Pride - Grace Petrie

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Pride - Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie's bitter-sweet song of solidarity, Pride, movingly articulates the conflicting emotions of life as a gay person in the 21st Century - on the one hand the legacy of dignity earned by 50 years of liberal activism and on the other the rancour at a lifetime of being of being discriminated against simply for being who you are…

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All Together Now - The Farm

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All Together Now - The Farm

Yes, it really happened. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as the first winter of the Great War consumed France and Belgium in conflict, the men on opposing sides in the trenches along the front lines ceased the madness and played football in no man's land to celebrate peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. This enduringly symbolic moment of humanity is celebrated in the words of All Together Now, a UK Top Five hit by Liverpudlian four-piece The Farm in December 1990…

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Resister - She Drew The Gun

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Resister - She Drew The Gun

No matter how insignificant and powerless you might feel, you can make a difference. That's the message of Resister, which starts with an insistent 150 BPM loop and is quickly joined by a torrent of challenging ideas that don't let up for 2 minutes 53 seconds of uplifting, infectious, political indie pop aimed squarely at motivating "the underdogs, black sheep [and] fighters of the powers that be"…

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Tear The Fascists Down - Woody Guthrie

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Tear The Fascists Down - Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie's folk songs chronicled the plight of American people during the Great Depression. With his debut album, Dust Bowl Ballads - considered retrospectively to be the first ever concept album - he became one of the nation's leading spokesmen for labour rights; he was an anti-fascist, anti-racist iconoclast determined to debunk the myth of the American Dream…

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Samaritans - IDLES

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Samaritans - IDLES

The pernicious effect of keeping silent when you ought to be screaming and sobbing is explored in Samaritans, the latest track from IDLES, from forthcoming album Joy as an Act of Resistance. But this article isn't exactly about IDLES, the intense alternative five-piece from South-West England. Instead, it’s about a group of their fans who, in the last year, have changed each other's lives and restored their faith in humanity. And if their motto, "All is Love", means something to you, they would like you to join them.

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Haters - Dead Agents

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Haters - Dead Agents

Black Country alternative rock band Dead Agents remind you to stand up and fight for what you believe in in this pounding revolutionary anthem from the West Midlands of England. With the pop sensibilities of Kasabian and the gruff gravitas of Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman, Haters urges you not to tolerate the intolerable one moment longer. "Give it up, give it up keep waging war," sings frontman David James Foster insistently. "Suck it up and make the haters hate you more"…

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The Kids are Alt-Right - Bad Religion

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The Kids are Alt-Right - Bad Religion

Legendary Californian hardcore punks Bad Religion enter the Trump era with their first new material since 2013's True North album, a mosh-friendly 150 second burst of upbeat agit-pop, speeding up the riff from London's Burning by The Clash, with sneaky references to the Solomon Burke soul classic Everybody Needs Somebody and of course the Who's mod anthem The Kids Are Alright.

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Call Me Baby - Charlotte Morris

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Call Me Baby - Charlotte Morris

Enough is enough. This anthem for the Time's Up generation draws on a lifetime of catcalls and vulgar remarks from men who treat women like sexual objects. And this is the moment when one woman can't take any more. "I'm a strong resilient woman who knows how to kick your ass in," warns New York singer-songwriter Charlotte Morris. "So call me baby one more time and then we'll see who's walking away laughing"…

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