#weekend edition – @skopemag news for august 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm est

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WESLEY – Entitled ‘Phantom Feeling’

WESLEY’s music explores explosive 808’s and vibrant synths, hoping to bring back 90’s pop vocals by fusing it with new trap-pop and future bass style beats. Growing up listening to everything from Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and vintage rock’n’roll, WESLEY was inspired to create music covering a variety of different genres.

Pop/Alt-Electro Piano Project, Welsh Avenue, Gives a “Universal Feel Good Vibe” on NEW Video

He continues, “Of course, the dream is the unknown; one can only get nuances of a calling, or dream. A single person can only get so far, but with a team, or with genuine relationship, the options are infinite. The title track points to these infinite options that are contained within the pursuit of the unknown. A product of this pursuit is novelty, provided by life itself. Some of this novelty is useful, some of it is not. Some of it is good, some of it is harmful. Navigating these new things, experiences, and relationships is the key to moving forward versus stagnation. This navigation is what informs New Ways. Many parts of life will bring you down, but one must find the parts that are positive.”


The concept behind the Portland, Maine-group’s Field Notes series is that each volume is a snapshot of where the band is at that time. For guitarist/vocalist Griffin William Sherry it “brings to mind sketchbooks, traveling, and a feeling of history.” Adds banjoist/vocalist Max Davis, “The Field Notes are a collage of songs, sonically and thematically, and I think of them as bootlegs or basement tapes.”

Humeysha Share ‘Nusrat on the Beach’ EP, Out Today On All DSPs

Brooklyn-based dream pop band Humeysha share their Nusrat on the Beach EP, out today on all streaming platforms. Humeysha will be announcing NYC dates in support of the record, and will be releasing an official music video for title track to follow up the release. Nusrat on the Beach EP is out now on all DSPs.


Billboard raves, “In the live performance, the Grammy Award winners recreate the jazzy, hip-hop-tinged track with smooth perfection. The video is powerful, as Gaines delivers delicate vocals and Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne effortlessly take up the trumpet and drums, respectively.”

Pollstar Live75 – BTS Returns to Chart; Ed Sheeran to Set All-Time Highest-Grossing Tour Record

Ed Sheeran is No. 1, again, joining Metallica as the only headliner to top LIVE75 four weeks in a row. He manages it based on an average ticket tally of 58,739 from 11 concerts during the final weeks of his “Divide” tour. The shows occurred at venues in seven European countries as the tour moves closer to an Aug. 26 finale in his native England.

As Pollstar confirmed earlier today, Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour will set the all-time highest-grossing tour record tonight, Friday, August 2 . With this evening’s show at Messegelände in Hannover, Germany, the 246th show of Sheeran’s nearly two-and-a-half year run, Pollstar forecasts the total gross thus far of his Divide Tour, $736.7 million, will surpass the previous record set by U2 in 2011 ($735.4 million).

Following closely on Sheeran’s heels is South Korea’s BTS, this week’s HOT SHOT debut artist, with a stadium-sized sold ticket average of 52,176 from two-show performances in two venues in Japan.

Debuting in this week’s Top 10 – Billy Joel (4) and John Mayer (6).

COLDSPELL To Tour Spain Again And To Release New Music In The Fall

COLDSPELL, the melodic metal band from the land of ice and snow up in the north of Sweden will be returning to Spain in November/December 2019. And celebrating 10 years from the first album release the band is currently recording a new version of the title track Infinite Stargaze. This will be followed by new material later in the year.

Five shows from the south to west:

November 27th, Estepona, ES
November 28th, Ciudad Real, ES
November 29th, Zaragoza, ES
November 30th, Vitoria, ES
December 1st, Cangas do Morrazo (Vigo), ES

“Sheep” from A.Rob

A.Rob has the following statement regarding the track: “So many people just follow the newest trend, fall for the most popular fashion, music and overall lifestyle just because everyone’s doing it. I wrote this song as a reminder that individuality is what makes us all great. Be unique, not sheep!”


“Not Over You” offers a cheeky take on the precarious balance between unrelenting love and bitterness following a break-up. Conor’s opening lyrics immediately set the tone: “I heard you’re sleeping with somebody new / I hope he leaves you, I hope he cheats on you / ‘Cos I’ll be right there to hold you when you cry.” That witty wordplay is set to the kind of urgently exuberant sunshine pop that Conor is renowned for. The video for “Not Over You” was directed by Conor himself. Conor also applies that fun factor to the accompanying video, which he directed. Whether he’s working at the supermarket, serving at a bar or working out at the gym, Conor’s character conjures up imaginative schemes to get one over his ex’s new partner. Yet there’s a twist-in-the-tale that he didn’t see coming.

The Membranes to tour with Mark Lanegan, present new video ‘What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away’

British post-punk pioneers The Membranes have announced their upcoming European tour supporting Mark Lanegan in support of their new album ‘What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away’, out now on Cherry Red Records, which has already drawn ‘best of the year so far’ accolades from press and radio outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. The band’s new opus is the brainchild of frontman, music journalist, author and media pundit John Robb, who has led Membranes in one form or another for close to 40 years.

The SAFES Share “It’s True” Music Video | Announce US Tour Dates | New LP ‘Winning Combination’ Out 9/7

Chicago based rock band, The SAFES, have returned to the masses with a brand new track and video titled “It’s True.” The video premiered exclusively with The 405, who called it “one of the more eclectic singles of the year.” The new visual was directed by Baby Pony Food, who you might recognize from their work with Jeff Rosenstock and Bad Moves. This is the first single to be released from the group’s upcoming full-length LP, Winning Combination, which is set to be released on September 7th with Action Weekend Records and Bickerton Records. Check out the new visual up top and stay tuned for more exciting news on the record.

