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Daniel Joseph, Daniel Joseph

Daniel Joseph sounds like Texas. His new self-titled album features songs with twinges of country swirled into classic bar rock. The music rides on simple, no-BS melodies, and gives you the feeling that Joseph rides alone–as a lone star, perhaps. For the first half of the album, Joseph is backed by a band. On the…

KHIA MOVES ALBUM UP DUE TO PIRACY / FREE MP3’S

The self-proclaimed Queen of the South, aka Thug Misses, aka Khia, has moved up her release date in conjunction with her label Big Cat Records and distributor, Tommy Boy. After learning that early leaks of Nasti Muzik had surfaced, the album release date has been moved from July 22nd to now.

JASON REEVES SIGNS WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS

Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce that it has signed up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jason Reeves to a recording deal and will pick up distribution of the 23-year-old Iowa City native’s digital debut album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (and Other Frightening Tales).

NEW ARTIST: K’NAAN

Reaffirming his place as one of music’s most compelling voices, celebrated Hip Hop MC, griot, and singer/ songwriter   K’NAAN has announced the release of his long-awaited sophomore album (title TBC) on September 9th via A&M/ Octone Records.

GET FEATURED ON THE SKOPEMAG.COM PODCAST

Check out the Skope Podcast. Available at Skopemag.com and on Itunes. Skope’s podcast is a refreshing blend of new music and music culture, released four times a year with host Claudia Ward-de Leon. The podcast has recently featured music by Katherine Williams, Rodrigo & Gabriella, The Clientele, Foreign Born, and Underworld. The Skope Podcast reaches…

LINE 6 GUITAR TONE LINKS WITH GUITAR HERO

Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Line 6, Inc. announced today that Guitar Hero ® World Tour for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION ®3 computer entertainment system will integrate Line 6’s guitar tone technology, enabling gamers to use amps, cabs and effects from the world-renown Line 6 POD…

STOLI PLAYS A LIVE GIG WITH TRACI ROOT

This week I got to hang with Traci Root in her hometown of Nashville, TN. Traci was introduced by Skope’s good friend & mentor Steve Waite from the band, Sweetbird. Traci’s sound is R&B fusion with various genres mixed in. We talk about gas prices, the Internet, religion, marriage, and much more!

TUPAC’S HOMIE C-BO NEW ALBUM / STREAMS / FREE MP3

West Coast Mafia Records continues to build on their impressive track record in the rap game with the first of two August releases from the Californian rap icon C-Bo. West Side Riders 4 drops on August 5th and is the first release under the label’s new distribution deal with independent powerhouse, KOCH.

TRAPT NEW XBOX VIDEO / TOUR DATES

In support of their new single “Who’s Going Home With You Tonight,” which impacted radio this week, multi-platinum rockers TRAPT (“Headstrong,” “Stillframe,” “Stand Up”) premiered a new music video for the song as a free download on Xbox LIVE for the month of June.

SKOPE LIVE! ADVERTISES IN THE WEEKLY DIG

Skope Live! will be advertising the 7/25 show at the Middle East in Boston’s Weekly Dig. Founded in 1999, the Weekly Dig is Boston’s best and only weekly entertainment magazine. Always witty, never dull, the Dig, as it’s affectionately known, is truly the cure for what’s ailing the curious mind.   The Dig can be…

JULY 2008 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”

We’re baaack! Yes, the Sonicbids Artists to Watch column has returned, and we’re going monthly, music fans. For that glorious mid-summer month, July, we’re featuring eight artists. Only two hail from outside of the US. They are all lyric-driven though they aren’t all considered singer/songwriters.

PSA: HELP SAVE THE MANATEES

Since record-keeping began in 1974, at least 1,557 manatees have been killed by boats in Florida waters.   The loss of warm-water winter habitat is another serious concern.   Both are the two greatest threats to the future status of manatees.

DR. DOG NEW ALBUM / TOUR DATES

Park The Van Records and Dr. Dog are proud to announce the release of FATE, the new studio album from the Philadelphia quintet. Set for a July 22nd release, FATE follows up the critically acclaimed WE ALL BELONG, which had critics, fellow musicians and fans calling it one of the best albums of 2007.

NEW VIDEO / TOUR DATES FROM THE GRADUATE

When you hear a new band for the first time, it’s only natural to try to place it in context with the familiar. Upon first listen, Springfield, IL’s The Graduate may drum up images of print hoodies and guyliner, but the truth is, this humble five-piece is simply a bold rock band experimenting with a…

Fiona Joy Hawkins, ICE: Piano Slightly Chilled

Those unfamiliar with Fiona Joy Hawkins might be fooled by the title of her latest album, ICE: Piano Slightly Chilled, and the cover art featuring an abstract painting of a woman with (literally) impossible curves sitting on a piano, into thinking they are looking at an album of piano jazz. Something that belongs on the…

Douye, Journey

Everyone is on a journey these days. Reality show contestants, musicians, athletes — ask them about their lives, and that word will come up, maybe more than once. So when someone releases an album called Journey, and they’re not in the band Journey, you’d have every right to be skeptical. But when Douye sings it…

Aaron English, The Marriage Of The Sun And The Moon

Seattle has been home to some of the most influential rock musicians ever. Think Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, and Jimi Hendrix. Because of those three, it must be hard for many musicians from the Emerald City to be taken seriously. That does not seem to be a problem for Seattle-based singer-songwriter Aaron English though as…

Fanny Grace, Rise And Shine

Fanny Grace, a country-rock outfit consisting of songwriter/guitarist Paul Reeves and singer Carmen Mejia, has been around for more than a decade but it seems stardom has always been just around the corner for them. The duo’s popularity has never grown much past a small but faithful following–despite their opening for country icons Willie Nelson…

Glenn Patrik, Mr Blues Jr

As music news organizations bombard everyone with the latest figures of declining CD sales and treat it as a death watch for the music industry, there is actually something more troubling going on today. What is it? The lack of attention being paid to blues music–by both the public and the record labels. What’s most…

Janelia, I’m An African

“This album is dedicated to those who maintain their connection to Africa, scientifically the land of all origin.”   Singer/songwriter Janelia leaves this note on the inside of the case to her new album, I’m an African.   As a European mutt whose ancestors have been in the United States since the good old colonial…

Logs in the Mainstream, The Ridiculous and the Sublime

Before even getting the chance to stick The Ridiculous and the Sublime in a CD player, it is evident that this offering from Logs in the Mainstream reeks of awesome.   The cover design is an obvious parody of Meet the Beatles.   The CD itself is designed to resemble a record.   Oh, and…

Redcast, The Redcast EP

Say what you will about the 60s, but the era’s drug-addled singers and songwriters produced some of the most infectious pop rock tunes of all time.   The fun, carefree, often silly melodies are what up-and-coming band of brothers Redcast aims to replicate in its debut offering, The Redcast EP. From the opening of “Beside…