This Week in Protest Music: Father John Misty, Eminem and India.Arie

MoogFest announced a Protest Stage at the May 2017 festival, in Response to HB2/Travel Ban. A statement from the festival invites fans to “Attend the Protest Stage, a dedicated space for resistance. As one of our key themes this year, Protest will also be brought to life through workshops, installations, conversations, and masterclasses. We will stand in full accord with artists from various communities to collectively celebrate inclusivity and elevate the fight against discrimination here in North Carolina and across the world.

Read a history of protest music from Iowa State Daily, then read the The Leftsetz Letter as to why we dont have as much protest music now.

From our neighbors to the north, Ottawa Citizen breaks down how to write a good protest song.

Read WBUR’s interview with singer/activist India.Arie and her songs for Black Lives Matter and Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.

Father John Misty’s “Two Wildly Different Perspectives” is a poignant take on US immigration policy, saying of the incredibly touching video, “More kids are going to die now thanks to the unbelievably selfish immigration policy of places like Saudi Arabia and the USA.”

Of Tomorrow, a funk/hop-hop group out of Washington D.C. released a video for “Order of the Red Banner,” with the lyrics “Remember the November of treason and plot – when we stayed home, woke up and groaned, and this is what we got.

And Eminem appeared on the Big Sean song “No Favors,” calling the president a bitch and vowing to “make his whole brand go under.”

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