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NEW MUSIC + INTERVIEW: Abdu Ali & His Banging Baltimore Club music EP #SoundCheck

Abdu Ali's last mixtape Push + Slay was a glorious mess of noise, industrial, punk, pop, and hip-hop. The forward-thinking queer MC and longtime collaborator / producer Schwartz have earned a reputation on their dizzying deconstructed beats and aggressive vocals that tread the line between industrial and hip-hop. On Abdu Ali's latest Already EP, the Baltimore-bred and Brooklyn-based duo go back to their roots in Baltimore Club music, but with tinges of the…

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Added by Sound Check on October 17, 2014 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

EVENT: British Rocker Greighwolfe kicks off NY tour next week, 'Last Night In The City Tour'

British rocker Greighwolfe kicks off his three-date NY tour next week, 'Last Night In The City Tour'. The musician recently released his 'Black' EP, listen HERE or get into the singer-songwriter's experimental R&B in the video below.

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Added by Sound Check on October 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'Genesis', the New EP From The Suburban Plaza #SoundCheck

Glam references abound on this collection of slow jams. From the Bowie quoting opening and closing tracks, to the Gary Glitter drum samples, to the Prince references in “Love Like Retro,” The Suburban Plaza makes no bones about what's in their record collection. What's cool then is the way they transform those influences into massive harmonies and smooth melodies by way of classic R&B songcraft on their latest record,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Mykki Blanco releases 'Moshin in the Front', feat. Cities Aviv

Experimental rapper & performance artist Mykki Blanco is set to release his next project 'Gay Dog Food' via UNO NYC Recordings on October 28th, ahead of his long anticipated debut album, 'Michal'; and now the musician has released the first single from that project, 'Moshin in the Front'. If this punk influenced single is anything to go by, then 'Gay Dog Food' is Blanco like you've never heard him before. Blanco's camp states that the project is not solely hip hop, but…

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Added by Sound Check on October 16, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Punk Band BLXPLTN Debuts Their Full Length 'Black Cop Down' #SoundCheck

Since getting the first taste of BLXPLTN last spring, we all knew we had heard something special. The outspoken Austin punk rock trio tweaks the classic hardcore punk formula with drum machines and synths without losing an ounce of the raw human emotion that more or less defines hardcore punk. Of course this isn't the first time someone's thrown drum machines into the mix on a hardcore record; bands like Pailhead, The Rise, and the Beatnigs have all been down this road before with… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Rest in Peace To Ikey Owens

Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, the keyboardist of Jack White's touring band has died in Mexico of a reported heart attack. The musician was touring with White at the time of his death, and was found in his hotel room. Out of respect for the musician, Jack White has cancelled the remaining Mexico dates of the Jack White Tour, and left the following message on his bandmate's Facebook page: "We will all miss you, Ikey. You were and are an incredible…

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Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2014 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

NEWS: Chris Rock to host SNL, with Prince as musical guest

If there is one reason for SNL's success, it has to be the tv sketch comedy show's ability to bring together the greatest in comedy and music; and if all goes to plan, one of the best episodes ever of SNL will be airing November 1st. NBC announced yesterday that Chris Rock will be hosting the said episode, and that Prince will joining him as the musical guest. Enjoy some classic Chris Rock, below.



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Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: The Bots release their long awaited debut full-length album, 'Pink Palms'

Sibling duo The Bots - Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei - have released their long awaited debut full-length album. Since 2006, the brothers have played some of the biggest festivals - Coachella, Glastonbury, South by Southwest and CMJ to name but a few - and have opened for the likes of Bad Brains, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz. Hence the anticipation for this album project…

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Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOADS: The Skins release ‘Kiss Me’ & ‘Maybe’

Check out two new single releases from Brooklyn-based rock band The Skin, 'Kiss Me' and 'Maybe' . Both singles from the AFROPUNK Fest alum are available to download for free (click on the images below).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 14, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Death Grips announce the completion of their final album 'the powers that b'

Experimental hip hop group Death Grips have announced that their album 'the powers that b' is now completed. This will be the final release from the California based group - who broke up earlier this year. The digital and phsyical release dates will be announced soon via the group's Facebook page.

