Category: FEATURES

Feature stories and artist interviews

MARIA JORDAN: MEASURABLE RESULTS FROM MANY SMALL PLACES

Emerging British songbird, Maria Jordan, is the epitome of the self-made artist. She can trace her love of music back to five-years old. She walked away from a significant part of her life and education to pursue a dream and single-handedly turned her craft from Monday open mic nights to a full-time career musician. And…

DEBUT SINGLE FROM PIXIE LOTT “BOYS AND GIRLS”

Already a massive star in her native U.K., with one million singles sold, two No. 1 hits, and three No. 1 Airplay records to her credit, soulful pop singer and actress Pixie Lott is set to unleash her sizable talent Stateside this summer. Interscope Records will release Lott’s debut U.S. single, “Boys and Girls,” via…

KEITH MOODY’S MUSIC GETS STOLI UP!

  I have been covering musicians for many years now and it never gets old thanks to talented & exciting musicians like Keith Moody. I will admit it took alot to get going on this rainy Monday morning. Then I put on Keith’s new single, “Up” and I am awake and ready to face the…

THE REBIRTH OF A LEGEND: THE STANHOPE HOUSE

Stanhope, NJ will mark the rebirth of a legend, the Stanhope House is re-opening its doors and there is major anticipation around the revival of this storied hotspot. With a remarkable entertainment lineup of national acts and local favorites already in place and a partnership with Hot Rods BBQ, a renowned Wharton eatery, the Stanhope…

OF MONTREAL NEW VIDEO “COQUET COQUETTE”

“Coquet Coquette” is the lead single from of Montreal’s 10th album, False Priest, which is due out in mid-September. That R&B influence present in “Coquet Coquette” is an approach that Barnes has honed in on in this new al ­bum, which features guest vocals from genre sirens like Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s sister) and the year’s…

FOX IN THE HENHOUSE RELEASE VIDEO “FEARS”

After moving from coast to coast, and spending two years writing and recording, Wakefield singer, Ryan Escolopiohas finally settled down in Baltimore, MD. Taking his pop punk roots to another level, Ryan broke into the indie rock scene with his new project Fox in the Henhouse and their debut album The Fox EP, on iBOT…

THE INFLUENCE’S FRESH NEW VIDEO “SLIPPIN'”

Virginia Beach rockers The Influenceare set to release their brand new album, FALLING OBJECTS, on September 28th, 2010l via BDG/RED.   With more than 20,000 self-released units sold and nearly 200 self-booked tour dates played annually for the past four years, The Influence takes the DIY ethic   to the next level.  

BEN + VESPER RELEASE MP3 “HOT THUNDER”

The husband and wife duo of Ben + Vesper Stamper are a fresh, strange voice in the indie music world.   Whether it’s tattoo design, painting, film, video, illustration … and of course, music, Ben and Vesper are a wellspring of creative energy.    

JOHN GRANT PRESENTS “CHICKEN BONES” VIDEO

Here is the video for John Grant’s latest single ‘CHICKEN BONES’, a wonderful blend of humour and darkness following John Grant, a down-and-out superhero, who roams the city of Cardiff before acting out a chemically induced super-hero psychosis revenge trip. Once again directed by the superb Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris.

ABOVE, BEYOND & WITHIN THE ONE-MAN-SHOW STEVE ANDREWS

Steve Andrews is a man of many words and many talents.   Steve is from the city of Pittsburgh where he enjoys listening to classical music performed by the Duquesne University Orchestra on occasion.   Mr. Andrews also likes to attend the opera and he is a big sports fan as well.   Besides being…

ANDREA NARDELLO PROVES TO STOLI THAT GOOD MUSIC SELLS

I am getting so tired of all the depressing news that the mainstream media wants to constantly barrage us with. So I have decided to feature an artist that is beating the recession one CD at a time. Andrea Nardello is an independent singer/songwriter from southern New Jersey who has sold thousands of copies of…

ST. PETE SPENDS AN EVENING WITH THE MAINE

Last Friday, Arizona’s The Maine made their long-awaited stop at the State Theater in St. Petersburg for their first headlining tour, “An Evening With The Maine”, bringing pure rock n’ roll and a shower of confetti with them.

SKOPE / EPICENTER TICKET GIVEAWAY

Skope Magazine has teamed up with the Epicenter Festival to give one lucky winner a chance to see Eminem, KISS, Blink 182, Bush, Rise Against and more live at this year’s Epicenter 2010 Music Festival.

