Up first is the Nebraska quintet Cursive, a local favorite known for championing jagged riffs and navel-gazing lyrics. Family-friendly conservatives might shy away from the sexual proclivities described on last year's The Ugly Organ, but beneath it all, Cursive carries a heart filled with solid Midwestern values.
Next on the ballot is Mike Park, the man behind ska-punk label Asian Man Records (home to St. Louis-based acts MU330 and Bagheera) and, more importantly, the driving force behind the Plea for Peace tour. Many young voters will respond to Park's stripped-down acoustic tunes that blend a singer-songwriter's wisdom and a rude boy's soul.
Aggro-metal has always been a polarizing force at the polls, but Darkest Hour could give a shit about public perception. They came for your skulls, but their sternum-shattering, guttural vocals will add some grit to the campaign trail this November.
Finally, a late entry: After the withdrawal of Denali from the tour (and, it appears, from the great indie-rock rabbit chase), we instead have Decahedron, a three-piece whose affiliation with Fugazi bassist Joe Lally (who has since left the band) should win a few swing votes.
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