weekend edition – @skopemag news for june 22, 2019 @ 11 am est

Lochness Monster Release New Single “Defiance”

Taking a year to conceptualize, Donaldson adds, “The songs that were chosen for this EP allowed us to find ourselves as a band, as individual musicians, and the direction we want to take our music. Each of us wants our music to have lyrics that people can connect with while remaining poetic and thoughtful, and to surround those lyrics with a powerful rock sound with lots of energy and dynamics. Musically we worked to create a sound that was familiar in some ways to our first album, Fables, while also evolving into a sound that was natural to all of the members of the band.”

Toronto trio The Black Fever

Toronto trio The Black Fever have just shared their new single, “Keep You”. It’s their very own brand of echoing, melodic post-punk. Listen now!

CULTUS PROFANO: New Video From Los Angeles Black Metal Duo

Los Angeles-based black metal duo CULTUS PROFANO recently unveiled the official new video for “Under The Infernal Reign, Op. 10.” The diabolical hymn comes by way of the band’s debut album, Sacramentum Obscurus, released in 2018 via Debemur Morti Productions.

Swiss hard-rockers Ascenders streamed entire debut EP ‘Let Me Fight’

Young hard-rock four-piece from Geneva, Switzerland launched in 2016 and inspired by the biggest names and bands from the hard-rock/heavy-metal scene, Ascenders just officially released their debut EP called ‘Let Me Fight’ for CD through their own website and digital for the main digital services.

Songwriter Stone Irr announces new LP + premieres “All We Want Anymore” on Buzzbands LA

Los Angeles-via-Indiana songwriter/musician Stone Irr debuts “All We Want Anymore” from his forthcoming sophomore album Performance due out September 20, 2019 via Darling Recordings. The melancholy melody combined with a lush, Beatles-esque production style gives way to intricate lyrics about Stone’s love for writing songs. He explains, “This is the song I’ve always wanted to produce — something full and ‘widescreen’ in sound, ” and that the lyrics are, “sort of a love letter to songwriting.”

The String Cheese Incident Announces Collaboration w/Oskar Blues Brewery for 25th Anniversary

The String Cheese Incident is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with Colorado-based craft brewery Oskar Blues. SCI and Oskar Blues have brewed up the brand new S.C.I.P.A.

The new beer will be available exclusively at the upcoming Dillon Amphitheatre and Red Rocks shows in July.

Mechanimal share “Red Mirror” Single & Video, new EP out this week [Post-Punk, Dark Ambient]

After a three-year wait, last week Greece’s “drone’n’roll” act Mechanimal (Giannis Papaioanou, Freddie Faulkenberry) returned with the new song “Easy Dead,” the A-side of their new EP, “White Flag Single”, due out June 21st. Now Athenian’s scene pioneers, Mechanimal are sharing a new clip for their new EP’s B-side “Red Mirror”.

Crocodylus Unveil Haunting Video Clip for ‘Ghosts’

“One of my top favourite tracks from the week. Seriously” – Claire Mooney, triple j

FORREST RUN soar with vibrant pop single ‘SUMMER’

Like a box of chocolates, with Sunshine Coast trio Forrest Run, you never know what you’re going to get! Returning with a vibrant concoction of pop, electronic, and folk, their third single ‘Summer’ is a titanic welcome to the group’s forthcoming debut EP.

Sarah Bethe Nelson Releases New Music Video From Upcoming Album

San Fransisco based musician Sarah Bethe Nelson has released the music video for the title track from her upcoming album Weird Glow. Coming at the heels of her critically adored albums Fast Moving Clouds, (Nelson’s debut effort) and Oh, Evolution, Weird Glow reinforces Nelson’s position as a standout voice of dreamy indie-rock.

Shiny Glide Track: Innocent Moon

Shiny Glide (stage name of Antony Venneri) is a recording artist, poet, singer-songwriter, guitarist, music videos creator and stateless, charismatic figure with international experience. Shiny Glide is pure music and inspiration, as free and natural as a gliding albatross. The music styles ranges from psychedelic rock to blues, from romantic and spiritual ballads to oriental and alternative music. Shiny Glide is an international artist available for tours and festivals and always open to artistic collaborations and any kind of professional and spiritual support as long as it doesn’t hurt peace of mind and creative freedom.

MONTAIGNE announces new single READY

The new single READY is a heartfelt call to arms, a soundtrack for activism. There’s an undeniable element of pop to this song as Montaigne’s soaring vocals elevate the chorus, and the irresistible hook ‘I think I’m ready to go, I think I’m ready’, cycles like a mantra around shifting drumbeats. Basically it’s the typical brilliance that we’ve come to expect from Montaigne…!

New Single From JoBee Project

Fierce, fiery and full of flavour, Polish Brussels-based artist JoBee Project teams up with Belgian electronic producer Solemn Eye to turn up the heat with an alternative-electro single ‘Burning Sense’.

It’s Refugee Week; Pop-Star Annprincess Tells Her Incredible Story of Survival!

