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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28 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Cloud Of Hate’ by Superchunk

“I hope you die scared of all the kids that know the truth.” That line from the recently released Superchunk song “Cloud of Hate” sounds like it was written specifically to soundtrack the past two weeks in national headlines. Indeed, the song could have been written about the emerging youth

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13 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Fight For You’ By Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza is a Native American (O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese singer-songwriter. She garnered praise as well as awards for her protest song against the Dakota Access Pipeline, “In The River.” Last year, Zaragoza released an album, “Fight For You,” that contains multiple songs of protest. They draw inspiration from

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08 Feb 2018

Protest Platforms: CASH Music Helps Artists Navigate World Rife With Corporate Exploitation

Protest Platforms is a three-part series examining what it means for music to protest today. Platforms have always helped to shape protest music. Independent artists, punk labels, and do-it-yourself (DIY) organizers have long suggested that the means through which music is created and distributed carries as much political weight as

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27 Jan 2018

The Protest Music Of Hugh Masekela

In the decades-long struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Hugh Masekela was one of several musicians whose music came to represent the sound of resistance to racist oppression by the government. On January 23, Masekela, 78, died from prostate cancer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) mourned

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28 Dec 2017

Top Ten Protest Albums Of 2017

Kevin Gosztola and Liz Pelly put together a collection of some of the best albums of protest music in 2017.

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19 Dec 2017

Protest Platforms: In Age Of Streaming, Saga Believes Artists Should Have More Control

Protest Platforms is a three-part series examining what it means for music to protest today. Platforms have always helped to shape protest music. Independent artists, punk labels, and do-it-yourself (DIY) organizers have long suggested that the means through which music is created and distributed carries as much political weight as

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01 Nov 2017

Protest Platforms: Music Streaming Cooperative Restores Agency To Artists

In the first of a three-part series, Liz Pelly explores how platforms can shape music and enable protest. She highlights streaming cooperative, Resonate.

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18 Oct 2017

Interview: Free Jazz Quintet Irreversible Entanglements On Making Revolutionary Music

The free jazz quintet Irreversible Entanglements released its first eponymous album last month. Recorded over one six-hour studio session in August 2015, the 43-minute album is made of largely improvised instrumentation and Camae Ayewa’s radical poetry on Black trauma, survival, and power. It is the product of five musicians meeting for the

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