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FEATURE: Hollywood Holt announces that he is now signed to G.O.O.D. Music and that new music is on the way

Chicago rapper Hollywood Holt has announced that he is now signed to Good Music and that he will soon releasing new material (it's been a long time). Welcome back, Holt! Check out the AFROPUNK Fest veteran in the throwbacks below. 

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Added by Sound Check on March 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Golden Hippie’s Debut EP 'Flower On The Sun'

In as little as four songs, indie-pop singer The Golden Hippie transports you to a free spirited place with honest lyrics and airy vocals. Born in Phoenix, Arizona as Marissa Jack, she is best known for collaborating with Prince on his song 'Art Official Cage' from his Art Official Age album. On The Golden Hippie’s 'Flower On The Sun' EP, she sings of relationship strife and the struggle to be free and true to yourself. “Cuz we joined the stampede/And we…

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Added by Sound Check on March 4, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC:Toro Y Moi releases new single, 'Buffalo'

Listen to the new single from Toro Y Moi, 'Buffalo'. This is the follow up to his single 'empty nesters' and will feature on Toro Y Moi's upcoming album 'What For?' (out April 7th). Check it out below.

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Added by Sound Check on March 4, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Denitia and Sene release new single, 'The Fan'

AFROPUNK Fest alums Denitia and Sene are back with a new single! Listen to their new release 'The Fan' below. The Brooklyn based duo say that the single is about that one person "we all know[...] that helps supports us a great deal, but could stand to chill the fuck out themselves in their personal life".

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Added by Sound Check on March 3, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Bleed The Pigs release 'Split' LP Feat. Thetan

Listen to the new EP from Bleed the Pigs, 'Split' (featuring fellow Tennesseans Thetan). Consisting of Kayla on Vocals, David on Guitar/vocals, Taylor on Drums, and Christian on Bass, these rockers are all about creating 'Fast hardcore noise'. Get into their new album below.

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Added by Sound Check on March 3, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK Mixtape #004: Inclement Weather

It's easy to say these are the last days every time the last days come around

The wild fires rage

The mud slides down the hills into the canyons

The forecasters predict a storm for every letter in the alphabet

and THE END OF THE ALPHABET is imaginable and unimaginable

at the same time

in the boondocks

a barge dumps a cargo of broken modems

disabled cell phones busted monitors and other appendages of the age

onto a mountain of dead…

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Added by Sound Check on March 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: Stream the New Single 'Wilde Out for Wanderlust' from UK Post-Hardcore Act Shades #SoundCheck

Breathing new life into the all-too-homogenous world of post-hardcore, UK quintet Shades’ new EP 'Lose Your Chains' is surprisingly deep and nuanced for a genre often as nuanced as a crowbar. New single 'Wilde Out for Wanderlust' builds from a canon to a whisper, with front man Ziggy Paul’s dynamic vocals conveying something of emo heroes Braid. The track makes a great use of the tension between open…

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Added by Sound Check on March 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Calma Carmona releases 'Dancing in the Dark'

Listen to 'Dancing in the Dark', the latest offering from Latin soulstress Calma Carmona. The new release was produced by Grammy award winner Frequency and features on Carmona's upcoming debut LP, 'Girl On A Bridge'. Check it out below. 
 
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Added by Sound Check on March 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA - Photos

Have a look at yesterday's 'AFROPUNK @ Fox' party in LA. This program curated by AFROPUNK was a satellite version of the acclaimed AFROPUNK Fest with performances by Alice Smith, The Bots, V. Bozeman and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, multimedia art installations by Ewok and was hosted by Joi. Check out some photos from the event below'; shot by Stephen Paul; and check out the rest …

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Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Cold Sun' - Alxndr London and his "nu-soul soaked electronica"

Have a listen to the debut single from new British singer-songwriter Alxndr London. The debut, 'Cold Sun', perfectly showcases the East Londoner's brand of alt R&b, taking the neo-soul of the past into a direction of electronica - or as iD magazine put it, "nu-soul soaked electronica". Listen to…

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Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The ambient sound of Nakaya's 'Colored Lines'

Listen to New York based singer-songwriter Nakaya's latest single, 'Colored Lines'. The alternative folk artist (a Los Angeles native) is currently studying at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, and is developing a sound that blends the musical genres of folk, R&B and electronica. Check out the single below.

