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AFROPUNK's Blog – February 2011 Archive (54)

AP Quickie: Ninjasonik Announces Tons Of New Tour Dates

Whether you're in the U.S., France, or the Czech Republic, please be warned: Ninjasonik is coming your way! They've just announced tons of new tour dates. And if you haven't done so, download their mix CD 'When Anxiety Attacks!!' featuring M.I.A., Lil' B,… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Afro-punk Celebrates Black History Month: The Father of Techno, Kevin Saunderson

There’s no Big Bang for techno; it didn’t simply appear out of nowhere. The music’s DNA carries traces of countless forebears, from Motown to Kraftwerk. Nevertheless, like all great cultures, techno comes with its own creation myth: the Belleville Three, the trio of three African American kids from the suburbs who gave the music its initial form. For all intents and purposes, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 28, 2011 at 4:37pm — 2 Comments

If You Don't Know, Now You Know: Piel Is Contagious

Bad-ass and charismatic lead singer: check. Catchy tunes that will stick in your head and make you shake your thang: check. Quality music and great band chemistry: checccck. OK, you get the point, just check out Piel's music already! Based in downtown Los Angeles, the band is conquering the world one fan at a time, one show at a time. Their music speaks for itself, an original mix of dance, rock, and anything they… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 25, 2011 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Skunk Anansie Cover The Stooges For Sucker Punch

Have you seen that creepy trailer for the movie Sucker Punch coming out in March?  You know, the one where that adorable little blonde with the two pigtails gets tossed into the insane asylum by her evil step-father.  Well, the high energy "thriller's" soundtrack is actually pretty darn good, with the Skunk Anansie crew covering two songs which you… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

LISTEN: TV On The Radio's New Single 'Will Do'

It was about tiiiiime... TV On The Radio just released the first single from their upcoming album 'Nine Types Of Light', due out April 12th. We told you so! :-P The new track, 'Will Do', is on the down-tempo side and will satisfy your sweet tooth while you wait for the album. Check it out! - L C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 25, 2011 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Afro-punk Celebrates Black History Month: Bob Marley, better known as, just Bob

Before Bob Marley was Bob Marley he was just Bob. Before he blew your mind. Before I caught myself even naming a favorite Bob Marley song, I realized I didn't even know what Bob Marley looked like sans dreadlocks. He had a whole life and career before he ever thought about saying "get up, stand up" and every other song people these days might break out at a karaoke lounge. It's still Black History Month and I know all of you guys have forgotten! This is a final reminder, before…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

"Sistas In The Pit" Dive in Without Fear

No.  Good music isn't really as dead as people keep saying it is.  Every once in a while you'll come across a band that makes you think a little bit about doing something energy pumping and sweet love making in the same album.  Meet Sistas in the Pit, a three piece female band who describes their sound as "Jimi Hendrix and Sade's baby if they had a one night stand,"  and make us say, okay,… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

AP Quickie: Be In J*DaVeY's Next Video!

"Set up your cam, blast 'Quicksand', dance ur heart out, go to, click 'submit' ". Those are the instructions from funky/pop/experimental band J*DaVeY if you want to be featured in their upcoming video. Film yourself dancing to their track 'Quicksand' (listen below) and click HERE to submit your video. While you're at it, check out… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 23, 2011 at 3:50pm — 3 Comments

PREVIEW: Sabatta's Upcoming Album 'Yinka Music Vol 1: Sex Power Death'

Some goodies from UK rock band Sabatta: preview their upcoming album 'Yinka Music Vol 1: Sex Power Death', to be released May 16th. Three of the tracks in the player below can also be downloaded for free! The band has a series of shows coming up in London (dates below) and should be in the U.S. later this year for some Live dates. Stay tuned...

