Category: FEATURES

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Ranzel X Kendrick Gets Real In Recent Single ‘Like A Child’

Ranzel X Kendrick combines the smooth sounds of country with the penning of poignant lyrics — and it’s everything I’ve been searching for this slow summer. His sound is clearly rooted in old school folk with enticing elements of Caledonian soul, blues and Americana sewn into the fabric of his sonic tapestry. Ranzel X Kendrick…

Sharon Hendrix Presents New Video “River Run”

Five decades of working in the music industry is exhausting for many, especially when you don’t fit into the usual characteristics of a white-male-dominated space. That doesn’t bother Sharon Hendrix, though, so move aside because she is confidently stepping into her own dream. Beginning at the church pews at the age of 2 to touring…

New Video By Greg Hoy “Move Along”

Independent venues are more than a place to hear music. They’re clubhouses, tiny dream factories, spaces for misfits, free-thinkers, record collectors and music obsessors, nonconformists of all kinds to congregate and share ideas. Every great venue in the history of independent pop and rock has been something like that — which is exactly why musicians…

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@skopemag news – wednesday – june 9, 2021 @ 12 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope ASAP Rocky, Akala and Ice Cube among top 10 artists singing about alcohol & drugs… Alcohol and drugs will always be an important part of music culture. Whether it’s Afroman vocalising his admiration for marijuana “Because I got High”…

Young Gun Dici Drops New Hot New Single ‘Five Rings’

DICI’s rise to prominence within the underground has been nothing short of meteoric, but if you listen to his new single “Five Rings,” you should be able to pick on the same two things that I did regardless of what you think about big indie hype. First off, “Five Rings” doesn’t show off a player…

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@skopemag news – tuesday – june 7, 2021 @ 5 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope Blood Cultures Lifts The Veil on Eight-Track Project LUNO Today, experimental psych indie act Blood Cultures lifts the veil on their anticipated eight-track project, LUNO, out now on Pack Records. Having long been an artist centered around anonymity, LUNO…

ZYRA Returns With New Single “Heart’s On Fire”

London-based platinum-selling artist ZYRA has returned with her addictive new single, “Heart’s On Fire”, which is also the title track of her newly released self-written/produced debut EP. Having already racked up well in excess of 150 million streams on Spotify alone, plus millions more across other platforms, the independent artist will no doubt continue her…

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@skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope ROWDY REBEL & A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR “9 BRIDGE” TODAY! They not only bring together Rowdy Rebel’s neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s home of Kingsbridge Avenue in The Bronx, but they also fuse their respective movements with Rowdy Rebel repping…

Frank Palangi NEW ROCK SINGLE ‘Fire Of Love’

Frank Palangi is an indie rock recording artist who positively refuses to let a genre go dark. Show the raw acoustic emotional side or set free the driving energetic electric guitar with a feeding frenzy of gravelly, deep n gritty, vibrato vocals. Frank leaves it all on the stage with the passion flowing through his…

AUDREY MIKA RETURNS WITH “ALIVE” – SONG & VIDEO OUT NOW

20 year-old rising star Audrey Mika returns to release her new song and video for “Alive” via RCA Records. Watch HERE. Written by Audrey, Midi Jones, Andrew Luce, Jesse Saint John and Amisha Sarkar and produced by Midi Jones and Andrew Luce, “Alive” is a soaring showcase for Audrey’s powerhouse vocals. The music video for…

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@skopemag news – thursday – june 3, 2021 @ 3 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope Watch: Dublin rapper Malaki shares powerful visuals for ‘The Riddler’ Having made impact with previous release ‘Someone Like You 2’ which transformed a Van Morrison classic into a bone-chilling commentary on toxic masculinity and its effect on Irish youth,…

New Video By T.A. Parker “Endless”

Time is a tricky subject; it’s a constant that often goes overlooked and passed so quickly. Sometimes there are too many hours in the day; other times, not enough. For singer/songwriter T.A. Parker, he reflects on his days behind and days ahead in his first-ever single “Endless.” Originally from El Salvador, the bilingual (Spanish and…

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@skopemag news – thursday – june 3, 2021 @ 12 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope LOTUS THRONES: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Fatigue” Video Philadelphia-based LOTUS THRONES, the solo project formed by former Wolvhammer and Across Tundras drummer Heath Rave during the 2020 quarantine, presents a new video for the song “Fatigue,” through an exclusive premiere…

Cartel Madras shares “Dream Girl Concept” official video

“Dream Girl Concept,” from the duo’s forthcoming The Serpent and the Tiger project, is available now worldwide through all DSPs from Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records Cartel Madras is sharing the official video for “Dream Girl Concept,” a new single produced by Jide (Toronto, ON) and Tyris White (Waco,…

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@skopemag news – wednesday – june 2, 2021 @ 5 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope Amber Liu, Yultron & Kellin Quinn Reveal “No Fear” Out Now! “No Fear” is Yultron’s second release from his upcoming project featuring global stars of the East and West. The hybrid electronic / rock track features Kellin Quinn from…

Aktion Jackson releases official music video for “Delete”

On the first day of release, Los Angeles native Aktion Jackson’s new single “Delete”, produced by the iconic DJ Battle Cat soars to Top 25 on the Hip Hop/Rap iTunes chart. Then a few days later peaks at number 9 ranking Top 10 in the US. Aktion, popularly known for his creative and animated style…

New Video By Face2Face “Face2Face”

Vaccines are one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Because of vaccination, humans have held some of the most significant microbial and viral killers in world history in check – and sometimes eradicate them altogether. The great vaccination effort of 2021 has already brought peace of mind to millions of Americans and promises to halt the advance…

