Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Misfits are great and all, but it turns out people are still writing great Halloween songs. Check out our top 10 below and leave your favorites in the comments!
By Nathan Leigh
The Heavy – Can't Play Dead
British indie-soul band The Heavy conceived of their latest album The Glorious Dead as the score to a film that hadn't…
Boots Riley is the outspoken frontman for Oakland revolutionary hip-hop group The Coup. Since their 1993 debut, Kill My Landlord, Boots has become known as much for his activism and revolutionary politics as his music. He founded Street Sweeper Social Club with Tom Morello in 2006, and has been an active and outspoken member of Occupy Oakland. The Coup's latest record Sorry To Bother You drops October 30th.
As Afropunk's resident Occupier, I talked to…
Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Always good to hear from UK trip-hop power trio Morcheeba and lead singer Skye Edwards. So you're in for a double treat: 1) The band has announced that they're cooking up a new record for 2013. They say: "we’re collaborating with some great international artists and it’s set to be one of our most innovative records to date." Sounds like a plan.
2) In the meanwhile, Skye Edwards is set to release her solo album 'Back To Now' on Monday October 29th! Woo! Check the first single…
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Ok this is gonna be a riot: Trans rapper Mykki Blanco has been added to the bill of punk/electro/hip-hop group Death Grips' tour (see dates below). Her debut mixtape 'Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss' drops November 7.
In case you've been living under a rock and don't know Ms. Blanco yet, her peeps tell us: "Mykki Blanco is a NY-based, self-described "acid punk" trans rapper. Taking elements of rave, hip-hop, and riot grrl culture, Michael Quattlebaum has become the…
Boots Riley is the outspoken frontman for Oakland revolutionary hip-hop group The Coup. Blending hip-hop, soul, and punk rock, The Coup have a sound as radical as their politics. Since their 1993 debut, Kill My Landlord, Boots has become known as much for his activism and revolutionary politics as his music. He founded Street Sweeper Social Club with Tom Morello in 2006, and has been an active and vocal member of Occupy Oakland. The Coup's latest record Sorry To…Continue
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UK post-hardcore band This Part Is Us played their final show this past spring, but lead singer Arthur Walwin is back with his new solo project. His debut EP For One More Night is decidedly softer, but Walwin brings the same emotional intensity and range to this set. This is post-post-hardcore.…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2012 at 6:16am — No Comments
So the RZA's weapon of choice is a fish-slap? The Hilarious new video "Baddest Man Alive" is the title track from the soundtrack for upcoming film Man With The Iron Fists. The video may as well be a film itself with it's outlandish karate-chops, fish-slaps and terrorizing of a japanese sushi sopt. It's all Kill Bill-y (RZA's forte) and the Black Keys…Continue
If you missed The Divine Secret (and why did you? They kick ass...), lead singer Joe Green just unleashed his new project: Empire! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name. Why not?) The quintet's been hard at work on their debut EP, and just leaked the first track; the appropriately named “All the Rage.”
Big big shout out to our bro P.O.S., who has to cancel his tour due to his need for a kidney transplant. Wishing him a speedy recovery. P.O.S. will still appear October 26 at Minneapolis' First Avenue.
His album 'We Don't Even Live Here' is available in stores today, and below are the videos released so far, including a brand-new one called 'Get Down'. Let's support this talented guy! …
The Swedish bro-sis duo The Knife is long overdue for their next album since sis has ventured out solo on the project you may be familiar as Fever Ray. BUT THE KNIFE IS BACK, and they're stepping it up a notch by bringing on electro-goth front woman Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum along for the ride. Holy smokes, this just went from EPIC to "Dear Mother, play…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
It's easy to undervalue awesomeness in music (also known as dopeness, but not to be confused with hotness, which has more to do with how famous someone is about to become). It's easy to tally up all the ingredients of what makes a band worth paying attention to: clever lyrics, athletic guitarist, trigger happy drummer, interesting sound etc... But somehow just sheer awesomeness—that barely perceptible and completely non-objective quality that makes your jaw drop a little, your…Continue
Funky as ever! Boots Riley's The Coup just released their new video and are kicking off their tour today, hitting Europe and North America. Dates are below + more US dates to be announced.
The Coup's new "aggressive but danceable punk-funk" album Sorry To Bother You is coming out October 30th, stay tuned for an exclusive AP interview with Boots Riley in the very near future.
In the meanwhile, here's their brand-new video 'The Guillotine'.…
Added by Sound Check on October 16, 2012 at 10:16am — No Comments
Calling her music “Doom Soul,” Canadian singer/songwriter Al Spx just released her debut album as Cold Specks. I Predict a Graceful Expulsion is a haunting blend of folk, gospel, goth, and soul all anchored by Al Spx's incomparable voice. With the sadness and wisdom of someone well beyond her 23 years, Cold Specks makes the kind of music you can get lost in for days.…Continue
We've got the EXCLUSIVE on never-before-seen interviews from our favorite comedian/political-hawk/liberal/totally biased bud W Kamau Bell's show on FX "Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell". It's a hilarious take on current issues, the election and points out the the humor of the ridiculousness of…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
We are totally love this new track from Pearl and the Beard, the Brooklyn based dream-folk band heading out with Ani DiFranco this month. Their new single "40K" premiers today on Paste Magazine, which is a folky, silky lovely little jam, kicking our friday off right!
Download/Stream the track here,…Continue
When Odd Future signed hardcore punk band Trash Talk to be the first non-Odd Future artist on the label, it all made sense, sort of. What could be more punk rock for a hip-hop group with punk rock tendencies than signing an uncompromising hardcore band to their Sony-distributed label? But where Odd Future excels in pushing buttons and expanding hip-hop, Trash Talk are content to dig in and be the most hardcore hardcore band out there. They don't reinvent the wheel on the new…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Alright Darlings Afro Punk-ers, its about that time again. I was all set this week to tell you another story about my adventures. Deadline closing in and ting. Last minute I was sent the EP of Kimberly Anne a South London Resident. She began her journey at The BRIT School describing her time there as "ultimately surreal but quite a daunting…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 11, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments
Quickie quickie: Toro Y Moi aka Chazwick Bundick revealed the cover art and tracklisting for his upcoming album 'Anything In Return' (see below). He told Interview Magazine: "People will be like, ‘What is he doing?' " [laughs] "I'm just trying to make sincere pop music that's not all processed and bubblegum. Underground isn't always relevant; I want to see what's popular, then put my own spin on…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 10, 2012 at 1:31pm — No Comments
Sometimes a story is only as good as the storyteller, and in early October Esperanza Spalding told a story of love, hope, and life during her second visit to the city of Indianapolis. Spalding performed at the Old National Theatre with her 10-piece Radio Music Society Band. Spalding introduced each member of the band throughout the 2 hour long show as they each brought their own unique flavor to songs like “Black Gold” which backup singer Chris Turner sang out during the…Continue