Contemporary popular music is often vacuous and empty. But, there are a few rare voices who are trying to speak truth to power while also making entertaining and provocative music. William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up is one such band.
In this conversation, I sat down with Ish and PM Romero of William Pilgrim and The All Grows Up and had a great to and fro about politics, popular culture, the role of the artist as truth-teller, navigating the business that is popular music, and their experience working on issues such as global warming and the homelessness crisis in the United States. Ish and Romero also share some wonderful and inspirational life advice that we can all learn from.
This was an easy and fun conversation. It was also a nice complement to the other conversations we have had here on The Chauncey DeVega Show about music and politics over the last few months.
Chauncey DeVega also shares his thoughts on the 2015 Oscars, Patricia Arquette's white feminist fail, and John Legend's well-intentioned recycling of a distorted "truth" about African-American incarceration and chattel slavery.
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