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Afropunk Brooklyn’s 2016 lineup announced

Afropunk has announced the lineup for this year’s Brooklyn festival, which is set to take place August 27-28th at Commodore Barry Park. Ice Cube, Janelle Monáe, Tyler the Creator, TV On The Radio, Flying Lotus, the Internet, Cee Lo Green, George Clinton, Angel Haze, Kelela, Saul Williams, Skunk Anansie, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Trash Talk, Prayers, and Downtown Boys will perform, as well as a “Superjam” from members of Bad Brains, Fishbone, and Living Colour. The theme is “Power to the Party;” check out the manifesto below and the poster above. Afropunk released the following statement about the theme:

Power, it’s a feeling, it’s an energy, it’s the undisputed connection between cause and effect – the best of us give it away, the worst usurp it, but living modern life to the fullest, means either mastering your relationship to it or walking in its shadow. We are not blind.
Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast individual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, because like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.
Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group-mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim.
Join the party and feel its power
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James Blake and Justin Vernon to perform together as Fall Creek Boys Choir

James Blake and Justin Vernon teamed up for “Fall Creek Boys Choir” five years ago. The two seem to be set to reunited and they are bringing the collaboration to the live setting.

Fans who purchased the early-bird tickets to Vernon’s second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival have also received a cassette tape containing b-sides, demos, and home recordings from a few of the acts on this year’s lineup. One track is attributed to Fall Creek Boys Choir.

Eaux Claires will take place August 12th – 13th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The cassette tapes seem to show that Vernon will play three separate sets during the festival weekend; in addition to Fall Creek Boys Choir, he will lead Bon Iver and perform alongside The National’s Aaron Dessner.

Other artists that are expected to appear at the festival: Bruce Hornsby, Jon Hopkins, Shabazz Palaces, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Arcade Fire members Richard Reed Parry and Sarah Neufeld, the latter of will perform with Colin Stetson.

Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, and Thundercat form new supergroup WOKE

Adult Swim’s 2015 Singles program has given the long-awaited comeback of Ghostface Killah and DOOM’s project DOOMSTARKS recently. The summer music series has now helped to facilitate another meeting of minds.

This week’s release, named “The Lavishments of Light Looking”, acts as the official debut of WOKE, a supergroup made up of Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, and Thundercat. The track was produced by Flying Lotus and much like its creators, has elements of hip-hop, electronic, jazz fusion, funk, and more. George Clinton also provides guest vocals on the song.

Listen to the song below or download it for free on Adult Swim’s official website.

WOKE is not the first time these artists have joined forces. Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Shabazz Palaces have all worked together on various projects such as albums, tours, one-off tracks, and more.

Other 2015 Adult Swim Singles include songs from Slayer, Shabazz Palaces, Danny Brown and Clams Casino, Peaches, Swervedriver, Yung Lean, and Owen Pallett. Also, new Run the Jewels material is expected in coming weeks. You can download the tracks for free via Adult Swim.