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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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2009 Langerado to feature Snoop, Dashboard, Death Cab

Kristi Kates - January 19th, 2009
Michigander music fans who migrate to Miami for part of the winter might want to ensure that they’ll be there during the first week of March, when the latest edition of the Langerado Music Festival is set to take place in Miami’s Bicentennial Park. This year’s fest will feature sets from Death Cab for Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Dashboard Confessional, The Faint, Mute Math, and Ryan Adams, among others, as well as late-night shows in and around the city of Miami.
Tix can be snagged at www.langerado.com, but they’re selling fast, so you’d best get moving if you want to attend...
Another Michigan connection this week arrives in the inclusion of ex-Grand Funk Railroad member Mark Farner in the 2009 version of Hollywood Rock N’ Roll Camp, set to take place in early May. Farner will be one of several “Camp Counselors,” alongside the likes of Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom, Yes’ Alan White, Aerosmith songwriter Mark Hudson, and ex-Guns N’ Roses bandmate Duff McKagan, among others. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives celebrity chef Guy Fieri will prepare the opening night meal at the Camp, while campers will organize themselves into bands, record an original song, and play a concert in L.A.; this year’s camp will also feature a companion package so wannabes can bring along their significant others or pals. Do you wanna rock? Then register now at www.rockcamp.com...
The 1979 The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright is set for re-release in two different forms of DVD on January 20, complete with 5.1 surround sound and digital remastering. The movie will be available in a single-disc version, which features commentary by director Jeff Stein, and a double-disc version, which will include interviews with singer Roger Daltrey and Stein again; the double-disc will also feature behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s restoration, and some special live performance footage...
Morrissey has signed a deal with U.S. label Lost Highway to release his new album, an interesting matchup, since Lost Highway has mostly alt-country acts on its roster, such as Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, and Lucinda Williams (although Elvis Costello is also a signee for his U.S. releases.) Morrissey’s new disc, which he’s titled Years of Refusal, will hit stores on February 17, and Morrissey will support the set with an upcoming North American tour that will include stops in Atlanta, GA (3/7), Washington DC (3/14), Philadelphia (3/22), Ann Arbor MI, (3/31), and Minneapolis (4/6)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Thursday have confirmed that they’ll release their new album, Common Existence, on February 16; you can listen to their latest single in streaming audio on their MySpace site
www.myspace.com/thursday...

MINI BUZZ:
Dave Matthews Band are back (yet again), and are ready to kick off a U.S. tour this spring; the tour will begin on April 14 at Madison Square Garden in NYC, the same date the band’s new album will hit stores...
3 Doors Down are ready to begin touring, too, and will play their first show of the tour in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 22...
The Bonnaroo Festival has released a DVD of the 2008 performances, which will include Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Against Me!, Metallica, and Sharon Jones, but it will only be available for a limited time; Phish and Bruce Springsteen are rumored to be the headliners for the 2009 Bonnaroo event...
The Walkmen will play a series of dates along with opening act Beach House on the U.S. west coast in support of their newest album, You and Me - their tour stops will include Los Angeles (1/20), Portland OR (1/23), and Seattle (1/24)...
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will release their next album, Lonely Road, on February 3, and they’ve already hit that lonely road as their tour began on January 10 in Atlanta...
Ben Harper’s new blues band project Relentless7 has booked a handful of club shows to preface the band’s debut album, which will hit stores in May...
And also out this week are - what else? - why, this week’s newest releases, of course... ON CD: Antony and the Johnsons’ The Crying Light... Umphrey’s McGee’s Mantis... Sterling Simms’ Yours, Mine and the Truth... Or The Whale’s Light Poles and Pines... The Millenium’s Pieces... and Franz Ferdinand’s Ulysses single set... ON DVD: Razorlight’s Slipway Fires: Deluxe Edition... John Lennon: In Performance... The Rolling Stones - The Brian Jones Years... and Saxon: Into the Labyrinth Special Edition... ... 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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