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Sound Check's Blog – June 2013 Archive (38)

NEW Janelle Monáe - Dance Apocalyptic + video teaser

Hot new jam from Janelle Monae and the promise of a POPPIN video! Check both below!



Added by Sound Check on June 28, 2013 at 6:41pm — No Comments

The New Golden Age of Hip-Hop is Coming. Check out “Fencing” from Donny Oh. #SoundCheck

There's a movement right now of kids looking back on the Golden Age of hip-hop; mixing in new school techniques with old school beats and DIY sensibilities. Groups like Meatloaf Muzik, Phony Ppl, and now Brooklyn's own Donny Oh. Set to release his debut EP Stuffed Shells, Donny's music has a classic feel to it. His dense rhymes and effortless flow anchor the first single “Fencing.” Also, ramen noodles.…


Added by Sound Check on June 28, 2013 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

weeksville heritage center: Brilliant Corners Jazz Concert

Summertime in Brooklyn is a beautiful thing. Locals and outsiders are always in awe of the constant culture surrounding the quaint neighborhoods of New York City's historically rich borough. If you can swing it this weekend, take advantage of what The BK has to offer and enjoy an afternoon of sun, music and pleasant…


Added by Sound Check on June 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Prince Remixes Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu's 'Q.U.E.E.N.'

Janelle Monae's duet with Erykah Badu, 'Q.U.E.E.N.' got the remix treatment by none other than Prince. The track got stripped down and infused with some extra funkiness. Check the stream from Pinboard below (ripped from Prince's 3rdeyeTV Livestream). Let us know what you think.…


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2013 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

Gary Clark Jr.'s North American Fall Tour

Ready for some blues and rock & roll? Gary Clark Jr. announced his North American fall tour dates + 1 date in Mexico City. Don't miss him when he hits your city! Check the schedule below.


September 26 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

September 27 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

October 4…


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Feel it when your heart beats! Old-school Nashville soul & country come together in Johnnyswim's 'Heart Beats' EP. #SoundCheck

There's some music that just belongs on a movie soundtrack. Last year's The Glorious Dead from The Heavy especially demanded inclusion on the score to some summer epic (and if you can listen to any doom metal without picturing the Lord of the Rings style battle that should be staged to it then you're a better man than I...). The new EP from Johnnyswim may not have the world-ending scope of The Heavy, but the lush arrangements and giant melodies of …


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2013 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

Santigold Wants You To "Rock This" Shit

New music! Santigold is telling you to "Rock This" shit in her new track. Put your dancing shoes on and head to EW to stream it: CLICK HERE. 'Rock This' is from the soundtrack of upcoming comedy 'The Heat' (ft. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy). Also featured on the soundtrack are Angel Haze, Azealia Banks and many more. Tracks…


Added by Sound Check on June 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

RIP MIchael Jackson -- We remember the Era's of Michael 4 years after his passing

Today marks 4 years  since the passing of the King of Pop, The Master, The King, The Young Gawd, whatever you know him and love him by, Michael Jaclson. We couldn't pick just one Michael photo. Despite his notoriously changing "styles" throughout the years, we are alos reminded of our favorite Michael's throughout history. Do YOU remember the time, he did that…


Added by Sound Check on June 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

GIRRL RIOT: Michaela Angela Davis + Event

Tonight is our GIRRRL RIOT event with Taren Guy brought to you by AFROPUNK x Qream at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. In the spirit of GIRRRL power and empowerment, we're giving a #GIRRRLRIOT salute to image activist, former fashion editor and current fashionista Michaela Angela Davis. 

Whatever she's doing, she's doing it with…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

George Clinton: "I sent a request to President Obama to save the funk"

In a recent interview with Uncut Magazine, George Clinton said that he sent a request to President Obama to "save the funk". (re: his copyright battles).

“The entire band is having [copyright problems], my entire family, we just sent a request to the President of the United States to save the funk.

