Category: REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

Damon Mitchell New Album ‘Like You’re In A Dream’ Out October 22nd, 2021

Applying images of ghosts and dreams, Damon Mitchell fills his Like You’re In a Dream album with plenty of pleasing folk-rock vibes. Songs like “Dance With Me” are colored by winningly jangly electric guitar, which recalls some of the lighter moments from the Eagles. The results are both nostalgic and relevant. Mitchell’s music is described…

King Cole Releases “Your Story Is Mine” (feat. Xavier Keyz)

After recently revisiting Arcade Fire’s highly personal 2010 effort, The Suburbs, it was intriguing to learn one of the aspects, fans found so appealing about it. The album celebrates the idea of long-term, committed relationships, and many lauded it for doing so. The new single from musical journeymen, King Cole, “Your Story Is Mine” is…

Stuart Todd Whitworth Releases New Music

2021 has been an amazing year for singer/songwriter in the pop/rock genre, and if you ask most critics – myself included – they’ll tell you that indie players like Stuart Todd Whitworth are the biggest reason why. After years of slaving away at the recording process, Whitworth delivers a watershed release in his new album If…

Solomon King & The Chosen Present New Album ‘No. 5’

Solomon King, leader of The Chosen, is a bit of a complicated musician. The No. 5 album includes a wide variety of styles, and King just will not be pinned down to just any one. The nine-song album concludes with “Xena’s Blues,” a blues work, but there is so much more than just the blues…

‘You’re Not There’ by Lorenzo Gabanizza Featuring Jeff Christie is a HIT!

This new release, “You’re Not There”, offers professional music at its finest. Lorenzo Gabanizza and Jeff Christie really put their stamp on this new song with one phenomenal performance overall. “You’re Not There” is music done right and listeners everywhere will be pleased to hear this terrific single. Lorenzo Gabanizaa handles lead & backing vocals…

Major Spark Making ‘Beautiful Noise’

Major Spark is the perfect name for this band because right out of the gates, the energy is electric! This band is fronted by Mark Goodman, leader of ‘90s indie/alt rock band MAGNET and also includes Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker along with many other talented musicians contributing to ‘Beautiful Noise’. This new release from…

Ronnue Releases “why”

The somewhat aleatory, “Why” is the newest single by the defiant Rapper, known as Ronnue. You wouldn’t expect an artist like Ronnue to be one for mystique, but that is precisely the case to some degree. “Why” features Figuz, and a host of other elements, once you begin doing a deeper dive. As simple and…

Meghan Krauss New Single ‘This is Gonna Hurt’

With her voice as the guiding light in the melodic darkness that surrounds her, Meghan Krauss launches into her single “This is Gonna Hurt” sounding like she’s got nothing to lose. There’s a fearlessness to her voice that’s present even when she’s lamenting the past in the opening verses, and as we get deeper in…

Indie Rock Artist Damon Mitchell’s Set To Release Single ‘Blurry’

There’s something refreshingly nostalgic about listening to Damon Mitchell. Whether it’s the hint at his Beatles influence or the Death Cab for Cutie suggestions that are sprinkled throughout his sound, Damon Mitchell discography is swimming in an unforgettable flair. His 2009 debut EP ‘Elise’ is a prime example of this, yet Damon has been refreshing…

Anne D Making Lasting Impression with “Wouldn’t Last”

Right away the first thing that hits me is Anne D’s wonderful singing voice to go along with an excellent melody on “Wouldn’t Last”. This is Anne’s latest single from her album titled ‘Two Words’ and to me it’s a BIG hit! I am hearing great-sounding guitar and vocals that shine like bright stars on…

Chris Wills Presents ‘All American’

Mixing the kerosine fueled riffs of a punk guitar and the power pop vocals of a sun kissed rock band, Chris Wilis quenches those last weeks of summer craves for hot hooks and anthemic rises in the new hit “All American”. Feverishly fun and a quick rapport, “All-American” enthusiastically tells the tale of a ‘what…

