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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.”

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Paul Ryan gets Raged against, care of Tom Morello

One of the hazards of becoming a public figure is that you sometimes learn that the artists you idolized are not necessarily the people you thought (or hoped) they were. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan just got an extra-intense dose of that yesterday when Rolling Stone published an op-ed written by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello that described Ryan as “the the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

Ryan, who has cited Rage as one of his favorite bands, took it on the chin. “Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics,” Morello wrote. “He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.” READ FULL STORY

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