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Alabama Shakes are coming to a city near you to rock TF out

Good news for fans of Blues-Rock band Alabama Shakes, the group recently announced additional dates for their current tour, adding stops in Albany, NY, Shelburne, VT, Boston, MA, and Portland, ME, this summer. ‘Shakes fans in the rest of the country will still have a chance to catch them this week at two stops in Louisiana, in Pasadena on June 24 at…


Added by Sound Check on April 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Queer hip-hop artist Christopher Lovell is one to watch with his mixtape “GATEKEEPERS”

With soundscapes that reflect the diversity of his creative endeavors, the playwright and actor who graduated from the Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre graduate acting program, hip-hop artist Christopher Lovell’s “GATEKEEPERS” is an eclectic mix of energetic and soulful melodies.

The religious themes are heavy, though, causing the collection to veer into the realm of gospel in the same ways that keeps me from enjoying artists like Chance The Rapper,…


Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Anderson .Paak is working with Nile Rodgers, Bruno Mars & Disclosure on NxWorries project

Via Instagram, ‘Malibu’ singer Anderson. Paak hinted at an upcoming collaboration with tourmate Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers (Hitmaker in hand) and Guy Lawrence of Disclosure. While the video features no new music itself, the clip itself shows sequences of studio footage that was captured at Abbey Road Studios by touring photographer Felix Dickinson and…


Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2017 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

PREMIERE: Folk-rock singer Andy Palmer pays tribute to Harriet Tubman in powerful new single "Black Moses"

Denver-based Andy Palmer has the type of timeless voice you'll never forget. Weighty and full of emotion, the folk-rock singer's music has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, hypnotic in its ability to be both full of strength and vulnerability simultaneously.

A former New York City public defender, the artist describes his work as "struggling with contradiction," something he views as inherent to the practice of law. His third and latest…

Added by Sound Check on April 26, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Singer Naomi Pilgrim on xenophobia in Sweden & her recent cover of The Specials' “Racist Friend”

With xenophobic sentiment and the far right rising all over Europe and the United States, Swedish singer Naomi Pilgrim's latest single is a call to action. The reimagined cover of The Specials' classic “Racist Friend” updates the sound and lyrics for 2017, but the story's the same: there's no coddling hateful people. We recently got the opportunity to talk to Naomi about the struggle for social justice in Sweden, and art's ability to transform the narrative.…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Solange will take her live show to museums this spring!

Sitting down with Complex during weekend 2 of Coachella, the ‘Seat At The Table’ songstress, Solange, shared her exciting plans to take the acclaimed album on the road this year. Opting out of the traditional touring circuit that most artists rely on for the bulk of their earnings, Solange described her two (touring, but not touring) events…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Non binary UK punk artist Jacob V Joyce is inspired by African & Caribbean revolutionaries

Jacob V Joyce is a non binary interdisciplinary artist whose mission is to "disrupt commercial and community spaces with queer and decolonial, creative interventions." Inspired by African deities and African and Caribbean revolutionaries, Joyce pokes fun at racism and cissexism in creatively humorous, yet powerful ways through their zines, music, workshops, clothing, and other forms of art.

Growing up in Mitcham in south London, Joyce told…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MeShell Ndegeocello's mother found unharmed after being reported missing

Earlier this week, ten-time Grammy award winner Meshell Ndegeocello reached out to fans on social media with an urgent request. The artist's 72-year-old mother suffers from dementia, and she went missing in Oxon Hill, Md., on Monday, April 10. On Instagram, Ndageocello reached out to anyone who might have information.…


Added by Sound Check on April 25, 2017 at 11:32am — No Comments

Willow and Jaden Smith are starting a rock band

Usually, when Jaden Smith tweets, I have no idea what is being said. It's gotten to the point where even posts that seem straightforward scare me into thinking I'm losing it, because I'm so not used to making sense of them right away. This is part of the reason why when he tweeted that he, his sister Willow and his actress girlfriend Odessa Adlon were starting a rock band, I had to confirm across multiple sources before actually believing it.…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2017 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

Meet Botswana's fearsomely vibrant heavy metal subculture, The MaRock

In recent years, the rocker subculture of Botswana has attracted a lot of international attention. ‘MaRock’, as they are popularly known, have been a part of Botswana’s cultural landscape since the 1970s.

MaRock are known for wearing elaborate outfits, sporting tassels, studs and cowboy boots and hats. Many integrate animal parts, (sculls, teeth, tufts of hide) into their regalia, adding a uniquely local twist to the local rocker mythology.

