Category: REVIEWS

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Pamela Hopkins Releases ‘I Love You Most’

A real country rock resonates throughout Pamela Hopkins’ potent “I Love You Most”. From the righteous guitar riffs that roll on through to the strong rhythm section, everything here works. By far the true highlight of it all comes from the sheer gusto she brings into the recording. Vocals are mixed front and center. She…

Flippin’ Gothic Fabp Presents ‘Side B-2 Type Artist’

Flippin’ Gothic Fabp offers the sound of the streets on the visceral, grimy-laden “Side B-2 Type Artist”. Keeping things distinctly lo-fi, there is a rawness to the album, one that feels rather intense to behold. His lyricism continues to be the main attraction for the journey draws from his own life lived to the absolute…

Georgia Jones new single ‘Crash’ Out Now

A dark brooding atmosphere reigns supreme over Georgia Jones’ “Crash”. Her voice serves as the very focal point of the whole work. There is an expressiveness to the way that it all comes together, adding to its exquisite beauty. Much of it has this instrumental variety to it. Mixing the acoustic and the electronic together…

Stacy Gabel Sends You ‘Straight To Voicemail’

Stacy Gabel is a multi-talented artist who has a knack for making upbeat songs that will brighten your day. Stacy Gabel has an exciting, new release titled ‘Straight To Voicemail’ that will certainly get people talking. This 5-track EP is full of sunshine as Stacy Gabel dials up all the right numbers on ‘Straight To…

Craig Bickhardt Unleashes ‘Outpourings’

If you’re a fan of pristine storytelling, then you will love ‘Outpourings’ by Craig Bickhardt. Craig brings each song to life through a creative thought process that includes rich lyrics and well-versed compositions. ‘Outpourings’ is a musical delight as Craig Bickhardt proves to be a stellar singer/songwriter with valuable material. The new record also features…

Michael Fordays Releases New Music

“Slowly Now” is the latest release from alternative rock musician Michael Fordays. The Los Angeles native has refined his craft for years in a variety of projects ranging from experimental outfit Mind Over Four touring guitarist and co-writer with Joan Jones. He stays busy. He’s released a growing body of solo work with the common…

Louis Siciliano’s Exhilarating “Ancient Cosmic Truth”

I confess ignorance regarding Louis Siciliano’s music before hearing his new release Ancient Cosmic Truth for the first time. Jazz, even in the fusion style, has never been my thing, Having heard the four tracks on his new effort, however, gives me pause. I’ve missed out on a lot. Those four tracks are a vibrant and lively…

Staunch Moderates New Release ‘Mission Peace’

Staunch Moderates are set to return to the studio this year to follow up on their brilliant Mission Peace album, which hit the Grammy first ballot in three different categories including Album Of The Year. The band discuss several meaningful social topics on their recordings, as well as paying tribute to key thought leaders in…

J.D Malone and The Experts Glowing Bright with ‘Even Sunbeams’

Prepare to embrace this new release from J. D Malone and The Experts because ‘Even Sunbeams’ will light up your ears. There are seven, standout songs on this new record that will excite your senses. J.D Malone and The Experts are stealing the show with ‘Even Sunbeams’. We have J.D Malone on vocals & acoustic…

Russ Hewitt Presents New Album ‘Chasing Horizons’

Russ Hewitt embarks on a journey dripping with romance and outright love on “Chasing Horizons”. Without needing to say a single word, the expressiveness of his acoustic guitar says it all. The classic element of the arrangements feels profound. He goes for the timelessness of the sound and is richly rewarded. Everything on here has…

New Release ‘Past Futures’ by Hello London

Hello London pours his heart out on the art pop passion of “Past Futures”. Beyond the art pop roots, elements of indie rock, lo-fi, post-punk, and more enter into the equation. The vocals on here tie it altogether for there is a pleading urgency that is so life-affirming. Riffs here have this infectious quality, pulling…

Vertacyn Arc Materializer Releases ‘Phlodd’ Onto The World

Are you ready for a listening experience you won’t soon forget? If you answered yes, then prepare your ears for a wild ride with Vertacyn Arc Materializer’s latest release titled ‘Phlodd’. This San Francisco-based band will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about music after taking in ‘Phlodd’. I can almost bet that…

