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8 Songs You Better Not Have Missed in 2014

Celebrating the year that protest music popped

Marvin Gaye’s 1971 conceptual masterwork What’s Going On? is as cohesive a statement of political and social dissatisfaction as has ever been recorded. Hearing Gaye at the height of his power decrying war (“What’s Happening Brother”), poverty (“Inner City Blues”), and the environmental crisis (“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”) will hopefully never lose its considerable healing power. As we near the end of 2014, however, we should note the many musicians who saw fit to record their own statements against the current state of affairs. Only decades of repeated listening will tell whether any of these songs can hang with Gaye’s finest, but here, in no specific order, are a few of the songs we’re listening to these days, as we try to figure out just what the hell’s going on.

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Why Does Indie Music Hate Lana Del Rey?

Authenticity is used to create indie’s borders, while elite tastemakers serve as border patrol.

Lana Del Rey has been hyped and hated, trafficked and attacked. But if this week’s debut of “China Doll,” an Interscope record deal, and an Odd Future remix tell us anything, it’s that she’s here to stay—for now. From the more unflattering origin stories, we’re told the artist Lizzie Grant modeled herself after Britney Spears until her managers thought her fit to ascend the Best Coast throne. They orchestrated a Mad Men makeover, injected her lips with collagen, and renamed her Lana Del Rey.

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