@skopemag news for – friday – november 22, 2019 @ 11 am est

RORIE Unveils Feisty New Single + Interview for “Up In Smoke”, featuring Charlotte Martin

Rorie​ is a singer-songwriter, crafting music that tells stories of heartache and hope. With poetic lyrics and emotive vocals, Rorie’s songs are ethereal, yet grounded in reality. She transports listeners to other worlds while tugging at the heartstrings of what it means to be human. Rorie began writing songs at an early age, but it was a while before she found the confidence to share those songs outside the walls of her bedroom. She found herself greatly inspired while working for an anti-human trafficking organization in NYC. She wrote a song influenced by her time there and played it at a benefit concert in the city. After being encouraged to share the song on a larger scale, she launched a successful ​Kickstarter campaign to record the song and film a powerful music video that raises awareness about this important issue.

PREMIERE: Rorie – “Up In Smoke (ft. Charlotte Martin)”

Big Band of Brothers “A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band” Out Tomorrow – PopMatters Premieres Album In Its Entirety Today

New West Records will release Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band tomorrow. Released in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band’s debut album, the 10-song set of jazz interpretations of Allman Brothers Band favorites features Marc Broussard and Ruthie Foster on vocals on two songs each. Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band also features Jack Pearson on guitar, who performed as a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997 to 1999. The celebrated trombonist Wycliffe Gordon of Jazz at Lincoln Center fame is featured as a soloist on “Don’t Want You No More,” and wrote the arrangement for “Statesboro Blues.” Gordon is consistently ranked among leading trombone players in the Downbeat critics poll and has topped the list at least five times. The 15-piece Big Band of Brothers was produced by Mark Lanter, Charles Driebe & John Harvey and was recorded & mixed by Eric Bates at Bates Brothers Recording in Hueytown, AL.

New Music: German all-rounder De Rien follows moody debut with hazy, electronic-RnB single “Chimes”

On the heels of his debut “Cali”, German producer and multi-instrumentalist De Rien demonstrates his versatility with hazy sophomore offering “Chimes” (via Berlin label Lekker Collective).

Residing between neo-soul, organic electronica and a splash of nu-disco, De Rien not only showcases his ability to create wonderfully warm soundscapes as a producer, but proves he has the vocal chops to boot, with “Chimes” presenting itself as easy-going yet intricate piece of songwriting.


On Sunday, November 24th, Kanye West will debut the new opera ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ live at the Hollywood Bowl. The opera, directed by Vanessa Beecroft, will feature the Sunday Service collective, as well as singer Peter Collins and the group Infinity’s Song.

Nebuchadnezzar is an original opera, based on the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. Set in the 6th century BC, the Book of Daniel recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from wicked, imperious, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.


The “RIVER ROAD” video was shot and directed by Jack’s childhood best friend and photographer, Urban Wyatt and features footage of Jack walking along the actual River Road in Louisville, throwing out the first pitch at the Louisville Bats game, walking around town and more. The visual for “RIVER ROAD” comes a week before Harlow heads back home for TWO sold-out shows at Louisville’s Paristown Hall.

She Rocks Awards – Lyndsey Parker and Mindi Abair Announced as Co-Hosts

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) announces Yahoo Entertainment music editor and SiriusXM radio host Lyndsey Parker and two-time GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair as co-hosts of the upcoming 2020 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live event takes place on January 17, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at the House of Blues Anaheim during the NAMM Show. This year’s honorees include Lzzy Hale, Linda Perry, Gloria Gaynor, Suzi Quatro, and many more.

She Rocks Awards


Winona Oak has announced her debut EP, Closure, will be released on January 10th via Neon Gold / Atlantic Records. To mark the occasion she’s released an alternate version of her latest single “Let Me Know”. “Let Me Know” (Johan Lenox Strings Mix) reimagines the driving original with a majestic and emotive string arrangement from Lenox, whose recent collaborators include Kanye West, Travis Scott and Vic Mensa.

Rina Sawayama releases new single ‘STFU’ and announces signing to Dirty Hit

The new single sees Rina take inspiration from the nu-metal scene that flooded the 00s, mixed with her unique twist on pop. Produced by friend and long-term collaborator Clarence Clarity, ‘STFU!’ is packed with distorted guitars and thrashing drums juxtaposed with Rina’s haunting vocals which are infused with an important message; Rina’s rage against microaggressions. As a Japanese woman growing up in the Western world the concept behind ‘STFU!’ was born out of Rina’s experiences, her inner angst about microinsults and all too familiar stereotypes.

Swim Mountain’s Dreamy “Youth”

“Youth” is the first release off Swim Mountain’s forthcoming EP, If, due out in February 2020 and follows the success of his 2017 breakout single “Wait for Me,” which has clocked 4 million streams to date on Spotify.