As the…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Atlanta-based eclectic-soul artist Rahbi shares uplifting acoustic performance of “Better Life”

Stripped down to barebones, Atlanta-based multi-genre artist RAHBI performs acoustic version of his track “Better Life” at Sofar Sounds New York. A sunny, eclectic-soul song about self-love, positivity, and being happy and present in the moment. Channeling some of that otherworldly, almost spiritual calming and radiant energy that artists like Prince regularly tapped into, RAHBI’s bright vocals usher in a wave gratitude. But don’t take my word for it—check out “Better…


Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Prince's band The Revolution begins national tribute tour celebrating the late star

Just before the anniversary of the star's death, Prince's former band The Revolution announced a national tour in celebration of the "Purple Rain" singer. This comes after the overwhelming reaction to the surprise announcement of the band's reunion in February.

The Revolution was formed in 1979 by Prince, drummer Bobby Z, and keyboardist Matt Fink. The next four years saw several iterations of the band, until Prince finally settled on a band that could enact his…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

How Prince taught me the importance of accepting not knowing everything about gender

"I'm not a woman / I'm not a man / I am something that you'll never understand." – Prince, "I Would Die 4 U"

During his life, I wasn't the biggest Prince fan. I grew up under a very religious Hindu mother and Muslim father, and the music I was exposed to was limited due to their conservative restrictions. To this day, my lack of knowledge around many of the Black cultural markers of my early life still causes me to stand out among my…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Why we need more voices like Nina Simone's in these critical times

Nina Simone was nothing if not unapologetically black. An outspoken and fierce voice in the Civil Rights Movement, her unflinching and unparalleled talent, Nina’s genius and creativity fueled the music and resistance against White Supremacy unlike anyone else, then and now. Protest anthems like "Mississippi Goddam" and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", encapsulated the rawness and anger, pride and self-love of the times that changed the dialogue and movement really. Now, in…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Austin hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm takes on the trauma of slavery in haunting video "Mali"

Riders Against the Storm is one of the top hip-hop acts in Austin, setting the hill country ablaze with conscious, community-building music. The husband and wife duo (Chaka and Qi Dada) recently headlined the Pandora House during SXSW, and won top awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Their video for "Mali", released today, tackles the history of slavery, and the spiritual practices Black people used to guide them through it. The video, the title of which is also a play…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Are we entitled to a dead artist's unreleased work? New Prince EP raises old questions

Earlier this week, news broke of a new Prince EP set to drop on the one year anniversary of his death. The title track “Deliverance” streamed on iTunes, and the internet basically exploded. (At least the parts I pay attention to.) Within days, Prince's estate sued to stop the release, and the single was taken down. Allegations of foul play emerged from Prince's camp, with a lawsuit saying the EP's release “deprives Prince (and now the Estate) from choosing what is released…


Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2017 at 10:18am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: West London grime MC Scrufizzer serves straight bars in explosive new single "GreenMan Estate"

Known for his high-octane ad-libs and quick, witty lyricism, West London grime MC Scrufizzer brings his greatest talents to a head in his latest single, "Greenman Estate". The title references West Ealing's Green Man Lane Estate, where the rapper is from, and the explosive track reminds us that this is a place with people you don't play with. The hard-hitting lyrics seem to never let up, with Scrufizzer's quick-fire flow rolling non-stop over a sick, bassline-heavy beat.…


Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments

PREMIERE: SCRAAATCH's Cut Up mix teases Baltimore’s inclusive Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair

Remember when Frank Ocean made everyone watch a live stream of him do construction while his unreleased album played softly in the background? Well this is the opposite of that. Noisey and disorientating, but hang with it! The surprisingly moody mix is a specially curated mix of music based on the upcoming Baltimore event series, The Cut Up Series Part III, Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, taking place next weekend, April 29-30, at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center in… Continue

Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO: French soul artist Imany elicits the help of dance star Lil' Buck for hauntingly beautiful video, "Lately"

Internationally renowned French pop-soul singer Imany has just released a brand-new video for "Lately" from her second studio album, The Wrong Kind of War. The surreal video was shot in the ruins of an old courthouse in Dakar, Senegal by Malick Ndiaye, a perfect metaphor for the failed relationship the haunting lyrics of the song describes. "Lately" also features dancing from the wonderfully inventive and famed street dancer Lil’ Buck, who brings the beauty of the…


Added by Sound Check on April 20, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Electro-soul artist NoMBe releases exciting Pharrell-approved single "Can't Catch Me"

Having already impressed so far this year with the release of the infectious singles "Wait", "Young Hearts" and "Freak Like Me" LA-based singer NoMBe releases yet another hit from his debut album, They Might've Even Loved Me–which he is releasing single by single–in the new song "Can't Catch Me." The track was personally chosen by Pharrell as the official theme song to his HBO documentary series OUTPOST, with the legend stating, "NoMBe makes music for the…


Added by Sound Check on April 19, 2017 at 4:43pm — No Comments

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