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Obama to rock the indie vote

The campaign of Barack Obama took a chance that indie rock fans would rise before noon in effort to promote North Carolina’s One-Stop Early Voting program. The program, which allows voters to both register and vote at the same time, began April 17 and will run through May 3. As incentive, Obama’s campaign gave out free tickets in Forsythe, Guilford, Randolph, Almanace, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties during the early hours of April 24.


The Change Rocks shows will take place on May 1 and May 2 and will feature Canada’s the Arcade Fire and Superchunk, who call North Carolina home. And no, the shows will not be early too. [Merge]

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Things the Arcade Fire should maybe stay out of: an election that they themselves cannot vote in (unless John McCain has plans for conquering Canada), covering Sam Cooke (completely inexcusable on so many levels), and, well, a lot of other things (like stealing the title of their supposedly amazing album from a Pulitzer Prize winning author's novel). But my anti-Arcade Fire bias aside, I am voting for Obama and I do love me some Superchunk so this is pretty rad. And, you know, anything to get out the vote! Let's just hope these shows follow a win for Obama—unlike the last ones.

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Yeah, we are all still sad here in PA. On a happier note, that One-Stop Voting program is ingenious.

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not all the members of the arcade fire are canadian... some a re amuricans


I stand corrected! Thanks, John. Isn't it funny though, if you think about it, how some of the most outspoken artists in history of American politics have been Canadian? It says a lot about American rock and a number of other things. But, still, Arcade Fire have no business covering Sam Cooke. Haha. I'm standing by that one!

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Win and Will Butler are American- originally from Texas. I think other members are American as well. The band simply came from Montreal.

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