FRECUENCIA DE MUERTE: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Pacto Mortal” Video

Forged in late 2017 in Portland, Oregon, FRECUENCIA DE MUERTE (AKA FDeM) currently features vocalist Eduardo Agostocrates (Terokal), bassist Jeff Carlisle (Aütocracy), guitarist/production mastermind Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), and drummer Ian Makau (Lowered, Dödläge). The band released one four-song seven-inch featuring Manny of Peligro Social on second guitar in 2018 before composing Death Frequency just a few months later. Recorded and mixed by Derek Leisy at Falcon Recording Studio (Poison Idea, Final Warning, Wehrmacht) and Audiosiege and mastered by Boatright at Audiosiege (Poison Idea, Converge, Disrupt, Pentagram) with, Death Frequecny spews forth seven psalms of ravenous hardcore punk performed by four hardcore punk lifers with lyrics in Spanish. As a bonus, Jerry A. of Poison Idea supplies backing vocals on “F. ‘Em.”

Tamba Hali Releases New Single & Video “Swag” Today

Liberian-born recording artist and former Kansas City Linebacker, Tamba Hali, released the latest Relumae Records single “Swag” from Liberian superstar Faithvonic featuring Tamba Hali. The Masterkraft-produced track finds Tamba and Faithvonic vibing to the heavily percussive Afrobeat soundscape. The video which had its broadcast premiere with BET International, beautifully captures the country of Liberia, as almost all of Tamba’s videos do. “Swag” is the second single from Tamba’s upcoming project LIBERIA, a compilation featuring entirely Liberian artists, released via Relumae Records. “Swag” is available everywhere now.

On the new track, Tamba says: “I’ve never worked with such a talented individual like Faithvonic, she’s very artistic from her wardrobe to her music, and I love her ambition about philanthropic work. I was excited to be working with her the entire time, going around different radio station in Liberia promoting the music. I believe people will start to take notice of Liberian music because it has a distinct taste and it sets itself apart from the entire Africa, because of how the language is spoken.”


Jerry Leger has a thing for ghosts. The Toronto singer/songwriter confirmed it a couple of years ago when he went on a personal journey to explore many of Ontario’s largely unknown ghost towns, having been inspired by the writings of historian Ron Brown. Leger has immortalized one of those towns, Burchell Lake, on his new album Time Out For Tomorrow, containing 10 portraits of the impermanence of life, love, or simply catching a glimpse of a shooting star.

Blossoms Release New Song, ‘The Keeper’

Hot on the heels of a sold out, six-date North American tour, Blossoms return today with a new single, “The Keeper,” which received its first play as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in The World on BBC Radio 1. The song is taken from the band’s highly anticipated third studio full-length, Foolish Loving Spaces.

Foolish Loving Spaces was produced by the band’s consistent and talented team of James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Tom Ogden’s increasingly direct lyrical range turns album three into a romantic page-turner of light and shade, while its divergent moods are supplied by Myles Kellock’s piano and keyboard lines, careering from urgent stabs of TV game show-theme synth to more classic, rolling notes. The record’s multi-instrumental color and widescreen sound is provided by pedal steel / lead guitarist Josh Dewhurst, while Joe Donovan on drums and Charlie Salt on bass bring fluidly danceable grooves throughout, complemented on occasion by a wall of gospel harmony.

Sir Woman (Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child, Glorietta) Releases New Single “Speak”

Today, Sir Woman releases her latest single “Speak” from her forthcoming record Party City. The song was recorded at Echo Lab in Denton, TX, written by Kelsey Wilson and Cameron B Neal (Horse Thief, Elle King), and was produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Pence (Elle King, Shakey Graves, Justin Townes Earle). The Austin Chronicle said “Whereas the singer’s work co-fronting Wild Child explodes bittersweet pop, Sir Woman digs into more soulful grooves behind the songwriter’s intoxicating vocals,” going on to say, “‘Speak’ drops mellow and dreamy, with an atmospheric backing that reflects the contemplative feeling in the song’s creation.”

FLAX — New Single Produced by The Revivalists’ Zack Feinberg

Produced by Zack Feinberg, lead guitarist for platinum band The Revivalists, the EP features first single, “Language of the Birds”, articulating the horror of addiction and managing pain, the lure of the sky above, the agony of withdrawal on the ground below, FLAX intoning, “Just repeat, forget about it” in a way that evokes singer-songwriters such as Bon Iver and Hozier.

French alt-metal/prog rockers Kill The Drama Queen unveiled new music video “MAPUCHE”

A couple of weeks after the official release of their new album, Alternative Metal/Progressive rockers from France & Luxembourg Kill The Drama Queen just unveiled a brand new official music video called “Mapuche” and available right now on YouTube.

The song is featured on ‘Refractions’ available right now on digital exclusive and “Pay What You Want Downlooad” on Bandcamp + the main legal streaming platforms.