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Friday, April 21 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm

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Sarah Messabauer, “‘They Might Feel Different’: The Lingering Political Legacy of Billy Joel’s ‘Allentown’”
Glenn McDonald, “Speaks Truth to Power Metal: Conceptual Fantasy, Cryptic Nihilism and the Abstruse Political Neutrality of Progressive Rock and Metal”
Whitney Jones, “I Disapprove of What You're Singing About, but I Will Defend My Right to Enjoy It Anyway: The Politics of Listening to Musicians Whose Politics You Find Objectionable”


Holly Gleason

Holly Gleason is a music critic, artist development consultant and adjunct professor of Music Criticism at Middle Tennessee State. A 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Case Western Reserve Studies of Pop Music Fellow, she is the editor of Woman Walk The Line: Women Writers on the Coun... Read More →

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Whitney Jones

Twitter | | Whitney Jones has been a public radio/podcast producer for the past five years. He has appeared on NPR, CBC, and a number of local/regional stations, as well as on popular podcasts like 99% Invisible. Jones has reported on everything from politics to sports to arts and has been hosting and producing his music journalism show Pitch since 2013. Pitch just recently became an Audible Originals program... Read More →

Glenn McDonald

Twitter | | Glenn McDonald believes that music is the thing that humans do best, and that apparent escapism is always essentially a secret oblique strategy for engagement in wonder. At Spotify he channels this into genre categorization, music discovery, personalization, trend detection, augmented nostalgia, and exponentiated joy. He spoke about Every Noise at Once at Pop Con 2014, Satanic metal in 2015, and the authorial voice of algorithms in 2016... Read More →
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Sarah Messbauer

Twitter | | A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Sarah Messbauer is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis. Her current research interests include the intersection of public policy and migrant community arts projects as demonstrated in her forthcoming dissertation on Haitian music festivals in eastern Canada. In future work, Sarah hopes to shift her focus toward the impact of public arts policies on the development of refugee communities in Canada and the United States... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Hyatt House 201 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109