“Having already lived a life filled with incredible emotional and physical extremes, there are few who can question Annprincess’s amazing survival instincts” – Daily Mail

Live Nation Unveils Augmented Reality Products Elevating The Fan Experience

The initial suite of AR products in development include:

AR Livestream: For the first time ever, Live Nation’s AR Livestream will allow fans globally to experience the festival in an entirely new way. By downloading the Music Midtown app, fans can click on the AR Livestream and point the app to a flat surface from which a three-dimensional, four-sided viewer that can be rotated will appear for fans to view selected performances – live from the festival. Hyundai will be integrated into the experience by showcasing a custom 3D version of the 2020 Sonata
AR VIP Access: With AR VIP Access, fans onsite and offsite will be able to experience distinctive vantage points from Music Midtown that are typically reserved exclusively for industry insiders. Side stage, backstage, front of house soundboard – the possibilities are endless – as we use 360-degree camera technology to create a new immersive experiences. Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata will also be integrated into the experience.
AR Fest Lens: Fans attending the select festivals will be able to point their smartphone toward any of the stages and a lineup will appear identifying which artists will be performing, as well as upcoming acts, ensuring fans never miss their favorite artists – a must-have for all festival attendees.
AR Intermission: AR Intermission unlocks the opportunity for brands to creatively reimagine what the stage can look like in between sets, creating memorable, engaging entertainment experiences for fans at concerts and festivals.
AR Photo Opp: As live music events increasingly become the playground for social media content, AR Photo Opp can identify iconic and/or branded backdrops within venues and festivals. Fans can then snap photos with unique AR filters complete with custom 3D artwork that effectively blend the digital and physical worlds to help fans capture, share and relive the experience in style.

STR8 releases new single

Alternative metal band STR8 has released the lyric video for their new single The Sun.

French alternative/metal/prog’ rockers Kill The Drama Queen premiered new music video for the single “Invictus”

Alternative-Rock quartet based since 2015 between France & Luxembourg and launched around the vocalist Claus George Beeskow Camarda, Mehdi Souss (guitarist), Lionel De Kort (Bass) and Fabio Amir Delgado Issufo (drums), Kill The Drama Queen aka KTDM takes his inspiration from the alternative rock scene, the emotion vibes and complex structures from the progressive vibes or the stoner-rock ground for their groove and solar atmospheres.

New > Banshee > Goon Club Allstars > “Ecstasy Baby” hear single > “Thought Bubbles” EP

For the tenth release on London independent Goon Club Allstars, they present Banshee a producer plucked from the murky internet landscape. Banshee is a perfect fit for their undefined club world – one expanded upon through iconic releases by Mssingno, DJ Lag, Rudeboyz and more.

Tokyo indie band DYGL release new single ‘Don’t You Wanna Dance In This Heaven?’

Highly acclaimed Japanese indie quartet DYGL have released their brand new single ‘Don’t You Wanna Dance In This Heaven?’.

The new song is taken from their forthcoming second album Songs Of Innocence & Experience, due for release on July 3rd via their new deal with Anniversary.

Skela Returns with New Single “Elvis” (FEATURED PHOTO)

“Closing off the year strong as ever, Skela is sure to earn herself a special place in our hearts with Project 10, and we cannot wait for more to come from this exciting, powerful, and poetic voice.” –Atwood Magazine


Swedish singer-songwriter Clara Mae has shared a stunning stripped back and candid ballad, “Loved You Once” (Demo) – available now via Big Beat Records. With her raw and passionate delivery, the understated demo version of the song conveys incredible emotion from the in-demand songstress. Produced by Jerker Hansson (Charli XCX, Panic! At The Disco), “Loved You Once” marks the second new release this year from Clara, who currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming sophomore EP.

Out today: Wild Yaks’ new album ‘Great Admirer’

Today, Brooklyn’s beloved Wild Yaks are releasing their newest offering, the swaggering, sun-soaked Great Admirer (Ernest Jenning Record Co.). Hear the album in full. The lead-up to the release saw the release of the titular lead single via Glide Magazine, who called it “a catchy and dire track that combines almost surreal musical elements with flashed of brass pop,” followed by the debut of “Feast of Flesh” on MXDWN, who praised its “chaotic-yet-delicately-intertwining guitar licks and vocalist Rob Bryn’s meandering vocals.”

LP ANNOUNCEMENT/VIDEO PREMIERE: Wild Yaks Return With New LP ‘Great Admirer’-Share New Video “Great Admirer”

Tyler Childers’ “All Your’n” premieres today

Produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, the record was recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville and consists of nine new songs written by Childers including lead track, “House Fire.” Rolling Stone praises the song, noting that Childers “updates the bluegrass sounds of his native Kentucky with electricity and roots-rock stomp, nodding to past traditions without sacrificing the present,” while Paste declares it “a lusty do-si-do. It’ll have you slapping your knees, stomping your feet and tossing your hair.”


