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Spat out with your tatt out

Every year during the AFROPUNK summer festival, loads of really hot looking people dressed in enough body ink to fill Obama's calendar come through to enjoy our festivities. And we've seen it all, really, from the full sleeves of fuzzy art that turn out to be master pieces up close, to the random butt cheek tattoos that make cameos on drunken summer nights (yes, we've seen those,…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 27, 2010 at 12:30am — 25 Comments

Skunk Anansie Goes On Tour!

For those who haven't heard, bad-ass UK band Skunk Anansie reformed and is going on tour in promotion of their greatest hit record 'Smashes & Trashes' (which includes 3 brand new tracks)! "Following an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie are re-born, revitalised and as confrontational as ever". Check out the tour dates below.

Lou C-D

13.05.2010 LongIRock Festival…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 26, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

M.I.A. Draws Ire For Violent Video

Not one to steer clear of controversy, M.I.A. just released a very graphic video for single 'Born Free'. Helmed by French director Romain Gavras, the nine-minute mini movie is about the fight for freedom and takes us to a world where redheads are targeted by the government. Some even argue that having caucasians as the targets brings home the message to even more people. So, is the violence getting her point across or distracting from it? Check out the video below and tell us… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 26, 2010 at 6:30pm — 54 Comments

The Painted Hides of Punk: Dope Leather Jackets!

"Crusty punks are, generally, irritating and useless pieces of shit. That’s not to say that we don’t have crusty friends or crusty tendencies. We do. And we like a lot of crusty music. But those are the exceptions. Most people of the crusty persuasion are wastes of flesh.

But we sure do love what they wear!..." Check out the dope jackets below!

Source: Vice

Photos by Daniel Pelissier, assisted by Sean Orena and Marilis…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Visual Artist Jermaine Rogers' Posters For Them Crooked Vultures

You've probably seen the dope posters Jermaine Rogers designed for Afro-Punk, not to mention the Afro-Punk Star Trek Enterprise. But did you know that Jermaine has designed nearly 800 posters for musical acts such as Radiohead, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Tori Amos, David Bowie, The Deftones, and many more?… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 21, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Dominating the Atlanta Scene, The 54

It’s Wednesday night in Adams Morgan, and I’m still dressed from my office day job. The suit and tie look isn’t exactly what I shoot for when I go to Asylum Bar & Lounge, but I didn’t have time to go home and change before the show for Atlanta-based rock band, The 54. Narrow would probably be the best way to describe this particular venue, but it’s certainly one of the more enjoyable spots in the area under the right set of… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

MeShell N'degeocello Tour Dates & Live Videos

Bad-ass bassist and songwriter Meshell N'degeocello is taking her Live experience around the globe. Check out the upcoming tour dates in the Netherlands below and some Live videos, courtesy of

Lou C-D

Wednesday, June 9, 2010…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 19, 2010 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Earl Greyhound On The Run: New Video for "Shotgun"

By Shawn Peters

"I have a pretty unique history with my buddies Earl Greyhound so I was really excited when they recently sent out a link to their first video for the recently released album Suspicious Package. Earl Greyhound is one of the most exciting and creative bands around, which is evidenced in this new video for the song Shot Gun; directed by Chell Stephen. It’s funny; when I first listened to Suspicious Package the song that immediately stood out was Shotgun. I…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 19, 2010 at 4:30pm — 13 Comments

M.I.A. Blasts Gaga About Her Authenticity! Are They Really Who They Say They Are?

Nothing like dueling divas to make the press go crazy! So when M.I.A. told NME in a recent interview that Lady Gaga is a 'good mimic' whose music sounds like 'Ibiza Disco' and is not 'reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is', entertainment news outlets and the blogosphere went bananas.

But this had us wondering: Are any of those celebrities who they say they are anyway? Is Gaga what she says she is? What about M.I.A.? Is either of them really keeping it…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — 38 Comments

Have You Seen P-Funk's Mothership?

