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Hit It! Roy Kim, Carlos Vives And More On World Music Charts

Hit It! Roy Kim, Carlos Vives And More On World Music Charts

Below are some of the songs currently topping the charts around the world.

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Last month, the London-based band Gallon Drunk released their 8th studio album, The Soul Of The Hour, and it's probably one of the best things you'll hear this year, or ever.

The Soul Of The Hour is as rock'n'roll as it is psychedelic, dark, grinding, biting, rough, swampy, bluesy, acidic... a long list of musical adjectives that can only hope to get close to describing the quality of this work.

After more than 25 years of filling people's ears with poignant songs, Gallon Drunk is back touring Europe with their new material.

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Protests Derailed: A History Of Polish Railways Getting Political

Polish state railways have been accused of deliberately keeping protestors from reaching the capital for an anti-government protest march. This is not the first controversy the railways have faced.

Photo of trains in the Warszawa Rembertów Station, Warsaw, Poland.

Warszawa Rembertów Station.

Piotr Stanisławski via Wikimedia Commons

Last June, Polish opposition leader and former President of the EU Commission Donald Tusk called on Polish citizens to protest against the “authoritarian” steps taken by the ruling party, PiS. Estimates by state organizers approximate that 500,000 participants marched in Warsaw, with smaller marches occurring in other Polish cities.

“Do you have enough of [PiS’s] lies, theft and corruption?” Tusk asked in a video published on his Facebook page. "Then come to Warsaw on the 4th of June… we will show them our might”.

In the days leading up to the protest and on the day of the event itself, passengers and groups of demonstrators blamed state railways for delayed train permits, inaccessibility for those with disabilities and a deficit in the train's ability to transport participants to the capital.

“This is how rail functions in Poland,” an anonymous passenger told Gazeta Wyborcza, “It is impossible to get to Warsaw for the March at 12pm from Szczecin.” The same passenger told Wyborcza they were “speechless” at the realization, adding that “it’s an outright exclusion of rail communication”.

This is not the first time that the state-run rail lines have come under fire for allegedly political acts.

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