03 Jul 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ’23’ By Soul Glo

Philadelphia hardcore group Soul Glo formed four summers ago in July of 2014. They have released a handful of records. They meld the influence of hardcore, black metal, and screamo, incorporating samples and poetry too. Mostly, they describe their music as “aggressive.” Lyrically, singer Pierce Jordan often writes in full

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26 Jun 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Violence’ By Parquet Courts

“Violence is daily life.” That line is repeatedly chanted throughout “Violence,” a song by Parquet Courts that considers the various ways that violence weaves its way into everyday American life subtly and overtly. It’s a song that calls out racism, classism, capitalism, normalization. It also connects dots between the endless

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13 Jun 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Bullshit Anthem’ By Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito is a Grammy Award-winning musician who plays “blues music with a punk attitude from Oakland, California.”  He has an album, “Please Don’t Be Dead,” that will be released on June 15. One of the tracks on the album, “Bullshit Anthem,” is a protest song with a simple mantra

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04 Jun 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘If I Was President’ By Las Cafeteras

The Las Cafeteras song “If I Was President” was released in 2017 on Presidents’ Day. Its message continues to resonate, and as the band embarks on a summer tour, it’s a good time to revisit. Drawing from both traditional Mexican folk and hip-hop, the song’s verses alternate between Spanish and

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22 May 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Outnumbered’ By The HIRS Collective

“This is about women who you decided aren’t women. And you are wrong. I don’t give a shit what you think. But when you, or any of you, do anything to put the lives of trans women at risk… I will fight you.” The above quote is sampled in the

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15 May 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gentrification’ By Ry Cooder

For more than a half century, Ry Cooder has been making music. He is highly regarded for his slide guitar work as well as the affinity he has for roots music and collaborations with musicians throughout the world. “Gentrification,” which appears on his latest album, “The Prodigal Son,” is a

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08 May 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fists Of Fury’ By Kamasi Washington

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington reworked the theme for Bruce Lee’s “Fists Of Fury” film into a theme for the movement for black lives. The song appears on Washington’s forthcoming double album, “Heaven and Earth,” as part of the “Earth side” that he says will represent the world as he sees

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02 May 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘End Of My Bloodline (Remix)’

“It’s the end of my bloodline. It’s mine, and you’re greedy. It’s mine.” “End of My Bloodline” by Screaming Females revolves around this central refrain, a meditation on bodies, agency and reproductive justice. The track comes from the prolific Jersey punk rock trio’s most recent album, “All At Once,” released

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25 Apr 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘YDTMHTL’ By War On Women

The Baltimore feminist hardcore punk band War on Women released a compelling protest record earlier this month. It’s titled “Capture The Flag,” and it follows their 2015 self-titled album. Their song names alone are an apt entry into their politics: “The Violence of Bureaucracy,” “Predator in Chief,” “Divisive Shit,” to

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20 Apr 2018

Alice Bag’s Punk Rock Connects Protest History To Trump Era

“I couldn’t slow down,” remembers singer, author, educator, and activist Alice Bag, reflecting on the days following her 2016 tour. “So I just started working on another record.” In 2016, she teamed up with Don Giovanni for the release of her self-titled album, “Alice Bag.” It was technically her first

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