18 Jul 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Expect The Bayonet’ by Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag is a do-it-yourself (DIY) band that makes music that is a blend of punk and heavy metal music with the pastiche of 1970s classic rock. They describe their music as a “caustic war cry, seething in solidarity with all those that suffer the brunt of ignorance and injustice

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04 Jul 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘We Won’t Go Back’ By Love Always

Benefit compilations are a longstanding medium through which artists support social movements, so it makes sense that in 2017 we have seen a lot of them. One of my favorites has been Battle Hymns, compiled by members of band Quasi, an urgent collection of explicitly political songwriting. Battle Hymns is

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06 Jun 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘What Is This Hell​?​’ by HARAM

Haram is a New York City hardcore band whose debut EP شو بتشوف؟ (“What Do You See​?​”) was released in 2016 by the underground punk label Toxic State. The band’s vocalist is Nader Haram, a Muslim American from Yonkers, NY whose family moved to New York in the 80s to

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16 May 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Know Your Rights’ by Material Support

Under the Patriot Act, U.S. Code Title 18, section 2339A, is an anti-terrorism law criminalizing providing “material support” to terrorists, defining that term with a long list of services and resources. I learned this from reading the Facebook page of the Queens, NY hardcore band Material Support. After forming in

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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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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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01 Feb 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Politicians In My Eyes’ by Death

The Iowa caucuses are upon us, and the legendary black proto-punk band from Detroit, Death, produced a song a little over forty years ago, which is appropriate to mark the occasion. It is called “Politicians In My Eyes,” and it was written by Bobby Hackney, bassist and singer for Death.

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04 Jan 2016

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Only Good Fascist Is A Very Dead Fascist’

The new year has started with white militants taking over a national wildlife refuge headquarters in Oregon to show they are “patriots.” The white militants have arms and claim they have been oppressed by the United States government, which has taken land that should remain under local control. Canadian punk

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