Barack Benefit: Bird, Furnaces...

Barack Rock Benefit! Music, Comedy, Action!

A Barack Obama benefit featuring music, comedy and action at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, October 7. Help Hype the Hope with Andrew Bird, Les Savy Fav (playing an "acoustic spectacular"), Eugene Mirman, The Fiery Furnaces, Guster, Kumail Nanjiani, Alina Simone, Heather Lawless, Lizz Winstead, Martin Bisi, John Roberts, Adira Amram plus special secret musical guests.

There'll be the Stage for Change, where six bands and six comedians will be Hyping the Hope. Also featuring the fabulous Obama Room, your full-service debate-watching, voter-registering, sign-up-for-volunteering lounge! Hype the hope and fight the fear! Contribute to the campaign! And vigorously volunteer!


Tue 10/7
Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:30 p.m.
$40 advance / $40 day of show

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futhepharmer Tue 9/30/2008 08:58AM
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hippyjessica Tue 9/30/2008 09:10AM
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futhepharmer Tue 9/30/2008 09:17AM
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OurBandCouldBeYourLife Tue 9/30/2008 09:20AM
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Killer bill for a great cause, just bought my tickets!

okalrightic Tue 9/30/2008 09:34AM
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Mutilated Trips starstar Tue 9/30/2008 09:39AM
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Mutilated Trips

Things like this are where the trindie rockers can go out, act like they know shit about whats going on and then cry with andrew bird and guster about shit that doesnt really matter.

discomcgee Tue 9/30/2008 09:47AM
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wheres the mccain benefit concerts?

Marcsmall Tue 9/30/2008 09:54AM
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McCain benefit concerts? Haha....I haven't even seen a single McCain bumper sticker this entire election season, and I see 15-20 Obama stickers a day......and I live in a Red State.

BRabbit Tue 9/30/2008 10:10AM
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i am John McCain and i approved this dumb concert.

SmashySmashy star Tue 9/30/2008 10:30AM
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Yet if you ask those proud bumper sticker wielding citizens just one stance and just one plan Barack has... you get silence. Newest news, Barack says he supports firing rockets into Pakistan from Afghanistan. Great. Awesome. So if you are voting for Barack because of foreign policy and peace, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do some research on his stance and plans. Pulling out of Iraq is just a ploy to continue Bush like foreign policy. And NOOO, McCain is NOT the solution.

SmashySmashy Tue 9/30/2008 10:38AM
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"It is time to turn the page. When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan; "

Right off the man's page. This is not peace. This is not sitting down with a cup of tea and talking about our problems. Pakistan will wage war with us if we try this. And ummm ya, they do have the bomb guys. This is worse than Bush! At least we are stuck in one place for now and can't move on. He wants to bring this war that DOES NOT WORK to other Muslim countries. What is so hard to understand about this? Military presence is what is recruiting more guerrilla terrorist fighters. So unless you think more war is the way to go to fight terrorism, tell me, how can you still support this man?

rainydaywomen420 Tue 9/30/2008 10:55AM
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God is not dead, although it sure does seem like hes taken an extended abscence in certain sects. Bill mahr may hold some intellect but he is an arrogant prick.

oboyler Tue 9/30/2008 10:59AM
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congratgs smashy you've done it i no longer like obama. you've changed my opinion entirely. ur 2 posts have opened my eyes... Now can we talk about music please.

vwphan star Tue 9/30/2008 11:02AM
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ENOUGH OF THE OBAMA LOVE FEST!!! Jeeesh, this is getting rediculous! PS: This lineup is garbage.

SmashySmashy Tue 9/30/2008 11:05AM
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I only make political comments on the political articles. I post about music on the majority of the articles, which are about music. So if you would like to talk about music, let's move over to a different article, ok?

Bowlegged Texan Tue 9/30/2008 11:10AM
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Bowlegged Texan

This line-up stinks of desperation and empty pockets...

discomcgee Tue 9/30/2008 11:22AM
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Smashy never posts on the music topics. go to hell schmuck

Natey Tue 9/30/2008 11:32AM
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SmashySmashy....idealistic once again. We are in a "war with terrorism" endless duty, whether we like it or not (those mistakes we already made). "Our country" has been interested with getting into a war with Iraq for some time now (fighting terrorists or for personal interest?!?)...mission accomplished. It is a situation that could have been handled with much more thought, tact, and concern....all of which the article you pointed out mentions. I don't think Obama got us into this mess...I also don't believe that our position in the global perspective will change if we put two fingers in the air and wave a white flag....although that would be ideal. I am all for World Peace....I am against violence and war (we all should be, although we are not). These are reasons we should vote for the candidate that will guide us with more diplomacy than we have seen in the past 8 years.

phalluscooper Tue 9/30/2008 11:52AM
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What next...a criminal defense fund show for Bush and Cheney hosted by Ted Nugent?

Shmo-Kaine star Tue 9/30/2008 11:59AM
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This line-up is pathetic...Just like Obama! OOOOOOOOOOOO no I didn't!!!

