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AFROPUNK's Blog – September 2011 Archive (21)

Free Download: Static People Tackle Mental Disorders, Pharmaceutical Drugs With "Toxic Overload"

Dmitra, lead singer of alt rock band Static People, hit us up to offer their new track 'Toxic Overload' as a free download to the AP community, and to share some of her opinions about pharmaceutical drugs and their use to treat kids with mental disorders. She said:

"A bit of background on the song 'Toxic Overload': apart from being a musician I am also a mother and an autism and special needs activist.…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 29, 2011 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Can You Handle All This Trash Talk?!

Bam! Hardcore punk band Trash Talk dropped a new video, to their fans' delight. Skate, rock and trouble are on the menu. All you lucky bastards in the UK, they just announced a tour + a couple of US dates (see schedule below).

But enough talking, here's their 'Awake' video. The track is from their upcoming EP, to be released October 11th.

- L C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on September 29, 2011 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Kissey Reveals Haunting New Tracks + Free Download

You know we're all about showcasing the incredible and diverse talent in the AP community. New York-based Swedish singer/songwriter/producer Kissey shared a set of new tracks and snippets, freely expressing her creativity and taking the listener to deep, and sometimes dark places.

"I was listening to a lot of oldschool/acid house like Mr Fingers, Frankie Knuckles and old 80's songs like Peter Gabriel's…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 28, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Movie Alert: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

"Footage documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States, shot by a group of Swedish journalists"? Just what the doctor ordered! Don't miss The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (currently in theaters and festivals around the world; click here to find out when it's playing in your city). Featuring many of the leaders of the Black Power… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 28, 2011 at 1:16pm — 7 Comments

Afro-punk Festival 2011 will NOT be Rescheduled

You’ve been waiting to know… so here’s the scoop:

We want to THANK YOU for your solid support over the last month while we worked to figure out how to reschedule the Afro-punk Festival 2011. We got your tweets, e-mails and Facebook messages expressing how you felt; totally bummed out, in some cases outraged, at how the biggest Afro-punk festival yet got canned by Hurricane…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 26, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

'White Wash' Documentary Putting The Spotlight On Black Surfers

Where are our AP surfers at? We want to let you guys know about the 'White Wash' documentary (in NY, the movie is opening this Friday, September 23rd at Quad Cinema). "Examining the history of “black consciousness” as it triumphs and evolves into the minds of black surfers, we learn the power of transcending race as a constructive phenomenon. The story is narrated by the legendary, Grammy Award winner Ben Harper (...)… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

AP Quickie: Kele Fired From Bloc Party?

WTF is going on? :-P Kele Okereke told that his bandmates from Bloc Party went into the recording studio without inviting him or letting him know about it. "I hope I haven't been fired. I don't really know what's going on, because we haven't really spoken recently and I'm a bit too scared to ask", he reportedly said. Whether he's fired or not, it must be strange to be in a band that doesn't let you clearly know if you're still a member, dontcha… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 21, 2011 at 5:20pm — 6 Comments

Kendrick Lamar: Conscious Lyricist With A 'Fuck You' Attitude

Kendrick Lamar's album Section 80 is the biggest sound to come from West Coast hip-hop since Dr. Dre. Backed by gifted up-and-coming producers like THC and Sounwave, Kendrick rhymes and flows the way a rapper is suppose to. His voice effortlessly flows over the beats like a saxophone in a jazz song. On Overly Dedicated, Kendrick proved that he was the most talented out of all of the up-and-coming rappers of Generation Y; he pushes himself further as a lyricist on… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 21, 2011 at 1:40pm — 3 Comments

Afro-punk Presents "DEATH to HIPHOP" A CMJ Showcase

Fasten your seat belts, Afro-punk is about to take you on a wild ride at this year's CMJ Festival in New York. Our "DEATH to HIPHOP" show on Tuesday October 18th 2011 will feature punk pioneers Death, badass newcomers Cerebral Ballzy, hip-hop/rock/electro misfits Ninjasonik and dope…


Added by AFROPUNK on September 21, 2011 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Cerebral Ballzy Kicking Off (Yet Another) US Tour!

