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Letters 08-24-2015

Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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V Fest, Voodoo, Monolith announce lineups for this year‘s shows

Kristi Kates - May 12th, 2008
V Fest, Voodoo, Monolith Announce Lineups For This Year’s Shows
Festival news continues to roll in right on the heels of the Lollapalooza and Rothbury announcements. This year’s V Fest, which will take place in Baltimore on August 9-10, will include headliners Jack Johnson, Stone Temple Pilots, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Wilco, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Go! Team, and The Black Keys, while the dedicated dance/electronica music tent will include DJ sets from Moby, Ferry Corsten, and Underworld, among others. The 10th Voodoo Music Experience (October 24-26) will also host Stone Temple Pilots as one of their headliners, along with R.E.M. and The Neville Brothers; and the Second Annual Monolith Festival (Sept. 13-14) will feature Devotchka, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy, The Fratellis, and (as the popular term goes) many, many more...
Influential Brit mod-rocker Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council) will drop his ninth solo CD on June 24 on Yep Rock Records, making this Weller’s first disc of new tracks in three years. Weller does a lot of experimenting on this latest set, mixing his usual Brit-pop/soul approach with some spoken word, a bit of classical, and a little Moog; his special-guests list is looking pretty cool, too, with appearances from Graham Coxon and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, among others. Tracks on 22 Dreams include “Empty Ring,” “Invisible,” “Black River,” “Why Walk When You Can Run,” and “111” - and yes, Weller fans, he does plan to embark on a U.S. tour later this year...
Speaking of Stone Temple Pilots, singer Scott Weiland is currently hard at work with producer Steve Albini, recording his second solo album, which he hopes to have in-stores by this upcoming November. No Doubt drummer Adrian Young is one of Weiland’s other collaborators, although it’s unsure if Weiland’s previous recording work with Pharrell Williams - the track “Happy” - will be included on the new set. Stone Temple Pilots have tentative plans to hit the studio later this year, as well...
And in other recording news, singer-songwriter Ben Folds (where’ve ya been, Ben?) is working on a new album, too, and has already begun to preview several of his new tracks at live shows, including stops at festivals in Berlin, Germany and the UK, plus an upcoming appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. As usual, Folds’ quirky sense of humor is included in his songs, of which some of the preview titles include “Errant Dog,” “Free Coffee,” and “Effington”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Wanna win some free Kills stuff? Then take a listen to their new song (the third single from their new album, Midnight Boom) “Last Day of Magic,” and upload a photo inspired by the song to www.midnightboom.com before June 9; a winner chosen by the band themselves will win an original framed and personalized piece of artwork from The Kills, plus other goodies...

MINI BUZZ:
Smashing Pumpkins were just inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk last week, complete with a special ceremony for SP’s Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin that took place at Hollywood’s Guitar Center...
Garbage singer Shirley Manson’s solo album is in a state of limbo, as the singer and her label are disagreeing on the songs Manson’s recorded to date; the label wants more “pop” music, while Manson’s work is less frivolous and shallow than the label expected...
Blondie will kick off a short summer tour on June 5th in Baltimore to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic Parallel Lines album...
In other retro‘80s band news, Aussie band Midnight Oil are currently remastering several of their albums, which will be released via iTunes; the new version of Diesel and Dust is out now, complete with the previously unreleased bonus track “Gunbarrel Highway”...
Chicago-based duo Walter Meego (yep, that’s duo, as in Colin Yarck and Justin Sconza, not a guy named Walter) are teaming up with touring bandmate Andrew Bernhardt and will set off on a cross-country tour to help promote their upcoming May 28 album Voyager - tour stops will include Los Angeles (5/20), Vancouver (5/24), Minneapolis (5/29), Chicago (5/30), and Toronto (5/31)...
And Wolf Parade have completed recording on their new disc, which they’ve dubbed At Mount Zoomer and which will be in stores on June 17...
In stores this week - you guessed it, another groovy lineup of new discs... ON CD: Setting Sun’s To the Next Place... Death Cab for Cutie’s Narrow Stairs... Jason Mraz’ We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.... Old 97’s Blame It On Gravity... Toy Gun Cowboy’s Big Blue... and Joseph Arthur’s Untitled EP... ON DVD: Lindsey Buckingham’s Live at the Bass Performance Hall... John Tesh: Alive Music and Dance... The Supremes: Classic Video Hits... and The Muppet Show: The Complete Third Season with old-school performances from Roy Rogers, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Pearl Bailey, and Harry Belafonte ... 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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