Obama Rocks and Reels With Jeff Tweedy

Dem. Candidate Puts on Benefit With Local and Lackluster Musicians

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Hillary Clinton may be winning the money race, but Barack Obama has won over more influential musicians than any other candidate. Rapper Common is on-board, and now Jeff Tweedy -- frontman for alt-country band Wilco -- and retro hip-hop group The Cool Kids have agreed to play the "Change Rocks" benefit show at the Riviera in Chicago this weekend.
Change Rocks! Unless you're Stephan Jenkins or Jill Sobule.
Change Rocks! Unless you're Stephan Jenkins or Jill Sobule.

Playing host to local favorites seems like a great idea for the junior Ill. senator, particularly in the case of Tweedy, whose band is one of the most prominent, critically respected in the country and has made Chicago iconography its own. And, while Obama's gospel concerts this fall show the diversity of his tastes, including an awesome hip-hop group like The Cool Kids will certainly shake up a bill that one might rightly point out as full of white rock musicians.

The band criteria -- whether on musical or geographical grounds -- is less clear with fellow headliners Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and Jill Sobule, neither of whom are from Chicago and haven't really made any decent music since the Clinton years.

[Via Pitchfork]
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