@skopemag news for july 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm est

Chicago’s R&B Ann Marie Releases Pretty Psycho — Interscope Debut Project

Hailing from the Southside of Chicago, rising R&B star Ann Marie has released a new body of work; her debut Interscope project titled Pretty Psycho. Clocking in at eleven songs with a superstar feature from Jeremih, Pretty Psycho is the follow up to Ann Marie’s Tripolar 2 project released earlier this year which shot up to #3 on the Apple Music R&B charts. Leading the charge on the album is the silky single “Throw It Back” setting the tone for what fans can expect. It precedes two monster tracks in “My Body” and “Drip” (featuring Jeremih) that reinforces Ann Marie’s signature R&B sound of equal parts grit and sexy. Ann Marie’s brilliance in songwriting is a feature throughout the project but especially so on the emotional “Touch Me” and “Decline” which features fellow Chicago artist Sonta.

New single from Carriers

John Curley (the Afghan Whigs): “My first time hearing ‘Make It Right,’ and the rest of the songs on the record, was during demo sessions in the control room at Ultrasuede. Curt and I sat at the console where he played the songs for me and showed me the chord progressions. Then we recorded simple demo versions to hear the arrangements. These became the basis for the band recordings we did later on.

Once the bulk of the recording was done, Curt did the overdubs with Isaac Karns and mixing with Chad Wahlbrink. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the final mixes. They took it to a level that was beyond what I had envisioned.

The track reminds me of the whole experience of making the record. It was very low stress; very relaxed. I hadn’t met any of the other musicians before working with Curt and they all turned out to be cool people that I now consider friends.”

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets share new video for ‘Hymn For A Droid’ announce August UK shows with Royal Blood

“‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ shifts the band away from the shadow of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra into something far more particular and intricate, but just as entertaining – an exuberant, hair-flailing stew of prog, psychedelic rock, glam, speed metal, math rock and doom boogie.” – Metro

PIZZAGIRL announces debut album ‘first timer’ with hyperactive single ‘body biology’

“ambitious ’80s-tinged pop” NME

Acclaimed BBC-Featured Brit-Pop/Rock Songwriter FREEMAN Announces New Single

“FREEMAN continues the unstoppable momentum with a promising new album on the way lead by a catchy new single.'” (Substream Magazine)

HappyBirthdayCalvin Earns A Breakout with New Single “Kari’s Song (Long Way Home)” Featuring Tati

Within just five days, it clocked over 400K streams and counting, tallying in excess 1.1 million Spotify streams thus far. Not to mention, it vaulted to #18 on the Shazam Global Chart. Featuring on the Official Soundtrack for NETFLIX’s Beats, the track showcases his instantly irresistible flow and knack for an unshakable and undeniable hook. It functions as the perfect gateway into HappyBirthdayCalvin’s one-of-a-kind world!


Sense of Fear is one of the oldest heavy metal bands in Northern Greece in action, since they began playing in 1998 in the city of Kozani. Musically they move on to Metal’s Heavy paths, rooted in the decade of 80s.

Sunscreen share music video for new single ‘High Over Love’

“The band have drawn references and comparisons to the Cocteau Twins and The Go-Betweens and we can hear that but there’s also a solid sense of their own songwriting skills and style. – Noisey / Vice

“Save it” is Mereo’s challenging and infectious shout against negativity

After studying at the academy for theatre and dance in Amsterdam, Rens Blonk released his first album “Save It” as the character MEREO in 2019 with producer Wim Selles for @sellesmusic.

“The album ‘Save it’ is all about a different perspective. Through the eyes of Mereo I noticed that I could write the most personal songs without losing myself in these stories.

Oakland’s DAXMA New ‘RUINS UPON RUINS’ EP Out 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.

John Prine Signs Kelsey Waldon to Oh Boy Records, New Music Available for Pre-Order!

“I am bursting with pride to have Kelsey Waldon recording for Oh Boy Records. Her music continues an important arc of traditional folk and country music. I love Kelsey’s singing. Her voice is one of the more authentic country voices I’ve heard in a long time. I’m looking forward to all the shows we’ll be performing together this year.” – John Prine

Enchanting singer Nikita Bassi releases debut single ‘Satin’

Regarding the single Nikita says, “‘Satin’ was written at a time when I was trying to write love songs but had never really been in love. I was younger and had a Disney-esque idea in my head of what it would feel like. It’s funny now I’ve grown up and learnt that love is so much more complex (and beautiful) than that. I initially self-produced the track as an idea and didn’t revisit it for a while, but then I met Cores who somehow took that whole dreamy vision and planted it into the song.”


Within just a few months time, the song has already gathered 62 million cumulative streams. Additionally, it continues to rapidly climb multiple charts. Not only did it go Top 10 on Urban Radio and Top 20 on Rhythm Radio, but it also ascends on the Billboard Rap Airplay Chart. Plus, it takes a Top 10 spot on Shazam in 10 major U.S. markets, and holds #37 on the Global Shazam chart.

Unsigned Artists Are Generating More Income Than Ever Before, According to New Study

Study from MIDIA Research and digital distribution service Amuse finds that independent artists generated $643 million in 2018, up 35% from the previous year.

Artists without record labels generated $643.1 million in 2018, up 35% from the prior year, according to a new research survey conducted by the music distribution service and alternative record label Amuse alongside MIDIA Research. That represents a 3.3% share of recorded music revenues, up from 2.8% in 2017.

