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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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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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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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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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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18 Nov 2016

Stop Trump Mixtape: A Protest Song Collection

“R.E.D.” by A Tribe Called Red (feat. Yasiin Bey, Narcy, and Black Bear) An anthem for the decolonization of culture and solidarity among colonized populations across all continents “T5” by Swet Shop Boys A sardonic take on post-9/11 security culture from Riz MC and Heems, rappers of British Pakistani and

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15 Nov 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Writings On Disobedience And Democracy’

Vinnie Paz of the hip hop group, Jedi Mind Tricks, wrote this song inspired by the work of people’s historian, Howard Zinn. It picks up where his song, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train,” left off, and similarly, it is a kind of hip hop cliff notes of

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01 Nov 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Retribution’ by Tanya Tagaq

The colonialism of the United States rears its ugly head as Dakota Access pushes forward with its construction of an oil pipeline on indigenous land, forcing Native Americans to setup camps and engage in resistance to protect their very way of life from pollution. In defense of Dakota Access’s land

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