24 Apr 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘All Some Kind Of Dream’ By Josh Ritter

Over his two-decade career, Josh Ritter has become a well-respected singer-songwriter known for his narrative lyrics. In “All Some Kind Of Dream,” addressing Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, Josh Ritter balances mournful indictment with hope human compassion will win out in the end.

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16 Apr 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Declaration Of War’ By Rumours Of War

The anarcho-punk track depicts a world of politicians hiding in bunkers and locked down palaces. The elites fear what the rabble may do to them as they fight back against their poverty and repression.

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09 Apr 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Change’ By Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples’ forthcoming album features the lead single “Change,” a bluesy call to action that highlights issues, such as inequality and gun violence.

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25 Mar 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Creator Made An Animal’ By Snotty Nose Rez Kids (Featuring Boslen)

Canadian indigenous hip hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, make music that aims to empower indigenous people. Their latest gives voices to their struggle.

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11 Mar 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Morning In America’ By Durand Jones & The Indications

“Morning in America” from Durand Jones and The Implications hearkens back to socially conscious soul music of the 1960s and 1970s.

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25 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Guns’ By Quelle Chris

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Quelle Chris is a Detroit-based indie rapper who is known for his eclectic brand of socially conscious hip-hop. In 2018, he and his partner Jean Grae released the well-received “Everything’s Fine,” which was one of the best protest albums

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11 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Heavy As Lead’ By Leyla McCalla

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Back in April 2014, the Flint water crisis began when the decision was made to switch from treated water to an untreated water source for the sake of saving money. This resulted in lead contamination that adversely affected over

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05 Feb 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Take It’ By Black Roots

In this vintage reggae tune from Black Roots, the group comments on capitalism’s exploitation of poor and working class people. The song, “Take It,” says we’re “living in an unjust world, when the rich have put the poor in chains.” It empathizes with workers who labor from early in the

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28 Jan 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Good Old American Values’ By Lula Wiles

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Lula Wiles is an Americana trio that effectively uses traditional music forms to provide relevant commentary on current issues. Made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin, they recently released their sophomore album, “What Will We Do.”

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23 Jan 2019

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Americana / the garden waits for you to match her wilderness’

Ambrose Akinmusire is a black jazz musician from Oakland who plays trumpet. Over the past decade, he has distinguished himself as an artist capable of infusing the notes he plays with a gracefulness and boldness that gives compositions a dynamic spirit. For his recent album, “Origami Harvest” (2018), Akinmusire wrestled

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