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Pixies, Gorillaz, and Klaxons Bail Out of Israeli Music Festival

It's an active month for political protests from musicians: Following the Rage Against the Machine–led boycott of Arizona, several acts — namely, the Pixies, Gorillaz, and Klaxons — have canceled their appearances at Tel Aviv's June 9 Pic.Nic festival. The bands have released no statements, but the festival's promoters are up-front about the cancellations being related to Israel's May 30 raid on a Gaza-bound humanitarian-aid flotilla. Last month, Elvis Costello canceled a show in Israel as well. [Billboard]

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