BGsteveBG Tue 9/30/2008 12:03PM
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Wow, what a lineup! Thanks for the news, jambase, now i know that all these artists are completely lacking any knowledge of politics and common sense!

sschaffner Tue 9/30/2008 12:11PM
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andrew bird has a ridiculous amount of talent, like 'mad scientist, not even from this planet' skills, and i've never wanted to cry while listening to his music. he's an inspiration to any creative artist working with any medium. so, i say what i most often think when i browse these comment boards - "what's up with all the ignorant haters?"

SmashySmashy Tue 9/30/2008 01:02PM
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Ya Andrew Bird is incredible. I actually have tickets for one of his shows next week and I am very excited. Obviously disappointed about this news. Hopefully I can ask him why he is part of an Obama benefit and hopefully he can give me a reason why, other than it isn't McCain... like how some people on this board make irrational comments about me when I give evidence that Obama is a farce and all I ask is to explain why you would vote for him, where he really stands on the issues, and what his plans are to support his stance other than starting another war with another Middle Eastern country... Oh right, back to music. Politics aside, you should all check out Andrew Bird, a master of many instruments. Hardly EMO, wtf!

urquhart Tue 9/30/2008 01:37PM
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you have to remember that obama said he is very open to talking with other foreign leaders and most likely will not lead us into a war alone, also if Osama Bin Laden is hiding in pakistan like many believe and they are harboring him and protecting him there than we should take some sort of action. If he truly was responsible for 9/11, which is debatable, than we should be after him and not fighting iraq which was a complete waste of time until we get that oil from them

gregboyer star Tue 9/30/2008 02:13PM
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obama blah blah blah change blah blah blah. December can't come soon enough.

IFORGETGUYFORGET Tue 9/30/2008 02:46PM
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If you want your hospital visits to be like going to the DMV - vote obama

jwatson8388 Tue 9/30/2008 02:59PM
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^^^yea ok sure thats whats gonna happen

stukinkendall Tue 9/30/2008 03:06PM
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fundraiser? gotta pass on this lineup. i'll just write out a check.

futhepharmer Tue 9/30/2008 03:33PM
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Good grief. don't tell me y'all actually believe in god. get with the times you mongolians

futhepharmer Tue 9/30/2008 04:41PM
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futhepharmer Tue 9/30/2008 05:25PM
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groovatronics Tue 9/30/2008 06:01PM
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i just don't understand you guys sometimes,

like why the HELL isn't Phalluscooper's comment exploding with thumbs-ups?

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 08:42PM
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What's with all the hate for Obama? I though wookies were supposed to be liberal. And why bash Andrew Bird? You might offend the idiots that run this site.

fishbone1 starstar Tue 9/30/2008 08:50PM
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Mutilated Trips should be made aware that, while guster may fit the narrow-minded generalized description he made, Andrew Bird does not. Andrew Bird has more talent than anyone else out there, and his songwriting is fresh, unique and inspiring.

Here's something else about him that might ring some bells with this msg board: he hates to hear the same music over and over. Every show he plays around with the melody and rhythm of his lyrics, because unlike a lot of popular musicians, he's realized that people don't go to concerts just to hear the song the way it sounds on the album.

Fuck paying $40 bucks for this show. I saw Andrew Bird for free in Chicago. And I wrote about it :) cause it was a chill show.

Plus, who the hell are these artists in this lineup. It sounds like the cast of a shitty movie.

phunkle Wed 10/1/2008 07:45AM
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Smashy, you make some good points. Obama is not the perfect candidate, butI also don't recall anyone on here saying that he was. Unfortunately, it's our system that's failing and the candidates we're given to choose from are a products of the systems failure. McCain is an even worse candidate that Obama on the topics which you speak about. Do you suggest we vote for Nader or some other 3rd party candidate? Doig that the last couple of elections got us W for Pres.....yeah, not making that same mistake again. So, agreed Obama is not the perfect candidate, but considering our system and the choics we're given, he's the better choice. And god forbid something were to happen to McCain and our country be stuck with that idiot Palin leading us.

breadloaf Thu 10/2/2008 07:20AM
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I don't know Andrew Bird at all. Can someone point me in a direction to start? Thanks.

Halluxone Thu 10/2/2008 10:09AM
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Big surprise that young, socially liberal music lovers would gravitate towards the "change, peace, prosperity for all" mantra that the Democrats put forth. But let's not be ignorant folks...neither of these two candidates represent a real move to change. While nobody on this site would ever dare support Bush or his idiotic policies, please don't assume that one party or the other is "better" for America. These four jokers who we are voting for are a product of an inherently flawed system. If we ever get the balls to support a third party, maybe the increasingly polarized society we live in will stop acting as if presidential elections are really about steak as much as they are about the sizzle....

sschaffner Thu 10/2/2008 04:38PM
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^dear breadloaf,

first of all, i love your name. secondly, start with the mysterious production of eggs, it's totally weird in a very good way.