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Not every DJ can say that they were asked to play a party for the President. A few days before Tuesday night’s tension-filled election night, Austin-based party maestro Mel Cavaricci aka DJ Mel happened to get one such request: to play music at the Barack Obama campaign’s official Election Night Watch party, the same one… More »

Yesterday the United States found and killed al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden at a compound in Abbottabad. If you are like Vivian Girl Kickball Katy, you learned about it on Twitter. Or maybe, like me, you logged on as soon as you heard so you could feel part of the pandemonium social networks stir… More »

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DJs For Obama

Here’s an ad from DJs For Obama, a group supporting Obama’s reelection bid. I don’t remember seeing so many DJs on that endorsement wishlist that leaked way back when, but clearly, in this regard, Obama’s just another U.S. citizen at the mercy of the EDM crush. So I can’t blame him. Throwin’ this one over… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 14, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Obama & The Roots Slow Jam The News, Dave Matthews Premieres “Mercy” On Fallon

Last night, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon played host to the one guest who might potentially be more exciting than another Jawbox reunion: Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. And Obama participated in a running Fallon sketch that might’ve been created expressly for him: Slow Jammin’ the News. The sketch allowed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 8:59 am

Obama Sings With Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy

Last month, Barack Obama, the President of the United States Of America, sang a few bars of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the Apollo Theater and sounded fucking incredible. He should’ve maybe left it there. Last night, the East Room of the White House hosted an all-star blues concert that featured B.B. King, Mick… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2012 - 9:56 am

Obama Drops 28-Song Official Campaign Spotify Playlist

Barack Obama occasionally takes time to do some regular dude stuff, so while it’s unlikely that he himself compiled this re-election campaign playlist on Spotify, it’s feasible. Some mixed messages here — “Roll With The Changes”? — but for the most part it’s a warm look at the President’s jams. Check out the tracklist below,… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 9, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Obama Seeks Endorsements From Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend?

MTV reports that President Obama has “a wish list” of campaign supporters for his upcoming 2012 run for re-election and points to a document obtained by The Tennessean. The list includes, among others, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z, The Roots, Counting Crows (?), the Band Perry (??) and a boatload of other celebs, CEOs, musicia… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 18, 2012 - 11:40 am

Obama On Dylan: “He Didn’t Want To Take A Picture With Me”

Back in February Bob Dylan performed “The Times They Are A-Changin’” for President Obama and the First Family as part of a celebration for music from the Civil Rights era. That was a while ago, sure, but we just got Obama’s impressions on it now via a Rolling Stone cover story, impressions that might make… More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Jack White Sings “Mother Nature’s Son” At The White House

Sir Paul McCartney got himself a tribute and award for being a superior musical human (also known as the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song) at the Obamas place a little while back; you might remember Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Jerry Seinfeld getting together for some “Hey Jude.” If not, watch it,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 21, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Jack White, Dave Grohl Salute Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney received the third Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song yesterday, an award that went to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder in its previous years. He accepted the award from President Obama, then did a few songs himself (including “Michelle” for Mrs. Obama) and then gave the stage to other performers. According… More »

By: jessica / June 3, 2010 - 10:27 am

“I’mma Let You Finish” Wins Best New Meme

Now even Obama has called Yeezy a “jackass”? Heckuva job, press corps. Got a Kanyegate reaction from Jaycee Dugard yet? Meanwhile, no one’s answered the most pressing question of all: Where is Taylor Swift’s apology? More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 4:27 pm

Foo Fighters Debut “Wheels” At The White House

At the end of last year, Dave Grohl said the Foos were gonna take a long break from the playing and the writing and the appearing at things. But when Top Chef calls, you man up. And since you’re already out there, you may as well say OK when Obama and the USO invite you… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 6, 2009 - 11:53 am

Arcade Fire Cover “Born In The U.S.A.” At Obama Staff Ball

Last night Arcade Fire played the Obama Staff Ball, the final official inaugural event and a celebration of the thousands of folks who campaigned tirelessly for the President. One year ago, Win Butler blogged, “Barack is the first candidate in my lifetime to strip some of the bullshit away.” In that spirit, last night’s setlist… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 22, 2009 - 11:05 pm

Arcade Fire, Jay-Z Perform For Team Obama

Win Butler and crew made it well known through words and live actions that the Arcade Fire were backing Obama, so it’s not surprising that the band’s still playing shows for the man now that he’s our 44th President. Last night they performed the Obama Staff Ball at the Armory in D.C.. Jay-Z, who i… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2009 - 9:25 am

Kanye West, Beyoncé Play Obama Inaugural Balls

Yesterday we got a new president. Maybe you didn’t realize because of the total dearth of media coverage, but don’t worry that’s why you come to After President Barack Obama’s inauguration there were 10 official balls, including the Neighborhood Ball, the very first time an official Inaugural Ball was televised and hopefully the last… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 21, 2009 - 9:22 am

U2, Springsteen Play Inaugural Celebration At Lincoln Memorial

Barack Obama was the eighth most frequently tagged “artist” on Stereogum in the past twelve months. That makes him even more popular than Animal Collective around here, and deservedly so: Animal Collective may have just released their finest album, but they are not ready to lead our country. Yet. In any case, you are no… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 19, 2009 - 10:23 am

Does Obama Use A Zune?

Earlier this week a Philly reporter blogged about jogging next to the president-elect, who was listening to tunes on his Zune. This claim did not sit well with fanboys who insist Obama is a Mac. Maybe, CityPaper responded, he was just borrowing the MP3 player? Yes, they’re calling this Zunegate. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 4, 2008 - 10:16 am

Third Eye Blind Respond To Bitchy Stereogum Post

Late last week we set off a firestorm by sharing a reader e-mail about Third Eye Blind’s “Non-Dairy Creamer,” a new song we agreed was “pretty much golden in all the worst ways” and wanted you to hear if only because it quoted M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes.” We had never blogged about Third Eye Blind o… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 20, 2008 - 2:01 pm

Obama, Rick Astley Preside Over MTV Europe Awards

The MTV Europe Awards took place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last night. Katy Perry and Jared Leto hosted. Both also won awards. (Huh?) Britney Spears won a couple, too, though she didn’t attend. Tongue-and-cheekily, Rick Astley nabbed “Best Act Ever” via presenters Perry and Perez Hilton. (The end is near.) Pink, Tokio Hotel, and Kanye… More »

By: brandon / November 7, 2008 - 9:19 am

New Jay-Z – “History”

After exhausting all the talk about the hope and the optimism for our country’s future and the realization of its highest ideals on Tuesday night, a blogger-friend and I got down to the campaign result’s most immediate and significant impact: How many emails did we expect the next day from bands publicizing their very special… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 7, 2008 - 9:00 am