#weekend edition – @skopemag news for september 7, 2019 @ 7:30 am est

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OTHER AMERICANS Premiere Retro-Futuristic Video for “Neon Sunrise” off Self-Titled EP out Oct. 1st

With glossy gracefulness, Other Americans have perfectly translated their radiant noir aesthetic from sound to visuals with their new video for “Neon Sunrise”, the first single from of their upcoming self-titled EP out October 1, 2019. The video premieres today on Popdose and features towering projections of singer Julie Berndsen over a futuristic cityscape brought to life by directors Todd Norris and Mitch Brian. “We created a “Neon Sunrise” world of mirrored cityscapes that owes a bit to Blade Runner, which takes place in 2019 after all,” explain the directors exclusively to Popdose. “Julie Berndsen breaks the boundaries of her 2D projection screen to connect with our lonely heroine and becomes her neon sunrise. In the end, it’s about how music can throw us a lifeline when we feel alone.”

Maddee (Arlo Parks, Harrison, badbadnotgood) | Shares New Single

Following ‘Clouds’ (tipped at Notion, Best Fit, Earmilk, Northern Transmissions, etc), ‘Dry’ is the second single to be lifted from the forthcoming six-track EP, ‘Red Mind’ (out October 17) this time with MADDEE exploring avenues of jazz-indebted brass and sinewy percussion led by Gray Rowan (Charlotte Day Wilson, The WAYO) who claims co-production credits too. MADDEE once again explores personal issues with the new release, examining her feelings of loneliness and the necessity to maintain self-worth within relationships.


Since signing her deal international deal with Universal Music Group the explosive track will be her first release with Motown Records who serves as her US label. Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and EVP of Capitol Music Group, said, “We are beyond excited to work with Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s most talented and prolific singer-songwriters of this generation. Tiwa Savage has been at the forefront of creating music from the continent that connects people from around the globe. It is Tiwa’s undeniable gifts, immense talent, work ethic and resilience that has prepared her for this next chapter and we at Motown are proud to support her on this journey.”

BEINIR – Track: Drowning Melody

Faroese pop band BEINIR is a music group formed by Beinir Troest Rasmussen on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, Bárður Petersen on electric guitar, Eyðtór á Dalbø Gregersen on drums and Benjamin Djurhuus on bass. The past months they have been working on this single called Drowning in melody which is about how the combining of a melody and chords can take you away from real life and into another world and how music can make you forget about your difficulties and problems. The melody of the song has a very happy vibe to it, which makes the lyrics reflect in the sound of the single. New music is on its way!

THE GHOST OF HELAGS – Reveal new single ‘The Santa Rosa Song’ out 11th October

With echoes of Beach House to Brian Eno, ‘The Santa Rosa Song’ is a soul-stirring brew of powder-snow harmonies, pattering minimalist percussion and wide-eyed orchestration.

Tour Alert: Dirtwire Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Dirtwire, the genre bending, African ngoni and jawharp plucking, harmonica and trumpet blowing, electric guitar slinging, violin and banjo bowing, blues singing, Siberian ghostcatcher playing trio from California are currently on tour! The 25+ date tour takes the trio through-out the mid-west, west and up through Canada.

The spirit of their musical journey is best expressed in their live show, where every set is a magician’s surprise, an invitation to experience instruments that are often heard only as samples in electronic music and to celebrate the art of the instrument, not just the sound. Future revival, swamptronica, spaghetti-step, electro-twang — whatever you want to call Dirtwire’s music, what matters is that you can dance to it, as sure as a lizard dances in the desert.

UK’s ASHBORN sets release date for the Debut album “Awakening”

Ashborn was formed in the second half of 2017, with our musicians have many years of experience from previous bands such as Ghost, Grin & Dierevers. We started our adventure by going to the Initiate audio and media, at the beginning of December 2017, to work with Neil Hudson where we have recorded two tracks to be released. On the 10th of March, a week before our debut gig, we presented a brand new lyric video, for our song Every Word. This was done by Andy Pilkington from Very Metal Art. On the 17th of March, we played our first headline gig in Northampton, & on the 3rd of May, we went through to heat 5 m2tm in Milton Keynes. This was followed two days later by headlining a show in the O2 Institute in Birmingham. On the 18th of May, we had the pleasure to play in the m2tm semi-finals and went through to the finals. On the 26th of May, we won the final, the first time a Polish band has ever done this in England, and now we have a slot at the Bloodstock open-air festival 2018!

Shawn Kerry – “Creature”

“I envisioned the music video for “Creature” from the POV of someone in the thick of ego dissolution. I want you to feel like you’re on a mental adventure while trekking through a forest with no real sense of physical direction. You’re too focused on the process in your mind to move in a linear fashion, so things get distorted and a little funky along the way.”


“I’m super happy to be a part of the Chosen/Atlantic family,” says Justice. “Releasing this single and music video means a lot to me because it marks the start of my journey and I’m so grateful!”

Sleater-Kinney Share New Music Video For “Can I Go On”

The concept for the “Can I Go On” video was written by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein; it was directed and filmed by Ashley Connor, a long-time friend of the band, and stars Lauri Guzda and Mami Kimura. Brownstein explains, “Within the broader thematic context of The Center Won’t Hold album, we wanted the video to speak to an existence that has been fractured and frayed by age or by loss, by divisive politics, by trauma or depression. We aimed to showcase the female body as a place of resistance, to explore how much it can withstand trespass, sorrow, and chaos. The body, then, becomes a site of transformation, repurposing invisible wounds and wear into kinetic energy and power. The women in the video display modes of strength and joy in ways we do not traditionally see.”

