Now, more than ever, the world needs The Clash. For the fifth annual International Clash Day, KEXP is highlighting the band's activism and political messaging. Even their band name carries political weight: bassist Paul Simonon was inspired when he noticed the word appearing frequently in the daily newspaper. A clash between classes, between races, between the police and the people -- are we talking about the late '70s or now? Frontman Joe Strummer once said, "Punk rock for me was a social movement. We tried to do the things politically we thought were important to our generation and hopefully would inspire another generation to go even further." Listen along as we explore that message from 6AM to 6PM PT, and check out a video roundup below for more.
KEXP celebrates the fifth annual International Clash Day on Tuesday, February 7th. Listen from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM as DJs John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole celebrate the iconic punk band and highlight how they influenced change and awareness in society. And check out this page to see what other Clash Day-related activities are happening around the world.
Since forming in 2002, Franz Ferdinand have been bringing post-punk to the dance floor -- something The Clash became known for with their genre-breaking sound. KEXP chatted with frontman Alex Kapranos for International Clash Day.
KEXP is proud to once again sponsor the Skate Like a Girl benefit, with proceeds helping to empower youth (not exclusively girls, but mostly girls) through skateboarding workshops and programs. Roll on over to the Vera Project this Saturday, February 4th for live music from Kimya Dawson, Wimps, A...