@skopemag news for – wednesday – november 13, 2019 @ 1:30 pm est

New Music: Model Child – Power

LA-based Danny Parker has penned hits for everyone from Shawn Mendes to Britney Spears, but his latest project, Model Child, finds more inspiration from the iconic grunge sound of Nirvana and eccentric indie pop of Beck. Drawing on influences like Le Tigre, Of Montreal and The Prodigy, Model Child fuses in-your-face punk sensibilities with razor-sharp pop craftsmanship to create raw, honest and darkly playful anthems. He recently featured alongside MARINA of Marina & The Diamonds in the latest track from DJ, producer and artist Gryffin, “If I Left The World.” He is also a part of the LGBTQ community and has worked with some awesome queer artists like King Princess and Claud.

Nomad Carlos drops Duppy Mecca video with Falcon Outlaw

Nomad Carlos has released a new music video for the song Duppy Mecca featuring Falcon Outlaw. The video, directed by Mercenary Films, was shot in both New York and Toronto.

The term ‘duppy’ is a common Jamaican slang for ‘ghost’.

Set in two cemeteries, Nomad Carlos is seen dressed in a suit and a top hat, with a bottle of Appleton Estate Rum in hand, pouring out liquor for his “fam in the graveside”. Falcon Outlaw complements Carlos, dressed appropriately in all black, with his locks hanging, obscuring his face.

Watch Eyedress’ new “Trauma” video directed by BRVINFREEZE

Eyedress is the alias of Filipino artist Idris Vicuña, formerly lead guitarist of psychedelic indie/noise-pop band Bee Eyes. Born in 1990 in the city of Makati, Philippines. Vicuña relocated to the US with his family at the age of 6. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to San Clemente, California at the age of 13, where he started playing bass in a Crass-influenced crust-punk band.

Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) Stars In New Tōth Video Premiering via PAPER

Today, Tōth shared his new song and video “Juliette” premiering with PAPER. Arriving hot on the heels of Tōth’s debut full-length Practice Magic And Seek Professional Help When Necessary, this punked out indie-folk track was composed (and ultimately not used) for the film “Juliet, Naked” starring Ethan Hawke. In a cosmic twist of fate, Ethan’s daughter Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”) stars in the music video for this song, directed by Brooklyn-based multimedia artists, Jen Goma and Christian Peslak.

SXSW Announces New Keynotes and Featured Speakers for 2020

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 13–22, 2020) has announced additional Keynote and Featured Speakers for the 34th edition of its annual Conference, which celebrates the convergence of technology, film, and music industries.

Keynotes announced today include songwriter, musician and founding member and the creative force behind Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, and director, producer and writer Erin Lee Carr.

The Monkees Announce New Live Album And 2020 Tour Dates

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will launch a new tour and release their first-ever live album as a duo on April 3. Billed as “An Evening With The Monkees,” the tour will feature songs that span the band’s entire 50+ year career – from their 1966 self-titled debut to 2016’s Good Times.

THE MONKEES – THE MIKE & MICKY SHOW LIVE will be available on CD for $16.98. The 24-track collection will also be available digitally and via streaming services.

The Monkees Announce 2020 Tour Dates, New Live Album

Orchestral indie Pop Band The Brilliance Drop “Facebook” Video via Come Here Floyd and Explores Culture of Celebrity and Hero Worship

“A message of doubt – that allows The Brilliance to push itself into a new stratosphere of genre-bending. It’s a song that could easily be played to the acid trip crowds at Bonnaroo, yet it contains the vastness, the grandeur of musicians who have played under stained glass, to audiences whose hands yearn to raise.” (Audiofemme)

“The grit and grime of the world, soaks in through the beautifully laid out instruments of ‘Facebook’, with equal part civility and contempt for lying still. In a harrowing life, the song is inspired by the current world in its technology and knowledge. And within that context of tandem ignorance, our brittle emotions suffocate with, pre-determined servitude and loyalty to the shortness of time and space.” (Come Here Floyd)

Matisyahu Announces Annual Festival Of Light Show December 29th at Brooklyn Steel, On Tour Now

Gramy-nominated singer-songwriter Matisyahu is thrilled to announce his annual Festival of Lights show for 2019, scheduled for December 29th at Brooklyn Steel in New York. The special evening falls on the last night of Chanukah and will feature performances from Matisyahu, Bedouin Soundclash and Your Old Droog, as well as other special guests to be announced.


