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SHANNON STEPHEN’S OFFERS MP3 “CATCH THE MORNING LINE”

This July 20, Asthmatic Kitty Records is proud to present the re-press of Shannon’s self-titled debut (2000). Produced by Stephens and her former Marzuki bandmates Sufjan Stevens and Matthew Haseltine, this superb collection of Shannon’s own songs includes contributions by Marzuki cellist Jamie Kempkers, Kenny Hutson (Vigilantes of Love) on pedal steel guitar, Mews and…

R.KELLY HELPS KICK OFF THE WORLD CUP

Check out R. Kelly’s amazing performance of “Sign of a Victoy” with the Soweto Spiritual Singers at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa! [youtube T4k46ZTmBQo nolink]   Go team Brazil!

DRIVE A GET INTO IT WITH SECURITY GUARDS

Punk Rock band DRIVE A have just released a new webisode that was filmed at a recent stop on their Bamboozle Roadshow tour with All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, and Third Eye Blind. The clip features lead singer Bruno Mascolo singing down in the pit with fans, and when he starts to get a…

MOUSE FIRE OFFERS MP3 OF “TRUE I HAVE LOST IT”

Florida trio Mouse Fire release their sophomore album Big Emotion on Lujo Records, which is already garnering praise for its blend of catchy dance rock the Oklahoma Gazette describes as “a resolutely dance-floor-ready sound combining bristling funk backbeat, shimmying synth lines and big, harmonic vocal hooks that hark back to Hall & Oates, Air Supply…

TREK LIFE GETS “SO SUPREME” ALL OVER ESPN

Trek Life drops a dime for ESPN by lending his forthcoming single “So Supreme” to the popular sports network as the background music for the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals. The track embodies the fighting spirit shared between the competing teams; “This song is me re-establishing my ground as an emcee amongst so many other…

JEFF BECK HONORS GUITAR LEGEND LES PAUL

Over the last two evenings, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck has headlined two power-packed shows at the famous Iridium Jazz Club in New York. Dubbed as “inspired” and “passionate” by the New York Times, the events honored the late, great guitarist Les Paul. Sponsored by Gibson Guitar, the two intimate evenings, billed as “A Celebration of…

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2010

AFRICAN STUDENTS DANCE FOR SHAKIRA According to The Associated Press, a group of South African students showed Shakira their Zulu dance moves to the rhythm of the African drum Wednesday while the singer was visiting their suburban elementary school south of Johannesburg.   Shakira is among the artists that performed Thursday night at the World…

Against Me, White Crosses

Let’s face it, punk rock bands have it tough as the second they achieve any success in the mainstream media they get labeled sellouts. The Gainesville, Florida based Against Me know this well as it got slammed by long time fans when it released New Wave, its first record with a major label, back in…

Kira, Run Where No One Goes

When you look at the acts that dominate radio today in the United States, you notice that women are king. It is artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Kesha that make the most noise nowadays. So this must be good news for Danish singer Kira Skov who has just released a seven song…

STOLI IS THE FIRST TO WELCOME TWO CHOICES TO THE USA

I have decided as the mastermind behind the “Skoped Out” column that we will be running two features per week from now on. To be honest, one just did not seem to be enough so be sure to check us out on Monday & Friday weekly. I am really excited about this next band coming…

NO SURRENDER OFFER “GODDA GET IT” MP3

No stranger to the New York underground scene, No Surrender is gearing up to release their intricate sophomore effort Medicine Babies (ZerOKilled Music, Fall 2010). Blending hip-hop, electro, soul, synth-pop, and indie-rock, No Surrender’s spanning sound is genre-bending.

ASHLEY ARRISON’S DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON JULY 1ST

Hearts On Parade, the debut full-length album from Ashley Arrison will be released digitally and in stores on July 1st.       Hearts On Parade is a complete package of gorgeous vocals and a catalog of songs just waiting to be heard and cherished.   Arrison’s first single, “Trying To Help You Out” (now…

BACKSTREET BOYS SUPPORT FELLOW MUSICIANS IN BP BOYCOTT

The Backstreet Boys join popular hard rock band KORN to boycott the purchase of BP oil. Currently on a 35+ North American tour in support of their new album, THIS IS US, BSB promises to embark on a BP free tour.   “I’m devastated by what I’ve seen first hand and on the news” says…

SARAH HARMER RETURNS FROM THE WILD TO TOUR THE U.S.

