@skopemag news for wednesday – October 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm est

Severely Blessed Goes to the Dark Side of Final Reflections, the Third Album in the Painted Caravan

Dark threads have run through all three albums of The Painted Caravan Trilogy from The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, featuring dark folk, world music, gothic and post-rock influences; but never darker than “Severely Blessed” from Final Reflections, the third and final album in the Trilogy. As one reviewer puts it… “darkness returns, as beautifully raspy and expressive vocals (Shane Chapman) guide you through the…brilliantly passionate Severely Blessed….Severely Blessed is a fascinating song, with a few subtle yet flawlessly placed elements of artistry and movement; a definite early highlight.”

Loreena McKennitt: Putting the Music Business on Hold

Multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and musician Loreena McKennitt, who has sold more than 14 million records worldwide, has announced she is putting her music career on hold to more fully focus her energy on the battle against the harmful effects of technology and threats posed by global warming.

Imani Coppola Releases Powerful “Sage” Video via Substream

“I wanted it to be like the famous Sinead O’Conner video [‘Nothing Compares 2 U’], but didn’t feel like crying, fucking up my makeup and having to redo it constantly,” explains eclectic and musically expansive artist IMANI COPPOLA about her brand new “Sage” music video which premieres today via Substream Magazine. “I was in a remarkably shitty mood the day we shot but Keith Major [director] was supportive of my shit mood. It worked for the video.”

PREMIERE: Imani Coppola is simple and powerful in “Sage” music video

Mysterious newcomer BE NO RAIN shares delectable indie-pop debut ‘Deadweight’

Today, 29/10/19, Be No Rain release their debut single ‘Deadweight’. A song that has been written, re-written; recorded and re-recorded many times since its original conception in 2011, ‘Deadweight’ in its now fully realised form is the start of something special.

New Railroad Earth Single “The Great Divide” Out Today

Stillwater, NJ – Today, perineal roots-rock favorites Railroad Earth released “The Great Divide,” the first single from their new album, All For The Song, due out in 2020. Famously known for their genre-bending implementation of bluegrass instruments in non-traditional styles and arrangements, Railroad Earth—Todd Sheaffer (guitar), Tim Carbone (violin), John Skehan (mandolin), Carey Harmon (drums), and Andrew Altman (bass)—have always subscribed to the get-in-where-you-fit-in mentality. “We walk on either side of a line,” Skehan says. “The bluegrass influence is primarily in instrumentation—having a banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar – but it’s still a rock band.”

Opeongo – ‘Miasma’

Produced by the masterful Aaron Goldstein at Baldwin Street Sound, I wrote these songs through a period of immense – change signified by moving from a small town to a large city, change signified by heartache, and change signified in the recognition of the times before us.

Spielbergs – ‘Running All The Way Home’ EP

Lead singer and guitarist Mads Baklien notes on the new single; “Running All The Way Home is a song about regret. You can’t undo what you’ve done. You can apologise to the people you’ve hurt all you want, you can promise to do better in the future, but it will not fix things. You will just have to wait it out and see what happens.”

Danny Zee Announces New Single “Blue Butterfly”

LA-based artist, Danny Zee, excited to release his new single “Blue Butterfly”, out today. Conveying the longing of an old love, “Blue Butterfly” combines elements of R&B and soul. The single is the title track off his upcoming debut album, Blue Butterfly, set for release on January 2020.


The cinematic visual, which is directed by Joe Weil (Kendrick Lamar, Khalid) was shot in Los Angeles and brings Maxo’s vivid storytelling throughout the track to life.

Maxo is currently on his “Brandon Banks” headlining North American fall tour which has hit major cities across the US including Atlanta, New York, Chicago and will wrap in El Paso, TX on November 17th.

Listen to “Sad Boy” by Julian Daniel

“Sad Boy” is the newest single from Julian’s debut E-Boy EP (set for release on November 20). It’s a song that shows personal growth and the effects of social media on our youth in today’s day and age.

