@skopemag news for july 23, 2019 @ 2:30 pm est


Pittsburgh-based MTS Records is proud to announce their exclusive physical and digital distribution deal with MVD Distribution. MTS artists’ releases will be made available to major chains and independent shops, as well as online retailers and mail order companies around the globe. MTS Records is the label arm of publicity and promotions firm, MTS Management Group.

“I can’t explain how happy I am to have my label be distributed through MVD,” said Michael Stover, owner of MTS Management Group. “I dreamed of owning a record label when I was younger, and I thought that’s all it was..a dream. Now, we are working with one of the biggest, most-respected distributors in the world! It’s really quite amazing. Being able to offer international physical distribution for MTS artists is a game-changer. I’m looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with MVD!”

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FRANKIE – “Compare” Myself With All That I Don’t Have

“Our full-length album, Forget Your Head (containing “Compare” among others), is due out on September 20th ℅ Paper Bag Records.The messages in this record touch on self-love and discovery, about self doubt and the search for meaning. It’s such a cathartic process to write about these things.”

Joe Bonamassa announces 2020 spring tour dates

Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa today announces U.S. tour dates for spring 2020, as he gears up for his summer tour embarking on major venues across the East Coast and Midwest in North America. For the newly announced dates next year, Bonamassa leaves no fans behind, making stops through the South and Midwest with performances scheduled for multiple cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho and Washington. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream.


Parrot Dream unveils dreamy new single “Woven” via Phluff

The track premiered along with an interview in Phluff where the band shared, “These songs are definitely collecting parts of a memory. Memories of different formations of the band, people, friends, and a different musical headspace.”

ECSTATIC VISION share hot psych new song via Popmatters!

Philadelphia-based psychedelic rockers ECSTATIC VISION present a mind-expanding new track taken from their upcoming studio album “For The Masses”, coming this fall on Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

ECSTATIC VISION have tapped into something that expands heavy rock’s vocabulary and moves into a far-out sonic galaxy where there is music in the spheres but the spheres vibrate on previously untold frequencies. Guitarist Doug Sabolik says: “It’s what I would refer to as ‘easy-listening’ as far as Ecstatic Vision goes. It’s the first time I used an acoustic guitar on one of our records, but come on, I’m not making safe, digestible rock for the masses. Once the guitars and synth really heat up, prepare to trip out.”

The Y Axes share new video for “Moon” w/ interview in Audiofemme | New LP out now

The video premiered along with an interview in Audiofemme who detailed, “The Y Axes latest album No Waves addresses anxiety – both personal and existential – with humor, nostalgic synths, and the kind of emo spirit any ’90s kid can respect.”


Introducing > Niska > French rap superstar > 1.3 billion views > hear single “Du Lundi Au Lundi”

With 1.3 billion plays of his videos on Youtube, international collaborations with Skepta and Quavo and nods from the world’s biggest sports stars like Pogba and LeBron, Niska is French music’s latest break out superstar.

Hey Skope Mag – Brudini blocked from running Facebook on his new video

A collaboration between Brudini, New York based fashion photographer Fabrizio del Rincon, the video for ‘Emotional Outlaw’ sees Brudini running up against an androgynous – and ambiguous – figure (played by queer model and Elsewhere-bartender Didi Fredrika), who assumes the role of soul companion, of muse, of demon and – perhaps – a personification of suppressed aspects of himself. The relationship between them progresses as the track builds, the boundaries between the masculine and feminine energies blurring as Brudini pushes through preconceptions and – for a moment – is able to dance with his own fears, before climaxing in his violent self-destruction.

Stephen Bishop to Release New Album on August 30 Through BMG

Four decades into his incredible career, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop, whose timeless hits include “On and On,” “Save it for a Rainy Day” and “It Might Be you,” and who wrote the Oscar-nominated song “Separate Lives,” has announced he will release his new studio album, We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car on August 30 through BMG.

The album will be available for pre-sale on August 9 with the first single “Like Mother Like Daughter” released on the same date. A new music video will accompany the single, as well.

OUR FUTURE LEADERS Release Official Lyric Video for “You’re The Void”

Have you ever worked at a job that makes you feel like nothing you do matters? It’s about that feeling of worthlessness and the build up is like walking away from an explosion in slow motion. – OUR FUTURE LEADERS

Honeyed Garage Folk Duo // NPR Favorite

The forthcoming EP helmed by Omar Yakar (War on Drugs, Perfume Genius) from Boulevard Recording, whose engineering and production prowess brought this young and refreshing outfit’s mountainous incubations to life. The duo initially set out with the intention of nothing but creation and expression and resulted in a stunning collection of tracks detailing the emotions of freedom. Jaffer reveals, “The underlying theme is about coming to terms with experiences and hardships we have faced and finally putting them out there. It’s very healing.”

KRISTEENYOUNG Premieres Theatric “<” Music Video via Post-Punk

Dissonant pianos, tribal drums, a groovy bass line, and her trademark dramatic performance are the obvious and alluring traits of the lead single and video “<” (pronounced “Less Than”) off of avant-rock singer-songwriter/producer KRISTEENYOUNG’s ninth album THE SUBSET (set for release on September 4, 2019), the effect is even more heightened by claustrophobic backing vocals and screeching synths. Alternative music tome Post-Punk calls the track, “diabolically dissonant.”