#humpday edition – @skopemag news for August 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am est

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Atlanta’s Rome Fortune is excited to announce the release of his newest album, FREEktales, out this October 11th. Rome’s coined ‘hood funk’ genre from the new full length combines the worlds of rap, soul, funk and indie rock into something robustly unique but equally familiar and has gained nods from music’s finest, with the album featuring Toro Y Moi, Glass Animals, WolfGang Gartner & more. Today, Fortune has also shared the first single off the album, the instant dance-off “Ethan Hawke,” with a video filmed in his hometown.

THE GRAHAMS Tackle Beach Ball Romance in “Just What You Deserve” video

Cinematic rock group, The Grahams (Alyssa & Doug), tackle this question and more with their brand new video for “Just What You Deserve,” the first single off their upcoming record KIDS LIKE US (set for release in early 2020 via 3 Sirens Music Group/RED MUSIC/The Orchard). The video follows the rocky relationship of two beach balls, focusing on one’s journey out of their toxic partnership, as well as the self-discovery that strengthens a beach ball from the inside out. While admittedly beach ball-centric, the video’s sentiment, alongside the track’s balmy, graceful, and anthemic brand of dream pop, demonstrates a universal human story of love, loss, grief, and ultimately hope.

SoccerPractise explore conflicted childhood memories on chilling new single ‘Younger Looking Skin’

New Zealand electronic voyagers SoccerPractise return with the icy and melancholic ‘Younger Looking Skin’, the latest release from their forthcoming album, Te Pō, due for release October 18, 2019.

KALEN shares new dark-pop single “Lighter” w/ interview in Audiofemme

The track premiered via Audiofemme where KALEN (Kalen Lister) detailed, “I was so stuck in a relationship that felt like it ultimately wasn’t serving me. It took letting go (twice) to really release it and feel released by it. I was amazed that pretty quickly I started feeling better and better, lighter and lighter.”


MTV today announced that Big Sean featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani and Ozuna have been added to the lineup of performers at the 2019 MTV VMAs, airing live globally from Newark, N.J. on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m.ET/PT.

Hosted by comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco, the show will air live from the Prudential Center across MTV’s global footprint in more than 180 countries, reaching more than half a billion households around the world. Music’s biggest stars and fans will celebrate the year’s most iconic videos with electrifying performances, viral moments and a new, first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience.

HELLBOUND! Releases Gripping New Noise Debut “Only”

Shrouded in heavy bass and ominous, arpeggiated synths, HELLBOUND! arrives on New Noise with his dark debut, “ONLY.”

Since arriving on the scene earlier this year, HELLBOUND! has seduced listeners through wild rave-inspired productions. On a mission to “resurrect the rave,” HELLBOUND! brings the full package with music spanning jungle, acid, techno and house, complete with throwback visuals designed by the artist. Using mostly analog hardware to sculpt the sounds, HELLBOUND! has maintained a steady output of releases, including the heavy-hitting single “I WANT IT ALL,” off of Mad Zoo’s inaugural This is Mad Zoo compilation. With this New Noise debut, HELLBOUND! continues to push cutting edge sound design and provide the soundtrack to the rave music’s evolving soundscape.

The Lumineers’ ‘III,’ a film by Kevin Phillips

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced the world premiere of The Lumineers’ III (pronounced “three”), a visual exploration of the band’s third and latest album, on Sunday, September 8 at 3PM in Cinema 1 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square: 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3X5).

The Selecter Playing Seminal Debut LP in Full @ Riot Fest During 40th Ann. Tour

UK 2-Tone icons The Selecter are set to play their GOLD-SELLING breakout debut LP Too Much Pressure at this year’s Riot Fest during their 40th Anniversary U.S. headline tour, which kicks off on 9/11 at Gramercy Theater in NYC.

The Selecter first formed in 1979, releasing their historically significant debut shortly after. Too Much Pressure climbed to #5 in the UK, charting for thirteen weeks while hit singles like “On My Radio” (#8), “Three Minute Hero” (#16), and “Missing Words” (#23) all held strong chart positions and helped bring the band to the international stage. This year also sees the 40th anniversary of the 2-Tone movement, a crucial multi-racial, multi-cultural explosion born out of Coventry and the Midlands that transformed British Pop – other pioneers included The Beat, The Specials and Madness.

