Posted in music | tour dates on January 21, 2014

Pussy Riot

We already mentioned the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert would be going down in Brooklyn on February 5 at Barclays Center with The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, and others, and there's just been a very interesting addition:

Members of the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, who were recently freed from prison after 21 months, will participate in Amnesty International's landmark Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 5, Amnesty International announced Tuesday.

"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, whose imprisonment was the subject of hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty activists after they were jailed for publicly criticizing Putin in a church. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners."

"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina, who are now working to improve conditions for prisoners in the Russian penal colony system, will address attendees at the concert to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience--people who have chosen a non-violent path yet are jailed for their beliefs, color of skin, gender, or sexual orientation, and whose rights Amnesty has championed throughout its 50-year history. The star-studded lineup includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more yet to be announced.

"Today, as we work to improve human rights conditions in the United States, we can't abandon the fight for the rights of imperiled individuals around the world," said Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins. "When we come together on February 5 in Brooklyn, our voices will be amplified by the presence of Pussy Riot, who continue to demonstrate the power we share when we take a stand against injustice. Join us next month and become a part of the next wave of the human rights movement."

Tickets are still available.

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Comments (38)

awesome

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:57 PM

Get ready to pretend that their music isn't awful, 20-something liberals!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 2:13 PM

White people are really excited!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 2:18 PM

coachella '15

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 2:25 PM

SELLOUTS!!!

Posted by Fatimar Poopin | January 21, 2014 2:33 PM

Cool!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 2:34 PM

SELL OUTS.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 2:36 PM

my favorite part about Pussy Riot is that they are nowhere near talented..A catchy gimmick goes along way kids.

Posted by VP of Sales | January 21, 2014 2:58 PM

the blonde is talented

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 3:01 PM

By "catchy gimmick" do you mean "go to a russian prison for 21 months for protesting an authoritarian government"?
Yes, you're very clever. Shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 3:26 PM

gotta give 'em props for serving and not backin' down. Russian powers that be don't play....Look at journalists that once criticized Putin.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 3:28 PM

The only thing that could make it worse would be.... Amanda Palmer.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 3:46 PM

3:26 lol butthurt liberal feminist detected!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 3:49 PM

Perfect Pussy Riot in Brooklyn.

Har har har

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 4:09 PM

coming to a livenation sponsored event near you #fightdapower

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 4:17 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 6:20 PM

@3:49 Your detector, like probably everything else about it, is way off.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 6:27 PM

I mean, I guess what the did was KINDA brave, but you wanna talk brave, you should check out some ANONYMOUS INTERNET COMMENTS!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 6:29 PM

4:17 wins
A sleazy corporate multinational bank sponsoring a building owned by severely corrupt Russian oligarchs hosting a feel- good event for amnesty international while nothing changes. It's like seeing Tegan and Sarah in a three-way with Bono -- ick!

Posted by Tegan | January 21, 2014 6:34 PM

lol people who think 'liberal' is a pejorative.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 6:35 PM

LOLOLOLOL at the dufus who lives in an echo chamber cocoon who isn't able to see just how repulsive the descriptor "liberal" has become thanks to his fascist president and his royal pen

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 7:27 PM

6:35 is a loony lib moonbat

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 8:00 PM

Its cool that they are sticking it to the powers that be and all, but the bottom line is that they don't have to be a band. Their current stature has nothing to do with music. Can anyone hum me a Pussy Riot tune? Or point me in the direction of there latest release?

Oh right, it's not a real band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 8:23 PM

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Posted by auto diagnostic tool | January 21, 2014 8:40 PM

***QUESTION*** Is there any actual Pussy Riot music or is it all just wearing colored hats?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 9:15 PM

***ANSWER*** I have no answer, but I thought it looked fun to draw attention to myself (oh, I'm sure you never do that ;-))

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 9:43 PM

if they look like this, who cares if there's music

http://rapsinews.com/images/26833/19/268331950.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 9:47 PM

Amanda Palmer would never have been sent to prison in Russia. The guards would have been so annoyed by her that they would have released her immediately.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:11 PM

***THANKS*** It worked on you, didnt it!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 12:26 AM

1011 So true. As for PR, never has there been a story as overblown as theirs. What exactly makes their story so special? I'm sure there are many people in Russian jails who did less than what they did.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 1:10 AM

Pussy Riot at BARCLAYS CENTER? BARCLAYS...oh the irony of this debacle!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 1:41 AM

the hot one is talented at hotness

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 1:50 AM

>>>>If the imprisoned girl were african american would anyone even care? A beautiful white woman gets locked up and the entire world takes notice. I think I just answered my own question bur please chime in.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 2:08 AM

There are black people in Russia?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 8:40 PM

^yes, they refer to them as 'chocolate faces'

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 9:09 PM

^seriously, Russians are incredibly racist.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 9:22 PM

CooL ! We love it in France too :)

Posted by Holcombe | February 26, 2014 5:54 AM

Russia is simply trying to rid their country of filthy western ideologies. If someone comes out dressed inappropriately and promoting filth, and it doesn't matter if you don't think it's filth the majority of Russians consider it filth and it's THEIR country. I fucking hate westerners, if a country doesn't adopt the capitalistic/whore ways of the west then they are savage barbarians. The Russians are tired of having their country raped by the west, Putin is a thoughtful man that loves Russia and unfortunately he has to deal with western whores time and time again.

Posted by Ivanovich | November 2, 2014 4:44 PM

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