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Ten tough questions for Sarah Palin. Really tough.

Just about the only thing Amy Winehouse hasn't repackaged from the black music archives is the one thing she could use: a lesson in Motown etiquette.

British punk rocker and activist Billy Bragg talks about his new album and the politics and economics of free online music.

Why listen to Stravinksy in sequence when you can click shuffle on your iPod and rediscover the music anew?

If you're curious to learn more about the bugalú, check out these five albums.

A new generation rediscovers the freewheeling rhythms of the Nuyorican bugalú.

Multiply your good fortune by giving generously to these progressive organizations and charities.

The subtle sounds of this saxophonist defy definition.

Atheists versus imams? Can't we have more choices?

Hip-hop star M.I.A. broadcasts the sound of those with one foot in the First World and the other in the global South.

Blogs

Tom Morello marks Guthrie’s 100th by restoring the left-wing verses of his most famous song.

July 13, 2012

A centennial tribute to the man whose influence has been as profoundly felt as that of any musician in US, and perhaps world, history.

July 13, 2012

Woody Guthrie's influence was as profoundly felt as any musician in US, and perhaps world, history.

July 11, 2012

Twitter brings you the the best Republican songs you've never heard of. 

July 9, 2012

 Eric on Heart and Paul Simon and Reed on the absurdity of the anger surrounding leaks.

June 15, 2012

Eric reviews his latest music choices and Reed analyzes recent trends in Congressional oratory.

May 25, 2012

A new collection featuring ninety-nine tracks of class-conscious music from ninety-nine artists.

May 17, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day, here’s my stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

April 25, 2012