@skopemag news for July 9, 2019 @ 7:15 pm est

Tasha The Amazon Reflects on Her Rise With the Twinkling “Not The Same” Single

Tasha The Amazon is a textbook iconoclast, blazing her own path through Canada’s music industry with undeniable talent and a fierce demeanor. Kicking back atop twinkling keys and rubbery bass, Tasha reflects on her climb to stardom on “Not The Same,” her new single. Produced by Arthur McArthur (Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T), “Not The Same” finds Tasha adapting her mantra-like melodies to the track’s summery vibe, thinking back to her couch-surfing past in Toronto and comparing it to her globe-trotting life as a boundary-pushing rapper. Though the production is less punishing than some of the warehouse-friendly tracks on her last album Die Every Day, Tasha doesn’t lose her sneering attitude, looking down her nose on those who lack the work ethic to overcome the odds she faced. “Not The Same” is the latest release from Black Moon, Tasha’s upcoming album, following the bohemian, NYLON-premiered video for “That Ain’t You.”

The Get Up Kids Share New Video For “Salina”

“Problems fits in perfectly with the band’s original run of records in the most worthwhile way possible. It’s outrageously hooky, emotionally blunt and honest, melodically quirky—and even a little bit sad sometimes. It’s the Get Up Kids in their pure form. And it’s an absolute blast.” – Magnet Magazine, ‘Essential New Music’

GRLwood Shares Angsty New Single “I Hate My Mom”

Kentucky-Fried Queerdos GRLwood have shared their new single, “I Hate My Mom,” today with Billboard. Louisville’s latest obsession, GRLwood, unapologetically sings and screams their way through this anthem of highly-relatable arguments taking you back to the days of parental control and rebellion. Coming off of their soon to be released sophomore album, I Sold My Soul To The Devil When I Was 12, the scream-pop duo delivers a righteous follow-up to their acclaimed 2018 release, Daddy. Meeting us with familiar themes of queerness, politics, and satire, GRLwood continues to solidify their name as the next big thing in punk. Look for their new album out August 2 on all platforms.

Carl Anderson Announces Tour with American Aquarium, ‘You Can Call Me Carl’ EP Out Now

The EP was produced by acclaimed songwriter/producer Chris Keup and Stewart Myers for roughly ten days of raw, loose magic at White Star, a renovated barn-turned-studio located on farmland outside Charlottesville, VA. On the record is an all star backing band of Charlie Hall (The War On Drugs), Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger), Daniel Clarke (Natalie Prass), and Rick Holstrom (Mavis Staples).

The Brand New Heavies Share Version Of Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls” Feat. N’Dea Davenport & Produced By Mark Ronson

Today The Brand New Heavies are pleased to share a breath-taking version of Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls”, recorded with longtime associate and vocalist N’Dea Davenport and produced by uber-fan Mark Ronson. Ronson first caught their show (and lineup) in New York in 1991, later inviting them to play at his 40th birthday party. Insistent once more to reconvene that lineup, they successfully reunited N’Dea and The Heavies for his production of this track for their 30th anniversary album. Listen to it HERE.


“DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING),” Atlantic Records’ GRAMMY ®-winning companion to the Tony® Award-winning musical, has been certified gold by the RIAA making it only the third cast recording to receive gold or greater certification this decade. Additionally, “Waving Through A Window,” the hit single from the musical has also received RIAA gold certification.

Jesca Hoop latest music video for her new single, “Outside of Eden

Elia Petridis, director and owner of Los Angeles production company Filmatics, and Jesca Hoop, an American musician and songwriter based in the UK, combined their artistic talents to create stunning visual stories to bring life to the songwriter’s musical perspective. The two artists have worked on five uniquely collaborative music videos together, each with its own aesthetic and cinematic style, expertly produced to match the emotional arch of the track itself. Their first collaboration, “The Kingdom,” is a tribal fever dream in which Petridis envisioned, and brought to life, the many alter egos within Hoop’s melodic story. Birthed in a dream-like state, it’s meant to capture a mirror image of how Petridis felt when she first heard Hoops music. “City Bird” explores the life of the homeless in downtown Los Angeles, where Jesca had begun her music career. With the use of visual effects like stop motion and claymation-esque props, it follows the story of a homeless boy, desolate and wandering the city streets, before eventually settling into an empty, ghost-ridden home.

