@skopemag news for – wednesday – november 13, 2019 @ 11 am est

Wye Oak share bombastic new single “Fortune” and 2020 JOIN tour dates

Living in the same city (their adopted home of Durham, NC) for the first time since 2012 has given Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack the opportunity to chart a new path. Suddenly free to re-examine and rework the pre-existing confines of their long-standing musical partnership, Wasner and Stack returned to the studio in the summer of 2019. The result is the most generous and daring material of the duo’s career.

The first look into this new music is the searing single “Fortune,” about which Wasner says: “Life is change. Change is loss. This song is about how hard it is to let go, and the feeling of celebrating and mourning it all at once.”

James Righton (formerly of Klaxons) Shares New Track “The Performer”

“Am I this showman up on stage? Or am I the dad changing nappies?” Righton says of the conflict behind the album’s title track. “Am I living in the moment and doing something enjoyable? Or am I fucking miserable? I find that really interesting: this idea of putting on a suit and becoming this other thing.”

Too Close To Touch Release ‘I’m Hard To Love But So Are You Vol. 3’ EP

“We wrote ‘Chasing Highs’ about decisions, bad or good, that you make when trying to avoid directly dealing with a problem,” explains drummer Kenny Downey. “It’s about being reactive in the sense that when something falls apart in your life you instantly try and replace the bad feeling with something better. The video showcases different characters who are seeking fulfillment in seemingly glamorous lifestyles that are exposed as illusions that they are creating. You see them put on the facade that their lives are such successes and something to be admired but in reality it’s a lie. In actuality they are really unhappy people who instead of trying to truly confront their realities and improve on them opt to take the easy way out and end up suffering even more in the end.”

Introducing Slater – I Don’t Mind

For fans of Catfish and the Bottlemen & Led Zeppelin, formed in 2019 Slater are the brand new hard hitting, rock n’ roll band from London. With killer songs and energetic live shows. you’ll see for yourself why guitarist Harry Slater has been hailed as a ‘Guitar Virtuoso’ by Planet Rock Radio.


The Orphan The Poet want you to know they are here and not going anywhere. Based out of Columbus, OH, the threesome come bearing their own brand of take-it-or-leave-it alternative tracks and have been rabidly gaining fans thanks to their captivating live show, garnering the attention of Spotify playlists like The New Alt + Apple Music’s Breaking Alternative, SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, & KROQ in Los Angeles. And with the release of the new Queen Cobra EP, The Orphan The Poet have found themselves over the country on festival bills alongside acts like Twenty One Pilots, X Ambassadors, YUNGBLUD, lovelythe-band, and more.

Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist, Songwriter, and Best-Selling Author Chris Perez to Release New Hot Sauce Brand in Time for the Holiday Season

Chris Perez, husband to the late superstar, Selena, dubbed the ‘Queen of Tejano music,’ will release his custom “Perez Pepper Sauce” starting Saturday, November 16th. The small-batch sauce will be available online at CaJohns.com and at select locations where Perez will make personal appearances to offer on-site demonstrations to fans and customers.

“My love for spicy food began as a young child when I accidentally ate a Mexican chili pepper,” recalls Chris. “I guess you could say that’s when I had my jalapeno popped,” laughs Perez. A scene from the 1997 biopic “Selena: The Movie” (portrayed by mega-star Jennifer Lopez) showcases Chris’s (played by actor Jon Seda) love for hot sauce, which remains strong to this day.

Emily Yacina shares intimate single, “Bleachers” | new album, Remember the Silver is out December 6th

Remember the Silver is the debut studio album by New York by-way-of Pennsylvania musician Emily Yacina. Written over the span of two years and recorded / co-produced with Eric Littmann (Julie Byrne, GABI, Yohuna) ‘Remember the Silver’ represents a fundamental shift in Yacina’s approach and method to bringing her songs into the world.

Jessie Reyez Announced as Apple Music Up Next Artist

Apple Music today announced Toronto based singer-songwriter and emerging global superstar Jessie Reyez as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.

Boston’s acid blues band plays the Shrine

Bees Deluxe is a blues-rooted, jazz-inspired, funk-infused band from Boston. Hellbent on a mission to drag the music of Chicago in the 60’s and the Blue Note catalog kicking and screaming into the 21st century. They’ve won over audiences from Maine to the Mississippi with their arresting and highly danceable originals and their innovative interpretation of less-travelled tunes by artists like Etta James, Joe Zawinul, J.B. Lenoir, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins and the three Kings.

What: Boston’s only acid-blues band comes to New York
Where: Shrine World Music, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave)
When: Thursday December 12, from 9:00 – 10:00 pm

New Music: Showtek & Dropgun – ‘Island Boy’ ft. Elephant Man & GC (Gate Citizens)

The second single is taken from Showtek’s hotly anticipated ‘EDM Sucks/Island Boy’ EP. ‘Island Boy’ is an exotic collaboration with Russian duo Dropgun that deploys steel drums, anthemic horns and the Patois vocals of dancehall artists Elephant Man and GC (Gate Citizens). It follows on from the release of bass-heavy ‘EDM Sucks’, a high-octane collaboration with UK hardcore legend Gammer.

ENSIFERUM To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour With Kalmah, Abigail Williams, And Aenimus This Week

ENSIFERUM w/ Kalmah, Abigail Williams, Aenimus:
11/14/2019 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
11/15/2019 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/16/2019 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
11/17/2019 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
11/18/2019 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/19/2019 Reggies – Chicago, IL
11/20/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/21/2019 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
11/23/2019 Dickens – Calgary, AB
11/24/2019 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
11/25/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/26/2019 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/27/2019 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
11/29/2019 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
11/30/2019 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
12/01/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
12/02/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
12/03/2019 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
12/05/2019 Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
12/07/2019 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
12/08/2019 The Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY


HEBE’s previous releases, ‘The Beginning’ and the internationally acclaimed ‘Tell Me’, have garnered upwards of a million streams on Spotify, and have seen support from the likes of The 405, Impose Magazine, Noctis Magazine, Earmilk, Vice and Music Week, whilst receiving airplay from Hoxton Radio, Fubar Radio and Reprezent Radio.

OUTER – ‘Imperfect Sketches’ video, out today

“Imperfect sketches” is taken from the debut album, released on 1631 Recordings (20 Sept 2019). It’s a very cinematic piece, that sounds like a childhood memory fading away. A place and time where you felt safe, and where the memory is more about vague feelings than exact facts.

Boy Azooga Share New Track “O Silly Me”

Davey Newington of the band comments on the tracks: “O Silly Me is a song about worry: written when worried that might hopefully ease some worry for other worriers. Hope you enjoy it (no worries if not). And I was introduced to Jim Sullivan’s U.F.O last year by Tom Friend in Friendly Records. It has become one of my favourite ever albums since. Hope we did it some justice! Would like to dedicate this version to Pete, safe voyage on your U.F.O.”