Punk band Cerebral Ballzy never stops touring, OK? So it's no surprise that they announced a new series of US Live dates (UK/Europe dates to be announced soon). They're hitting 20 cities this time (see schedule below). Are you ready for this? Expect mosh pits, profanity and more fun things. :)


# 09/26/11 Golden West…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 19, 2011 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Gary Clark, Keeping It Raw & Bluesy

No gimmicks here, just an intense raw voice singing good ole rock and roll and blues. Gary Clark Jr. is making the world take notice with his countless Live performances (including one at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival last year), and his EP 'The Bright Lights' released over the summer (stream it below). Let us know what… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 19, 2011 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

The Triumphant Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl and How A Grassroots Campaign Saved Her Show

In the digital age it is much easier for unknown and undiscovered talents to build their own platform on websites like and establish a fan base. Many have launched their careers from Youtube, Justin Bieber being its biggest success story yet. Issa Rae, the creator of Awkward Black Girl, is a Stanford University alumna who strives “to make her mark on the entertainment industry.” The web series have earned… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 17, 2011 at 9:42am — 14 Comments

AP Quickie: VV Brown New Album Teaser

We're not sure what VV Brown has in store for her upcoming album, hopefully some banging doo-wop powerpop like what she got us used to. The following teaser doesn't say much, it is rather intriguing and artsy. We'll keep you posted as new info is available. - L C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on September 14, 2011 at 7:58pm — 1 Comment

Free Download: Japanese Cartoon's Album 'In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death'

Japanese Cartoon (aka Lupe Fiasco's rock band) have made their album 'In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death' available on Soundcloud. The album had been on their website for a good minute, but it seems that many people ran into technical difficulties when they tried to download it. If you had troubles getting it, you can now grab it from the music player below (click on 'Download' next to individual tracks to download each track for free). Post-punk rock and electronica with a… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

New Music: Meshell, Spank Rock/Santigold, Viveca Hawkins (The Memorials), Renee Ruth, Sabatta

What an eclectic mix! Things are getting real funky up in here with the latest releases from Meshell Ndegeocello, Spank Rock feat. Santigold, Viveca Hawkins (The Memorials' vocalist), rockers Renee Ruth and Sabatta. Make yourself comfortable and let's get this party… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 12, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Sanford Biggers' 'Cosmic Voodoo Circus' Exhibit Opening 9/10 In NYC & More

"SculptureCenter is pleased to announce 'Cosmic Voodoo Circus', an exhibition of new work by Sanford Biggers commissioned through SculptureCenter's Artist in Residence program. (...)

In Cosmic Voodoo Circus, Biggers exploits the carnival aesthetic to address profound issues of identity, the power of objects, as well as spiritual and cultural transmigration. At the center of Biggers' installation is a new video titled…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 9, 2011 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

STREAM: Thundercat's Unconventional 'The Golden Age of Apocalypse'

Thundercat’s debut album is a gorgeous minimalist jazzy soundscape. Featured on the LP are interpolations of collaborations with other artists (Flying Lotus on “Mmmhmm” and Shafiq Husayn on “Love Still Hurts”). The light experimentation and free-form song structures are more in line with label Brainfeeder’s unconventional style, while the jazz elements are reminiscent of Peralta’s Endless Planets. Even a little bit of ‘80s electronic funk influences make its way onto the album.… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on September 9, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Call for Artists: “Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts”

Calling Visual Artists: our friends from Coup D'Etat Brooklyn shared this info with us.

*Deadline September 9th 2011* "
The exhibition “Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts”, is a collaborative project of the Pratt Center for Community Development, Pratt…


Added by AFROPUNK on September 6, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Are You IN? - Afro-punk Survey Testimonial Videos - Call To Action

You have a voice! You have opinions… so SoUND oFF!!!

The Afro-punk community encompasses tons of different styles, artistic expressions, and personalities – all very individual, very in your face. From the punk rockers to funk rockers, we all identify with a socially conscious culture that challenges cookie-cutter mainstream generalizations of what “young Black culture is” and declares the freedom for us to RoCK to the beats designed by our one-of-a-kind selves. Now’s the time…

Added by AFROPUNK on September 6, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Brain Dead Burockracy

Brain Dead Burockracy is an independent Los Angeles-based hard rock band. Front-man Levi hails from Gary, Indiana (hometown of the Jackson family), while bassist Sideshow is from Ohio and drummer Brian is a California native. Levi and Brian (who also go by Na’Irb) sat down for a interview with Afro-punk to talk about a new album, their worst show, and controversial…


Added by AFROPUNK on September 5, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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