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Must See: Amnesty Internation Concert At Barclay Center This February 2014

Human Alrights!

















Put aside any and all questions of politics  and take a look at the bands that are playing the “Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at Barclay Center Wednesday February 5th, and what you will see is what I noticed: a lot of mediocre bands you wouldn’t want to invest a whole night on by themselves, but as one fell swoop? Why not?:

Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Fray, Tegan and Sara, Colbie Caillat, Cold War Kids, Ms. Lauryn Hill, CAKE

That’s a virtual who is who of whatever. Imagine Dragons is very specifically a band I am interested in purely on an anthropological basis: they are as far from a band I like as possible, they are, how you say Styx like in my distaste for them though I do find their use of beats peculiar and effective. But you never know till you see em live, so here, if you go to Barclay Center, you can see em live without investing two hours on the dregs.

Of the rest, I saw CAKE opening for Counting Crows in the 1990s and was very impressed (I thought the Crows were good as well), Colbie was terrific at best Buy a couple of years ago, Lauryn Hill was awful but I don’t mind another look, and the Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara , Cold War Kids, the Fray –this is the only way I can imagine seeing them.

Now on to politics: it is difficult not to support Amnesty International, whose mandate is to help political prisoners. However, I am surprised they couldn’t cook up any bigger names than this lot.

Still the cheap seats are sixty bucks, a pretty awesome charity and yes, I will be there so cool…

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