Scott & Sabrina Present New EP ‘Blessed’

Scott & Sabrina let their righteous romantic relationship take center-stage on the fire and passion of “Blessed”. Full of such good energy the songs have a soul to them. Lyricism reigns supreme for each song tells its own story. When taken in as a singular whole they sing the tale of a life lived to…

‘Dandelion’ by Justine Sletten

In her new song “Dandelion,” singer Justine Sletten isn’t pulling any punches in the lyrical attack she employs – if anything, she’s going out of her way to show us just how assertive and open she can be with her audience, even in a more intimate composition. Sletten is reaching out to us in “Dandelion,”…

Joseph James with Hot, New Single “Valentine”

Joseph James is delivering an early Valentine’s Day present to the entire, listening audience with his latest release titled “Valentine”. This is a debut single for Joseph James and he is hoping to pick up major traction and steam heading into the next occasion that is filled with hearts & such. Why go with the…

Ronnue Releases “You Got Me Open”

American indie kingpin and melodic champ Ronnue has conquered the Washington scene with his mighty voice that some critics have compared to legends, and his new single “You Got Me Open” is almost guaranteed to get listeners across the world addicted to his sound all over again this January. A once-unknown who quickly found some…

Blind Uncle Harry Invites You to ‘Visualize Industrial Collapse’

Just as Monty Python brought you “And Now For Something Completely Different”, Blind Uncle Harry stays in that same lane with his latest release titled ‘Visualize Industrial Collapse’. Blind Uncle Harry brings a unique approach to music making that will make your ears spin on his most recent album. Blind Uncle Harry says the heck…

Darren Michael Boyd Release Amazing New Album

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the amazing Thoughts & Scares, the new full-length album from guitar guru Darren Michael Boyd, before its upcoming release date this January, and while unsure of what to expect – as instrumental records are often more unpredictable than your garden variety rock albums are – I came with…

Matty Marz Presents ‘My First Tattoo’

Matty Marz’s single, “My First Tattoo,” brings ‘80s music right back, front and center, with his intentionally stuttered opening vocal line. He sings it over an upfront keyboard part that has all the feel of an MTV video. Shortly in, Marz points out, “You sure left your mark.” Yes, like a tattoo – even that…

Put Your Ears on Hold for ‘Call Waiting’

Conner Cherland is a talented singer/songwriter from Southern California that makes ‘Call Waiting’ sound like the best thing since sliced bread! ‘Call Waiting’ is a new EP by Conner Cherland that features 6, well-constructed songs. Based on themes of love, loss and emotional maturity, ‘Call Waiting’ offers the listener a full bowl of audible goodness.…

Sarah Diamond and the Soul Miners Release New Music

The press and other talking heads may write that country rock is dead. Sarah Diamond and the Soul Miners, however, prove there’s plenty of life in the genre if you know where to listen. Diamond and the band are based out of Florida where they first emerged with the single “I Got Away”. This chronicle…

Auto Chlor Releases “Kid Gloves and Crystal Math”

When you think of music coming out of the state of Georgia, your mind might gravitate towards the booming hip-hop and rap scene from Atlanta, giving the masses such artists as OutKast and Migos, as well as classic acts such as TLC, REM, and the B-52s. One outlier of a band, however, hails from Athens,…

Laura Cheadle Delivering an Early Gift with “On This Christmas Night”

It’s the most wonderful time of year again and Worldwide Recording Artist, Laura Cheadle is making it sound even sweeter with “On This Christmas Night”. Christmas time is here and Laura Cheadle has decided to share an early present in the form of a perfectly-wrapped song. “On This Christmas Night” is described by Laura, herself,…

Willie J “The Philosopher” presents his new singles “Thou Shall Not Kill” – “Stop The Killing” – “Let’s Save The World”

Over the past year, the world has experiencing a lot of turmoil, with political tension, war, and other issues plaguing people across the planet. Willie J “The Philosopher” is an outspoken supporter of peace and equality, and he uses his music to make a difference and raise awareness on these issues. His most recent singles…

Brian Hutson Delivers ‘From Dreams to Screens’

As soon as I hit Play, I am instantly enthralled with what I am hearing on ‘From Dreams to Screens’. Brian Hutson has a way of drawing you in by way of his vocal delivery and musical ability, so don’t fight it and just go with it. ‘From Dreams to Screens’ is the latest release…

God Knows Records is HERE!