Prog Legends Nektar Celebrate 50th Anniversary With New Studio Album “The Other Side”

Nektar: The Legendary Rock Band are recording a new album! This is the first new studio album made in the United States since 1977!!

We put the old band back together to CELEBRATE the 50th ANNIVERSARY of NEKTAR!

The original members of Nektar; Derek “Mo” Moore, Ron Howden, and Mick Brockett are back. We’ve added Ryche Chlanda from Fireballet and the 78′ band, Randy Dembo from the 2005 band, and newcomer and world-class keyboard player, Kendall Scott.

DEVOURMENT: Brutal Death Metal Unit Shares “Narcissistic Paraphilia” At Metal Injection’s Dank Slams

Texas’ brutal death metal veterans DEVOURMENT are pleased to unleash “Narcissistic Paraphilia” via Metal Injection’s Dank Slams. The track comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length, Obscene Majesty, set for release via Relapse Records next month.

DANK SLAMS: New DEVOURMENT Track “Narcissistic Paraphilia” Is Murder In Musical Form

Hey, ICYMI- Richie Quake’s New EP ‘Paradise Dreams,’ following syncs on Broad City, Detroiters

On his new EP, Quake tells a story of various forms of escapism, both into the mind and from it. Drawing inspiration from 80’s Dream Pop, Synth Pop, and contemporary Indie Pop/R&B, ‘Paradise Dreams’ has a unique, retro-futuristic sound. The project was mastered by Greg Calbi, engineer for Bob Dylan, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Arcade Fire, John Mayer, and more.

Kira Metcalf unveils new video for “Lily” w/ interview in GroundSounds

The video premiered along with an interview in GroundSounds where Metcalf detailed, “I wrote ‘Lily’ at the beginning of a new relationship. At the time I thought in order to be lovable I would have to be perfect, which to me meant careful, soft, agreeable, and delicate. I was so afraid of my own feelings that measuring and stifling myself felt like the only way I could be accepted or loved. ‘Lily’ is a song about the encroaching fear of being alone, about losing what you’ve always wanted. That is something I really wanted to come across in the video, something I think director Dior Rodriguez expertly captures. The video itself is very dreamy and soft while also exposing those fears and the jarring and unexpected loneliness that can creep up on you while falling in love.”

PREMIERE: Kira Metcalf – “Lily”

SiXforNinE go trans-dimensional with new ‘Counting Stars’ video & single

One week after their highly acclaimed performance at Release Athens 2019 alongside Disturbed and Anthrax, SiXforNinE have revealed a brand new single and a psychedelic lyric video for the song “Counting Stars (A Parallel Universe)”. The video was directed by Mathos Stergiou of Manster Design and animated using elements of the cover art (designed by Vagelis Petikas) from their upcoming second full-length album Parallel Universe which will be released worldwide via Eclipse Records on August 2, 2019. The band features former longtime Septicflesh drummer Fotis Benardo on lead vocals. Watch the video right now at this location.

New Orleans’ Pet Fangs’ Jane Fonda inspired track “Barbarella”

Joe from the band shared with be about the track “One of our favorite studios is Dockside Studio in Maurice LA. There’s a tv above the console and we always put up some crazy old movie while we are working. I remember Jory our bass player put up Barbarella starring Jane Fonda. Its a really wild film visually and when we got out of the session, I came home and wanted to try out my little 4 track cassette recorder. I had a fuzzy guitar sound and just played 2 notes in a fast strumming pattern. When I went to come up with lyrics – Barbarella was everything that came to mind.”

