Category: Music

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The Sex Pistols and the Art Movement Dada

An angry, impish singer with red spiked hair screams into a mic. He shows a mocking disdain toward the raucous audience. The bass player poses and sneers playing random notes when he plays at all. The rest of the band plays hard-driving music to match the anger of the vocalist....

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The Prophets of Rage Want to Unfuck the World

Are you angry with the state of the world? Do you need a theme song to get you moving, an adrenalin rush? If so, the Prophets of Rage and their new song “Unfuck the World” may be what you need. The band combines the talents of Rage Against the Machine,...

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Remembering the First Lady of Punk, Poly Styrene

  July 3rd would have been the 60th birthday of the late Poly Styrene. Born Marian Joan Elliott-Said in 1957, she sadly passed away in April 2011 after a battle with breast cancer. A singer and writer with several solo recordings, she will always be remembered as the lead singer of...

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10 Great Protest Songs

Since the election of Trump, there has been an increase in political posts on Twitter. The tweets inspired me to create a post on protest songs. Many songs came to mind. Here are ten in no particular order. I realize that there are songs by Public Enemy, Midnight Oil, the Clash,...

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Best Parking Spaces, Kathleen Hanna

There are few advantages to a long (hopefully temporary) confinement to a wheelchair. One is obvious: I get the best parking spaces. Another allowed me to meet my hero, Kathleen Hanna. Her current band, The Julie Ruin, was performing at the Cat’s Cradle. I know the main parking lot to...

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OK Go: Music Video Genius

In 2005, shortly after the birth of Youtube, the members of the American alternative band OK Go made a video for the song “A Million Ways.” The video was never intended for public consumption but once it was uploaded, it was a hit. The video was an intentionally goofy, choreographed...

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The Original Riot Grrrl, Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna is the original Riot Grrrl. I admire her talent and fearless radical beliefs. I love her and her music since coming across it in the early nineties. A few years ago, I received a hand-written letter answering a series of questions that I sent her. It was hard...

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The Adventures of One eskimO

In 2010 I stumbled across a band, an album and an animated hero. All three use the moniker One eskimO.  Starting with the band and their self-titled debut release, I became hooked on their sound after a few seconds of listening to the song “Kandi.”  Comparisons have mentioned a similarity...