Preview (includes free downloads of 'Living…

Added by AFROPUNK on February 23, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Bad Rabbits and The Bots Confirmed for the Vans Warped Tour

If you didn't plan to hit the Vans Warped Tour when they arrive in your city, maybe you might want to think about shelling out the 60 bucks (New York general admission price; 350 bucks for VIP treatment) just to check out two new additions to the tour line up; The Bots rock duo from California and… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Sending Good Vibes To X-Ray Spex' Poly Styrene, Who Announced She Has Cancer

Classic punk band X-Ray Spex front woman Poly Styrene announced she has breast cancer. Sending her good vibes and well wishes. Poly has been releasing music lately, in anticipation of her album 'Generation Indigo' (see our article here), set for release in March 2011.… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

AP Quickie: D.C. Hip-Hop Artist, Kokayi, Nominated for Four DMV Awards

D.C. artist, Kokayi, who describes himself as "a synaptic overload of afro-punk/hip-hop/funk/rock/psychodiscobilly," has just been nominated for several of this year's DMV Awards, including Best Live Show, Album Of the Year, Best Alternative Artist, and Living Legend Award.  Now in its fifth year, this year's DMV Awards will be held on March 5th in Hyatt… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 21, 2011 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Grace Jones is punk as hell! Watch some of her best Live performances

So it's Black History Month. Most media outlets are busy honoring the usual historical figures of African descent, as they should. But this is Afro-punk, and it's time to take a minute to acknowledge the ultimate counter-culture soldier, Ms. Bad-Ass herself, singer/songwriter/performer/model/actress Grace Jones. I don't care how old you are, you need to know that Grace owns this shit, the timeless talent, the "fuck you" attitude, the outrageous fashion, the political lyrics.…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 35 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Res Treats You To Her Mixtape, 'A Box Of Chocolates'

Did you cope that new Res mixtape? Yes, that's a big-ass file to download, but if the tracks are as banging as her song 'On My Way' (listen below), we say it's worth the trouble. Indie R&B and Rock straight from Philly, including a track produced by Pharrell Williams. Mixed by DJ Ni**Sky. Taste… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 21, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

WATCH: Dead Superstar's 'Cossroads' Video

AP members Dead Superstar just released their 'Crossroads' video, a DIY mini action movie directed by Scott "El" Haney. Hard rock, tattoos, hit-and-run... Check it out!…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Radiohead's King of Limbs: Everybody do the Thom Yorke Dance!

Have you been sucked into the Radiohead vortex yet? Yea, me too. Thom and the boys shocked the world with the surprise early release of the the much anticipated "King of Limbs" release this past Friday, instead of the expected Tuesday and…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

'Pariah': Black Alternative Culture Took Over The 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Did you hear what happened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival? 'Pariah', that lil' indie movie about a lesbian teenager we told you about a few months ago, became one of the most talked-about features of the event. They won the Sundance 'Excellence in Cinematography Award for Dramatic Filmmaking' award, rave reviews abounded (The New York Times, LA Times, and pretty much every paper you… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 18, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

WATCH: Jef Barbara - 'Les Homosexuelles'

Canadian pop enfant terrible Jef Barbara released yet another tongue-in-cheek video, 'Les Homosexuelles'. The official description of the piece reads: "Jef Barbara is insane. Here he is bending lip-syncing laws of insanity in a no-budget rendition of "Les Homosexuelles", off the crooner's cassette-only solo debut, out on AMDISCS." If you're not familiar with his work, you should check out some of his… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on February 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars Announce Joint Tour

An archandroid and a rebellious crooner? Should be fun! Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars will be touring the U.S. together, visiting 24 cities with their 'Hooligans in Wondaland Tour'. The two artists recently gave fans a glimpse of what's to come when they performed together at The Grammys. Check out the tour dates and video below.



5/4 - Roseland Ballroom - New…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Odd Future in NYC: Now Swag Makes Sense

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. There shouldn't be any surprise that they "kill it" "murdered a track" or "slay" anything. The name of the band says that they're going to be killing everything, and "kill", they most certainly do. I got a chance to see the boys this past Monday to a sold out crowd at Santos Party House in Manhattan, and it was the strangest, most bizarre spectacle of a show I've ever been to in my life. And I've seen…


Added by AFROPUNK on February 18, 2011 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

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