UK trip-hop legend Tricky’s is getting ready to bless us with his TENTH studio album, and he's calling this one False Idols. The album will feature Antlers’ Peter Silberman, Fifi Rong and Nigerian beauty Nneka. The first single, which you can listen to below is called “Nothing’s Changed”, and features Francesca Belmonte and it's already…Continue
The Minister of The Zulu Nation wrote an open letter to the creator of WorldStarHipHop.com. It was respectful, to the point and full of LOLs. Read the whole letter below.
On behalf of the thousands of members of the Universal Zulu Nation, of which I am Minister Of Information, I write you this letter…Continue
Well it's about time we got a Black Thought solo album. The Roots emcee, Tariq Trotter, has won Grammy's with the legendary Roots crew and has always been under-rated as one of the coldest emcee, probably ever (shots fired.) and now it's time to prove it. Trotter is finally giving us a solo album featuring the likes of TV on The Radio and My Morning Jacket.…Continue
AP Quickie: Afropunk Festival alums Joe Jordan's Experiment are back with some new music. Stream the Philly-based rock band's track 'Climb', bump your heads and let us know what you think! (Afropunk Festival 2012 photo by Gretchen Robinette) - L.…
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50 years since the Beatles' famous performance on the Ed Sullivan show and their legacy is more complicated than ever. Were they the greatest song writers of all time, or massively overrated? Were they the band responsible for watering down rock and roll and making it safe for white suburban audiences or were they band responsible for pushing it radical new directions? Can they be all those things? (yes.) Every punk goes through a phase of rejecting the Beatles followed by a…Continue
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The new documentary A Band Called Death tells the story of Detroit punk pioneers, Death, as they are also recently-reunited. Because they're back out in the spotlight they've generated lots of interest in their music and their story. AND the movie features a 12-minute version of the band’s anthemic “Politicians In My Eyes". Click …Continue
Killer new EP from Kaytranada! "Kaytra Todo" meaning just,...EVERYTHING is a complete work of electronic and danceable bass creations we're all about off Jakarta Records based in Berlin. Do your ears a favor and check it out!…Continue
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Today was the WORLD PREMIERE of AlunaGeorge 'Attracting Flies' on BBC Radio 1 (7pm London Town time) and it's quite catchy! If you're feeling this jam and the other gems the British duo have been dropping, just you wait for March 10th for the release of the Remixes feat. …Continue
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Think you've got what it takes to play the big stage at AFROPUNK FEST '13! Here's your shot!
AFROPUNK is hosting BATTLE OF THE BANDS. The 16 bands with the most votes will get to battle it out in Brooklyn.
AFROPUNK FEST 2013 is right around the corner! We're bringing you another weekend of food, fun, sun and beautiful people August 24th and August 25th 2013 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. Mark your calendars and join us in BK!
To be one of the first to RSVP and stay informed on festival…Continue
It's always fascinating seeing which songs and which musical movements get canonized by future generations. During the 90's alt-rock explosion, there seemed to be this consensus that the only acts that mattered from the 70's were Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Patty Smith, and the Ramones. If you didn't make that list, too bad. One of the biggest casualties of the moment was to brand AM Gold / smooth rock irrevocably “cheesy.” Kenny Loggins, Michael Macdonald, Lionel…Continue
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Who said disco is dead? 21-year-old Brit sensation Lulu James' new jam "Closer" is full of modern electro drums and glittery melodies that will get you moving. But the bassline is deep and groovy just enough to rid you of your disco-cynicism. It may be too soon to call her a baby Chaka, but the chops are there and tunes are fun. Like in simpler times…Continue
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Singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone would have been 80 this week. The rightly titled High-Priestess of Soul cut an unimpeachable string of 40 records in her career. While musically, her songs fall pretty squarely in line with the vocal jazz sounds of the late 50's, her songs have not aged into elegance and irrelevance the way many of her contemporaries have. Listening to the landmark 1964 live album Nina Simone in Concert, her performance isn't merely electric.…Continue
Remember record stores?! no? ..
Why not go on an adventure this #THROWBACKTHURSDAY and head into any of the listed record stores and visit the AFROPUNK listening stations. Get a free AFROPUNK poster with purchase of ANY…Continue
Awesome! The lonely anthem "Alone" is produced by White indian. And even though the lyrics of "I have no purpose" and "tell me what I'm living for" may make you want to kill yourself, the beat is sick. And watch out for The Oxy's full-length "For Fun & Games" coming out later this year. Check…Continue
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Parisian deathcore band As They Burn's latest record Will, Love, Life is a punishing piece of hardcore. The band marries quasi-progressive song structures to tried-and-true hardcore pummeling for a sound that owes a little bit to extreme metal luminaries Meshuggah. The band's first for Victory Records is less melodic than previous efforts (the lead guitar bits and occasional crooning of Aeon's War are all but gone) but the band's ability to completely kick your…Continue
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We told you about 'People, Hell and Angels', a collection of 12 Jimi Hendrix previously unreleased tracks, to be released March 4. After single 'Somewhere', here's another previously unreleased track, 'Earth Blues' (stream below - via…Continue
The ODD FUTURE crew is back at it. Kicking off the Springtime comes the new Tyler, The Creator 'Goblin' follow-up aptly named 'Wolf' album due this April. Recently leaked are the 3 alternative album covers for the project. Do you have a favorite?…Continue
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Party Animal is a new hardcore band featuring Kool AD of Das Racist. Their debut record drops later this month, and is one of my most anticipated records of 2013. I recently spoke with the band about DIY, punk rock, and moving out…Continue
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In hindsight, it makes perfect sense that anti-folk luminary Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock would start a band. The two have collaborated often in recent years, with Aesop adding vocals to Kimya's most recent solo record Thunder Thighs, and Kimya returning the favor. So it was really only a matter of time before the unlikely duo made it official. The new band is called The Uncluded, and their debut record will be out in May.…Continue