Sturgill Simpson (Photo by Vivian Wang)
28 Mar 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Call To Arms’ by Sturgill Simpson

This may be one of the more popular and well-known protest songs from 2016. It was performed on “Saturday Night Live” by Sturgill Simpson. The brass part for the song packs quite a punch and has a lot to do with why this antiwar song is such a rousing tune.

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Anohni (Photo by Juan Bendana)
21 Mar 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘You Are My Enemy’ By ANOHNI

There are few musicians creating bold and impassioned music that goes to the root of global problems among humanity. ANOHNI is one of those artists. Her 2016 album, “Hopelessness,” explored destruction of the planet, warfare, and the surveillance state. She used direct and specific language as she grappled with these

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Guy Blakeslee, Entrance (Photo by Sid Sowder)
21 Feb 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Not Gonna Say Your Name’ By Entrance

Multiple efforts led by musicians have launched since President Donald Trump’s inauguration to raise funds for organizations involved in efforts to defend those who will be most impacted by Trump’s agenda. This week’s featured protest song comes from one of those efforts. “Our First 100 Days” is a project, where

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Gil Scott-Heron | Photo by Langston Carter
14 Feb 2017

Ten Songs Of Resistance: Gil Scott-Heron

The work of Gil Scott-Heron, a poet and prominent protest musician, is celebrated with this list that includes some Shadowproof readers’ favorite songs.

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The Clash, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway in 1980 | Photo by Helge Øverås
07 Feb 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Clampdown’ by The Clash

Today, several radio stations celebrated International Clash Day. KEXP Morning Show host John Richards was largely responsible for the idea of a day for the seminal punk rock band, The Clash. “The message of The Clash, so influenced by the international sounds they grew up with, is both powerful and

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Lowkey | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
31 Jan 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Terrorist?’ By Lowkey

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by claiming only a very small percentage of innocent people were treated as terrorists while traveling so the outrage was overblown. He also justified the detention of a five year-old child, saying it would be wrong to assume

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El-P (left) and Killer Mike (right) of Run The Jewels | Photo by Brennan Schnell
16 Jan 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thieves (Screamed The Ghost)’ By Run The Jewels

The nightmare of black life in the United States, particularly how police can kill black people and get away with murder, is vividly presented on this song in the form of a “Twilight Zone” episode. With sirens and sound motifs from the classic television show, Killer Mike and El-P open

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Anohni. Photo by scannerFM (scanner-fm) on Flickr.
28 Dec 2016

Top Ten Protest Albums Of 2016

Kevin Gosztola runs down the best protest music of 2016, including albums from Anohni, Solange, and A Tribe Called Red.

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Screen shot from the album cover for Poor Lily's "Dirt On Everyone" punk rock opera
29 Nov 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Honey Trap’ And ‘Eyeball Constructors’

It has been awhile since a submission from an independent artist was featured so this week’s selection comes from a punk rock band from New York and Connecticut called Poor Lily. The band recently released a “punk rock opera” inspired by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and global mass surveillance.

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