Aussie Psych-Pop: The Babe Rainbow share the starry-eyed “Many Moons of Love”

Aussie psychedelic-pop band The Babe Rainbow released “Many Moons of Love” the final track from their upcoming full-length record ‘Today’ out September 6th via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records. The Babe Rainbow have also announced a string of Fall U.S. tour dates this November. Tickets on sale now!

Rel McCoy “Peace (feat. Eternia)”

Crew love is in effect once again, and Rel connects with Toronto’s Eternia like He-Man and Battlecat. With rhymes that sound like they were snatched from the pages of their memoirs, both artists get vulnerable and delve into some of the most profound and personal regions of their lives. As a listener, the melody will usher you into an ethereal dimension where the peace that surpasses all understanding reigns supreme, and the bars are still crazy. The aftershocks are hard-hitting, reflective and humbling. Make peace with the rewind button and run this back a few times.

DAMN YOUR EYES Releases Debut Full-Length, “Kill The Outside,”

Says guitarist Artie Alexander, “Everybody seems to be arguing about something these days and we feel it’s a complete waste of time. News channels compete for your anger by baiting people all the time. It’s manufactured outrage and it’s mind boggling that a huge amount of people jump in the fray and verbally duke it out over what’s ‘reported’ on the news. Our society is so ready to be offended by words and opinions, and it seems the media knows people are dying to be victims of something. ‘Through It All’ is about not buying into it. Freedom of speech is extremely important to this band but so is freedom of the mind. Allowing oneself to be unaffected by other people’s agendas or words.”

Exclusive Premiere of DAMN YOUR EYES New Video for “Through It All”

King Lil G Balls Out in Black Light in the “Call It What You Want” Video

Building a massive following in his hometown of L.A. with his ice-cold bars and positive message, King Lil G is no-nonsense when it comes to business. Relaxing with his AK47Boyz crew in a luxury hotel room, King Lil G shares “Call It What You Want,” his latest self-directed music video. An intoxicating West Coast bop produced by King Lil G himself, “Call It What You Want” lays out cold hard facts for anyone who would dare try tear him down: “B*tch I’m making sales and they coming out that trap/Got shells and they comin’ out the strap/On bail ’cause they caught it on my lap/Blue Devils, better put us on the map.” In the video, King Lil G and his associates shine in UV light, with a photogenic blackligh glowing up G’s custom Dodgers jersey and his crew’s AK47Boyz hats. “Call It What You Want” is the latest video from Eternal, King Lil G’s latest album, which peaked in the Top 10 of the Apple Music and iTunes Hip-Hop Album Charts.

UV Rays Share “Faster Now” Single On The 405, ‘The Right Stuff’ EP Out 8/9

Coming quick on the heels of the Try and Begin EP, the Brooklyn four piece UV Rays have returned with The Right Stuff EP, a three-song collection of infectious indie rock that further establishes them as some of the most exciting songwriters in the city. While Try and Begin cast a wide net, demonstrating UV Rays’ knack for melding complex instrumental arrangements with pop sensibilities, The Right Stuff presents a more streamlined side of the band that proudly puts their dynamic vocal melodies at the center of the action.

HOLY GROVE Release Live EP to Benefit 3-Year Old with Leukemia

In March of this year, Portland, Oregon riff-doomsters Holy Grove played a searing set at the 8th annual Ceremony of Sludge, which was professionally recorded for possible future release. Captured on audio and video using just a handful a mics and some luck, the riveting performance was perfectly in line with the band’s usual energetic delivery.

Today, they’ve elected to release it on a pay-what-you-want basis to help raise money for friends of the band Cassie and Peter, whose 3-year-old daughter, Eli Rose, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia this past April.

The Atom Age Debut New Song/Video “Never Looking” Off Upcoming LP ‘Cry Til’ You Die,’ out August 23

“At times reminiscent of Link Wray, vintage garage rock and more contemporary acts such as the Black Keys, the Hives, and Jack White…Unpretentious rock that can send shivers of excitement down your spine like the opening riff in a Tarantino soundtrack…can teach even wise musical veterans a thing or two about how to rock ‘n’ roll.”- PopMatters


Themes of religion, war, Nordic culture, history and revenge combined with roughly hewn Thrash Metal provide the solid foundation upon which Bobby Gustafson built his newest Satan’s Taint album, DESTRUCTION RITUAL – out August 2nd via Megaforce Records.

“Skullkrusher II and the title track exist as a prime example of Satan’s Taint expressing a broader working knowledge of the genre as a whole than the average contemporary thrash outfit… a good work proffered by gentlemen skilled in the trade.” – DECIBEL Magazine

Perth’s Great Gable announce Australian and New Zealand tour dates for November!

Having emerged as one of Western Australia’s premier indie-rock bands over the last few years, Perth’s Great Gable have spent 2019 throwing down impressive live shows right throughout Australia. With the release of their single ‘Cool Mind Blue’ earlier this year, Great Gable gave fans a new insight into the sonic direction the band’s music was taking. Now, as the band anticipates the final months of the year, Great Gable are proving they’re not done, announcing a new tour of Australia and New Zealand!