#tgif edition – @skopemag news for july 12, 2019 @ 10:15 am est

DRUGS OF FAITH: Virginia Grind/Rock Trio With Enemy Soil

The DRUGS OF FAITH lineup is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Richard Johnson (Enemy Soil, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), bassist Ivan Khilko (Immanent Voiceless, Destroyer of Worlds), and drummer Ethan Griffiths (Embra). Since its 2002 inception, the band has released an array of recordings through Selfmadegod Records, Malokul, Contaminated Tones, and more. The band has appeared in the Decibel Magazine Flexi Series, on a Godflesh tribute compilation, has recorded a split 7″ with Cloud Rat and a split 3″ CD with Antigama, and most recently issued a track on an anti-Trump compilation.

Grammy-winner Paula Cole’s new album “Revolution” out 9/13

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole is set for the release of her tenth full-length album, Revolution, September 13 via 675 Records. Produced by Chris Bruce (Seal, Meshell Ndegeocello, My Brightest Diamond) alongside Cole (a Grammy-nominated producer, herself), the album delves into the themes of gender identity, race and age that are once again so relevant in the current social/political climate.

After Ellen is premiering the album bonus track “Hope Is Everywhere,” which is featured on the Revolution vinyl edition, in support of the LGBTQ+ community.


Midnight Kids rally around a youthful sentiment crafted by dreamers, believers and late night rebels. In a world that prides itself on being more connected than ever, the same cannot be said about its people who tuck their fears, doubts and insecurities under the covers. Midnight Kids are rewriting the script, encouraging people to be comfortable with their story. Midnight Kids’ story began a bit over a year ago when Kyle Girard and Dylan Lee first met and instantly connected on a vision and sound they were both striving toward. Since then, they’ve been able put their distinct, 80s-inspired spin on official remixes for The Chainsmokers, Gryffin, ARIZONA and more. In June 2018, they released their debut single “Find Our Way” featuring klei, which ended up making its way onto the radio, earning the BPM Breaker on SiriusXM and more. Millions of streams later, they found their home at RCA where they continue to write their story and choose to live by a singular statement: “We are all Midnight Kids. Let’s tell our story together.”

<PIG> Announces The Divine Descent Tour for Sept/Oct

Fresh off the release of his spellbinding collection of covers CANDY last month, post-punk band <PIG>, featuring the iconic Lord of Lard himself RAYMOND WATTS, has announced a string of live dates in support of that album. What separates this run from his recent North American tours is that this sees the triumphant return of previous band members to the <PIG> pen.

Sep 19 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
Sep 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Sep 21 – Canton, OH @ The Auricle
Sep 22 – Chicago, IL @ Coldwaves Festival
Sep 23 – Detroit, MI @ Small’s
Sep 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
Sep 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Sep 26 – Wilmington, DE @ Bar XIII
Sep 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
Sep 28 – Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
Sep 29 – Richmond, VA @ Fallout
Sep 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Oct 01 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
Oct 02 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
Oct 03 – New Orleans, LA @ The Goat
Oct 04 – St. Louis, MO @The Crackfox
Oct 05 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Oct 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimers

Sherwood Marty Releases “Shawn Kemp” Single [Listen Now]

Baton Rouge rapper, Sherwood Marty, drops new single, ” Shawn Kemp.” The record pays homage to the 6 time NBA all star player. “Friday we putting all the chopsticks up and bringing out dat Big 40……Shawn Kemp,” says Sherwood Marty.

All Eyes West Announce New Album + Single

Surprise! The almighty All Eyes West have a new album coming out in August. If you’re not familiar with the band let me get you up to speed. This trio from Chicago started back in 2010 and went full throttle. They have shared the stage with Bob Mould, Alkaline Trio, OFF!, and a slew of other notable bands since their inception. In between endless tours they have released two full lengths and a handful of EP’s. Now they’re back with a new single titled “As I Bleed” which is the leading track from their upcoming LP, Like Lightning. The band has teamed up again with Jump Start Records and you’ll be able to grab Like Lightning on CD/Digital/Vinyl on August 30th, 2019. Get a sample of what’s to come by listened to “As I Bleed” today.


Today, the New Jersey native, LA based songstress Phoebe Ryan shares her newest single “Build Me Up” today on Neon Gold Records. The accompanying video is premiered by Youtube HERE and is directed by Matt Porter. “Build Me Up” follows the release of her catchy single, “A Thousand Ways” and comes ahead of a summer tour supporting Carly Rae Jepsen across North America.


