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OP-ED: Glasslands closing - Has Vice officially declared that they are not a part of the community they cover?

Over the last few years, every time I've been to a show at Death By Audio or Glasslands, the last great outposts of DIY culture in Williamsburg's ocean of trust funders and trend chasers, I've been struck by the same terrified thought: “How long can this possibly keep going?” Well, now we know the answer: as long as Vice Media says so.

Since 2006, one block on South 2nd St. in Williamsburg has been the home to DIY venues, an underground film house, and art spaces. One by one,…
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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: South African artist OHYESLORD's vibrant illustrations

I've been a fan of OHYESLORD's work for a while, and when I thought of the idea to start an online mag/blog he was one of the first people to come to mind that I could possibly feature, so I was very excited when he agreed. Born in Pretoria and now based in Jahannesburg, OHYESLORD is self-taught, which I would have never guessed had he not mentioned it. His style of illustration is very unique and on a high standard when it comes to digital illustration. His ability proves that…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The North Star School in Ghana Needs a Bus and You Can Be A Part of the Adventure!

It was Saturday night, October 11, 2014, and I was back at Rafa's magical art lounge in Echo Park, which has quickly become one of my favorite spots in LA to check out local bands. It's where I first heard the soul-transforming guitar solos of possessed axe-man Edgar Hernandez, of Blind Owl, after the…

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Added by The Establishment on October 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Les Sins aka Toro Y Moi releases 'Talk About'

Check out the new single from Toro Y Moi, 'Talk About'. The latest single is from the singer's Les Sins project, and will be the opening track of his upcoming album, 'Michael'. Expect an album release very soon. The singer is apparently set to release his new album "Michael" on November 4th. If you love house, you'll definitely love this track. Get into it, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Special' - the new single from British songstress, Liv

Listen to the new release from British songstress, Liv. If this track, 'Special', and her debut single, 'Come A Little Closer', are anything to go by; then the debut album from this singer-songwriter/ producer is definitely going to be worth the wait. Listen, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Debut EP from Ohio Indie Rock band Betsy Ross #SoundCheck

I've probably seen over 3,000 bands at this point in my life, but I can count the number of times I watched someone perform and didn't want it to end on both hands. Most bands either have a good sense of how long their sets should be for maximum awesomeness and play not a beat longer, or they mistakenly think their every note is a gift and go on until the room is empty. Le sigh. But there we were in Columbus, Ohio's House With No Name, watching Betsy Ross' Charity Crowe run through… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lion Babe release uplifting new track, 'Jump Hi' - feat. Childish Gambino

Since New York duo Lion Babe released their single 'Treat Me Like Fire' almost two years ago, there has been much excitement surrounding Vocalist Jillian Hervey (pictured) and producer Lucas Goodman. So much so, that many have been waiting impatiently for the duo to drop new material. Well prayers have now been answered. The duo have released new single, 'Jump Hi'; and the uplifting track features none other than Mr Childish Gambino. Get into the catchy anthem,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

ART: Blaxploitation in Watercolor - the work of Argentinian artist Tata Monie

Meet Argentinian artist Tata Monie. The fine artist who originally trained in advertising and graphic design, is heavily inspired by the Blaxploitation film era and captures the iconic films of this era using just watercolor techniques, as though capturing movie stills with a camera. In his own words, what draws the artist to this era is 'The Funk, Gangsters, and gender'. Explore Monie's work, below.

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Added by Eye Candy on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Debut EP From Metal Band The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. #SoundCheck

Let's just get this out of the way first: the band is called The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. Their EP is called The Monumental Misadventures of Skeeter Jennings ...in LOVE. It concludes with a doom metal setting of the Dayman song that gets stuck in my head every single goddamn day from It's Always Sunny... I don't know how you can do anything but love everything about this. It is perfect.…



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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

ART: Artist Shantell Martin collaborates with Jewelry and interior designer Kelly Wearstler

New York based British artst Shantell Martin has teamed up with Los Angeles based Jewelry and interior designer Kelly Wearstler for a special collection, launching next week. Martin has used pieces from Wearstler's home collection as a canvas, customizing them with her signature marker drawings which have garnered the artist much acclaim in the art world. The collection includes includes leather jackets, upholstered leather furniture, totes, marble kisses, and…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 22, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Emoji Express - the online apparel store run by young college entrepreneurs

Check out Emoji Express, the online apparel run by a team of young college entrepreneurs. In addition to working with manufacturers in the United States, the company works in partnership with an African textile company; with an aim to further the African Textile Industry. The team have now set up a Kickstarter to take the company to the next level. Watch the video below to see how you can support.