LA’s Tombstones In Their Eyes announce ‘Maybe Someday’ single

Los Angeles’ indie psych rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes present their new 2-track single ‘Maybe Someday’ with b-side ‘I Can’t Feel It Anymore (Junkie Version)’. Appearing not long after the single ‘Open Skies’ (also two tracks with an alternative version of ‘Dreams’), these tasters preview the band’s new album ‘Maybe Someday’.


MXMS, also known as Me and My Shadow, is releasing the video for their new single, “Death Row,” just in time for their favorite holiday. The track, which features the band’s trademark sound – pulsing analog synthesizers and a crushing rhythm section – was released on October 22. But, the video – a bloody, suspenseful nod to horror flicks, officially drops this week, making it the perfect addition to any Halloween playlist as evidenced by one of the biggest horror sites, Dread Central, who premiered the video, read more about that here.

Clint Mansell-collaborator Carly Paradis announces album ‘Nothing Is Something’

‘Nothing Is Something’ is a collection of powerful, emotive songs which enraptures the listener from the moment it begins. Sometime collaborator with Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated film composer Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan), Carly Paradis has composed an album of staggering beauty; from start to finish the album takes the listener on an unforgettable, euphoric journey with brooding lyrics and soaring strings capturing every emotion along the way.

Austin Garage Rockers Gamma Dog Share Addicting New Single “Designer Love”

Austin garage rockers Gamma Dog follow up their punchy “Wa” with a dark, passionate new single “Designer Love”. A play on “designer drug”, the track deals with toxic relationships that stopped working. An artificial, fabricated love is created and, like a drug, it becomes addictive to all parties involved.

This is “Anhhoney larkland” with his latest single “Battle”

Stream the upcoming LP from Wished Bone, ‘Sap Season’, now on Hype Machine

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.

CINEMA CINEMA: PopMatters Streams CCXMD Full-Length By Brooklyn Art Punk Duo

CINEMA CINEMA was established in 2008 by Brooklyn-born cousins Ev Gold (vocals/guitar) and Paul Claro (drums). They’ve been described as “experi-metal punks” by the Village Voice, “a jolt of adrenaline” by BrooklynVegan, and “feral and unrelenting” by Big Takeover.

Easy Life Reveal Official Music Video For ‘Nice Guys.’

Following the announcement of their 2020 North American headlining tour, Easy Life have revealed the hilarious official music video for their latest single ‘Nice Guys.’ Shot in London and directed by Greg Barth, the video is set in a retro-futuristic chat show, promoting abstinence in the name of Kuthi, a fictional cult leader whose followers pledge to stay chaste until his return on Planet Earth. A nod towards the 1960’s Beatle-mania and boy-band hysteria of that time, the audience is made up of devout Kuthi followers whose abstinence begins to waiver as the band’s performance builds momentum. That’s when a mystery guest is called in to cool things down, the antithesis to the ‘Nice Guys,’ President Donald Trump.


KIALLA just released a new single, “Rusty Toys”. The track reflects on how the American Dream can sometimes feel like a nightmare. It underlines the burden of a 9-5 routine on the average person, as they go through days without any form of satisfaction in their life.

WILDERUN Reveals Third Single from “Veil of Imagination”

Epic progressive metal band WILDERUN has revealed the third single, “‘O Resolution!,” from their upcoming album Veil of Imagination, out this Friday, November 1.

Wilderun premiere epic progressive metal song “O Resolution!”: Stream

Lil Mosey Ready To Prove He’s A Certified Hitmaker With Debut Album

Lil Mosey has been quietly plotting a takeover since his official entry into the rap game just two years ago. The Seattle rapper’s breakout hit, “Pull Up,” was the internet sensation that put him on the map, racking up millions of views and eventually landing the precocious teen at Interscope Records. His debut album, Certified Hitmaker, is set for release on Friday, November 8th.