#weekend edition – @skopemag news for september 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am est

Under the Radar Streaming New Ecstatic Vision LP, ‘For the Masses’, in Full

Philadelphia heavy psych band Ecstatic Vision will release its new album, ‘For the Masses’, on September 20 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records (Nebula, Nick Oliveri). Recorded with Joe Boldizar (Ruby the Hatchet, KEN Mode) and mixed/mastered by Tim Green (Earthless, Sebadoh, The Melvins), Ecstatic Vision’s critically-celebrated, fuzzed-out sound has been sculpted into a Hi-Fi psychedelic wonderland on the new LP. In celebration of the new record’s release, Under the Radar is streaming ‘For the Masses’ in full, saying, “‘For the Masses’ is Ecstatic Vision at its most space-y, most tripped-out, most avant-garde, and most rock and roll, somehow all at once.” Stream Ecstatic Vision’s ‘For the Masses’ at this location.

Hear “Cowpath 40” from Wet Tuna, the duo of Matt Valentine and PG Six, ahead of the release of Water Weird on October 11th via Three Lobed

Long before the indie rock vampires got hip to the jam, Wet Tuna’s Matt Valentine and PG Six (Pat Gubler) were twisting folk-blues, the avant garde, west coast and Swedish psychedelia into a fat one in the beloved underground unit Tower Recordings.

Tower’s journey ended some time ago but MV and PG Six found new paths—Matt mostly around the MV & EE tree and Pat’s solo songwriter sojourns.

ECSTATIC VISION premiere new album ‘For The Masses’ in full!

Philadelphia-based psychedelic rock freaks ECSTATIC VISION present their mind-melting new studio album “For The Masses” exclusively via Under The Radar, ahead of its official release this Friday on Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

ECSTATIC VISION have tapped into something that expands heavy rock’s vocabulary and moves into a far-out sonic galaxy where there is music in the spheres but the spheres vibrate on previously untold frequencies.

Saul Williams Releases Music Video for “Dare,” Announces Vinyl Release of ‘Encrypted & Vulnerable’

Today Saul Williams released his video for “Dare” — taken from Williams’ album Encrypted & Vulnerable (out now via Pirates Blend), Complex called the song “a cacophonous whirlwind of distorted noise and industrial rhythms, held together by the rapper, actor, author and poet’s free-flowing, spoken word style.”

Emerging artist KennyHoopla’s new song “Sore Loser//”

The new music follows the release of “Lost Cause,” which received critical praise—Pigeons & Planes featured him among their “Best New Artists of the Month” in July proclaiming, “His most recent few songs are his best yet, and the evolving sound is starting to lay the foundation for a genre-agnostic artist with ambitions beyond following the latest trends,” while Ones To Watch added, “KennyHoopla is a perfectly indescribable enigma that we simply cannot get enough of.” Both songs will appear on his debut EP due early 2020.

Jammcard ‘LinkedIn for Musicians’ announces expansion to NYC

Jammcard, the booming Los Angeles-founded music tech startup ultimately known as the Music Professionals Network and coined the “LinkedIn for musicians” by Forbes, announces today that they’re expanding to New York City. Founded by Elmo Lovano, the app connects the music community by way of an invite-only social network for vetted pros and highly curated, exclusive event gatherings. Lovano is a well-known drummer and musical director who has worked with Juliette Lewis, Skrillex, James Fauntleroy, Miley Cyrus and Christina Perri, among many others.

Tropical F*ck Storm Share Video for “The Happiest Guy Around” from new LP Braindrops, Out Now!

“Braindrops feels like watching a sped-up timeline of rising sea levels and melting glaciers set to long-lost field recordings of maximalist noise-rock from the Outback. You’re listening to a world falling apart.” – Paste Magazine

The Mystic Underground Announce Their New EP “Simple Minds, Simple Pleasures” Release New Single

Brooklyn,NY Synthpop/New Wave duo The Mystic Underground announce the release of their new EP Simple Minds,Simple Pleasures

Synths and sass. Pomp and circumstance. Two simple phrases. Two small glimpses into the minds of singer Vladimir Valette and producer Benedetto Socci. Together, the two combine to form the nucleus of indie electronic pop outfit The Mystic Underground. With inspiration found in the sounds of machines with the warmth and immediacy of the hummable melody, they are primed to inscribe their mark on the pop landscape with their forthcoming EP. Vocalist Vladimir Valette explains the inspiration behind Simple Minds, Simple Pleasures and their new music video Tempted by the Sound of Violence..

