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INTRODUCING THE BAMBOO SHOOTS

With all the doom and glooming around the music industry these days (we have our life vests ready, mind you), it’s nice to hear a positive story for a change. And surely the beginnings of Brooklyn quartet Bamboo Shoots couldn’t be more encouraging. After all, songwriter Avir Mitra was moments away from hitting the books…

The Empty Mirror, Abstracted Catholic

I just want to throw this out first, so it’s clear for everyone and that is that this new five-song set should not be called an EP.   Rather a new release or “opus 2” is what lead singer, guitarist and producer, Grant Valdes, prefers.   Opus numbering is an element of classical music and…

ALFONZO RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR “BLIND AS FAITH”

Alfonzo are a four-piece band from Edinburgh. They are made up of brothers Mikey (guitar) and Chris Cook (bass), drummer Andy Innes and lead singer and keyboard, Daniel McGeever. Having all grown up close to each other the band have been best friends since they were kids, which has helped them become a great live…

WARREN G US TOUR DATES

After 10 million albums sold worldwide, Warren G’s seventh studio album, THE G FILES, will be released on September 29th. Self-produced and packed with all-star talents including Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker, Ray J and many more, the current single, “100 Miles and Runnin” featuring Raekwon and Nate Dogg is quickly making its way on to…

ROU REYNOLDS FROM ENTER SHIKARI ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

‘Common Dreads’ is the new album by St. Albans-based quartet Enter Shikari. It was born in a back garden shed in St. Albans after a mental two years (we’ll get to that in a minute) in the lives of these young men. Skope was fortunate to get a copy of a Q&A Rou did with…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: Visqueen “Hand Me Down”

We at Skopemag.com get hundreds of exclusive tracks via various vendors on a daily basis. The goal for us is to share with our readers as many tracks that come in. Please note that some of these links expire so you got to get it while it’s hot! Visqueen “Hand Me Down”: SKOPE IT HERE!

JET C0-HEADLINING U.S. TOUR WITH PAPA ROACH

Rock bands Papa Roach and JET will usher in Winter 2009 with a co-headlining tour of the U.S.   The affordable and eclectic rock show with a festival feel starts off in late October through the end of November and offers four bands for less than forty dollars.   Fans will be treated to no…

GHOSTFACE KILLAH LIVE IN NYC SEPTEMBER 30

MySpace Music makes its way back to the home of hip-hop to host a special performance by Staten Island’s own Ghostface Killah on Wednesday, September 30th at The Hiro Ballroom in New York, NY, as part of “THE RELEASE,” MySpace Music’s urban music concert series. This installment of “THE RELEASE” will celebrate the long-awaited September…

THE VERY BEST FALL TOUR

The Very Best’s–European production duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya–debut full-length Warm Heart of Africa will be released October 6 on Green Owl. The much-anticipated album is already receiving critical acclaim here and in the U.K. GQ, SPIN, Rolling Stone, MOJO, The Guardian, among many others, have hailed The Very Best’s debut effort. The…

TOM PETTY TO RELEASE MULTIPLE DISC, CAREER-SPANNING THE LIVE ANTHOLOGY

The week of November 22nd Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Reprise Records will release The Live Anthology, a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’…

BLUE OCTOBER TO HEADLINE TOUR

Blue October will headline a month-long tour in support of suicide prevention and awareness. The Houston rockers will be raising money for the national hotline 1-800-SUICIDE as well as the campaign To Write Love On Her Arms. To purchase tickets for the Pick Up The Phone Tour 2009, head to PUTP.org.

LIL WAYNE’S REBIRTH DUE IN DECEMBER

Lil Wayne’s Rebirth will be released in December.   The often delayed album, which was scheduled to hit stores back in April then pushed to November, will now be released on December 15th, according to Rap-up.com.   The album marks Weezy’s foray into a more rock centered hip-hop.   Two songs from the album have…

EMINEM VS. APPLE

Apple Inc. and Eminem’s music publisher have failed to settle a dispute over 93 songs on iTunes, clearing the way for a trial that began yesterday in the rapper’s hometown of Detroit.   According to the Associated Press, Em’s publishing company, Eight Mile, say they never authorized the 93 songs in a downloadable format on…

KINGS OF LEON CELEBRATE ONE YEAR ON THE CHARTS

What a year it has been for Kings of Leon.   The Nashville-based rockers had previously scored success in Europe but never broke through in the U-S until a song called “Sex on Fire” hit the airwaves.   The band’s fourth album, Only By The Night, has now been on the Billboard album chart for…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: Lo Fat feat. Gucci Mane “Ching Ching”

We at Skopemag.com get hundreds of exclusive tracks via various vendors on a daily basis. The goal for us is to share with our readers as many tracks that come in. Please note that some of these links expire so you got to get it while it’s hot! Lo Fat feat. Gucci Mane “Ching Ching”:…

JASON MRAZ LIVE DVD TRAILER

Check out the first look at Jason Mraz’s upcoming live CD/DVD, Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess–Live On Earth.” Jason Mraz’s Beautiful Mess–Live On Earth,” will be available Nov. 10. Link to Trailer for Jason Mraz’s “Beautiful Mess – Live On Earth”: SKOPE IT HERE! www.jasonmraz.com

