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Stoli Razz Goes To Philly To Chill With Gillie Da Kid

  Gillie Da Kid is a “Major Figga” in the rap game in more ways than one. This brotha from Philly has been through the ups and downs and still keeps his composure to succeed in this rap game. Stoli sits down with Gillie as he opens up and offers real talk on where he…

An Interview with Keller Williams

With a Little Help from Some Friends By Martin Halo He is talented beyond belief, a showman beyond comprehension, and humble to a point of pure charm.   Keller Williams hasn’t had it easy, hell; the man has fought through the muck to earn himself a place in a community of music enthusiasts that thrive…

VOD Recordings

STOLI GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS WITH VOD RECORDINGS VOD Recordings is a record label based in Massachusetts right outside Boston. They are a major sponsor of Skope Magazine and they have got alot going on. Stoli sat down with the CEO, Darian Worrell to see just what VOD is up to and where they are…

Stoli Razz Goes To The Ballet

Words: Stoli Razz Photos: Gene Schiavone Last night (2/14) as we all know was the coveted night of love. Love was in the air in Boston that is for sure. I was invited by my friends at Goodman Media to take my Valentine to see the opening night of Romeo & Juliet at the Wang…

Stoli Razz Kicks It With AP

Stoli interviews AP (aka All Profit aka Apply Pressure  ) Stoli: With so many aliases, what do you prefer people call you out on the streets? AP: On the streets AP is fine…all the different alias names just represent a different part of my personality… Whether its Apply Pressure when it come to spitting bars…

Tristan Prettyman – Hello

Former competitive surfer, Tristan Prettyman, says her new album Hello (to be released in March 2008) “is a reflection of me”. This CD, Tristans 3rd, is full of stories about her life, loves and heartbreaks. Many see her as the new young pop folkie. Hello is an upbeat folk song that has poetic lyrics that…

Michael Hurley – Ancestral Swamp

Ever wondered where the music you love came from? Ancestral Swamp by Michael Hurley is his 20th full length release. From “El Dorado”, to sleepy winners like “New River Blues” and “Gamblin Charlie”, Ancestral Swamp is a venture into those folk music roots that many musicians today are looking to for inspiration. Ancestral Swamp is…

Vashti Bunyan – Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind

Ready for a blast from the past? Enigmatic British singer/songwriter Vashti Bunyan has released a double CD from her archives. Titled after Vashti’s Mic Jagger/Keith Richards written debut single, Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind — Singles and Demos 1964-1967, this double album promises a mellow look at a time gone by. Some Things…

Chase Thompson – Shoot You Down

Newcomer Chase Thompson proves his talent as a producer, pianist, singer, and songwriter on his debut EP release Shoot You Down. The brief album is comprised of five heartfelt and confessional tracks demonstrating Thompson’s command of both verse and vocal range. Although his sweet melodies and emotional oozing may turn off some listeners with its…

Breaking News – QTrax Is Here!

  By Michael H Friedman I am beyond excitement right now. Last night a new download service was unleashed at www.qtrax.com. Qtrax is the world’s first free and legal peer-to-peer (P2P) digital music site. Music lovers can discover new music and legally download full-length, high-quality versions of their favorite songs while compensating both the artists…

The Audition – Champions of Pop-Rock

  Champion by The Audition was just released, January 22, 2008.   The Audition were this weeks Myspace music featured artists.   They have a fresh unique sound.   The following is from their biography:   “It is bold and confident”. The record title is a reflection of a band meeting their personal high expectations.…

Khalid Rivera Interview

Stoli  Sits Down with  the Multi-Talented Khalid Rivera Hailing from Queens New York, this Staten Island native began his career at an early age. Stoli was so impressed with Khalid’s background & musical resume he had to see what was up with him. Check out what Khalid has going on in his life! Stoli: You…

It’s Adjustable – January 2008

Northern State, Can I Keep This Pen? The beginning of this CD didn’t impress me too much. It sounds so much like Leslie and Lys, with its silly rhymes, synthesizers and very obvious ironic smirk that I thought I might as well stop. The first four songs aren’t really worth listening to. They’re very derivative…

