13 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ By Lee Reed

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” is reflexively uttered by elites, who desperately hope acknowledging tragedy will be enough to avoid doing anything to meaningfully address carnage and destruction. And for every tragedy that demands “thoughts and prayers,” there are many more examples in the United States and throughout the world

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05 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gun Control’ By Molly Nilsson

Molly Nilsson is a Swedish synth-pop artist, who recently released her eighth studio album. Even though the tunes on the album are more influenced by the personal than the political, the mood of the music is heavily influenced by the current political climate. This is evident on the opening track “Every

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23 Oct 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Above The Law’ By The O’Jays

The O’Jays, a well-known rhythm and blues group from Canton, Ohio, that has recorded music for several decades, plan to release a final album before retiring next year. That album includes a tune which confronts the class warfare of the rich and their political defenders in Washington. The song, “Above

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15 Oct 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘American Dream’ By J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara is a Kenya-born and raised singer-songwriter, who moved to the United States to pursue his music career. He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, out of admiration for his musical hero and native Minnesotan, Bob Dylan. His nationality gives him a unique perspective when it comes to critiquing the American

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09 Oct 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘In Your Face’ By Cat Power

Chan Marshall, better known by the stage name Cat Power, gave birth to her son in April 2015 around the same time that protests were unfolding in response to Baltimore police who killed Freddie Gray. She immediately grappled with a world seemingly thrown into complete and utter chaos, and that

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01 Oct 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Paranoid Core’ By Mudhoney

When looking at the historical developments of grunge and the alternative rock explosion of the 1990s, it is hard to deny the impact Mudhoney played in helping to draw the blueprints that more commercially successful bands have followed. Mudhoney is currently celebrating their thirtieth anniversary and have recently released their tenth

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24 Sep 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘John Brown’ By Marc Ribot Featuring Fay Victor

Marc Ribot is a guitarist, who has released 25 albums that span more than 40 years. His work fuses genres from soul to punk to jazz to roots music. With his latest project, “Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018,” Ribot attempts to connect current resistance against President Donald Trump’s administration to musical

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17 Sep 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Prayer Song’ By Noname Featuring Adam Ness

Noname is the moniker of Fatimah Warner, a 26-year-old indie rapper from Chicago. She recently released her first official album “Room 25,” a much-anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2016 free mixtape, “Telefone.” The album is already receiving wide praise. Her music couples inventive musical arrangements with an insightful lyrical flow.

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11 Sep 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Would You Take My Blood?’ By Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland is a blue musician who has been part of the Alligator Records family in Chicago since her debut in 1998. Her latest album, “America’s Child,” grapples with the resurgence of hate in the United States, particularly since the election of President Donald Trump. One of the more moving

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06 Sep 2018

Making Music To Promote Human Rights In Guatemala: Interview With Members Of The Band, CANCHES

Guatemala is a country where human rights defenders face attacks and intimidation for their work against systemic corruption. Those involved in high-profile cases are often the target of harassment, smear campaigns, or even threats against their lives. Daniel Butler and Erika Martinez worked for the International Commission of Jurists and

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