#weekend edition – @skopemag news for july 28, 2019 @ 3:30 pm est

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Long Beach, CA-based pop-rock reggae group 4th & Orange unveiled their sophomore single of the summer “No More Favors” via Latium Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The track is accompanied by a nostalgia-inspired official visual on the beach, exuding old-school home video vibes. “No More Favors” is available now via all digital music retailers and streaming services.


“Like the man himself, Grace’s songs carry a charming simplicity…He graduated from the school of punk rock, but now he’s fast approaching the top of alt-pop.” -ALT PRESS

“[Goody has] a signature “cinematic” style, encompassing pop, punk, hip-hop, and folk and nodding to influences as diverse as David Lynch, Danzig, Morrissey, and Watchmen.” -BILLBOARD

Psychedelic Blues Rock Band The Blood Moon Howlers Release Full-Length Album

Los Angeles Americana four piece rock band, The Blood Moon Howlers, releases their first full length album Mad Man’s Ruse out today.

The four piece, Psychedelic Blues Rock band, came together to create a ten-song full length album, Mad Man’s Ruse, which features dual male and female lead vocals drenched with heavy swampy blues rock songs that are sprinkled with flecks of smokey burlesque and psychedelic tendencies. They sound what would happen if Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company met up with The Doors and It’s a Beautiful Day. The band layers note upon note, building each song on a blues structure that provides a mesmerizing repetition while allowing the music to roam freely to follow its own innovations.

Cuco Releases Debut Album “Para Mi” via Interscope Records

Today, Cuco releases his debut album Para Mi via Interscope Records. The highly-anticipated full-length is in part a narrative of Cuco’s young life up to now. The project is a worthy introduction to Cuco as an artist, full of moments of self reflection and more dynamic than previous releases – a triumphant expression of the community that helped build him.

Shaaye – Track: Guilt

“The track I talk about a few things. Lust, changes in people’s behavior around you and also positivity throughout the ordeal. It was inspired by I guess by some of the things that had transpired in my life 2018. I think you should listen to it because why not? You have nothing to lose giving a new artist three minutes of your time. Who knows it might be your favorite song.”

Guitarist Ben Eunson Announces New Video via All That Shreds Ahead of Album Out August 16

In tune with the album, the track combines influences of jazz, blues, R&B, and prog into Eunson’s own complex flavor of rock music.After an illustrious career as a guitarist performing and recording with acclaimed artists, including John Legend (NBC’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center), Lalah Hathaway (Lalah Hathaway Live release show), Queen Latifah, Dave Chappelle (“Controlled Danger” Concert in NYC), and more, Ben Eunson is fully equipped to take his own spotlight with his distinct guitar stylings.

Video Premiere Of Guitarist Ben Eunson’s New Song “Three Of A Kind”

The Astronots – Entitled ‘Wandering Eyes’

The Astronots are an American rock’n’roll outfit, spearheaded by its founding members, Niko Giaimo (Vocals/Guitar) and Allee Futterer (Vocals/Bass). The two are established musicians in their own right. Futterer has had years of cutting her musical teeth, backing some of the biggest names in the Los Angeles music scene, while Giaimo was an integral member of the scoring team behind productions such as Dexter and Dishonored II. The two come together on The Astronots, combining elements of their quintessential Los Angeles upbringing, classic rock, and west-coast cool. Now completed by guitarist Eddie Campbell, the group continues to wow audiences across the nation.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus tell personal story of recovery with Shooting Star (Radio Mix 2019)

It’s been a long but fruitful journey for Alternative Rockers The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, who are 16 years into their career and still going strong. From their humble beginnings in a small northern Florida town just south of Jacksonville, to playing some of the biggest festivals and stages around the world, the band has persevered through good times and bad. With the release of new single & video “Shooting Star” (Radio Mix 2019) the band continues to espouse positive messages with one of their most emotional and personally meaningful songs to date. The band is launching the 2nd leg of the “Don’t Hide Your Light” Tour in August (dates below).

Anakim releases euphoric techno EP ‘The Oracle’

Los Angeles based techno producer Anakim has released a two track EP, The Oracle, out today on Einmusika Recordings sister label EIN2.

Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist Kristen Castro Debuts Single and Music Video “Bloom”

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist KRISTEN CASTRO is opening a new chapter in her musical career with the release of her single and music video “Bloom.” This new music comes after her recent departure from the indie country/Americana group she co-founded, Maybe April.

