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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Daft Punk goes live

Kristi Kates - August 30th, 2007
Daft Punk goes live
With their smash hit performance at this year’s Lollapalooza now behind them, Daft Punk is ready to take another robotic step forward, and this time it’ll be in the form of a live album. Their latest disc will offer up their June 14 performance in Paris in audio form, and there’ll be two editions of the album itself, one as a regular single disc and also a double disc set that will include the show’s incredible encore. An Oliver Gondry-directed video will accompany the disc’s first single...

Another band that was a buzz at Lolla were Cold War Kids, whose appearance there has likely helped them move on to what will be a mini-national tour for the band, complete with an upgrade to bigger venues. Currently promoting their debut disc, Robbers and Cowards, the band, whose video, “Hang Me Up to Dry” is also the talk of the indie-rock town, will stop by Madison, WI (9/8), Los Angeles (11/23), Philly (11/29), Boston (12/4), and Boulder, CO (12/11) on their swing through the nation...

Dual icons of different eras Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan are set to team up for a fall tour, which will kick off on September 22 and will continue through mid-October. Performances on the what is sure to be remarkable Costello-Dylan trek will include sets in Norfolk VA (9/25), Kingston RI (9/29), Worcester MA (10/2), and Rochester NY (10/9). In other Bob Dylan news, he’s got a 3-disc compilation CD on the way on October 1 on Columbia Records, and he’ll also be covered by the likes of Eddie Vedder, Mark Lanegan, and Michigan’s Sufjan Stevens on the upcoming soundtrack to the upcoming film I’m Not There,” which will be out on October 30...
And Shout Factory Records is gearing up to release (finally) a DVD of the annual SXSW show, which will showcase live performances from the March festival, which took place in Austin, Texas. Eighteen performances in all will be included on the disc, with the shows taking place at both the Bat Bar and the Lone Star Lounge in Austin. Available this week, the disc, which will also include plenty of interviews and nifty backstage footage, will offer up performances from, among others, The Bravery, Peter Bjorn and John, The Polyphonic Spree, Aqualung, Rickie Lee Jones, Razorlight, Mando Diao, and Marc Broussard...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic! Now you can watch Panic! at the Disco performing acoustically on the web, complete with an appearance from +44’s Mark Hoppus on bass - check it, yo at http://www.buzznet.com/web/foe/tours/civic/featuredmedia/17904581/

MINI BUZZ:
iTunes is now set to offer up John Lennon’s back catalogue of songs for digital download, including tunes from Lennon Legend plus 15 other albums soon to be added...
The Hold Steady are hopping on board with Art Brut for a U.S. tour that’s been dubbed the NME Rock n’ Roll Riot Tour, with both bands promoting new releases - The Hold Steady’s is, of course, their year-old Boys and Girls in America, and Art Brut’s is their new set, It’s a Bit Complicated - the bands will make stops in Pontiac, MI (10/29), Chicago (10/30), Minneapolis (11/1), Seattle (11/4), Los Angeles (11/7), and Dallas (11/14)...
Swedes The Shout Out Louds will be touring this fall, too, promoting their second disc, Our Ill Wills, which will be out in a couple of weeks - the fivesome will spend their October in the U.S., playing shows in Denver, CO (10/16), Minneapolis (10/18), Chicago (10/19), and Toronto (10/22), among other cities...
The reports are true that Madonna has sold her record label, Maverick Records, back to its parent company, Warner Music Group; but the rumors are not true that Madonna will be departing Warner; she’ll remain on the label’s roster to continue making music and setting trends...

Matchbox Twenty are releasing a new single for “How Far We’ve Come” that will also include two B-side covers, namely M20’s takes on David Bowie’s “Modern Love” and the Crowes’ “Remedy”...
And Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Rolling Stones concert documentary, “Shine a Light,” has now had its release date pushed back to mid-2008 (it was originally slated for release this September), in order to give the Stones themselves time to return and recover from their European tour so they can help promote the movie...

ON CD: Rilo Kiley’s Under the Blacklight... Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum... 12 Stones’ Anthem for the Underdog... Cartel’s Cartel... Caribou’s Andorra... and Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor... ON DVD: Loreena McKennitt’s Nights from the Alhambra... An Evening of Yes Music Plus... Elvis Presley’s It Happened at the World’s Fair... and The British Beat Live, featuring TV performances from Lulu, The Zombies, Petula Clark, The Troggs, and many others... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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

 
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