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Sound Check's Blog – June 2014 Archive (46)

FEATURE: Stream the 'Cowboys & Hustlers' EP from Experimental R&B Singer LAW. #SoundCheck

Lauren Holt has gotten a lot of attention from her affiliation with Edinburgh avant garde hip-hop crew Young Fathers, and while she shares a producer and an experimental sensibility, her own music as LAW is its own unique brand of strange. With a voice like Billy Holiday by way of Grace Jones, her latest EP Cowboys & Hustlers builds on the ethereal deconstructed soul of her debut Haters & Gangsters.



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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Indie rock band The Tontons playing 2 dates in NYC

AFROPUNK Fam, catch indie rock band The Tontons this week in New York! Today Monday, June 30th 8pm for "Its A School Night" at Brooklyn Bowl and Wednesday, July 2nd 6pm at…

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Added by Sound Check on June 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Chargaux rock the violin and viola in 'Lullaby Feat. Soft Glas'

Chargaux rock the violin and viola in 'Lullaby Feat. Soft Glas'. They describe it as "folk, vocals, electronic drums, classical melodies, emotion, sensualism, violin, viola. This collective sound is pretty hard to imagine if you haven't heard it before. An energetic, relatable contrast to the avant garde Gallerina Suites released 2013."…



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Added by Sound Check on June 27, 2014 at 1:28pm — 9 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Get The New 'Dragonfly EP' From Singer-Songwriter and Tattoo Artist Purple Ferdinand #SoundCheck

The incredible thing about Purple Ferdinand's music isn't that it's beautiful. Lots of people make beautiful music. It's the way she crafts seemingly simple songs with oceans of hidden depth and soul on her recent Dragonfly EP.

The three song set rarely features more than Purple Ferdinand's voice and ukulele, nor does it need to. From the first track “Birds,” the simplicity amplifies the hidden depth in Purple Ferdinand's performance. Sure, this is probably music…

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Added by Sound Check on June 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Check out the larger than life alt rock of Puppet Radio's '789' #SoundCheck

Alternative rock may be many things, but it's rarely bombastic. The conventional narrative, is that alt rock was forged as a modest response to the bombast of 80's rock. But for Puppet Radio, the sounds of alt rock are a playground for their larger-than-life rock god aspirations.



Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by Sound Check on June 25, 2014 at 1:51pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Tangina Stone's refreshing sound and mellow voice in 'The Fall'

A refreshing sound, mellow voice and majestic lyrics makes up the body of work Brooklyn-based singer Tangina Stone has created. Her sound is a mix of alternative, world, soul, and punk music. She’s a storyteller at heart which is evident in the fluidity of her lyrics. If ever there’s a need within you to extinguish pain, vent emotions, or simply admire life, make sure to put Tangina on the top of your music playlist.



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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Prince's Upcoming Solo Album

In a recent interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune, Prince announced that he is working on a new solo album (in addition to the previously announced Plectrum Electrum album with his band 3rdeyegirl). One of the new songs is called 'This Could Be Us' was inspired by the viral meme below. #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin…



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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2014 at 11:35am — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD + INTERVIEW: Big Momma goes hard on infectious LP 'The Plague'

Today’s hip-hop culture revolves around labels. As the scene continuously renovates itself from day to day, labels are one of the few ways in which both the industry and the increasingly anxious consumer is able to acquire some kind of assurance, however fleeting. We have the newbie hipster rappers. The female rappers (or femcees - a label the vast majority loathe). The gangster rappers (which are few and far between.). The trap rappers. Trip hop. Backpackers. White rappers and…

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Added by Sound Check on June 24, 2014 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim's 'House of Dreams (Togetherness Remix)'

Swedish indie pop singer Naomi Pilgrim released the 'Togetherness Remix' to her otherworldly track 'House of Dreams'. And we're not mad at her! ;)…





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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: UK Rocker Greighwolfe's 'Black EP'

UK Rocker Greighwolfe has a treat for ya, it's a free download of his 'Black EP'. We introduced him a few years ago as Rufio Summers. Now he's back with a more polished record.

Check it out below!




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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Chuck Berry reviews classic punk rock singles

Chuck Berry reviewed classic punk rock singles in a 1980 issue of Jet Lag zine that resurfaced online on Music Ruined my Life and was reblogged by Dangerous Minds and then by…

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Added by Sound Check on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Check Out The Raw Timeless Garage Rock of The Dark Tides. #SoundCheck

Let's face it, so much of that early 2000's garage revival was in semi-ironic finger quotes. Over the last few years, a real revival of dirty, soulful garage rock has exploded, and I couldn't be happier. The key to this re-revival is that it never feels less than sincere and urgent. It's a genuine celebration of rawness and individuality, rather than a mere ode to the ultra-cool garage of days past. London's The Dark Tides are the latest band to distort everything, and play it…

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Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2014: /_\drian Daniel

As you know, the 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS finalists have been announced! /_\drian Daniel is one of them, they will be performing on June 25. Click here to visit their profile.

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Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2014: 212GREEN

As you know, the 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS finalists have been announced! 212GREEN is one of them, they will be performing on June 27. Click here to visit their profile on afropunk.com.

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Added by Sound Check on June 20, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: CAKES DA KILLA - Hunger Pangs

Stream Cakes Da Killa's latest mixtape, Hunger Pangs. Download coming soon!…

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Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2014: JOHNNY POPCORN

As you know, the 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS finalists have been announced! Johnny Popcorn is one of them, performing on June 25.

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Added by Sound Check on June 19, 2014 at 1:53pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lafayette's 'TN Motor' is a killer set of raw garage and indie rock #SoundCheck

A duo from Paris named after a French General in the American Revolutionary War records a dirty garage record inspired by the modern urban decay of Detroit in a studio stocked with vintage gear in Nashville. Got it? It probably shouldn't work. Certainly not nearly as well as it does. But on Lafayette's 3rd full length, TN Motor, the duo of singer Nathalie Loriot and guitarist Franck Hedin cuts through the contradictions, delivering a killer set of raw garage and indie…

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Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Kelis - 'Friday Fish Fry' remix by Thievery Corporation‘s Rob Garza

Kelis revealed a trippy remix of her song 'Friday Fish Fry' by Thievery Corporation‘s Rob Garza. The track is from her 'Friday Fish Fry' remix EP, out July 14 2014 on Ninja Tune. Pre-order here.…



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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2014 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2014: Lonely Horse

As you know, the 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS finalists have been announced! Lonely Horse is one of them, they will be performing on June 24. Click here to visit their profile.

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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2014 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands 2014: Tribe NYC

As you know, the 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS finalists have been announced! Tribe NYC is one of them. Click here to visit their profile.

It's time to get your tickets to come support them and the other bands:…

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Added by Sound Check on June 17, 2014 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

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