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Sound Check's Blog – August 2010 Archive (4)

Afro Punk Classic: Stiffed featuring Santi White

Before she was Santigold (nee Santo-) she was Santi White, front woman of the Philly punk band Stiffed. Watching the band rock out on a frigid New York night some six years ago, trying to summon enough foresight to guess at White’s legacy would have been as fruitless as scrutinizing an embryo ultrasound and trying to guess whether or not the baby would be cute. As Stiffed’s el capitan, Santi White had become the subject of a highly un-likely reality that would have made for great… Continue

Added by Sound Check on August 25, 2010 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Shinobi Ninja Shines A Light From Brooklyn To Babylon

You can’t help but move your body to the groove and energy of a new young band, and that’s why you will have no choice but to shake it to Shinobi Ninja. The band hails from Brooklyn New York and has a streamlined sound that is equal parts rock, rap and reggae. The band also has a TON of energy/intensity on stage. As they prepare to release their first full length disc (they have an EP out now) guitarist Maniac Mike and…
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Added by Sound Check on August 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tamar-Kali: The not so but so Afro-punk poster kid

If I knew Tamar-kali lived right up the street from me, I would have stalked outside her home long before meeting her last week. Before moving to New York and starting my exploration of the black alternative subculture coined the term “Afro-punk,” I became in awe of Tamar from James Spooner’s Afropunk documentary, in which Tamar was one of the women depicted as a person of color who enjoyed real…
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Added by Sound Check on August 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Boots Riley Talks Politics, Music, and Gives Obama an "F"

If you are a student of politically charged rap music, (and if you aren’t you really should be) then you have heard of Boots Riley. Boots hails from Oakland, California and he is the revolutionary MC of the hip-hop group The Coup. Riley has put The Coup on pause for a minute, and he has joined forces with RATM guitarist and like minded activist Tom Morello to form The Street Sweeper Social Club. The “club” is a…
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Added by Sound Check on August 9, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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