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Featured Blog Posts – June 2014 Archive (71)

FEATURE: Stream the 'Cowboys & Hustlers' EP from Experimental R&B Singer LAW. #SoundCheck

Lauren Holt has gotten a lot of attention from her affiliation with Edinburgh avant garde hip-hop crew Young Fathers, and while she shares a producer and an experimental sensibility, her own music as LAW is its own unique brand of strange. With a voice like Billy Holiday by way of Grace Jones, her latest EP Cowboys & Hustlers builds on the ethereal deconstructed soul of her debut Haters & Gangsters.



Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indie rock band The Tontons playing 2 dates in NYC

AFROPUNK Fam, catch indie rock band The Tontons this week in New York! Today Monday, June 30th 8pm for "Its A School Night" at Brooklyn Bowl and Wednesday, July 2nd 6pm at…


Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Chargaux rock the violin and viola in 'Lullaby Feat. Soft Glas'

Chargaux rock the violin and viola in 'Lullaby Feat. Soft Glas'. They describe it as "folk, vocals, electronic drums, classical melodies, emotion, sensualism, violin, viola. This collective sound is pretty hard to imagine if you haven't heard it before. An energetic, relatable contrast to the avant garde Gallerina Suites released 2013."…


Added by Sound Check on June 27, 2014 at 1:28pm — 9 Comments

AP FASHION: Designer Spotlight: De La Sébure

Spice it up! This summer is all about patterns and vibrant, strong colors. Whether one patterned piece or a matching pant and shirt set, adding some funky, chic and unique patterns to your wardrobe is a must for the summer. There are certain clothing items that I have to convince myself are a necessity, but there was no doubt in my mind after my first glance at De La Sébure that one of their pieces would need to be in my possession. There is something so glorious, loving,…


Added by Safety Pins on June 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Get The New 'Dragonfly EP' From Singer-Songwriter and Tattoo Artist Purple Ferdinand #SoundCheck

The incredible thing about Purple Ferdinand's music isn't that it's beautiful. Lots of people make beautiful music. It's the way she crafts seemingly simple songs with oceans of hidden depth and soul on her recent Dragonfly EP.

The three song set rarely features more than Purple Ferdinand's voice and ukulele, nor does it need to. From the first track “Birds,” the simplicity amplifies the hidden depth in Purple Ferdinand's performance. Sure, this is probably music…


Added by Sound Check on June 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Entertaining and Enlightening: "(H)Afrocentric" brings consciousness to comic books

Inspired by her personal interactions with her community college students in San Francisco, Juliana “Jewels” Smith decided that she wanted to reach today’s youth through words and illustrations rather than mere lecture. In her interview with Talia Taylor, Jewels speaks about what specifically sparked the creation of (H)afrocentic the comic book. “I started thinking of different mediums to reach people and comic books felt like the medium that made the most sense”. Cleverly…


Added by Eye Candy on June 25, 2014 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Check out the larger than life alt rock of Puppet Radio's '789' #SoundCheck

Alternative rock may be many things, but it's rarely bombastic. The conventional narrative, is that alt rock was forged as a modest response to the bombast of 80's rock. But for Puppet Radio, the sounds of alt rock are a playground for their larger-than-life rock god aspirations.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on June 25, 2014 at 1:51pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced!

We TOLD you you wouldn't want to miss this year's AFROPUNK Fest! Check out what we have in store for you!

2014 lineup includes D'Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, Straight Line Stitch, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Alice Smith, Cold Specks, Unlocking The Truth, Cakes Da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Gordon Voidwell, The Tontons, Clipping,…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

FEATURE: 'Run By The Gun' comic books (and music!) about the New York/Eastcoast hardcore, punk & metal scenes

Hey guys, we know some of you are big comic book fans, and you're in for a treat! The Run By The Gun series chronicles the lives of the members of a band and the New York/Eastcoast hardcore, punk & metal scenes. Creators Rey Miranda and Zambia Greene even released music to go with the comic books! Greene says: "It is the music of the band. It is also the soundtrack to the project. I’d personally like to call it the music of early-gentrifying north Brooklyn. It comes…


Added by Eye Candy on June 25, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Tangina Stone's refreshing sound and mellow voice in 'The Fall'

A refreshing sound, mellow voice and majestic lyrics makes up the body of work Brooklyn-based singer Tangina Stone has created. Her sound is a mix of alternative, world, soul, and punk music. She’s a storyteller at heart which is evident in the fluidity of her lyrics. If ever there’s a need within you to extinguish pain, vent emotions, or simply admire life, make sure to put Tangina on the top of your music playlist.

