#tgif edition – @skopemag news for june 21, 2019 @ 8 am est

MK Drops Intimate Video for Summer Hit “Body 2 Body”

Directed by Tash Tung, who has previously worked with Meduza and Sega Bodega, the arresting, deeply personal video shows a male and female dancer moving skilfully and intimately in each other’s arms – acting as an ideal visual interpretation of the track’s sultry lyrics.


The ROCKFABRIK LUDWIGSBURG is in danger. At present the tenancy agreement of the 36-year running rock, hard rock and heavy metal club and discotheque was not granted renewal by the landlord of the industrial facility in Ludwigsburg, South Germany. We need your help, your voices and your power.


The video offers a visual representation of the track’s playful lyrics, which detail the flaws of WESLEE’s London love interests from different parts of the city – with each former partner posing gormlessly on their home turf.

WATCH: Weslee – London Love (Music Video)

Alive in Barcelona Hit the Road with Dead Girls Academy

Hard Rock band, Alive In Barcelona, signed to Smartpunk Records, are excited to announce The Cruel Summer tour with Dead Girls Academy. The tour officially kicks off on July 20th in Jackpot, NV at Edgefest. Tickets are on sale now!

New > Senay & Steven Julien > “Osiris” > on Apron > watch video here

“Osiris” is a collaboration with Long Beach local and The Natives rapper, Senay Kenfe — a musician, photo-journalist and local community organiser who has spent over 15 years working on grassroots culture-led projects including documenting the graffiti scenes of Brazil and Egypt to leading clean water filtration projects in Ethiopia.


Today, Poppy drops her highly anticipated second track, “Choke” off her upcoming EP, Choke, due out June 28th via I’m Poppy Records/Mad Decent.

“Neverland Ten Years After Michael’s Death”

Michael Jackson died ten years ago on June 25th and many people around the world will be commemorating his death through his music and videos. They will be celebrating his astronomical career, remembering his childhood, replay interviews and the work that went into organizing his last concert, This Is It, which he never had the chance to perform. Also to be remembered is his beloved Neverland Ranch, where he lived from 1987 until 2006. It was where he could finally experience childhood, having never experienced that luxury as part of his hard-working, family-singing group The Jackson Five. Two years after his death, Neverland was put on the market for $100 million, but never sold. Today, restored at great expense to its status as the original ranch when Michael purchased it, the estate is back on the market and reduced to $31 million.

Did You Know Apple Is Taking Down iTunes?

Apple is closing iTunes after nearly 20 years with Apple Music gaining popularity as a music streaming platform. Find out the three most important things it’s telling you to stay ahead of the indie music game and all about the takedown process.

Apple Is Closing iTunes — 3 Things It’s Telling You


THE DEFIANTS are back with their sophomore album, “Zokusho”. Comprised of Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel, and Rob Marcello, The Defiants is three fabulous musicians who, as fans in the know will immediately recognize, all have ties to popular hard rockers, Danger Danger. Today, the band has released the first single and video from the album.

If Walls Could Talk Release Brand New Music Video, “Wasted Time”

Alternative pop-rock quintet, If Walls Could Talk, are gearing up for the release of the forthcoming album, Because It’s Love, due out June 7th. The band explores how love occurs in many different forms throughout the 13-track record. They continue, “In (the album), we dive in to a variety of differing sounds from pop-rock to alternative and even rap. After listening through this passionate collection of songs, you’ll understand why we create: because it’s love.”

NYC super-collaborator Grey Mcmurray shares new track “Wanting Ways”

NYC singer, guitarist and producer Grey Mcmurray — co-leader of the Tongues in Trees trio with Samita Sinha and Sunny Jain, and of the duo itsnotyouitsme with celebrated NYC composer Caleb Burhans. — releases his first solo album Stay Up through Shahzad Ismaily’s figureight records on September 20th, 2019

Compton Hip Hop Artist Liife Inks Deal With Rostrum Records

It looks like Rostrum Records is adding another spitter to their roster now that Los Angeles Rapper Liife has inked a deal with the illustrious label. Rostrum already boasts a catalog of emcees that includes the likes of Rockie Fresh, 24hrs, Taliwhaoh, Innanet James, Problem, Lambo Anlo, Caleb Brown and MyNamePhin.

The Unlikely Candidates Are Ready to Inject You with Some “Novocaine”

Alt-pop band The Unlikely Candidates (sounds like: Panic! At The Disco meets X Ambassadors) recently released their new music video for the super catchy track “Novocaine” and I would love for you to feature the track (“best of” list, “hot new songs of the summer”, artist you should know, etc.). “Novocaine” is the band’s latest single and the video has already received over 2.8 million views on YouTube. The track was also featured in the season 4 trailer of HULU’s Veronica Mars. Additionally, I would love to set up an interview where the band can talk about the track, it’s success, tour plans, their history, the long road to “Novocaine” and why this is the summer of The Unlikely Candidates. Let me know if you would like to set something up.

