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In a turbulent political climate, Algiers channels outrage into hope

In a turbulent political climate, Algiers channels outrage into hope

At a time of near-daily political upheaval, pop culture has seen an uptick in art that reflects a time when “#resist” is a common sight on Twitter.

But while TV and movies have seen adaptations of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu and an Oscar-nominated documentary about James Baldwin, pop music and indie rock, by contrast, have been relatively silent.

One exception: Algiers, a multi-ethnic band with roots in Atlanta whose sophomore album, “The Underside of Power” (out June 23), doesn’t just touch on police shootings and the right-wing movements that fueled Brexit and Donald Trump — it addresses them head on with an urgent mix of Northern soul,...

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