weekend edition – @skopemag news for june 30, 2019 @ 10:30 am est

MARS RED SKY unveil details for new album “The Task Eternal” on Listenable Records

Three years after their mind-blowing “Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul)” odyssey, French heavy psych torchbearers MARS RED SKY are set to add another cornerstone to the pharaonic sonic monument they’ve been building for over a decade. Written in a medieval castle in 2018, their new album “The Task Eternal” will be released on September 27th through Listenable Records, digging deeper into their soundcraft’s perfectly balanced duality. “The Task Eternal” intriguing artwork was designed by Carlos Olmo.

Listen to “Supernova” by Julian Daniel

Julian Daniel is a 19-year-old Canadian pop singer from Toronto, ON. Growing up in a musical household and being involved in activities such as musical theatre, vocal lessons and dance he has always been one to be involved in the creative arts. After finishing high school, and having had experimented with a few original songs and successful releases. Julian then decided to dedicate his time to his music and transform it from a hobby to a career.

Skope EP submission: Mavi Marx & DJ Squigz, “My Resignation”

Childs released the Prophet And The King album last year, and made a guest appearance on Cappadonna’s 1998 debut album The Pillage as well as Theodore Unit’s 2004 album 718. My Resignation is out now on Squigz’ Fatal imprint.

The Black Keys’ 9th Studio Album “Let’s Rock” Out Today Via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records

“In an era of blatantly computerized pop, Let’s Rock flaunts basics from yesteryear: guitars, drums, vocals.” – The New York Times

Makeunder shares first studio album, ‘Pale Cicada’, out today on Good Eye Records

“When I listen to “Promethean Heat,” I think of how a dream feels when it’s happening… The song somehow feels so comfortable and familiar but also insanely impossible, like Igor Stravinsky and Trent Reznor arguing about a call in last night’s basketball game at a company BBQ.” – Nate Brenner of Tune-Yards

Wildlife Release New Single “Wasted”

Toronto’s Wildlife has captivated lovers of brazen, fully charged indie rock for over a decade. Today, the group share a brand new single. “Wasted” is now available to stream on SoundCloud, Spotify, and other music platforms.

Visionatica take us today with the epic lyric video to their bombastic third Symphonic Metal single

Strong female characters have been a specific topic for VISIONATICA since “Lilith” on the brilliant debut album “Force Of Luna”. Now the German Symphonic Metal band puts the wife of Alexander the Great in the deserved spotlight with their third single “Roxana The Great” taken from the new album “Enigma Fire” to be released by Frontiers Music Srl on July 12th, 2019. The band around front lady Tamara Amedov, guitarist Manuel Buhl, bass player Tim Zahn and drummer Gerhard Spanner takes us on a journey into the world of ancient Macedonia. With the dramatic lyric video they continue the cooperation with video artist Andy Pilkington (Orden Ogan, Dee Snider, Tomorrow’s Eve) of Very Metal Art, who once again captured the lines of the song into epic and exciting image sequences:

Ritt Momney, lo-fi bedroom artist shares his stunning second single, “(If) the Book Doesn’t Sell”

“I saw this song sort of as an ’emptying out’ of everything I really wanted to say to my family and the rest of the people who had known me up to this.”


Fresh off their sold-out nationwide tour, the alt-rock band made up of brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch – THE DRIVER ERA – have released their debut album X, out everywhere today. The album, which serves as a 10 year anniversary project since Ross and Rocky’s first ever live show, was self-written and produced by the brothers. X features 10 tracks in total, including the band’s debut single “Preacher Man,” as well as fan favorites “Low,” “Nobody Knows,” and “Feel You Now”. Stream/download X here.

Kate Magdalena Releases Soaring Battle Hymn for July 4

San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and recording artist Kate Magdalena releases a soaring new take on the traditional Civil War ballad, the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The hymn sings “Glory Hallelujah” in the midst of our nation’s great conflicts, such as were witnessed during the Civil War, and again today as our country struggles to unite under a common vision of what it means to be American. The lyrics were written in 1861 by Julia Ward Howe to fit the tune of “John Brown’s Body.” Since that time, the song has evoked and expressed sentiments of real patriotism, as well as religious fervor. Kate took a liking to the song when she first heard it powerfully sung by Judy Garland to honor President Kennedy as the nation grieved his death. She hopes now to rekindle it as an inspiration for America today, as the nation prepares to celebrate the July 4th holiday.

Royal Teeth release inspiring new album ‘Hard Luck’

“Raw, invigorated, defiant, and self-empowered…Royal Teeth [is] as a pop/rock force making music that is as freeing as it is fun.” – Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine


Pat Houston said of the single, “The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and our new partner Primary Wave are delighted with the collaboration between KYGO and WHITNEY. We knew KYGO would be the right producer to enhance Whitney’s powerful vocal performance on ‘Higher Love,’ to the standards and expectations that Whitney’s fans have recognized for over three decades. The resurgence of this precious archival performance will carry Whitney’s musical legacy on to a younger generation for years to come. Everyone should be ready to dance to this uplifting and inspiring record – a testament to KYGO’s incredible talent, and a reminder of why we fell in love with Whitney from the very beginning!!!”

