Scientist and folk singer Tony Turner / YouTube
31 Aug 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Harperman’

The Canadian government is investigating whether a scientist violated the public service’s “ethics code” when he wrote and performed a protest song against Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As reported last week by the Toronto Star, Tony Turner was put on leave with pay. Turner is a longtime employee, who has

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Tinariwen perform on March 19, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. This band, composed of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of Mali, appears on Kevin Gosztola's list of the best protest music of the decade so far. (Flickr / ScannerFM)
27 Aug 2015

Top 25 Protest Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

The following list is aimed at putting to rest the notion that there is an absence of protest music or a lack of protest bands or singers. Many of the bands and singers are largely unknown and mostly do independent work. It is our hope that we might be introducing you to these bands and singers for the first time.

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Boots Riley and The Coup perform live in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons / Amelia Kennedy Photography)
06 Aug 2015

Let Us Never Ask Where the Protest Music Has Gone Ever Again

There’s a popular idea, often repeated in the media, that all the protest music is gone. Kevin Gosztola’s new Protest Music Project will highlight the best protest music of the 2010s, and provide new artists a forum to highlight their best work. Most of all, it will help end the myth that protest music died with the 1960s.

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Robert Glasper plays at a piano, photographed on November 23, 2005. (Flickr / Benjamin Amure)
04 Aug 2015

Robert Glasper: Why Music Matters to #BlackLivesMatter (VIDEO)

From “Music’s Role in the Movement for Black Lives: An Interview With Robert Glasper” on Truthout: If you say to my 6-year-old son, “What do we want?” he’ll tell you, “Justice.” If you ask him, “When do we want it?” he’ll tell you. “Now.” He has marched and chanted, and

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15 May 2015

Late Night FDL: Shut Up and Dance

Walk The Moon — Shut Up And Dance. What’s on your mind?

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