SOME STUFFS: 9th Annual Afropunk Fest returns in August

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Look at this, I think the poster/flyer speaks for itself to where I almost don’t have to explain what’s going on. Just look at it and head out there if you can, right? However, I should let you know what’s going on.

First off, the obligatory introduction as to what Afropunk is:
AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of.

The 9th annual Afropunk Fest is bringing together a lot of talent in one place. Headlining will be Chuck D. & DJ Lord of Public Enemy, who will be performing Fear Of A Black Planet in full. Also scheduled to appear include ?uestlove (of The Roots), Saul Williams, The Coup, K-OS, Danny Brown, Jean Grae, Theophilus London, Mykki Blanco, LE1F, and so many more. In fact, more artists are being pulled in for the Afropunk Fest as you read this. Everyone will be gathering at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on August 24-25th, so if you want to consider this one of your end-of-summer events, this would be a great way to celebrate the season. For updates and more information on the festival, head to AfroPunkFest.com.

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SOME STUFFS: The “strange magic” of White Arrows now has a home

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It’s great when a band makes its way to the surface and people begin to talk about them visually, as if what one hears can be described in visual form. I love that, and perhaps it’s one reason why people will be able to flock to White Arrows, who have been called “psychotropical”, “ritualistic”, “garage-y”, and “a mystic dance floor hidden in the midst of a tropical rainforest”. Maybe it makes you want to pour tropical oils on you so you can glisten. You will be able to do this as the band have been signed to Votiv Records, have an EP called Fireworks of The Sea ready for an April 3rd release, and will be doing a number of shows as they make their way to and from this year’s SXSW:

March 11… Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room ^
March 13… San Antonio, TX “The Big Spill” Korova – early show, 6pm ~
March 14… Austin, TX Red 7 (Force Field / Terrorbird Party) 12:30pm
March 14… Austin, TX Shangri La (Echo / Origami Vinyl Party) 4pm
March 15… Austin, TX Stubb’s (High Road Touring Showcase) 9:40pm
March 16… Austin, TX Mess With Texas 12:15pm
March 16… Austin, TX Red Eyed Fly (Noise Pop Party) 4:30pm
March 17… Austin, TX Brew Exchange (Pop / Antipop Party) 7:30pm
March 23… Las Vegas, NV The Pastel Project
March 27… Los Angeles, CA The Roxy

^ = w/ La Sera
~ = w/ Big Freedia

A full length album is also being planned, no word on a date of release but again, if it’s music that will make you glisten in and out of your body, White Arrows’ strange magic may be what you’ve wanted your entire life. (You can hear some of their tracks on the official White Arrows Facebook page.)