Hear Whitney Houston and Kygo’s Steve Winwood ‘Higher Love’ Cover

Kerry Hart Premieres Debut Single “I Know A Gun”

Today, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Kerry Hart released her debut single “I Know A Gun,” the title track from her forthcoming album of the same name. The track first premiered on Folk Alley who writes, “Very few artists make a first impression so indelible and wondrous that you know within seconds that they are truly special. In the past few years, Courtney Marie Andrews, Anna Tivel, and Dylan LeBlanc all cleared that bar and even raised it with succeeding efforts. Now comes Kerry Hart making a play of her own to join their ranks.”

Pearl Clarkin Announces Release of Fun Spirited Single, “Girls of Summer”

Pearl Clarkin grew up on Santa Rosa Island, Florida and is paying homage to her favorite place: the beach. The fun spirited song, “Girls of Summer” was written by Pearl and produced by Bill McDermott, with lyrics based on her girlfriends and their “glory days” when they were carefree on the island sashaying around like beauty queens. The single, released to radio late Spring continues to climb the Music Row Breakout Chart and will be available for streaming and download on all digital platforms in the near future.


CRO-MAGS feature Flanagan on lead vocals/bass, guitarists Gabby Abularach, Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone), and drummer Garry “G-Man” Sullivan.

Rising stars CANDID unleash thrilling new single ‘Concrete Jungle’

Backed by the likes of BBC Introducing and Fred Perry, Candid are fittingly honest when they come to describing their sound – music to dance to. On their forthcoming single, ‘Concrete Jungle’, they live up to the promise. Taking up the indie-on-the-dancefloor dynamics of their peers (think the pulsating post-punk pizzazz of Franz Ferdinand, the spiky shrugging of The Strokes, the bleary-eyed bluster of Catfish and the Bottlemen), Candid’s new single is a foot-to-the-floor rocker built around fuzz-drenched thrills, infectious rhythms and a soaring chorus.


Just days after The Hollywood Walk of Fame announced Tanya Tucker will be one of their newest stars, the country legend premieres the video for “Hard Luck,” the first official single from her new album, While I’m Livin’ (out August 23rd, 2019 via Fantasy Records.) A 1978 chestnut from country rockers Josefus, “Hard Luck” was chosen for the new album by Jennings and personalized lyrically by Tucker. “This tune is really fun,” says Carlile. “If you know Tanya Tucker you know this is her song.” The clip, directed by noted photographer Chris Phelps (Willie Nelson, Sam Outlaw) stars Tucker, Carlile and Jennings.

Niko The Kid and Bipolar Sunshine Link Up on Soulful House Single “Away”

Seamlessly mixing worldly house beats and airy sensibilities, Atlanta’s Niko The Kid and British singer Bipolar Sunshine bridge the Atlantic on their soulful collaboration “Away,” premiered via Complex UK.

Old Salt Union release new single “Tell Me So” ft. bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne

Today, Old Salt Union has released their newest single “Tell Me So”. The track premiered exclusively via The Bluegrass Situation and it is the second single to be released off their upcoming record, following the release of the title track on June 7. Where the Dogs Don’t Bite is due out on Aug 16 via Compass Records.


Atlantic recording artists Why Don’t We have released their sixth new track of 2019, “Come To Brazil” – available now via all DSPs. Written/produced in collaboration with JKash (Charlie Puth, Maroon 5) and The Futuristics (G-Eazy, Selena Gomez), the release marks the band’s most hands-on studio cut thus far with all five members sharing writing credit on the summer-ready smash.


The creative direction of “what we say in private” has ebbed seamlessly with the piecing together of the album. Originally devised as a concept record with two distinct sides – one resembling the sun and one resembling the moon – Ada Lea has taken the original sketches and made them into a colourful collection of intricate pop songs. The resulting record still has whispers of these contrasts, going from the dark before being brought back into the light shortly after.

Oakland’s DAXMA Reveal New ‘RUINS UPON RUINS’ EP Arriving July 26th

DAXMA (pronounced [dahk-muh]) is an Oakland, CA based post-rock/doom metal band that began in Santa Cruz, CA in 2014. A collaborative project made up of members – Jessica (vocals, guitar, violin), Kelly (vocals, bass), Isaac (vocals, guitar), Forrest (guitar), and Thomas (drums) – sharing a varied musical background, including black metal, psych, and classical. DAXMA unites nuance and fragility within a framework of devastating crush that imbues significance to each motif and passage.

Today: All Hail Shane Smith & The Saints

Americana powerhouses Shane Smith & The Saints full album, Hail Mary, is available today. Released in a series of chapters to their eager fans, the final chapter, The End, is out now on all digital platforms. Chapter 4: The End features two new songs: “Last Train to Heaven” and “The End.” Produced by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons), Hail Mary has been called the definitive album in the band’s discography.