@skopemag news for – wednesday – november 6, 2019 @ noon est

New release: Lush Puppy – Bitch (single) & Clickspawn (EP)

Genre-defying Lush Puppy just might be the next best thing coming from The Netherlands. After stomper ‘Wear Me Out’, lighthearted single ‘Ms. Grey’ and ominous track ‘Sabotage Me’, Lush Puppy is here again with guns blazing on new single Bitch! All four singles are on debut EP Clickspawn.

Dublin Duo Hare Squead Connect with Jay Prince for an Introspective New Single

Bringing an unpredictable energy and deep tunefulness, Irish hip-hop group Hare Squead don’t sound like anything on either side of the Atlantic. Delivering a laid-back jam about staying grounded, Hare Squead shares “Meeting With Myself,” their new single. Defined by syncopated organ swells and jittering hi-hats, the new song highlights the complementary talents of the Hare Squead duo, as Tony Konstone smoothly sings a humble chorus and Lilo Blues brings a distorted auto-tune for his rapidfire verse. Rounded out by a verse from Soulection affiliate Jay Prince, “Meeting With Myself” finds the three emcees stress the importance of trusting your own instincts over the fickle opinions of hangers-on: sings Tony Konstone, “Sometimes you gotta deep that shit yourself/When you got no one to come and tell you yeh yeh/That’s why I try keeping to myself dawg/Ain’t no one fuck with you like yourself yeh yeh yeh.”

Dublin duo Hare Squead team up with Jay Prince on new single ‘Meeting With Myself’

Jayla Darden Releases ‘Onto Something’ EP On Sick Projects/ Interscope Records

Sick Projects/ Interscope Records is pleased to announce the release of R&B artist, Jayla Darden’s debut project, Onto Something. The seven-song EP not only showcases the 21-year old fresh-faced beauty’s remarkable talent as a singer-songwriter, but also her ability to produce, mix and even engineer her own music in the recording studio.

Prolific Synth-pop Artist Paul Jacks Drops B-Sides EP, “Drama Club”

“Prolific Alaskan artist, Paul Jacks has been a stalwart of authentic 80s synth-pop. His sophomore solo album, In Other Words came out earlier this year but he wants to end the year on a bang releasing a b-sides EP called Drama Club. Inspired by the 1993 film of the same name, “Fire in the Sky” features shimmering synths that sound straight out of season 1 of Stranger Things. Much like the movie, the track deals with a loss of innocents; Jacks sings ‘I was just a boy/too young to be sure how much of me died that night’ over the mid-tempo rock groove.” – Surviving the Golden Age

“I Wanna Dance/Lost” – Heartstreets

Montreal duo Heartstreets (Gab Godon and Emma Beko) spent years perfecting their craft by releasing a string of critically acclaimed tracks. The lead single off their 2016 debut You and I EP, “Cruising With You,” was an anthem that summer, garnering over 2.5 million streams. Following this success, Heartstreets shared the stage with the likes of Gallant, The Internet, Daniel Caesar, Charlotte Cardin, Busty and the Bass, and more.


Having gained support from the likes of Noisey, Stereogum, NOWNESS and more, Nick Leng brings forth a distinct knack for crafting romantic, evocative records filled with sonic texture and color. Throughout his two previous EP’s, numerous Hype Machine #1 singles, viral secret side projects and production/writing credits for artists across multiple genres on major labels, Nick’s sound is both undoubtedly one of a kind, and instantly recognizable.

For Your Year-End Consideration: Nilüfer Yanya’s “Miss Universe”

Nilüfer Yanya has had an incredible 2019 – the March release of her debut album Miss Universe on ATO Records was met with universal acclaim and followed by sold-out shows across North America and Europe. NPR Music named her their #3 Best New Artist of 2019, behind only Billie Eilish and Maggie Rogers; they also joined Billboard, The Guardian, The Independent, Stereogum, Esquire, and more in naming Miss Universe one of the best albums of the year so far.


High Water Festival is set to return for its fourth year to North Charleston, SC’s Riverfront Park on April 18-19th. The two-day Celebration of Music, Food, and Libations – curated by the Holy City’s own Shovels & Rope in partnership with AC Entertainment – has revealed its full lineup for 2020 today.

Set to perform at High Water 2020: Wilco, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brittany Howard, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Drive-By Truckers, Rufus Wainwright, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Delta Spirit, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Wilder Woods, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Strand Of Oaks, The Felice Brothers, Shannon & the Clams, Seratones, Cedric Burnside, Indianola, Palm Palm, and She Returns From War.

High Water Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

New LIFE video / One for Skope

It’s such an exciting time for this lot at the moment. The new album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’ was BBC 6 Music’s Album Of The Day in early October and it was BBC Radio 1’s Album Of The Weekend. On top of that, their latest single ‘Bum Hour’ has recently been bumped up to b-list on 6 Music, which follows their a-listing for ‘Hollow Thing’ and further still, their previous two singles before that were also B-listed. Earlier this year the band had their first appearance at Glasto, played a blistering live session for Jack Saunders, played a packed out album launch in a Camden kebab shop and before all of this went on a 2-week sold out tour with IDLES (inc. a sold out Electric Ballroom show). Similarly, all of the album reviews so far have been incredibly positive too.

