Category: #SKOPELIFE

FORGOTTEN BY FRIDAY: THE BUILDING OF A BAND

Often the raison d’etre for band breakups seems to get chalked up to creative differences. Such was the case when the popular New England Blues outfit, Big Ugly dissolved and saw the founding members plodding off into different directions. Undeterred, Dominick Mauro began collaboration with guitarist Tom Forst.

TAYLEN: FOLLOWING HER DREAMS

Taylen is a young singer/songwriter from Australia. At the young age of 15 she is poised for success and will not stop until her mission is accomplished. The amazing thing about being young is every experience is the first and Taylen is a sponge taking it all in and making her dream a reality one…

GET ON THE LOONEY TRAIN FOR SOME FUN ENTERTAINMENT

  Looney Train is a group that performs around the Chicago area. They have opened for many headliners including The Buckinghams, Jimmy Jaimeson of Survivor, the late Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mark Farner, and The Temptations.   They released their first CD in 2010 and now are working on a second.   This band is…

SQUEAKER: SMALL STEPS TO BIG SUCCESS

Squeaker is a band out of Australia. They have been creating and perfecting their sound since the early 2000’s and are still going strong. I had the pleasure of getting to know Steve from Squeaker. The band has been his baby and creative outlet for his songwriting. He has poured his soul into the venture…

JULY 2012: MKM NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE

We’re back!! You’ll be happy to know that many positive things have happened over the last few months — we’ll update you soon! Here’s a special treat – music entrepreneur Stephen Stone ala Ruffhouse Records (Kris Kross, Cypress Hill, Fugees, Lauren Hill) has a new Atlanta project…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

As Royal Teeth and ZZ Ward made their way through the opening sets, the atmosphere at The Music Farm became as equally charged and full. While the bar front became easier to maneuver, the stage front was soon a writhing sea of bodies as the venue reached capacity.

SONJA PERENDA: “ROCK-PERA?”

Genre blending is nothing new to the music industry. Myriad of new genres have come from the innovative melding of facets from differing musical styles into one sound. Uncle Tupelo comes to mind as they arguably gave birth to the Alt Country music scene. But some genres appear completely mutually exclusive and seem to defy…

GEORGE CAHILL LIVIN’ HIS DREAM

It was always George Cahills dream to write and record songs but, he didn’t get to live his dream until after a career as a real estate agent and firefighter.   He is multi-talented being a singer, rhythm guitarist and as he calls it, “an observational songwriter”.   He recalls many instances while in the…

WORKING BRILLIANTLY SHINES ABOVE THE REST

Working Brilliantly is a boutique PR, Licensing and Production agency founded by Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus out of California. They have been in business over a year now and both Jennifer and Samuel come from extensive PR and Production backgrounds. Their focus is to propel the careers of inspiring artists with integrity, passion, creativity…

SINGERS WHO PERFORM REGULARLY IN CASINOS

Millions of people from around the world take a trip to Las Vegas or other gambling destinations to play casino games every year, but the gambling action is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what Vegas offers to visitors. Gambling might have been the original seed that put Las Vegas on the…

MARK NORTHFIELD LETS THE WORLD PREVIEW “ALTERATIONS”

Due on July 7 from Substantive Recordings is the latest eclectic release “Alterations” from Berkshire alt-pop/electronic artist/composer Mark Northfield. Inspired by the likes of Kate Bush, Radiohead, This Mortal Coil, and Bjork, Northfield is not the typical ‘paint-by-numbers’ type when it comes to his musical approach. The material on “Alterations” is complex and intellectually stimulating,…

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS 2012 @ CLEVELAND, OHIO PUBLIC HALL

Once again it was Cleveland’s time to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony, it’s 27th.   The performing inductees were The Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freddie King, and The Small Faces/The Faces (Rod Stewart previously inducted).   Also in a new move,…

UPTOWN PRAISE BAND TURNS THE DEVOTION UP LOUD

Christian light rock act Uptown Praise Band are bringing their brand of country and jazz-tinged devotional music far and wide, including the upcoming Cornerstone Festival at the Michigan Stage July 2 – 7, where their performance will be part of a collective aiming to benefit the Kids Feeding Kids Ministry. Festivals are nothing new for…

KEN LEWIS: MASTER OF CRAFTS

Ken Lewis is a man who possesses the Midas touch. He has 57 platinum and gold projects to his credit and has been instrumental in seven Grammy award winning albums and songs during his career. Not one to usurp the spotlight that often shines on him, this New York adoptee is about paying it forward.…

MY BURDEN BORE: LIVING IN THE MOMENT

Leigha Van Tiel and Gregory A. Bardasian joined forces to form their latest project called, “My Burden Bore”. They have a unique sound with a mix of male and female vocals that create some outstanding harmonies. These two seem to fit like a glove. The music is a blend of psychedelic moody metal with a…

MARLA MASE IS A MODERN DAY ROCK POET

Since the beginning of the music industry, it’s been easy to see that there are at least two kinds of artists, and the main difference lies somewhere in the metaphysical realm of intention. Some artists have truly great ideas that resonate with others because they speak their truth. Others write music specifically to sell, and…

