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Music is a Form of Protest: Top 10 Political Songs + Spotify Playlist

Kassandra Ramirez

By KBR

In my opinion, the most beautiful quality of art is how it often encourages compassion in other human beings. Music is a particularly power medium, often changing opinions and making others feel intense emotion. For this reason, it is an excellent tool for change. In celebration of the United States’ Independence Day today, I have decided to share my new playlist, “Music is a Form of Protest.”

Back to Amerikkka - DZE like RZA - Cover Art

Back to Amerikkka - DZE like RZA - Cover Art

“Music is a Form of Protest” features 34 tracks in all genres, including artists like Nina Simone, System of a Down, Jalopy Bungus, and Childish Gambino. With a playtime of over 2 hours, this is the perfect playlist for a family get together or kickback.

More than anything, this playlist is a reminder of the great power artists have creating their perspective for others to view. Art evokes questions, and questions are needed for progress. Americans, Happy Independence Day. I hope you all use your talent to help society walk closer to love and equality.

1. Back to Amerikkka by DZE like RZA

“Back to Amerikkka” is one of my favorite tracks on this playlist. Everything from the instrumental to the cover art of this song is absolutely beautiful and flows naturally. This track is a unique and friendly reminder that we are living in “Amerikkka".” DZE like RZA’s vocals complement every element, and at just 2:20, it is easy to keep clicking replay.

2. Revolution by the Beatles

“Revolution” by The Beatles is pretty much the definition of a protest song. The upbeat sound and convincing lyrics influenced politics in the late 1960s and 1970s from the U.K. to the U.SA.. As John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote “we all want to change the world,” and maybe this is the reason why some artists write music.

3. Hypnotize by System of a Down

“Hypnotize” by System of a Down is one of the most dynamic sounding songs on this playlist, making it very strong. Some of the lyrics read “Propaganda leaves us blinded,” and propaganda is something we are all exposed to thousands of time a day The song discusses how our government controls and discourages its people from standing up for our rights.

 

4. Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone

“Mississippi Goddam” by Nina Simone is perhaps one of the most popular political songs known to the United States, as it was written during an era more oppressed than today. Nina Simone wrote this song in 1964 in response to the murder of Medger Evers, a civil rights leader in Mississippi at the time. The lyrics are very direct included lines like “Picket lines/ School boy cots/They try to say it's a communist plot/All I want is equality” and most importantly “Mississippi goddam, that’s it.”

 

5. Not My President by CNG

By reading the title alone, it is easy to see that “Not My President” by CNG is a political statement toward the president. The artist CNG wrote this track in 2017, just after Donald Trump became president in the United States of America. He wrote it because he was distraught by the new president and his racism towards certain minority groups.

 

6. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2

Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2 is a classic political song that has been heard by most of us at least a dozen times. Despite its strong message, the band used to introduce “Sunday Bloody Sunday” at concerts by saying “This is not a rebel song.” From what he has been asked about the song, Bono believes the song is about the people who felt pain during Sunday Blood Sunday, not the political cause.

 

7. Ballad of a Politician by Regina Spektor

“Ballad of a Politician” by Regina Spektor is very distinct compared to any other political song. Regina Spektor’s voice is silky smooth, making it much easier to swallow the pill she is giving us in this track. “A man inside a room is shaking hands with other men/This is how it happens/Our world under command” reminds us simply of how our world goes round. The majority of leaders in the world are men, yet women make up about half of the world population.

 

8. Crawl by Kings of Leon

Because of lead singer Caleb Followill’s edgy and impressive voice, it is very difficult not to love “Crawl” by Kings of Leon. This track tells America we are in a state of digression and we need to crawl before we can walk again. Hopefully this is true and our country will face peace soon.

 

9. Words I Never Said by Lupe Fiasco ft. Skylar Grey

“Words I Never Said” by Lupe Fiasco covers a few controversial questions being discussed in the United States. The track questions the cause of 9/11 as well as major budget cuts in education in America. With a strong and direct message, Lupe Fiasco’s collaboration with talented vocalist Skylar Grey was really the icing on the cake for this song.

