Category: FEATURES

Feature stories and artist interviews

NIHITI OFFERS TWO MP3 FROM ‘OTHER PEOPLE’S MEMORIES’

One thing is clear: the music of nihiti exists as living proof that the end of the world has not been exhausted as a subject of musical exploration. Of the little that’s actually been confirmed, what’s known is nihiti is currently based in NYC, has done extensive work scoring films and theater productions in New…

FORMER DEF JAM EXECUTIVE J.E. JONES RELEASES DEBUT GOSPEL ALBUM

Back in the `90s, J.E. Jones was one of Russell Simmons’ key Vice Presidents at Def Jam Records where he was A&R Executive on projects featuring R&B superstars ranging from Mary J. Blige and Montell Jordan to rapper Heavy D. Now, J.E. has stepped from the wings to center stage by releasing his debut solo…

WILLIE AMES’ EDUCATION FROM THE SCHOOL OF SELF

At five-years old, Willie Ames was introduced to guitar, and the rest as they say is history. Over the next several years, the fledgling picker took it upon himself to learn the five-string craft inside and out. And while the event itself is not that extraordinary, it is foreshadowing of Ames’ independence and self-reliance; the…

THE GYPSY NOMADS OFFER MP3 “MAKEOUT”

Composed of French-born Brit Samantha Stephenson and ex-Deep Wound punkster Scott Helland, the pair evoke a tribalistic miasma of ancient sounds as interpreted by a female Gordon Gano. On their fourth release, Happy Madness, Stephenson and Helland are at their songwriting peak, offering up a dozen leering come-ons and sultry kiss-offs about Magic, Making Out,…

A SCOTT STEWART INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN SCOTT

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow falls in the category of must have albums. You know the ones that you and your homies always reference and name drop when having convos “A Love Supreme” “In A Silent Way” . YYST will be one of those albums that is studied and name dropped, like the classics of the…

AVENGED SEVENFOLD UNLEASH “NIGHTMARE” VIDEO

Avenged Sevenfold have just released a video for their new single, “Nightmare.” The clip shows lead singer M. Shadows being strapped down to a gurney and rushed through the halls of a mental asylum where room by room, he encounters different “Nightmares.” “Nightmare” comes off of the band’s fifth studio album of the same name,…

LOOMIS AND THE LUST OFFER “A.D.D.” AUDIO

The world could use a little California sunshine, and Loomis and the Lust is just the band to bring it. The sunny Santa Barbara based quartet will release their sophomore EP, Space Camp on August 10th, 2011. Loomis and the Lust are also semi-finalists to become the next FreeCreditScore.com band.

SKOPE / RUNNER RUNNER IPHONE 4 GIVEAWAY

Runner Runner aren’t really fans of cell phones in their new music video for “So Obvious,” but they still want to treat their loyal fans to something nice. The guys are giving you a chance to win an iPhone! Enter now to win!

ATOM SMASH RELEASE “DO HER WRONG” AUDIO

Miami- based rock band Atom Smash announces summer tour dates in support of their forthcoming Jive Records debut album Love Is The Missle. Atom Smash will rock fans across the country with stops that include Dallas, Houston and Little Rock and will join Filter, Buckcherry, Cavo, 12 Stones, RED, Shaman’s Harvest, and Black Sunshine on…

STOLI CONGRATS GANGSTAGRASS FOR THEIR 2010 EMMY NOM

Timing in life is everything. This interview could not have come at a better time. Days after we conducted this interview our guest, Gangstagrass was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.” I have always enjoyed when musicians merge genres. It is really amazing how Gangstagrass blends bluegrass and hip hop…

GREAT BIG SEA OFFER “NOTHING BUT A SONG” AUDIO

Their latest album, Safe Upon the Shore, reflects the newest twists in their original plan. The album is a feast of creative impulses, recorded in fits and starts over a six month period. Some of it was recorded in New Orleans with producer Steve Berlin, while other songs were recorded at the band’s studio in…

