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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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The return of McClachlan and Lilth Fair

Kristi Kates - January 25th, 2010
The Return of McLachlan and Lilith Fair
Sarah McLachlan is stepping back into the music scene to revive the late ‘90s music festival Lilith Fair, which was the first modern concert event to feature primarily female singer-songwriters all on one festival bill (the early Lilith Fairs included performances from McLachlan along with the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Lauryn Hill, and Christina Aguilera.) The summer of 2010 will see the return of the Lilith Fair event, which has already booked its first round of performers, among them Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Belinda Carlisle, Metric, Chairlift, and Emmylou Harris; for more info, keep an eye on www.lilithfair.com...
Elbow’s Guy Garvey has moved from Manchester back to his hometown of Bury, England, and has been working hard on songwriting sessions for Elbow’s next album. Garvey recently mentioned that he’s actually been including tales of his hometown in some of the lyrics for Elbow’s new songs, and that the band is also experimenting with psychedelia and shoegaze sounds in their music, complete with Moogs and Mellotrons. The band already has almost two dozen song ideas for the new set, which will be their fifth album and will serve as follow-up to 2008’s The Seldom Seen Kid...
A little Oasis news this week (well, kinda) - Ride/Oasis guitarist Andy Bell is said to be currently collaborating with Liam Gallagher and will be part of the Gallager’s new post-Oasis band, which will reportedly also feature guitarist (and former Oasis member) Gem Archer along with drummer Chris Sharrock and keyboard player Jay Darlington. No name has been given to the new Liam Gallagher project as of yet (“well, nothing’s sticking yet,” Gallagher reports), but they’re keeping busy focusing on recording for the moment...
Also recording are Radiohead, who are just making their way into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to their In Rainbows album. Thom Yorke is still working on his solo and side band projects, but that won’t stop the full Radiohead complement from moving forward; Yorke’s right on board to continue putting together songs that the band started last summer. Four weeks of band rehearsal have prefaced the new recording sessions, which band member Ed O’Brien says are finding the band doing more musical experimenting and trying to create “art without fear”; no release date has been given yet for the album itself, which is expected some time in 2010...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Interested in new electronica and indie music? Then check out the latest label offering from Ninja Tune, which is launching a new division called Motion Audio, which will present music that will be “more about a vibe than any particular sound or style,” according to the division’s personnel; the side label’s first two 2010 releases will be from Grey Reverend and Lou Rhodes. Check ‘em out at www.motionaudiorecords.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Muse have booked a quartet of live show dates for this March across the U.S., where they’ll be making their four stops - in Fairfax, Virginia (3/1), New York City (3/5), Boston (3/6), and at the Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit (5/13)...
In other Muse news, they’ve also been tapped to headline this upcoming summer’s famed Roskilde Festival, which will take place this year July 1 through the 4th in Denmark...
Arctic Monkeys are on the road, too, and will kick off their trek on January 26 with a show in Milan Italy; the band’s schedule will keep them in Western Europe through February 10, including stops in Madrid, Grenoble, and Munich...
The Beastie Boys’ latest album, The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, of which the release date was postponed which the band’s Adam Yauch fought the good fight against cancer, is now making its way back onto the schedule, and the band says to look for it early this year...
Ringo Starr’s new album, Y Not, just out last week, features a previously-unplanned vocal duet from Starr and former Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney on the track “Walk With Me”...
Electronica-trance band Above & Beyond have issued a request to Richard Branson to let them DJ on the first V. Galactic passenger flight into outer space; with test flights rumored to be starting this year and Moby and Dave Navarro having already booked tickets, they’d be in good musical company...
And featuring their own new tunes are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Evacuate Chicago’s Veracity... Citay’s Get Together... and Chamillionaire’s Venom... ON DVD: Whitney Houston’s Whitney Houston ... and Michael Jackson’s This is It... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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

 
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