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Ted Leo, Matthew Caws, Mac McCaughan & more at "Flip These Houses" (photo: @essceeohteetee)
Ted Leo, Matthew Caws, Mac McCaughan & more at “Flip These Houses” (photo: @essceeohteetee)

After this crappy week with the Kavanaugh hearings and more, an evening of evening of protest songs made for a good capper. Friday night at Knockdown Center was “Flip These Houses,” an anti-Trump administration protest concert to help raise voter awareness and benefit organizations Power To The Polls (Women’s March), The Hometown Project, Rise And Resist, and The Center For Popular Democracy. Organized by onetime Brownies/HiFi owner Mike Stuto, the night kicked off with Lee Ranaldo, Craig Finn, Syd Straw and Lenny Kaye performing Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and the night also included Spoon’s Britt Daniel doing Elvis Costello’s “Night Rally” and Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,”Nicole Atkins‘ covered Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan and Ted Leo doing The Clash’s “Clampdown,” Shilpa Ray (with Syd Straw, Lenny Kaye, Nicole Atkins & more) did Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” and Hamilton Leithauser covering Randy Newman’s “Sail Away” and The Pogues’ “Birmingham Six.”

Still more: Urge Overkill’s Eddie “King” Roeser did CCR’s “Fortunate Son,” Mick Collins (Gories/Dirtbombs) covered Heaven 17’s “We Don’t Need That Fascist Groove Thing,” Craig Finn covered Woody Gutherie’s “All You Fascists Are Bound to Lose,” Matthew Caws of Nada Surf covered The Jam’s “That’s Entertainment” and Ramones’ “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg,” Guster’s Ryan Miller did Pulp’s “Common People,” the Wrens’ Charles Bissell did Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds,” and Ted Leo rewrote Billy Bragg’s “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward” with lyrics about Brett Kavanaugh, Pitchfork and more. There’s was a lot more than that and you can watch the the first two sets of “Flip These Houses” (which was most of the show) below.

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SETLIST: “FLIP THESE HOUSES” @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER 9/28/2019 (via)

Set 1:
The Times They Are A-Changin’
(Bob Dylan cover) (With Lenny Kaye, Lee Renaldo, Craig Finn, Lee Renaldo, Syd Straw)

Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
(Woody Guthrie cover) (With Laura Cantrell and Tom Clark)

Gimme Some Truth
(John Lennon cover) (With Richard Baluyut and Renee LoBue)

Chimes of Freedom
(Bob Dylan cover) (with Lee Ranaldo)

The New World
(X cover) (With Shonali Bhowmik and Lenny Zenith)

The Walls Came Down
(The Call cover) (With Eric Davidson)

Freedom
(The Housemartins cover) (With Caithin DeMarrias)

Chain of Fools
(Aretha Franklin cover) (With Lizzie Edwards)

I’ve Got a Right
(Lenny Kaye cover) (with Lenny Kaye)

Masters of War
(Bob Dylan cover) (With Zohra Atash and Benjamin Howard Smith)

The President Can’t Read
(Amy Rigby cover) (with Amy Rigby)

Strange Fruit
(Billie Holiday cover) (with Syd Straw)

Changes
(David Bowie cover) (with Jeffrey Gaines)

Many Rivers to Cross
(Jimmy Cliff cover) (with Graham Norwood)

War
(Bob Marley & The Wailers cover) (With Felice Rosser and Anders Parker)

Revolution
(The Beatles cover) (With Sammy James, Jr.)

War Pigs
(Black Sabbath cover) (with Shannon Conley)

Gimme Shelter
(The Rolling Stones cover) (with Shannon Conley and Mick Collins)

Sail Away
(Randy Newman cover) (with Hamilton Leithauser)

Birmingham Six
(The Pogues cover) (with Hamilton Leithauser)

Night Rally
(Elvis Costello cover) (with Britt Daniel)

All You Fascists Are Bound to Lose
(Woody Guthrie cover) (with Craig Finn)

Common People
(Pulp cover) (with Ryan Miller)

People Have the Power
(Patti Smith cover) (With Lenny Kaye, Nicole Atkins, Shilpa Ray, and Syd Straw)

Set 2:
White Riot
(The Clash cover) (With Kevin Lydon)

Fortunate Son
(Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) (with Eddie “King” Roeser)

Black Boys on Mopeds
(Sinéad O’Connor cover) (with Charles Bissell)

That’s Entertainment
(The Jam cover) (with Matthew Caws)

My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)
(Ramones cover) (with Matthew Caws)

Bleeding Powers
(Ted Leo and the Pharmacists cover) (with Ted Leo)

Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
(Billy Bragg cover) (with Ted Leo) (with Brett Kavanaugh lyrics)

Clampdown
(The Clash cover) (With Mac McCaughan and Ted Leo)

What a Time to Be Alive
(Superchunk cover) (with Mac McCaughan)

Sick
(with Michael Shannon, Corporal cover)

Set 3:
(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
(Heaven 17 cover) (with Mick Collins)

Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter
(Nina Simone cover) (with Shilpa Ray)

Sign “☮” the Times
(Prince cover) (with Steve Myers)

Stand!
(Sly & The Family Stone cover) (with Eszter Balint)

What’s Going On
(Marvin Gaye cover) (with Nicole Atkins)

You Haven’t Done Nothin’
(Stevie Wonder cover) (with Britt Daniel)

Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
(Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band cover) (with Richie Birkenhead)

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