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Added by Sound Check on October 13, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Jaden Smith releases 'Melancholy'. featuring vocals from Willow Smith

Listen to the new single from Jaden Smith, 'Melancholy'. The track features his younger sister Willow, and samples Pink Floyd’s ’70s classic 'Breathe'. Listen, below.

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Added by Sound Check on October 10, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

FEATURE: Celebrating Creative Underground Rappers

Recently, I realized there are many underground rappers that I either really enjoy or respect. Using honest lyrics, creative production, and a strong sense of personal freedom, these rappers are making great stuff. As the music lover that I am, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t spread the word about some of them.

By Latonya Pennington, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 10, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

EVENT: The Connectors will play surprise show tonight at Proud Camden in London

UK rock band The Connectors will play a surprise show tonight at Proud Camden in London. The band have been raising money via Kickstarter in order to record a music video at the Wreckroom Studios in NYC, and tonight's show is their Kickstarter reward gig. By pledging to the band's campaign, you will gain full access to tonight's event. 

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Added by Sound Check on October 10, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Phoenix Martins's 'Retrospective' EP and 'Get This' video

British singer-songwriter, Phoenix Martins, releases a new EP and video. Check out her 'Retrospective' EP and visuals for 'Get This', below. Martins wrote and produced the EP, with contributions from Joe Fields and Nick Carter.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 9, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Check Out The 'Unravel' EP From Afropop Septet The Seshen #SoundCheck

If you've been paying attention, you already know why you should be excited about new music from The Seshen. The Oakland based septet produces a breed of omni-genre hyper dense music that proudly defies classification or categorization. They've been teasing out tracks from their latest EP, but it's finally here. So clear some space on your floor to dance, get your headphones on, and get lost in The Seshen's Unravel EP.…



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Added by Sound Check on October 8, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Naomi Pilgrim releases new single, 'It's All Good'

Check out the new track from Swedish/Barbadian artist Naomi Pilgrim, 'It's All Good'. This is the first release from the singer since the release of her 'House of Dreams' EP earlier in the year. After spending several years honing her craft - doing backing vocals for the likes of Lykke Li - the singer is ready to show what she can do at the forefront. Listen to her single, below. …

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Added by Sound Check on October 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: Kahli Abdu and Trackpants' rebellious 'On This Side'

Today we're premiering 'On This Side', the new video from Brooklyn-based band Kahli Abdu x Make/Believe (Nigerian born singer/rapper Kahli Abdu and production duo Make/Believe).

The guys tell us: "On This Side is about joyful rebellion and being in tune with ones destiny. Inspired by the creative scene in Brooklyn, the track is an ode to all who have made the journey from all over the world to New York to pursue their dreams. The beat was started by David of…

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Added by Sound Check on October 7, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'Come A Little Closer', the debut track from Liv

Listen to new track, 'Come A Little Closer'; from 20-year old singer-songwriter and producer, Liv. The 20 year old musician from London has been garnering a lot of attention since she released the debut track, and it's no surprise why. Listen, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 7, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Willow Smith releases 'Your Love V2'



Check out Willow Smith's new release 'Your Love V2'. The youngest of the Smith clan created a huge buzz last month when she covered British singer-songwriter King Krule's 'EASY EASY', and now the 13 year old singer has set her eyes on British band The XX; sampling their song, 'Basic Space' for this latest release. Get into it.

By Alexander Aplerku,  AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 7, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: 'The Reggae Grunge EP' by Rock/Reggae Fusion Act Liontribe #SoundCheck

Unless you missed Liontribe's debut Love & Rock & Roll (and really, what's up with that?), you already know the band is one of the best rock / reggae fusion bands out there. Where most bands that tread that line tend to alternate between reggae and hard rock, Liontribe play their roots music with just enough drive, and…

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Added by Sound Check on October 6, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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