weekend edition – @skopemag news for july 13, 2019 @ 6 am est

Swearingen & Kelli Release New Song “Cold-Hearted Truth” / New Album ‘Cold-Hearted Truth’ out September 20

Today Nashville-based duo Swearingen & Kelli are releasing their new song “Cold-Hearted Truth,” the second single and title track from their upcoming album Cold-Hearted Truth, out September 20th. The song explores the difficulties of moving on when confronted with constant reminders of the past, and the hard truth we must sometimes admit to ourselves.

Ambient duo AVA share vid + announce Erland Cooper dates

AVA is Anna Phoebe (Jorja Smith, Erland Cooper) and Aisling Brouwer – a duo who create ambient soundscapes based on intricate interplay between violin and piano. Both are professional composers in their own right; Aisling for film and TV and Anna for multi-platinum selling bands and artists, but it is through AVA that the pair carve out their own musical identity in collaboration with each other.


As his single “La La Land (feat. YG)” continues to rise on the U.S. charts and was recently chosen by TIME for their “Summer Party Playlist,” Bryce Vine has teamed up with renowned Canadian DJ duo Loud Luxury for new track “I’m Not Alright,” out today. Loud Luxury are fresh off the success of their Platinum single “Body” – the most played song on dance radio for all of 2018 – while “I’m Not Alright” precedes Vine’s upcoming major label debut, Carnival, out July 26 on Sire Records and available now for pre-order.

Joanna Sternberg’s Then I Try Some More is out today on Team Love Records

Joanna Sternberg’s Then I Try Some More is out today on Team Love Records! The album premiered along side a feature interview on The FADER saying that “Sternberg’s music is upfront in its need for human connection. Then I Try Some More reveals the very maw of their sadness…”

Their release show is tonight in Brooklyn and tour dates supporting Conor Oberst kick off next week!

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Bares His Grief in New Song “You Never Leave My Heart”

“Grief is a lonesome but loyal friend. I lost a brother when I was seventeen. His name was Jay. He was three years younger than me and was born paralyzed from the chest down. He was an incredible person, full of joy and laughter in the face of a life of physical trials that most humans will never encounter. I started writing songs in college as a way to deal with the loss. In those early years, I only wrote one song explicitly about him, and have struggled to do it again in the following fourteen years.

His memory hits me at the most unexpected times. One day, walking down the street in my own neighborhood, lost in my thoughts, and I am transported to my childhood home. It is evening, the day of the funeral, and friends and family have gathered at our house to weep and laugh and be together. I am a ghost in the room, seeing myself talking to friends, and I am reminded of the loneliness, the depth of agony in saying permanent goodbyes to my blood, my brother, my memory companion, my friend. Even still, a lifetime removed from his presence, the love and story he wrote on my heart is eternal.

In the studio, I told Cason and the band that I wanted to record the song at night, so it would feel like it did in that childhood home, the scene of the song. I told them I only had 4 or 5 vocal takes in me, because I was going to allow myself to re-enter the grief in its totality, and sing in a way that I have never sung before. I believe our grief, in order to endure the transformation towards joy, must be externalized, in laughter and in tears, and in song. Here is my song, brother, I love you.”

– Drew Holcomb on writing and recording “You Never Leave My Heart”


“Kaina’s hushed vocals will cradle you, even when she’s whispering about death.” – ROLLING STONE

Vince Gill Releases Latest Track From “Okie”

Grammy Award-winning MCA Nashville country artist Vince Gill released the third focus track from his upcoming album Okie today. The song, “I Don’t Wanna Ride The Rails No More,” is the first track on the album, and it is clearly inflected with the Okie experience. The album’s title is taken from the once-derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma, many of whom hopped trains to make it to the west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression eras. Okie releases August 23.

Franky Wah shares double single ‘Free’ & ‘Love Me’

UK DJ and producer Franky Wah has dropped tracks ‘Free’ and ‘Love Me’ as a double A-side release, out 12th July via Ministry Of Sound.


“A brief look at her Instagram will reveal her affinity for roses and middle fingers…She wants to pair chaos and sophistication, and urban with the elite.” – NOISEY

Contemporary Pop Artist Tom Goss Releases New Summer Hit “Quayside”

Garnering fans across the world, Tom Goss delivers the chill song of the summer season, “Quayside.” Featuring Goss’ smooth melodic voice, over a composure of contemporary synths and guitar, he tells listeners of his own personal and unique journey with love, as he navigates the terrain of a polyamorous relationship. “Quayside” is now available for download and streaming on digital music platforms worldwide.

