Rage Against Arizona

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Self-styled anti-capitalist rockers Rage Against the Machine are redirecting their angst to Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law. The fight against the anti-illegal immigration measure, of course, already includes Shakira, the city of Los Angeles, and the federal government. On Friday, though, the rap rock band will headline a concert to raise funds for organizations challenging the bill. Vocalist Zack de la Rocha expects to raise more than $300,000 in the band's first show in hometown L.A. in 10 years.

"There are many [sheriffs] across the country taking the idea that immigrants are the problem," de la Rocha said at a press conference Wednesday. "How could we not stand up for our fans in Arizona? How could we not do a show to raise money for people on the ground? Toxic ideas have led to a chain of events. This is not an immigration issue, it is a battle of basic human indignity."

The band joins the SoundStrike artist boycott, which includes Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth, Kanye West, Maroon 5 and other groups pledging to skip over Arizona on their summer tours. The music industry as a whole has largely ignored the strike.

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