And so it starts...
Stars, a Canadian indie-pop act most famous for the song "Take Me to the Riot" has become the first of what will surely be a dozen or more indie rock acts to threaten a boycott of Arizona over the crazy new immigration bill which more-or-less requires cops to profile the apparently Mexican and possibly illegal.
Here's my question: How many times has Stars played Arizona in the last couple years? Or ever? My girlfriend likes the band, so I follow their movements a little, and I don't recall them playing here anytime recently. Also, they already had their tour announced without an Arizona date.
So, yeah, this seems like a cheap publicity stunt (by Canadians!) but I don't doubt we'll see more of it. Arizona is, for good reason, an easy mark right now, and we're probably going to take some beatings from left-leaning bands seeking to "activate the base," as they say in politics. It's a shame bands can't understand that it isn't necessarily their audience at fault, but whatever, we probably deserve it.
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As of publishing time the band did not respond to tweets asking when they last played here.