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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

Silversun Pickups ask Mitt Romney to stop using 'Panic Switch' at events

If crazed metal frontmen are spewing made-up rhetoric and clueless candidates are using pop songs without the permission of the artists, then it must be an election season!

Last time around, it seemed like every week a candidate was chastised by a rock star for using a song without permission, and now comes one of the stranger ones in a long time. Recently, the Mitt Romney campaign used Los Angeles alt-rockers Silversun Pickups’ 2009 track “Panic Switch” at an event, and that did not sit well with the band.

“We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” Pickups frontman Brian Aubert said in a statement. “We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends.”

The band has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Romney campaign, asking that they no longer use “Panic Switch.” READ FULL STORY

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