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AFROPUNK's Blog – April 2011 Archive (32)

Reminder: Sade Kicks Off World Tour!

Who loves Sade here? Ah c'mon fuckers, you know you've cried to "No Ordinary Love" and kissed to "Smooth Operator", don't try to act all tough now. Besides, if there's one artist who doesn't seem to care about trends and label politics when creating her songs, it's Ms. Adu. Well she's coming to a city near you! And you know that only happens once in a blue moon (it's been 10 years since they toured the U.S., and 17 years since their last European tour). Got your tickets? They will… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: Renee Ruth - How It All Started, And What's To Come

We chatted with indie musician Renee Ruth, who's coming out with a new album, 'HyperBlue', in July 2011. Needless to say, Ruth has been pretty busy lately. Happily he found some time to tell us about his passion for his craft, his upcoming record, and how it all started.

Interview by Olivia Haynes…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 27, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

R.I.P. Poly Styrene, A True Punk Icon

Hi guys, you might have heard the news. Singer and frontwoman of classic punk band X-Ray Spex, Poly Styrene, passed away Monday evening, after battling cancer. Our sincere condolences to her friends and family. Born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, she had an undeniable impact on punk culture, most notably with X-Ray Spex single 'Oh Bondage Up Yours!', a seminal rebel anthem. Her latest album, 'Generation Indigo' has just been… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 27, 2011 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

INTERVIEW: Hot Heavy and Bad - Joi's Return + Free Mixtape!

On the scene now for two decades, Joi is a popular and critically acclaimed artist who has managed to maintain an edgy, non-commercial, underground mystique. A soulful, renegade general presiding over her own army of rockin’ R&B insurgents, every few years Joi puts the music world on notice with yet another incredibly creative, notable missive from her secret lair.…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 25, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Spotlights And Stars Drop New Single 'Possession'

Wisconsin-based Spotlights And Stars just released their new song 'Possession', showcasing that fun post-punk rock/pop sound we already knew they had. The single is from their upcoming album and available now on Amazon, iTunes, Zune, Napster, etc. You can stream it right here from the music player below. Their previous album '8 Bit Emotion' is a high-quality rock/synthpop record definitely worth… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

WATCH: J*DaVeY's Steamy New Video 'Raincheck'

It's getting hot in here! Duo J*DaVeY released a steamy video for 'Raincheck', a track from their latest EP 'Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes' (free download, unless they reached their monthly free download quota on Directed by John Mazyck, it features singer Miss Jack Davey getting real cozy with… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

AP Quickie: Preview Honeychild Coleman's Full Record 'Bereket Window'

Afro-punkz and punkettes, Honeychild Coleman's upcoming record 'Bereket Window' is coming out May 1st, and now you can preview the whole thing, courtesy of label Invisiblegirl Records. The eclectic and unclassifiable album shows much growth in Ms. Coleman's craft (she wrote nearly all the damn songs, mmhkay?!). Scroll down to preview the music and click… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 22, 2011 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Metal/Hip-Hop Band A Broken Code's Album 'Retribution For The Afflicted'

AP members, NYC-based band A Broken Code have a little surprise for you to kick off your weekend. If you can handle some hard-hitting Metal/Hip-Hop, download their full album 'Retribution For The Afflicted' right HERE. Yes sir! Conscious lyrics and intense sounds to blast on your sound system. Preview some of the tracks in the player below… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 22, 2011 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

R.I.P. Gerard Smith, TV On The Radio Bassist/Keyboardist

Hi AP Fam, TV On The Radio announced that bassist/keybordist Gerard Smith died today of lung cancer: "We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer" (...) "We will miss him terribly." Our condolences to his family, friends and bandmates. R.I.P. Gerard.…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 20, 2011 at 5:30pm — 23 Comments

45 Adapters: Spreading The Street Punk Love In Brooklyn & Beyond

Punk is alive and well in Brooklyn baby. And yes, that includes "traditional punk rock", for all you punk snobs and purists. :) AP members 45 Adapters are living proof, with their street punk sound and lyrics like "This Xmas, don't buy shit!". In case you're wondering, they've already released a couple of EPs, the latest being 'Don't Trust Anyone Who Doesn't Dance' (vinyl available…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

AP Quickie: MuthaWit Takes You On A Ride With New Album 'Men & Women (la Revenge de Uncle Baldy)'

