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Sound Check's Blog – April 2011 Archive (7)

"The Story Of Don Letts - Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread From Punk To Dubstep"

AP Fam! We'd like to share this article about pioneer punk DJ/filmmaker Don Letts, written by Trilly D. Millions for Freshly Serious. It mentions his appearance at the 2005 Afro-punk Festival at BAM (Brooklyn Academy Of Music)!

"Don Letts is an unsung hero of British music. 'Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread' is a documentary about the Letts family legacy that mirrors the history of BASS in the UK from Dub, Reggae and…

Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2011 at 6:02pm — 10 Comments

AP History: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The origins of rock and roll are hazy at best. Seemingly every year someone steps up with a new claimant to the title “first rock and roll record.” The fact is that musical genres are more convergent phenomena than inventions, though it's hard to resist the urge to point at one recording and declare: “This is where it began!” (Just look at how easy it is to spark a heated argument about the origin of punk rock...aaaaaaand GO.). Nevertheless, in a genre infamous for it's “boy's…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Rockstar In Training: Being a Tortured Artist

I’ve been working hard on solidifying the songs for my first solo album, “The Awesomest of Them All.” I’ve been drawing concept art, re-writing songs, starting new songs. I have been thinking about props, stage setups and costumes. I’ve even been thinking ahead to the creative concept for my next album. I am stressed the fuck out, y’all.

Words by Pam Newman

I try not to… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2011 at 12:22pm — 5 Comments

INTERVIEW: Atmosphere’s MC Slug Keeps Pushing Himself

The rap group Atmosphere has re-written the rule book when it comes to indie hip-hop. They are capable of selling a ton of records, selling out huge shows and even getting on some high profile radio festivals, while still maintaining their underground street cred. While other MC’s keep it real, Slug (aka Sean Daley) keeps it interesting and challenging. On the day after their latest disc dropped (The Family Sign) I had the opportunity to catch up with Slug on a plethora of… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2011 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Modern Renaissance Man Keno Mapp Talks Muses, Angelo Moore and... LOVE!

Keno Mapp has created a slamming CD, “Heart Touch” that encompasses Funk, Rock, R & B, and Soul with some of the top musicians of today. Screaming guitars, ripping horns, drums that can't be beat and incredible vocals! Keno Mapp is the author of the critically acclaimed Inspirational poetry book, "Senseless Murder", as well as a cast member with The Vau de Vire Society and The Punany Poets, airing on HBO TV,… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: The Musical Travels of Jeff Brodnax

From touring with Public Enemy to becoming a headliner in the subways of Seoul Korea (that’s right you read that correctly) Jeff Brodnax has seemingly seen it all and then some. He is probably best known as the second lead singer in the pioneering Black punk rock band 24-7 Spyz. Brodnax is now currently in Chicago working on the next phase of his musical career and he was able to chat with me on how things went down back…


Added by Sound Check on April 6, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

"You Say Hipster R&B, I Say Nappy-Headed Pop. Either Way, It's Offensive."

Hey guys, here's an interesting article written by Jozen Cummings for The Awl. Let us know what you think: "Two new projects are sparking a lot of discussion right now about the current state of R&B. The first is by The Weeknd, a mysterious singer (or group?) who has enjoyed a quick rise to critical-darling status since releasing the free debut album House of Balloons last week. The second is by Frank Ocean, the lone singer in… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 1, 2011 at 4:30pm — 14 Comments

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