THE WYLD OLDE SOULS MAKE WAVES ON A LEVEL BEYOND COSMOS

This New York based band has a fresh new folksy sound reminiscent of early Jefferson Airplane. It consists of Ivy Vale, Rick Reil, Kristin Pinell Reil, Melissa Davis and Naren Budhakar. Their music has a sense of freedom and discovery. Their Gypsy souls pass through your psyche leaving behind sultry melodic visions. Their debut CD,…

BAD NUZE IS GOOD NEWS FOR HIP HOP

Bad Nuze is a multi-talented, Californian rap/r&b artist who grew up with hip hop in his blood. He is the son of The Godfather’s uncle, Uncle June Bug, who is a core member of Snoop Dogg’s inner circle. Not one to forget his roots, Bad Nuze cites his biggest inspirations as classic artists like 2Pac,…

THE SEZ WHO REUNION ROCKS THE JAZZBAH

Last December, well known power group, the Sez Who returned to the Albuquerque stage at the Jazzbah, one of three premier jazz clubs in the city. Band leader and Yamaha Drum Artist Ken Lingad gathered band members after a twenty-year hiatus to relaunch this eclectic group. Adding sizzle and zing to his steady beats are…

APRIL & MAY 2012 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.

D. GOOKIN: IN HIS OWN WAY

In numerous of my articles I talk about people in the business and their goals and what they did to get where they are today. It is a good rule of thumb to study others who are already making a living doing what you want to be doing. Their journey can help you find your…

PATRON THE DEPTH MC NEW ALBUM & HIT SINGLE OUT NOW

PATRON the Depth MC is a multi-talented hip hop artist from Baltimore who has studied to become a heart surgeon, broke a 25-yeal old university record for hurdling, and taught himself to play the piano; 3 things out of 3 that separate him from most other hip hop artists and provide him with a unique…

GARY “LIL G” JENKINS DISCUSSES HIS CAREER AND NEW SINGLE

Gary “Lil G” Jenkins, former lead vocalist for the massively popular R & B group Silk, has released a new single that will no doubt be getting some serious attention. His voice is undeniably rich and powerful, and I have to say this sounds like a man who was born to perform on big stages.…

CIRCUIT 68 ARE EXCITED TO DISCUSS THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘ELEVEN’

They hail from England, the deliver pretty solid sounds and their debut album, Eleven, was favourably reviewed on this very site only last week click here to read. What is there not to like about this modern day fab four? Their enthusiasm for what they do is depicted in their songs and while this recently…

EDIDION: A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN

Edidion has the soul and talent to back up his dreams. He’s keeping it real and showing off his swagger. Ok, let’s face it I’m an old lady trying to be hip, but Edidion is a young man bringing some grooves like you would not believe.

EMERGING ARTIST AMARILY RELEASES NEW SINGLES AND NEW VIDEO

Specializing in authentic, sexually charged electro-dance-pop, Amarily originally comes from the Dominican Republic but now calls Boston home.   Promoting herself with recent singles such as “Take This Kiss” and “Mucho Dolares”, Amarily hopes to cater to the highly competitive mainstream club/radio pop scene with her very well-produced tracks and upcoming music video, which was…

BILLY RAY DEIZ DELIVERS WISDOM AND MUSIC WITH A SMILE

Billy Ray Deiz has a long history with music and showbiz, having been a founding member of Los Angeles cult favourites The Seven Souls (who Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welch also played for), and also serving as a popular radio and television personality in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland. Now he makes music on his…

THE WORKERS: DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE JOB DONE

Dan Greenwald is, “The Workers”. Music has always been a part of him for most of his life. He started out in his school band in the 4th grade playing the clarinet. Then eventually picked up the cello and played in the school orchestra. He grew up in a strict environment and never even attempted…

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2012 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.

THE LOVE LOAD: COMING @ YOU FULLY LOADED

Ted Watts is the front man for the band, The Love Load. He is currently promoting their latest release, “The Human Resourceful”. It is a concept album about human adaptation for survival and rebirth. Sounds pretty intense does it? Well it is a rocker and worthy of a listen.

MUSIC UP CLOSE – JANUARY 2012

Well, hello, Music Up Close clubbers. Sorry for all of the packing boxes. We’ve been moving the club across the country and have been in transit and out of touch with all of our wonderful Music Up Close regulars. We are temporarily set up in an old warehouse in SOCAL as they say there, southern…

JANUARY 2012 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.

NORTH OF THE BORDER – MUGZ

muGz is one of those acts you just know is destined for success. His official debut video Lonely Girl was premiered on cult BET show 106 and Park and his mixtape I Cosign Myself scored him a Montreal Hip-Hop award, not bad for this multi-faceted performer.

DARRELL CHAISSON’S JOURNEY TO SUCCESS

Darrell Chaisson is a musician from Halifax, Canada. His music has no limitations. He has been playing since he was a young child. He recalls an old piano his grandparents had as he would prop himself up and doodle on the keys. His aunt taught him how to play “Chopsticks”, and he would bang the…