PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.
21 Jun 2018
Public Enemy has just released a video for "No Sympathy From the Devil" from their 13th album, Man Plans, God Laughs. Our writers weigh in.
06 Aug 2015
I got so much trouble on my mind, refuse to lose. Here's your ticket -- hear the drummer get wicked -- and dig into the 131st most acclaimed album of all time. Public Enemy’s 1990 statement of purpose is next. Welcome to the terrordome.
26 Jul 2013
Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 15 contenders vying to be inducted as part of its Class of 2013. By adhering to the Hall's broad definition of rock 'n' roll and by trying to objectively apply its induction criteria, Sound Affects has narrowed down the choices to five artists it would vote for if it could.
10 Oct 2012
The newly-announced ballot for the next class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees not only seeks to rectify long-standing slights but lets the public have a say for once. Here's hoping it doesn't go all pear-shaped.
04 Oct 2012
Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.
03 May 2012
Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock 'n' roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style.
16 Feb 2012
In this second installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that have, remarkably, stood the test of time.
06 Oct 2011
In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.
09 Sep 2011
Fans have made a strong case for the following bands and artists who weren’t nominated this year and aren’t in the hall of fame yet.
05 Oct 2010
Well curated, organized and executed, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival announced the arrival of a new stop on the summer festival circuit.
15 Sep 2010
Twenty years ago, two albums addressed a man made environmental disaster and a racial divide that never seemed to close. You'd think these albums would sound dated today...
06 Aug 2010
For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.
27 Jan 2009
With flame in their eyes and clocks around their necks, Public Enemy were setting stages on fire, as showmen with a larger sense of social purpose.
13 Jul 2005
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