Tag Archives: Bruce Springsteen

Video Roundup: Let Freedom Ring on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today, we celebrate what would’ve been the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of history’s greatest voices of liberty. King’s contributions to civil rights have inspired millions, including many musicians who’ve paid tribute to him in song. Below, we’ve collected some of those odes that help King’s message live on for generations.Read more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Obsessions

Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music author Deborah R. Vargas is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She helped host a roundtable at the 2012 EMP Pop Conference for “Feminist and Queer Studies of Race in Sound.” That interactive panel focused on “how the material landscape of theRead more...

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Friday on My Mind: Songs About America

Welcome the all-American edition of Friday on My Mind, the weekly collaborative blog post between KEXP and King 5 News which takes a look at music videos centered around one common theme. In honor of next Wednesday’s 4th of July holiday, today we’re talking about songs about America. Thomas Jefferson was designated to draft America’sRead more...

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Out This Week 3/6

March roars in like a lion with this week’s release by Ceremony -- yeah, there are like two or three bands with that name, but this is the thrashy hard-core one, rather than the mopey shoegazy one. On their fourth album, produced by Seattle’s own John Goodmanson, this California band evolves into what our MusicRead more...

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Friday Music News

Iconic R&B singer Etta James died this morning at age 73 after an ongoing battle with leukemia. Ms. James had a storied career with many ups and downs, including hits like “At Last” and “All I Could Do Was Cry” and several bouts of drug addiction. Throughout, she always maintained a positive attitude, once sayingRead more...

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Agitated Atmosphere: Circuit des Yeux - Portrait

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealthRead more...

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Out This Week 11/16

Yesterday, to everyone’s surprise, Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, released his fifth album of cut-up songs, All Day, on the label Illegal Art. The album, featuring 373 samples in just over 70 minutes, is like his last album... free! But this time, further flaunting a recording system has become more about rights ownership than anythingRead more...

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, everybody! While the songs in this video roundup aren’t always about patriotism in a traditional sense or necessarily about today’s holiday itself -- they’re sad, joyous, uplifting, and even angry and disillusioned -- they share a yearning for personal freedom that goes well beyond the meaning of the term as thrownRead more...

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Thursday News Threads 2/5

Sadly, the Cramps frontman Lux Interior died yesterday of a pre-existing heart condition. Born Eric Lee Purkhiser, Lux formed the Cramps in 1973 with his wife, Kristy Wallace, aka Poison Ivy, whom he supposedly picked up hitching hiking. Fusing 50′s rock, punk, horror films, and sexual fetishism, the Cramps performed consistently over their 30 oddRead more...

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Monday News Mash-Up

Super Bowl half-time performer (wasn’t it awesome?) and blue collar hero, Bruce Springsteen has apologized for the Wal-Mart Greatest Hits exclusive, telling the New York Times: “It was a mistake.” It would be old hat to rehash the evil Wal-Mart has wrought with its child labor violations, anti-union stance, and lack of employee benefits --Read more...

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