 

10. Formation by Beyoncé

After listening to this track and watching the video it is easy to see why “Formation” has 176 million views on Youtube. In this track, Beyoncé embraces her African American heritage and flexes on all the money she has made in America despite our country’s racist past. As soon as I heard this song and watched this video, I applauded Beyoncé for her statement. There is nothing more beautiful than a powerful black woman in America.

 

Although discussion of political beliefs often cause commotion between us all, it is important to look at our country as something more than just the “U.S.A.” We are millions of living people. Luckily, we have music to connect us all and songs like these show us we all care. I hope you all enjoyed this playlist. Happy Fourth of July!

You're a Man Now, Boy - First Listen Album Review

Kassandra Ramirez

By Kiara Ramirez

“I'm not growing up, I'm aging. My mind's incarcerated. And though this body's taller, sometimes I feel smaller.” “You're A Man Now, Boy” is the name of Raleigh Ritchie's debut album released in February of 2016.

Raleigh Richie - “You’re a Man Now, Boy” - Album Cover Art

Raleigh Richie - “You’re a Man Now, Boy” - Album Cover Art

“Raleigh Ritchie,” formerly known as Jacob Anderson, can be recognized as Grey Worm, the beloved character from Game of Thrones. However, many do not know of his talent for creating eclectic music. With a total play time of 72 minutes and 18 tracks, “You’re a Man Now, Boy” embodies what it feels like to transition from child to adult in a bumpin' medley of electronica, hip-hop, and R&B. Many of these tracks feel confessional, rolled up in cathartic honesty.

Raleigh Ritchie - Keep it Simple (Official Audio)

The track, “Keep It Simple,” tackles the issue of overthinking new situations, daydreaming about the possibilities, then applying old habits leading to influence in the present moment. “Stronger Than Ever” deals with imposter syndrome and how it can seep into all levels of the human psyche, affecting more than one aspect of your life.

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever (Official Music Video)

Everyone should give a listen to this album as it confronts feelings everyone has had at one point or another in their lives. This was a great album to listen to as it had a message, as well as musical individuality. With no release date yet, the next album by Raleigh Ritchie should definitely be on everyone's radar.



2019 Phoenix Lights Photo Set & Review

Kassandra Ramirez

By Ashley Null

Phoenix Lights is an amazing two day festival of music, love and everything other-worldly, on April 5th & 6th, 2019 at The Park at Wild Horse Pass, Relentless Beats held an invasion unlike any seen on earth before! The Line up featured some of the top performers in Electronic dance music, including; Big Gigantic , Excision , Kaskade, SAN HOLO , Yultron , WHIPPED CREAM , and dozens more.

Phoenix Lights 2019 - Photo by Ashley Null -  www.amp-photo.com

Phoenix Lights 2019 - Photo by Ashley Null - www.amp-photo.com

Musical artists were spread over 4 stages, the hard part was picking which stage to be at and when! There were so many amazing food vendors with so much to choose from with 20+ vendors selling food and gear all over the festival grounds. The cashless event used your entry bracelets as your currency for the event, you could add money before the event online or use the convenient top-up booths in the vendor areas. This made it easy to buy from anywhere on grounds without having to worry about losing your money.

Phoenix Lights 2019 - Photo by Ashley Null -  www.amp-photo.com

Phoenix Lights 2019 - Photo by Ashley Null - www.amp-photo.com

Multiple “chill zones” were on site if you needed a break from the stage or needed a place to sit and eat, from the iheartraves space bar with lots of shaded areas to sit and relax to the UFO pit covered in backlights and a circler padded area to hang with friends.

Phoenix Lights 2019 - Photo by Ashley Null -  www.amp-photo.com

Phoenix Lights 2019 - Photo by Ashley Null - www.amp-photo.com

Relentless Beats did an amazing job of pulling this event off, make sure to go check them out on facebook and instagram @relentlessbeats for upcoming events! Visit phoenixlightsfest.com for more information on the Phoenix Lights Festival.

