For most bands, releasing their first album comes with a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. For Atlanta’s THE STATUS, there’s a dose of that, but from the sound of their Doghouse Records debut SO THIS IS PROGRESS (release date: October 7, 2008), the unmistakable sound of confidence flows freely.
Gibson Guitar and Epiphone announce the new Slash Les Paul Goldtop guitar models. In keeping with the Olympic theme of instilling a spirit into every element, Gibson and Epiphone goes for the “Gold” with the special limited edition guitar inspired by Slash, the modern-day legend and most recognizable guitarist in the world today.
In an era where any teenager with ProTools can compose an opus on his laptop, it is altogether rare to encounter a wholly live, sample-free, recording such as Raphael Saadiq’s THE WAY I SEE IT (due September 16th on Columbia Records).
Hi Fi Recordings is proud to present the brand new album from Todd Rundgren entitled Arena in stores September 30th, 2008. This is Todd Rundgren’s first studio album in four years and showcases his unique songwriting style and sonically captures the essence and energy of “arena” rock with bombastic, guitar-driven tunes.
Already critically-acclaimed debuting Interscope recording artist, Charles Hamilton, joins forces with the top hip-hop and urban music blogs on the web along with leading social media network imeem.com, to create “The Hamiltonization Process.”
It’s been a year since DJ Statik Selektah made sure the world “Spelled his name right.” On his sophomore album, Statik continued to steer away from the over fabricated ring-tone production that is popular today. The album is appropriately entitled Stick 2 The Script.
Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers launch an East Coast tour in September to support their new album, Rott ‘N’ Roll (due Sept. 9 on Hyena Records). Upon returning home in October, they’ll play dates throughout the South before heading to Europe for three weeks in November.
SoBe Entertainment presents The Universal Cure, the new album from Jah Cure featuring Flo-rida and others out on November 18th.
Listening to Shwayze’s self titled debut is like eating fried Oreos doused in powdered sugar. The album’s candied songs about girls, relaxing, getting high, and California aren’t sophisticated or innovative, just wonderfully delicious. Laid back and warm, Shwayze’s songs taste like summer. Adorable Malibu rapper Shwayze and long haired producer/acoustic guitarist Cisco Adler (Lou Adler’s…
Snob Doodle’s latest installment takes a shot at hip hop. But don’t worry we know how resilient these artists can be – I don’t think we will offend any delicate sensibilities. They have tough skins – getting shot nine times is a bit harsher than a little satirical jab.
I’ve become very appreciative of the Fillmore Miami Beach, the new incarnation of the venerable Jackie Gleason Theater. After enjoying a thoroughly brilliant set by Vampire Weekend earlier this year, I had the chance to see what might well be my personal favorite band, My Morning Jacket, in the chandeliered beauty.
What happens when two Hollywood rappers team up with a cracker from Oakland? Ghetto beats and gnarly rhymes slap you in the face. Andre Legacy, Mickey Avalon, and Dirt Nasty (aka Simon Rex) combine to make the best rap crew in the continental U.S. (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico ).
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is set to release the solo album, The Fabled City, September 30th, 2008 via Epic Records.
Keane is releasing new track “Spiralling” NOW while the Grammy-nominated trio readies its 3rd album, Perfect Symmetry, available October 14th.
The Platinum-selling Seattle rock band returns to the town that made them famous!
THE LIPS’ first movie begins a national underground rollout in New York City on September 12, 2008 at a custom-designed theater at the KGB Complex on East 4th Street!
War Stories do what they do for the unconditional love of music. They focus all time and energy on writing timeless music that connects them with the listener providing opportunities of perspective, reflection, and questioning.
When you check out The Model’s track “What Does It Look Like I’m Doing?” you’ll wonder “just where in the hell did this awesome band come from and why haven’t I heard of them sooner?!”
Multi-platinum three-time MTV VMA-winning Island Records group Fall Out Boy have officially announced their upcoming new third Island album FOLIE A DEUX, to be released on November 4th 2008.
