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THE BOSTON POPS ANNOUNCES STUDENT ART CONTEST

The Boston Pops announces an art contest as part of a season-long celebration of its 125th anniversary season, May 4-June 20.   Using the general theme of music as their inspiration, Massachusetts students, grades K through 12, are invited to submit an original drawing or painting to the Boston Pops Student Art Contest. Ten winners…

THE WAILING WALL ON TOUR WITH TIM FITE

The Wailing Wall’s first record, Hospital Blossoms, released free on the JDub Records website, was downloaded well over 15,000 times by new fans all around the world.   That project landed Jesse live spots on MTVU, WNYC Soundcheck, WFMU and Fearless Music TV. May Tour With Tim Fite May-17, Danbury, CT Heirloom Arts Theater May-18,…

LITTLE BROTHER RELEASE “SO COLD” AUDIO ON YOUTUBE

In preparation for the release of their forthcoming album, LeftBack, the North Carolina duo Little Brother is proud to release the album’s latest track, “So Cold,” featuring fellow Justus League emcee and long-time collaborator Chaundon. Produced by King Karnov, the song begins with a commanding drumbeat, wobbly bass line, and warped keyboard effects, shortly joined…

ALO NEW VIDEO FOR SECOND SINGLE “BIG APPETITE”

California quartet ALO head out on the road this summer to promote their new album Man of the World. The band will headline clubs throughout the east coast in May and perform throughout the summer at popular music festivals including Mile High Music Festival, The Hangout Music Festival, Summercamp, Mountain Jam and Wakarusa. In July…

HOPE SANDOVAL AND THE WARM INVENTIONS “TROUBLE” VIDEO

Iconic Mazzy Star vocalist Hope Sandoval is set to return to Europe with The Warm Inventions this May for a string of dates throughout the UK, France and Spain. Accompanied by My Bloody Valentine’s Colm Ó Cíosóig and Irish group Dirt Blue Gene, the group continue to tour their hauntingly gorgeous live show in support…

SKOPE / SICK PUPPIES TV GIVEAWAY

In celebration of their tour with Nickelback, Sick Puppies and Virgin Records are giving you a chance to win a 32″ Flat Screen TV and 8.0 megapixel camera phone, brought to you by Samsung Mobile and Virgin Records.

SONY MASTERWORKS RELEASES 4TROOPS

Sony MASTERWORKS announces the signing of 4TROOPS.   Their debut self-titled CD will be available on May 11th with a portion of the proceeds from the sales to benefit veteran-related organizations.   Sony chose to release the album during Armed Forces Week (May 8-May 15) which honors Americans serving in all five services — Army,…

HANSON ANNOUNCES NEW RECORD

HANSON is excited to announce the release of their new record, Shout It Out, on their own 3CG Records on June 8, 2010. Shout It Out is the three -time Grammy-nominated independent band of brothers’ fifth studio record. It’s a fantastically infectious collection of finely crafted, R&B-flavored pop-rock — an homage to the music that…

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 9th, 2010

LADY GAGA TWEETS SOME MORE Cole Goforth from Tennessee got sent home from school this week for wearing a Lady Gaga inspired T-shirt which read “I Heart Lady Gay Gay,” and the pop star is really taking the story to heart.   She wrote about the situation at length on Wednesday during the day on…

The Dimes, The King Can Drink The Harbour Dry

The King Can Drink The Habour Dry, the latest release from Portland’s rising folk-poppers The Dimes isn’t so much a concept record as it is an homage. Lyrically and musically, this seven piece band are clearly students of history. Sounding like a cross between a mellow and pratical Beach Boys and a slightly exuberant Elliot…

MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS NEW VIDEO “VITAL SIGNS”

Midnight Juggernauts’ highly anticipated sophomore release is drawing closer and closer having recently made the final touches in the studio downunder the band are happy to unleash their second single ’Vital Signs’ worldwide today via iTunes.