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@skopemag news – wednesday – june 2, 2021 @ 3 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope Rakkatakka! VAN CANTO Reveals New Single and Video for “Faith Focus Finish” The world’s most exciting acapella metal masters VAN CANTO return with their energetic and unique Rakkatakka-power. The inimitable new offering, To The Power Of Eight will be…

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@skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope ZOE WEES’ DEBUT EP, GOLDEN WINGS, IS OUT TODAY Zoe Wees – who was named as “One To Watch” in this recent Billboard article – explains, “This is a song about losing someone you really love and feel close to. It’s dedicated to my great-grandmother, who sadly passed away. She was…

‘All the Time’ by Vocal Sensation Kechi

Kechi’s debut album is stirring up a lot of buzz across the pop world this year, and while the entire record is going to be worth checking out on your own, lead single “All the Time” is definitely the signature song you should start with. Featuring a flamboyant rhythm and lush guitar melodies that seep…

Jesse & The Hogg Brothers’ Release New Album’Get Hammered

Steady and strong, the guitar strings echo an unpolished sound as patriotic as the red, white and blue on our flag in Jesse & The Hogg Brothers’ gruff “America,” and while the instrumental edge in this track is endearing to the honest cowpunk in all of us, it produces but half of the charisma the…

Dick Aven New Album ‘It All Started in the Garden’

Dick Aven’s It All Started In The Garden is an unusual album, and one difficult to easily describe. Aven sings with a slightly jazzy voice and the album includes some jazz-related instruments, but one wouldn’t call this full-length release jazz music. Perhaps the best descriptor would be sophisticated pop. The album’s title suggests something spiritual.…

Jeff Engholm New Album ‘Little Big Things’

The first great song on John Engholm’s Little Big Things album is “Believe in Yourself,” which kicks off with a wonderfully jangling electric guitar part, which tastes like frosting on the beater that the Posies missed. It features a melody that immediately sticks in your brain and sweetly harmonized vocals. The song’s lyric is a…

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@skopemag news – tuesday – june 1, 2021 @ 3 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope Meggie Lennon (ffo Melody’s Echo Chamber, Helena Deland) | Shares new single / Announces debut album The album is out via the Montreal DIY label, Mothland on July 9. The record features contributions from Gabriel Lambert of Elephant Stone…

Gutta Twins release official music video for ’A Hold On Me’

The Gutta Twins, known as Derrty and Delly stepped into the music industry in 2014. Born to Jamaican parents, raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL their versatile flow has made them noticeable through their Caribbean/Hip-Hop & R&B beats and hyped performances across South Florida. Since the takeoff of their music career, The duo have captured thousands…

New Video By Eddie Cohn “Animals”

“Animals,” from singer-songwriter Eddie Cohn, is the rare music video that makes the skyline of a major city look utterly novel. Cohn and director Leslie Andrew Ridings present Los Angeles as a fevered mirage: an urban dream rising from a post-industrial landscape. They don’t do it by manipulating film; instead, they’ve set up on the…

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@skopemag news – tuesday – june 1, 2021 @ 12 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope DRAWN AND QUARTERED: Death metal stalwarts debut “Carnage Atrocity” Remarks Herb Burke, the band’s vocalist and bassist: “With jagged slashing and frenzied disembowelment, ‘Carnage Atrocity,’ is a neck-snapping orgy of violence that will sear itself upon the mind; a…

Martha Wash “Love & Conflict”

A slow, somber piano and strings begin to play as a bass creeps in and kicks up the tempo. Suddenly, horns flare and the laidback song you thought you were a few steps ahead of kicks itself up by about five gears, sweeping you off your feet — with Love & Conflict’s first track “Glamour…

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@skopemag news – monday – may 31, 2021 @ 7 pm est @skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope CASPR RELEASES NEW SONG “COKE NOSE” ALONGSIDE POLARIZING MUSIC VIDEO Over the past few years, New York artist Caspr (formerly known as PPG Casper) has been building a cult-like fanbase via Soundcloud drops, music videos and underground shows. It…

Bev New Album ‘Crusher’

Bev is a band led by Niki Becker, and Crusher is the group’s new album. Artistically, this act leans toward the left of the dial, so to speak. The album is filled with guitar-oriented, mostly mellow pop. With that said, though, there are a few more upbeat inclusions. One of these is “The Scenery,” which…

Steam Train Hearts Release Indie Rock Anthem ‘Uncertainty’

Steam Train Hearts are a source of a pretty sweet sound. Fusing the fundamentals of the ’80s, indie, rock and pop, this four-piece are a force to be reckoned with. The group got together through the union of the Silent Boys’ singer Wallace Dietz and the guitar genius of Bruce Smith from the Dismal Swamp…

Singer/songwriter Ashton Rey Brings The Mellow Country Pop Vibes

Singer/songwriter Ashton Rey has released her new, catchy single “Lost Myself.” This is the second track by the 24-year old Florida-based artist that comes off her upcoming EP. When speaking about her music, Ashton defines her sound as “bohemian country western,” stating “when you listen to my music it doesn’t just fall into the country…

Ultimate PRIDE Summer – Lucy & La Mer ‘Ooh La La’

Lucy & La Mer’s new single “Ooh La La” embodies the artist’s message of self-empowerment and self-acceptance. Lucy LaForge, the artist behind the name “Lucy & La Mer”, is known for the positivity in her songs, as well as her mental health advocacy within the LGBTQ community. Coming out in an interview in 2018, Billboard…