Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AFROPUNK Chicago June 4th, 2015 [FREE Show]

Originally a 2003 film by Matthew Morgan and James Spooner spotlighting Black Punks in America, AFROPUNK has since spawned a movement revolving around festivals, a forum and community of a rising culture.  The festivals were an extension of the Liberation Sessions, a live performance series hosted by Spooner.  The festivals gained momentum through the media and features at CMJ and SXSW until 2005 when the first annual AFROPUNK Festival debuted at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

After years of offering great, alternative multi-cultural music fests in New York Afropunk has decided to take the show on the road including a stop in Chicago!  Afropunk Chicago will take place June 4th at an undisclosed [fairly new] venue as the next stop on The Most Wicked Party Event Series, a event series sponsored by Redd’s Wicked Apple and Mango alcoholic beverages.  This show will feature performances by Detroit rapper/Fool's Gold signee Danny Brown and former Chicago native comedian Hannibal Buress, along with Chicago's own [Hollywood] HOLT who has just recently signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music.  The event will be hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik and will also highlight acclaimed Chicago Afrofuturism visual artist Hebru Brantly and Max Sansing.

This is a very eclectic lineup (especially considering that HOLT is now singing instead of rapping) but we would expect nothing less from Afropunk.  The night will also double as a celebration of Hebru and of HOLT's recent signing.  The event is also FREE with the secret location being revealed once you RSVP with your email.  This is a 21+ so click below to RSVP only if you're over 21 years old.

RSVP Here: chicagowickedparty.splashthat.com

Website: www.afropunk.com

Monday, May 18, 2015

Charles Hamilton - Discography [FREE Download]

Charles Hamilton has led a career of many ups and downs. The young Harlem rapper gained much hype early on in High School and graced the cover of the XXL's 2009 Freshmen issue after signing a record deal with Interscope Records in 2008. He was well known to battle MCs and participated in cyphers with many up and coming lyricists including a young Rone and a pre-famous Kendrick Lamar, and established artists such as Kanye West, The Game and Slaughterhouse. Known for his ability to freestyle, penchant for rocking pink clothes and an affinity to Sonic the Hedgehog - it seemed that Hamilton had the skills and persona to go far. Unfortunately, despite a multitude of mixtape releases Charles was dropped from Interscope on September 19, 2009 before being able to release his official debut. He would then suffer many other setbacks such as self-imposed and court-ordered psychiatric treatment, being assaulted by his rapper girlfriend and being arrested for assaulting a police officer. In an interview in 2015 Hamilton would reveal that he suffered from bipolar disorder, depression and thoughts of suicide which was no doubt aggravated by the stress of the music industry and his addictions to Heroin and Psilocybin mushrooms.

Fortunately it seems that his career is once again in an upswing after handling all his personal demons. He is now signed to Republic Records and has even released a new single, "New York Raining" with Rita Ora that was featured on the soundtrack to the hit FOX TV show Empire. Hamilton’s return would come with a price however; as he announced that he will no longer be releasing any free music – not even to Youtube. In reaction to this Hamilton has posted what looks to be his entire discography for free download. This makes for a great purging of his past as well as a thank you to his fans, and a somewhat daunting introduction to newcomers. You can download the massive text file below which contains links to nearly every previous mixtape, EP, single and unreleased tracks that Charles Hamilton has created, and be on the lookout for his upcoming debut album:

Download Here: pastebin.com

Website: www.charleshamiltonmusic.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Body live at the Empty Bottle with JR Robinson of Wrekmeister Harmonies


Sludge master duo The Body stops by Chicago's Empty Bottle during their tour with noisy grind kids Full of Hell.  The touring earthquake that is drummer Lee and vocalist/guitarist Chip was already heavy enough before they invited Chicago noise orchestrator JR Robinson of Wrekmeister Harmonies to play guitar with them on stage.  Check out the video of their opening salvo above and if you're lucky enough to be in the vicinity of their remaining tour dates I highly suggest you go see them.  You can find their remaining tour dates below:

5.13-PITTSBURGH PA | 31ST ST PUB
5.14-BUFFALO NY | SUGAR CITY (EVENT)
5.15-BOSTON MA | MIDDLE EAST (EVENT)
5.16-MANHATTAN NY | ABC NO RIO (MATINEE) (EVENT)
5.16-BROOKLYN NY | ST VITUS
5.17-PROVIDENCE RI | MACHINES WITH MAGNETS (EVENT)

The Body: thebody.bandcamp.com
Full of Hell: fullofhell.com