Ondara continues to celebrate Tales of America, as well as the deluxe version Tales of America: The Second Coming, both out via Verve Forecast. Ondara will also have an official Record Store Day Black Friday release, Tales of America B Sides, coming November 29. The recording features bonus tracks from the deluxe album and is only available on vinyl.

MATT DOE & Fools Of Wisdom Unite on New Noise Debut “ANUBIS”

Hailing from Montreal, MATT DOE and duo Fools of Wisdom are carrying the torch for Quebec-based bass-heavy sounds. “ANUBIS” marks their latest collaboration, following recent joint efforts “BRING EM OUT” and the MagMag-assisted “Now I Know.” Earlier this year, MATT DOE landed one of his biggest hits to date with an official remix to Tisoki & Watgood’s “Relate” on Dim Mak. Receiving nearly half a million on-demand streams, the remix landed in some of Spotify’s largest bass music playlists, including Hype, Dubstep Don and Bass Arcade. Additionally, the remix earned support from Zomboy, BORGEOUS and Godlands.

MATT DOE & Fools Of Wisdom Unite on New Noise Debut “ANUBIS”

The Return of WAKE UP by Orleans

Wake Up” is a call for action on environmental problems affecting our air, water and food, and every living thing including plants and animals. Although written in ’74, it is painfully relevant today.

“Plastic is filling up our oceans, rivers and lakes,” John says; “Extremes are getting more extreme be they floods, droughts, cyclones or wildfires.”

In addition to “Still The One” and “Dance With Me,” John and Johanna co-wrote “Half Moon” for Janis Joplin and “Miss Grace” for the Tymes. He is perhaps best known as the founder of the band Orleans, co-writing their biggest hits, Steve Wariner’s #1 country hit “You Can Dream of Me,” and also “Power,” which became the theme of the NO NUKES concerts in 1979. John Hall has long been a political and environmental activist, serving 10 years in elected office culminating with two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He returned to music in 2012 with Orleans, and this year performed with them across the country. He’s also continuing in his activism, and encouraging people to get involved with government and social causes.

Freakout Festival 2019 this weekend in Seattle

Freakout Records established in early 2016 in Seattle as an independent record label, producer of the annual Freakout music festival and show presenter. Founded by Skyler Locatelli and Guy Keltner, Freakout’s mission is to showcase emerging regional artists and national touring acts around Seattle, the west coast and beyond. Freakout has produced shows and presented stages outside of Seattle at SXSW, Treefort Music Fest, Off Beat Music Fest, and venues in Portland, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and London. Freakout Festival 2019’s lineup includes: Soft Kill, Death Valley Girls, Acid Tongue, Tempers, Smokey Brights, Actors, Al Lover, Rituals of Mine, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, Mint Field & dozens more. This year’s festival features over a dozen international artists on the bill with a strong focus on Latinx bands as well as artists from Canada.

Vancouver Pop Punk Band CHIEF STATE Give Fans A Taste of Forthcoming Album With New Single “Deciduous”

Chief State’s guitarist Nik Pang says, “Deciduous is a song about the transition in seasons from summer into fall and winter. As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, a lot of people, myself included, tend to isolate themselves and get into a really negative headspace. The song uses the metaphor of deciduous and evergreen trees to explain how some really struggle through the colder months, while others remain unchanged. As much as the song is about struggling with seasonal depression, it still keeps a relatively positive outlook, because after all, it never stays cold forever.”

The Drunken Hearts Premiere Music Video “Fire In A House” With American Songwriter

American Songwriter writes, “The five-man band from the Boulder/Denver area of Colorado carry a mountain spirit into its music and mix it with a 90s rock blend, that is eerily reminiscent of Pearl Jam — due in large part to the vocals of Andrew McConathy.”

Singer / Activist Synead Releases New Single, “Whirlwind,”

Artist and respected activist Synead is releasing her fifth single “Whirlwind.” The new release follows critically acclaimed singles “Tropicao” and “Lost In The Wild,” which received international support from outlets including Apple Music’s Ebro Darden on Beats 1, Australia’s Purple Sneakers, Tokyo outfit Dance Works, and esteemed publications including V Magazine, Teen Vogue, Nylon, and Solange’s Saint Heron. Her single “Zenith” received praise as well with BBC 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, KCRW’s Garth Trinidad, Okayplayer, Tidal, Shazam, and Apple Music. It was also featured on ABC television show Grand Hotel.

