The latest issue of Under the Radar has two different covers with a handful of socially-engaged musicians posing in support of political protest.
Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, Britt Daniel of Spoon and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists grace Cover 1, while R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Modest Mouse's Issac Brock rock Cover 2.
Inside, there are photo spreads and interviews with a range artists who understand the importance of staying informed and politically engaged. The list reads like a who's-who of FMC musician associates, with OK Go, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and The Nightwatchman, Chuck D., My Morning Jacket, Bright Eyes and Mac McCaughn of Superchunk, Portastatic and Merge Records all chiming in through words and pictures.
Some of these musicians have attended our Policy Summits, others are veterans of our New Orleans Artist Activism Camps, and most of them are members of our Rock the Net campaign in suport of net neutrality. (Actually, Bright Eyes occupies the first track on our brand-new Rock the Net CD; you can pick up your copy now!)
It's great that Under the Radar recognizes the value of artists staying socially engaged, and even cooler to see so many friendly faces poking out from its pages. If you're a musician, you can get involved, too. Head to our main website, www.futureofmusic.org, to sign up for our newsletter and learn about ways you can make a difference. And if you haven't already signed up for our Rock the Net campaign, you can do so here and join acts like Death Cab For Cutie, Pearl Jam, Calexico, Boots Riley of The Coup, and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists in showing your support for net neutrality.
And stay tuned for some big announcements about our upcoming events for 2008 and 2009!