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Campaign 2012 music news update: U.S. Presidential candidates joined by Kid Rock, Journey, the National, and more

Today’s announcement that erudite Brooklyn indie rockers The National (left) are opening for President Obama at a campaign event Iowa on September 1 marks the most recent development in the 2012 race’s musical circus — and one of the few examples of a music/candidate pairing that hasn’t resulted in somebody totally freaking out.

The band, who previously opened for Obama in 2008 alongside Ben Harper, bring a much-needed boost to the Democrats’ so-far-disappointing musical retinue.

The party generally known for its Hollywood connections and A-list support has had trouble attracting major entertainment names this year — significantly fewer celebrities are slated to attend its National Convention in Charlotte next week; the event’s relatively low-wattage lineup so far consists only of James Taylor, America’s Got Talent stars Inspire the Fire, and Duke University alums Delta Rae. (Compare that to 2008, when Kanye, Fall Out Boy, Black Eyed Peas, Rage Against the Machine, and Death Cab for Cutie all performed in Denver.) READ FULL STORY

Dee Snider doesn't want Paul Ryan using Twisted Sister's 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

Dee Snider has spoken out against Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reportedly using the Twisted Sister hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at a campaign event. According to Talking Points Memo, Ryan played the song at a rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Snider later issued the following statement: “I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.” A rep for Ryan could not be reached for comment.

Last week, Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, who Ryan has cited as one of his favorite bands, wrote an op-ed for Rolling Stone describing Ryan as “the the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

Read more:
Paul Ryan gets Raged against, care of Tom Morello
Silversun Pickups ask Mitt Romney to stop using ‘Panic Switch’ at events
Presidential PopWatch round-up on Paul Ryan: Ayn Rand disciple, Deadhead, catfish noodler

Watch Dee Snider's video for 'Mack the Knife' - EXCLUSIVE


Dee Snider has worn plenty of hats (and wigs) over the course of his decades-long career. He fronted influential metal band Twisted Sister, hosted a number of radio shows, dabbled as a TV star, held Broadway stages, and even directed an underrated horror movie.

His latest project brings together a few of those disparate interests. Dee Does Broadway finds Snider using his unique voice to tackle some of Broadway’s most famous standards, like “Cabaret,” “Luck Be a Lady” (from Guys and Dolls), and “Razzle Dazzle” (from Chicago). There are also a handful of drop-ins from music theater legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth.

For a good idea of the sort of rock and theater hybrid Snider has built, check out the world premiere of the video for “Mack the Knife” (directed by his son Cody Blue Snider) below. READ FULL STORY

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