Wished Bone premieres “Hold Me” via Gorilla vs Bear; announces sophomore LP ‘Sap Season’ due November 1st

Wished Bone, the folk project of Ashley Rhodus, began with borrowed instruments and broken tape machines in an Athens, Ohio basement called The Pseudio. Rhodus, plant biologist turned bartender, finds peace in viewing human behavior and emotion as organic and normal parts of nature; a flower opens up because it is meant to. Often accompanied by instrumentalist Wandering Lake, stripped down melodies float like a cloud atop Kupillas’ subtle drones, simple guitar licks, and clean drums.

Austrian indie-pop songwriter Maria Neckam shares powerful new ballad, “She’s Sensitive”

Maria started writing “She’s Sensitive” in the middle of an intense bout of writer’s block. As a way to get herself going, she based this song on the character of a book she was reading at the time… little did she know that soon after, she’d have plenty of material to write about. After the first verse was done, her partner (a musician himself) returned home from his tour and acted awfully strange. This had been an issue for a while, but it seemed like it had gotten worse. After a few days of whirlwind and confusion, during which the second verse was born, she found out that he had a serious opioid addiction. At the time she hadn’t been as aware of this issue that is now an epidemic in this country, so it was a shock and felt like a betrayal they couldn’t recover from – the secrets and the lies, most of all.

New Album from Elephant Wrecking Ball / Skope

With their impending fourth studio album Suck On Light out next Friday, September 27th, Boy & Bear have revealed the new video for the album’s title track, which captures the band on Super 8 film taking us behind the scenes of their recent sold out Australian shows on their current Hold Your Nerve Tour.

Boy & Bear launched the North American leg of the tour last week, hitting Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Their 44-date Hold Your Nerve Tour continues throughout the USA and Canada, then onto the UK and Europe finishing on February 26th, 2020 at Shepherds Bush Empire in London.


“Ryan Beatty writes really good pop songs about boys”—The FADER
“He’s a pulled off a rare feat in music” – Billboard

Black Beach Share “Dumpster Fire” Single On Talkhouse, Announce Tour Dates, ‘Tapeworm’ LP Out 10/11

“Consumed by the omnipresent anxiety of our current political and cultural moment, Boston post-punk outfit Black Beach is channeling all that negativity into a bruising yet cathartic release on its new LP Tapeworm.”
– The 405

“With a cave-like wall of sound that’s both recklessly punk and stuffed with grungy grit, BlackBeach’s sound has spread across the northeast, finding them on bills with bands of many styles and even securing them a Boston Music Awards nomination.”
– Allston Pudding

New Music This Week – Brittany Howard, blink-182, Liam Gallagher, and More

New Releases for September 20, 2019 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Announces New Album, “Walk Beyond the Dark,” Out November 15 via Blood Music

The black sheep of the black metal scene, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, returns with their boldest and most diverse offering to date, Walk Beyond the Dark, available November 15 via Blood Music.

Makeout Announce New Members: Kyle Dee (The Frantic, American Idol) and AJ Khah (Sleep On It)

Pop-punk phenoms Makeout, who took the music world by storm on the heels of their debut album, The Good Life, have ended the search for their new lead singer. Kyle Dee, formerly a Season 11 American Idol contestant, and lead singer of Chicago mainstays, The Frantic, will take charge of lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Also joining the band is bassist AJ Khah, who was previously a member of fellow pop-punk favorites, Sleep On It. Both members bring a wealth of experience to the band alongside Tyler Young (Lead Guitar) and Scott Eckel (Drums).

Makeout return: New singer, former Sleep On It bassist and no “Secrets”

Swiss noise/powerwave/grunge/shoegaze sensation KØDE crack YouTube with the video of “Heloïse”

‘You may feel desire and you’d like to be true. You don’t want to have sex as you were taught by TV, Hollywood movies and society, but as a person, as a child who’s never been taught about all this shit. Let’s get rid of what is expected from us. This is what this video is about.’

Rising Hip Hop Artist Shaun Sloan Releases Powerful New Single and Visual “Wait For Me”

SHAUN SLOAN is a South Central-bred, Philadelphia hip hop artist that is quickly on the rise to being a household industry name. Having been openly documenting his journey with sickle cell disease, Shaun’s hope it to motivate his fans and the youth all over the world that you can still remain resilient and strong through your battles.