INFECTED MUSHROOM TEAMS WITH SOUTHEAST PIZZA CHAIN MELLOW MUSHROOM

On September 29, a joint campaign between the unstoppable Los Angeles electronic-rock outfit INFECTED MUSHROOM–whose new album LEGEND OF THE BLACK SHAWARMA was just released September 8 via Perfecto Records–and Mellow Mushroom, the bohemian-chic Southeastern pizza chain, will introduce a double mushroom promotion that will excite both your taste buds and your ears. Starting on…

SOUNDTRACK 90210 TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 13

CBS Records will release a specially produced soundtrack for the hit television series 90210 on Tuesday, October 13.   Soundtrack 90210 features 14 brand new tracks from some of music’s biggest names, including Adele with The Raconteurs, N.E.R.D. featuring Santigold, JET, Anberlin, MuteMath, Owl City, OK Go and Parachute, all set for placement in 90210…

SKOPE TV PHONER WITH ROB CARLTON

It was 7 pm on a Thursday night in New England and the phone rang. On the other end was Rob Carlton calling in from Pennsylvania. Rob is riding high these days after closing some major guitar edorsements and realeasing his solo album, ‘Beautiful Collision.’

THE CLIENTELE BONFIRES ON THE HEATH STREAMING NOW!

The Clientele formed a long time ago in the backwoods of suburban Hampshire, playing together as kids at school, rehearsing in a thatched cottage remote from any kind of music scene, but hypnotized by the magical strangeness of Galaxie 500 and Felt and the psych pop of Love and the Zombies. Singer Alasdair MacLean still…

JOHN VANDERSLICE RELEASES NEW 7″, PRE-ORDER DOWNLOAD, DEMO MP3

The centerpiece of John Vanderslice’s Romanian Names, the perfect pop gem “Too Much Time,” is now being released as a limited-edition 7″ on October 6th. The song received Song Of the Day honors by NPR, whose critics called Romanian Names “his best record yet.” The single features the infectious exclusive b-side “Moon Rocks,” a song…

Tim Miller, Sessions Lamar

This Dallas-based singer/songwriter, Tim Miller, brings you a disc titled Sessions Lamar.   Acoustic/Folk/Rock are all blended together beautifully to make up crowd-pleasing music for the public.   But this isn’t just your ordinary EP; this project is the highly anticipated follow-up to Miller’s successful record, Adelaide.   This new EP features three songs from…

“CHECK MY BRAIN” VIDEO FROM ALICE IN CHAINS

Hailed by Spin as “one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains’ history,” lead single “Check My Brain” has blanketed rock and alternative radio and rocketed straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Songs Chart and No. 1 on the R&R Rock Chart. The video can be seen here: SKOPE IT HERE!

JAY FARRAR & BENJAMIN GIBBARD SET FOUR SPECIAL KEROUAC CONCERTS

Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard will perform songs from their collaborative album One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, along with other surprise material, at four concerts in October, underscoring the influential author’s enduring legacy 40 years after his death on October 21, 1969.   JAY FARRAR & BENJAMIN GIBBARD TOUR DATES 10/23…

FRONTIERS RECORDS TO RELEASE FIFTH WINGER STUDIO ALBUM

Frontiers Records proudly announces the release of Winger’s fifth studio album entitled “Karma” on October 16 in Europe and October 27 in the USA.   Winger reunited after more than a decade in 2006 for the release of the successful come back album entitled “IV,” a record that pushed the boundaries of Winger’s classic sound…

BLAKROC TO BE RELEASED BLACK FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27

The brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash, BlakRoc Records will release BlakRoc on “Black Friday,” November 27, the day after Thanksgiving (to be dubbed “Blak Friday” by the independent record stores that will sell the album). Produced by and featuring The Black Keys, BlakRoc also hosts a star-studded line up including Mos Def,…

Amy Millan, Masters of the Burial

It’s no grand coincedence that Amy Millan’s second solo LP, Masters of the Burial was released in late September. Depending on your geographical location (And if the Gods have been smiling on you, I suppose) late September is the time for lazy evenings spent soaking up every last bit of sun. And it’s damn near…

Octoberman, Fortresses

If you could float through everyday with Octoberman’s Fortresses in your head, constantly on repeat, you’d probably share a comfortable grin with everyone you pass. That’s the effect that the potent, landscape-inspiring rhythms would have on you. They’re buoyant enough for one to constantly and comfortably keep their head above water. But when Marc Morrissette’s…

CREED TO PLAY FOR U-S TROOPS

Creed is teaming up with the USO to bring a live webcast of their concert to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Soldiers will be able to log on to RockPit.com Friday and watch a high definition broadcast of Creed’s Full Circle Tour stop in Houston, Texas. Servicemen and women, and anyone else who wants to…

LL COOL J UP FOR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION?

The Associated Press reports LL Cool J could potentially end up among the 2010 inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are 12 acts, including Donna Summer and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, vying for a spot for next year’s ceremony. Only five spots are available! We will know for sure in…