Words by Tip…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Prince's Upcoming Solo Album

In a recent interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune, Prince announced that he is working on a new solo album (in addition to the previously announced Plectrum Electrum album with his band 3rdeyegirl). One of the new songs is called 'This Could Be Us' was inspired by the viral meme below. #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin

Read his…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2014 at 11:35am — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD + INTERVIEW: Big Momma goes hard on infectious LP 'The Plague'

Today’s hip-hop culture revolves around labels. As the scene continuously renovates itself from day to day, labels are one of the few ways in which both the industry and the increasingly anxious consumer is able to acquire some kind of assurance, however fleeting. We have the newbie hipster rappers. The female rappers (or femcees - a label the vast majority loathe). The gangster rappers (which are few and far between.). The trap rappers. Trip hop. Backpackers. White rappers and…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2014 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

OP-ED: You Have Your Black Love, I Have Mine

It only took me three years to write this article. It took three years of question avoidance, to bring to me to this point. After three years, I finally have an answer. The question? Well, the question is always the same, “but what about ‘Black Love’ ?”. Now this question surfaces wrapped in different phrasing, but its core remains the same.

This questions surfaces consistently around the discovery of my partner’s racial and ethnic identity. I am proud of the love that…


Added by The Race Card on June 23, 2014 at 12:27pm — 6 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim's 'House of Dreams (Togetherness Remix)'

Swedish indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim released the 'Togetherness Remix' to her otherworldly track 'House of Dreams'. And we're not mad at her! ;)…


Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: UK Rocker Greighwolfe's 'Black EP'

UK Rocker Greighwolfe has a treat for ya, it's a free download of his 'Black EP'. We introduced him a few years ago as Rufio Summers. Now he's back with a more polished record.

Check it out below!

Free Download:…


Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The Color Of SNAP - The Food Stamp Capital

The imagery generally associated with people who receive SNAP Food Stamps benefits is usually a black single mother living in the inner city. She lives in public housing, and if she does vote, she votes democrat. That’s typically the image media perpetuates when we think of people who receive certain government supplements. The SNAP Food Stamp…


Added by The Establishment on June 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

FEATURE: Chuck Berry reviews classic punk rock singles

Chuck Berry reviewed classic punk rock singles in a 1980 issue of Jet Lag zine that resurfaced online on Music Ruined my Life and was reblogged by Dangerous Minds and then by…


Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 'Strange Fruit' Graphic Novel Celebrates A Different Narrative From Black History

How about a comic book/graphic novel about uncelebrated narratives from Black History? Check out Strange Fruit by Joel Gill with a foreword by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Fulcrum Publishing tells us: "This groundbreaking graphic novel is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. Joel Gill offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in…


Added by Eye Candy on June 20, 2014 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Check Out The Raw Timeless Garage Rock of The Dark Tides. #SoundCheck

Let's face it, so much of that early 2000's garage revival was in semi-ironic finger quotes. Over the last few years, a real revival of dirty, soulful garage rock has exploded, and I couldn't be happier. The key to this re-revival is that it never feels less than sincere and urgent. It's a genuine celebration of rawness and individuality, rather than a mere ode to the ultra-cool garage of days past. London's The Dark Tides are the latest band to distort everything, and play it…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2014: /_\drian Daniel

As you know, the 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS finalists have been announced! /_\drian Daniel is one of them, they will be performing on June 25. Click here to visit their profile.

It's time to get your tickets to come support them and…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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