Watch Megan Thee Stallion’s Late-Night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  

Megan Thee Stallion made her late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night with a performance of her hit singles, “Realer” and “Big Ole Freak”. Megan is an Apple Music Up Next artist and has had a monumental year that includes a cover of The Fader’s Summer issue and being named as one of XXL Magazine’s 2019 Freshman. Her critically-acclaimed project Fever is currently the most-streamed release on Apple music and sits at #24 on the Billboard Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums chart.


Having dominated majority of the first half of 2019, today the King of Drip releases the video for his single “Baby Birkin,” from his debut #1 album Drip Or Drown 2, with a surprise appearance by social media star and model, Jordyn Woods. The summer vibe, directed by Spike Jordan showcases a field of women, which includes Jordyn wearing stylish pastel looks while all toting the luxurious Birkin bag. All the while, the fashion maven gives us looks for days, check out Gunna’s latest drip here!

XTC’s Colin Moulding & Terry Chambers announce TC&I live album ‘Naked Flames’ + new Ummagma LP

For anyone who was ever an XTC fan, today I have some great news for you. COLIN MOULDING and TERRY CHAMBERS will be presenting a live album under their TC&I moniker, following up their ‘Great Aspirations’ debut EP released a year and a half ago. ‘Naked Flames: Live at Swindon Arts Centre’ will be released via Burning Shed on August 9.

ALIEN WEAPONRY Return To North America This Fall

New Zealand metal outfit ALIEN WEAPONRYhave announced their next run of dates in the US and Canada. The band will join forces with legendary metal bands Black Label Society and The Black Dahlia Murder for a month long tour this Fall. The trek kicks off September 11th in Ventura, CA and concludes on October 12th at the inaugural “Exit 111 Festival” in Manchester, TN. A complete list of dates is below. Following those dates, the band has scheduled a string of headline dates. They start October 13th in Kansas City, MO and runs through October 26th in Seattle, WA.

Earlier this summer, ALIEN WEAPONRYwas featured in an on-camera interview with CNN. The conversation took place during their most recent tour of North America and focused on their success in bringing “Maori Metal” to the masses and what it was like to form the band at such a young age.

HELIVS Release Self -Titled Album July 11, 2019; Announce Tour Dates for July

HELIVS are set to release their self-titled album on July 11, 2019. The band has announced tour dates this July with band Reason Define in support of

Lil Durk Announces ‘Love Songs 4 The Streets 2’ Album, Shares Single With King Von

“Unshackled from any kind of outline, Durk’s pen game shines. His rise was dotted with blood-soaked tales that summarized much of drill’s appeal: ground-level glimpses at Chicago’s South Side that colored in the outline offered by grim murder statistics.” -Pitchfork

Iconic 70’s band SUICIDE remastered art of the album release of their debut, out July 26

“Suicide’s self-titled 1977 debut was more than just a statement or a passive harbinger of the shape of music to come, but instrumental in moulding the future of its form.” – The Quietus

Subversive US Indie-pop band Joywave share ‘Like A Kennedy’ video

Concocting a distinctively modern approach towards pop music, ‘Like A Kennedy’ holds a deep meaning of political turmoil,”complete exhaustion and media burnout”. Its pensive, dreamy sound textures and the video’s compelling visuals are equally powerful and thought-provoking as it reimagines the assassination of JFK, reflecting today’s current climate.

Michaela Anne Drops “Child of the Wind” via Brooklyn Vegan, Announces New Tour Dates

The single is the newest from her upcoming album Desert Dove, out September 27th on Yep Roc Records. In June, Anne released the first single from the record, “By Our Design”, which premiered on Rolling Stone. In addition to playing notable festivals like Wisconsin’s Mile of Music and Nashville’s long-running AmericanaFest, Michaela Anne announced new East coast dates today for her fall tour.

Michaela Anne Previews New Album ‘Desert Dove’ With Sweeping ‘By Our Design’