STOLI IS UNDER THE SPELL OF ARADIA BUT HE DOES NOT MIND

A very happy Friday to all Skope readers! I could not have picked a better guest to kick off the weekend than Aradia. Aradia is a Seattle based musician and an overall entertainer and she has a vocal ability that floored me. I caught wind of Aradia after giving a listen to her album ‘The…

SKOPE LIVE! IN BOSTON ON JULY 29th

Skope Live! & Fleming Entertainment are throwing a huge party on Thursday July 29th in Boston, MA. We got four amazing bands to keep the music going all night. We will also be offering FREE appetizers while they last at the start of the night!

JEREMY MESSERSMITH PREMIERES ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “ORGAN DONOR”

The animated clip, directed by Eric Power, is full of the same eerie yet playful sensibility that permeates the track and The Reluctant Graveyard. The video follows the outcomes of organs donated by a Jack Skellington-esque character, his heart residing in a school library, his tongue in a sanctuary and his brain in a seminary,…

AARON SMITH AKA SHWAYZE RELEASES “CAN’T DO IT ALONE”

If it wasn’t Cisco’s couch or a hammock under the palms in Malibu, Mr. Smith was somewhere out there, in a neighborhood near you, armed with Coronas, limes, beats and a manifesto demanding us all to live it up. But now that he’s got a couch of his very own and a much bigger fridge,…

LIFEHOUSE NEW VIDEO FOR “ALL IN”

Fresh from the success of “Halfway Gone,” Lifehouse has just released a video for “All In,” the second single from Smoke & Mirrors.   A combination of live concert footage and outtakes from their latest tour, the video is a must-see for fans new and old. Watch it on Vevo.

TREK LIFE OFFERS “SO SUPREME” MP3

California bred emcee Trek Life is excited to announce the release of his latest album, Everything Changed Nothing. Produced entirely by Oddisee, the album will be released July 27th via Mello Music Group.

HEY CHAMP NEW VIDEO “NEVEREST”

Townie Records is thrilled for the release of Star, the debut full-length from Chicago trio Hey Champ.   Out today, July 13th, the release marks a milestone in a long journey for the band that is just getting started.

NO JUSTICE RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE “2ND AVENUE”

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Dexter Green (Collective Soul), 2nd Avenue   has a soulful sound that will appeal to music fans of all genres. “No Justice is a diverse band that’s been inspired by a lot of different artists, and because of that we appeal to just about anybody…from cowboys to punk rock…

JULIETTE COMMAGERE OFFERS MP3 FOR “IMPACT”

On September 20th, Juliette Commagere will release her dark and dreamy second full-length album, The Procession.   The LA-based musician first appeared in the spotlight as the keytar-slinging frontwoman Hello Stranger, a 70’s glam-inspired band who went on to open for heavy-hitters such as Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, and Against Me!  

SKOPE TV PHONER FEAT REY T OF SPECIAL REQUEST

Special Request is a group that has been making heavy noise with industry insiders and fans alike. Coming through Prime USA Records with backing from Sony/RED this group released ‘The RED Album’ a few months back. Skope TV was fortunate enough to speak with a man that needs no intro by the name of Rey…

SUNNY SKIES AHEAD

Erica Sunshine Lee is my ideal artist: sincere, devoted, struggling and broke, but willing to make due with limited resources.

STOLI JOINS BRETT RANDELL ON THE AUSTIN TO BOSTON TOUR

Welcome to a fresh edition of Skoped Out. I apologize for the delay as we were having some upgrade issues that are now resolved. Thanks to Shaun Flagg in ATL! Have you ever thought what it would be like to leave your home and head on the road to play music? Well my next guest,…

ESSEX CHANEL RELEASE VIDEO FOR “SKINNY DIPPIN'”

“The first day of summer will never be the same” — or so goes Essex Chanel’s motto for their latest video “Skinny Dippin’.” Such a title may give the impression that you’re in for something a bit creepy and uncomfortable when, in fact, it’s the complete opposite.