The Parlotones climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of violence against women in Africa

By Laura Ferreiro In an effort to raise awareness of violence against women and girls in Africa, The Parlotones will quite literally scale a mountain. The South African quartet are preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on March 5 as part … Continue reading

Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Russell Brand to headline Secret Policeman’s Ball supporting free speech

By Laura Ferreiro For the very first time, Amnesty International is bringing its Secret Policeman’s Ball celebrating free speech to the U.S. next month. Coldplay and Mumford & Sons will headline the event, joining renowned comedians including Jon Stewart, Stephen … Continue reading

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood discusses his efforts to save Athens, GA

By Laura Ferreiro Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood has joined forces with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and several fellow Athens-based musicians to call attention to a development plan they believe would jeopardize their city’s historic downtown district if it gets passed. … Continue reading

Amnesty International marks Valentine’s Day by sharing the love Bob Dylan-style

By Laura Ferreiro To mark Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary, the esteemed human rights organization released “Chimes of Freedom” – a 75-song compilation featuring renowned artists covering Bob Dylan. Sting, Pete Townshend, Tom Morello, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger all donated … Continue reading

Blonde Redhead discuss Japan benefit album featuring Deerhunter, Interpol, Four Tet & more

by Laura Ferreiro After the largest earthquake in Japan’s history hit in March 2011 – a 9.0 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku – Blonde Redhead frontwoman Kazu Makino knew that she wanted to do something to help her homeland … Continue reading