Are you in the mood for some "homopop, queercore, punk, non-college rock, bullshit"? Brooklyn-based band Aye Nako got just what you need with their new track 'For The Inverted'. Debut album 'Unleash Yourself' to be released on May 31.…Continue
There are some collaborations that seem like they'd make perfect sense on paper, and yet somehow fail to work. (I remember being so excited when I first heard that one of the 90's greatest singers - Chris Cornell - would be teaming up with the 90's greatest rhythm section - Rage Against the Machine - for what turned out to be the 2000's most meh band. No matter how good they may taste separately, nobody wants a peanut butter and goat cheese sandwich.) Then there are other…Continue
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What happens when Erykah Badu, her cousin Jah Born, DJ Big Texas, RC Williams, Symbolyc One, Rob Free, PicnicTyme, A1 + HeadCrack (on voice box) produce beats during a live jam session in Dallas, Texas? The Cannabinoids, 'The Beat Tape VOL.2'! 21 minutes of badass beats with additional production & arrangements by Mike Chav. Pump up the volume and check the mix below already! It's a free download. - Lou C-D…Continue
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If you're a fan of retro soul and Motown sounds, Latasha Lee and her band The BlackTies got just what you need. A big admirer of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Lee offers melodies, style and visuals celebrating the greats. Check out some of her videos below and let us know what you think. Latasha Lee & The Blackties' self-titled album is out now on …Continue
Now that the full track has been revealed by Mark Ronson on East Village Radio (stream below), what's your verdict on Andre 3000 & Beyonce's Cover Of Amy Winhouse's 'Back To Black'? Did they murder the song in a good way or a bad way? The track is from The Great Gatsby soundtrack.…Continue
For much of the world May Day is celebrated as an international worker's holiday. In America May 1st is Loyalty Day. No. Seriously. While most countries are celebrating worker's rights and international solidarity, in the Land of the Free® we celebrate obedience to the state. But cities across the country are holding their own May Day celebrations. In New York a coalition of Immigrant Rights groups, Unions, and Occupy are organizing a day of action and a march to promote…Continue
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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
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
Dope rock and roll band and AP members The London Souls are back in full effect with a Live video and tour dates announcement. Check out the schedule, ticket info and performance footage below and get ready to rawk!
New supergroup alert! TEN are Thomas Pridgen (The Memorials, ex-Mars Volta), Eric McFadden (P-Funk) and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone). They promise music of the rock, funk, punk variety".
"T.E.N. released a limited-edition EP on April 1st, 2013, (...) featuring songs from their recording session at Hyde Street Studios, which was the first day the…
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Have you heard the news? Andre 3000 will cover Amy Whinehouse's ‘Back to Black’ for the soundtrack of the upcoming adaption of 'The Great Gatsby'. The soundtrack will be executive-produced by Jay Z and Beyonce will also be on the track. The news was reported by E! Online: "The new flick, directed by Baz Luhrman, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey…Continue
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Congrats to teenage punk rock band and Afropunk Festival alums Radkey for their feature in The New York Times.
"They play hard-driving rock and pop-punk, with intricate guitar and bass riffs." (...) "The lead singer and guitarist, Dee Radke, 19, possesses a rich baritone and…
Laura Mvula's debut record Sing to the Moon is glorious. No two ways about it. A modern take on retro sounds, the onetime composition student has created a futuristic RnB symphony. Layering her voice into a choir on top of minimal accompaniment, the songs are deceptively simple. The depth comes in the way she uses a handful of instruments, mostly percussion, and her velvet voice to build songs up. And there's a lot of depth here.…Continue
The Seshen were one of my favorite new discoveries of 2012. The Bay Area septet(!) possess a rare talent for combining giant pop hooks with some seriously abstract and boundary pushing undertones. There's something magic when a band can make the experimental make total sense. They're currently working on their new EP and we just got a taste with…Continue
AFROPUNK FEST 2013 is right around the corner! We're bringing you another weekend of food, fun, sun and beautiful people August 24th and August 25th 2013 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. Mark your calendars and join us in…Continue
In hindsight, it makes perfect sense that anti-folk luminary Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock would start a band. The two have collaborated often in recent years, with Aesop adding vocals to Kimya's most recent solo record Thunder Thighs, and Kimya returning the favor. So it was really only a matter of time before the unlikely duo made it official. The new band is called The Uncluded, and their debut record will be out in May.…Continue
Ever wondered what the Heavy metal scene looks like in Mozambique? Check out the 'Terra Pesada' documentary.
From the project's website: “Terra Pesada” is the story of young heavy metal musicians in Mozambique, a former Portuguese slave colony, and their quest to make their voices heard. We follow them at home, at school, hanging out with their friends, talking about music, politics, HIV/AIDS, the wars, what their…
Indie psychedelic band The Tontons are back after their stellar Golden EP with a new single. (The Tontons are of course not to be confused with the Tauntauns from ice planet Hoth). The A-side of the Bones 7” is a spacey, but dance-rock infected jam. Fittingly titled “Bones 1” it's a song about living in the here and now and celebrating youth and freedom. “One of these days, we'll have some kids, picket fences, mortgages … but today's not that day / and I'm not…Continue