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Taylor McFerrin – ‘Love’s Last Chance’ (out now) – Praised by NPR, NY Times, Exclaim!, Okayplayer, & more

Last week, Los Angeles-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ, and vocalist Taylor McFerrin released his new album Love’s Last Chance — so far, it’s been praised by Exclaim!, Okayplayer, KEXP, All Music, Glide, The New York Times, Hypebeast, Paste, and more. Taylor also recently spoke to NPR’s Morning Edition and KPCC’s The Frame.

BALCONY // Stunning New Song & Visual for Hope

Balcony return with their most introspective song yet: Hope. This song focuses on the uncertainties of growing up in the modern world and is just what we needed. In a collaboration with Game of Thrones actor Owen Teale (Ser Alliser Thorne), the band have expertly nailed the song’s emotional themes in this new video. Prepare to be transported to somewhere vulnerable.

TURBOKILL To Release Debut Album in October

In an enlightened world, it must be allowed to ask how the musical succession to Metal legends like Judas Priest or Iron Maiden is to be realized. Or is the change of guards already under way? Following in the footsteps of the Metal giants of our era will by no means be an easy feat. Still, it must be done, and we need suitable candidates with a vision who align themselves with the long history of this music genre while taking their compositions and playing style into the future. TURBOKILL, the new formation of former Alpha Tiger vocalist Stephan Dietrich, could be such a candidate in the making. The German band comes with an exceptionally set of skills to drive forward a Heavy Metal style that is traditional yet modern. Is it too bold a thesis then, to name them as a contender? Hardly, especially since the 12 songs making up the group’s first album “Vice World” beg to differ. The message comes across loud and clear: The future of the classic Heavy Metal has already begun!

Whettman Chelmets announces new album, “Long Read Memories”, with the lead single premiered on I Heart Noise

Long Read Memories, chronologically tells the story from the moment of the crime to his feelings today. It touches on the complexity of familial love. Asking the question, how do we love someone who has hurt others? It is ultimately a tough decision and debate we all face in our lives.

Video Premiere: Whettman Chelmets – The Devil DoubleCrossed You

“Corners” – NEW Single from B.Knox (Stream/Share)

B.Knox didn’t just have a hidden talent; he was a hidden talent. A school teacher, who wrote songs for himself, only in 2019 did he consider a career switch to music. He just released his second single “Corners,” a reflection on life and the choices we make.

Adera – Our new single ‘Little Feather’ is out now!!

“Our very own Tomás Valenzuela produced “Little Feather” alongside Anthony Cenerini at his 12TH ST Sound studio. Our friend, Trent Otter, recorded the drums. He really helped to bring out the excitement of the song by playing his part with this explosive energy that suited it perfectly.”

MIKA’s “Tiny Love” video out now!

Of the track, MIKA says, “The most important thing in the world is the love we have for those around us, thelove others offer us and the love we have for ourselves. That love can feel so massive and yet at the same time it’s so tiny and imperceivable to others. This song is a conscious decision to provoke that emotion. I knew I needed a different sort of director for this video, more art and film based. W.I.Z. was the perfect choice. From every detail in pre-production, to the art direction and casting, he has one thing in mind; to illustrate a complex narrative that he has written in his head. I am very proud of what he has made. An emotionally epic video for a song full of heart and love. Huge and Tiny at the same time.”

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats release cannabis collection under Willie’s Reserve – read Westword op-ed

Today, Denver based Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats release a special edition cannabis collection under Willie’s Reserve. The collaboration between the band and the national cannabis brand inspired by Willie Nelson’s journey as an artist and advocate showcases the ongoing connection between culture and cannabis. The strain will initially be sold at select LivWell retailers in Colorado until it’s released to additional retail locations throughout the state.

TENEBRAE IN PERPETUUM: Anorexia Obscura Streaming At Invisible Oranges

Following a decade of silence, Italian black metal outfit TENEBRAE IN PERPETUUM returns with their fourth full-length opus, Anorexia Obscura. As the album is prepared for release through Debemur Morti Productions next week, the entire record is now streaming early alongside an interview conducted and hosted by Invisible Oranges.

skate the streets of LA with pronoun / “run” video out now    

Praise for pronoun and her debut album, “i’ll show you stronger”

“what’s bound to be one of this year’s most vital new releases in the guitar-forward corners of the indie sphere.” – AV Club

“Throughout the 12 tracks, pronoun explores self-discovery, showing her fans sides of herself that she’s never revealed before.” – Billboard

The Be Positives accept societal homogeneity on mad-pop video ‘Like Everyone’ + self-titled debut LP September      

THE BE POSITIVES is a northern conundrum. It features two members from Slovenly Records garage-rock outfit Proto Idiot, who’ve found support from Dork, Loud And Quiet, Louder Than War and VICE.