Take a Trip to ‘Small Town America’ with Tracy Walton

I am ecstatic to get the chance to review this new release by Tracy Walton because I remember him from the duo Belle of the Fall and have been a fan ever since! Tracy Walton is riding solo on this project and giving us a musical glimpse into the world of “Small Town America”. This…

@skopemag Review – KATE MAGDALENA’S NEW SONG ‘CANYONLANDS”

Kate Magdalena embodies the beauty of bluesy 60s folk with the lovely “Canyonlands”. The instrumental creativity within it has a splendor, pastoral in nature. A sheer force of nature at times, her voice rises above the rest of the din. Sung with such determination there is a clear-eyed gaze to the piece. Rhythms have a…

Moors & McCumber Present ‘Survival’

One song in particular immediately stands out on Moors & McCumber’s Survival album. It asks a very spiritual question, “What Would Love Do Now.” When life gets tough, this is many times the last question on our lips. We’re more apt to ask what revenge would do, whenever we’re wronged. We might query, ‘What would…

New Video By Rich Chambers “High School Can’t Last Forever”

The culture of rock and roll was born in American high schools. The earliest practitioners of rock were barely out of high school themselves, and they wrote songs that chronicled the experiences and channeled the great expectations of their audience. Rock fans were high schoolers, and their view of the world was the one you’d…

Brian Iannucci New ‘You Stole My Heart Away’ Single

Isn’t funny how stealing is universally undesirable unless it involves the stealing of a heart? Brian Iannucci’s single, “You Stole My Heart Away” is all about such loving thievery. However, nobody tells their young children, ‘Thou shall not steal, unless it’s a lover’s heart.’ It’s strange how language works. Iannucci’s single, however has nothing to…

FrankySelector’s Presents ‘Ice Breaker’

FrankySelector’s “Ice Breaker” hails from his latest studio release Never Better and represents a peak moment in Selector’s career trajectory. He’s a multi-instrumental who has played music since an early age and growing up in an intensely artistic household, its focus falling on music, naturally accelerated his development. His tenure as a founding member of Montreal’s Skyjuice…

Josh Christina Presents ‘Weekend Night In America’

Josh Christina’s “Weekend Night In America” features a sassy, acoustic piano backing that offers a wonderful throwback to a time when piano men regularly had piano-based singles on the pop charts. Two of the most famous ones were Billy Joel and Elton John. The piano playing on Christina’s new song sounds more like John’s early…

‘There Are No Words’ by Kitty Donohoe

“There Are No Words” is the enchanting single from folk singer Kitty Donohoe. A stunning song that runs parallel to the 20th anniversary of the September 11 tragedies, “There Are No Words” dances along like an ethereal sonic journey. Donohoe’s magical vocal prowess, sewn together with the intricate Irish music bed, caresses the listener like a…

MoeDell Presents New Album ‘Ain’t That Something’

A nice blast of rustic Americana, MoeDeLL sings with soul on “Ain’t That Something”. These vignettes have a lived-in grace to them. By having the rest of the band perfectly punctuate the power of his words, he creates an entire universe that has a raw grit to it. Guitar work is expressive as the phrases…

Billy Hermosa Releases New Single/Video

  Hollywood Undead’s one-time touring drummer Matt Oloffson has channeled his energies into a new creative project. He’s assumed the mantle of Billy Hermosa and the first single “Electric Glow” from his EP Wylde Card bodes well for the future of this unexpected project. It opens with bass and a steady pulse with just enough variation…

‘Yuh Mek Me Feel Good’ by Robert Minott

Instrumentally speaking, you could say that the new single from Robert Minott, “Feel Good,” has all the standard trappings one might expect out of a funkified reggae track. The beat is big, the vocals sweeping, and the rhythm connective in every department that matters, but I don’t know that the arrangement of instrumentation quite qualifies…

Drew Lines Raising The Bar High with “Rise”

Drew Lines is a nationally-recording hip-hop artist who is dropping a hot, new single called “Rise”. “Rise” features Clio Cadence who brings a sort of Pop/Goth vocal twist to the track and adds an element of mystique to the whole set. Drew Lines is from Green Bay, Wisconsin and writing is in his blood! Drew…

