#weekend edition – @skopemag news for august 18, 2019 @ 11 am est

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This September, grandson will embark on “The End Of The Beginning” tour – a headline run featuring support from labelmate nothing,nowhere. The trek kicks off September 10th at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN and includes stops at New York City’s Webster Hall and The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information, please visit grandsonmusic.com.

Last Heroes Unveil Melodic Reimagination to Crywolf’s “ATHETOSIS”

“We decided to approach the “ATHETOSIS” remix differently than we normally do – Crywolf’s unique sound really pushed us to experiment with a different style while sticking to the “Last Heroes” sound. “ATHETOSIS” was a great first track to Crywolf’s album, so we were excited to see what we could do with it!” – Last Heroes


RISING INSANE have released the first single “Porcelain” from the upcoming album of the same title. The song marks the start of the co-operation with Long Branch Records and is now available on all digital platforms. The music video is now live on YouTube.


The Woodstock festival in 1969 had an indelible impact on scores of people and led many to become social activists. Woodstock alumnus Steve Gold feels that spirit of working to help others and improve the world should be front and center at the events marking the concert’s 50th anniversary. To that end, he’s using the original Woodstock stage to rally people for common sense gun control.

“I want my generation and younger generations to learn from the lessons of Woodstock that we have the ability to make change happen,” says Gold, co-founder of Peace of Stage which owns the original Woodstock stage. “The stage is a physical reminder of the concert, and we are turning it into a platform to call for gun sale background checks and a Red Flag law. It’s time to awaken the spirit of Woodstock.”

DROOGS – “Make You Laugh”

‘Make You Laugh’ is the debut single from Bristolian slacker punk band DROOGS. A loser love song from an anti hero’s perspective, lead singer Joe confesses that he “Can’t buy you a house, but the room in my mum’s house is lovely” and “I can’t take you to a posh restaurant but McDonald’s do amazing deal’s” all delivered with expert comic timing and Pil era John Lydon sarcasm set to a hook-laden, grinding rhythm laid down by Sam Taylor (drums) and Ben Fisher (bass).

Hallucinate in the Desert w/Young Dolph, Key Glock, and Dolphins in “Water On Water On Water” Video

Taking over the rap game with their blunt force lyricism and unrelenting freshness, Young Dolph and Key Glock set a new gold standard for independent rappers. Today, Dolph and Glock drop “Water On Water On Water,” an epic new video packed with exotic locations and special effects. Echoing the unlimited-budget rap videos that dominated MTV in the early 2000s, the video, premiered by The FADER, finds Dolph & Glock taking a troupe of models to a shark-filled tank, racing camo-wrapped sports cars through desert plains, and bringing a zebra to a mansion party.

Gutter Sparrow share gorgeous pastoral new single “Sheridan”

Gutter Sparrow is the songwriting pseudonym of John Mosloskie, who’s tender folk sounds effortless in it’s execution. This week, we announced his forthcoming sophomore album, The Waker Dreams, and shared it’s lead single “Sheridan”. A gorgeous, driving track that recalls early Red House Painters in it’s melancholic beauty. It perfectly captures the stark beauty of vast American landscapes, where negative space and grand, psychical mass exist in harmony.


In the gripping and often heartbreaking clip, the Dallas, TX rapper returns to the site of his father’s murder for the first time. The rising star tours the house where his dad died from a fatal gunshot wound after picking up a snake outside—when Yella Beezy was just weeks shy of his 13th birthday. The MC recounts the story without sparing any detail.


“I once made a mixtape on a mini disc called ‘Songs To Walk Into A Room To,’ says Speelburg, “the idea being, if you were to walk into a room, what would be the best movie moment soundtrack – all songs with the same explosive nature as Kool And The Gang’s ‘Jungle Boogie’ or John Williams’ ‘Duel Of The Fates’ (from Star Wars Episode I). ‘Say Hello’ attempts to outdo all of those.” When asked about the song being used in the Google Pixel ad, Speelburg said, “as someone who spends a lot of time watching Bradley Cooper interviews on youtube, I’m glad the song in the sponsored ad is something I recognize.”

Max Styler Stuns On “Let Me Take You There” Featuring Laura White

Layering feel-good vocals over heart-pumping piano house, Max Styler comes back with another crossover club hit, “Let Me Take You There,” featuring Grammy-nominated Singer/Songwriter Laura White. Highlighting his dynamic palette of upbeat tones and soulful melodies, Styler lays down one of the freshest songs of the summer.

Italian Alternative/Synth-Rock Duo Soaware, Race Through the Desert in New Video

“The band channels the familiar churning magnetic pulse of Industrial, the melancholy soulfulness of Goth, and the rawness of Metal. At the same time, they have experimental, undefinable elements that are purely Soaware ”
(Ghost Cult Magazine)

“Italian alternative/synth-rock band Soaware amalgamates heavier ’90s grunge sonics with swirling ’80s-related synths scintillation on their music.” (Rebel Noise)

“[… a great example of the mix of emotions you’ll hear on Soaware’s debut.”
(Pure Grain Audio)

“SOAWARE are helping people win over their own demons.” (Metal Nexus)

Soaware Release New Video For “Voltures”

Greg Palast Music Producer’s Cousin Murdered in Dayton Massacre

Thomas James “Tee Jay” McNichols Jr., 25, the cousin of our musict producer Jevin Lamar, was one of the 9 people murdered Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, by a racist gunman.

Our hearts go out to Tee Jay’s family and our Jevin.

Jevin is here in the Swiss Alps with me and Leni Badpenny — he was ring-bearer at our wedding this week at her family’s chapel on Monte Laura.


Earlier today, soul singer, philanthropist, and actress Such, released her third studio album, Wide Nose, Full Lips. A special ode to her people, Such embodies the true essence of a Black woman on this project. We hear that and more on the album, especially with her lead single “Before Dark,”a coming of age peace (pun intended) in which Such truly embraces her sexuality and self-love. The hit single, which premiered on BET Her, charted top 40 on the Urban AC Charts.

Comethazine Lays Down “50 Bars” in a Breathless 99 Seconds

Rhyming with a snarly intensity, Comethazine is an endless source of pure evil bars. Stepping up his game for his latest lyrical exercise, Comethazine shares “50 Bars,” a new single. Slowly picking up steam atop a minimal, bass-heavy beat, the Alamo Records signee isn’t bragging–he’s just speaking facts: “Yeah I bought me a jet, but got no one to fly that shit/Think that he fly but he know I’m the flyest in/Binoculars, I ain’t seen nobody fly as this.” Released on his SoundCloud, “50 Bars” follows recent videos for “ACT” and “FIND HIM!”