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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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U2 to perform in East Lansing & Chicago

Kristi Kates - April 19th, 2010
U2 To Perform in East Lansing and Chicago
U2’s 360 World Tour is returning to North America this June, and the band has selected a plethora of opening acts to support their many shows. Lenny Kravitz will be first up, supporting 360 concerts in Salt Lake City (6/3), Denver (6/12), and Anaheim, California (6/6); The Fray will take on shows in Seattle (6/20), Edmonton (6/23), and Oakland, California (6/16); and Interpol will open the evenings in Toronto (7/3), Chicago (7/6), Miami (7/9), Philly (7/12), Minneapolis (6/27), and East Lansing, Michigan (6/30.) U2 will head back over to Europe in August, where they’ll play additional dates in Germany, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Spain, among other destinations...
The rustic-sounding (but actually quite hipster) inaugural Truck America Festival has been scheduled for April 30 to May 2 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York; the fest, which is the American sister event to Oxfordshire, UK’s Truck Festival, has already snagged White Rabbits, Mercury Rev, Neil Halstead, Hopewell, and The Joy Formidable for its show lineup...
Bombay Bicycle Club, whose latest album is 2009’s I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, are currently whipping together a quick acoustic album that they plan to offer up in May or June of this year. Guitarist Jamie MacColl says that the band are simultaneously working on their next full-length proper/regular studio album, too, for which they’re still seeking a producer...
And former Morcheeba vocalist Skye - aka Shirley Klarise Yonavive Edwards - is set to rejoin the band she helped make famous. She just performed with them for the first time since 2003 at Switzerland’s Caprices Festival last week, and is also working again with the band in the studio on a new Morcheeba album. The album, which is currently untitled, is due for release this summer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Broken Social Scene are offering up a free MP3 from their fourth studio album - namely, the over-six-minute-long “World Sick” track, which you can download at www.brokensocialscene.ca. The band’s album, tentatively titled Forgiveness Rock Record, is due in-stores on May 4...

MINI BUZZ:
Los Campesinos! are promoting their own newest album, Romance is Boring, with both North American and European tour dates this spring...
Jose Gonzalez is reforming his band Juniper with Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya, with an album expected later this year...
James Lavelle and Pablo Clements - better known as UNKLE - are dropping their latest electronica/hip-hop/psychedelia album, Where Did the Night Fall, on May 10; the set will include appearances from Autolux, The Black Angels, and Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan...
Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley is working with Ministry band member Chris Connely on a new band that they’ve dubbed The High Confessions...
Japandroids have announced that they’ve just started releasing a new series of singles for 2010, with each single set to contain a previously unreleased tune plus a Japandroids cover of various songs that influenced them as a band...
And Sigur Ros member Jonsi will promote his new solo album, Go, with a series of North American tour dates, including stops in Denver (4/21), Minneapolis (4/24 and 4/25), Chicago (4/28), Toronto (5/1 and 5/2), and NYC (5/8 and 5/9)...
ON CD: Disappears’ Lux... BoDeans’ Mr. Sad Clown... Peter Wolf’s Midnight Souvenirs... Monster Movie’s Everyone is a Ghost... Sevendust’s Cold Day Memory... and Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma... 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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