Five Sound Strike Bands We'd Like to See Perform in Arizona
Last week, punk band Rise Against ended their boycott of Arizona by announcing two high-profile shows. That isn't to say that The Sound Strike , the boycott organized by rockers like Zack de la Rocha to impact the state in the wake of SB 1070 is over, but it's shifting it's focus away from boycotting, zooming in on supporting human rights groups and ethnic studies in Tucson instead.
Sound Strike organizer Javier Gonzalez told New Times' Jason P. Woodbury, "We're not going to badger anyone to not play there commercially, and two, we're going to actually try to get people down there in a more concerted effort." That being said, we've missed out on two years of tours from Sound Strike bands. And while Rage Against the Machine and Nine Inch Nails probably won't be hitting the road any time soon, here are five bands we would love to see schedule a date in Arizona -- as long as they promise to show up and make a stink about SB 1070 while they are at it.
Kanye West (with Jay-Z)
Love him or hate him (and we know plenty of folks who do both), Kanye West is a complicated guy. Think he's little more than the guy who interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs and accused George W. Bush of not caring about people? Listen to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, on which he fashioned his torrid personal life into a stunning monument to his ego and talent. Since he joined The Sound Strike, we missed out on the Fantasy tour, as well as the recent Watch the Throne tour with Jay-Z.
I doubt that the duo is still willing to perform "Niggas in Paris" upwards of 10 times at one show, but just look at that setlist.
I was really excited to see Yeasayer in 2010, but the Rhythm Room show sold out, so I bought a ticket to see them play at Club Congress in Tucson instead. It was mindblowing. SB 1070 was drafted a few days after Yeasayer's two Arizona shows, and the band's conscience dictated them joining Sound Strike; I'm glad I made the show before.
Yeasayer no longer shows up on The Sound Strike site, so maybe we can hear "Henrietta" live soon.
LA Weekly music blog West Coast Sound concisely sums it up with "if you don't believe in magic, this is not the band for you."