Collective MuthaWit just released 'Men & Women (la Revenge de Uncle Baldy)', a guitar heavy and theatrical LP, with lead vocals by founder Boston Fielder. Countless musicians join him for musical experiments going from jazzy to punchy rock/funk. Stream the whole record, including first single 'Waiting For My...' below, and let us know what you think! - L… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 20, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Kenyan Group Just A Band's Dope-Ass New Mixtape

Here's a funky dancefloor-ready freebie to start your week with a bang: Kenyan alt group Just A Band are sharing their joyful mix of afro-funk-house in their latest mixtape, 'KUDISH! (The Sound of Soup)'. A handful of remixes they did, using mash-ups and samples of numerous artists such as Amani, Nonini, Kenrazy, DNA, Madonna, Daft Punk, Koop, Kweku Ananse, Jua Cali, Soundstream, C+C Music Factory and more. Pump up the… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 18, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

BUZZING: Spoek Mathambo Wants To Scare The Shit Out Of You With His 'Control' Video

Have you seen South African producer and AP member Spoek Mathambo's latest video 'Control'? It's causing quite a stir with its blend of cults, graves and kids in a trance. The song is a cover of Joy Division's classic 'She's Lost Control' and is the 4th single off Mathambo's album 'Mshini Wam'. Most of the kids appearing in the video are members of the Happy Feet dance troup from Langa, Cape Town, the… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 18, 2011 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

VIDEO: Ben Harper - 'Rock N' Roll Is Free' + Tour Dates

So what do you all think of Ben Harper's new track 'Rock N' Roll Is Free'? The song is the first single from his forthcoming album 'Give Till It’s Gone', coming out May 17th. Harper has already started to tour in promotion of the record (including Coachella this past weekend) and has A LOT of shows coming up in the U.S., Australia and Europe. For the latest schedule, click here. 'Rock N' Roll Is Free' has a lively rock… Continue

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

April 16 = Record Store Day + New Releases from Bad Brains, Flying Lotus & More

Saturday, April 16th is Record Store Day people! "This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music", says Support your indie local store, will ya? Or do you think it's time to go all digital? Let us know in the comments below. The celebration include special releases and promotions by bands like Bad Brains ('Pay… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 15, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

AP Quickie: "Nona Hendryx and Vernon Reid to Perform in Berklee Student Musical About BB King"

When two legends join forces for a project, you gotta pay attention punkz and punkettes! Nona Hendryx and Living Colour's Vernon Reid will appear in a tribute to BB King April 30th and May 1st at the Berklee Performance Center (Boston), a musical written and produced by Berklee… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

LISTEN: Santigold Reveals New Track 'Go', Feat. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Singer Karen O!

Been craving for some new Santigold music? Here's a lil' treat for ya. The song, a duet with Karen O of rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is called 'Go' and will be on Santi's upcoming album 'American Dreaming'. She said in a statement: " 'GO' has a dual meaning. On one hand it’s a challenge, beckoning any would-be usurpers to come show and prove. On the other, it’s a call to myself to rise to the occasion. (...) It’s about the… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

AP Quickie: "New Production Meshes Punk and Theater to Tackle Gentrification"

Hey guys, just wanna share some info with you about a theater play debuting in New York April 22nd, meshing "punk and theater to tackle gentrification", starring Dennis Leroy Kangalee. Here's more info from the official press release:

" 'Gentrified Minds', the new play by actor, performance artist, filmmaker and maverick of the New York underground Dennis Leroy Kangalee, will make its… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 13, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Watch TV On The Radio's Bad-Ass Album (Yep, You Read That Right)

TV On The Radio strikes again! Their latest offering 'Nine Types Of Light' is not only an album, but also a full-length movie featuring videos for every song from the record and interviews with New Yorkers about the topics dealt with in the songs. Eccentric, offbeat, even sexy at times, the festivities kick-off with the hard-hitting 'Caffeinated Consciousness', and you're pretty much hooked from there. From love stories to… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 13, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Joe Jordans Experiment: Mom & Son Kicking Ass And Rocking Out Together!

How cool is Philly-based rock band Joe Jordans Experiment? Singer/guitarist Joe Jordan with his mom on drums! Can I get a "Awwww"? Well a "Roarrrrr" is more like it, their music is funky as hell! We're talking about DIY rock here, so don't expect over-produced music. Joe Jordan cites classic bands such as Pure Hell, Bad Brains and Parliament Funkadelic as his inspirations. You get the picture... Check out some… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 11, 2011 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

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