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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Liam‘s Excellent Adventure

Kristi Kates - May 20th, 2004
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is reportedly forming a new project - a supergroup, even - that will feature himself on vocals along with Stone Roses guitarist John Squire and late Beatle George Harrison‘s son Dhani also on guitar.  The new group (unnamed as of press time) are tentatively planning to start recording tracks later this year, with an album hoped for by next winter.  So does this mean the end of Oasis?  Au contraire - Oasis are also scheduled to begin work sometime within the next couple of months on a new album of their own...
 
Dashboard Confessional have been tapped to record a new track for the soundtrack of the upcoming movie *Spiderman 2* - DC‘s Chris Carrabba wrote and recorded the tune “Vindicated“ especially for the movie. Also on the *Spiderman 2* soundtrack will be tunes from Hoobastank and Jet.  A Dashboard Confessional song will also appear on the soundtrack to *Shrek 2,* due out this week, along with additional music from Tom Waits and Counting Crows, who were selected to write Shrek‘s main song.  And Dashboard don‘t have a song on the soundtrack for the upcoming new Cole Porter biopic, *De-Lovely,* but you will be able to hear songs from the likes of Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, and Robbie Williams, who also make cameo appearances in the film...
 
Sweden‘s The Hives are going to create yet another buzz about themselves in the U.S. this summer - first of all, they‘re completing their third album, which is due on July 20th, and they‘ve already shot a video for the track “Idiot Walk“ (filmed in Sweden), with both the video and the single expected to surface on TV and radio in June.  The Hives‘ new album was recorded in their hometown of Fagersta, Sweden.  Starting June 3rd, The Hives are scheduled to play a series of festival dates in Europe, and they‘ll then head back to the States for a string of shows slated to start in mid-July...
 
And Filter are back in the studio working on their fourth album, with a little assistance from such low (ahem) profile friends as Eric Avery of Jane‘s Addiction and former Alice in Chains member Jerry Cantrell;  Cantrell being involved in the project puts him back in contact with Filter‘s Richard Patrick, who also worked on Cantrell‘s solo album.  Patrick, himself, is no longer a Los Angeles resident, and instead has built a new studio of his own in Chicago.  Filter‘s new album is expected out in early 2005...
 
MINI BUZZ:
Ben Folds has planned out a 10-day UK tour in support of his forthcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album, which is expected out this summer;  these UK appearances will be his first since 1992...
In addition, Folds will also be dragging his piano over to Rufus Wainwright‘s camp, as the two musicians are embarking on a slate of tour dates together with Guster as opening band;  the three acts will each perform a one-hour set, with tour itself making stops in Sterling Heights, MI (6/20), Indianapolis (6/26), and Boston (7/8)...
Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze) will kick off a 17-date tour on May 26th in NYC in support of his latest album, *Transatlantic Ping Pong*...
Stevie Wonder is releasing his first studio album in 9 years, *A Time 2 Love,* which will be out on June 8th...
Last week saw a host of musicians, including Van Morrison, Macy Gray, Steve Winwood, and the Black Eyed Peas, play at the Tribeca Film Festival‘s annual concert;  U2‘s Bono also showed up to deliver a speech...
The Darkness will be bringing their spandex to a venue near you on their second U.S. tour, along with opening act The Wildhearts, starting May 30th...
And yup - that IS The Vines you‘re hearing in the snappy new commercial for ipod...
 
Out this week ON CD:  Alanis Morrisette‘s *So-Called Chaos*... Everlast‘s *White Trash Beautiful*... Avril Lavigne‘s *Under My Skin*... Vernon Reid (formerly of Living Colour) and Masque‘s *Known Unknown*... and University of Errors‘ *Jet Propelled Photographs*...  ON DVD:  *Iggy Pop: Kiss My Blood Live in Paris*... and Cat Stevens‘ *Majikat (Earth Tour 1976)*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
 
*Questions, comments, rants, raves, about your fave artists or this column?  Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*
 
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