We told you about 'People, Hell and Angels', a collection of 12 Jimi Hendrix previously unreleased tracks, to be released March 4. After single 'Somewhere', here's another previously unreleased track, 'Earth Blues' (stream below - via…Continue
The AFROPUNK ARMY are always doing fly things around the country and world, and Miami was no excpetion! We sent our contributor Faisal to take up the scene of this years Art Basel, the gathering of Arties from around the world to show, party and mingle in MIA.…Continue
No one could have prepared the city of Indianapolis for what took place on December 4, 2012. One the most influential hip hop groups of all time just happened to roll into town on a stop for their 14 city HipHopgods tour. Base!!! How Low Can You Go! You guessed it- Public Enemy! With a career that has spanned over 25 years, produced 85 tours, and a recent nomination for the 2013 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, there seems to be no stopping for Public Enemy any time…Continue
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Previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix material? That's enough to get our attention. We recently told you guys about the upcoming Jimi album 'People, Hell and Angels'. Did you hear the first single? It's called somewhere and you can get a sneak peek below.
Hendrix recorded it with Stephen Stills and Buddy Miles. He was in an experimental phase.
Album 'People, Hell and Angels' coming out March 5, 2013.…
Skye Edwards is one of the queens of trip-hop. The Morcheeba frontwoman's new solo album 'Back To Now' is out now. Did you check it out? It was produced in part by Stephen Fitzmaurice (Metronomy, Professor Green). It's available on iTunes. Let us know what you think. + Check out the new remix of 'Nowhere' by Dave Davis below.
Also, in case you missed the info here a few weeks ago, Morcheeba is currently working on an album for 2013!…
As the old model for the music industry continues to die an undignified death, all eyes are on crowdsourcing as the “new model.” While successes like Amanda Palmer's million-dollar-kickstarter will never be the norm (and really shouldn't be if were going to be honest about sustainability here...), Corey Glover's latest solo record 'The Pledge is a perfect example of why we should be optimistic about a future of crowdsource funded records.
Added by Sound Check on November 28, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments
After writing the book on hardcore on their first 3 records (while moonlighting as a tight reggae band on those same records), Bad Brains expanded their sound to include elements of thrash, funk, metal, and even a bit of hip-hop. Meanwhile their reggae tracks gradually switched from being breaks from face-pummeling hardcore to being the main attraction. By the time 2007's Build a Nation came out, the band's faster songs sounded more like an obligation than a passion. Where Build…Continue
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For 35 years (with a few notable breaks...) HR has served as the lead signer of the groundbreaking hardcore band Bad Brains. Patient zero for the Afropunk movement, Bad Brains' classic run from 1977-1985 produced 3 of the best hardcore records, period. The band's latest, Into the Future comes out November 20th.
Leading up to the interview, I admit I was more than a little nervous. Beyond being simply a legend and the singer for one of my favorite bands of all time, HR has a…
Odd Future's The Internet (Syd The Kyd & Matt Martians) are back with 'Give It Time', a sensual track off their upcoming EP 'Feel Good'. And it does feel good! If you like what you hear, catch the Internet on their West Coast Tour (schedule below).…
Always good to hear from UK trip-hop power trio Morcheeba and lead singer Skye Edwards. So you're in for a double treat: 1) The band has announced that they're cooking up a new record for 2013. They say: "we’re collaborating with some great international artists and it’s set to be one of our most innovative records to date." Sounds like a plan.
2) In the meanwhile, Skye Edwards is set to release her solo album 'Back To Now' on Monday October 29th! Woo! Check the first single…
Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2012 at 7:02am — No Comments
When Odd Future signed hardcore punk band Trash Talk to be the first non-Odd Future artist on the label, it all made sense, sort of. What could be more punk rock for a hip-hop group with punk rock tendencies than signing an uncompromising hardcore band to their Sony-distributed label? But where Odd Future excels in pushing buttons and expanding hip-hop, Trash Talk are content to dig in and be the most hardcore hardcore band out there. They don't reinvent the wheel on the new…Continue
Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
BAD BRAINS ARE FUCKING BACK. Being a Bad Brains fan means being patient. The legendary quartet has had it's share of ups and downs over the years. After writing the book on hardcore with the ROIR cassette, Rock for Light, and I Against I, the band began to splinter and falter. HR was occasionally replaced by other singers, and in a final indignity they lost their very name in a legal battle. And while we all know they can still bring it live, it's been…Continue
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Shooooot! Who's pumped up about Bad Brains' upcoming album 'Into The Future' (to be released November 20th). The title track has been revealed and you can stream it right HERE. Some say it's a return to their hardcore/punk roots. Check it out and let us know what you…
Added by Sound Check on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
After she enjoyed the Afropunk Fest performances like the rest of us, AP member Olivia Haynes got a chance to catch up with hilarious mad scientist Reggie Watts and Alexis Brown of Metal band Straight Line Stitch.
They told her about what Afropunk means to them and what they have in store for us in coming months. Check it out.
(Straight Line Stitch photo by wagz2it/TimeOut NY)…
We've been repping the Skins for a while here, and hopefully by now you know why. This badass quintet of teenagers (siblings Bayli, Reef, and Kaya Mckeithan and not-siblings Daisy Spencer and Russell C) has recorded 2 EPs in the past year and hitting the road and playing shows whenever they have some downtime between school. (When I was 17 the best I got was playing Golden Eye whenever I had some downtime between school...)…Continue
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Our love for New York singer/songwriter Tess is no secret. Straddling the world of RnB and rock like the second coming of Tina Turner, Tess has spent the past few months kicking some serious ass. After dropping her debut EP…Continue
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There's nothing new about musicians putting jokes into their songs. Hell, Mozart wrote multiple choral pieces with “lick my asshole” as the text. And comedians using music to tell a joke is about as old as the whole idea of telling jokes. But there's something rare about an artist who's able to transcend both labels to the point where he's neither a comedian singing songs, nor a musician telling jokes. Reggie Watts is his own special category of indefinable.…Continue
The absurdly prolific Chaz Bundick, better known to the world as Toro Y Moi, has somehow found time between Lollapalooza, a collaboration with Tyler the Creator, releasing a series of 7 inches in April, and of course Afropunk Fest 2012 to work on new material. Apparently already at work on Toro Y Moi's next album, Bundick and band debuted a handful of new songs at Lollapalooza last week.…Continue
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