@skopemag news for – wednesday – november 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am est

Nada Surf announce new album ‘Never Not Together,’ share track

NEVER NOT TOGETHER sees Nada Surf – Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and their longtime friend and collaborator, Louie Lino – continuing to pursue their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt, lyrics. Recorded earlier this year at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales, the wide-ranging collection revels in the group’s ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals. Songs like the spectacular “Looking For You” and the shimmering mid-tempo “Just Wait” are empathetic, warm, and powerfully urgent, marked by Caws’ ongoing lyrical quest for 21st century love and connection.

Apidae returns with introspective indie-pop single ‘Still Life’

Apidae is the production project of 25-year-old London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Greg Hummell. ‘Still Life’ marks his first independent release, following up previous single ‘Turning Tides’, which amassed over 350,000 streams on Spotify to date and support from The Line of Best Fit, The 405, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk and Stereofox.

Tantric Announces European Tour

Rock band Tantric will soon embark on a European tour, entitled The First Stumble Tour. The tour starts on November 29th and spans to December 13th. The band is going to make several stops in the United Kingdom. From there, Tantric will make its way through the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Germany, Austria, and France. The tour will conclude in Switzerland.

Tantric’s latest full-length album, Mercury Retrograde, is the follow up the 2014 Blue Room Archives release. Mercury Retrograde is available through Pavement Entertainment and features the perfect blend of both heavy and melodic tunes.

Tantric European Tour

Tantric announces European tour!DATES11/29 – Sheffield, UK – Mullberry Tavern12/1 – Manchester, UK – The Factory12/2 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Bannermans12/3 – Southhampton, UK – The Brook12/4 – Swansea, Wales, UK – Bunkhouse12/5 – London, UK – Underworld12/6 – OSS, Netherlands –Lolypop12/7 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg12/8 – Siegburg, Germany – Kubana12/9 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage12/10 – Vienna, Austria – Re-Plugged12/12 – Marseille, France – Molotov12/13 – Aarburg, Switzerland – Musigburg

Posted by Pavement Entertainment on Monday, September 9, 2019


The Taylor Scott Band transcends musical genres by joyously embracing a raft of them. Funk, Soul, Rock, and R&B all come together in their repertoire, and never more so than on, All We Have. With this album, produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), who has earned multiple Grammy Awards and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination as the longtime horn and keyboard player for Los Lobos, Taylor has found the precise formula for a sound that is all his own, mixing his influences, into an incredible body of work that showcases his thoughtful, yet complex songwriting taken to another world with his impressive guitar chops and live performance.

The Doobie Brothers Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

Four-time Grammy award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers today announced a 30-city North American tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding. Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee will be back on tour together for the first time in nearly 25 years. The announcement came at the conclusion of the band’s performance at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, in which they played two of their iconic albums, Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. Michael McDonald took to the stage during the band’s encore and gave a surprise performance of The Doobie Brothers’ smash hit single, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” before Pat Simmons announced that the entire band would be teaming up for a North American tour. The 50th anniversary tour will make a stop at Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, July 2nd at 7:00pm.


In celebration of the forthcoming album Bulat is premiering her new single and video “Your Girl.” “I wrote Your Girl during a snowstorm in Montreal and recorded it under the warm desert sun in Joshua Tree,” says Bulat. “Someone once told me you can’t sing and cry at the same time but that wasn’t true for me when we were recording this one. There’s joy in finally being free from a painful situation, relief, laughter—even as it feels impossible to ever forget the pain or understand why that storm came through your life the way it did. And so, light on your feet, you dance with the memory instead. If you’re listening to this song and understand what I mean, know that I’m singing with you as we’re dancing in that swirling wind.” The video was directed by Brian Sokolowski and filmed in northern Quebec.


British musician Stormzy has today confirmed the release of his hugely anticipated second album “Heavy Is The Head,” arriving everywhere on December 13th, 2019 via #MERKY Records/Atlantic.

“Heavy Is The Head” marks a hugely exciting return for the multi award-winning phenomenon and is a record which has been executively produced entirely by Stormzy himself; showcasing his world class lyricism and musicality alongside many of his celebrated and relatable subject matters. The album also features additional vocals from some of the most exciting musicians of this generation – all of whom have been hand-picked by Stormzy including: Ed Sheeran, H.E.R., Burna Boy, YEBBA, and Aitch, Headie One, Tiana Major9 with production from Fred Gibson, Fraser T Smith, T-Minus and others.

Pablo Paddy – Watch/Listen: “Need to Know”

“Our latest single, “Need to Know,” started off as a riff that I wrote while soundchecking for a gig. The lyrics were inspired by the idea of identity being in a constant state of flux and the challenge of forging an identity, especially during your 20s.”

A LIFE DIVIDED have released their new single ‘Enemy’

“It was during the 80s when we first came into contact with music. At that time I bought my first Adidas Allround sneakers, let my hair grow and played the songs of my metal heroes on guitar”, recalls vocalist Jürgen Plangger, songwriter and producer Erik Damköhler was more of a synth-wave fan back then. “That’s how we came up with the idea of mixing our A Life Divided-style with the typical synth-sounds of the 80s. ‘Echoes’ as a result was something completely new: 13 songs that combine our dark alternative rock with the zeitgeist of the 80s”.

The World’s First Interactively Recorded Album

In a world where it seems everything has already been done, Australian based musician and producer Evan “Moxie” Kitchener is creating something unique.

Phase 1 of his ambitious TWFIRA project blurred the line between audience and artist. He hosted a weekly writing and recording session from his home studio that was livestreamed directly to fans, every single week for a whole year!

BLACKQUEEN: Kerrang! Streams The Destructive Cycle

Founded by life-long punk/metal scene veterans having played with Florida grindcore outfit Assück and avant sludge outfit Wormwood, among others, BLACKQUEEN unleashes a haunting and intriguing amalgam of metal infused with a wide array of elements. The Destructive Cycle features both guest vocals and artwork contributions from Paul Pavlovich of Assück and Wrest of Leviathan and Lurker Of Chalice.

Fretland releases music video for debut single “Long Haul”

Snohomish, Washington based Fretland has just busted into the national music scene, but are already turning heads. The release of the official video for “Long Haul” is an intimate look of where Fretland comes from.

“Our video for Long Haul is a celebration of our hometown of Snohomish, Washington. When you have a special connection to the community that helped shape you, it’s a love and nostalgia that never really goes away. Watching our town come together to make this video happen was just another reminder of why we feel this way. Really that feeling of pride and history is what we were wanting to capture so that anyone who shares that love for a town or place can share in it with us. “Long Haul” is a song about capturing all that love for wherever, whatever and whomever it’s been inspired by and then sharing it with the world. It’s boastful, it’s shameless, and it goes on and on,” Hillary Grace told American Songwriter.

VOID VATOR: stream fist-pumping album ‘Stranded’ on Metal Injection

Los Angeles one and only VOID VATOR share their debut album ‘Stranded’ in its entirety via Metal Injection today, before its release this November 22nd on Ripple Music. Metal up with VV’s sharp and stomp-inducing tunes now!

“One of the most exciting bands in rock right now. (…) The tracks on their latest offering, Stranded are full of energy and life, they are driving and fascinating, and they constantly push the band to new heights. They clearly want it, and they want it bad. (…) Void Vator at their finest is rip roaring rock and roll that understands the magic of the genre” says Matt Bacon from Two Guys Metal Review.

Get Your Riffs On With VOID VATOR’s New EP Stranded