Sound Check has not received any gifts yet
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Blame The Youth is a new band with a star on the rise. Made up entirely of musicians of color, the quartet is all about breaking down boundaries, including boundaries of genre. Naming Erykah Badu, Haitus Kaiyote, The Contortionist, Animals as Leaders and James Blake among their influences, Blame The Youth describes themselves as "an eclectic mix of alternative and soulful sounds with a little rock and jazz," but their distinctive sound can't…Continue
Following his debut EP Lonely Road Of The Dreamer, which boldly took up questions of mental health and identity to critical acclaim, London-based hip-hop artist Louis VI's latest single "More Water" serves as an interlude to the next chapter, his upcoming second EP. The inspiring track about making it through with the weight of the world on your shoulders uses water as a metaphor to highlight the necessity of people of color rinsing off the trauma from all of the…Continue
AFROPUNK veteran SZA made fans lose their minds last night when she dropped a RZA-narrated video teasing the release of her hugely anticipated new album ‘CTRL‘. The follow up to SZA’s stellar 2014 album, ‘Z’, ‘CTRL’—out June 9 via Top Dawg Entertainment—comes after more than a year in the making. Three of the album's tracks, “Love Galore,” “Drew Barrymore,” and my favorite “twoAM” (a reworking of Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Come and See Me” have already been released and if…Continue
On June 2nd, Blackbird Presents will release "Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration" on CD/DVD. The special event featured on the album took place at Chicago's Auditorium Theater, with performances from Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Jeff Tweedy, Win Butler and more. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the participating artists, and explores Staples’ cultural and musical impact.
Just ahead of its release, we've got an…