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Boston Calling Day 1 Review: The Killers, The National, Pussy Riot, & More

It’s already 85 degrees as I make my way from the Harvard T stop through the crowds of festival goers, and begin the 15 minute walk through Harvard Square, over the Anderson Memorial Bridge, and finally arrive at the gates of the 9th Boston Calling Music Festival. It’s the festival’s second year at the Harvard Athletic Complex, and it already feels like many of the kinks from last year have been worked out. As I make my way from the pierogis to the cookie dough (because you know, research) and…

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Paul McCartney, U2, Bruce Springsteen Join Call For Pussy Riot’s Prison Release

Paul McCartney, U2 and Bruce Springsteen are the latest to add their names to an open letter with Amnesty International urging for Pussy Riot’s release from Russian prison. Over 100 musicians have joined the call, including Radiohead, Yoko Ono, Madonna and Patti Smith. The letter emphasizes that the effects of Pussy Riot’s “shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world.” Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are still imprisoned in Russia after receiving two-year sentences last year for…

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Pussy Riot “Like A Red Prison” Music Video

Pussy Riot, the world’s favorite Russian punk band since Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli (they’re real, I promise), have released a new performance music video containing a new little ditty called “Like a Red Prison.”  The music video, which seems to demonstrate that the band has learned no respect for authority since a handful of its members were arrested and charged with hooliganism, features the women of PR throwing oil at paintings and dancing wildly on top of a rig.  Catch the new video after the jump.     Please follow and like us:

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Pussy Riot To Appeal Convictions To Russian Supreme Court

The now infamous members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, whose only real crime was having a disgusting band name, are going to appeal their charges to the Russian Supreme Court according to the latest news from Billboard.  Two members of the band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were sentenced to two years in prison for breach of public order motivated by religious hatred for their “punk prayer” protest of everyone’s favorite power hungry world leader Vladdy Putin.  As of now the appeal has no set date.  The band’s story has generated…

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‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’ Filmmakers Make Daily Show Appearance

Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the producer and director of the upcoming HBO Documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, recently made an appearance on  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The interview provides insight into the context of the original protests that occured back in February of 2012 as well as some clips from the film. Watch the filmmakers’ Daily Show appearance after the jump. Please follow and like us:

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Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike

Maria Alekhina ended her hunger strike this past Saturday, June 1st. Alekhina didn’t eat for 11 days during her hunger strike, which was provoked by her being denied to attend her parole hearing in person and the prison securities alleged attempt to turn other inmates against her. The security is said to have complied with Alekhina’s demands and she will continue to serve out the rest of her two year sentence. Her and fellow bandmate Tolokonnikova are set to be released in March of 2014.   Please follow and like…

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Jailed Pussy Riot Member Hospitalized On 7th Day Of Hunger Strike

For Maria Alekhina of the female punk band Pussy Riot, hunger is no game. She was hospitalized on the 7th day of her hunger strike which she describes as a persecution campaign against her. Alekhina and her bandmates were arrested last year for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for an impromptu punk protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. The members were given two year sentences. Alekhina was set to attend her parole hearing last week in hopes of an early release, like bandmate Samutsevich who was released on…

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