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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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This summer‘s Rothbury Fest not happening

Kristi Kates - February 15th, 2010
This Summer’s Rothbury Fest Not Happening
As Rolling Stone quoted last week, “Rothbury is not the new Bonnaroo,” as evidenced by the fact that the 2010 rendition of the newbie Michigan music fest has already been canceled. The official announcement from the Rothbury folks blames “the recording and touring schedules of various artists” for the cancellation, saying that the scheduling conflicts made it impossible for Rothbury to secure a “worthwhile” lineup. That excuse seems a little thin, since other summer music festivals seem to be doing just fine rounding up top-notch rosters of bands and performers (we’re thinking that the economy has a lot more to do with Rothbury’s demise.) But regardless, no Rothbury this year, so save your bucks for Chicago’s Lollapalooza fest and the usual plethora of local outdoor events...
In other festival news, the Strokes have announced their first live show in over three years, and it’ll be a big one, too - they’re taking over the Saturday night headline spot at the UK’s famed Isle of Wight Festival on June 11th through the 13th. They won’t be the only American (or NYC) band on the bill - both Jay-Z and Blondie are also scheduled to perform. Other artists set for the fest include Squeeze and Orbital...
Back stateside, modern rockers Green Day are launching their very own version of the Rock band videogame; Green Day: Rock Band is set for release later this year, and will allow players to rock along with the rock-punk trio’s 22 years’ worth of songs via Playstation 3, Wii, and XBox 360. Green Day themselves, of course, will appear as avatars. In other Green Day news, the band have announced that they’ll be heading overseas again for a UK tour in June 2010...
Canadian band Wintersleep, who hail from Halifax in Nova Scotia, have nearly wrapped work on their latest album, which they recently announced will likely hit stores in May. The band, who have yet to pick a title for the new set, are recording at Glasgow, Scotland’s Castle of Doom studio, and are probably completing the mixing stages of the album as you read this. If you’re just too impatient to wait until spring to hear new sounds from the Wintersleep bandmates, check out the new Postdata release from Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy and his brother Michael Murphy, now available through Sonic Records...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Just looking for a little love this Valentine’s Day? Angels and Airwaves can oblige - their third studio album, aptly titled Love, will be released on Valentine’s Day, and it’s even free. Blink-182 guitarist/Angels and Airwaves member Tom DeLonge produced the album, which he says is more progressive-rock influence than previous A and A efforts; snag the disc and a preview single at http://modlife.com/angelsandairwaves...

MINI BUZZ:
Grand Analog had a great 2009, with their songs being picked up by a number of TV shows and their live shows hitting the likes of the CMJ fest; this year, they’ll continue their streak with a series of tour dates, including Canadian stops in Kitchener, Ontario (2/20) and Vancouver BC (2/25)...
If you’re in the mood for an early spring road trip, consider Knoxville, Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival, taking place this year March 26th through the 28th; the event will feature sets from the likes of Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent, Javelin, Nico Muhly, DJ/Rupture, and more...
The Rolling Stones are planning a tour for this year, but it may not include guitarist Ronnie Wood, whose alcoholism issues may prevent the band from getting tour insurance...
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon is booking a series of European concert dates for 2010, the first time she’ll perform in Europe, to promote Never Been Gone, her latest album that features new arrangements of some of Simon’s biggest hits...
The first murmurs about the newest album from The Goo Goo Dolls are starting, with their latest set, Something for the Rest of Us, now due this spring...
And a new album from Bryan Ferry can be expected this year, too; it will feature guest appearances from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea...

ON CD: Field Music’s (Measure)... James Otto’s James Otto... The Game’s The Red Album... and Massive Attack’s Heligoland... ON DVD: New Kids on the Block: Coming Home ... 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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