#weekend edition – @skopemag news for august 18, 2019 @ 6:15 am est

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“Compared to the group’s past efforts, Kings Left Behind, seems a bit classier and more sophisticated. The unit specializes in concise tunes rather than extended, hypnotic jams, and slightly more so than past albums, this one plays like a collection of imaginary theme songs. While generally sounding cool, relaxed, and funky, there’s more of a dramatic edge to these tracks.” – ALLMUSIC


Rival Sons have shared an acoustic performance of their single “Too Bad,” which was recorded live at Bonnaroo’s Haybale Studio. The new acoustic take is streaming now on Rolling Stone Country and is available today at all DSPs. Rival Sons’ full Haybale Session, which includes acoustic performances of fan favorites “Do You Worst” and “Jordan,” will be released digitally Friday, August 23rd.

Hear Rival Sons Strip Down ‘Too Bad’ in New Acoustic Performance


After heavy anticipation, idiosyncratic and enigmatic alternative-pop UK duo Jadu Heart have released their debut album Melt Away. The new release marks their full length debut and is co-produced alongside Guy Sigsworth (Robyn, Bjork, Imogen Heap, Britney Spears, Madonna). The news follows the release of critically praised singles such as “Whitefang,” “The Omen” and “Wonderlife.”


Today, the self-taught singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist known as BAD CHILD shares his debut EP Sign Up through 21 Entertainment and Capitol Records in the U.S. Sign Up is a collection of music to introduce the listener to the world of BAD CHILD and sets the stage for the full LP which will be released in 2020. The EP includes four previously released tracks, including the thunderous radio single “Breathing Fire”, as well as two brand new songs with voiceover clips that walk the listener through the narrative.

Underground Hip Hop Artist Teez Drops New Single “Buggy”!

Birthed by the biggest little city, nurtured in the shadows of the Sierra Mountains, is a Tongan rap artist (Taholo Vainuku), who in honor of his people, goes by the stage name of Teez. He is set to release his powerful debut album R.E.N.O (Real Everything No Ops) on Friday, September 27th via tastemaker label Mensch House Records! Teez has already released the sweet first two singles off the album, “Lit Bae,” and “Murda”. The bouncy new single “Buggy” drops today!

KRANE Delivers Dreamy Slow Burner “Tell Me Why (Feat. Malika)”

Encompassing his mastery of emotive soundscapes, classically-trained KRANE delivers a dreamy slow burner on “Tell Me Why,” featuring vocals from Malika. “Tell Me Why” is the first track off of KRANE’s forthcoming sophomore album, due out later this year via Dim Mak.


“Two decades and nine albums into their career, indie icons Death Cab for Cutie are still going strong with their distinct brand of bittersweet melodies and emotional excavations.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

Skope video submission: Brandon Marquiste, “Get Out Yo Feelings”. Directed by Pico Shaw

“This song basically speaks for itself,” Brandon says. “Just letting everybody know that I ain’t got time for relationships or making friends in this industry, and if it don’t make dollars then it don’t make sense to me so what’s the point? It’s all about business over here so keep your feelings at home and let’s get this money.”

ACID DEATH – ALBUM “PRIMAL ENERGIES”, singles “Primal Energies”

ACID DEATH is one of the older and important Greek band in Death metal scene. This year the band celebrates 30 years anniversary with the release of the 6th full length album titled “Primal Energies”.

At the same time, they are planning a big live tour with a special playlist with the biggest moments of the 30 years band’s life.

Breakout Artist, Harpist & Songwriter CALVIN ARSENIA with “Back To You”

Charismatic singer/songwriter, harpist/multi-instrumentalist Calvin Arsenia releases the achingly moving “Back To You,” (Center Cut Records) August 16th. This is the first single from his upcoming evocative new album, LA Sessions, available September 20.

Calvin gathers some of music’s most sought out collaborators/session musicians on the new album, an impassioned six-track effort that also features the standout track, “Falling Over,” alongside the playful “Poseidon,” the gospel tinged “Dying,” the jazzy R&B scorcher, “Smoke And Mirrors” and a smoldering version of Billie Holiday’s treasured “Don’t Explain.”

One High Five – Fast Food single

Those of us not in bands savor the gossip and the salacious stories when we hear of band members leaving. We rarely consider the emotions of the remaining members. Do they mourn these losses like romantic break-ups? Do they yearn for the departed member the way they would long for a lost friend of family member?

Nobody’s Baby Share Debut Self-Titled EP, New Tour Dates To Be Announced Soon

The pounding debut EP from Nobody’s Baby honors the brash sincerity of doo-wop and 60’s Girl Groups, whilst dragging up the grim undertones of modern life. Beneath the layers of unhinged guitar, duel female/male vocals, and troglodyte drums lies a melodramatic teenage tale told in five burning tracks. The songwriting is a collaboration between guitarists Katie Rose and Peter Niven — themes range from the “live fast, die young” attitude to the stubborn heartbreak of young love. The band’s sound boils between shockingly modern (turn it down!) to warm and fuzzy tube glory all within a single track. The EP was recorded and mixed with ringing ears at District Recording by the band’s drummer, Ryan Perras.

