@skopemag news for Thursday October 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm est

Victoria Victoria’s stunning music video for new single “Magic”

Victoria Victoria is based in Winston-Salem and is the project of Tori Elliott. The indie-pop outfit draws from disparate influences including Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap and Feist on the new EP. Elliott musters up tremendous strength with the glossy, vibrant anthem “Sanctuary,” while simultaneously setting aside the synth-pop sounds and baring it all with the piano ballad, “Magic.” While adhering to her well-known sassy and rambunctious spirit, the songs on the new EP run the gamut from playful and childlike, to honest and contemplative. Her work is an exemplary display of fine-tuned attention to emotional detail, often exposing every raw nerve, while her stunning voice is front and center on every track.

BASK Premiere Official Music Video for New Song, “Rid of You”

BASK comment: “We are excited to announce the third single, ‘Rid of You,’ from our upcoming album, ‘III.’ We’ve collaborated with analog video artist Yovozol to bring you this visual accompaniment. We hope you enjoy.”


Simple Creatures are Mark Hoppus (blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low). The ‘trash-pop’ duo evolved from a long-standing friendship and musical kinship. Hoppus and Gaskarth took a beat from their respective bands to have some fun in the studio, and came away with a new band with a new sound.

SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels

SiriusXM announced today its extensive holiday music lineup featuring 15 commercial free channels including the much anticipated Holly and Holiday Traditions channels. Hallmark Channel Radio will kick off the holiday season Friday, October 25, and 12 more music channels will start broadcasting on Friday, November 1.

Steven A. Clark ‘Happiness’ Music Video

Through Steven A. Clark’s indie pop-infused contemporary R&B songs, one can envision the afflictions he’s conquered using music as his weapon. From becoming a father at a young age to enduring the brutal murder of his uncle, (one of the most significant influences on his creativity) Clark utilizes his craft to reflect on the adversities that have contributed to his lifelong battle with anxiety and depression. While his story depicts tragedy and heartbreak, it is nonetheless the embodiment of love, resilience and the pursuit of authentic self-expression.

Chronixx Teams Up with Free Nationals Ahead of November Concert with Special Guest Koffee

Chronixx sets a perfectly-balanced mood on “Eternal Light,” backed by Free Nationals. The band formed by Anderson .Paak collaborated with the Jamaican reggae heavy-hitter on their latest single that was released last week. The fusion of their sounds: the rippling bass guitar is a floating vehicle driving Chronixx’s effortless flow for one of his most soul-stirring tracks to date.


“The Principal” has received over 22 million audio streams to date, while the album has surpassed an impressive total of over 265 million audio streams to date, having also entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #3. K-12 the film has now been viewed over 32 million times on YouTube since its release on September 6th.


Michigan based Heavy Rock Band DEEPFALL has announced 2019 Fall and Winter tour dates. Beginning October 26 in Des Moines, IA, the band heads out with TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, running through the Midwest and East Coast before wrapping up November 9th in Dayton Beach, FL. DEEPFALL will then join up with HELLYEAH in Greenville, SC on November 13th, rounding through the West Coast and South, finishing out on December 19th in Phoenix, AZ. They then finish out the year with SEVENDUST on their ACOUSTIC XMAS shows December 28-30th in Georgia and Florida.

10/26 @ Leftys – Des Moines, IA
10/27 @ Gabes – Iowa City, IA
10/30 @ The Citadel – Indianapolis, IN
10/31 @ @ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
11/01 @ One Centre Square – Easton, PA
11/02 @ Harrisburg Midtown Events Center – Harrisburg, PA
11/06 @ Elevation 27 – Virginia Beach, VA
11/07 @ Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
11/08 @ Shovelheads – Longwood, FL
11/09 @ Main Street Station – Dayton Beach, FL

DISMEMBERMENT: Metal Injection Premieres “Perdition’s Flame” From Ohio Death Metal Crew

DISMEMBERMENT: Metal Injection Premieres “Perdition’s Flame” From Ohio Death Metal Crew; Arc Of Ancients LP Nears Release Via Creator-Destructor Records

DISMEMBERMENT Rips You Limb From Limb On New Song “Perdition’s Flame”


The Dead South have made a statement with Sugar & Joy, their first Billboard Bluegrass #1, out now via Six Shooter Records. For their third full-length record, the four-piece string band from Saskatchewan, Canada, traveled out of their hometown and comfort zone to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where they convened with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt to make what has been lauded as their most compelling, complex and impressive work yet.

