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SONY BMG INTRODUCES MANDI PERKINS / VIDEO / DATES

Sony BMG recording artist Mandi Perkins is an intensely passionate and charismatic singer/songwriter who creates uncompromising melodic rock. She writes about her life and those around her in a musical form of empathy, which makes listeners, care, think and question.

LOTS OF SHWAYZE GOODIES RIGHT HERE

Shwayze is proud to announce the premiere of “Buzzin’,” the Malibu artist’s reality show on MTV. Wednesdays at 10:30PM ET/PT, fans can catch the misadventures of Shwayze, his wingman and music partner Cisco, best buddy Warren, and manager Jordan as they define a whole new California sound.

STOLI GETS STAR STRUCK FROM THE DONNAS

The Donnas are one of the most famous bands on the planet. They have done it with rare radio play and MTV support. But these 4 woman from CA have been making music for more than a decade and have no signs of stopping.   That is great too because these women make some kick-ass…

Sevendust, Chapter VII: Hope And Sorrow

Sevendust kicks off their seventh studio album with 11 great tracks and each having its own, distinct identity.   The new album offers everything from aggressive, heavy-bangin’ music to melodic, softer melodies that seem to come together oh so nicely in Hope and Sorrow.   The beauty of the album is that Lajon Witherspoon could…

Foul Mouth Jerk, Street Light Music

Who does this jerk think he is?   One hell of a rhyming MC, that’s who!   Foul Mouth Jerk hails from Jersey, but has traveled through many states laying down rhymes and spittin’ lyrics.   His fourth solo effort features 16 hot tracks and has a refreshing, throw-back sound to it. Jerk really brought…

Def Leppard, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge

I just have one question:   “Do you wanna get rocked”!   Def Leppard is bringin’ the heat once again with their fourteenth studio album and they seem to be conquering newer generations of fans.   These rock icons from England have been going strong since the late 70s and definitely know how to turn…

BILLY BOB THORNTON READS SKOPE / TOUR DATES

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters kicked off their national tour last week in support of their self-titled double CD, The Boxmasters. We just found out from a close source that Billy Bob  is a regular Skope visitor.    

BUSY SIGNAL NEW ALBUM SAMPLER PAGE HERE

VP Records is proud to announce the release of Busy Signal, arguably the hottest and most versatile lyricists currently in dancehall. On his groundbreaking sophomore album Loaded, in stores September 9th, the leading Jamaican deejay unleashes an arsenal of progressive hits that could ultimately redefine dancehall.

BRAND NEW GZA SINGLE / VIDEO / DOWNLOAD

One of the most renowned and continually relevant hip-hop emcees of all time, GZA returns with his long awaited fifth solo album, “ProTools.” If you listen to the GZA closely it sounds to me like he wants to battle 50 lyrically. There are various subliminals throughout this whole video. I wonder how 50 & the…

TI READY TO RELESE HIS HOMIE BIG KUNTRY KING / VIDEO

Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist Big Kuntry King has announced early details of his much anticipated new album, “MY TURN TO EAT.”   The collection — which features the single, “Da Baddest (Feat. Trey Songz)” — will be available in stores and all digital retailers on September 9th.

ED LAURIE SIGNS WITH DANGERBIRD / MP3

Dangerbird Records is home to a cornucopia of hot young talent: Silversun Pickups, Dappled Cities, The One Am Radio and Sea Wolf to name a few. So when signing someone new to the roster it is best to take note and, given the diversity of the aforementioned acts, check all sonic expectations at the door.

KEYSHIA COLE REGAINS THE #1 SPOT ON BILLBOARD

Definitely avoiding the sophomore jinx, Grammy-nominated and award-winning Geffen Records superstar singer/songwriter, Keyshia Cole, continues to deliver the hits with her third (3rd) #1 single, “Heaven Sent,” from her near-double-platinum-selling sophomore album, Just Like You.  

THE EVIL GENIUS UPDATE / TOUR DATES

Green Lantern initially came to prominence in the mixtape scene by consistently featuring exclusive self-produced music with hip-hop superstars like Jay-Z, The Beastie Boys, Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor, D-Block, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep and many more.  

Rose of Jericho, These City Lights

Although I am not a fan of American Idol, I can see the attraction.   It is a demonstration of great skill and perseverance.   Most difficult to me, looking in as a viewer, though is watching incredibly talented people trying desperately to squeeze their own personal genre into the maze of twists and turns…

Russ Glenn, Brand New World

When I first popped in Russ Glenn’s, A Brand New Earth, I was willing to give it a chance.   Sure it sounds like your average frat boy with a guitar tearing up the scene at the local college bookstore, but hey we have all sat around the fire singing along to Jack Johnson riffs.…

One World, Share The Love

Despite the tranquil and harmonious name, the new album by One World, Share the Love, sadly does not inspire me to do the same.   As is often the case in the eclectic catch all genre known as “world beat,” One World’s attempts to show the vast gambit of their influences by giving too little…

Nick Motil, Everything’s Alright

On his new album, “Everything’s Alright,” Nick Motil sings, “The sun is always shining where I come from.” But where is that? According to his myspace page, he was born playing at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant on the Sunset Strip in Las Vegas, just a few years ago. Some hints to his identity come through…

Jimmy Reeves, The Axe and the Tree

Do not confuse Jimmy Reeves with the Texan country crooner from the fifties and sixties. This Jimmy Reeves is a gypsy. He calls everywhere home. Reeves grew up a military kid, traveling across the country. However, in his new album, “The Axe and the Tree,” he sounds very grounded, like someone who’s made a home…

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!