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Sound Check's Blog – January 2013 Archive (32)

New video "Try So Hard" by Pegasus Warning is black love in Gold

The latest video from NYC's Pegasus Warning has us in a sentimental mood. In the soft and sultry song, he sings of love and love-lost with glittery…

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Added by Sound Check on January 31, 2013 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Jesse Felluss feat. MC Zulu "Like Motion" Gets us moving. [Free Download]

Rave veteran, Scratch Academy DJ instructor and big-bass-beat maker Jesse Felluss has decided to bless us with some ((GOOD VIBES)) to get the party started. He describes "Like Motion" as "breaky tech house and electro with a hip-hoppy/drum-n-bassish number thrown in there.  All on…

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

K-OS' Long Awaited New Album "Black on Blonde" reminds us why K-OS was missed

Yesterday was the release of K-OS's long awaited full length (double) album "Black on Blonde" which was teased-leaked last week with a …

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

#SoundCheck Download! Indie RnB singer Kevin Michael stakes a claim for Prince's legacy on 'BRAINWA$H'

As a fan of the bands on the edges of the DIY world (I don't need to hear another band that sounds like Bad Religion, when I already have a perfectly good Bad Religion...) I spend a lot of time thinking about bands with pop aspirations who have embraced DIY ethos. Does the fact that an artist probably couldn't rattle off their top 10 favorite Dischord bands diminish them in our artificial hierarchy? “Oh, that's not punk rock, that's pop!” We say with a dismissive air about bands…

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Added by Sound Check on January 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Talib Kweli's new video for "Upper Echelon" gets us hype for the New Album

Talib Kweli is back (again) and this time there's a video for "Upper Echelon." It's a mish-mosh of concert footage and black and white visuals that make you say "whoa" and "dope" at the same damn time, and remind us why we've been awaiting for Kweli to bring (back) the…

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Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Supergroup Cocaine 80s release Full "The Flower of Life EP" [Free Download]

New SuperGroup alert: Get familiar with the Cocaine 80s crew, comprised of James Fauntleroy, Common and No I.D, here to bless you with some real dopeness. They've had a couple of EP's but just released the "The Flower of Life EP" which we are greatly digging. Fauntleroy is…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Indiana's Kool's Bazaar talk style & high notes in an Afropunk exclusive Interview (with Live Performance video)

Sometimes some of the best music ever created has been known as a little secret nestled away for the world to discover. One group that has been sending ripples across the world of music is Kool’s Bazaar. Formed by Richard Trotman in…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Cape Town darkwave singer Petite Noir gives us a taste of his new sound with “Kinshasa Waltz”. #SoundCheck

Cape Town artist Petite Noir's debut single “Till We Ghosts” made a big impact last summer, and the darkwave (he calls it noirwave) artist is back with a new track. The song “Kinshasa Waltz” (which is not actually a waltz, but we'll let it slide) is built from the same pieces as “Till We…

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Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

AFRO OF THE DAY: Prince to Grace the Cover of newly re-vamped Billboard Magazine with his new mini-fro

Every one deserves a makeover.The famed Billboard mag is getting one this weekend and Prince is flaunting his. 

By: Alexandria Gamlin, Content Editor…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Free Download: RDGLDGRN Collabs With Dave Grohl on New Music, Pharrell Williams Also Contributed To Upcoming Album

We hadn't heard from the homies of RDGLDGRN in a long while. Turns out they were cooking up a record with collaborators such as Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl (on drums on the entire album) and producer Kevin Augunas. Even Pharrell Williams got his hands in it and co-produced/co-wrote a track.

You might remember the guys from their former band - long-time Afropunk community members -…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

New Music: The Mars Volta is over, here's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez new band Bosnian Rainbows

Yes, the rumors are true, the Mars Volta broke up (they're not just on hiatus as previously announced, according to the band's singer Cedric Bixler). BUT Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has a new band. Here's Bosnian Rainbows first single 'Torn Maps' (stream/download below). The band also includes Deantoni Parks (remember Afropunk Festival alums Kudu?!) on drums, Nicci Kasper on keys and Teri Gender-Bender on…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

New indie rock / hip hop group Sunny Gang brings the party on their debut EP. #SOUNDCHECK

Who says nothing good comes out of Jersey? (Well everyone in Brooklyn, pretty much, but whatever. This isn't about which land mass adjacent to Manhattan is better...Because it's clearly Brooklyn.) Bringing my total of things I like from New Jersey up to a solid 3, Sunny Gang is a fresh quartet out of Rutgers. Their music is a rad mix of party rock and hip hop; working overtime to rehabilitate rap/rock’s…

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Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

6th Annual Roots Picnic Lineup

Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2013 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC from Johnny Polygon: Vacation Suicide

 We're totally digging the latest slow dreamy-slow-jam-yet-club-ready new track "Vacation Suicide" from LA based singer/rapper Johnny Polygon. Full of personal lyrics and a laid back flow, Johnny Polygon is giving us everything we need in this track. Give us a listen and let us…

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Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

First single from new Fly Zone Mixtape: Le1f-- Coins

Fresh out the gate after releasing one of our favorite EP's of late 2012, Liquid, New York rapper Le1f is prepping for…

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Added by Sound Check on January 24, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

First single & video from Baby Baby's upcoming Big Boy Baller Club. “Keep on Dancin'” is a shit-ton of fun. #SoundCheck

Baby Baby's new album Big Boy Baller Club (due out this summer) was already on our list of anticipated albums of 2013. The first single from that record “Keep On Dancin'” only stokes the fire. Catchy, fun, and totally chaotic, the song is canned optimism of the Andrew WK variety. They pushed out the track on MLK Day with the statement “Without Martin…

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Added by Sound Check on January 23, 2013 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

New Single from AlunaGeorge- White Noise Feat. Disclosure

Check out the latest drop from UK cutie duo AlunaGeorge + Disclosure, 'White Noise'. We love.…

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Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2013 at 3:09pm — 1 Comment

Free Download - Afrobeat and punk rock are a match made in heaven. Osekre & the Lucky Bastards “Why Are You Here?” #SoundCheck

We all know Fela was a punk in spirit, but what if he actually made punk rock? Osekre and the Lucky Bastards takes Afrobeat, indie, punk, ska, and rockabilly, throws them in a blender and the glorious mess that comes out is their latest track “Why Are You Here?”.…

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Added by Sound Check on January 21, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Stream: Talib Kweli - "Art Imitates Life" feat. Black Thought & Rah Digga

Digging the new Talib Kweli/Black Thought/Rah Digga collab 'Art Imitates Life'? Look out for Kweli's upcoming LP 'Prisoner Of Conscious'.…



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Added by Sound Check on January 18, 2013 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

Punk rock and Merchandising. Where is the line? #SoundCheck

Last week the Afropunk office erupted in discussion about the new Bad Brains hot sauce. (Stay tuned for our upcoming taste test as soon as our bottle comes in!) Was it a cash-in? Was it an un-punk merchandising ploy? We ultimately decided not, given that the band came up with the recipe, it's a small batch, and we already know that organic…

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Added by Sound Check on January 18, 2013 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

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