Have you heard the news? The Maya Rudolph Show is coming soon with Raphael Saadiq as band leader and Janelle Monae as the first musical guest! NBC announced that the show will air on May 19th at 10pm (it's a one-off for now). Other guests include Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg.
Ghananian rapper/producer Blitz The Ambassador delivers the last gem, “Love On The Run” off his upcoming album Afropolitan Dreams. The track begins with bold, blaring horns and dainty almost harp sounding strings. You’d be forgiven for thinking some sort of retro vinyl sample is at play here but Blitz has recorded with a live band. The tracks then leads into the sugar sweet vocals of Nneka and the pair embark upon a melodious back and forth of sweeping falsettos and…Continue
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For most people, living away from home awakens a new appreciation for family and the efforts of our parent(s) when it comes to our upbringing. While I can write up a list as long as my arm of the ways that my family have fought to protect and nourish me while putting up with my crap at the same time, I couldn’t help but try and uncover what it was that made me so resentful and why these reasons took so long to manifest. As a 21-year-old adult looking back at my younger self and…Continue
After releasing his highly anticipated album Cognitive Dissonance, and making headlines about his one of a kind partnership with moguls Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles’ label 300, rapper Raz Simone still remains the independent, outspoken and creative artist his fans fell in love with as the head of his own creative collective, Black Umbrella.
By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…
Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments
Depending on how your tastes, you either know James Fauntleroy as the singer of boundary pushing collective Cocaine 80s or as one of Justin Timberlake's primary writing collaborators on the contract fulfilling The 20/20 Experience. But the singer and producer known more for larger than life productions (be they relentlessly indie or as mainstream as it gets) strips it way back on his latest String Theory Acoustic.…
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The punk rock reincarnation of 'Josie and the Pussycats', 'pOny' (people of NY) is a 90s based animation centered around four female bandmates. Odette Cruz (lead vocals), Pauline Tharpe (lead guitarist), Nina Lee (bass), and Yoshiko Yomano (drums) are coming together to steal a spaceship called T.W.A.T (Trans-dimensional, Wormhole, Amplifying, Transport) from their future selves. With their fans, affectionately called the Ponytails, their trusty robot companion K.E.V.I.N and…Continue
You’d be surprised at the volume of great music that goes unnoticed every day. Well, here’s one awesome project you won’t have to miss out on. Columbus, Ohio native Renee Dion is one of those artists you’ll be thankful you’ve come across. The singer/songwriter (who now resides in New York City), hooked up with splendiferous producer Jon Rogers to release the ultra smooth Moonlight album.
By Ayara Pommells, AFROPUNK…
Rocker Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) revealed his epic new single 'To The Top'.
About the track, Lewis wrote: "What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.
It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves…
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San Francisco post-punk trio Static People kick off their Rare Creatures EP with an explosion of infectious power-pop. “Monkey Scratches” evokes late 90's guitar pop in the best way, but it quickly gives way to the moodier rest of the EP. Think of “Monkey Scratches” and “Tonight” as appetizers for the much darker and heavier fare to follow.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…
'The Black Panthers Speak' is back in print! This book features writings by Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, David Hilliard, and Fred Hampton, Kathleen Cleaver and other Panther women. You can get it from publisher Haymarket Books here.
Info: "From its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to contemporary…
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A universal language that transcends all walks of life in the world, it speaks to more than your ears, tiptoes into a person’s heart, creeps into the soul and does a spiritual dance. Music is what feelings sound like. It finds ways to rebirth memories, aids with putting the present to rest and has the strength to make the sternest face smile. Heroic harmonies no emperor on this planet has come close to touching, and they’ll be foolish to try. The saying goes; music can calm a…Continue
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As you know, rock band Death was punk before punk was a thing. The pioneers and AFROPUNK Fest alums are releasing 'III' on April 22. It's a collection of songs spanning many decades (they were recorded in 1975, 1976, 1980 and 1992). The full record is streaming now on NPR!
Click here to check it out. Highlights include 'North…
I first heard of Lourens Gebhardt, aka “Loux the Vintage Guru,” from a friend who had sent me a link to his blog. I have long been interested in contemporary African fashion, but remain mostly ignorant of Africa’s vintage fashion and street style scenes. Going through Loux’s Tumblr was like a crash course in Namibian vintage menswear, and I was amazed by the…Continue
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If you were not at Coachella last weekend you can watch some of the performances right here. Below we have full sets from Outkast (featuring an appearance by Janelle Monae), Pharrell Williams (with many guests such as Tyler, the Creator, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes & more), Little Dragon, Blood Orange, Nas, clips from Solange Jhene Aiko (with Childish Gambino & Drake) and more. Also performing were Unlocking The Truth, Fishbone,The Bots, Kid Cudi, Laura Mvula, AlunaGeorge.…Continue
Indie rock pop band Phox revealed their new single 'Slow Motion'! Check it out below. Their self-titled upcoming album is available for pre-order at phoxband.com.
Always great to see talent in the community! Photographer Ravi Balineni shared some eye-grabbing images from his portfolio. Check them out!
When digital recording became a thing that anyone could do at home on their laptop for little to no money, a generation of indie musicians looked at their 4-track tape decks and declared “finally! Now I don't have to deal with this thing anymore.” But there's a legacy of incredible music made on 4-track cassette, and the format forces you to think about music in a deliberate way that's been all but forgotten lately. In the process of making his Mid-City Island…Continue
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Iman Omari's laid-back 'High-Loops' tape is getting mad buzz right now! You'll recognize many soul classics in the samples.
Name: Quincy Jones (Prepsterpunk.com)
Occupation: Event Curator/Stylist
Place you live/from: Washington, DC from Virginia
Why? Have we ever found where unicorns live? That’s where I wish to…Continue
ASHEVILLE, NC: This is what you have been waiting for! AFROPUNK is finally coming your way for Moogfest! We will be hosting a screening of THE TRIPTYCH w/ a panel discussion feat. Saul Williams, Sanford…Continue
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