Phoenix Lights 2019 Photo Gallery by Ashley Null - www.amp-photo.com

 

Phoenix Lights Announces Lineup by Day for April 5th & 6th

Kassandra Ramirez

With festival season just beginning, prepare yourself as some of the universe’s best artists take over four stages at the Park at Wild Horse Pass this weekend in Chandler, AZ. Phoenix Lights, produced by Relentless Beats, has recently announced an addition of artists to the festival’s lineup for April 5th and 6th.

Self-described as “where luxury and irony intersect” Black Caviar; “the out of the box sound architect”, Devault; “Warehouse Bass impresario”, Dillon Nathaniel, and “breakout electronic artist”, Vanic will join Phoenix Lights and contribute to an epic weekend of massive sounds and sensations.

Continue reading for a breakdown of artists by stage. The four stages for Phoenix Lights include the Mothership,  the Invasion Stage, RBDeep’s Colony Stage, and Fallout, also introducing the local lineup for Phoenix Lights.

This weekend is guaranteed to be unforgettable as it marks the 5th anniversary of Phoenix Lights. Phoenix Lights is an 18+ event. Don’t forget to get your tickets!

Official Lineup by Day - Phoenix Lights 2019

Official Lineup by Day - Phoenix Lights 2019

Stages listed in alphabetical order.

MOTHERSHIP STAGE

Big Gigantic; Blossom; Elephante; Excision; GRiZ; Kaskade; Malaa; Mustard; Party Favor; Phantoms (DJ set); San Halo; Vanic; Yultron

INVASION STAGE

Arty; Bailo; Black Caviar; Decadon; Dirt Monkey; Doctor P b2b Cookie Monsta; HE$H; Minesweepa; Must Die!; Nastyhumanz; Sikdope; Subtronics b2b Squnto; Svdden Death; Throttle; Whipped Cream

RBDeep THE COLONY STAGE

Brando; Claude VonStroke; Dillon Nathaniel; Gerry Gonza; Jay Lumen; Jeremy Olander; Jphlip; Lane 8; Sage Armstrong; Sasha; Shiba San; Spencer Brown; Thomas Turner b2b Michael Hooker; Wongo

FALLOUT STAGE

2Soon; Alaska; Animate; Austin Feldman; Disco Zombie; Frank Terry; Grackle Beats; Guilty; Housekneckt; Kenny Oliver; Limbo; Lujan; Richi Savage; Rolando Hodar; TRYB; STVTC; Vayn; Voodreau

Watch the Official Trailer for Phoenix Lights 2019 by Relentless Beats

All event details and ticket prices are available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. VIP Passes available. Visit www.phoenixlightsfest.com for up-to-date information for Phoenix Lights.

April 5th & 6th Marks the Fifth Year Anniversary of Phoenix Lights

Kassandra Ramirez

As the heat starts to rise and the flowers start to bloom, the entire music scene is getting ready for the warm weather and hype music scene arising in Arizona this spring. With April coming up just around the corner, it isn’t too late to make festival plans for next month! With performances by A$AP Ferg, Kaskade, San Holo, Whipped Cream and many more artists, you’ll want to purchase your tickets and mark your calendars for April 5th and 6th.

Buy your tickets now for a festival experience deemed as one of Arizona’s best music festivals. Check out Relentless Beats’ official trailer for 2019.

“It is amazing to be celebrating the 5th anniversary for this marquee event and sets the stage for all the surprises we have in store for 2019,” says Thomas Turner, founder of Relentless Beats. If you already have your tickets, prepare yourself for an epic journey. If you don’t have tickets yet, make plans to purchase them as soon as possible, as ticket prices are rising.

Noted as one of the best festivals in the area, Phoenix Lights is set to be an event with the music and sensations to take you out of this world. With the festival taking place at the Park at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ, you’ll know the venue was made with Relentless Beats’s iconic events in mind.

Phoenix Lights will be the perfect start to the epic festival season in 2019. Here is the lineup, with artists still to be announced.

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Discover Phoenix Lights for more information on the event. Buy your tickets now! Phoenix Lights is an 18+ event. VIP and Platinum Passes available.