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TV Writers strike affects on indie rock

The writers strike that is crippling television shows and movies across the country has come home to affect indie bands. Band of Horses who are out promoting their new album, “Cease To Begin” didn’t get their chance to play Conan last night and it looks like Grizzly Bear, out behind a new EP will miss their chance to play the same show this evening. Even playing one song on a nationally televised talk show can be a rare and important opportunity for smaller bands with concurrently smaller promotional budgets. No word on if the performances will be rescheduled but given the nature of new releases, a later appearance may be too late to capitalize the first and second week buzz surrounding the albums. On the other side of things, Kanye West didn’t get to perform on Letterman last night which may keep his album sales below three million. Single tear.