If you heart local music and activism, here are a couple of ways you can contribute.

Tomorrow, rowdy rockabilly roughhouser Joel Bonner will be releasing a cover of U2’s “The Refugee.” The song will be available on his Bandcamp page, with all proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization that has been working nonstop to battle the unconstitutional actions decreed over the weekend via the immigration ban.

But if you’re more into punk or metal or even hip hop, you can still contribute to the ACLU. This Friday, if you purchase music off of Bandcamp, the company will be donating 100% of their shares to the ACLU. You can peruse our local band list, but here are some of our recommended local releases on Bandcamp to get you started on your badass LFK playlist:

  • Approach just released Elegant Knock, available via Bandcamp.
  • Also on Datura Records, Left E. Grove’s timeless and perfectly executed Left of Center.
  • Stiff Middle Fingers released the Persona Au Gratin late last year, with a full LP coming this year.
  • Lawrence’s favorite sirens, The Ovaries-eez, just released Moon Birth in early January.
  • Rowdy, punk-ass, hell-raisers Macemouth released the very thrilling “Fuzzy Bumpin’” single late last year, with more on the horizon.
  • Because everything they touch turns to gold, Vivid Zebra— home to Ricky Roosevelt, Raymond, and more— has all sorts of goodies on their Bandcamp page.
  • Even the somewhat defunct but very much adored Drakkar Sauna has a brand new album, Very Much Cologne, up on Bandcamp for all your indie folk needs.
  • For lush, electronic tracks, hit up Asterales’ Work Hours EP (and catch him occasionally playing with Approach live).
  • And for some not-so-new songs that should definitely be in your local library, check out Toughies, Psychic Heat, La Guerre, Gnarly Davidson, The People’s Punk Band, and Wendy Moira.


Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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