It is difficult to create a fluid progressive rock band that does not sound drone-like, noisy, and rambling, while retaining a mainstream sensibility. How & Lightning does just that. Numious is brave start from one of the most unique unsigned rock bands to come out of Seattle in the past few years. Dark, brooding, and…
So picture this. You are 21 years old and living in Los Angeles. Your dream is music and your drive is unstoppable. You put off college and devote your life to your dream. One day the phone rings and it’s Interscope Records looking to sign you. Now allow me to introduce Tamar. Tamar defines an…
L.A. pop rock outfit, EVERYBODY ELSE, has just announced new fall tour dates supporting Hanson. The band kicks off the tour on September 7 at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland and wraps up at the San Diego House of Blues on November 16.
Skope has learned about a newly signed artist to Island Records named Laura Warshauer. Her self titled debut record is releasing on Sept 23rd.
I was fortunate enough to attend the first tribute event years ago at The Rock Hall, and over the years, I’ve become good friends with many of the artists. This DVD allows the viewer to experience historic music performed by modern day luminaries, including some of Jimi’s collaborators. Mitch Mitchell from The Experience,…
Inspiration is perhaps the most random of intangibles–sometimes flowing like a fountain, sometimes completely elusive. The only thing for sure is that inspiration tends to be the type of thing that finds you.
Hear Music presents the CD release of James Taylor’s Covers, an exceptional collection of covers from notable recording artists from the fifties, sixties and seventies, available on September 30th!
There is Conor Oberst and there is Bright Eyes. The former is the skinny kid from Nebraska with a shaky voice who remains the only musician in this decade to successfully marry emo and country. The latter is his band, or more appropriately, the collective representation of his label, Saddle Creek Records, and its indie-boomtown,…
LoveLikeFire are proud to announce their signing to UK label Heist or Hit Records. Over the past month they’ve been busily recording songs for their debut full-length at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco with producer Bill Racine (Mates Of State, Rogue Wave).
Four years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut “Connected,” The Foreign Exchange returns with their sophomore set, “Leave It All Behind.”
Three words can sum up this album: ROUGH, RUGGED AND RAWWW!! The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern brings you “Liberty City Invasion” Music from and inspired by the Grand Theft Auto IV video game. The criminal feel is definitely evident on this album through hard-hittin’ lyrics and street-pop, pop, poppin’ beats. All…
Rev Run of Run DMC introduces some new cats to the hip-hop scene, Team Blackout, with their debut album, Lights Out. The group includes JoJo Simmons, son of Rev Run, along with two of his childhood friends, Zach and Reggie. The trio has been featured on MTV’s reality series, “Run’s House” and they…
In writing songs for her new album ‘Little Wild One’ (September 9th; Womanly Hips / Plum / Saguaro Road / Music Allies) Joan Osborne fell under the spell of two of New York’s most beloved poets.
Freekbass plays that funky music and yes he is white, but it doesn’t matter. Funk seems to flow right out of Freekbass’ soul and flows smoothly like crystal, clear water to his bass guitar. Grooveyard is a new album by Freekbass, which was recorded live at 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio. …
Early raves have begun to roll in for Sonya Kitchell’s latest This Storm, out next Tuesday, September 2nd on Decca/Velour.
On The Stand Ins, the worth is in the girth. At only eight songs, discounting three eponymous interludes, the latest release from Austin-based Okkervil River could easily come off as thin, but each song in this 8-pack is jam packed with meticulous arrangements and brilliantly crafted lyrics. The Stand Ins is the “sequel” to 2007’s…
This next band in one of my favorite bands on the scene today. First of all they did a music video for “Typical” with Gabrielle Fox who is just amazingly hot. They also are signed to Wind Up Records and have one of the busiest tour schedules out now. Earlier this year the band took…
Carla Bruni’s new release Comme Si De Rien N’Ã©tait (As if Nothing had Happened) on Downtown Music.
Fans and newcomers to the band will have a chance to see them live on their upcoming 21-date U.S. tour, kicking off Sept. 18 in Manhattan, KS.
British trio WHITE LIES (Harry McVeigh – Vocals/Guitar, Jack Brown — Drums. Charles Cave — Bass) and their post-punk sounds will echo again stateside with a headline tour and performance at the CMJ Music Festival in October.
It is official, Skope Live! has just finished up talks for the Skope Live! Holiday Bash. The live music party will happen on 12/6/08 at 9 pm. The bands have not been selected as yet but stay tuned for more details coming soon. If this is like the 7/25/08 show at The Middle East, be…