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Free Download: Arama Mara's 'Concrete Blues'

Who's in the mood for some delicious soulful music infused with rock and reggae? Arama Mara is a respected songwriter whose credits include reggae legend Maxi Priest, Enrique Iglesias and more. But wait 'til you hear her solo project. She's sharing her track 'Concrete Blues' with us as a free download, check it out below!

Arama told us: "Concrete Blues tells the story of me leaving my familiar hometown…
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Added by AFROPUNK on June 27, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Free Download: Alison Carney Covers Incubus' 'Stellar'

It's always risky to cover what some consider a 'classic'. Looks like DC-based artist Alison Carney isn't afraid of challenges, as she decided to release her take on Incubus' song 'Stellar'. It is a free download, scroll down to check it out! We're also including other tracks from her EP 'alisonWonderland', including a collaboration with afropunk.com member… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Bad Brains' HR Getting The Documentary Treatment

In case you missed this, here's another documentary you punkz and punkettez need to look out for: HR, The Documentary, produced by Small Axe Films. The movie will document the life of icon and Bad Brains front man HR, from the hard-hitting and aggressive punk era to the more mellow, but still eccentric recent days. Very little footage has been released so far and we don't know when the final product will be available (the… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

INTERVIEW: Onyx Ashanti - Hi-Tech Electro Geekery Meets 'Jazz' Improvisation

We've seen a lot around here, but this guy is definitely trying something different. Using available open-source technology, Onyx Ashanti created his own controller system to be able to play Live, improvised music he calls Beatjazz. The system includes elements strapped to his body and mouth pieces. But rather than explaining it to you, let's take a look at a video of one of his… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What the hell was that? Lupe Fiasco and O'Reilly Go At It

What the hell was that? Hip-hop artist and front man of rock band Japanese Cartoon, Lupe Fiasco was a guest on last night's conservative talk show the O'Reilly Factor. Not sure if our favorite part is O'Reilly's apparent contempt, treating his guest as if he (Lupe) was a delusional/stupid kid; or O'Reilly repeatedly implying that hip-hop artists and their "constituencies" (listeners) are uneducated and not very bright people. Did Lupe Fiasco still get his point across in spite of… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

J*DaVeY, Elevator Fight Embark on 'New Designer Drug' Summer Tour!

Hop hop hop! The festivities are kicking off tomorrow in Brooklyn NY. J*DaVeY are preparing the release of their LP 'New Designer Drug' later this year, and are going on the road again. You're in luck if you live in Philly, Washington DC, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Oakland and Los Angeles. They will be joined on the tour by Elevator Fight (Zoe Kravitz' band, who recently… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 20, 2011 at 6:08pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Twin Shadow Announce First US Headline Tour

On the heels of making their national TV debut, Twin Shadow announced their first US headline tour, the Clean Cuts Tour, visiting 20 cities. They'll be joined on this tour by Canadian indie rock band Diamond Rings. See below for music and tour schedule.



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Added by AFROPUNK on June 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Remembering Clarence Clemons, the Big Man

For nearly 40 years, Clarence Clemons reigned as the crowned king of rock and roll sax. From his career with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to his work as an actor and philanthropist, Clarence has been a beloved icon. Cutting a large figure, a towering 6'4”, Clarence was known as The Big Man. On June 18th, 2011 the world mourned the passing of one of the greatest saxophone players of all time, and a man many considered to be the soul of rock and… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 20, 2011 at 12:14pm — 5 Comments

Rocking Out In Trinidad & Tobago: 5 Miles To Midnight

Did you know that Caribbean island Trinidad has a vibrant alt rock scene with tens of bands? There are many groups we'd like to introduce you to, but let's start with AP members 5 Miles to Midnight, an up-and-coming band currently working on a self-titled EP to be released this year (preview some tracks below). They describe their sound as "iRock" (island rock). Band co-founder/drummer Rhys Thompson… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 17, 2011 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

LISTEN: New Music Round-Up - Lenny Kravitz, Gym Class Heroes, Spank Rock & More

It's the weekend, time for some ear-candy! Here are some new singles released in the last week or so. Rock, hip-hop and 'unclassifiables' for your sweet tooth, by artists and bands such as Lenny Kravitz, Gym Class Heroes, Spank Rock and more. Scroll down to take a listen and let us know how you like them. - L C-D…







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Added by AFROPUNK on June 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

AP Quickie: Trailers For Documentary About Punk Pioneers Death + Free Downloads

This documentary has been in the making for a hot minute, and we're still waiting for an exact release date. Punk pioneers Death released very few records but are considered legends by punk rock aficionados, as they predated the "Punk Rock Revolution" (listen to their song 'Politicians In My Eyes' below if you don't know what we're… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 15, 2011 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

INTERVIEW: The Musical Adventures of Gabe McNair (No Doubt, Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins...)

