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Barack Rock (Franz Ferdinand, Les Savy Fav, Fiery Furnaces, Andrew Bird, etc) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYC – pics

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

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Last night (October 7) 6 musicians and 6 comedians came together to raise money for Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The not-so-packed, but sold out event went on over the course of 5 and a half hours, ending with a set by Andrew Bird who thought this was the greatest afterparty he could imagine. The $40 event was highlighted by an appearance by not-so-secret-guests Franz Ferdindand (who play the same venue again tonight)

“Thanks for letting a bunch of Limeys like us play your rally,” said Scot and Greenpoint resident Alex Kapranos. “We only hope you’ll invite us back for your victory party.” It was a fun night in support of who many of us hope will be the next President of the United States. [Sound Bites]

Other highlights were Eugene Mirman’s RNC video coverage, a Les Savy Fav (another not-so-secret guust) patriotic song sing-a-long, and a set by the Fiery Furnaces.

Fiery Furnaces may have played all new songs, I didn’t recognize an of them at least. Once again, they’ve reinvented themselves since last seeing them at MHOW last December. They’re now organ-heavy, early ’70s funk. I still marvel at Elanor’s ability to memorize Fiery Furnaces insanely-verbose lyrics. [Sound Bites]

Each band played 3-5 songs and each comedian joked for about 15 minutes. Downstairs was Obama headquarters where live video of the debate was viewable.

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