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Straight Line Stitch: More U.S. Tour Dates!

Bam! Here are more tour dates from kick-ass metal band/AFROPUNK Festival alums Straight Line Stitch. If you're in the US you're in luck! Check the schedule below.

Sep 27 The Foundry Jackson, MI

Sep 28 Bada Brews Crest Hill, IL

Sep 29 FUBAR St Louis, MO

Oct 02 Zeppelins w/ Cathercist Biloxi, MS…

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Added by Sound Check on August 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Radkey Release first single off upcoming EP 'Devil Fruit'

The kids are back at it! Here's the first single from punk band, AFROPUNK members Radkey's upcoming EP 'Devil Fruit'. It's called 'Romance Dawn' and rocks hard as usual. Stream it below.…



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Added by Sound Check on August 30, 2013 at 11:52am — 4 Comments

New Fool's gold signee's release track "Sammy Sosa" and forthcoming album art

The kids from Queens "World's Fair" have a big weekend coming up! Labor day weekend they will play Fool's Gold infamous Labor Day "Day Off" extravaganza! As the latest signees of Fool's Gold they better show off! We can't wait! Check the new tune (dropped very timely, if we do say…

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Added by Sound Check on August 29, 2013 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Carson Huey-You, 11, admitted to college to study quantum physics

"Call him the Doogie Howser of the physics world. Carson Huey-You has been admitted to Texas Christian University as an incoming freshman — at only 11 years old. Around the time when most kids are playing with jacks and baseball cards, young Huey-You will be taking…

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Added by Sound Check on August 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

AP Quickie: Tamar-kali is looking for extras for her video shoot on 9/14

Rock goddess Tamar-kali is looking for extras for her video shoot on Saturday 9/14 in NY. She wrote: "Looking for extras for my music video shoot on sat 9/14. Eclectic urban warriors, punk rockers etc. Email your picture with name and contact info to brown.jackie@icloud.com by sun 9/1. *cellphone pics are fine, no frills, waist up."

Sounds like a plan!…

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2013 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Twerking contest at AFROPUNK Fest: Big fun or no-no?

Contribution by AFROPUNK Festival goer Edna Finland



On the first night of the Afropunk 2013 Festival, there was an onstage twerk contest. It was right before Saul Williams was supposed to go on stage and it was not on the program. It was an impromptu event that was designed to buy time and presumably build excitement. Big Freedia was playing the next day, so it is impossible for one to say that twerking was something that didn’t belong at Afropunk. Twerking, like any…

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Added by Sound Check on August 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

Janelle Monae Touring The US This Fall!

Ms. Janelle Monae is embarking on a US tour this fall to spread the good word about her album 'The Electric Lady' (out September 10th). Below are the dates we received from her camp so far, more dates to be announced soon!…

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Added by Sound Check on August 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Death Grips' new single “Birds” raises not giving a fuck into an artform. #SoundCheck

You gotta hand it to Afropunk Fest alums Death Grips, who in 2 short years have earned the right to get away with the sort of don't-give-a-fuckitude that most bands only fantasize about. Stunts like bailing on their major label by leaking their own album No Love Deep Web with a picture of a dick as the cover, or skipping out of a series of shows with their “performance art” piece would ruin any other band. But Death Grips operates by a different set of rules from other…

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Added by Sound Check on August 23, 2013 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

FESTIVAL FEATURE: Jean Grae

Jean Grae has been named many a person's "favorite female rapper" which would be offensive if it wasn't true. Jean Grae will body ANY GIVEN rapper, male or female and that's just a fact. Her sense of timing, flow, use of mind-blowing metaphor and…

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Added by Sound Check on August 22, 2013 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Dingus Pop-Up Shop at AFROPUNK FEST '13

INDIE BANDS UNITE! Make sure you visit the Dingus pop-up-music-shop at the community tents at AFROPUNK FEST, supplying you with free music, free goodies, and new tunes to bring in your labor day with some BANGERS! And make sure you say HEY to Dingus founder Andrew Prieto and Benjamin Spinrad, founder of Dingus Records…

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Added by Sound Check on August 22, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments

LE1F- Damn Son

Hot off the presses, the new track from LE1F "Damn Son" is a "let me feel myself" anthem that we can get behind that will be featured on his next album Tree House. The silky synth and sparkling bells are welcomed and fun! Maybe we'll get a LIVE…

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Added by Sound Check on August 22, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Bad Rabbits- 'Dance with you' is a teddy riley, Clinton Sparks mega jam

The new single off Bad Rabbit's American love is a collaboration with MEGA producers Teddy Riley and Clinton Sparks. That my friends, is a two for ONE! It has that deep retro funk Riley is known for, the extreme danceability Clinton Sparks is so famous for and the silky vocals and…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2013 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Another Track From M.I.A.'s Upcoming Album 'Matangi' Surfaces: 'UNBREAK My Mixtape'

M.I.A. dropped another track off her upcoming album 'Matangi' (to be released Nov. 5th). Here's 'UNBREAK My Mixtape', sampling Blur and many more. Feeling it or not?…



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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2013 at 1:46pm — No Comments

OFFICIAL Lineup and schedule for AFROPUNK FEST '13

OFFICIAL Lineup and schedule for AFROPUNK FEST '13.…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Festival Feature: Sunny Gang makes New Jersey punk fun again. #SoundCheck

If you're not already down with Sunny Gang, the quartet from New Jersey breathes some fresh life into the New Jersey punk scene. Known as the land that gave us iconic and original bands like The Misfits, Thursday, and most recently The Screaming Females, Sunny Gang brings something that's been missing from the Jersey scene for a while: unironic fun.…

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Added by Sound Check on August 21, 2013 at 12:10pm — 2 Comments

FESTIVAL FEATURE: Unlocking the Truth

THESE KIDS ARE 12! Sure, there are plenty of talented 12 year olds. Piano savants, Jeopardy champions, figure skaters, mature voiced singers ETC ETC, but what makes Unlocking the Truth truly phenomenal is their incredible sense of SELF and determination. The…

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Added by Sound Check on August 20, 2013 at 5:52pm — 7 Comments

New Music: Skindred Unleash Their Inner 'Ninja'

Bam! New music from Ragga/punk/metal band Skindred, unleashing their inner 'Ninja'. From their upcoming album 'Kill The Power'. Fasten your seat belt, this one rocks hard, with strong dancehall influences!…

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Added by Sound Check on August 20, 2013 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

FESTIVAL FEATURE: BIG FREEDIA

Get your booty poppin'!  Big Freedia, New Orleans native and Queen of BOUNCE has made bounce music main stream, that is if you can get your body to move like that. This hip hop genre is spicy and energetic.  Turn the volume all the way up, get on the floor and back that thang…
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Added by Sound Check on August 19, 2013 at 6:11pm — No Comments

From Movie Screen to Music Stage: Jada Pinkett Smith’s Wicked Wisdom Plays AfroPunk Fest

By: Cara Donaldson for AFROPUNK

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has become a…

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Added by Sound Check on August 16, 2013 at 5:28pm — 7 Comments

Bloc Party Release 'The Next Wave EP' Before They Go On Yet Another Hiatus! #SoundCheck

As if determined to make sure fans know that their upcoming hiatus is really a hiatus and most definitely not a break-up, Bloc Party ends their recent renaissance with a new EP. Titled The Next Wave Sessions, the EP points to a handful of possible futures for the band if and when their hiatus ends.



Bloc Party may never live down starting their career with one of the most unique and compelling albums of the 00's. It's almost unfair to compare…

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Added by Sound Check on August 16, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments

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