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News Roundup: Arcade Fire’s Butler, Black Lips, Taken By Trees, the Blakes

Butler dishes on '08 presidential election, Black Lips unveil Live EP, Taken By Trees head stateside, and the Blakes tour.

As the 2008 presidential election heats up, so are the opinions inthe artistic community, notably its most vocal: musicians. And now, Win Butler, Spin cover subject and Arcade Firefrontman, has taken a firm stance. “Barack (Obama, democraticcandidate) is the first candidate in my lifetime to strip some of thisbullshit away, and I just hope we don’t blow this chance,” Butler wrotein a detailed blog post.But wait! Before you call foul on some seemingly foreign criticconsider this: though he may call Canada home, Butler is as American asbaseball and child obesity; yes, he was born in Texas. Booya! [Via]

Black Lips thrive on the live! Not only has the band been touring its guts out, the Atlanta-based quartet which dropped a south-of-the-border live set last year and is currently amidst a gigantic U.S. outing, will now release yet another live collection: The Live SessionsEP. But don’t let your anticipation get the best of you; the five-trackset is available starting today exclusively via iTunes. [Via Pitchfork]

Ex-Concrete vocalist and Swede extraordinaire Victoria Bergsman,and, you know, the cute yet indifferent co-vocalist on theuber-ubiquitous Peter Bjorn and John hit “Young Folks,” will bring hernew project, Taken By Trees, stateside this spring. Why, other thanbless you with her lo-fi twee wonders? Well, probably to escapeScandinavia and see the light of day. [Via Pitchfork]

Seattle-bred indie rockers the Blakes, which caught up with at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival,will hit the road this winter behind the release of their self-titleddebut, out now via Light in the Attic. Oh yeah, and don’t be surprisedto catch them boozing in their van post-show.

The Blakes tour dates:

1/18, San Francisco, CA (Bottom of the Hill)
1/19, Reno, NV (Satellite)
1/22, Fresno, CA (Crossroads)
1/23, Bakersfield, CA (Fishlips)
1/24, Pomona, CA (Glasshouse)
1/25, Santa Barbara, CA (Muddy Waters)
1/26, San Diego, CA (The Casbah)
1/27, Los Angeles, CA (The Echo)
1/30, Albuquerque, NM (University of New Mexico/12 P.M.)
1/30, Albuquerque, NM (Launchpad/8 P.M.)
1/31, Phoenix, AZ (Modified)
2/1, Flagstaff, AZ (Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge)
2/2, Las Vegas, NV (The Bunkhouse)
2/5, Santa Cruz, CA (Moe’s Alley)
2/6, Sacramento, CA (Blue Lamp)
2/7, Portland, OR (Dante’s)
2/8, Bend, OR (Bend WinterFest)
2/9, Yakima, WA (Yakima Sports Center)
2/10, Boise, ID (Neurolux)
2/12, Bozeman, MT (The Filling Station)
2/13, Missoula, MT (The Loft)
2/14, Spokane, WA (Bourbon Street)
2/15, Seattle, WA (Chop Suey)
2/29, Arcata, CA (The Jambalaya)

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