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When: Fri., July 17, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $20, $25
Musicians invoke radical politics all of the time, as lyrical fodder, sartorial advice, and general aesthetic direction. Who can blame them? Observe the Red Army Faction’s indelible iconography, the black bloc’s sleek garb, Pussy Riot’s very pop neon balaclavas — all highly chic. And yet, musicians such as The Coup’s Boots Riley couple radical posturing with activism’s less sexy elements, such as conferences and panels and the tedious parts of political organizing that The Clash didn’t sing about. To wit, Riley’s upcoming book, Tell Homeland Security — We Are the Bomb, brings his lyrics — the slang-riddled calls-to-arms, political takedowns, and social parables — together with cool and collected analysis. On Friday at the New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland), The Coup is set to merge swagger and righteous indignation with enough style to keep the revolution fashionable.
— Sam Lefebvre


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