"Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival (...) aims to explore the nexus between hip-hop, punk, and urban black culture. It's the kind of place where folks of all shapes, sizes, and colors can be spotted with Metallica, Joy Division, and Green Day T-shirts. Bands like Living Colour and Fishbone are the festival's touchstones, and of course Bad Brains, D.C.'s legendary hardcore band, who, along with Mos Def, headlined the event's sixth annual installment."
Added by Afro-Punk on June 28, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Bad Rabbits bum rushed the stage this afternoon, killin it with tracks from their album Stick Up Kids! These young dudes from Boston know how to rock a crowd! With synchronized dance moves to shout outs to the World Cup Blackstars, Bad Rabbits are NOT to be slept on! Click below for performance clips and their shout out to the Afro-Punk community!
Added by Afro-Punk on June 27, 2010 at 9:00pm —
Galaxy of Tar rocked the stage with the first performance of the day! Our girl, Naima, was in full effect, showing off her new band to the Brooklyn crowd. Also proving that girls can, and do, rock out. This was Galaxy of Tar's first Afro-punk festival performance and we're glad we had them on the line-up! Check below for performance clips and their personal shout out to the Afro-Punk community!
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Added by Afro-Punk on June 27, 2010 at 6:00pm —
photo by Fabio Colombo
in case you missed it... Bad Brains DESTROYED their 45 minute Afro-Punk set at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn last night. The pit was insane, the barricades were obsolete, and the music was dope. Click below for raw footage of the performance and holla at the album for photos!…
Added by Afro-Punk on June 27, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Graffiti artists Optms, Borish, Baja, and Ibrahim are vibing off of the energy of the festival, painting an animals' rebellion on the wall. Each artist has a brings a different articulation of the rebellion to their piece, check below for individual interviews and holla at the photo album to witness the progression of the wall!… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 26, 2010 at 3:00pm —
In a recent interview (his first in nine years) with The Urban Daily, D'Angelo talks about what has inspired him lately, and gives a big shout out to Afro-punk! "I think it's the shit. I love it! (...) there’s a lot of folks, people in power, record executives or what have you, that are less willing to take chances on shit that might be different. But I think there’s a underground bubbling up under".
Added by Afro-Punk on June 23, 2010 at 12:00pm —
As the line-up of bands keeps growing, we've been jotting down lots of questions to ask each band that we feel may answer some unnerving questions for the Afro-punk fans. We also have some questions that we would like answered, too. For example, The Cool Kids, (what the hell happened to the "When Fish Ride Bicycles" album) to 24-7 Spyz (does Jimi really like P Fluids new album?) Continue
If you have any questions you would like to ask any of the performing bands, post…
Added by Afro-Punk on June 22, 2010 at 9:30am —
There are many images and characteristics associated with the rock scene. People may think of piercings, tattoos, crazy hairstyles and handmade clothing, but rarely do they include people of color in that image. It turns out that black Americans have had a strong history in the genre and still do today. The term “Afro-Punk” originally referred to these people of color (usually African Americans) who existed in the punk… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 21, 2010 at 12:00pm —
MOS DEF is joining an already crazy line-up this Sunday June 27th at the AP Festival! The Cool Kids, 24-7 Spyz, J*DaVeY, K-OS, Martin Luther, The Memorials,
Added by Afro-Punk on June 21, 2010 at 9:00am —
For you history buffs, The 54 named their band after the first official all black unit in the United States Armed forces during the Civil War, The 54th Regiment. And considering they started their punk band while attending the historically… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 15, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Each moment with Martin Luther's music inscribes soulful simplicity on a dreamer’s heart. He chases truth with acoustic realities, defining rebel soul music lyrical, practically, and artistically. Putting his heart on the line, Martin Luther passionately lives his music, with hopes that his music will be as important to other people as it is to him. “I hope that soul music returns to visibility and prominence in our culture… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 15, 2010 at 2:30pm —
The Memorials. A band started by former drummer of The Mars Volta, the super talented Thomas Pridgen, made their collective debut in 2009 and will be playing at the 2010… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 15, 2010 at 1:30pm —
The 2010 AP Festival line-up is getting more and more BAD-ASS with the addition of K-OS on June 27th and God Forbid on June 26th. They will be joining Bad Brains, The Cool Kids, 24-7 Spyz,… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 9, 2010 at 5:00pm —
In preparation for the 2010 Afro-Punk Festival, we are calling out to artists on the scene. This year's mural wall will be bigger and longer--a 150 foot canvas-- giving more room for some of the illest underground artists in Brooklyn to come out and show off their skills. We had the chance to meet up with this year’s featured artists and ask them… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 9, 2010 at 5:00pm —
Afro-punk is gearing up for our biggest festival yet, but we can't make it a success alone. We stand firm on the DIY platform, and because the festival has always been for our community, our community should play a big part in making it happen.
We need you to be part of this historic, once a year event. Come join us as we put together one of the most unique festivals in the country.
We’ll need… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 5, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Hey guys, our friends at Okayplayer are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Roots Picnic in Philly, and it's gonna be dope! The Roots, Nneka, Method Man, DJ Jazzy Jeff, John Legend and many more are set to appear this Saturday June 5th. So you know we had to share this with you! Check out the full line-up + ticket info below. They're also running a contest to win free tickets!…
Added by Afro-Punk on June 2, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Hey AP Family, would you like to help spread the word about the 2010 Afro-punk Festival? Here are some promo items that you can embed on your websites and various online profiles. The Festival has been free for the past 5 years, but in order to be able to keep producing it and book the bands you love, we have to charge a small cover this year, still way below what you would normally pay for an event that includes Live… Continue
Added by Afro-Punk on June 1, 2010 at 12:30pm —