King Lil G Relaxes at the Ritz in the Luxurious “47 Deep” Video

“Like hip-hop legends 2Pac, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Gonzales’ lyrics on his cultural experiences and juvenile turmoil add to the established fabric of West Coast rap.” – VIBE

Lochness Monster Shares Emotional Video for New Single “Farewell Past”

The Miami-based rock outfit, Lochness Monster, consisting of Bruce Donaldson (Singer), Justin Shaner (Guitar), Brad Eavenson (Bass), and Rene Rivera (Drums) incorporate elements of rock, shoegaze, punk, and alternative metal into their heartfelt sound. Last month, the band unveiled details of their forthcoming self-titled EP due out July 26th. Off the release comes a passionate song,”Farewell Past,” which is about exploring what it means to feel crippled by the past, to fight for love, and to overcome personal demons. The song is based off a quick conversation with a homeless drifter, who had just made his way from Maine to South Florida with nothing but a backpack and a determination to keep going forward.

Wallis Bird shares new single “Salve”

“Salve” is a raucous nod to Wallis Bird’s soulful heritage and musical upbringings. “My dad was a big soul and rock man,” she elaborates, “I’ve been floating soul vibes my whole life. It gets me deep down, for sure. “Salve” warns us about social media’s more poisonous effects.

Shutups – “Every Day I’m Less Zen” LP

“It didn’t feel like a happy ending movie plot,” Hadley says of his re-emergence from medical exile and personal tumult in light of his accident. “I came out depressed and not wanting to do anything. The band saved me.”


At the start of the track, a swell of violins gives way to soft piano and a delicate chorus from NF. As the beat kicks in, his breathless delivery ramps up, slipping from nimble verses into a hypnotic hook, “I just need time.” Once again, he delivers a thoughtful message woven together by signature tense and tight bars. Additionally, he dropped a cinematic music video for the song befitting of its story.


Featuring the breakout rapper Reo Cragun, “Runaway” is an undeniably electric anthem combining elements of electronic music set against Cragun’s memorable chorus and soulfully-spit verses. Ekali’s genre-defying production talent truly shines on the new track, featuring trap hi-hats, a heavy driving bassline and booming percussion. The song is officially out today through Big Beat/Atlantic Records.

Deathcore Outfit FORCES Unleash Video for “Life Is Worth Losing”

Detroit-based Deathcore outfit FORCES have come through with their first single of 2019. The band premiered the music video for their track “Life Is Worth Losing” today exclusively with Ghost Cult Magazine. Lead by the insane guttural vocals of Colton Head and accompanied by blistering guitars and heavy drum beats, the song captures the absolutely unhinged aggression that the band has become synonymous for.

Davina and The Vagabonds’ new song hailed by Rolling Stone

Davina and the Vagabonds have announced a brand new release date for their album SUGAR DROPS, the first album from the label Red House Records out on August 2. Their track, “I Can’t Believe I Let You Go,” was just featured on Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now.” Listen to “I Can’t Believe I Let You Go” here.

Mac Powell and the Family Reunion Release New Song “Mess of Me”

This summer, Mac Powell and the Family Reunion will release their full-length debut album Back Again on July 26th via Thirty Tigers. Led by the former lead singer of Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling group Third Day, the new band is southern roots and American rock. It’s a collection of foot-stomping, hand-clapping tunes that pay tribute to Mac’s early musical inspirations from his childhood, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Jim Croce to name a few. Today they released their new single “Mess of Me” which Taste of Country called “a song that sounds like what might happen if the Beatles collaborated with the Allman Brothers Band.”

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Share new video for the chaotic and comical ‘No Fun’

A savagely sardonic swipe at scenester culture, the ‘No Fun’ video delivers visuals as sharp of wit and dry of humour as the expertly acerbic lyrics by Declan Welsh that soundtrack it.

Cold Hart’s debut album, Good Morning Cruel World, out now on GothBoiClique Records

Produced entirely by YAWNS—a fellow GBC member and former producer and DJ for Lil Peep—Good Morning Cruel World combines melodic elements of post-punk and hip-hop. The album is receiving early acclaim with Alternative Press praising, “[Cold Hart] steps away from his sample-oriented sound…hip-hop vocals are enveloped in a rough, post-punk sound.”

Fionn Regan debuts lead single “Collar of Fur” + Cala out August 9 on Abbey Records

The ten-song album was performed entirely by Regan and was written at his home in Bray, on Dublin’s coastal outskirts, which might partly explain Cala’s recurring imagery: stars, moon, ocean and sun. “The album does have fundamentally elemental, visual components,” he notes. “I wouldn’t mind knowing why! It’s a mystery to me, how songs evolve. Thankfully, they do. But I’ve never got anywhere when I’ve tried to work it out.” Regan concedes, “the place you’re from continues to resonate.”