Gryffin & Slander Release Video For “All You Need To Know” FT Calle Lehmann Out Now

“All You Need To Know” was one of the first tracks to be released off of Gryffin’s forthcoming debut album Gravity. Due out later this year via Darkroom/Geffen Records, Gravity will also include Gryffin’s previously released singles “OMG” featuring Carly Rae Jepsen and “Hurt People” (a collaboration with singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, co-written by Bastille frontman Dan Smith).

New Music: TCTS – Lazerbeams

A club-focused anthem, ‘Lazerbeams’ utilises vibrant house beats across a bass-driven production, creating a lively festival track. Renowned for previous hits ‘Do It Like Me’, ‘Games’ and his remix for Jessie Ware’s ‘Champagne Kisses’, TCTS has garnered widespread acclaim amassing over 18 million streams combined.

TCTS Makes Astralwerks Debut With New Single ‘Lazerbeams’

PARACHUTER Single ‘Higher’

PARACHUTER is the new Bedroom Pop project by singer/songwriter, Wesley Jensen. This vibey exploration is founded in heavy grooves and laced with lush ethereal sounds. Ditching guitars for synthesizers, Jensen finds new ways to merge his indie mood and pop sensibility. Recorded in Denton, TX.


Produced by Mike Sabath (J Balvin, Selena Gomez, Lizzo), “Easy” showcases emotive vocals from each member while 6LACK’s verse adds to the romantic vibe. Shot in Los Angeles, the cinematic visual is directed by Lloyd Pursall.

Andrew Bird debuts “Manifest” single, North American tour resumes

Additionally, Bird’s headline North America tour kicks off September 13 in Pittsburgh with performances following in DC, New York, Portland, Seattle and more. The tour will find Bird joined by a variety of guests including Meshell Ndegeocello, Hiss Golden Messenger, Chicano Batman, Madison Cunningham and a co-headline date in Boston with Calexico and Iron & Wine. Prior to the tour, Bird will make several appearances at Americanafest in Nashville, including a performance and discussion with special guest John C. Reilly on Thursday, September 12.

Giolì & Assia Livestream #DiesisLive Session 4 – STREAMING NOW!

Live electronic duo Giolì & Assia released the latest #DiesisLive session today, filming in their hometown of Palermo, Italy. Fans can expect three new tracks along with reimagined versions of their previous songs.

Kal Marks shares “Science Is Science” via The Alternative; ‘Let The Shit House Burn Down’ is out on 9/27

Regarding the song Carl Shane stated “”Science is Science” is pretty grim. I think there’s a lot behavior in this world that needs to be eradicated or we will be. There’s many problems in this world but the Earth should be number one right now, but there’s a lot of old greedy f*ckers that won’t change or die out. Maybe the human race is actually a virus, and it’s hopeless. I really wish that it’s not.”

Track Premiere: Kal Marks – “Science is Science”

Modern Metalcore Band ABSENCE OF DESPAIR Set to Kick Off “The Autumn Slaughter Tour”

Providence, Rhode Island-based modern metalcore band ABSENCE OF DESPAIR will kick off “The Autumn Slaughter Tour” later this month, in support of their new album, Desolate, out September 13.

“We are finally unleashing the beast that’s been locked away,” says vocalist Joe Reynolds. “We can’t wait to bring you a little metal mayhem from our new CD, Desolate. Prepare for the ‘Autumn Slaughter Tour!'”

NEWS: Tami Neilson gets back to roots with new album ‘CHICKABOOM!’

No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.

She’s an artist with real range, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, golden-age country, heartfelt Gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock ‘n’ roll. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive.

Watch Tami Neilson’s Campy ‘Hey, Bus Driver!’ Video

Frames (Richmond, VA) announces new EP, ‘Cursed’ + streams “House Show”

Cursed, the debut EP from Richmond, VA’s Frames will be released on September 20 via Know Hope Records (Vinnie Caruana, twentythreenineteen).

Baby Keem returns with “BUSS HER UP” video

Today, Baby Keem returns with a new music video for “BUSS HER UP,” a song from his recent, much talked about release DIE FOR MY BITCH. For his latest video, Keem worked with director Daniel Russell, who shot him in and around Los Angeles using a 360 camera. Check out the trippy video for “BUSS HER UP” here:

“Baby Keem has arrived” – Complex

Thomston unveils heartfelt new single ‘Casual’

With its sombre piano chords and heartfelt lyrics, lead track ‘Casual’ sees Thomston tap into the conflicting emotions that come with being in a casual relationship. “People are all over the place,” he explains. “One second I want marriage and kids and a dog and a house, and the next I want to be alone. I want commitment until I don’t. ‘Casual’ is about being in a relationship with a person of a similar temperament that is just terrible on paper but part of you wants to give in to the ‘what-ifs’ of a future together. It’s about wondering if commitment is all it takes.”

SOFI TUKKER release new single ‘Purple Hat’ | DANCING ON THE PEOPLE EP due out 20th September

Hot on the heels of their debut Good Morning America performance, SOFI TUKKER release their new single “Purple Hat” today. The single is exemplary of what made the world fall in love with the group, a joyous paean to communal dancing and letting your freak flag fly with a monster riff and playfully adventurous production. The song is featured on their forthcoming EP DANCING ON THE PEOPLE (Out 20th September), and the EP’s title is pulled from the lyrics. The group says, “We wrote ‘Purple Hat’ the day after our first Animal Talk party. We started throwing these parties to bring back the wild and inclusive dancing vibe to the nightclub experience.