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:


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

Friday, April 24, 2015

C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) 2015 Guide

It's that time of year again when Chicago's biggest comic convention C2E2 comes to McCormick Place!  This year is arguably more jam-packed than ever thanks in part to the rise in comic and nerd-related TV shows springing up everywhere!  Here's a rundown of some of what you can expect this coming weekend:

Comic's most famous elder-statesman Stan "The Man" Lee will be autographing at Autographing Table 1 Friday at 4:30 PM, Saturday at 10:00 AM, 1pm and 3:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am and 1pm!  Then you can join him on the Main Stage (S406) on Sunday at 2:45 as he discusses his best known creations including Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men and The Incredible Hulk!

You can join famed director M. Night Shyamalan and actor Matt Dillon Friday on the Main Stage at 3:15p as they run a Q&A about their upcoming new psychological thriller FOX TV show "Wayward Pines" as well as provide a sneak peak screening!

On Saturday on the Main Stage (S406) you can check out two of Marvel's finest with the "Kick-ass Women of S.H.I.E.L.D." from 1:30pm-2:30pm! Join Hayley Atwell aka Peggy Carter and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen as they talk about being women in a male-dominated genre.

The big show will also be on the Main Stage again on Saturday at 7pm when the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay which will feature the best cosplayers from around the globe competing for over $10,000 in cash and prizes and the glory of being titled the C2E2 Crown Champion of Cosplay!

As always there will be tons of comic artists and writers in attendance such as Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, Fables' Bill Willingham, artist David Finch, writer Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley and more!  You can also expect tons of entertainment guests including CM Punk, Arrow's David Ramsey, Jason Mewes, Game of Thrones' Finn JonesJason Momoa, Kevin Smith and others!  There will also be various vendors as well as the ever-present Artist Alley that you can explore all weekend (because let's face it, a day really isn't enough to take it all in!)  You can check it all out at the links below and follow the Idol Threat Facebook and Twitter for pics, news, live updates and more!

Buy Tix Here: www.c2e2.com/Tickets/Buy-Tickets/

Free Complimentary Shuttle from downtown: www.c2e2.com/RNA/

Download the C2E2 Mobile App: www.c2e2.com/About/C2E2s-Going-Mobile/

Schedule: www.c2e2.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/

McCormick Place
2301 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday April 24th 11am-7pm
Saturday April 25th 10am-7pm
Sunday April 26th 10am-5pm


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Judith Hill - Back in Time [FREE DOWNLOAD]

So this might be the first time I'm recommending an album without listening to it first. There are a couple of reasons why I’m making this special exception – the first reason is that it is a time-sensitive download. The deadline was set for March 25th, so I’m not sure if you can still download this album tomorrow or if today is the last chance. The second reason I am making this exception is because this album is being given away by Prince. Yes, THE Prince. I saw an email in my inbox “from Prince” and expected a tour or album announcement, only to find out that it was actually a free download for Judith Hill’s new album “Back in Time.” Judith Hill is a 31 year old Los Angeles singer who competed on the NBC show The Voice in 2013 and was also featured in the Oscar and Grammy-winning documentary about backup singers titled “20 Feet From Stardom.” Hill also had a cameo in the Michael Jackson movie “This Is It,” where she was featured as a backup singer in rehearsal for his upcoming tour.

Despite all this exposure, Prince did not actually discover Judith until he saw an interview of her on a European show where she expressed the desire to work with the legendary artist. According to an article by startribune.com he later invited her to a listening party for his 2014 album "Art Official Age," and when they talked briefly at the party Prince asked what kind of music she wanted to make. She said “Sly and the Family Stone.” He said, “That’s all I needed to know.” That should also be all you need to know when making your decision to download this project or not. Be forewarned, the link to this album is actually for 11 WAV files and not MP3s, so the file size is considerably large (just over 1 Gig.)  If you don't have a way to convert WAV files to MP3s you can do so for free online at the link below. - GodzIL

Download Here: judithhill.wetransfer.com/

Convert WAV to MP3 here: audio.online-convert.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015


At just under 7 & 1/2 minutes long, Atochi's Iomante is a superblast of japanese avant-jazz/noisecore. The inevitable comparisons to Borbetomagus, Naked City etc. will come to mind simply because of the combination of grind-like aesthetic and squealing horns, but there is something decidedly more ‘whimsical’ about this release when compared to the output of those bands. It’d be interesting to see if this maniacal of an output would hold interest in longer releases, but for now you can revel in the noisy mess of this killer sub-10 minute opus. Out now for free download on the always awesome Grindcore Karaoke Bandcamp label.

Download Here: grindcorekaraoke.com/album/iomante

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aesop Rock - The Blob [FREE Download]

Aesop Rock’s last official solo release was 2012’s Skelethon. In 2013 he released an album as The Uncluded with Kimya Dawson, and just last year released another Hail Mary Mallon album titled "Bestiary" with fellow MC Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Now Aesop is back with a solo release, though it's not the type of release you would expect from the legendary wordsmith. The Blob is a release of compiled instrumentals that's just over 30 minutes long. The Rhymesayers signee uploaded this mix to SoundCloud and has also made the mix available as a free MP3 download for those that weren't fortunate enough to pick up the CD version on his recent Bestiary Tour. Aes Rock has this to say about the release:

“The Blob is 32 minutes of beats & sounds that have otherwise been orphaned by their hell-bound father. It is largely unmixed and occasionally offensive. James Lynch played bass on the one that sounds like an elf orgy. Allyson Baker played guitar on the last one. Mastered by Joey Raia.”

Download the mix here: soundcloud.com/rhymesayers/aesop-rock-the-blob