This Weekend: Afro-punk Festival w/ TV on the Radio, Toro Y Moi, Das Racist, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock & more

Afro-Punk Festival

Afro-Punk Festival

Here’s the scoop.

8th Annual Festival August 25-26! Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 8h Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 25-26.

The 2012 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony Ppl, Body Language, and more to be added! In addition, the Nike Battle For the Streets Skate Competition, the largest street skate competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports.

Last year’s festival was unfortunately cancelled due to Hurricane Irene which almost put an end to the Afro-punk Festival but through the organization’s work and this year’s sponsors which include Nike, Vitamin Water, and media sponsors The Fader and WNYC, the festival is back and still free to the public!

Described by the New York Times as putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk’s stages.

Best of all, it’s free! More information at

Peaking Lights – “Dreambeat”

King Tuff – “Alone and Stoned”

Listen to the New Toro Y Moi 7″: Les Sins


The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Just Blaze

MoMA PSOne may take home the bloggable gold once again this week with Just Blaze, Nick Catchdubs, Danny Brown, The Stallions and BAIO (of Vampire Weekend) at Warm Up on Saturday, but there’s no fewer than four more hip-hop shows this week we’d say are up to snuff with that one.  The best part about them is that they’re all FREE (except for warm up, which is just $15), and they’re all on different days.

The legendary Pete Rock appropriately gets things started on Wednesday at East River Park with a free show with DJ Premiere.  THEN Action Bronson plays Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren and Tanya Morgan.)  Nas released his first decent album in about a decade last week (or more, depending on who you ask), and he plays tribute to the city that made him a star with free one at the iHeartRadio Theater on Friday night.  Cap it all off this weekend with the FREE Afropunk festival; which is hip hop heavy with Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Ninjasonik, and Spank Rock, PLUS TV On The Radio, Toro Y Moi, Body Language, Cerebral Ballzy and much, much more.

If it’s not a hip-hop week, then it’s Teengirl Fantasy’s week.  Their highly anticipated LP, Tracer, is out tomorrow, which features guest spots from Panda Bear and Laurel Halo (to name just a couple) and they’re appropriately all over our buzz list for this week.  And why not start with tonight?  Teengirl Fantasy are part of a FREE show at Summerstage which gets going at 6 PM with none other than Araabmuzik.  Flosstradamus and Nick Hook are also on the bill, and you don’t even have to go uptown for it either – this one’s down at East River Park.  Too last minute for you?  For just fifteen bucks, you can catch them on Thursday ON A BOAT, with Lemonade and Gatekeeper on the latest Rocks off Cruise.

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Transmitter Park Will Finally Open On Saturday


The long awaited WNYC Transmitter Park will open in Greenpoint on Saturday, park officials told The New York Post today. The waterfront space, named after its former use as a location for a WNYC radio transmissions tower, is on 1.6 acres between Greenpoint Ave and Kent Street, steps from the India Street stop on the East River Ferry. The project cost $12 million and took two years to complete.

According to the Post, the park is the first piece of 50 acres of parkland that Bloomberg promised north Brooklyn as part of the 2005 rezoning that so drastically changed the area.

Greenpointers says the park will have an open law, play area, bird garden, and café. A new pier is still under construction.

Remembering the McCarren Park Pool before it was a pool again…

Do you remember venturing out to/in Williamsburg every Sunday, rain or shine for the Jelly Pool Parties at the once defunct McCarren Park Pool? [Read more…]

Silver Process played “Die Säge des Todes”

Last Saturday experimental avant-garde crew “Silver Process” played on a roof in Bushwick. The five-piece created a live score to Jess Franco’s trash classic “Die Säge des Todes“. The personnel for this special performance was Joe Merolla – cello, Chuck Bettis – electronics, Dave Miller – percussion, Jeff Tobias – alto saxophone and Dylan Angell – trumpet. A full audio recording of the set will be available for streaming on the band’s website soon. For the time being, here’s a little video edit.