Politics on the Dance Floor: Reclaiming Queer and Black Roots in Electronic Dance Music
by Keith BarbalatoApr 14, 2016
- As the multibillion-dollar electronic music industry grows, artists and organizers are taking back the spaces and sounds of the marginalized people who started the genre.
This Syrian Band Played Its First European Gig in a Refugee Camp. Now It’s Going on Tour
by Rebecca CollardFeb 29, 2016
- When the members of Khebez Dawle fled Syria, they never expected they’d soon be playing sold out shows across Europe.
3 Ways to Bring David Bowie’s Spirit to Your Social Change Work
by Liz Pleasant, James TrimarcoJan 12, 2016
- David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote
by Kayla SchultzMar 03, 2015
- The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.
“We've Known What Police Brutality Feels Like”: Pussy Riot’s Tribute Song to Eric Garner
by Christopher Zumski FinkeFeb 20, 2015
- 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 HayesJun 13, 2014
- 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. PierreJun 06, 2014
- 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
May 06, 2014
- 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 staffFeb 24, 2014
- Musical inspiration while putting out this issue.
"Jazz in America" Curriculum
by Jing FongJan 28, 2014
- 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 CavemJan 28, 2014
- 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 staffAug 22, 2013
- 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
Aug 21, 2013
- Jake Bugg, a Tribute to John Denver, and Beethoven for Everyone.
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
by Madeline OstranderJul 19, 2013
- 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 CollinsMay 28, 2013
- 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.
Soundtrack to a revolution.