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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Incubus going On Display for new album

Kristi Kates - July 11th, 2011
Incubus Going “On Display” For New Album
Incubus will be kicking off their “Incubus HQ Live” project on July 12, the same day their latest album, If Not Now, When? is set to hit stores. The band is opening a gallery in Los Angeles where the band members will be available (to a point) for eight hours a day through how-to clinics and special performances; ech band member will have their own camera, so that fans can watch them online at incubushq.com. As if that weren’t enough live exposure, Incubus will also be touring this summer in support of the album, with a start date set for August 17 in Denver, Colorado…
Bummer for soulful modern-pop singer Adele - she had to cancel her entire North American run of live show dates due to illness a couple of weeks ago. Adele, who snagged a case of laryngitis somewhere along the road, has been told she needs to rest her voice for the next several weeks; she recently apologized to her fans online that she’s really frustrated about the stalled schedule, but that there’s nothing she can safely do except take the doctor’s advice. Those dates are currently being rescheduled, so keep an eye on Adele’s website (www.adele.tv) to revise your concert attendance plans…
The 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards - Canada’s answer to America’s MTV Video Music Awards - just took place, with the ubiquitious Lady Gaga snagging two International Video nods. The also ubiquitous Justin Bieber (hmm, do we see a dual tour possibility there?) snagged two awards for himself, for International Video of the Year by a Canadian (for “Somebody to Love) and the UR Fave New Artist, a fan-choice award. L.A. group Far East Movement snagged the other International Video Award (for group), and also performed at the event, as did The Cataracs, Dev, Snoop Dogg, and Canadian rockers Simple Plan…
Tokyo Police Club are reportedly making plans to start recording some new tunes soon, too. The band has a few shows booked for the summer season, but will mostly be getting the gears moving to work on writing and getting ideas going for what they hope will be their next album next year. No U.S. stops are on the schedule yet, though, although you can catch the band (kinda) nearby in Toronto, Ontario at the Edgefest in Downsview Park on July 9…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The Roots bandleader/drummer Questlove (aka ?uestlove) just celebrated hitting over a million and a half followers on his Twitter account by teaming up with crazily-famed accordian player (and comedy-rocker) Weird Al Yankovic to record a cover of the classic Madvillain tune “Accordian” - take a listen to the campy chaos at http://swift.fm/questlove/swift/122617/...

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Portland indie duo Viva Voce just signed to Vanguard Records and have already released their debut album from their new label home, The Future Will Destroy You…
The Smoking Gun just posted the Foo Fighters’ tour rider, which was penned by the band’s tour manager, Gus Brandt, with a humorous approach; the document includes the band’s “demands” alongside coloring book pages, drawings of the Foos, a maze to direct guitarist Chris Shiflett to the catering area, and a word-search puzzle for “Catering Don’ts”…
Alkaline Trio will be celebrating their 15th anniversary tour by inviting one of their greatest musical influences, Smoking Popes, to join them onstage; the two bands will perform together on July 19 and 21 at Los Angeles’ Troubadour…
This week’s wacky music news part one: former White Stripe Jack White and wife Karen Elson are divorcing (that’s the sad part, not the wacky part) - and will be “celebrating” their divorce with a big party in Nashville - er, okay…
Wacky music news part two, actor James Franco (Spiderman, 127 Hours) is now set to release an album of (huh?) experimental dance music…
Jimmy Gnecco and his band, Ours, have returned - following Gnecco’s forays into solo albums - and are touring this summer with stops in Denver (7/28), and Dallas (8/5), among others…
And these musicians are returning this week to offer you their latest releases… Brian Eno’s Drums Between the Bells… Basement’s I Wish I Could Stay Here… Old ‘97s Grand Theater Volume 2… Lloyd’s King of Hearts… Liam Finn’s latest… and Owl City’s deluxe, much-anticipated All Things Bright and Beautiful…and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com


 
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