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Monsters of Folk in Austin!

Monsters of Folk playing two shows in 2010, catch them at Stubb’s in Austin and Austin City Limits Festival. In case you missed it last time around, Monsters is Conor Oberst, Jim James, Mike Mogis, and Matt Ward joined by Will Johnson and they are epic. Jimmie Dale Gilmore supports on the Stubb’s show. Tickets and info for both can be found on the tour page

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The Concert for Equality: video

On Saturday July 31st, 2010 in Omaha, NE, several bands including Bright Eyes, Cursive, Desaparecidos (their first live performance since 2002), and Lullaby For The Working Class gathered together to fight for equality by playing a benefit show for the ACLU Nebraska.

Check out a video documenting the show at The Sound Strike, who’s website contains much more information about what you can do to help support immigrant rights. We encourage you to check it out.



COMVB is honored to open for Rage Against the Machine this July in Los Angeles. The show, part of a national week of action, will be a benefit for The Florence Project and Puente Arizona, two organizations dedicated to fighting Arizona Law SB1070.

Find out more by visiting the Sound Strike website

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Concert For Equality: Fight the Fremont Law!

Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Cursive and more to perform at ACLU Benefit Concert in Omaha, Nebraska

On Saturday July 31st, 2010 in Omaha, NE, several bands including Bright Eyes, Cursive, Desaparecidos (their first live performance since 2002), and Lullaby For The Working Class will gather together to fight for equality by playing a benefit show for the ACLU Nebraska. There will be two shows, an outdoor day time show commencing at 5pm at Downtown Benson, as well as a late night show at the Waiting Room in Omaha, NE. Tickets to the daytime show are $20. Additionally there are a limited number of Deluxe Packages available for $50 which allows access to both shows.

All proceeds from the concerts go to the ACLU Nebraska who are currently preparing a law suit against the town of Fremont, Nebraska, the latest in a series of U.S. towns that have decided to take immigration law into their own hands. ACLU Nebraska will file a lawsuit challenging the law which attempts to ban undocumented immigrants from renting, residing or being employed in the Nebraska town.

ACLU Nebraska Executive Director Laurel Marsh says, “If this law goes into effect, it will cause discrimination and racial profiling against Latinos and others who appear to be foreign born, including U.S. citizens. The ACLU Nebraska has no option but to turn to the courts to stop this un-American and unconstitutional ordinance before the law goes into effect. Not only do local ordinances such as this violate federal law, they are also completely out of step with American values of fairness and equality. We will be working with concerned citizens in Fremont who want to stop Arizona-like laws from getting on the books in their city.”

Please join these activists and musicians in fighting against the Fremont Law.

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An open letter to Charlie Levy regarding the Arizona Soundstrike Boycott

Dear Charlie,

I read your letter and I do understand where you are coming from.  You bring up valid points.  I personally regret any of the collateral damage the boycott is causing you, other like-minded arts promoters and the fans in Arizona.  A boycott is, inherently, a blunt instrument.  It is an imperfect weapon, a carpet bomb, when all involved would prefer a surgical strike.  I agree with you in part, and the radio host you quoted, that the authors and supporters of SB1070 could give a shit whether or not my band, or any other Artist, ever plays Arizona again.  The only thing, clearly, that these people care about is Money and Power, that and the creation and preservation of an Anglo-Centric Police State where every Immigrant and Non-White citizen is considered subhuman.  They want them stripped of their basic human rights and reduced to slaves for Corporate America and the White Race.  They are engaged in blatant class warfare.  It is evil, pure and simple.

I have on many occasions spoken my mind from stage.  I have offered organizations table space by the merch booth.  I have donated a dollar-a-ticket, or the entire guarantee, to different causes.  I have registered voters.  I have played on behalf of political candidates.  Sadly, this time, I fear none of that is enough.  If I return to Arizona to pay lip service to a roomful of kids at the Marquee it will do absolutely no good for anyone.  What I can do is to help organize, and play my small part in, what I hope is the largest and most effective boycott this country has seen in a long time.  To work it will have to involve members from all sectors of society.  The Sports Industry, the Entertainment Industry, the Tourism and Convention Industry, other State and City governments, private businesses and individuals from around the country and the world—all of whom, by the way, are already participating in the boycott.  Much of the Artist end of the boycott is symbolic, I acknowledge, and no real threat to the economics of the State.  But it is an important part none-the-less for awareness and messaging.   The Boycott has to be so widespread and devastating that the Arizona State Legislature and Governor have no choice but to repeal their unconstitutional, immoral and hateful law.  It has to hurt them in the only place they feel any pain, their pocketbooks.

What I would encourage you to do, if you haven’t already started, is to organize with all the local businesses you can to put as much pressure as possible on your State Government until the Law is repealed.  An economic death rattle is the only cry of outrage they will hear.

I realize that the people of Arizona did not vote on SB1070 and I empathize with the anger and frustration you all must feel.  I applaud what you are doing with Viva Arizona and do wonder if there might be a way to reconcile both our efforts while maintaining the integrity of each.  After all, we are trying to achieve the same thing.  But just as you may feel the boycott is an empty gesture, I fear that if we return to business as usual (under the guise of some civic movement) that this will all devolve into the typical grandstanding that is political activism in music. It might make us feel better but won’t do a damn thing to change the minds of the radical, racist minority that seem to have controlled Arizona politics for decades. In short, it will lose its teeth.

Just this past week, the little town of Fremont Nebraska passed a very similar, almost more radical, city ordinance.  It was co-authored and championed by Kris Kobach of Kansas who helped write SB1070.  I was outraged, saddened and embarrassed for their town and my state.   I am already in the process of organizing a fund-raiser for the NE chapter of the ACLU who is suing the town of Fremont.  Our situation requires immediate legal action and a campaign for public awareness (there has been very little press on this).  Charlie, I promise you, if this Fremont law had been passed Statewide instead of in a rural town of 25,000 people, I would be the first to call for a boycott of my home state. This way of thinking and legislating is so dangerous, and such a threat to our basic ideals as Americans and Humans, that we cannot stand by and do nothing.  We cannot play on as if nothing is wrong.  This is not just about Arizona.  I am not just skipping a tour date.  This is not going to be easy for anyone.

Charlie, I consider you a friend and you have always been great to my bands and me.  I have played for you many times and I hope to do so again soon in New Mexico or anywhere else.  I sincerely look forward to the day when I can return to Arizona and this will all seem like a bad dream.  But I can’t come back now.  I’m sorry. I hope you will understand.

Your friend,
Conor Oberst

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