afropunk atl: black female rockers bring the noise

October 13, 2018
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The TxLips

AFROPUNK Atlanta veterans The TxLips are lead by guitar hero Gabriella Logan a.k.a. “Guitar Gabby,” the girl group is on a mission to elevate Black female musicians and promote visibility within the genre. Unapologetic as hell, these ATL locals rage with playful defiance and attitude to match.

Catch The TxLips on Sunday, October 14 at 3:45 p.m.


Toronto rocker SATE is one-woman army known for creating epic blues-rock soundscapes that are fierce and high-energy. A passionate performer whose sets empower with brazen sexuality and feminine strength, SATE is the funk-rock soulstress of your dreams.

“There’s an expectation for women to be soft, period,” SATE told AFROPUNK. “And then as Black people, we’re overlooked in the rock world, cause it’s still a white boys club. So I’ve got two strikes against me. I mean, I turn on rock radio and hear people like Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats singing ‘Son Of A Bitch,’ and put mine or a Black woman’s voice on that and it’s a soul song and it’s not played on soul stations because it doesn’t fit, and it’s just too aggressive. I sound like a broken record when I say, rock & roll started with Black people. This is part of me. Why am I fighting to belong, for fuck’s sake?”

See SATE Saturday, October 13 at 6:45 p.m..

Fuck U Pay Us

FUPU is a pure punk dream. With anthems like “Nappy Black Pussy” the femme-centric band’s lyricism promotes the freedom of sexual agency and pleasure-seeking, and it’s like a punch in the face. “FUPU is the white male patriarchy’s reckoning,” they write in their bio, an answered prayer to the hardcore Black and brown thrashers looking for a side of intersectional social commentary served with their noise. A “life affirming” project for the band’s four members, FUPU reclaims the spaces created by an artist like X-Ray Spex and frontwoman Poly Styrene and drummer Karla Maddog.

Come early, don’t miss these guys! See FUPU on Saturday, October 13 at 3:45 p.m.

The 1865

Okay, technically some dudes (like skateboard legend Chuck Treece) help make this act great, but lead vocalist/baritone guitarist Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman and bass player/vocalist Flora Lucini are two chicks who rock—hard. A bangin’ fusion of progressive rock, rootsy folk and a dash of post-punk dream pop, The 1865 will satisfy that insanely hard-to-scratch itch for a truly unpretentious sound that actually kicks ass.  You’re definitely gonna wanna catch their set this Sunday! (set time pending—download the app for the real-time schedule.)