New EP from Skells

Dinosaur Village, the new EP from Rockaway Beach’s favorite sons, Skells! The five song collection comes less than a month after the release of lead single “Foam Top”, which was the perfect track to introduce the band’s brand of instrumental surf rock that has made them such a popular staple of the burgeoning creative scene bubbling in Queens’ most beloved beach community. Dinosaur Village is a shimmering nod to the classic surf rock of The Shadows or Dick Dale – meticulously composed in a fashion that walks the line between nostalgia and modern indie rock to produce the perfect soundtrack to your backyard BBQs and surf sessions this summer.

Tummyache Shares Stunning Debut Single “In Between”

“Combining the rich tones of Sharon Van Etten and the vulnerability of Julien Baker, Bryce sounds rawer than ever on ‘In Between.’ Throwing off the armour of her more folk-indebted past, Bryce surrounds herself with fraught, meditative guitars that match the emotion present in her voice. She sounds brooding, pregnant with her own emotion, casting it off only when an army of drums transports her above the surface. Once there, a primal desire emerges, “I wanna feel better” she sings repeatedly, desperately even. Bryce might not be at her happiest but as Tummyache she’s found her true calling.” – Balloon Machine

Premiere: Tummyache – In Between

The Hold Steady announce new album; share first song

The Hold Steady are releasing their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion, via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, August 16. The Hold Steady’s seventh studio album is available now for pre-order. Fans can also receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as limited edition clear vinyl, poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All pre-orders will come with a free download of the new song, “Denver Haircut,” which is also available now at all DSPs.

Watch Queens, NY’s WIVES Play House Party In New Video For “The 20 Teens,” City Slang Debut LP Out 10/04

Pfeffer says, “This video was really fun to make, and the track is really reminiscent of all the music I grew up loving — Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, Sonic Youth, etc. It reminds me of New York. I think the kind of blown out soft aspect of the old film mixed with kind of hectic animation and the footage of the band playing live make an interesting mix. It feels like a memory of something that may or may not have happened.” WIVES today also announced their next Brooklyn show at Our Wicked Lady on June 26th and a fall European tour. See below for a full itinerary. More dates will soon be announced.


Today, global recording artist Austin Mahone continues the newest chapter of his career with the release of his brand new single “Dancing With Nobody” – available everywhere now. “Dancing With Nobody” is a feel-good anthem that is bound to be a massive summer hit. The energetic new song and its accompanying music video give fans another glimpse into the mature musical direction Austin has established over the past few years, as reflected in his previously released tracks “Anxious” and “Why Don’t We” earlier this year.

Violent Femmes release new track “Another Chorus”

The one and only Violent Femmes have unveiled the latest track release from their much-anticipated new album, HOTEL LAST RESORT, due via [PIAS] on Friday, July 26. “Another Chorus” is available now. An official lyric video can be viewed now via YouTube.


Gucci Mane has officially announced the title and release date for his newest project. “Delusions Of Grandeur” will be available this Friday, June 21st. Additionally, Gucci Mane has dropped yet another track from the mixtape, “Proud Of You” along with companion video out now.

PIMMIT HILLS: New Band Arises From Former King Giant Members; Debut LP Under Construction

Revered Washington DC-area doom metal outfit King Giant has decided to call it a day, ending a twelve-year run as a band. However, with the demise of one band at hand, its members have already created and launched a new band from the ashes of King Giant. Welcome, PIMMIT HILLS.

new KAINA video ft. Sen Morimoto

Check out the new video / track “Could Be a Curse” from Chicago artist KAINA. Featuring label mate and good friend Sen Morimoto. The video was directed by Ashley Thompson of VAM STUDIO in collaboration with Good Trouble Films. Taken from her forthcoming, debut album Next To the Sun out July 12th via Sooper Records, the video and song explore a close relationship between friends.

Track from Rising Danish Crooner Nidam

“I had gone to Italy by myself and wrote it in a small B&B room by the Como Lake. I guess the warm Italian summer air influenced the laid-back feeling of the song,” Nidam says of the track. “I wanted the rhythm section to have this heavy, dark, almost hip-hop-like groove to back up the clean, airy guitars and the smooth vocal melodies.”

Fontaines D.C. share new video for Sha Sha Sha

Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Dogrel’ (#9 in the UK album chart) as well as a sold out US tour with labelmates IDLES, an electrifying performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and yet another BBC 6 Music A listing for their fan-favourite single ‘Boys In The Better Land’; Fontaines D.C. have now shared a new video for album track ‘Sha Sha Sha’.

Directed by Hugh Mulhern (Boys In The Better Land, Too Real) the video takes place in the same the same circus company (Duffy’s) as featured on their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Dogrel’s artwork.