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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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Starving artisits get a food boost from Denny‘s

Kristi Kates - June 2nd, 2008
Starving Artists Get a Food Boost From Denny’s
Taking your band on the road... on a budget? Never fear - Denny’s is here! The national food chain is dipping its toes into the music biz via their new Adopt-A-Band program, which you can check out on the restaurant’s microsite, www.dennysallnighter.com. Indie bands can apply to be a “participating touring band,” and, if selected, they’ll be able to eat at Denny’s restaurants for free at any time, and will have content (including streamed songs, tour dates, and pics) posted on the Denny’s microsite. Every two months, six new bands will be “adopted” and added to the site - the first half-dozen include Switches, Take the Crown, and Saving Abel. In return for the free grub, the bands are asked to visit three Denny’s a month and post photos of their Denny’s visits. In addition, bands dining at Denny’s can check out Denny’s new Rock Star Menus, which will consist of dishes invented by more high-profile bands - Taking Back Sunday and The All-American Rejects have already contributed recipes, but you’ll have to wait until August to order ‘em...
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis has been tapped to curate the first New American Music Union Festival, which will kick off on August 8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (can you say “road trip?”). Tix are on sale now on the Live Nation website; general admission will run around $50 to see the likes of Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, and many more - including a plethora of college bands that will be part of a competition to win recording session time - and each ticket will also arrive with a free concert t-shirt...
Singer-songwriter Beth Orton has added more dates to her upcoming North American tour, which is slated to start in Boston on July 2; Orton will perform acoustically, accompanied by Rob Moose in support of her most recent (fourth) album, Comfort of Strangers. Orton’s tour stops will include North Adams, MA (7/5), Michigan’s new Rothbury Music Festival on July 6, Toronto (7/8), and Philadelphia on July 11 for the WXPN Fest...
Hot Chip have just wrapped their sold-out North American tour, and will turn their Brit-electro-popness right back around to return to the U.S. this fall. Beginning on September 12 with a two-night stand in Los Angeles, the band’s presale tix are already online for their fall dates, featuring among them shows in Tucson, AZ (9/23), Chicago (9/28-29), Toronto (9/30), Philly (10/5), and Washington, DC (10/8). Following their American shows, Hot Chip will continue their trek, this time to their biggest UK headlining tour to date, which will kick off in late October...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Paul Weller’s new single, “Echoes Round the Sun,” is out, as is his brand new video - the song features Oasis’ Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher, and the video - well, you’ll just have to see that for yourself at www.youtube.com/watch?v=38I4N7e-4jk...

MINI BUZZ:
Actor Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”) is currently recording an album with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess; Phoenix “discovered” his own musical interest while learning guitar for the Cash role...
While rapper Common is moving his talents in the other direction - he’ll take on an acting role as a freedom fighter named Barnes in the upcoming fourth installment of the Terminator movie series, which is due out May 2009...
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall has added a second round of dates to her U.S. tour, now playing shows in Grand Rapids (8/11), Interlochen, MI (8/14), Milwaukee (8/15), Denver (8/18), and Aspen, Colorado (8/25)...
Dave Matthews Band is still working on their latest album, which they say is a much more collaborative effort, with every song being written by the band as a whole; the band will break for summer touring, and then will resume work on the album in September...
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest in Tennessee is going to be nationally televised for the first time this year, making those unable to attend able to watch the likes of Metallica, Kanye West, and Pearl Jam on Fuse TV...
Stevie Wonder will hit the tour trail this summer with more than a dozen North American shows that’ll take him from coast to coast. The Motown icon’s outing begins in June Wantagh, NY, and continues around the East Coast through the end of the month. In July, he’ll head West for shows in Colorado, Nevada, California, Washington and British Columbia..
And this week’s discs are heading towards a multimedia store near you... ON CD: The Futureheads’ This is Not the World... Common’s The Greatest Story Ever Told... Gavin Rossdale’s Wanderlust... Spiritualized’s Songs in A and E... Shearwater’s Rook... and Interlochen alumni Jewel’s Perfectly Clear... ON DVD: The Future is Unwritten: A Documentary on Joe Strummer... U2’s Rattle and Hum... Nirvana: at the Reading Festival... and Deacon Blue Live... 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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