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NEW MUSIC: 'Special' - the new single from British songstress, Liv

Listen to the new release from British songstress, Liv. If this track, 'Special', and her debut single, 'Come A Little Closer', are anything to go by; then the debut album from this singer-songwriter/ producer is definitely going to be worth the wait. Listen, below.

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Les Sins aka Toro Y Moi releases 'Talk About'

Check out the new single from Toro Y Moi, 'Talk About'. The latest single is from the singer's Les Sins project, and will be the opening track of his upcoming album, 'Michael'. Expect an album release very soon. The singer is apparently set to release his new album "Michael" on November 4th. If you love house, you'll definitely love this track. Get into it, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Debut EP from Ohio Indie Rock band Betsy Ross #SoundCheck

I've probably seen over 3,000 bands at this point in my life, but I can count the number of times I watched someone perform and didn't want it to end on both hands. Most bands either have a good sense of how long their sets should be for maximum awesomeness and play not a beat longer, or they mistakenly think their every note is a gift and go on until the room is empty. Le sigh. But there we were in Columbus, Ohio's House With No Name, watching Betsy Ross' Charity Crowe run through… Continue

Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Glasslands closing - Has Vice officially declared that they are not a part of the community they cover?

Over the last few years, every time I've been to a show at Death By Audio or Glasslands, the last great outposts of DIY culture in Williamsburg's ocean of trust funders and trend chasers, I've been struck by the same terrified thought: “How long can this possibly keep going?” Well, now we know the answer: as long as Vice Media says so.

Since 2006, one block on South 2nd St. in Williamsburg has been the home to DIY venues, an underground film house, and art spaces. One by one,…
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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2014 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: Debut EP From Metal Band The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. #SoundCheck

Let's just get this out of the way first: the band is called The Magnificent Shit Hawks Of The Greater Northern Americas. Their EP is called The Monumental Misadventures of Skeeter Jennings ...in LOVE. It concludes with a doom metal setting of the Dayman song that gets stuck in my head every single goddamn day from It's Always Sunny... I don't know how you can do anything but love everything about this. It is perfect.…



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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Lion Babe release uplifting new track, 'Jump Hi' - feat. Childish Gambino

Since New York duo Lion Babe released their single 'Treat Me Like Fire' almost two years ago, there has been much excitement surrounding Vocalist Jillian Hervey (pictured) and producer Lucas Goodman. So much so, that many have been waiting impatiently for the duo to drop new material. Well prayers have now been answered. The duo have released new single, 'Jump Hi'; and the uplifting track features none other than Mr Childish Gambino. Get into the catchy anthem,…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Alsarah & The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou' Gets Bouncy Remix by DJeff

Today we're premiering a remix of Sudanese American singer Alsarah & her band The Nubatones' 'Yanas Baridou', off their new release Silt Remixed (available here).

Their camp tells us: "After the major success of their debut "Silt" album, Wonderwheel Recordings have enlisted the help of some of our favorite producers from across the electronic spectrum to take a crack at the unique…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Unreleased Sankofa album, 'To My Chagrin' - featuring Young Jimmy

An unreleased Sankofa album is now out for fans to hear, and it features New York producer and guitarist, Young Jimmy.  Darrin Maxwell is the lead singer and writer of the lyrics, and Young Jimmy plays guitar on the record, with Reginald Duvivier on bass and JC on drums. Production credits go to Hassan Spruill. 'To My Chargrin' was recorded in 2007; but the album was never released, till now. Listen…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen Releases New Album (feat. Damon Albarn, Adunni, Nefretitti) #SoundCheck

Fela Kuti once said of his longtime drummer and bandleader Tony Allen “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” So when he has a new album out, it's a major event. On his latest, Film of Life, the 74 year old percussionist and composer proves why.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: LOLAWOLF releases their debut album, 'Calm Down'

AFROPUNK Fest alums LOLAWOLF released their debut album today, and the 12 track record is available to stream. The album has been long awaited since the New York trio, fronted by Zoë Kravitz, released their eponymous EP earlier this year. The album is feel good, it's tribal, and it's electronic pop at its finest. Get into it, below!

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 21, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: British duo AlunaGeorge team up with Baauer for 'One Touch'

British duo AlunaGeorge have teamed up with American Trap and Bass producer Baauer for new single, 'One Touch'. The producer - known mostly for his mega hit, 'Harlem Shake' - shared the collaboration after he posted a list of unreleased tracks via Facebook and asked his fans to pick the track that they wanted him to hear most. Listen to his fans' perfect choice below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Electro musician Sandflower's 'Do Whatchu Wanna (Boeng Tranga)'

Check out 'Do Whatchu Wanna (Boeng Tranga)', the latest release from electro musician Sandflower. The New York based singer-songwriter has been off the radar for a while, but looks set to make a return with new material on the way. If you're a fan of M.I.A. or Santigold, you're in the right place. Get into Sandflower's sound, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on October 20, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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

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