Jessica Penrose – Words Become Flesh

The first track of Jessica Penrose’s LP Words Become Flesh is actually quite attractive. In fact so attractive that a listener feels like they’ve heard it somewhere before in a hit single, and then it all makes sense, they have. What’s more is that almost word for word, each raspy vocal and guitar chord sounds…

Diana Olson on The Limit

   The Limit is a Rock Trio that includes Mark Daniel on vocals and guitar, Bob Chmiel on drums and Todd Grosberg on bass.   Daniel says his hometown of New Haven, Conn. was the source of inspiration for the band.   He met his band members in high school but it wasn’t until his…

Art Brut – Lighthearted Avant-Garde Rock

The members of avant-garde, indie rock band Art Brut don’t take themselves too seriously. They enjoy making music and expressing themselves freely; they are detached from the scenester trap of pretentious conformity. It is this sincerity that makes them so likeable and magnetic, their success is in large part due to their lighthearted approach. Lead…

Diana Olson on The New Congress

The New Congress Ain’t Got Nothing To Do With Politics By Diana Olson The New Congress. It’s no mistake that this band shares in the rich Minnesota sound with its roots of coming up with Prince and other Prince band members. The band mixes turntables with old-school R&B and classifies their music as a blend…

Interview with Quietdrive

QUIETDRIVE IS A BAND ON THE BRINK By Diana Olson Quietdrive is a pop punk band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They released their debut album When All That’s Left Is You in 2006. Quietdrive members Justin Bonhiver and Droo Hastings were best friends growing up together. In 9th grade, Brandon Lanier started telling Hastings that he…

John Ralston – Sorry Vampire

John Ralston arrived in 2005 with Needle Bed, which seemed to have a strong Wilco influence and plenty of decent moments. In the two years since he first recorded it, Ralston has clearly grown as a songwriter – the new album, Sorry Vampire, has a richness to it that was barely hinted at on Needle…

JEN KEARNEY & THE LOST ONIONS

STOLI ADDS SOME SPICE AS HE CHATS WITH JEN KEARNEY & THE LOST ONIONS By: Stoli Razz On January 31st, Skope Live! & Autism Speaks returns to Felt in Boston. Jen Kearney will be performing a solo live set. Skope Live! is so excited to have her perform we sent Stoli to see what was…

Stoli Heads To Florida To Hang With Big Bang Radio

Big Bang Radio has just released their new album, To Mars From Babylon. These guys are from South Florida and after you give them one listen you know it’s special. With no major label support they are doing just fine without. We sent Stoli to see what the next move is for a true up…

The Gourds – Noble Creatures

There’ve been times when one might play Austin-based quintet The Gourds’ 2001 hick-hop cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” and hear: “Man, those Phish guys can play anything!” But The Gourds are no jam band. Nor are they a one-joke wonder – these guys have been pumping out good, solid mixes of Southern rock,…

It’s Adjustable – December 2007

Epitaph/Hellcat Lightening Round   By Stacy Coronis   As a way to procrastinate, I decided to go through my bin of music people send me to review and I found all sorts of Epitaph and Hellcat discs that I’ve never gotten around to. Some of them are older releases, but I wanted to go through…

KT Tunstall – The KT Tunstall Holiday Collection

This girl just has it. A mere six songs, it has ranked as my favorite Christmas CD this season. “2000 Miles” swims out of the CD player with just the right edge and just the right amount of Signature Christmas Time Bells in the background. “Christmas [Baby Please Come Home]” has a central emphasized beat…

Overview – Forty-Four Stone Tigers

Overview released their first EP, Forty-Four Stone Tigers, in March 2007. The entire thing is a coherent punk album that starts off with a bang in “Scorpion Woman”, intriguing the listener with catchy riffs and crooning vocals. I was drawn in from the first notes and immediate chorus; Overview takes no prisoners. Paul Miner (New…

The Warriors – Genuine Sense of Outrage

For someone who isn’t into hardcore, screamo music, the first word that comes to mind when listening to The Warriors is intense. Screamo as a genre tends to sacrifice melody and easily distinguishable lyrics for the sake of the overall emotion, and The Warriors are no exception. The album as a whole favors heavy, distorted…

Mitch Gunz Interview

Stoli Razz Chills Out With His Homie Mitch Gunz     By: Stoli Razz Mitch Gunz is an emcee straight out of South Florida and the boy is the truth. He has been mastering his craft for years and his time is here. Stoli caught up with Mr. Gunz to see what’s really hood with…