New release: Lush Puppy – Wear Me Out (single)

What happens if you put an audiotist and a pie-loving hazard to society together? Well, you get a Lush Puppy. What is Lush Puppy you ask? It’s a mix between electronica, kickass beats, punk guitar riffs and a vocalist who raps like a little demon and sings like an angel. Highly contradictory but ain’t that when the real flavors come out?

Nebula Announces U.S. Headlining Tour; Band Releases New Video “Man’s Best Friend”

“We can’t wait to hit the road with a new record. It’s been a long time since we’ve played the US,” says the band when asked for comment. “Nebula has always been a hard working band and we plan to do no different this time around. Hawkwind summed it up pretty well for us: Get ready for an all out sonic attack on your senses, you will notice vibrations in your diaphragm, you will hear a distant hissing in your ears, you will feel dizzy, there will be bleeding from your orifices. These are signs of imminent sonic destruction, you can help no one, do not panic, think only of yourselves.”

Mark Newman Set to Release Brand New LP “Empirical Truth” – Out Today!

It can certainly be said that a labor of love is not much of a labor at all, and with singer/songwriter and guitarist Mark Newman’s latest release “Empirical Truth” (Out TODAY July 12 via Danal Music) this is very much the case, as he’s proven once again his power of true musicianship.

Devon Welsh Shares New Single/Video “War”

Canadian artist Devon Welsh shared “War” today. The new single follows “Faces,” his first release since last year’s acclaimed Dream Songs.

New Music | Gavin Haley Debuts “Show Me” Music Video

Emerging indie-pop singer and accomplished songwriter Gavin Haley releases his second single “Show Me” on July 12th via Red Bull Records. The ​official music video​ directed by ​Carla Dauden​ showcases Gavin Haley alongside “America’s Next Top Model” star ​Cherish Waters​ in a emotionally-charged world of young love, providing the perfect compliment to the impassioned record.


“The Seattle-bred 27-year-old musician deftly maneuvers between slick electro-pop, dance floor drops and hip-hop” – ROLLING STONE

“[Feel Something’s] swirling, smoothed-out beats, confirm Young’s creative method worked” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


The party-starting “Bad Maybe Good” blends Kah-Lo’s distinctive soulful tones and effortless energy with the young prodigy’s infectious, hip-hop-infused electronic sound. “We made this song when Kah-Lo was on tour in Sydney with Riton a few months ago,” Perto said of the collaboration, “my team said she was down to do a session, and I was like, ‘What!’, it was super weird. We ended up getting into the studio and it all happened in two hours. It was a crazy dynamic that day.”


Alt-pop phenomenon Lights has released her highly-anticipated album Skin&Earth Acoustic, which is available now at all DSPs. The album marks Lights’ first release with new label, Fueled By Ramen.

Skin&Earth Acoustic was recorded, produced and mixed by Lights with the seven acoustic updates recorded directly in their corresponding physical environments, previously brought to life in the project’s accompanying graphic novel of the same title. Lights has been releasing docu-style content pieces that bring the unique recording process of each track to life, via her official YouTube channel.

Billy Strings shares first song from new album “Taking Water”

Today, Billy Strings has released his debut single “Taking Water” off the forthcoming album HOME (Rounder). Rolling Stone Country exclusively premiered “Taking Water,” calling it “gripping” and adding that Billy Strings is “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars.”

Billy Strings Previews New Album ‘Home’ With Gripping Song ‘Taking Water’

Hippie Sabotage Remixes Kina’s “Get You The Moon”

“Get You The Moon,” praised by Idolator as a “moody chill-pop anthem,” was released in 2018 and continues to grow worldwide, accumulating over 150 Million worldwide streams to date. With a fervent following of new listeners each week, the track is connecting fans all over the world with Kina’s signature emotional, vibey sound. Signed to Columbia Records, Kina is currently working on new music to share with his fans across the globe.

BETRAYING THE MARTYRS Forced to Cancel Remaining North American Tour Dates Due to Van Accident and Fire

BETRAYING THE MARTYRS has been forced to cancel the rest of their North American Summer “Rapture” tour, including last night’s show in Orangevale, CA, after being involved in a serious auto incident following their show in Los Angeles.

All crew and band members are safe.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. when the trailer portion of the band’s Mercedes Sprinter van caught fire. All band and crew members were able to safely to exit the vehicle with no major injuries. Tragically, all of the band’s equipment was lost in the blaze.