This is gonna be hot! UK funkateer-in-chief Omar Lye-Fook's new album is coming soon (June 2013? - there's an album release party in London on June 28). The tracklist and first single have surfaced. The record will feature collaborations with Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul) and Pino Palladino.
You can stream the single 'The Man' below…
Get funky! The new Janelle Monae single 'Q.U.E.E.N.' featuring Erykah Badu that we told you about is out now. Stream/download it below to hear them sing (and rap!) their asses off while you wait for Janelle's Monae's new album 'The Electric Lady' + check out a spot on review from AFROPUNK contributor Justin…Continue
Oh shit! Looks like Quasimoto (producer Madlib's alter ego) will be releasing an album soon. Yesterday Quasimoto teased his Facebook followers, posting: "Now playing -- Quasimoto "Yessir Whatever" LP test press". Which would mean that the album has already been recorded and is ready to go. Supporters have been waiting since 2005 for a new LP.…Continue
Have you heard the news? Wu-Tang Clan's new album will be called 'A Better Tomorrow' and will be released in July 2013.
+ it's the 20th anniversary of their debut album 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'.
Janelle Monae announced that her upcoming single is a collaboration with Erykah Badu, to be released on April 22 at 7:54pm EST (precisely! Better not be 7:55pm or else...). The track, titled 'Q.U.E.E.N.', will be the first cut off Monae's new album 'The Electric Lady' (still waiting on an official release date for that…Continue
Good news for fans of hard rock/folk/blues band Earl Greyhound! (to the unconverted: I'm worried about you. Are you OK?) It's been two years since Earl Greyhound's 2nd full length Suspicious Package, but the intrepid trio are back. Sort of. They're re-releasing their first recordings from 2003 on vinyl. The 4 song EP Besides Seasides is out today and definitely worth picking…Continue
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Is anyone excited about the upcoming Major Lazer album 'Free The Universe'? (release date is February 19 2013). Tracklist features collabs with Santigold and many more. Check the album trailer:
1. You’re No Good (feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin)
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).…
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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If you're a fan of apocalyptic punk/hip-hop sounds, this one's for ya. Death Grips confirmed that their next album, 'No Love Deep Web', is coming out this fall. They released their previous LP 'Money Store' earlier this year to critical acclaim. Here's what the band said about 'No Love Deep Web': "the release is scheduled for fall 2012. most likely late october.. we are in correspondence with Crispin Glover and working toward a video collaboration with him relating to this…Continue
'Black Traffic'. That's the title of classic UK rock band Skunk Anansie's upcoming album, to be released on September 17 (the first to be released through their own label, in partnership with 100% Records). Lead singer Skin says it better: "We've wanted to be in charge of our own destiny for many years. The doom and gloom merchants may whine about the music industry, but we've seen it as a positive chance to re-invent how we work and take more control over our art form. (...)…Continue
Ever heard of soulful hard rock? Well get with the program 'cause that's the kind of music The Memorials manage to make. Founded by drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta), the group showcases their musicianship and creativity in their new album 'Delirium'. Click here to buy the record (preview a…Continue
A free download off Imani Uzuri's album 'The Gypsy Diaries' available June 5th 2012.
"Born of worldly travels and spiritual travails, Uzuri’s rich acoustic songs on 'The Gypsy Diaries' find fresh settings for unifying human experiences: the loss of loved ones, the joy of discovering, the alienation and shifts of moving, meeting, and departing. Riveting live, Uzuri will celebrate her new album on June 1 at Joe’s Pub in New York."…
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Sade only tours every 10 years or so, right? And while it's worth the wait, it's always nice to be able to jam to their performances a little more often. Ms. Adu and her bandmates are releasing a Live DVD from their 2011 tour on May 22nd, available HERE for pre-order. 122 minutes of goodness. Will you be watching it? - L…Continue
Iconic guitarist Slash is making a come back! He never really left actually, although he's not officially a member of Guns N' Roses anymore. His new album 'Apocalyptic Love' is coming out on May 22nd, and if you can't wait 'til then, get a taste of the band and new music in the videos below. The group is also kicking off an extensive tour on May 3rd in Baltimore, with dates all over the US, in Canada and in Europe.
The album is already available for pre-order…
The word is out: Janelle Monae told Back To Rockville (music blog in her home state Kansas): "I plan on releasing two albums next year" (...) "I will try to stick to the scheduled release dates, which I know but can't say."
In other words, you're gonna have to wait to know exactly when, ok? Monae also stated that she will be touring "with some really big artists". Stay tuned...…