In an age where musical tastes are endless and artists are a dime a dozen, God Knows Records invites musicians to just be themselves. It’s a simple formula really and hoping to be one that catches on for God Knows Records, which is just BE YOU and DO YOU! Allowing an artist to grow and…

Dianña’s “Missing You Underneath the Mistletoe”

Dianña’s “Missing You Underneath the Mistletoe” has the sort of Christmas song sparkle that reminds listeners of bygone classics of the past. Framing it in modern sonic terms doesn’t prove to be an issue because the track has a world class vocal presence breathing new life into its traditional vibe. Mark Needham, a well -known…

@skopemag Review: Tay Toe Presents New Single “Meet Again”

The reputation of Rap music, like the hip-hop scene that spawned it, was always predicated on the dexterousness of its wordplay and the lyrical deftness. And while too many artists seem to have lost track of this content, as they are, to mumble self-agrandising statements and adopt the status of victemhood and the underdog, Tay…

‘Over Time’ by Queeva

If this autumn’s pop music has had a consistent theme across the board, it’s simplicity. From country to hip-hop and back to rock n’ roll, there’s a demand for efficient songcraft unlike anything we experienced in the 2010s – a time in which decadence made a play for supremacy in pop music – and artists…

‘Shame’ by Migrant Motel

A sparkling synth melody adorns the bars of “Shame,” the new single from Migrant Motel, but its gilded introduction doesn’t hold a candle to the musical magic that it will soon unleash in this fourth release from the much-buzzed project. There has been a lot of discussion about the diverse array of influences this band…

Tune IN to ‘Tune It Out’ by Marsden

‘Tune It Out’ is the second album release for singer/songwriter & guitarist Marsden who is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Marsden combines alternative/grunge rock with a modern, Indie twist that works out wonderfully. With musical influences that range from: Jerry Cantrell and John Frusciante to Ian Thornley, David Gilmore and even Chris Cornell, Marsden covers a…

Alias Wayne New Single ‘Love One Another’

The song title to Alias Wayne’s new single, “Love One Another,” is most likely inspired by John 13:34 in the New Testament, where Jesus states: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” For Alias Wayne, love is an action word, and not…

“‘Radio’s Playin’” ALL The Right Songs by Cary Shields

Cary Shields is no stranger to recording & performing memorable songs with years of experience as a hard-working musician. This new EP by Cary Shields hits on all the right notes and is honestly a breath of fresh air. “‘Radio’s Playin’” five, great songs, so turn up the volume and enjoy the show! You have…

Dark Below’s New Single “Hate Being Human”

Although some rather shortsighted critics will tell you that rock has been dead on the mainstream level for years now, the underground rock scene is thriving well beyond what it was just ten years ago in 2022. Competition is intense, but although there is no shortage of interesting independent rock groups coming up through the…

Mike Berman New Single ‘Make It Rain’

With his single, “Make It Rain,” Mike Berman takes an expression which sometimes carries with it somewhat naughty connotations and transforms it into a positive view of the pouring out love. In the hip-hop cultural vernacular, ‘making it rain’ refers to lavishing pretty strippers at a strip club with dollar bills. However, such a reference…

@skopemag Review – ‘Business Girl’ by The Immaculate Crows

Business Girl is a song that can make time travel. First performed by The Immaculate Crows back in 1982, it returns to us via their new album, And Then There Were Two. But, unlike most time travelers, it seems totally at home in the modern era. Lyrically, we follow a working woman through the even…

Miguel Kertsman is ‘In The Moment’

Miguel Kertsman has captured musical lightning in a bottle with his latest release titled ‘In The Moment’. Miguel Kertsman is most certainly ‘In The Moment’ with his new album and just having fun making music at the end of the day. Miguel Kertsman is an accomplished composer & keyboardist and on his most recent project,…

Noah Hoffeld with Well-Constructed ‘Mobile Home’

Noah Hoffeld has created a ‘Mobile Home’ that is welcoming and a place where you can feel safe and secure. All of the musical bolts, nuts and elements are properly secured within this ‘Mobile Home’ and so this structure isn’t going anywhere! Noah combines classical music with modern rock on his new release titled ‘Mobile…