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GIVEAWAY: Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band” at The Knitting Factory

Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band” is back in New York and has a weekly Monday…

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

GIVEAWAY: Jesse Boykins III Record Release Show

Jesse Boykins III is having a record release show on Saturday May 3 along side Body Language and Kris Bowers.

To win tickets, leave a comment below to tell us why you love Jesse. Deadline to enter is April 30, 12pm EST. Winner will be contacted on May 1.

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Added by Sound Check on April 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: 'Whipper Snapper' from Fishbone's latest 'Intrinsically Intertwined' EP. #SoundCheck

It looks like Angelo Moore's creative resurgence on last year's Brand New Step has carried over to his main drag Fishbone. But the credit isn't Moore's alone, the whole band sounds focused and energized in a way they haven't in years. Norwood Fisher handles the majority of the songwriting duties on Intrinsically Intertwined, and the chemistry between the band members is as strong as ever.



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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Low Leaf's Wonderfully Weird Single 'Set Me Free'

Los Angeles-based artist Low Leaf revealed an experimental, twisted and wonderfully weird single off her upcoming album AKASHAALAY (to be released April 29th).

Stream the genre-bending 'Set Me Free' below.…



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Added by Sound Check on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: MNEK Has Us Hooked On “Every Little Word”

Lewisham native MNEK’s name might not initially set off alarms for you, but if you’re into the UK pop/dance scene then you’ve surely two-stepped to a track or two of his making. MNEK (pronounced Em-En-Ee-Kay) has spun some of his plenteous magic and whipped up hit singles for UK rapper Tinie Tempah, Roc Nation’s Kylie Minogue, singer/songwriter Misha B and hit the top spot twice with both X-Factor girl group Little Mix and Future Records signee A*M*E. He also received a Grammy…

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Added by Sound Check on April 22, 2014 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Jesse Boykins III is back with the ultra-smooth 'Love Apparatus.' #SoundCheck

It's been 6 years since Jesse Boykins III's last full length album, but the singer hasn't been laying low. In the years since The Beauty Created, Boykins has released a few stellar EPs and collaborated with Theophilus London and MeLo-X. But now the modern Romantic is back in full form with the effortlessly sexy Machinedrum produced Love Apparatus.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

GIVEAWAY: Get A Special Package From Kelis To Celebrate The Release of her New Album

Kelis' new album Food will be released tomorrow on Ninja Tune. It is produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio! To celebrate the release, she's giving away a special package to one of our readers. It includes Food on CD, a t-shirt, and an apron!

To enter, leave a comment below to tell us what your favorite Kelis song is. Deadline to enter is April 22, 12pm EST. Winner will be contacted on April 22.

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 49 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Prince Gets Emotional On New Single 'The Breakdown'

Just after announcing that he worked out a deal with Warner Bros. to release new material and regain ownership of the masters for the music he previously released on the label (he had had an infamous beef with Warner Bros. for decades), Prince revealed 'The Breakdown', a new single which should be on his upcoming album.

Stream it/download it below, it's one of his most emotional ballads in recent memory! …

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Added by Sound Check on April 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

NEW MUSIC: Blitz The Ambassador Inspires With “Love On The Run” ft. Nneka

Ghananian rapper/producer Blitz The Ambassador delivers the last gem, “Love On The Run” off his upcoming album Afropolitan Dreams. The track begins with bold, blaring horns and dainty almost harp sounding strings. You’d be forgiven for thinking some sort of retro vinyl sample is at play here but Blitz has recorded with a live band. The tracks then leads into the sugar sweet vocals of Nneka and the pair embark upon a melodious back and forth of sweeping falsettos and…

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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Seattle's Best: Meet Raz Simone

After releasing his highly anticipated album Cognitive Dissonance, and making headlines about his one of a kind partnership with moguls Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles’ label 300, rapper Raz Simone still remains the independent, outspoken and creative artist his fans fell in love with as the head of his own creative collective, Black Umbrella.