After several years pursuing her passion for environmental advocacy – most recently exploring the isles of Canada’s pacific coast for a Canadian National Parks project – celebrated singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer tours the urban landscape of America this summer confirming her first U.S. dates in four years. SARAH HARMER U.S. TOUR DATES: 6/23 – New York,…

Catalina, Catalina

No stranger to acclaim, rising pop princess Catalina was named to 2008s list of National High School Teen Idols, made an appearance on the national morning show Fox and Friends and received invites to perform at the September 11th Memorial and the Victims of Violent Crime Gala along side Gloria Gaynor. Now the up-and-comer is…

ERA APPAREL AND MUSIC GROUP LAUNCHES

There are few publicity companies that set their focus on the unmistakable correlation between fashion and entertainment. With the intention of spotlighting what makes each client unique, ERA Apparel and Music Group has the rare, customized ability to bring out the distinct personality of clothing lines, musical artists, and other design companies through a vast…

OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR TICKETS ROGER WATERS

In response to overwhelming fan demand for tickets to Roger Waters’ upcoming North American concert tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of the original release of The Wall, a final four shows have been added to the production’s North American itinerary.   The Live Nation produced tour will begin on September 15th in Toronto with 52…

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 10TH, 2010

KE$HA SCORES ANOTHER NUMBER ONE HIT! According to Billboard, Ke$ha is just the fifth female artist since the beginning of 2000, and the third in the last two years, to earn at least two number one hits from a debut album on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as “Your Love Is My Drug,” the…

Dr. Mac & Friends, Ready to Rock Kids, Vol. 3

Get ready for the third installment of children’s songs that teaches valuable life lessons.   Dr. Mac is the genius behind the Ready to Rock Kids series and before you ask, yes he is an actual doctor.   The singer/songwriter/producer is also known as Don MacMannis, Ph.D. and for many years he has been a…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: LLOYD BANKS “ANY GIRL”

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! LLOYD BANKS “ANY GIRL”: SKOPE IT HERE!

PETE YORN’S NEW ALBUM

On September 28th, Vagrant Records will releasethe latest studio album from Pete Yorn. Produced by Frank Black (The Pixies), this visceral 11-song collection follows Yorn’s two 2009 releases. Back & Fourth, hailed as “haunting” by Entertainment Weekly.   While Rolling Stone said,”Yorn has found his voice on Back and Fourth, a mostly acoustic beauty.” It…

CAN V-ALBUMS & V-WRAPS REVOLUTIONIZE THE ALBUM EXPERIENCE?

ScatterTunesâ„¢, the company that is revolutionizing the concept of the “album” through its innovative and immersive V-Album technology, is offering up exciting multimedia releases on June 8th from superstars Taylor Swift, Reba and Jewel, as well as up-and-coming singer-songwriter Justin Moore.   ScatterTunes is proud to partner with The Valory Music Co. and Big Machine…

KERIMA “THIS NIGHT” PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Sweden has been impacting the American music scene for decades, and its newest starlet Kerima has something special. “This Night” is already a hit overseas where it has been #2 for over a month on Sweden’s leading social network Snowfish.   In the U.S., “This Night” already has a radio buzz and is quickly spreading…

PLIES PUTS OUT PERFORMANCE / VIDEO JOURNAL

Plies’ highly anticipated new album GOON AFFILIATED is in stores and online now! The album includes his newest tracks “She Got It Made”, “Look Like” ft. Young Jeezy & Fabolous, “Kitty Kitty” ft. Trey songz, plus the smash hit “Becky”! Check out the retailers below for an exclusive interview, access to bonus tracks and Plies’…

MELIGROVE BAND RELEASE “HALFLIGHT” MP3

Last Gang Records is pleased to announce the US release of the latest full-length from Toronto’s Meligrove Band. Shimmering Lights, out September 21, is the highly anticipated follow up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2006 album, Planets Conspire. The band will release the first single from the record, “Halflight,” as a free digital download.

JEREMY WEINGLASS RELEASES MP3 FOR “JUNE”

Ten years in the making but released this month, ODYSSEY: A TWELVE-MONTH REVOLUTION is an epic musical exploration of the passing of days, changing of seasons and the journey though the year. Prodigious pianist Jeremy Weinglass, accompanied by virtuoso violinist Chris Woods, has captured the powerful and the subtle in the cycle of life with…

NEEDTOBREATHE VIDEO FOR “SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL”

The South Carolina-based rock outfit consists of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and childhood friends Seth Bolt and Joe Stillwell. The Outsiders was released last summer to universal critical acclaim and a top 20 debut on the Billboard 200. Be captivated by their ability to mend warm, organic textures to their powerful brand of skyscraping,…

ORGANICA MUSIC SIGNS RECORD DEAL WITH CRYSTAL HARRIS

Award-winning music producer Michael Blakey of Organica Music Group has announced a seven-album deal with Playboy centerfold Crystal Harris.   Blakey, a 5-time Grammy nominee who has produced over 60 gold and platinum albums, discovered Harris’s talent while watching her sing during an episode of the E! television series “Girls Next Door”.   Harris has…