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Letters 12-14-2014

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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On the Catwalk with Rockin‘ Fashions

Kristi Kates - July 12th, 2007
On the Catwalk with Rockin’ Fashions
Celebrating “the synergy that exists between music and fashion,” the 4th Annual Fashion Rocks event is now set to hit NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on September 6. Hosted this year by actor Jeremy Piven, the models will do their little turns on the catwalk to live performances from the likes of Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith, and Santana, among others. If you can’t make it to the actual event, you can watch what you missed the very next day, as CBS will be airing the show as a two-hour special event on Sept. 7...

A terrific box set is on the way from champion compilation label Rhino Records, who have put together tracks from a whopping 78 Britpop bands spanning the years 1985-2000. Titled The Brit Box: UK, Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit Pop Gems of the Last Millennium, the four-disc set will hit stores on Oct. 2 and will include tracks from - well, pretty much every notable British group you could think of, from The Smiths, The Charlatans UK, The Stone Roses, The Sundays, Ride, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin all the way up to Stereolab, Blur, Oasis, and Pulp...

Copenhagen indie rockers Figurines will be dropping their latest album this upcoming September; recorded in Sweden with co-producer Jeremy Lemos (whom the band imported all the way from - whee! - Chicago), the album will be prefaced by the first single, “Hey, Girl,” on Aug. 7. The single track will be available on iTunes, and the album, which will be accompanied by a statewide tour for the band, will be titled When the Deer Wore Blue...

And the 18th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards wrapped up in Toronto last week, with Toronto band Billy Talent heading the winners’ list by snagging three MuchMusic awards, including the People’s Choice Award for Top Canadian Band. The night’s other big winner included Avril Lavigne, who won Best International Video by a Canadian and Favorite Canadian Artist; performers for the evening included Maroon 5, the aforementioned Billy Talent, Belly, and Fergie, who later took the award for Best International Video Artist...


MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Iceland’s much-anticipated Airwaves Festival has announced the details for its 2007 event, which will now run from Oct.17 through the 21st; headliners include !!!, Of Montreal, Bloc Party, Mugison, Gus Gus, Annuals, and more TBA. Keep a chilly eye on the proceedings for more details at
www.icelandairwaves.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Beastie Boys, currently promoting their latest album, The Mix-Up, have extended their world tour and will now also play live in Philly (8/1), NYC (8/8), Denver (8/16 and 8/17), and Berkeley, California (8/25)...
Clap your hands loudly for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who will also be setting out on a national tour in support of their second album. The troupe will hit the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Aug. 4, and will then criss-cross the country until their last appearance at October’s Voodoo Music Experience Fest in New Orleans..
Just in case you weren’t already trying hard to choose which summer music fests you were going to attend, here’s another to consider - the brand new Treasure Island Music Festival will arrive on September 15th on its namesake island in San Francisco Bay, and will feature sets from Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, Spoon, and DJ Shadow, among others...
This year’s Siren Fest (which cool you, of course, already knew about) will take place again this year at New York’s Coney Islan. The free event will feature acts We Are Scientists, The Detroit Cobras, Elvis Perkins, and the Twilight Sad, as well as several DJ sets...
Beirut are prepping to release their next album, which will serve as the follow-up to their critical smash Gulag Orkestar. The new set will hit stores on October 9th, and has yet to be titled...
Yes, the rumors are true - it’s time to spice up your life, people of the world, spice up your life, every boy and every girl, with the reunited Spice Girls (all five of ‘em) who are setting out to re-bring Girl Power to the masses with an eight-country tour and an upcoming greatest hits compilation that should hit stores in November; it will be the first time the group has sung together since 1998...

And for their first time on CD stores shelves, we present this week’s new releases... ON CD: Crowded House’s Time on Earth... Ghosts’ World Outside... Velvet Revolver’s Libertad... Hawkwind’s Space Ritual... Silverstein’s Arrivals and Departures...and the soundtrack for the movie Transformers, with tunes from the likes of Mutemath, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, and Taking Back Sunday... ON DVD: Madonna: The Performance Review... Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer... Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron... and U2: The DVD Collector’s Box... 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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