You’ve seen him countless times over the past fifteen years, playing trombone, keyboards and singing backup for No Doubt on tour, late night TV, and even for President Obama in tribute to Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center Honors last year. Yet, there’s a lot more to composer and multi-instrumentalist Gabrial McNair than performing back up duty for No Doubt. He’s a founding member of the band Oslo, he writes scores for television and film, and has recorded and toured with bands… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 15, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

AP Quickie: Bury Your Dead Ex-Frontman Myke Terry Forms New Band The Silent Age

Myke Terry sure didn't expect to be ousted from metal band Bury Your Dead when they signed to label Mediaskare Records, but that's exactly what happened (due to disagreements over his contract, according to the singer). Not one to give up, Terry formed a new band and already started to crank out very promising songs. So far, two tracks have been revealed, 'Brothers In Arms' and 'Ordinary Man' (stream below). Shout out to AP member Sub-Negro for letting us know. How do you all like… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 13, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

PREVIEW: Betty Black Getting Ready To Unleash 'Slow Dance' EP

Remember dope indie band Kudu? (if not, check out the video below, filmed when they performed at the Afro-punk Festival a couple of years ago). They haven't released anything since 2008. Drummer Deantoni Parks went on to work with the likes of MeShell N'degeocello, The Mars Volta. And bad-ass singer Sylvia Gordon is gearing up for the release of her EP 'Slow Dance', under her alias… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 10, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Galaxy Of Tar Cover The Eagles and Lamb

NY underground band Galaxy Of Tar (fronted by Naima Mora) is releasing one by one tracks from their project 'The Covers EP', showcasing their musicianship and Naima's ferocious yet vulnerable vocals. So far, the two covers available are of The Eagles' 'Those Shoes' and Lamb's 'Till The Clouds Clear'. You can download them for free right… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 10, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Still Funky, Still Bad-Ass: Nona Hendryx Releases Album 'Mutatis Mutandis'

Alright kiddos, Nona Hendryx released a full-length album, 'Mutatis Mutandis', the first in a long time (was the last one really in 1992?). Ms. Hendryx is getting real political on this one with tracks such as 'The Tea Party', 'The Ballad Of Rush Limbaugh', 'Oil…

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Added by AFROPUNK on June 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Black Music History Month: Top 10 Black Guitarists?

Not sure if you're aware of this, but US President Barack Obama proclaimed June 2011 'Black Music History Month', and even mentioned rock in the official proclamation: "The artistic depth of soul, rock and roll, and hip-hop not only bring together people across our Nation, but also energize and shape the creativity of artists around the world", it reads. In honor of this, popular/mainstream Black news website… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 8, 2011 at 1:04pm — 23 Comments

Meet Rufio Summers and His Fresh Acoustic Tunes + Free EP Download

It turns out Gloucestershire (UK) had more in store for us. We told you about The Divine Secret's bad-ass rock, now how about some fresh and summery acoustic tunes? Rufio Summers has just what you need, and happens to be a good friend of The Divine Secret front man Joe… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 6, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Kanye West Blends Glam & Gore In Controversial 'Monster' Vid

If you like your partners glamorous and dead, check out Kanye West's new video. More seriously, what's your take on this? Is the showing of women hanging from nooses misogynistic, or is it just art that "shall be taken as such"? (as stated in a disclaimer at the beginningt of the vid) A draft leaked a few months ago, but this is the final/official version.

Directed by Jake Nava, the mini-movie features appearances by Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. A threesome with corpses,…
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Added by AFROPUNK on June 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

LISTEN: Straight Line Stitch Cover Sepultura's 'Attitude'

Alexis Brown and her bandmates of metal group Straight Line Stitch have a lot of balls, to decide to cover Sepultura's track 'Attitude'. And you know what, it sounds pretty damn good. Not for the faint of heart though. It's real hard-hitting and might make you fall of you chair, you've been warned. Check it out below and let us know what you think. Catch Straight Line Stitch live this summer at the… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on June 3, 2011 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

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