Music

Soundtrack to a revolution.

“We've Known What Police Brutality Feels Like”: Pussy Riot’s Tribute Song to Eric Garner
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In a new music video, two members from Russian punk band Pussy Riot get dirt shoveled over their faces and are buried alive. It's powerful and disturbing to watch.
When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayes
After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. Pierre
Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Winter
by YES! online staff
Musical inspiration while putting out this issue.
"Jazz in America" Curriculum
by Jing Fong
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed "Jazz in America," an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes to help students "develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage."
Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas
by DJ Cavem
For Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, HIP HOP is not just a form of music, it's a way of life—one he's using to teach kids about cultivating the earth and eating fresh veggies.
The Harmonies in This John Denver Cover Will Make You Stop Whatever You're Doing and Just Listen
by YES! online staff
Singer-songwriters Brett Dennen and Milow make a strong case for the lasting beauty of "Annie's Song" by John Denver.
YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Summer
Jake Bugg, a Tribute to John Denver, and Beethoven for Everyone.
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
by Madeline Ostrander
We can’t change the world if we can’t even sing together—a star folk singer on what happens if political music dies.
Melodeego: The Hippest Bike-Powered Band in Town
by Chuck Collins
Melodeego has been making music for the environment for years. Their songs include protests of the Keystone XL pipeline and other topics inspired by the anti-climate change movement.
YES! Music Picks: Summer 2013
Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Melodeego, and other inspiration while putting together the Summer 2013 issue of YES!
Music Picks: Spring 2013
Hurricane Sandy relief, benefits for U.S.-Mexico border crossers, and other musical inspiration while putting together the Spring 2013 issue.
Music Picks: Winter 2013
Anna Ternheim, Jerry Jeff Walker, and other inspiration while putting together the Winter 2013 issue.
YES! Music Picks: Fall 2012
Musical inspiration while putting out the Fall 2012 issue.