Ming & Ping – Entitled ‘Heaven’s Light’

Their new three-track EP Los Angeles November 2019 is designed to be listened to continuously, taking listeners on a journey of death, birth, life and death again. Written as a tribute to the retro-future themes of Ridley Scott’s movie Blade Runner, the release perfectly creates both a musical and conceptual journey. It is essentially the lifetime of a “replicant” told in 12 minutes. Exploring narratives such as humanity, identity and reality (all themes that are found in the story of Blade Runner), the EP strikes a chord deep in the soul, with their thought-provoking lyrics. Ming & Ping reveal, “We ask what it means to be alive and to be human. We celebrate life and love. And we mourn for when it must end too soon and all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. The message of the songs is that life and death, sadness and joy all come in cycles and that change is the only reliable thing. At first, there is confusion, then awakening and celebration, conflict and decay, and finally surrender. It is all to say that it’s alright to feel it all”.

Jake Bugg Releases New Single “Kiss Like The Sun”

Today, English musician, singer and songwriter, Jake Bugg, returns to release his latest song ‘Kiss Like The Sun’, a rhythmically charged jolt of sheer joy and Annie Mac’s Hottest Record.

‘Kiss Like the Sun’ welcomes in a whole new phase in Jake’s impressive career. It’s the first song from a forthcoming new album, and the first taste of his recent work with producer Andrew Watt (Post Malone).

James Steinle to Release Bruce Robison-Produced ‘What I Came Here For’

Within the 11 tracks on James Steinle’s What I Came Here For, the songwriter showcases rich character sketches; some are told in a first-person perspective and others with a wider lens, each eventually culminating in a deep understanding of who the person on the other side of the song is, even if they’re a product of Steinle’s imagination or a combination of stories he’s been told. The album, set for release on February 7, was produced by legendary Texas songwriter Bruce Robison and recorded live-to-tape at his studio outside of Austin.

Mortimer To Release Debut EP ‘Fight The Fight’ on Friday, 11/15 on Easy Star Records

Mortimer’s new EP Fight The Fight is the highly anticipated release featuring the up-and-coming roots star working closely with GRAMMY-nominated producer Winta James. Following very notable guest appearances on the last two Protoje albums, including the GRAMMY-nominated A Matter Of Time, Mortimer is set to reveal the most powerful sides of his musical personality with this stellar 6-track project, set for November 15 release via Easy Star Records.

Hunting Memories Announces Debut Full-Length for December Release

“You can hear that charm in ‘Bunny & Monique’ as the track is driven with rapid playing lo-fi keyboard and Pehrson’s slightly off kilter vocals. Even at the end, you think its over but Tahiti keeps singing. This loose song structure pulls you into Hunting Memories world and this creative energy not only offers up rewards here but also on the entire record!” – The Fire Note

“Wiffle” is a hypnotic track from Brooklyn-based act King Bug

‘King Bug’ is a solo project of Eddie Kuspiel, also of Brooklyn-based projects Color Tongue and QWAM. It lived in a backyard decades ago and was written beneath the ground. The work is both autobiographical and imaginative, eroded and remade by time and the friction of a memory at work. King Bug navigates this strange world of footsteps and expectations, with sound. “Pierpont” is the follow-up EP release to his single from this past winter “fEElin gOOd fEElin bAd”, and the 2018 EP “Cocoon Food”.

Lil Mosey Releases New Video For “Live This Wild”

Recently, Lil Mosey released his debut 14-track album Certified Hitmaker which features collaborations with Trippie Red, AJ Tracey and Chris Brown.

FELIN breaks the rules with fierce new single ‘MoneyHoney’

Following her previous single ‘LaLaLa’, the Stockholm based artist FELIN now releases the fourth single titled ‘MoneyHoney’ from her upcoming album set to be released on November 1st 2019. This powerful track aims to make the listeners feel invincible and succeeds well. Surrounding her is a creative power-house collective that have the combined experience of writing for the likes of Adam Lambert, and having visuals published in Interview Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.

Mackenzie Shivers to Release Contemplative Holiday Album ‘Midwinter’

“The holidays can bring on a lot of different feelings and emotions for people, and as I get older, I find myself often feeling reflective on the past year and increasingly grateful for time with family and friends. Sometimes feelings of joy and merriment are obscured by nostalgia.

Midwinter aims to capture this pensive mood, consisting of a mix of expressive piano instrumentals and thoughtfully arranged Christmas songs. While most of the tracks are my own arrangements of old traditionals, the title track “Midwinter” is an original piece I wrote for this album.” Mackenzie