M. T. Hadley shares video for “Janet” / Debut album out this Friday, 8th November

With his debut album out this Friday, M. T. Hadley unveils the video for “Janet”.

Originally released as a song in summer 2016, and written a year after he lost his mother to cancer, “Janet” was championed by Frank Ocean on his Blonded BEATS radio show.

Tickets On-Sale Now For NBC’s Miss America 2020 at Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun will become only the third destination to host Miss America in its 99-year history next month and tickets are now on-sale at Missamerica.org/tickets and on-site at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

The finals will be broadcast on NBC live from Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:00pm EST.

Leading up to the finals and taking place in Mohegan Sun’s Earth Expo & Convention Center, Miss America 2020 will also Nia Franklin Crown press 2.jpgfeature two preliminary competitions as well as a special Tribute Show in Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theatre, where the Miss America Organization (MAO) will say thank you to Nia Franklin (Miss America 2019) for a successful year. Guests will be able to enjoy music that Franklin has composed during the past year and join other Miss America’s as they entertain and share where their lives have led over the past year. All Tribute Show ticket holders will get priority access to a Miss America autograph line prior to the show. Tickets to this Miss America Tribute Show can also be purchased via: Ticketmaster


VULTURES: “Acceptance” Video Premiered At New Noise Magazine; Hunger EP Out Now

New Noise Magazine is hosting the public premiere of a crushing video for “Acceptance,” one of the standout tracks on their recently released EP Hunger EP by Victoria, British Columbia metallic hardcore quartet, VULTURES.

Writes VULTURES’ guitarist Cole Lamb, “‘Acceptance’ is the second song of our EP, Hunger. This song is about a young boy who gets peer pressured into doing cocaine to be accepted into a group of friends and in return dies from an overdose and his mom is devastated. Our mission statement in ‘Acceptance’ is to raise awareness because this is a tragedy that happens everywhere. Hunger is about different perspectives of the people drug abuse affects.”

Video Premiere: Vultures – ‘Acceptance’

BASK Premiere Entire New Album, ‘III,’ via Psychedelic Baby Mag

BASK comment: “We are very excited to share the entirety of ‘III’ with you today. It is our Season of Mist debut and our third full length album, recorded in our hometown of Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios with Matt Bayles. We hope you enjoy the journey. Thank you for listening.”

‘III’ by Bask


This December, the ladies of Last Import will be hitting the road and heading down South for their recently-announced Hollywood Forever Tour! To celebrate the occasion, the band has released their latest single, ‘Hollywood Forever’, a fiery new track sure to be haunting radio waves all over the country!

The ‘Hollywood Forever Tour’ will kick-off on December 15th in Chicago, IL at Subterranean, take the ladies all the way down to Stubbs Indoors in Austin, TX, and back up to to play with Kansas City locals Radkey at Record Bar before their homecoming show with Bad Bad Hats & Ratboys in First Avenue’s mainroom on December 21st!

PORTLAND release outstanding debut album ‘Your Colours Will Stain’ via [PIAS]

Portland is the creative brainchild of musician and songwriter Jente Pironet. Sometime during the misty autumn of 2015, Jente collected a huge amount of song material, without a specific end purpose. Over the years, the songs were refreshed, adapted, rewritten and eventually gathered together and poured into a new creative receptacle by the name of Portland, a nod to the home of the late Elliot Smith.

LIFE Share Video For “Excites Me”

The animated, stop-motion video was directed by Manchester/York based artist Callum Scott-Dyson who says: “For ‘Excites Me’, we really wanted to do something manic and full of energy to match the pace of the track, while also develop a loose narrative that echoed some of the ideas in the song and lyrics. What started out as a more vague thing based around wanting to escape boring situations and explode with pent up rage, became a bit of a character piece about a man stuck in a boring job with lots of mundane things going on, who has to do something crazy to escape this life. Then the narrative gets crazier and crazier as his inner demon comes out and he grows into a rage filled monster.”

BLACKQUEEN: No Echo Debuts “Calefactorum Occulta” Featuring Paul Pavlovich of Assück

Founded by life-long punk/metal scene veterans having played with seminal Florida grindcore outfit Assück and cult avant sludge outfit Wormwood, among others, the band unleashes a haunting and intriguing amalgam of metal infused with a wide array of other elements.

Elliot Moss Debuts “July 4” Video via FLOOD

Elliot Moss today shared the video for his pulsating new single “July 4,” the second released from his forthcoming sophomore LP A Change In Diet. “While recording, ‘July 4’ served as a sonic touchstone for the record,” explains Moss. “You can hear bits and pieces of it in the other tunes, also. It really helps to have a way of measuring what fits and what doesn’t…I was fortunate that it came along first.”

Rufus Wainwright evolves into new persona, inspired by Vogue’s Anna Wintour in music video for “Trouble In Paradise”

Rufus Wainwright made waves in the industry last week when he debuted his latest single “Trouble in Paradise,” which Rolling Stone hailed as a “clever new pop romp.” Today, Rufus shares his music video for the track, in which he morphs into a new personality, inspired by Anna Wintour, the legendary mainstay Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.


Never one to be ashamed to wear his heart on his sleeve through music, Deante’ plaintively ponders on his new song, “How the f*** I’m ‘sposed to tell you I love ya, when I just really discovered what love is, running away again,” while 6LACK’s smooth verse talks about working on a relationship while being self-reflective on the past.