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Old Crow Medicine Show Sing on Through Total Devastation

Social unrest, a global pandemic, and an industry that has forever been changed? No problem. Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor stares down the future.

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For the People: Bush-Era Protest Songs and the Promise of Web 2.0

Remember when Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God" and TV on the Radio's "Dry Drunk Emperor" protested George W. Bush? And when the Internet was full of promise for the best of humankind?

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Pussy Riot: "Pong" / "Nightmares" (track review)

Just as tyrant and resistance – Putin and Pussy Riot – are locked in a seemingly endless game of Pong against each other, with acts of courageous defiance deflected by acts of brute tyranny.

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Eddie Cochran's Working Class "Summertime Blues" Asks, This Is Living?

Ever get the feeling that the struggle to get by makes it impossible to have the energy or the time to storm the barricades? That's what American capitalism has achieved in 2018: maximum depression. And that's why Cochran's 1958 song of angst plays on to this day.

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Phil Ochs: 'There But for Fortune'

The re-issue of Michael Schumacher's biography There But For Fortune is the tale of an insatiable obsessive stumbling down a legendary path but not coming out okay at the other end.

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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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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 4 - Dead Kennedys to Steve Earle

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.

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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 3 - Peter Tosh to the Pogues

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.

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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 2 - Steve Reich to the Sex Pistols

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.

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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 1 - Beethoven to Janis Ian

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.

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Pussy Riot Advances Message of Resistance in Brooklyn

Through catchy punk and dance songs, Pussy Riot espouses pro-gender equality and an anti-Putin/Trump agenda.

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Ruby Rose Fox Raises Voice With "American Daddy" (premiere)

Boston vocalist and former stage actress Ruby Rose Fox delivers her first single "American Daddy" from new LP, Salt.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Free Radicals Argue There's "No State Solution" on New Single (premiere)

Tirelessly political Houston outfit Free Radicals blend soul, jazz and world influences on new cut from forthcoming remix album.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Bring the Funk and Activism to 'Black Times'

Like father, like son. On Black Times, Afrobeat bandleader Seun Kuti inherits his father's passionate combination of fiery activism and intoxicating funk.

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Soul Inscribed Preaches a Message of Love and Inclusion on "Let Them In" (premiere)

Soul Inscribed share a new single and video that pays tribute to America's immigrants and migrants and pleads for open borders and continued diversity.

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Algiers and the Political Structures of Noise

How can there be a political movement if we're unwilling to move? Algiers connects past and present for the sake of the future.

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The Coup: Sorry to Bother You

On communism's rhetoric of eschatology, and why dick jokes beat slogans.

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There's a Message in the Music

Hip-hop can, and should, promote the historical and cultural ideals that underscore the value of historical awareness.

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Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine: The Audacity of Hype

Was it too much to expect an updated version of the revolutionary rhetoric?

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Songs in the Key of Strife

Could protest songs be making a comeback? Flobots is bringing overtly political, message-oriented music back onto the Top 40. Plus, a collection of popular political music with videos.

Cary Darling
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