Protest music has strong ties to tradition and national identity. It works as a tool to unite people and does so by identifying common traits among them. Steve Cooke, though he is originally from the UK has an uncanny knack for creating music that gets to the roots of American identity.
For Volume 2 of our RCRD LBL Essentials Playlist we bring you a range of some of the hottest music out there. From indie rock, to hip hop to electro, we've got you covered.
The new decade of the 21st century has so far been remarkable for the overwhelming amount of protests occurring across the world. Brought on by a near collapse of the global economy and information-sharing powers of the internet, the protests taken the form of revolutions in Africa and the Middle East, riots in England, and Occupy Wall Street in the United States. Every movement needs an anthem and Occupy Wall Street has seen some high profile musicians make appearances to lend their support. This week we'll take a look at those artists and hook you up with some free downloads of protest songs.
One of the real pleasures of listening to a good sound system is hearing (and feeling) real detail in the low end frequencies. Most entry level systems lack the capability to create good bass, but MonoPrice has released two models that could be game changers for those on a budget that still want good sound.
The great thing about Halloween is that it's a holiday for adults as well as kids. Some would even probably argue that it's more fun as an adult, Halloween parties are always some of the best of the year. To get you ready for this weekend we've put together a playlist of some Halloween appropriate party songs.
MP3.com and RCRD LBL - two like-minded online music institutions - have joined forces bring you a playlist of some of today's hottest music. Check out our brand new playlist mixer and listen to new music by Katy B, Mark Ronson & the Business Intl., Chromeo, Class Actress, The Field and others!
This past week, Last.fm Discover and MP3.com caught up with a few of the artists participating in the Paper Gardens Showcase at the Livingroom bar in the Lower East Side. Click through to hear Pree, Tall Ships, Dad Rocks! and The City and the Horses talk about their music and what it's like to come play at CMJ.
Despite having a relatively small roster, Dead Oceans boast an impressive array of talent ranging from folk to indie rock and experimental. They were formed in 2007 and are proud of "Fostering a diverse stable of sound-creators".