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 visuals courtesy of director and acclaimed Artist…Continue
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 the Rasta tip." DOPE. It also includes a little Hurricane Hill...Anyone up on …Continue
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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 full commentary. It's now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon,…Continue
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…Continue
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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 fire.
Watch Talib Kweli's…Continue
Added by Sound Check on January 29, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments
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 the industry sleeper in the gang having written/produced for Frank Ocean…Continue
Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments
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 June of 2009, Kool’s Bazaar has been on a mission to continue to push the bar…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Sound Check on January 28, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments
Every one deserves a makeover.The famed Billboard mag is getting one this weekend and Prince is flaunting his.
By: Alexandria Gamlin, Content Editor
This week, launching on January 26th,…Continue
Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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 -…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Sound Check on January 25, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
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 know what you think! Watch out for Johnny's full length EP The Nothing dropping…Continue
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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…Continue
Check out the latest drop from UK cutie duo AlunaGeorge + Disclosure, 'White Noise'. We love.…Continue
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?”.…Continue
Digging the new Talib Kweli/Black Thought/Rah Digga collab 'Art Imitates Life'? Look out for Kweli's upcoming LP 'Prisoner Of Conscious'.
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…Continue