20 May 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Voicemail For Jill’ By Amanda Palmer

“Voicemail For Jill” is a song on Amanda Palmer’s new album, “There Will Be No Intermission.” Instead of writing an angry pro-choice anthem, Palmer tells the story of a woman who made the painful decision to get an abortion.

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06 May 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gaia’ By Calina Lawrence (With Sylvie Karina And Francesca Rivera)

Calina Lawrence is an indigenous vocalist and activist from the Suquamish Nation. She effectively fuses traditional native music with elements of hip-hop, soul, and spoken word. Lawrence uses her art to draw attention to social justice issues.

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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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02 Apr 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Try It, You’ll Like It’ By Marvin Gaye

“You’re The Man,” the long-shelved album from Marvin Gaye, is the work of an artist with a golden voice, who struggled with both personal demons and the demons plaguing the country in which he lived. One of the most uplifting and sublime protest anthems on the album is “Try It, You’ll Like It.”

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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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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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