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Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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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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