THE NICEGUYS OFFER MP3 “MR PERFECT”

The Niceguys, a four-man Houston-based hip-hop group with southern roots and musical sensibilities that stretch far beyond the city’s limits, are excited to announce the release of their debut full-length, The Show. The album, being offered both as a free download and through digital retailers, will be available September 28, 2010 via 265 Pro/The Pi…

ROY JAY OFFERS AUDIO “FATAL MISTAKE”

Singer-songwriter Roy Jay will release his second album, “Fairfax Avenue,” on August 31, 2010, on Rock Ridge Music.   Laced with blues, roots rock, and grittier, more focused, groove-driven flavors than his past work, “Fairfax Avenue” is the follow-up to “Lucky Guy,” an album which ran the musical gamut and drew comparisons to Paul Simon,…

NOEL RAMOS TALKS ABOUT THE IMC 2010

The Independent Music Conference   (IMC) seeks first and foremost to help independent musicians achieve their goals as entrepreneurial business owners through the presentation of educational seminars, workshops, panel discussions, mentor sessions networking opportunities, performance instruction, evaluation and critique, and live performances. Secondarily, the IMC seeks to positively affect the entire music conference industry, which…

SKOPE TV PHONER FEAT STACIE ROSE

Stacie Rose is the epitome of DIY in this music industry. Stacie has been putting out contagious and catchy tunes for many years and this month she is going all out with the release of he double EP, ‘The Alter Ego EP’s.’ Stacie’s fans wanted new music from her so bad that they funded the…

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO OFFERS “NERVE SALAD” MP3

Defend Music is proud to announce the first release in a new series of mix CDs celebrating New York City’s famed FIXED parties — Simian Mobile Disco Is Fixed. Released on October 12, this marks the first Domestic USA release for the famed British DJ/Production/Remix team.

BIG B VIDEO FEATURING EVERLAST

The video for BIG B’s “Before I Leave This Place” featuring Everlast has premiered on Myspace. Though the official add date at radio is August 17th, the track has already been picked up at key stations throughout the country.

TIM STEINRUCK IS “THEMIGHTYONE”

Presently TheMightyOne has 2 radio/video promotions going that encompass all of North America. In Canada TheMightyOne has been doing a radio promotion for their single “Reprieved” which has been featured on major rock FM stations from Vancouver B.C. to St. Johns Newfoundland.

KERMIT RUFFINS OFFERS MP3 OFF ALBUM ‘HAPPY TALK’

For Kermit, Happy Talk has been a long time coming. Throughout his career, he has made no secret of his love of big band music and his admiration for legendary bandleaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. As the bandleader, lead vocalist and trumpeter on the new album, Kermit has taken…

COMMON GRACKLE RELEASES “THE GREAT DEPRESSION” VIDEO

The Common Grackle, a bold looking bird native to the eastern coast of North America, has been known to mimic the sounds of other birds and even humans at times.   Are we to assume then, that The Great Depression, the debut full length from Common Grackle, would simply be musical regurgitation?   The answer…

STOLI HEADS TO NYC TO CATCH UP WITH CHRISTEN MARUCCI

Another week is upon us and Stoli has another exciting & talented guest. This next female singer/songwriter has got it all from the looks, vocals, and ambition. Christen Marucci is coming out of Queens, NY and she recently released a new single, “Viper’s Love” that shows that she can hold any note and can write…

BREAKING: FREEWAY RICKY ROSS OPENS UP TO SKOPE TV

Skope’s CEO, Michael Friedman aka Mikey Frieds had the pleasure of having a candid & uncensored chat with Freeway Ricky Ross. Freeway Ricky Ross is best known as a former drug kingpin known around the world for his success & fall from that dangerous world.

THE POSIES LAUNCH NEW SONG “LICENSES TO HIDE”

The Posies premiere their first song “Licenses To Hide” off the anticipated CD Blood/Candy (Out Sept 28th) with Ryko. The single, featuring angelic guest vocals from Lisa Lobsinger (lead singer of Reverie Sound Revue and vocalist of Broken Social Scene).

THE MCCLYMONTS NEW VIDEO “SAVE YOURSELF”

Australian country music sensations The McClymonts aren’t afraid to tell it like it is in their new video for single “Save Yourself,” warning all those “nice guys” out there that they might get more than they bargained for!  

BIANKA IS DEFINITELY NOT A RUSSIAN SPY / MP3

In Russia this gold award winning diva is known by everyone, her fame spanning a seventh of the earth’s dry surface. Admired and loved by millions – the fame of BIANKA the RNB Super Star remains as deep a mystery as the “Russian soul”.   Bianka started her vocal career at 12 years old singing…