Of the same vein as Cut Worms, filled with Lemon Twigs-esque zest, second slice ‘Like Everyone’ flaps about with math-rock melodies and striking signatures – you never quite know where you stand – aligning it both musically and conceptually, feeding into Mike’s howls of “we’re like everyone…”


“Lalala” continues its explosive rise on the charts following its release in June. The track is currently Top 15 on Spotify’s Global chart and Top 20 on Spotify’s U.S. chart and has accumulated over 150 million global streams to date.

Psychedelia Gets Freaky With ABBA; Between Suns’ Offer A Genre You’ve Never Heard

Produced by music legend Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy; Marillion; Toyah), Between Suns have torn up the rule book, thrown the remnants out of the window, set fire to the remnants on the pavement outside and buried the ashes at sea. Their disregard for convention and expectations set them apart as one of the most exciting rock acts in years. The combined talents of songwriter and guitarist, Paul Lisak and astonishing vocalist Nausicaä, no reference points will make sense, yet your mind will try to compute some order to their kaleidoscope of musical freakery – Jimmy Page sharing a house with Judy Garland; Boney M scrapping it out with Jimi Hendrix; ABBA joined in marriage to Ravi Shankar by Reverend Ice Cube. Forget everything you’ve ever heard – Between Suns are the real deal.


GRAMMY Award winner Sturgill Simpson has announced that “SOUND & FURY,” his much-anticipated new album and its accompanying Netflix anime film, will be released simultaneously on September 27. The album – arriving via Elektra Records – is available for pre-order now at SturgillSimpson.com.


The Ghost of Paul Revere will be hitting the road this fall for a massive coast-to-coast tour. Following two previously announced dates supporting The Infamous Stringdusters, The Portland, Maine natives will be making their way through New England for a handful of dates in late September, including an appearance on WGBH’s TV series Front Row Boston – Live At Fraser. October includes a series of stops down the east coast, where the band will be joined by Animal Years, and some notable festival appearances, including New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival and Livingston’s Moonshiner’s Ball. Fall tour will then roll on westward, with stops in Colorado, throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, with support from Ezra Bell. Finally, they’ll round out November with several appearances in the Midwest, concluding with Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.

Dynamic Modern Rockers NEVER YOUR ZERO Debut Video for New Song, “Love or Hate”

“To me, ‘Love or Hate’ is about relationships, and knowing when to walk away,” says guitarist Darren Wise.

Adds vocalist Christopher Roberts, “This song is very emotional for me. It has every aspect of a relationship – the good and the really ugly. When we were cutting this song in the studio, it brought out every emotion known to man. I hope everyone who listens to the song has the same feeling, and connection, we do as a band.”

Exclusive Premiere of NEVER YOUR ZERO’s New Video for “Love or Hate”

Matt The Electrician Drops New Single via American Songwriter, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Despite what the name might suggest, Matt The Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows. Last Thursday, American Songwriter premiered “Thank You”, a direct sentiment from Matt to his dedicated fanbase for supporting him throughout the years. Rooted in gratitude, Matt sings, “Where would I be if no one helped me along? I wouldn’t have gotten very far on my own.”

Matt The Electrician Offers Gratitude On New Song “Thank You”

Patriarchy (Actually Huizenga) Announce LP/Track + DAZED Rising Artist l ‘Asking For It’ LP Out 11/8 Via DERO Arcade

“The techno-pop backing track plays against the visuals and lyrics to create, much like all of her art, a wholly disconcerting experience – in the best way possible.”

“…a thunderous, transgressive track that underscores everything to like about this up-and-coming group.”
– The 405

Reverend Horton Heat Deliver Something ‘Perfect’

“There will never be another Roy Orbison,” promises frontman/guitarist Jim Heath. “I’ve always thought he was the ultimate perfect singer. There’s a nod to his classic song ‘Pretty Woman’ in here, but this song is my own melody and guitar licks.”