Natasha Bedingfield to Headline Nissan Super Girl Pro’s 13th Anniversary Concert Series

ASA Entertainment announced today that the Nissan Concert Series will expand to 21 free concerts during the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro at the Oceanside Pier, in Oceanside, Calif., from July 26-28, 2019. The free, family-friendly event includes the largest female surf competition in the world and an empowerment festival centered around providing opportunities for women in areas of sports, entertainment, education, business and popular culture where they are traditionally underrepresented.

The Nissan Concert Series includes live performances on the Radio Disney Stage by Grammy nominated, Platinum recording artist Natasha Bedingfield, high-energy alt-pop band Hey Violet, pop sensation Maggie Lindemann, star of Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush James Maslow, rising stars Kim Petras and Indiana Massara, winner of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing Meg Donnelly, and 14 additional artists. All of the concerts are FREE to attend.

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Alive Naturalsound Records has just released the latest single “I Know It’s Not Right” from the NYC garage/psych rock band Beechwood. The track was originally recorded during their sessions from their acclaimed 2018 album Songs from the Land of Nod, and is now available for the first time via digital and streaming platforms.

Track Premiere: Beechwood’s “I Know It’s Not Right”


Hard work, heartbreak, and a voice that resonates like a southern choir, rising country music artist, Candi Carpenter, has fought for 20 years to make her way to the Grand Ole Opry stage. On Friday, July 12th her dream comes true as she makes her Opry debut.

Los Dells Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

The spectacular artist lineup for Los Dells Festival 2019 is finally unveiled and once again, does not disappoint. Every year the Wisconsin festival has amazed with its carefully curated music artists selection to perform in the major event of 3-stages that will take place at the Woodside Ranch on Labor Day weekend (August 31st & September 1st).


In the second installment of a series of videos that Alex Ebert and Noaz Deshe have teamed up on, ‘Automatic Youth’ sees Alex playing a driver who is seemingly tuned out to what is happening in and around his car while he sings and raps a very personal story about the balance of being a father in a relationship as an artist.

ENFORCED: BrooklynVegan Streams “Reckoning Force” As At The Walls LP By Richmond Crossover Outfit Nears Release Through WAR Records

ENFORCED’sAt The Walls LP features a remixed and remastered version of the 2017 demo and their “Retaliation” promo, and introduces two brand new songs to the mix. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album’s cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track “Skinned Alive.”

Megastar Kevin Hart Expands Relationship with SiriusXM

Today the world’s largest audio entertainment company. Starting July 18, Hart’s exclusive SiriusXM program, Straight From The Hart, will increase from a weekly show to twice a week, and will also double to two hours, giving listeners even greater comedy and dynamic banter from Hart and The Plastic Cup Boyz.

JOSHUA RADIN Shares “Here, Right Now” Title Track From Upcoming Album, Out October 4 

“A delicate, whispery sunbeam of a song, Joshua Radin’s ‘Here, Right Now’ bounces light into the achy places in your heart. Gorgeously simple and unapologetic, it finds Radin pointing to his true North, both musically and personally. – Parade

MUSIC NEWS: Ten Foot Pole’s new video “Everything Dies”

SoCal verteran punk rockers Ten Foot Pole are back with a brand new album entitled “Escalating Quickly”, released on May 10th, 2019 on Thousand Islands Records, Disconnect Disconnect Records(UK), Morning Wood Records (Europe) and Pee Records, Australia.


Today the Travis Barker remix of Lil Peep and XXXTENTACION’s hit track “Falling Down” was released via Columbia Records, with a video directed by Ramez Silyan. Originally recorded as “Sunlight on Your Skin” with ILOVEMAKONNEN, the Travis Barker remix is a highly-charged take on the Lil Peep and XXXTENTACION track, reminiscent of “Adam’s Song” from Blink-182’s iconic album, Enema of the State. The original “Falling Down” is now certified platinum and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Fade Always: First Listen – “As They Do”

““As They Do” is our newest single since releasing our debut EP in January. It originally started out as two different songs within the band before we transposed one, combining the two into the arrangement we have now! As the writing on it progressed, the sound that we wanted began to take shape. With the heavy guitars and four-part harmonies taking a lot of influence from Britpop, “As They Do” also has a slight psych-pop element.”

Electric Youth Share “ARAWA” From New LP

Since breaking through on the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film Drive, where their “A Real Hero” scored pivotal scenes, Electric Youth haven’t slowed down. After releasing their 2014 debut, Innerworld—hailed by Rolling Stone as “euphoric, wistful pop”—the Canadian duo spent the subsequent years working on new songs and film scores, in addition to collaborating again with Refn (“Good Blood” appeared on the companion soundtrack for his 2016 film The Neon Demon, while their 2017 release Breathing, an “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From A Lost Film,” was released under his album series), as well as Gesaffelstein (Hyperion, Columbia Records) and Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Async Remodels).

THE NEW ROSES Release New Single “Can’t Stop Rock & Roll” Today!

THE NEW ROSES bring back that 80s – Rock & Roll feeling with their newest single – ‘cause it’s never too loud.

You can’t stop Rock & Roll – a simple yet effective message, especially in modern society. And THE NEW ROSES keep proving that Rock & Roll isn’t dead to every single one of us, over and over again. Their newest single fits perfectly into their existing repertoire. Rhythmic guitar riffs and Timmy’s rough voice, that reminds the listener of a mix of outstanding vocalists like Axl Rose and Ronny Van Zant, complete the journey with a modern finish.

Taylor McFerrin Announces New Album ‘Love’s Last Chance’ out 8/16

Today, Los Angeles-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ, and vocalist Taylor McFerrin announced his new album Love’s Last Chance (out August 16th via AWAL). The first single “Now That You Need Me” launched today with praise from HYPEBEAST.