Arcade Fire, Superchunk plan musical support for Obama campaign

by Heather MacIntyre

Probably one of the most exciting things to happen so far this year was planned very last minute and announced a little over a week ago, and it happens Thursday afternoon. Durham’s Merge Records ( is hosting a rally to support Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign here in Greensboro. The record label has been loosely and democratically involved in politics in the past, but this year they are going all out. One of their biggest signed bands from Montreal, Arcade Fire (, will be performing as the main attraction at this event, along with the owners of the record label and their infamous indie-pop band with Get Up Kids-like vocals, Superchunk ( Arcade Fire has been known for their orchestrated songs with strings, Butler’s emotional singing and different sounds for every song due to the multiple instruments each member plays.

The show is free, but there is a catch. You still have to have a ticket. You can pick one up at early-voting locations, or any of Obama’s campaign offices in the Triad. The show will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Pavillion parking lot on West Lee Street at 2 p.m. The same show will be going on the next day in Carrboro at the Carrboro Town Commons. For more information, visit

Friday or Saturday night head to downtown Winston-Salem for a night of laid-back tunes and dancing. Presented by Ziggy’s, Perpetual Groove ( will be playing shows on back-to-back nights at the Corpening Plaza ( on West 1st Street. Perpetual Groove is a Tree Leaf Records band from Athens, Ga. known for their relaxing tunes and rock-and-roll simplistic music. Their light show, guitar solos, and overall positive-message lyrics on life, love and happiness bring an overall happy family-and-friends event, which is why they are booked twice. Friday night’s show they share the stage with a little bit of soul and smooth hip hop from the SoloS Unit ( and Saturday night with special guests Thacker Dairy Road ( Thacker Dairy Road is a great rock-meets-bluegrass-fiddle band that adds keyboards and hint of country. It’s safe to say there is something for everyone this weekend at these shows. Tickets available at

It looks like the Green Bean (341 S. Elm St.) is going to make the free show a regular weekly event. Which is great for the light of wallet and underground music lovers. Carrboro band Simple ( will be playing Friday night to give you a chance to hear their new album, Songs From A Broken Hip. The show opens with folk-pop artist Nathan Oliver ( from Chapel Hill and continues with more Carrboro friends, Polynya ( who are currently signed with Childhood Pet Records and carry a fun girl-and-guy vocal harmony that sounds like a road trip in the winter. The show starts at 8 p.m., and the coffee should keep you there till closing.