PREMIERE: Kristen Castro Comes Alive in Dazzling “Bloom” Video

Hua Li Shares “Mr. Greenlight” Video Via Earmilk | Debut LP ‘Dynasty’ Out September 20th Via Next Door Records

“Montreal based experimental hip-hop act Hua Li’s newest record “Mastery” is a full display of self-assertiveness sprinkled with a large dose of sassiness.”
– Earmilk

“Hua Li is a rap label’s dream… On the one hand, her approach to rapping, a kind of early ’90s Lil Kim bravado mixed with the more insightful, emotionally resonant lyrics of a Jean Grae, would be menacing if it weren’t so raw and beguiling. Perhaps even more hypnotic is her turn as a crooner, similar to the sultry, jazzy vibes of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, but with a bit more of a wink”
– Consequence of Sound

Post-punks Crooked Ghost offers crooning beauty in ‘Sinew in Red’

With a new intriguing melancholic offering, post-punks Crooked Ghost present their new single ‘Sinew in Red’, the first taste from their forthcoming album ‘Colors Bleed’. This is a sleek and sultry track about self-obsession and dirty secrets.

“Sinew in Red was written in response to trauma, but to me, there’s a lot of strength and empowerment in this song. It also touches upon things like vanity and lust… It’s essentially about being in the closet and having a dirty secret no one is supposed to know, but you ratted yourself out,” says Ray Lark.

“Mr. Junkyard Man” is a just-released track from Los Angeles-based artist Carey Alexander

Says Carey: “I’m pretty sure Humpty Dumpty reads “Jabberwocky” to Alice in his book Through the Looking Glass. It’s a really interesting poem written with tons of made up words, designed to be impenetrable, but it’s still being analyzed to this day. Although you can’t decipher half the language, it’s a classic ‘man overcoming monster’ story in which a formidable beast is slain by a classic hero archetype. In my song, I tried to do something similar in creating Mr. Junkyard Man as a sort of mythical hero, both scrappy and unlikely.”

Mono/Poly shares psychedelic “Easy Living” featuring Kimbra + Thundercat off ‘Monotomic’ out 9/13

Today Los Angeles based music producer Mono/Poly, aka Charles Dickerson, shares, “Easy Living ft Kimbra” off his forthcoming album Monotomic coming out September 13th, 2019. The slow-burning, psychedelic single features vocals from Kimbra and bass from Thundercat, listen here:

Slaves RETURN with new single and vocalist

Slaves have returned with the new single “Heavier”

After much speculation on the future of Slaves following singer Jonny Craig’s departure, the band has returned with new vocalist Matt McAndrew, formerly of NBC’s The Voice. The new single “Heavier” is taken from their upcoming full length to be released later this year.

With the new song, fans can hear the new direction in which Slaves are heading. Expect more news about upcoming Slaves music shortly.

BAD – NYC duo BAD – Entitled ‘Sweat’

BAD is comprised of NYC based duo Julia Brex and Jackson Hoffman. Having met in high school, the two have been writing and recording music together for over eight years. While they mainly focus on pop songwriting and production for other artists, BAD was formed less than a year ago and born out of a passion for funk music. That passion combined with their musicality and an incredible group of fellow musicians led to the release of their debut EP GOOD, which has been making listeners dance across the globe.

Kingsbury Shares “U Take It Back” Track On Buzzbands.LA | Tour Starts Next Month W/ Alex Lahey | New Single Out Now On All DSPs

Kingsbury has shared her brand new single “U Take It Back”. She will also be going on tour with Alex Lahey starting next month.

“U Take It Back” is out now on all DSPs. Look out for more music as the year continues.

MOY – ‘Start Me Up’

Moy’s expressive, charismatic vocal sparkles as the focal point of ‘Start Me Up’, which pulls in elements of his eclectic array of influences – the urgent grooves of Ratatat, the psychedelic flair of Dot Hacker and the stadium-sized scale of Arctic Monkeys.

“If I go, will anyone know?” he questions in his nakedly exposed lyrics, before continuing, “If I die, will anyone cry for me? Will I feel sad? I might feel glad that I’m not here.”

UK TV Premiere for Rockumnetary which raises awareness of high rates of sucide in men under 50

Weird tells the story of cult indie band The Pocket Gods since their immaculate misconception 20 years ago in a London record shop. It features the highs and lows of being in a “crap indie band” (their own words). From being discovered by late DJ John Peel and obtaining an official Guinness World Record, to playing gigs to one stoned guy and a dog in a scary pub in Huddersfield.

The film also charts frontman Mark Christopher Lee’s battle with depression and mental health issues which have plagued his life since being abused as a child. This culminated in him taking an overdose earlier this year and he’s now determined to encourage others to seek help and support for depression and mental health issues.

Ches Anthony – Track: Old School

Ches Anthony started writing songs, and playing guitar at an early age. Listening to old country favorites like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, and the old blues greats like Howlin Wolf created a gritty style of writing and formed his musical path. “I want to be able to bring out emotion in my songs and a realness that makes you feel something deep down” Ches says. He’s done just that with his debut Country album titled “Where I Belong”. This album is full of emotion and digs deep, bringing out an undeniable passion in his vocals that compel the listener, pulling you in and sharing those emotions when you listen to his music.