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Kembrew McLeod

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jun 6, 2011

Dead Kennedys were punk provocateurs that made satire a central part of their concerts, song lyrics and, for that matter, band name. (Lots of baby boomer parents felt it was...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 2, 2011

Abbie Hoffman wrote in his subversive how-to guide, “If you don’t like the news, why not go out and make your own? … Guerrilla news events are always good news...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 11, 2011

The 1980s were ground zero for the Satanic Panics, when thousands of children were allegedly kidnapped, defiled and murdered in ritual abuse ceremonies. Even though police statistics made it clear...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 6, 2011

Popular culture--particularly music--has long been fingered by the far right as a satanic ...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 10, 2010

The 1980s witnessed the height of the satanic ritual abuse scare, or the satanic panics. One of the greatest musical pranks that emerged from this milieu resulted in Helter Stupid,...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 6, 2010

Fela Anikulapo Kuti is Nigeria’s Bob Marley. Fortunately, up to this point, he hasn’t been turned into the sort of dorm-room-poster-trustafarian-Legend caricature that Uncle Bob became. Lost in the bong...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 2, 2010

Back in 1992, Seattle was engulfed in an inferno of hype after the commercial rise of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Kurt Cobain’s little band that could. “Seattle,” SPIN magazine declared,...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 10, 2010

who are bigger overseas than their native country. Effortlessly mining a dark, melancholic aesthetic, she stands as a wonderful example of a genre I have long referred to as “pretty...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jun 8, 2010

Paradigm shifts typically happen in the abstract--at the level of the Big Picture--not right in front of your eyes, real time. Nearly 20 years ago, I watched and heard the...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 3, 2010

Prairie Pop: May 2010 - British collage artist Vicki Bennett balances her avant-garde sensibilities with a dose of goofiness--perhaps more so than some of her other peers in the sound...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 12, 2010

Prairie Pop: April 2010 - Apparently, the naked human voice isn’t good enough. Whether we’re talking about studio gimmickery or vocal tricks not aided by technology--Appalachian yodeling and Tuvan throat...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 23, 2010

Prairie Pop: March 2010 – With some musicians and bands, I form a kind of matrimonial bond (though because I like so many artists, that makes me a bit of...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 9, 2009

Tim Quirk was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Too Much Joy, a poppy, punky band whose career spanned the 1980s and '90s. His old band is probably better...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 8, 2009

Springtime is here, and I’m ready to rock: in this case, at the Experience Music Project’s Pop Conference, held last month in Seattle. It’s one of my favorite places to...