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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 5 - Bright Eyes to Childish Gambino

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Our list concludes today with the most recent examples of important protest music.

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Against Me!: 23 Live Sex Acts

Whenever a good punk band delivers a live album that actually captures that live energy, it's worth noting. This is one of those times.

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The Hays Code Nightmare Has Come True. Ain't That Grand?

The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.

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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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OutKast Fires Up the Audience at Day One of Forecastle Festival

From the minimalist indie rock of Spoon to the extravagant performance by OutKast, day one of Forecastle did not disappoint.

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I'm Your Man: An Interview with Butch Vig

When not touring with garbage or manning the boards behind some of the most iconic rock albums of the modern era, Butch Vig can not only wax nostalgic (even though he's not a big fan of it), but can also get some of his friends together to form an alt-country band called the Emperors of Wyoming. 'cos when you're Butch Vig: why the hell not?

Joshua Kloke
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Jason Clackley: To the Few and Far Between

Jason Clackley's leanings as a singer and songwriter are equal part Blake Schwarzenbach, Bob Mould, and Ronnie Spector, and that's probably the only time I'll say that about anyone, ever. His vision is few and far between.

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Epicenter Twenty Ten: 26 September 2010 - Fontana, CA

It was refreshing to have the Auto Club Speedway become for one weekend a literal hotbed of progressivism and fist-pumping music.

Melissa Bobbitt
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Against Me!: White Crosses

White Crosses is a huge, mainstream rock album that draws as much from Bruce Springsteen and U2 as it does from Against Me!'s own folk-punk roots. Sorry, bitter old-school fans, but it's really, really good.

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Let's Sing / Think About the Status Quo, But the Point Is to Change It

Against Me! protests and documents. But they also ask questions, even about the usefulness of protest or of asking questions about the usefulness of protest.

Jayson Harsin
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Live from Bonnaroo 2008

The communal spirit seems almost sacrosanct to its attendees and artists, some of whom invoke the term 'commune' in the footage on this disc.

Thomas Britt
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Against Me!: New Wave

New Wave isn't as much of a new sound as it purports to be, but it is still a decent step into the major label arena.

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