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Added by Sound Check on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

INTRODUCING: international drummer Kimberly Thompson

Check out Kimberly Thompson - the multi-instrumentalist and music educator, most recognised for being part of Beyoncé's all-female band and for her position as the in-house drummer (of The 8G Band) on talk show Late Night with Seth Myers. Thompson is regarded as one of the most talented female drummers in the world, performing in over 30 countries and playing locally in some of America's most respected venues. Watch her percussion skills below.…

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Added by Sound Check on February 25, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

EVENT: Red Bull Sound Select Presents New York - Curated by AFROPUNK

Red Bull Sound Select presents New York: curated by AFROPUNK! Join us March 10th at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn to catch performances from Jesse Boykins, …

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Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Jaden Smith goes 'Beast Mode' with new single

Listen to the new release from Jaden Smith, 'Beast Mode'. The single (recorded when he was 15 years old) was produced by Ta-ku and the mix of three tracks showcases Jaden's clever wordplay. Listen to his lyrical offering below.

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Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2015 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Rock band Ex’s With Benefits release 'Bad Hotel' album

Listen to the new album from Ex's With Benefits, 'Bad Hotel' - described in one review as "part rock, part grunge, part power pop and a whole lotta punk." After hearing featured single 'Puritan Party' (a song about the GOP), it would be appropriate to add "part political" to that list. The band was formed in 2012 when drummer Alex Vincent reconnected with high…

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Added by Sound Check on February 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Project Black Pantera release new single, 'Manifestação'

Listen to the new single from Brazilian metal/punk band Project Black Pantera (Portuguese for Panther), titled 'Manifestação'. The trio continue to create a dynamic sound with a message for the people, politically charged and unapologetically. Hear more from the group …

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Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Unveils New, Unreleased Recordings After 55 Years #SoundCheck

In an appearance on WNYC's Folks Songs of America program, Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, boast of a 500 song repertoire. “I can sing 500 songs, and never go back to the first one,” he declares. Though Smithsonian Folkways' stunning new box set doesn't feature all 500, it collects 5 hours of Leadbelly recordings, including an hour of previously unreleased recordings. Whether a casual fan or a diehard obsessive (me), the Smithsonian's Lead Belly box set is the…

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Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Purple Ferdinand releases new EP, 'Love Bound'

Last month British songstress and ukulele player Purple Ferdinand made her long awaited return to music with 'Loving the Hate' and  as promised the singer has now released her new EP 'Love Bound'.

Stream the full EP HERE and listen to featured single 'Loving The Hate'…

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Added by Sound Check on February 23, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Dive into Akuji’s electronic melancholy

His friends call him “Haku”, like the harmless demon from the anime “Spirited Away”. Video games and mangas are an important source of inspiration for the Parisian beatmaker Akuji. Indeed, the spelling of his pseudonym comes from the video game Akuji the Heartless, which tells the story of a voodoo priest whose heart…

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Added by Sound Check on February 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD! Back Talk's Infectious Pop Punk Single 'Art Imitates Wife' #SoundCheck

Boston-based Back Talk provides the antidote to the millions of bands who have taken “pop punk” to mean “try to sound as much like New Found Glory as possible.” Their latest single, 'Art Imitates Wife' is loaded with an indelible hook whose sweetness is cut with a Minor Threat namecheck. Though the song lacks the constant stream of Harry Potter puns of their last single “Boy Who Lived,” it ratchets up the infectiousness. Living somewhere between Radish and The…

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