Category: FEATURES

Feature stories and artist interviews

ARJ BARKER TRAILER FOR ‘LYAO’

Warner Bros. Records/Degenerate Records comic Arj Barker releases his debut comedy album, LYAO, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, after the Comedy Central special debuts Sunday, Jan. 24. LYAO will be available on CD/DVD and standalone DVD.

ANDREW W.K. SPEAKS OUT ON MIND-CONTROL/BRAINWASHING

Andrew W.K. spoke to ongoing allegations that he is either part of a conspiracy or a victim of a huge spider’s web of corporate entertainment plots. In an unedited personal statement Andrew has stated the following in response to the claims made against him:

TAKING DAWN RELEASE VIDEO FOR “TIME TO BURN”

Las Vegas rockers TAKING DAWN have just released a hot new video for the song “Time To Burn”, the first single off of their debut album, Time To Burn, in-stores on January 26th via Roadrunner Records. The clip includes everything from hot chicks to break dancers and even a hilarious spoof on the infamous Kanye…

STOLI GEARS UP TO HEAD ON TOUR IN CHRIS TOWZEY’S RV

Before we get started I want to wish all ‘Skoped Out’ readers a very happy 2010! My first guest of the new year is a musician by the name of Chris Towzey. As a Buddhist and perpetual student of music and life, Chris Towzey offers amusing, insightful lyrics, stylized musical themes and passionate songwriting, to…

RANDOM STABBINGS & ARTLESS CRITIQUE, JANUARY 2010

Maxfield Gast, Eat Your Beats (Militia Hill Records) Philly-based acid-jazz trio incorporating hip-hop, breakbeat and drum n bass into a 70s/80s sound… wait, it’s not as sloppy and convoluted as I just made it sound.   It’s compartmentalized — songs for generic asphalt Jay-Z beats, songs for generic breakbeats, you get the idea; from what…

DEVYNE STEPHENS GIVES BACK TO CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA

Devyne Stephens, Chairman and Founder of UpFront Megatainment Worldwide, presented a generous gift to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta during Stephens’ Annual Christmas Gala, Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Top Hat Affair. Closing out the $43 million capital campaign needed by the end of this year for the revitalization of Children’s at Hughes Spalding, his $300,000…

SLANTY SHANTY RECORDS PRESENTS COKE RATS / MP3

Pissed off, weird and obsessed with serial killers and fantasy movies since childhood, bored Chicagoan Timothy Tsurutani has found a suitable outlet for his girlish falsetto, cannibalistic savagery and his obsession with noise breakouts in COKE RATS.

CHICANE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FEATURING NATASHA BEDINGFIELD

The song, “Bruised Water,” is a mashup of Chicane’s hit “Saltwater” with Natasha Bedingfield’s “I Bruise Easily,” and is off Chicane’s comprehensive greatest hits collection, The Best of Chicane, out now on Ultra Records in celebration of his twelve years of influential dance and pop music.

SHOOTER JENNINGS NEW SINGLE “WAKE UP”

Shooter Jennings’ new single, Wake Up! is available tomorrow from your favorite digital music store, including iTunes! “Wake Up” is the first single from the forthcoming album “Black Ribbons”, set for release March 3rd, 2010.

NEW NORAH JONES WIDGET & AUTOGRAPH GIVEAWAY

In support of her new record The Fall, a Norah Jones widget is now available for Skope Magazine readers to stream the single and watch the video for “Chasing Pirates” as well as keep up-to-date on the latest Norah news.  

STOLI HEADS TO OHIO TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH IHSAAN KHATIM

For all “Skoped Out” readers that love themslves some soul/R&B music my next guest has got your number. I caught wind of Ihsaan Khatim after receiving an advance copy of his new EP, ‘Speak Life.’ I played the track, “Pump Our Brakes” and that was all I needed to hear. Ihsaan is the real deal…

THE FLAMING LIPS & STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS VISIT “THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” / NEW YEARS

The world’s most predictably unpredictable band, THE FLAMING LIPS, have teamed up with their Oklahoma City brethren, STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS to record their own unique take of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, which will become available online only beginning December 22nd, under the title of “THE FLAMING LIPS…

NUKE THE SOUP RELEASES VIDEOS FOR “BLIND” & “FILLED WITH DREAD”

Nuke the Soup made their debut at Delaware’s Dewey Beach Music Conference in 2006. The band’s first single “Filled with Dread” was one of the most added radio tracks on FMQB’s Triple A chart its first week out. The eleven track album features a host of top flight East Coast musicians (keyboardist Brian Simms, bassist…

CORINNE BAILEY RAE NEW VIDEO “I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN”

Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae is premiering her new video for “I’d Do It All Again,” the first single from her forthcoming album The Sea (scheduled for a January 26 release). The video is directed by acclaimed film director Jamie Thraves, the man responsible for such iconic videos as Radiohead’s ‘Just’ and Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’.

SAM AMIDON PREVIEWS TRACK FROM ‘I SEE THE SIGN’

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon’s fourth solo album I See The Sign will be released March 1 by Bedroom Community. Amidon transforms age-old secular ballads, gospel, folk songs and hymns through his direction, vision, vocals, banjo, guitar and contributions from Shahzad Ismaily, Nico Muhly, Beth Orton and Valgeir Sigurðsson.

ONEREPUBLIC FEATURED ON WALMART SOUNDCHECK

OneRepublic’s full Walmart Soundcheck concert and interview is now live! The band performed songs from their new album Waking Up including the title track, “All The Right Moves,” “Everybody Loves Me,” “Secrets,” and “Good Life” as well as their smash hit “Apologize.”  

SKOPE TV PHONER WITH SEAN GARRETT

Last night the phone rang in the Skope HQ and on the other end was a superstar in the music business. Sean Garrett is a jack of all trades as he writes songs, produces, is an artist, and a mogul in the making. Sean has been doing amazing work with artists like Gucci Mane, Jay-Z,…

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS RELEASE TIGER WOODS PARODY VIA YOUTUBE

Kottonmouth Kings have released a new parody song and video about the recent exploits of Tiger Woods online at. The song was recorded while the Kottonmouth Kings were in the studio working on their new album, “Long Live The Kings”, which is slated for release on April 20th, 2010 on Suburban Noize Records.

BETTIE SERVEERT NEW VIDEO “DENY ALL”

Bettie Serveert’s new album, Pharmacy of Love, will be released on March 23rd by Second Motion Records in the U.S. and by Sound of Pop in Canada. But fans will get a preview of the new material with the acclaimed Dutch indie rock band’s digital EP, Deny All, which will be available beginning January 26th…

SNOB DOODLE

Another new year is upon us here at Skope and another year has passed. Lets see what Snob Doodle thinks about all this change. I think he is trying to rhyme?!

JIMMY RAE ROCKS ALONG WITH ROB CARLTON

Straight rock and awesome guitar solos is what Rob Carlton is bringing to the music scene.   This guitar extraordinaire has a new album titled Beautiful Collision that simply rocks! Rob also endorses with GHS Strings, Morley Pedals and Halo Guitars & will also be busy with Specraflex Cables and Rocktron Amps & Effects. Not…

GAME REBELLION OFFER NEW SINGLE “BLIND”

The world has been awaiting the coming of Game Rebellion for a long time: An all Black all outta Brooklyn band whose metal, punk and rudeboy skanking licks sound as credible and crunchy as their hiphop lyrics and headnodding bounce.