By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *…

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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Stream 'String Theory Acoustic', the latest EP from James Fauntleroy. #SoundCheck

Depending on how your tastes, you either know James Fauntleroy as the singer of boundary pushing collective Cocaine 80s or as one of Justin Timberlake's primary writing collaborators on the contract fulfilling The 20/20 Experience. But the singer and producer known more for larger than life productions (be they relentlessly indie or as mainstream as it gets) strips it way back on his latest String Theory Acoustic.…



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Added by Sound Check on April 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Renee Dion’s Whimsical 'Moonlight' Album

You’d be surprised at the volume of great music that goes unnoticed every day. Well, here’s one awesome project you won’t have to miss out on. Columbus, Ohio native Renee Dion is one of those artists you’ll be thankful you’ve come across. The singer/songwriter (who now resides in New York City), hooked up with splendiferous producer Jon Rogers to release the ultra smooth Moonlight album.



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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: Twin Shadow Reveals Epic New Single 'To The Top'

Rocker Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) revealed his epic new single 'To The Top'.

About the track, Lewis wrote: "What is it when you realize that someone isn't right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.

It's not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves…

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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

AFROPUNK PREMIERE: Check out Static People's latest post-punk masterpiece 'Rare Creatures' EP. #SoundCheck

San Francisco post-punk trio Static People kick off their Rare Creatures EP with an explosion of infectious power-pop. “Monkey Scratches” evokes late 90's guitar pop in the best way, but it quickly gives way to the moodier rest of the EP. Think of “Monkey Scratches” and “Tonight” as appetizers for the much darker and heavier fare to follow.



By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Sound Check on April 16, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Subway Symphonies - Musicians Bring People Together

A universal language that transcends all walks of life in the world, it speaks to more than your ears, tiptoes into a person’s heart, creeps into the soul and does a spiritual dance. Music is what feelings sound like. It finds ways to rebirth memories, aids with putting the present to rest and has the strength to make the sternest face smile. Heroic harmonies no emperor on this planet has come close to touching, and they’ll be foolish to try. The saying goes; music can calm a…

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Added by Sound Check on April 15, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

FEATURE: Stream punk pioneers Death's new record 'III'!

As you know, rock band Death was punk before punk was a thing. The pioneers and AFROPUNK Fest alums are releasing 'III' on April 22. It's a collection of songs spanning many decades (they were recorded in 1975, 1976, 1980 and 1992). The full record is streaming now on NPR!

Click here to check it out. Highlights include 'North…

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Added by Sound Check on April 15, 2014 at 7:30am — 21 Comments

FEATURE: Coachella - Watch Full Sets by Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Blood Orange, Little Dragon & More

If you were not at Coachella last weekend you can watch some of the performances right here. Below we have full sets from Outkast (featuring an appearance by Janelle Monae), Pharrell Williams (with many guests such as Tyler, the Creator, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes & more), Little Dragon, Blood Orange, Nas, clips from Solange Jhene Aiko (with Childish Gambino & Drake) and more. Also performing were Unlocking The Truth, Fishbone,The Bots, Kid Cudi, Laura Mvula, AlunaGeorge.…

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Added by Sound Check on April 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

NEW MUSIC: Groove To Iman Omari's 'High-Loops' Tape

Iman Omari's laid-back 'High-Loops' tape is getting mad buzz right now! You'll recognize many soul classics in the samples.





Full 'High-Loops' Tape:…

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Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FREE DOWNLOAD: 'Mid-City Island' EP - Discover Why Everyone's Talking about Moses Sumney #SoundCheck

When digital recording became a thing that anyone could do at home on their laptop for little to no money, a generation of indie musicians looked at their 4-track tape decks and declared “finally! Now I don't have to deal with this thing anymore.” But there's a legacy of incredible music made on 4-track cassette, and the format forces you to think about music in a deliberate way that's been all but forgotten lately. In the process of making his Mid-City Island…

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Added by Sound Check on April 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

MUSIC: The Trp & Michael Tousana - Altitude

New music from  The Trp & Michael Tousana, Altitude. Get into the melodic beat.  …

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Added by Sound Check on April 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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