooklyn Vegan, and NPR Music (New Music Friday playlist), among others, ahead of its physical release this Friday, June 21st (Loma Vista Recordings). The trio will kick off the initial leg of their U.S. headline tour in support of III tonight in Chicago, IL, and wind their way to the northeast before wrapping up with two NYC area shows in Brooklyn, NY, and Jersey City, NJ, on June 27th and 28th, respectively.

New Music This Week – Prince, Mark Ronson, the Raconteurs, and More

New Releases for June 21, 2019 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

New Music // Chris Jamison (NBC’s “The Voice”)

For Pittsburgh-based singer songwriter Chris Jamison, the last four years have heralded momentous changes in both his personal and musical life. After appearing on the seventh season of The Voice, Chris moved back home to live with his parents. He explored his own spirituality. He struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He got married to his childhood sweetheart. He fought to stay humble following the sudden onrush of popularity following his stint on television.


Today pop artist and songwriter/producer Caroline Polachek has released “Door”, a stunning new video and song. “Door” is the first taste of a forthcoming, larger solo project from Caroline to be released later this year. Clocking in at almost six minutes, the song is an addictively groove-heavy odyssey, grounded yet heady. Caroline guides us organically through warm waves of acoustic guitar, glittering synths, and car-shaking bass into a minute-long wordless vocal solo.

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The truth will set you free. Nimic Revenue never felt like she fit in—with family, peers, or society—but music was her way out. “I always just felt different,” she says. “I make music that reflects how I feel. It lets me talk to myself in a pure way.”


Just in time for the first day of summer, Diplo’s Major Lazer debuts summer single “Make It Hot” featuring Brazilian superstar Anitta today, in partnership with Bacardi. The song unites Spanish-language vocals from Anitta with the group’s dancehall-inspired signature sound.

Kris Kelly explores LGBTQ+ identity on new chamber pop song “Cracked Porcelain”

“Sublime and poetic … mesmerizing musical expertise.” – COOL HUNTING

Ecstatic Vision to Release New LP, ‘For the Masses’, September 20

Philadelphia heavy psych band Ecstatic Vision will release its new album, ‘For the Masses’, on September 20 via new label home Heavy Psych Sounds. Recorded in Philadelphia at Retro City Studios with Joe Boldizar and mixed/mastered by Tim Green (Earthless, Sebadoh, The Melvins) in Grass Valley, CA, Ecstatic Vision’s critically-celebrated, fuzzed-out sound has been sculpted into a Hi-Fi psychedelic wonderland on the new LP.


“The latest album from the duo is steeped in moody synths and echoing vocals” – HYPEBEAST

blackbear Releases Short Film “The ANONYMOUS Saga”

The film, directed by 19-year-old photographer/filmmaker Aidan Cullen – known for shooting the Converse x JW Anderson campaign at age 15 and creating videos for artists like Omar Apollo —chronicles the internal demons and power struggles inherent in blackbear’s relationships with women.

Versus announce first full-length album in 9 years

Versus has had a true return to form in 2019, with the new Ex Nihilo EP already under their belts, shows supporting the likes of Ex Hex, and a triumphant return to SXSW. They’ll be celebrating the release of Ex Voto with fellow Ernest Jenning rockers SAVAK at Baby’s All Right on July 12, along with Big Bliss. The group will also be performing with Luna at Bowery Ballroom on October 20. Stay tuned for more news and music from Versus in the coming weeks.