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NEW MUSIC: Birds of Chicago Make Longing Into An Art Form On 'Real Midnight' #SoundCheck

It's a rare kind of chemistry that buoys Birds of Chicago. Their sparse arrangements and unadorned songwriting becomes a platform to highlight the partnership between JT Nero and Allison Russell. Their voices blend and bounce of each other, often trading lead vocal duties in the course of a verse. Real Midnight is stunning in its stripped-backness, and utterly heart-rending.



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Added by Sound Check on February 19, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Chicago-native Sir the Baptist puts electric twist on gospel music

I'm going to be honest—I'm a godless heathen. So, when I hear words like "church music" and gospel, I flashback to the time my childhood pastor had the clock removed from the chapel because he was tired of people counting down to the end of service. It was terrible—we were trapped. Anyway. Sir the Baptist (William James Stokes) is (surprisingly) good enough to make me overlook the fact that his electric,…

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Added by Sound Check on January 15, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES AFROPUNK CHICAGO FOR JUNE 4TH ft. Danny Brown, Hannibal Buress, Holt

AFROPUNK has announced AFROPUNK Chicago to happen June 4th at an undisclosed popular Chicago venue, the next stop on The Most Wicked Party Event Series in conjunction with Redd’s Wicked Apple and Mango. Hot off the heels of a highly successful AFROPUNK Atlanta that saw performances from Run the Jewels and Curtis Harding, AFROPUNK Chicago will host performances by Danny Brown and Chicago natives Hannibal Buress / recent G.O.O.D. Music signee HOLT. Redd's Wicked Apple is…

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Added by Sound Check on May 19, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Of course music is for everybody" - The Chicago Tribune talks diversity in Rock

Yesterday a piece was published by the Chicago Tribune in which writer Allison Stewart explores the subject of diversity in Rock, centering the piece on American progressive metal band Animals As Leaders and its frontman Tosin Abasi (pictured). Read some excerpts from that piece below, and check out the full write-up…

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Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: FKA Twigs touring the US & Europe this fall

On the heels of releasing her debut album LP1 this week, FKA Twigs announced that she will be touring the US & Europe this fall.

Check out the full schedule below!

LP1 is available here.…


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Added by Sound Check on August 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: R.I.P. House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles

R.I.P. House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles. It is now confirmed that the legendary DJ and producer, dubbed "Chicago's godfather of house", died yesterday at age 59.

BBC.com reports: "Knuckles' longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, told The Chicago Tribune he had "died unexpectedly this afternoon at home".

More details would be forthcoming on Tuesday, he added.

No reason has…

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Added by Sound Check on April 1, 2014 at 8:13am — 9 Comments

RED BULL SOUND SELECT EXPANDS LOCAL MUSIC PROGRAM INTO 5 NEW CITIES

AFROPUNK is happy to support and be affiliated with Red Bull Sound Select, an ongoing program to support local music scenes. We've curated Sound Select shows with Danny Brown, Le1f, The Skins and The Oxymorrons and now MORE of these amazing shows and curators will be available in…

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Added by Sound Check on June 18, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

#SoundCheck – Blah Blah Blah: the Kings of Ballroom Rock

Championing a genre of music fittingly called “Ballroom Rock,” Blah Blah Blah are definitely a band deserving of your attention. Their first two EPs, Thank You Thank You and the aptly titled Charm, serve up a dynamic mix of ethereal ambiance and loud badassery. Solomon's voice soars to Jeff Buckley-esque heights on the first single 'Why Am I The Only One Laughing.' The impossibly joyous song 'Soon As I Get Home Tonight' with it's equally…

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Added by Sound Check on June 1, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Breathing Light: DIY Romantic Punk From Alabama To Chicago

Creativity within the AP community is tremendous, and there's nothing like stumbling upon an underground band like The Breathing Light, going DIY all the way, whether it's making music, shooting videos, putting shows together, or speaking out for LGBT rights. That's right, DIY "romantic punk" from Alabama to Chicago.

AP contributor Nathan Leigh interviewed The Breathing Light's KyleO, check it out…

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Added by Sound Check on March 27, 2012 at 7:45am — 3 Comments

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