Wilco, Bright Eyes Lend Songs to Net Neutrality Benefit Album

June 17, 2008 4:22 PM ET

Jeff Tweedy doesn't want to pay more to upload songs to WilcoWorld.net, and he's not afraid to stump for it. Wilco, Bright Eyes, Aimee Mann and They Might Be Giants have signed on to one of the sexiest benefit records in some time. Rock The Net: Musicians For Network Neutrality seeks to raise awareness net neutrality in hopes of preventing telecommunications companies from charging higher fees for bandwidth use. Palomar, Guster and DJ Spooky are among the other acts whose songs will appear on the album, which will be released on July 29.

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Everclear | 1996

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