“We got a list of names, my entire family, to BMI requesting all our cheques. Other artists are involved in it, too. We gonna have us a Twitter Army! You can bet we know how…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Bells Atlas' debut record merges soul Afrobeat and dream-pop. This is the kind of record that kickstarts movements. #SoundCheck

Since hearing “Loving You Down” I've been totally hooked on Bells Atlas. One of the most inventive original bands in recent memory, Oakland's Bells Atlas merges soul, Afrobeat, and dream-pop for a sound that's unlike anything else out there. Eminently chill and sexy in equal measure but with out of this world complexity and musical sophistication, their self-titled debut is the first must-hear album of the summer. (And yeah yeah I know it's only been summer for like 2 days, but…


Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments


Our Evening with Taren Guy is coming up this Monday at Knitting Factory! But you can't have a fancy event without fancy drinks! Thanks to our friends at Qream, they've got you covered! It's tasty! You know what else is tasty? Hot jams! Here are some of our favorite riot girls who we think are just peachy.

By: Alexandria…


Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

10 Badass Women Who Changed Music Forever #SoundCheck #GIRRRLRIOT

You may have heard about the GIRRRL RIOT show we're putting on at the Knitting Factory June 24th. Natural hair maven Taren Guy, singer / songwriter Alice Smith and a super secret special guest (hint: she's not on this mix, but probably should be.) will be hosting a night of conversations about identity, hair politics, and black women spaces. (RSVP here) To get…


Added by Sound Check on June 21, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments


"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance..." (c) bell hooks

#GIRRRLRIOT words from bell hooks, who is an author, feminist, and social activist whose work addresses race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media, and…


Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2013 at 1:46pm — No Comments

New Album from Booker T Jones Feat. Estelle, Gary Clark Jr and more

And now something a little bit different featuring some fresh voices! Sound the Alarm is the new release from Booker T. Jones. The 60's blues, folk, organ man who wrote such hits as Booker T. and the MGs' 1962 hit "Green Onions." But this is the same maturity of…


Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2013 at 5:27pm — No Comments

'Afriyie', the latest record from Kae Sun mixes West African rhythms, reggae, synths, and folk for a sound all his own. #SoundCheck

West African rhythms collide with a reggae feel, mixing analog synths and acoustic guitars on the latest from Ghanaian-born singer-songwriter Kae Sun. Afriyie opens with the transcendent and meditative “Blackstar Rising.” One of the softer tracks on a record filled with ebullient danceable tracks, it's an oddly bold move. But it sets the tone for the rest of the record. Kae Sun makes oddly bold choices left and right on Afriyie and he pulls them off one after…


Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

GIRRL RIOT: An Evening with Taren Guy. Performances by Alice Smith and Special VERY Guests

ATTN ALL DOPE LADIES, this one is for YOU! AFROPUNK +Qream present "GIRRRL RIOT" a night of natural hair politics, identity and good times with Taren Guy as your host! Join us for conversation and performances from Alice Smith and VERY SUPER SECRET SPECIAL guests! RSVP! June 24th …


Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2013 at 6:53pm — No Comments


AFROPUNK is happy to support and be affiliated with Red Bull Sound Select, an ongoing program to support local music scenes. We've curated Sound Select shows with Danny Brown, Le1f, The Skins and The Oxymorrons and now MORE of these amazing shows and curators will be available in 5 additional cities nationwide, as Red Bull expands this flourishing program to…


Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Blackalicious and Phony Ppl in Prospect Park for 'Celebrate Brooklyn'

Blackalicious is BACK and has a new album headed on the way after 8 years of being off "the scene".  They will be replacing Big Boi as the headliner for "Celebrate Brooklyn" due to Boi's recent injury. They'll be supported by AFROPUNK FEST alum and Brooklyn locals, Phony Ppl and legendary mix-master, D-NICE…


Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

GIRRL RIOT: Frida Kahlo + Event

By: Alexandria Gamlin, AFROPUNK Content Editor and RIOT GIRRRL

Mexican born artist, revolutionary, feminist, painter, legendary artist and RIOT GIRRRL Frida Kahlo is poignant reminder of how powerful, self-awareness is for women. She was before her time, and we now benefit of the knowledge and lessons she learned and…


Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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