Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Radkey playing this weekend's Afropunk Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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St. Joseph's Radkey is the best area band you've never heard of. I saw the band, made up of brothers Dee, Sai and Sol, open for Fishbone back in March, and they fairly much blew my damned mind. I wasn't sure what to expect from three young kids in denim, and when I asked them what kind of music they played, they simply replied, "Rock and roll." And fuck me sideways if they don't.

It's high-energy, remarkably nuanced rock for a trio of kids not even old enough to hang out at many of the venues they play. Dee and Isaiah's voices soar, and the whole thing's a mix of punk energy and classic-rock chops. It's unsurprising that they made it onto the roster of this year's Afropunk festival in New York.

They open the Bites & Beats stage this Saturday, August 27, at 2:30 p.m in Brooklyn's Commodore Perry Park, where they'll play along with other such up-and-comers as Bad Rabbits and Das Racist. The festival is free and features another act with an area connection — Janelle Monae plays Sunday night, right before Cee-Lo Green.

Radkey has a new EP due out in October, and you can catch the group locally at RecordBar Monday, September 12, with Ponyboy and at the Riot Room on Friday, September 16, with Birdhand.

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