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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival

It's that time of year again.  Lots of great music, film and skating to be had.  So get out and enjoy. From what I understand, Living Colour is no longer part of the lineup.  But the bands that are playing are pretty amazing: Pure Hell (the first all-Black punk band); Saul Williams; Game Rebellion; Earl […]

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Upcoming: Afro-punk EPIC/SMASH — 6/30

Afro-punk and Bronx Underground's monthly showcase returns to Webster Hall for this pre-2009 Afro-Punk Festival event. ALL AGES SHOW: EPIC 5.30pm – Doors $7 Featuring: Van Atta High, American Fangs, Daly's Gone Wrong, Safe To Say LATE SHOW (19+): SMASH 9pm – Doors $10 ** Vodka open bar: 9-10.30pm ** Featuring: Ezra Bang & Hot […]

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2009 Afro-punk Festival lineup features Pure Hell, Whole Wheat Bread, Living Colour, Earl Greyhound, Saul Williams, Janelle Monae + others

I hear there will be some tweaks along the way, but this what I understand to be the basic–and pretty in-depth–schedule for this year's Afro-punk Festival.  The music portion takes place July 4-6 and again on the 12.  There's  a film and skate portion that takes place July 3-8.  Overall, looks like a killer lineup. […]

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VIDEO: Maya Azucena embodies the spirit of Black rock

Maya Azucena from Rob Fields on Vimeo.   The singer-songwriter on songwriting, honesty and why artists are their own best assets. Everything she talks about here are the things that indie artists–and Black rock artists–need to keep in mind, so I’ll let her speak for herself.  In the meantime, Maya’s another talent to watch.  If […]

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VIDEO: James Spooner interview

Afropunk’s James Spooner from Rob Fields on Vimeo.     The Afropunk founder (and director) reflects on the evolution of the scene and where it’s headed.  All in less than 8 minutes.  Shot on location at the 2008 Afropunk Festival. ‘Nuff said.

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Burnt Sugar @ Sputnik, July 9

Yeah, I’d missed the Game Rebellion/Voodoo Fe/Bazaar Royale show at the Afropunk Skate Park last Wednesday, but decided to make that late night trek over the Sputnik to see Greg Tate and his "fully improvisational acid-funk band" Burnt Sugar.  Now, I hadn’t seen Burnt Sugar in a while and I have to admit to being […]

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Saturday in the park with Afropunk

Not sure of the set times or the actual order, but tomorrow’s lineup at Fort Greene park goes a little somethin’ like this: Sophia Ramos (2pm) Bermuda        Little Jackie          Tamar Kali (5PM)     The Dirtbombs (6pm)  The Noisettes Guest DJ’s Dustbin Brothers & DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry Where: FORT GREENE […]

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Primordial Punk launch party–Friday, July 11

Speaking of Afropunk, an event to look forward to is Friday night’s Primordial Punk Debutante Ball.  This event is basically the launch of the Primordial Punk calendar, which features brown, tattooed punk rock girls, all tastefully presented.  The brainchild of Luqman Brown (singer, songwriter and bandleader of Funkface and runs Buddha Bug Records), LaRonda Davis […]

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Scenes from Afropunk 2008

I headed over to BAM to catch a screening of Afropunk founder James Spooner’s  new film "White Lies, Black Sheep".  Good stuff.  Stay tuned for a video interview with James later this week.  In the meantime, here are some of the sights. The skate park in full effect James doing the Q&A thang Ayinde Howell, […]

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3 Day Countdown to Afropunk 2008

It’s July, so it must be time for the Afropunk Festival.  My hat’s off to James Spooner and Matthew Morgan for the 10 days of music, film and skating that they’re about to present from July 4 thru July 13.  It’s pretty massive: Nearly 40 bands 15 films a skate park featuring 30 pro BMX […]

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