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Sound Check's Blog – April 2014 Archive (56)

FEATURE: Stream 'Curious Cool', the latest EP From Willis Earl Beal #SoundCheck

As the tools of self distribution and DIY networks become stronger, more and more artists are asking the question “why do we even need the labels?” For a former street musician like Willis Earl Beal, a label is little more than a marketing department; a means to a fan base. But it comes with a set of rules and release schedules. A huge chunk of Beal's appeal is that he follows his own muse whatever anyone says. So without any announcement or fanfare, he suddenly released his latest… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 30, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Magic Mouth's Video For 'Mother Lode'

We already introduced you to Portland-based post-punk band Magic Mouth. Today we're premiering the video for the epic ballad 'Mother Lode'.

Info: "Video directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, best known for their work as co-directors of feature documentaries. After years of Palmieri doing videos for the likes of Beck, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian, and…


Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Raury Follows Up 'God's Whisper' Anthem With Love Song 'Sunshine'

In case you missed it, 17-year-old Atlanta-based artist Raury has been buzzing with his epic single and video 'God's Whisper'. The follow up tune "Sunshine' shows his versatility. It's a duet with vocalist Ari, written and produced by Raury himself. Stream it below!…


Added by Sound Check on April 29, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Revisiting The Trailblazers - The Importance of 90's Hip-Hop

1990 was a beautiful year for hip-hop. Artists like Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and many others released works expressing how young, black men felt about the world at that time. Among all the albums released, even in their differences, they all carried the same 90’s feel. The same conscious vibration. These young artists were capturing black consciousness and pride into clever lyrics and old school record samples. The emergence of pride and…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Andy Allo's 'Unstoppable'

Prince protegee Andy Allo is sharing a free download of her track 'Unstoppable'. Click here to grab it (password: wellsfargo).


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: UK Pop Rocker Jetta's New Single 'Crescendo' Produced by Pharrell Williams

We told you UK pop rocker Jetta was making major moves! Her new single 'Crescendo' is produced by none other than Pharrell Williams. It's the first single from her upcoming EP. Stay tuned!…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Outkast Reunite Back Home At Counterpoint Festival

"The south has something to say," famous words hollered by Big Boi at the Source Awards in 1995. Flash forward 20 years and the people in the south are at the edge of their seat waiting anxiously despite extreme weather conditions to hear the South's most beloved duo say something!

The past three days at the Counterpoint Festival 2014 at Kingston Downs, GA have been something close to magical, full of excitement, bare breasts & asses, and a musical lineup that has left…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Murray A. Lightburn of The Dears' Solo Project 'MASS:LIGHT'

For years, Murray Lightburn has used his group The Dears as more than just a place to sculpt out orchestrated rock music, but a place for him to exorcise all of his demons, including social issues such as race and religion. On Mass: Light, Lightburn strikes out on his own to create an antihero to represent the bearer of all of his inner demons. The result is that he has birthed a character we can all relate to through a concept album that blends electronica, soul, pop,…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Naomi Pilgrim takes you to her otherworldly 'House Of Dreams'

Swedish indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim already has a critically-acclaimed EP under her belt and she's getting ready to release her new single 'House Of Dreams' next month. You can stream the song below!…


Added by Sound Check on April 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie/Alt R&B Artist King Avriel's 'Caricatures'

Indie Alt R&B artist King Avriel likes to challenge common beliefs and stereotypes through her lyrics. After very well received tracks such as freedom (see video below in case you missed it), she's getting ready to release her first full project soon. Check out 'Caricatures', the latest track she released.…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments

FEATURE: “Afrofuturist” Tunde Olaniran is the 'Yung Archetype'

Tunde Olaniran’s Yung Archetype EP is a collection of five seriously rad jawns, an irreproachable amalgam of gnomic lyrics and biting social commentary. Olaniran flips effortlessly between satiny vocals before laying down rhymes dripping wet with polished jewels. First track “Brown Boy” head butts age old stereotypes about a black man's place in society as well as the exploitation and appropriation of his people, with a backdrop of 808’s and electropop pulses.…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

NEWS: New Lenny Kravitz Album 'Strut' To Be Released in September!

It's official, there's a new Lenny Kravitz album coming this year! Billboard reports: "Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, "Strut", will be released Sept. 23 through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. An upcoming Kravitz…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 9:56am — 3 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Sevendust goes acoustic on their latest 'Time-Travelers & Bonfires' #SoundCheck

Alternative metal stalwarts Sevendust tried their hand at an acoustic album ten years ago with Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live. The collection of live recordings showcased the musicality beneath Sevendust's rage. The band re-explores that softer side in their latest studio album, the acoustic Time-Travelers & Bonfires.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

GIVEAWAY: Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band” at The Knitting Factory

Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band” is back in New York and has a weekly Monday night residency at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. For a chance to win your…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

GIVEAWAY: Jesse Boykins III Record Release Show

Jesse Boykins III is having a record release show on Saturday May 3 along side Body Language and Kris Bowers.

To win tickets, leave a comment below to tell us why you love Jesse. Deadline to enter is April 30, 12pm EST. Winner will be contacted on May 1.

Order your tickets…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: 'Whipper Snapper' from Fishbone's latest 'Intrinsically Intertwined' EP. #SoundCheck

It looks like Angelo Moore's creative resurgence on last year's Brand New Step has carried over to his main drag Fishbone. But the credit isn't Moore's alone, the whole band sounds focused and energized in a way they haven't in years. Norwood Fisher handles the majority of the songwriting duties on Intrinsically Intertwined, and the chemistry between the band members is as strong as ever.

By Nathan Leigh,…


Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Low Leaf's Wonderfully Weird Single 'Set Me Free'

Los Angeles-based artist Low Leaf revealed an experimental, twisted and wonderfully weird single off her upcoming album AKASHAALAY (to be released April 29th).

Stream the genre-bending 'Set Me Free' below.…


Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: MNEK Has Us Hooked On “Every Little Word”

Lewisham native MNEK’s name might not initially set off alarms for you, but if you’re into the UK pop/dance scene then you’ve surely two-stepped to a track or two of his making. MNEK (pronounced Em-En-Ee-Kay) has spun some of his plenteous magic and whipped up hit singles for UK rapper Tinie Tempah, Roc Nation’s Kylie Minogue, singer/songwriter Misha B and hit the top spot twice with both X-Factor girl group Little Mix and Future Records signee A*M*E. He also received a Grammy…


Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2014 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Jesse Boykins III is back with the ultra-smooth 'Love Apparatus.' #SoundCheck

It's been 6 years since Jesse Boykins III's last full length album, but the singer hasn't been laying low. In the years since The Beauty Created, Boykins has released a few stellar EPs and collaborated with Theophilus London and MeLo-X. But now the modern Romantic is back in full form with the effortlessly sexy Machinedrum produced Love Apparatus.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

GIVEAWAY: Get A Special Package From Kelis To Celebrate The Release of her New Album

Kelis' new album Food will be released tomorrow on Ninja Tune. It is produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio! To celebrate the release, she's giving away a special package to one of our readers. It includes Food on CD, a t-shirt, and an apron!

To enter, leave a comment below to tell us what your favorite Kelis song is. Deadline to enter is April 22, 12pm EST. Winner will be contacted on April 22.

You can order Food…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 49 Comments

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