THE FUTUREHEADS OFFER “STRUCK DUMB” MP3 VIA ‘THE CHAOS’

Seven years since the release of their first record, The Futureheads, Barry Hyde (vocals, guitar), David “Jaff” Craig (bass), Ross Millard (vocals, guitar) and Dave Hyde (drums) have long since outgrown scenes, shed immediate ties with their post-punk and new wave influences and outlived many of their peers as a real British favorite.

SNOB DOODLE

It looks like Snob Doodle was one of the thousands to buy a new I-Pad this week. Wonder what he thinks about the new gadget?

AMANDA PALMER SPLITS WITH LABEL

After a long legal battle with her label Roadrunner Records to get dropped, Amanda Palmer announced yesterday that she has been released from her contract.   In celebration, Amanda is very pleased to be able to — for the first time since the year 2003 — offer you a brand new and previously unreleased song…

TRACY BONHAM’S ‘MASTS OF MANHATTA’ SET FOR JULY 13th RELEASE

Masts Of Manhatta, Tracy Bonham’s first full-length album in five years, will be released on July 13th by Engine Room Recordings. Produced by Bonham, the album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Los Lobos, Lisa Germano) and features the Brooklyn-based Smokey’s Roundup, a trio led by guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck, Norah Jones),…

The Great Affairs, The Great Affairs

Before we get this started, realize I approach hanging a yoke around the necks of The Great Affairs with much trepidation. I really don’t know how to begin to classify the Nashville outfit except to say they toe several lines in terms of genre. After several listens to their 2009 self-titled, my conclusion is: it’s…

BMI EXPANDS LIVE CONCERT ROYALTIES DISTRIBUTIONS

BMI has expanded its tracking of live music performances to include smaller concert events, distributing royalties to additional songwriters, composers and music publishers.   The performing right organization will now pay performance royalties on the top 300 concert tours, events and festivals in America, as determined by Pollstar research, on a quarterly basis. The first…

KEEPIN’ PRETTY FOR THE FANS

A lot has changed for the guys of Pretty Ricky, which consists of brothers Baby Blue, Spectacular and Slick ‘em, as well as Lingerie, throughout the years, but one thing remains the same: they’re freaks.

ALLISON MOORER & STEVE EARLE WELCOME JOHN HENRY EARLE

Musicians Allison Moorer and Steve Earle welcome into the world their first child, John Henry Earle.   John Henry was born on April 5th at 10:07am, weighing eight pounds, two ounces and measuring 21 inches long.     Moorer and Earle were married in 2005 and live in New York’s Greenwich Village. www.allisonmoorer.com & www.steveearle.com

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2010

ADAM LAMBERT REMIX EP Adam Lambert will release Remixes, a six track digital EP containing remixed version of the first two singles off his debut album For Your Entertainment. Remixes will be made available exclusively at AdamOfficial.com on Friday and at all other digital service providers on Tuesday.   The album contains mixes from Jason…

Mary J. Blige, Stronger with Each Tear

Mary J. Blige has every right to be deemed “Queen of Hip Hop Soul”, when she has received multi-platinum status on just about every album she has released since 1992 and has sold more than 49 million records to date. Since her “Real Love” days of her debut album, “What’s the 411?”, to her current…

Curbstone Beauty, Who Needs Luv

Good music is definitely hard to find these days, and that can be said for all genres of music across the board –hip hop, country, rock, etc. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a band like Curbstone Beauty, which brings back some original sound, especially one that reminds me of what I’ll call…

Lori Diamond, Mystery

I introduce to you 1-of-A-Kind–Lori Diamond from Boston.   This singer/songwriter/pianist has such a pure & genuine quality to her voice.   Not to mention, this talented artist throws in stellar piano playing to complete the entire Mystery.   It is no surprise that this Bostonian sings & plays from the heart at all times…

