Category: FEATURES

Feature stories and artist interviews

LIZ JANES OFFERS FIRST SINGLE OFF ‘SAY GOODBYE’

Say Goodbye is a 11-piece collection of unpretentious life and philosophy paired with Rafter’s space-pop backing, Jason Crane’s (Rocket from Crypt) soaring Motownian horn arrangements, and Chris Schlarb’s smooth as chocolate gelato guitar work.

RUBBLEBUCKET OFFER BEATLES COVER MP3

Fresh off the release of the Triangular Daisies EP (Sin Duda Records), Rubblebucket is giving away the second track from the EP, “Michelle.” The track is the band’s left-field take on The Beatles’ Rubber Soul classic, which finds the band turning McCartney’s somber ballad into a spacey, orchestral groove.

STOLI KICKS THE WEEK OFF RIGHT WITH SCOTT WESLEY

A rainy, wet, & cold Monday in New England. Maybe I should have not had that last drink last night, oh well?! I knew to get things going this week I need a musician whose music will help get my mood positive & my attitude right. That musician is Scott Wesley. Scott Wesley is a…

BLEU OFFERS NEW MP3 “SINGIN’ IN TONGUES”

He’s toured the globe and shared a stage with Rooney, John Mayer, The Posies, John Doe and a host of others. And, maybe most impressive of all, he’s built a following loyal enough to pledge upwards of $40,000 to the recording and release of his brand new album, Four.

WILL YOU ENJOY RASKAL’S MUSIC? “I PROMISE”

I woke up this morning just feeling good that it is Friday and another weekend is here. As loyal readers know, we featured ABM this week who is the founder of Platinum Trini Ent. Well to help spread the word on the quality music & artists they are investing in I wanted to feature Trinidad’s…

SKOPE / DOOBIE BROTHERS SIGNED ACOUSTIC GUITAR

The Doobie Brother’s musical legacy spans nearly four decades, from their classic 70’s hits “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” “Long Train Running” to their chart-topping new album World Gone Crazy, the band’s first release in over ten years. To celebrate their recent success the band is teaming up with Skope Magazine to give one…

DAVID BERKELEY OFFERS FIRST SINGLE OFF NEW ALBUM

While living in a 35-person village in the mountains of Corsica, David Berkeley wrote the most haunting and powerful music of his life.   Upon returning to the U.S., he began recording a collection of these songs. The result, to be released on JANUARY 25, 2011, is Berkeley’s 4th studio album, Some Kind of Cure,…

STEPH JONES OFFERS THE “BEAUTIFUL” VIDEO

Here is the new music video for the single “BEAutiful” Directed by William Tiki and co stars Claudia Jordan and Paige Hurd from (everybody hates Chris).   “Sexy comes in any color shape or size” is the theme for this video.

WELCOME TO THE WRITING CAMP

Let’s face it — raw writing talent doesn’t come around every day, and what also doesn’t come around every day is a trio of writers that have individually, and collectively, worked with some of music’s biggest hitmakers out today.

QUARTERFLY RELEASE NEW SINGLE “ADDICTION”

Spartanburg, SC-based modern rock quartet Quarterfly will be releasing their third album, “Do You Believe,” on February 22, 2011 via Rock Ridge Music.   “Do You Believe” was produced by hit-maker Greg Archilla (Buckcherry, Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain), reprising his association with the band for its 2007 release, “Quarterfly II.”  

NOVEMBER 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.

NAUGHTY BY NATURE RELEASE NEW VIDEO “HEAVY IN MY CHEVY”

Naughty by Nature premieres a video today for “Heavy In My Chevy” off of the recently released Naughty by Nature feat. Garden State Greats: The Mixtape. The video was directed by Rock Davis and Jay Rodriguez of Itchy House Films and features verses by Treach, B Wells and Tah G Ali.

JAMES BLUNT IS BACK WITH “STAY THE NIGHT”

British troubadour James Blunt will be releasing his new album “SOME KIND OF TROUBLE” in the US on January 25th, 2011.   The first single from the album, the infectious, acoustic driven “Stay The Night” is now available at all DSP’s.  