The Jeffery Dallet Release ‘Acid Tongue’

The Jeffery Dallet Band, or sometimes referred to as The Dallet Band, returns in 2021 with a new release entitled Acid Tongue. It is the band’s longest studio release to date featuring nine tracks and the larger songwriting canvas never taxes the creativity of Dallet and his bandmates. Their music owes obvious debts, without question, but…

D.U.Nx.G Makes Waves With Exceptional Debut ‘Evolution’

Digital Underground Next Generation — a.k.a. D.U.Nx.G — are bursting onto the scene right now with their synth-soaked single ‘Evolution’. Their sound is rich with slick samples, smooth flows and captivating cadences. Yet it’s not just the music that will have you intrigued, D.U.Nx.G also have a pretty rich history. This revolutionary group is co-headed…

Echo Messenger Switches It Up With Stunning Single ‘Rocky Gibraltar’

Echo Messenger, otherwise known as James Bracken, is diversifying his discography this month with the release of his recent single ‘Rocky Gibraltar’. Having spent years sharing his passion in his local music scene and even lending his talent to the alternative string band Stagefright, James Bracken is no rookie to the music scene. Yet it…

Molly Jenson Releases Synth Soaked Album ‘Goodbye’

Molly Jenson is the up and coming electro-pop artist expanding on a canon of strong female forces dominating the synth-pop landscape right now. The Southern Californian singer/songwriter has released her second album since her 2009 ‘Maybe Tomorrow’. Steering towards a more synth-soaked sound, Molly reached new heights with her recently released album ‘Goodbye’.  ‘Goodbye’ as…

caroline Releases New Single/Video ‘Do You Think That I’m A Fool?’

caroline, and her new single “Do You Think That I’m A Fool?” exude adolescent charm and relatability. While the meaning of the song seems a little ambiguous, caroline wrote it about her struggle with mental health and anorexia, telling her inner voices to stop breaking her down. The track is meant to be empowering and…

Trickshooter Social Club Present New EP ‘Monte Carlo’

Trickshooter goes hard into a gritty, raw garage rock on the rambunctious “Monte Carlo”. Volume is a given for they blast their way through the whole of it with nary a care. Full of an intense urgency they bring elements of country rock, the blues, and lo-fi into the mix helping to give it a…

Brian Charles Tischleder Presents New LP ‘This Town’

The town referred to in the title to Brian Charles Tischleder’s album title, Minneapolis, MN, is a place made famous (infamous?) as the locale where George Floyd’s last moments alive were caught by camera phone. Tischleder has said how Minneapolis “created the soundtrack of my youth with music by Prince and Soul Asylum.” However, the…

Ranzel X Kendrick New EP ‘Foreglow’

Ranzel X Kendrick sings the songs on his Foreglow album with a jazzy vocal tone. Yes, he’s based in San Antonio, TX, but both his guitar playing and singing style sound far more costal (something you’d be more likely to find in either New York or Los Angeles) than Southwestern. Lyrically, Kendrick throws the listener…

Brei Carter Presents New Single ‘Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’’

A mixture of faith and country rock, Brei Carter’s “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” features graceful lyricism that touches the soul. This is a tribute cover of Charley Pride’s signature hit song ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’ released in 1971. The song, written by Ben Peters, was Charley Pride’s first hit and became his signature…

My Autumn Armor Present New EP ‘Quiet Girl’

My Autumn Amor delves a thoughtful piece of pop on the affectionate ode of “Quiet Girl”. A neat mixture of folk, electronica, and rock the collection never neatly settles into any of the aforementioned. The way that the song skips around within these contexts helps to give it a nice element of surprise. His voice…

Ranzel X Kendrick Releases Breathtaking Single ‘Cross My Heart’

‘Cross My Heart’ is Ranzel X Kendrick’s latest addition to his immensely diverse discography — and what a stunning single it is. Ranzel X Kendrick has three albums and a concert’s worth of EP’s out already, yet his latest EP ‘Foreglow’ shows a whole new side to his astonishing artistry. Whichever sonic universe his sound…