"It might be the most awe-inspiring stage prop in the history of American music and it belonged to funk legends Parliament-Funkadelic. Since the Mothership vanished in Prince George's County in 1982, rumors of its whereabouts have mutated into local lore: It burned in a fire. It was disassembled. It was stolen. Scrapped. Kidnapped. Thrown in the woods. Chained to a truck by a drug dealer and dragged to funk-knows-where. The band's most devoted followers say it flew off into… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 15, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Body Modification: Tribal and fashion

Body modification has been around since the beginning of time, for one of the longest times dating back years ago and even prevalent today is body modification in African Tribes. Seen as socially acceptable in African culture as a way to enhance beauty by giving status in tribes, it is also a right of passage from boyhood to manhood in children.

Body Modification: Tribal and… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 14, 2010 at 8:00pm — 25 Comments

Bloc Party's Kele Set To Release Solo Album

Any Bloc Party fans out there? Frontman Kele Okereke will release his first solo album, entitled 'The Boxer', on June 21st in Europe and June 22nd in the US. Look out for the first single "Tenderoni" to be released soon along with upcoming tour dates. Stay tuned! Our sources are telling us the album will be a blend of dance and pop sounds. Bloc Party is currently on hiatus.

- Lou C-D

Photo: Getty…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 12, 2010 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

J*DAVEY: New Video "Outta The Window"

Genre bending duo J*DaVeY is back with a video for their electro-pop track "Outta The Window", in anticipation of their forthcoming album. Directed by V-Chip with "one camera, awesome location, awesome talent and a ton of creativity". The song was featured on their mixtape "Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistape EP". Check it out below!

Lou C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on April 12, 2010 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Good Girls Gone Bad, Requirement or Reproach?

It’s been a long-accepted ugly truth that when it comes to female pop singers, no matter how much of a good girl you are, you eventually have to go bad. Hell, songs and albums are even being titled as such now. And while there’s always going to be criticism of such an approach, I always try to look at things on a case-by-case basis.

Good Girls Gone Bad,…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Earl Greyhound Goes On National US Tour!

One of our favorite Brooklyn bands is going on a national US tour! We were thrilled to have them on last year's Afro-Punk Tour, and they're about to hit a city near you. Check out the tour dates below and be sure to catch their kick-ass Live show when they come to town! There's also a poll in Magnet Magazine about exciting album releases. Click… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 9, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

London Pirate Radio Documentary

"I grew up with Pirate Radio in the UK, it was one of the only ways for us to find new music coming from the inner city kids that created it. I found this piece and wanted to share." ~Matthew Morgan

Source: Fader - "Most people will tell you that the internet killed pirate radio, which it did essentially, although there are still stations keeping the spirit alive, hijacking the airwaves for kicks. Footwear brand Palladium present…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 9, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Murs: Hip-Hop Artist Tries to Find a Balance

Rapper MURS might just be the hardest working man in hip-hop. He is preparing to release his 8th solo disc Fornerver; he is also getting ready to perform at the Paid Dues Festival, an independent hip-hop festival he created! He’s still basking in the praise about the last FELT (FELT: A Tribute to Rosie Perez) disc he recorded with Slug from Atmosphere. He has recorded with punk rockers Whole Wheat Bread…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 9, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

From the royal class to your closet

On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I went to check out a speciality shop located in Harlem. Upon arrival, I peered into a foggy glass window of this brownstone building when a petite young lady, jazzed in a dress laced with Kente cloth opened the door. She led me to a humble little space where another young lady sat amongst mannequins dolled in modern business and formal attire with obvious traces of material commonly used in Ghana. To my surprise, these two women who appeared to be…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

WTF?! Confederate History Month?

Alright, let us get this straight. Virginia Governor (Republican Bob McDonnell) has issued a proclamation declaring April 'Confederate History Month', angering Virginia NAACP & Legislative Black Caucus, and other civil rights leaders. Granted, the official declaration only talks about 'understanding' and 'remembering' this part of US History (you know, the part where some White Southerners fought to secede from the Union and uphold slavery). But knowing that the…

Added by AFROPUNK on April 7, 2010 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

Bands Wanted! Afro-Punk Festival 2010: Who Should Be On The Line-Up???

AP Family, it's that time of year again! We're excited to announce that the 2010 Afro-Punk Festival will hit New York City on June 26th - 27th. This year we are taking the festival to two other cities: Atlanta & Chicago (dates coming soon)!

Most importantly, we need to know which bands from the Afro-Punk community (here on you would like to see tear up that stage! Sound off below with your comments and feel free to add links to the band's page… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on April 7, 2010 at 3:30pm — 197 Comments

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