New Bands at Afropunk Fest Brooklyn 2016

Afropunk by Julia Drummond for Best New Bands

Brooklyn – Every summer, since 2005, Afropunk Fest ascends on one of our favorite New York City boroughs: Brooklyn. The festival was named after James Spooner’s 2003 documentary Afro-Punk, and was created as a means to give people of color, but specifically black men and women, a safe space to build a community within the punk subculture. The

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Album Review: Thundercat, Apocalypse


Sometimes great music comes from obscure places. Other times it’s so obvious that the music is overwhelmingly amazing that impossible to put your finger on the pulse of why that’s the case. After a few years of working behind the scenes with L.A.-based producer/maestro Flying Lotus, bassist extraordinaire Thundercat (not to be confused with the

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Festival Preview: Musicfest NW


The major anatomy of the summer festival circuit is well know—Coachella, Bonnaroo, Pitchfork Music Festival, Lollapalooza, et al. But over the past few years Portland’s own Musicfest NW has picked up steam as one of the season’s more recognized festivals. Now in its 17th year, with over a dozen different participating venues, MFNW is considered

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Picked By: Todd Prodanovich Who: Local Natives Where: Soho in Santa Barbara, CA When: Monday, September 20th at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $16.85 Age Restrictions: All Ages These Los Angeles natives have won the hearts of droves of indie-rock lovers as of late, and for good reason. Their sound captivates with gorgeous instrumentals and vocal harmonies that raise the

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Hard LA Canceled


The big plans that the folks at Hard had for acts like M.I.A. and Sleigh Bells fell through yesterday when Hard released a statement on their website explaining that the event had been canceled. This is the second Hard event in recent memory that has gone south, after last year’s Hard Summer was shut down

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