FREE MP3 BY JENNIE ARNAU

This one is from Alt-Country songstress Jennie Arnau and it’s her song, THE SPARROW & THE GODS, from her upcoming album CHASING GIANTS, out April 13th. Download THE SPARROW & THE GODS here: SKOPE IT HERE! www.jenniearnau.com

The Sour Notes, It’s Not Gonna Be Pretty

When The Sour Notes’ fourth release, “It’s Not Gonna Be Pretty”, arrived in my mailbox, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Just reading the title of their band made me chuckle, but as I popped the CD into my walkman (yes, I still own one, and it’s a more than 10-year-old Sony), I was…

CONSEQUENCE & ASHER ROTH VIDEO FOR “CHILDISH GAMES”

Consequence premieres the first video from his newly released mixtape Movies On Demand today via YouTube, mtvU, MTV2 and MTV Jams. “Childish Games” co-stars Motown labelmate Asher Roth with production by Mr. Attic. Rik Cordero co-directed the video with Consequence.

APRIL 2010 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.

INFANTREE OFFER MP3 TO “SPEAK UP”

Infantree is a Los Angeles-based band which formed in 2007 with Alex Vojdani (vocals, lyrics, guitar, keys) Matt Kronish (vocals, lyrics, guitar, banjo) and Donald Fisher (vocals, lyrics, keys, bass, mandolin, guitar) as high school students in Calabasas, CA before solidifying the line-up in 2008 with the addition of drummer Jordan Avesar who provided not…

GARY HOEY ON TOUR WITH JEFF BECK

Ax-slinger Gary Hoey is embarking on an exclusive run of tour dates with Jeff Beck and will perform acoustically an array of favorites. These shows come in the middle of Hoey’s spring run of National guitar clinics running up and down the East Coast. These clinics start April 6 in Allentown, PA and continue till…

MATT WHITE SIGNS TO RYKO

Ryko is proud to add singer-songwriter Matt White to its growing family. White, a superb songwriter, vocalist, pianist and guitarist, possesses a powerful vocal range that he uses fearlessly and a naturally charismatic personality that permeates his live and recorded performances.   From a musical family, White composed all the material on his second album…

BON JOVI’S THE CIRCLE TOUR” WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST KID ROCK

The summer just got hotter as Bon Jovi adds very special guest Kid Rock to select stadium concerts on their hugely successful “The Circle Tour.” Kid Rock will appear at the newly added fourth New Meadowlands Stadium concert on July 9th in East Rutherford, NJ; as well as Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA; Soldier Field…

HARRY PRITCHETT: WORDS OF A SONGSMITH

Maryland singer/songwriter Harry Pritchett has a story that doesn’t read that differently than many artists. First influenced by The Beatles, started writing songs in high school, played those songs for friends who then urged him to pursue music. That pursuit saw him release his latest album Strange Journey last year with one track, “Night Bird”…

LOU BARLOW SUMMER TOUR DATES

Lou Barlow + the missingmen will hit the road this summer in support of Lou’s most recent release, Goodnight Unknown. This will be the first chance to see Lou playing headlining shows with the missingmen since the new album came out!   Lou Barlow on Tour! 6/10 San Diego, CA   The Casbah 6/11 Tucson,…

NEW POLITICS UNVEIL WILD VIDEO FOR “YEAH YEAH YEAH”

Danish rockers New Politics have recently unveiled a raucous video for their single, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”. The clip showcases the high energy trio of David Boyd (vocals), Soren (Guitar, Vox), and Poul (drums) performing the song in what appears to be a rehearsal space, with David Boyd showing off his insane dance moves. The band…

EVERY TIME I DIE EMBARK ON CONQUEST OF AMERICA

Venerated metal road warriors Every Time I Die will be taking their mayhem inciting sound on tour, entertaining their rabid fan base along with Southern metal cohorts Norma Jean and Canadian punk-core Cancer Bats. Every Time I Die promise a monstrous set of crowd rousing favorites including songs from their latest masterwork New Junk Aesthetic,…