Nolan The Ninja Announces Beat Tape: ILLPHORIA 2

Detroit producer and emcee Nolan The Ninja has had a busy 2019. He opened the year with his Mello debut SPORTEE and then campaigned hard dropping multiple dope videos and hitting Europe to do a performance on the always dope Colors. He recently released a remix version of his single Oranges featuring Quelle Chris as well. Now to close out the year, Nolan wanted to showcase his production chops with a new beat tape titled ILLPHORIA 2.

Written By Wolves premiere new single via Kerrang!, LP out November 8th

Just two weeks ahead of their debut LP, SECRETS, New Zealand hard rockers Written by Wolves have premiered the final advance single from the album, “As Long As It Takes,” over on Kerrang!

“In the best way possible, Written By Wolves sound like they’re at war with themselves,” Kerrang! writes in their premiere. “The Auckland, New Zealand, quintet play catchy, bombastic hard rock that’ll pique listeners’ interest from the start and never let go.”

THE KUT drops killer video for ‘X-Ray Eyes’ out Halloween!

The track will also drop on all good DSPs at midnight on Halloween and is the 9th single from The Kut’s debut album ‘Valley Of Thorns’ which landed her in the Top 10 of the UK Rock Albums Chart via Criminal Records / Cargo Records last year.

Matt Williams Engages 1 Million Fans With Highly Anticipated New Single “Used”

Today, Matt Williams released “Used,” his newest Contemporary Country Single. Matt is the most known “unknown” country artist who boasts nearly 1 million engaged fans on social media who earned their following one by one through sharing his passion for music, poetic song writing and high-energy performances. Matt has been topping the charts. His last single “Rain Down Sunshine,” topped the National Radio Hits Country Charts, New Music Weekly Country Radio Charts and AC/Hot AC Top 20.

Matt Williams Engages 1 Million Fans With Highly Anticipated New Single “Used”


Two leading arts education institutions, Boston Ballet School (BBS) and Walnut Hill School for the Arts, are proud to announce an industry-leading partnership. Starting in the fall of the 2020 school year, Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program will combine with Walnut Hill School for the Arts to create Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Together, they will offer world-renowned dance instruction and best-in-class college preparatory infrastructure to provide a holistic education for pre-professional dance students.

The 11th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival Announce First Round Of Artists!

The California Roots Music and Arts Festival has had much to celebrate in 2019 with a successful ten year event, launching their own radio show “Cali Roots Radio” on SiriusXM’s “The Joint,” and through a new strategic partnership with Reggae Rise Up. Cali Roots is thrilled to announce its first round of artists for their 11th annual festival held at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center from May 22-24, 2020. Pre-sale starts Monday, October 28 from 10am to 10pm PST. Public on-sale will be Tuesday, October 29 at 10am PST.


West Coast Marijuana Magnate Berner – Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg (Prod. by The RZA)

A living, breathing refutation of the “lazy stoner” stereotype, Berner is one of the most prolific artists and entrepreneurs in the rap game. Preparing his fourth album of 2019, Berner announces La Plaza, his upcoming album. Complete with glistening instrumentals, La Plaza is an atmospheric, weeded-out epic, complete with a huge array of guest stars from all over the hip-hop spectrum. Tapping to his heritage, Berner’s latest emphasizes a Latin flavor in the production, and boasts guest spots from Spanish-speaking emcees like De La Ghetto, Jon Z, and Ñengo Flow. Featuring additional appearances from Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, Mozzy, OMB Peezy, Nef The Pharaoh, Lil Pete, and more, La Plaza hits the internet on November 11th via Bern One Entertainment/EMPIRE.

French melodic Post-Hardcore five-piece AFAR streamed new record ‘Empty Ends’ for full

After about a year of hard work in their practice room and then in studio, French Melodic Post-Hardcore renegades AFAR are proud to released a brand new EP called ‘Empty Ends’ and available right now through Seven Years Aweak Records (Aleska, Peace Me Off…) for Digital exclusive on Bandcamp + the main legal plateforms.

Office Culture (RIYL Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell) LP out Nov. 1

Office Culture make atmospheric soft rock a la “Werewolves of London” meets “Reelin’ In The Years,” but with a sound that’s very 2019. Fans of Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman will also dig.

Rising St. Louis Rapper Smino Delivers Video For “Trina”

Midwest rap phenom, Smino, has released the music video for his new Kenny Beats and Lido-produced single, “Trina,” a lyrical nod to the first lady of Slip N Slide records. Directed by Child, the charismatic and colorful clip showcases the rapid-fire wordsmith’s comedic side while treating viewers to the culture’s first Underwater Playas Ball. The single will be featured today as a Zane Lowe World First on Apple Music’s Beats 1.