She Wants Revenge – This Is Forever

Wanna party like its 1985? In the best traditions of industrial/electronic Brit-Pop, California’s own She Wants Revenge carries on the legacy of Depeche Mode to the darkness and debauchery of dance floors across world. Their sophomore release, This Is Forever, from She Wants Revenge [SWR] gets your juices flowing with a mood molding intro that…

Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 26

So how does an artist know when they have crossed the line from mainstream to pop music? That would be when their song appears on this CD. Now That’s What I Call Music has been an awesome outlet for the labels to put 12 — 20 of the hottest and most commercial music all on…

Gallucio – All For You

All For You Gallucio’s debut album on the Cornerless Records label features solid lead vocals and fine guitar work from Anthony Gallucio, strongly backed by a talented band and guests. Gallucio definitely has its own sound and it works particularly well where the band shows a bit of edge and rocks out on stand-out numbers…

An Interview with Martin Sexton

Another Song, Another Mile By Martin Halo Touring in support of his seventh full-length LP, entitled Seeds, Martin Sexton is rounding out an American tour leg at New York’s Roseland Ballroom in early December.   Fusing acoustic shake with the richness of Americana, Sexton has delivered a pressing of uplifting compositions that cut to the…

Lyken 21 – Mindstream

For fans of precision, technical hard rock and metal, I strongly encourage you to check out Lyken 21. This New Jersey-based quartet seems to draw from influences such as Megadeth and Dream Theater — but they do it in a modern way. Lyken 21 is surely not an 80’s metal tribute band of some sort.…

Random Touch – A True Conductor Wears a Man

Random Touch’s A True Conductor Wears a Man from Token Boy Records is a remarkable album–a brilliantly crafted collage of sounds with its own internal structure and beauty. Powered by conventional, electronic and exotic instrumentation and featuring distorted voices, True Conductor has an exquisite starkness to it, managing to seem both distant, as if piped…

Richard Gsottschneider – Somewhere in Baltimore

Richard Gsottschneider is a folk/Americana artist based in New Hampshire. The songs seem influenced by legends such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Johnny Cash. The lyrics tell stories — stories that are vivid and take you everywhere from the inner city to the bayous of Louisiana. The CD is based on folk and has…

John Dyer – Gostayplay

John Dyer’s CD came across my desk and immediately caught my attention thanks for the beautiful graphic design of the front cover. As I began to play tracks from this record, I was as impressed with the music, as I was with the artwork. Dyer writes in a style closer to that of a poet…

New Monsoon – V

They sure picked the wrong cat to review this new album by New Monsoon. I accidentally referred to it as “happy garbage” to the editors here at Skope, but what I meant to say was “hippy garbage.” It really works either way as long as you keep the garbage part in. Growing up in New…

The Forms – The Forms

The Forms self-titled follow-up to 2003’s Icarus, starts off with a shoegazer blast. The album opener, “Knowledge In Hand” is a refreshing noise considering the stale soundscapes of late. But by track two it becomes apparent that the Forms are a one-trick pony. Nirvana producer, Steve Albini’s work on the album is evident in the…

Leo – Nightmares

Nightmares is a bit of a misnomer. Leo’s recently released CD starts off with a short intro track that sounds promisingly creepy and dark, but the sound quickly morphs into muddled rock/pop. Some of the guitar work reminded me initially of Godsmack but with vocals more reminiscent of Incubus, the overall balance was wobbly. Little…

West Indian Girl – 4th and Wall

The sophomore release from West Indian Girl puts a modern twist to new wave without provoking the inevitable comparisions to the artists that have saturated the industry today as the ‘new wave’ of modern rock (Killers, Interpol). This album is a masterpiece; each song blends seamlessly into the next – from the psychedelic meanderings of…

Just Surrender – We’re In Like Sin

Just Surrender is back with their sophomore full-length album, We’re In Like Sin. The quartet’s latest release by Broken English Records consists of eleven new tracks ranging from melancholy tunes to songs that’ll get you shouting their lyrics at the top of your lungs. Besides having an amusing title, “If I Wanted to Cuddle I’d…