Today Ingrid Michaelson releases “Pretty,” a new track from her forthcoming album, Stranger Songs, out June 28th – a truly unique collection inspired by Netflix’s pop culture phenomenon, Stranger Things. Co-written with Sarah Aarons (Khalid, Maren Morris) and co-written and produced by Alex Hope (Troye Sivan).

Cuja Unveils Stunning Debut EP ‘Vol. 1’

There is a new voice emerging from the pop scene and her name is Cuja. The 4-track EP, titled ‘Vol. 1,’ is out everywhere today on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Music. Cuja fuses retro influences with a forward-thinking electro-pop twist.


K-pop supergroup and worldwide phenomenon, Monsta X, unveil the music video for their new single “WHO DO U LOVE?” [feat. French Montana] today.


“The song is really a call to action…I’m really saying that I’m sick of putting off certain things in my life and it’s time to make my”Someday” today. There is desperation in the lyric that really pushed the intensity of the music and the rhythm of the song and created a bit of a grittier and more uptempo feel,” Vodinh explains of the single. SiriusXM’s OCTANE is an early believer, putting the song into their ‘Test Drive’ this week, as is Spotify, adding the track to the NEW NOISE playlist.


Since his debut album, 2018’s “Harder than Ever” every project Lil Baby has released has hit RIAA gold or platinum status. And “OUT THE MUD (Feat. Future)” comes just In time for BET awards where he’s nominated for Best New Artist and Best Group (with Gunna). He’ll also be performing on the BET awards stage.

Lil Baby Shares New Song “Out The Mud” Feat. Future


Twenty One Pilots have shared “Chlorine (19.4326° N, 99.1332° W),” the first track featured in the band’s new “Løcatiøn Sessiøns” series. Recorded by Tyler Joseph, “Chlorine (19.4326° N, 99.1332° W)” marks the first performance from the “Løcatiøn Sessiøns,” a series of stripped back performances. The track is accompanied by an official visualizer, which is streaming now on the band’s official YouTube channel.

Nashville Scene premier’s Scale Model’s new single ahead of Friday release

“‘Expectations’ is a highly danceable tune that draws heavily on post-disco electronic pop, featuring an insistent beat and lead guitar lines in the vein of U2’s The Edge. In the lyrics, Johnson Rox laments the lack of clarity that has kept her stuck in place…”
-Stephen Trageser, Nashville Scene

Sunsleeper Celebrate New Single/Music Video “Better Now”

From the forthcoming album comes singles “Soften Up,” “No Cure,” and, the latest release, “Better Now”; this most recent track details the duality of lead singer Jeffery Mudgett’s headspace. On the one hand, he is feeling guilty about taking forever to propose to his wife, delaying their future with his financial and emotional baggage; but on the other hand, he knows these things are miniscule compared to the happiness they bring each other. Despite being one of the most upbeat-sounding songs Mudgett has ever written, lyrically, it leans back toward their despondent comfort zone.

The River of Calm Becoming a Stress Reliever for Online Listeners Around the World

With American Psychological Association statistics showing 75 percent of adults worldwide report experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and nearly half claiming their stress has increased in the past year*, people are looking for relief from everyday pressures and anxiety. Many are now finding comfort, peace and tranquility by retreating into The River of Calm.

The Hold Steady are back with new single “Denver Haircut”

“Thrashing Thu The Passion” will be released via French Kiss Records on August 16th and finds the band back in buoyant mood. The record rarely lets up, and is almost relentlessly up-beat, and has the feeling of a band finding their way back to each other in the studio, to have fun writing as a group again. No messing about or over-thinking the studio recording process, just getting in, writing, enjoying it and releasing it. That new-found spontaneity seems to be working well for them. Everywhere from Pitchfork to Uncut and DIY magazine have shown their excitement for it, so it’d be great to hear what you think too.

SAENS – ‘Dazed’

“I wrote the lyrics for this song, and produced it alongside Max-Antoine Gendron. We always keep our recording sessions very private. We write everything at his house in his home studio. I’m not a fan of big studios for writing sessions – I think it puts too much pressure on the creative flow to manifest itself. Ultimately, all you need is a computer, basic instruments, and a mic. The rest is bullshit, especially nowadays with so much technology at our fingertips.”

Kris Kelly explores the emotional tug-of-war between socio-cultural binaries on ‘Cracked Porcelain’

Originally from Austin, TX, Kelly has made a series of impassioned moves that have thrown his sense of belonging into question, as quickly as they’ve consolidated it once again. A life of pivots has made for sincere and affecting writing on this upcoming body of work. New track ‘Cracked Porcelain’ explores the emotional tug-of-war between socio-cultural binaries of sexual identity through the lens of an LGBTQ+ union.

The Hold Steady – New album “Thrashing Thru The Passion” – Album stream

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.

VIDEO LINK: Shaun Johnson’s BBE Swings with “Spiderman”

The lead singer of the multi-million-selling a cappella group Tonic Sol Fa leads his Big Band Experience through this classic superhero theme, from his upcoming release, CAPITOL, set for release on June 21.