ABM OPENS STOLI UP TO THE PLATINUM TRINI SOUND

Wow, November is already here, but the music does not stop. My guest today is a musician and entrepreneur whose music won me over after the first listen. After hearing ABM’s single, “Don’t Hate” I knew I had to have him on. ABM knows how to make reggae music with mass appeal but he also…

CHRIS WILLIS SCORES BIG WITH “LOUDER (PUT YOUR HANDS UP)”

Willis will also release an album consisting of remixes of “Louder (Put Your Hands Up)” that will drop November 2, 2010 as a digital only release.   The album consists of remixes from the world’s top producers/DJs including: Laurent Wolf, Wawa, Mig and Rizzo, Eddie Amador, Lost Daze and many more!

DIDDY – DIRTY MONEY FEATURING DRAKE IN NEW VIDEO

Diddy – Dirty Money have premiered their latest music video featuring Young Money rapper, Drake. Diddy gets his heart broken in the Gil Green (Akon, Flo Rida, Jay Sean) directed clip which helps tell the story behind   “Loving You No More.”  

JEREMY MESSERSMITH NEW VIDEO FOR HALLOWEEN

Minnesota-based songwriter Jeremy’s Messersmith and the very talented Eric Power have teamed up once again to bring you another fantastic video for Messersmith’s song, “A Girl, A Boy, And A Graveyard,” just in time for Halloween!

NEW PORTUGAL. THE MAN VIDEO

Portland-via-Alaska band Portugal. The Man is putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled Atlantic debut album with producer John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold), scheduled for release in early 2011. The band wraps their headlining U.S. tour, presented by Aquarium Drunkard, this weekend.  

LATHAN MOORE: BLUE COLLAR ETHIC; TRUE COUNTRY

I have always said of contemporary Country: “It is either too ‘boo hoo’ or too ‘yee haw.’” It seems the blue-collar ethos of the genre (Williams Sr., Nelson, Haggard) has either been lost completely or it is cooked and contrived into radio-friendly Country Pop, rife with kitschy lyrics sung by pretty men in boots and…

VON PEA OFFERS “GOOD LIFE” MP3

With a soulful beat reminiscient of J. Dilla, this chorusless banger rides upon a catchy vintage sample that croons “Don’t give up the good life.” The Tanya Morgan emcee showcases his skillful delivery and lets his personality shine through on the whole track. Some of the lyrics come directly from the writings of the rapper’s…

JW SHOWS STOLI NOT TO PUT ALL TALENTS IN ONE BASKET

Tonight is a super day to be in Boston. I know Skope is all about music but The Celtics are back tonight against the Miami Heat at the TD Garden. I wanted to feature a Boston based artist who I have been watching for a while now. Allow me to introduce JW, the epitome of…

ASHLEY GEARING VIDEO “WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT US”

“What You Think About Us” was directed by award-winning video director Eric Welch (Randy Houser, Rodney Atkins, Heidi Newfield) and filmed in Franklin, Tenn., as well as the neighborhoods surrounding Nashville’s Belmont University and historic Music Row.

UGLY LION’S MUSIC IS A REGGAE REVOLUTION TO STOLI

I know it’s only Thursday but the good Skope mgmt decided to give Stoli a 3 day weekend, who am I to complain? As many loyal readers know, Stoli does not listen to Top 40 radio. This next band just cements my logic for having no patience for manufactured music. When I first put in…

PENNAN BRAE RELEASES VIDEO FOR “NEED YOU NOW”

Pennan Brae’s video, ‘Need You Now’ was shot in the sweltering heat of Osaka this August, 2010. DIrected by Mogcat Productions, the premise is of a young man writing a love letter which he folds into a paper airplane & hurls in the air, hoping it finds his love.

TONY CLIFTON RETURNS

Readers might know Tony Clifton, from Jim Carrey’s portrayal in Man on the Moon. Well, the crude, obnoxious, lounge singer is back from a long hiatus. The alter ego of Andy Kaufman will be touring across the United States   in support of   Comedic Relief, with his newly adopted daughter, Keely, burlesque beauties, The…