“Shake is a shape shifting vocalist, able to instinctively channel the angst of emo, the tenderness of gospel, and the emotionality of R&B.” – PITCHFORK


“Barny Fletcher is ready to blow” HighSnobiety

RJMrLA Welcomes Young Thug to His World on “Time,” the Latest ‘On God’ Single

“RJ has built a huge regional following in the West Coast, perfecting his hard uncompromising Cali street sound on this year’s OMMIO 3.” – HotNewHipHop


K-Pop Rock Band, DAY6’s highly anticipated worldwide comeback is set for Monday, July 15th at 5:00AM (EST) / 6:00PM (KST). The title track, “Time of Our Life,” was announced today, with a teaser of the upcoming music video, causing fan pandemonium across the globe. “‘The Book of Us : Gravity’ is an album with various genres, and new challenges in music for DAY6. It contains messages of what people go through in different kinds of human relationships, all while keeping DAY6’s true color” says Vocalist and Bassist Young K; with Main Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist, SUNGJIN, agreeing that this album is a “new musical direction for DAY6 as a team.”

RVBY returns with new single ‘Hanging On’

Bristolian singer-songwriter RVBY returns with new single ‘Hanging On’, out 12th July via Funnel Music.

With an unmistakable Swedish pop sensibility, the elegant track pairs RVBY’s impressive vocal range with a shimmering, massively uplifting backing beat. It marks the first time RVBY has worked with producer Toby Scott, who has previously written material for Little Mix, Girls Aloud and Call Me Loop.


“Walked across Ohio, took me fifty days
I talked to the stars, they were happy that I came
Somedays I’m a genius, others I’m insane
There is something gorgeous underneath the pain. . .
I don’t want your money, I am simply done
I just walked away, look what I’ve become, look what I’ve become. . .”

Versus shares new song from first album in 9 years, NYC release show

The release of “Gravity” follows the album’s first single, “Mummified,” which BrooklynVegan called “a typically roaring Versus indie rock number but then blossoms into something much prettier and sparkling, almost Smiths-esque, with Richard [Baluyut] and bassist Fontaine Toups trading off lead vocals and coming together for lovely harmonies.”

Dan Luke And The Raid To Release Debut Album “Out Of The Blue” October 11th – Billboard Premieres “Exoskeleton” Video Today

Dan Luke and the Raid are set to release their debut album, Out of the Blue, on October 11th via New West Records. The 10-song set was produced by Bradley Shultz of Cage the Elephant and engineered by Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes Recording in Nashville, TN. From their appearance at Bonnaroo in 2018, Rolling Stone has already called the Bowling Green, KY-based outfit a “fully-formed-on-arrival band,” saying they “have a brand of garage-surf-meets-Floyd psychedelia that’s all its own.” Entertainment Weekly has also stated, “The group’s clangy music feels somehow both retro and futuristic,” comparing them to “The Beatles at their “Helter Skelter”-heaviest.”

New > Ian Isiah > “Persistent” > NSFW

The clip directed by Nick Harwood (Kim Petras, Blood Orange, KENZO, SOPHIE) features a seductive neighborhood girl @ibeen.davis a.k.a. Juicy as she gets off work and checks herself into a solo private dance in prayer for Shugga on the silver screen.

Watch/Share bülow’s NEW “Get Stupid” Video

The track is off the JUNO Award winner’s latest EP Crystalline released earlier this year and was produced by Mike Wise, who produced several songs on the EP. When discussing the accompanying video for the song whose concept was envisioned by the singer herself, bülow commented, “When I was younger, I wanted to be an inventor, to create things. I think everybody strives for the feeling of self importance, trying to find their ways to be remembered. My character created a flying device, it didn’t work out, but that wasn’t the end.”

UK Indie punk anthem for the IG generation FFO: False Heads, Pulled Apart By Horses

The four lads from Hull formed from the ashes of Felony, and were brought together by a love of QOTSA, Drenge, and Arctic Monkeys. They’ve been doing fantastic things across North England including a stellar gig at Nottingham’s Rough Trade, and were recently live in session for Alan Raw on BBC Introducing Humberside.



“Chase Atlantic are bringing truth back to pop music” –PopCrush

Billboard Partners With Bandsintown To Enhance Live Music and Artist Discovery

Billboard, the world’s most influential music media brand, today announced a multifaceted partnership with Bandsintown to drive music discovery and fan engagement on both platforms while helping artists sell more tickets. Bandsintown, the most trusted source for concert discovery, will feature its robust catalog of global tour dates across Billboard and its portfolio of influential music sites.

“As the definitive destination for music fans and the industry worldwide, we are thrilled to partner with Bandsintown to bring their innovative technology to our platform as we continue to offer our audiences the best and most comprehensive information about artists they love and support artists live music performances across the globe,” said The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group President Deanna Brown.

Dan Rico Explains New Single – ‘Lets Go Back’

“I wrote ‘Let’s Go Back’ after having a series of dreams in which I was dropped back into my past. I was taken to a room I used to play in at my grandparents house, looking out over their backyard. In another I was in my old Chicago neighborhood meeting friends at a bar and getting food at a restaurant I loved that had since closed. It’s a song about the inevitability and acceptance of time passing, and how the beautiful moments in our lives can be recalled slowly, with delectable care and love. This song is a departure from my typically more upbeat and poppy styles – languid, meditative, and loving.”