Nobody’s Baby Premiere “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”

The Hecks return with new record on Trouble In Mind

“…an unsettling vibe that puts them in the same company as Spray Paint, the work of Lars Finberg (The Intelligence, A-Frames), Thee Oh Sees at their weirdest and, of course, a variety of 1980-era post-punk acts.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“The Hecks are adept at not just giving you good vibes, but a lot of flowering character. The songs grow inside you like weeds, sturdy and imperceptible.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Out Now! SABOTAGE (Mumbai, India)

Formed in the bylanes of Bassein, Mumbai in 2017, the Indian five-piece thrashers SABOTAGE channels the cut-throat boldness and the unceasing exuberance of the Bay Area thrash metal. The group has already made a remarkable impression nationally by becoming two-time finalists of Wacken Metal Battle – India.

The quintet’s first ever release, The Order of Genocide, came out on CD and digital format on August 03rd. The EP contains four frenzied and ruthless tracks, strictly following the scripture of old school thrash metal. The subjects of the song rotate from failed judicial systems, anti-political norms to serial killers.

Martian Subculture Drops “All Emotions Are Equal” Via Austin Town Hall

“The man behind the music, Evan O’Malley, has a very Tame Impala way of doing things having record all of the musical parts on his own. What differs for me, and what I enjoy much more about this than TI, is O’Malley’s ability to create a super catchy, short pop ditty without all that disco influence.” -Austin Town Hall

Mob Bounce drop video for ‘Keys to the Forest’ off new EP out today!

MOB BOUNCE is The Northwest Kid (Gitxsan) and Travis Hebert aka Heebz the Earthchild (Cree/Metis). They grew up in Northern BC and bonded over their love of hip hop. Mob Bounce was officially born with the release of their Mixed Blood Mixtape.

Kiana Ledé shares live Vevo Lift performance of “Shawty,”

Vevo today announces Kiana Ledé and AJ Mitchell as their newest LIFT acts of 2019. Vevo’s LIFT initiative connects today’s up-and-coming artists to audiences around the globe through video content. Launched in 2011, Vevo’s artist development program shines a spotlight on the world’s freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Sam Smith, Halsey, Khalid, Jorja Smith, SZA, Julia Michaels, Billie Eilish and CNCO. Ledé and Mitchell’s LIFT performances follow those of Def Jam Recordings’ YK Osiris, who recently premiered a live version of his hit “Worth It” as well as a short film, “YK Osiris: Young King.”

Stream the new EP from Marion Belle (Fatal Jamz) and Sam Mehran (Test Icicles)

Today Marion Belle officially releases his collaborative EP with Sam Mehran. The EP, Marion Belle & Sam Mehran present: MELT ended up as the last project Mehran worked on before he passed away in July of 2018. The official music video for the EP’s second single, “Bad Bitches” also premiered this week at PAPER Mag.


Acclaimed pop singer-songwriter Charlotte Lawrence has shared a stunningly stripped back version of “Why Do You Love Me” – her debut single release via Atlantic Records and Gold Tooth Records. The acoustic mix arrives with another compelling visual companion (directed by Machine Operated) that perfectly compliments the Alasdair McLellan-directed original music video.

CRYPTAE (NL experimental raw death metal) – “Vestigial” Announcement

Sentient Ruin (US) is honored to be a part again in the growing legacy of Cryptae, this time in collaboration with Tartarus Records (NL/EU) as well. Our dutch experimental death metal brethren continue their insane artistic trajectory with a brand new mini-album – Vestigial – which is now shipping everywhere and officially released to the world.

Experimental Raw Death Metal Delirium – CRYPTAE “Vestigial” Exclusive Full Album Premiere

Post-metal combo LATE NIGHT VENTURE announces new album ‘Subcosmos’

Danish post metal quartet LATE NIGHT VENTURE has completed their fourth album ‘Subcosmos’ which is the third and last chapter of their cosmic trilogy about mankind, life and space. Now, the band posts a trailer for the album set for November 1st release, and the release is followed by a November headliner show in Copenhagen.

Milan-based soul-pop band Lucifour M announce ‘Uno’ EP, share new single ‘Valentine’

“blissed out piece of indie pop” – COMPLEX
“striking and boundary-pushing pop music” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

FREEDOM CALL Release New Single “Spirit of Daedalus” Today

German melodic metal band FREEDOM CALL releases a new single for the song “Spirit Of Daedalus” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming studio album “M.E.T.A.L.”.

Northern Irish artist Alana Henderson analyses a failed relationship on atmospheric new single ‘Museum’

‘Museum’ is the bold and beautiful new track from Northern Irish cellist and singer Alana Henderson out now, and taken from her upcoming EP of the same name, due for release later this year.

“a dreamy piece on self-reflection, jealousy and resignation”


Souly Had is a singer/song­writer/producer from Duanesburg, NY (just outside Albany, NY). As a member of the hip-hop collective Entreband, a crew of self-starting, like-minded artists and creatives, he has developed a pop/R&B sound all his own. It’s a far cry from when he was making the rounds at local rap shows at age 16. As a digital imaging student at Community College, he would “go on YouTube and try to find dope music,” he told Times Union, his hometown newspaper last summer. Before long, he was making beats on his iPhone and eventually through Beat Pad. As he began working with Entreband, his cohort Tom C Bumpz, and local platinum-selling producer Purpdogg, Souly Had combined rapping with more R&B-styled singing, experiment­ing with melodies and arrange­ments. The positive comments he received on his Soundcloud account convinced him that he was heading in the right direction.

“American Steel” from Walker Landing – New Track About the Unrealistic American Dream

Per the artist: “American Steel is a lullaby about the American auto industry in its peak and the unrealistic American Dream sold by advertisers in the atomic age.”