By Alexander…

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Added by Safety Pins on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: LOLAWOLF releases their debut album, 'Calm Down'

AFROPUNK Fest alums LOLAWOLF released their debut album today, and the 12 track record is available to stream. The album has been long awaited since the New York trio, fronted by Zoë Kravitz, released their eponymous EP earlier this year. The album is feel good, it's tribal, and it's electronic pop at its finest. Get into it, below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Oh crap! A black girl gamer!

I have been playing video games off and on since I was a little kid. I didn’t have a system at home, so I made sure to make friends with the kids who did. That said, why is it my experience is somehow less than in some gamers’ eyes, despite at least twenty years of interest? Oh, right. Because I’m a black girl queer gamer. The issue is that the “cool girl” doesn’t want to play; she just wants to watch. This unholy desire to actually play games instead of serving as…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 21, 2014 at 7:38am — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Unreleased Sankofa album, 'To My Chagrin' - featuring Young Jimmy

An unreleased Sankofa album is now out for fans to hear, and it features New York producer and guitarist, Young Jimmy.  Darrin Maxwell is the lead singer and writer of the lyrics, and Young Jimmy plays guitar on the record, with Reginald Duvivier on bass and JC on drums. Production credits go to Hassan Spruill. 'To My Chargrin' was recorded in 2007; but the album was never released, till now. Listen…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Queer artists in Kenya - Jim Chuchu & Jarel

Finding his own way to tenderly picked melodies and intricate sounds that make up his solo music, Jarel, known to some as Nderitu Nduba, is a poet, songwriter and “child of the bloom” from Mombasa Kenya. As frontman of The Black Progression Band, Jarel takes pride in his sense of self-reliance and his creative approach to…

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Added by Gender Bent on October 21, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Alsarah & The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou' Gets Bouncy Remix by DJeff

Today we're premiering a remix of Sudanese American singer Alsarah & her band The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou', off their new release Silt Remixed (available here).

Their camp tells us: "After the major success of their debut "Silt" album, Wonderwheel Recordings have enlisted the help of some of our favorite producers from across the electronic spectrum to take a crack at the unique…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen Releases New Album (feat. Damon Albarn, Adunni, Nefretitti) #SoundCheck

Fela Kuti once said of his longtime drummer and bandleader Tony Allen “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” So when he has a new album out, it's a major event. On his latest, Film of Life, the 74 year old percussionist and composer proves why.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Where are they now? The 39 black models of Yale Joel's iconic Life Magazine editorial

On October 17th 1969, the iconic issue of Life Magazine with Naomi Sims as its cover model was published. In this issue was an editorial featuring 39 black models, shot by Yale Joel who also shot the cover. That editorial shot is pictured blow, and the text in the image reads as followed: “You see before you what may well be the most persuasive demonstration of successful black power ever assembled. If these 39 models, employed by a new agency called Black Beauty, were all…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Visual Artist AiRich Talks About Her Afrofuturistic and Raw Style

My name is AiRich. According to the people who surround me, my photography can work safely in the category of "afrofuturism". This has mainly to do with the style, the spiritual aspects that others link to my work. I see this as a great compliment, because my style was first developed by an optimistic philosophy that whatever is inside of me can come out. I welcome it, as it is an expression and reflection of my lifestyle, taste, who I am and how I see the world. One of the most…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

ART: Inspired by Hip Hop - the work of visual artist Derrock Burnett

Meet mixed-media visual artist Derrock Burnett. The Indiana native studied his craft at both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Indiana State University - receiving a masters in fine art at the latter. The experimental artist, known primarily for mixed media and collages, is a self confessed 'Hip Hop Baby' and uses the genre as one of his main influences; the music feeding an artistic, visual, response. Explore Burnett's creations,…

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Added by Eye Candy on October 20, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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