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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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Get your tix now for the White Stripes...Ballet?

Kristi Kates - May 10th, 2010
Get Your Tix Now for the White Stripes... Ballet?
Composer Joby Talbot released an album called Aluminum back in 2006, on which he recorded his covers of ten White Stripes songs alongside XL Recordings’ Richard Russell, a set that made a small rumble in the U.S. Unbeknownst to most White Stripes fans, however, Talbot also spent part of 2006 working with choreographer Wayne McGregor to put together a little something called Chroma, an actual ballet set to similar orchestral versions of Talbot’s interpretations of White Stripes songs. Got all that? As for actually seeing Chroma, you’ll have to road trip to Toronto, where the ballet will premiere November 24 at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts as part of the National Ballet of Canada’s 2010-2011 season. Jack White’s been invited to the premiere, so perhaps you’ll even get to rub shoulders with a Stripe yourself...
Dizzee Rascal is set to have his life story profiled in a brand new book, tentatively titled The Dizzee Rascal Story, as published by Canongate Books, a new publishing arm of Rascal’s own record label. No word yet on if Dizzee will write the tome himself, but it’s already scheduled for a hardback version featuring original photos and lyrics to be released in October, plus an audiobook and digital edition; a paperback version will follow in summer 2011...
Franz Ferdinand have started penning songs for their upcoming fourth album, with Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy serving as the main songwriters for now. The band, who will be following up 2009’s Tonight... album, say that they’re trying a “different approach” to their songs this time around, although they’re being a little mysterious about just what that means; in the meantime, they’ll be playing live dates in Australia and South America over the next few weeks...
And Portishead’s Adrian Utley has worked with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory to compose the score soundtrack for a 1928 film about Joan of Arc. The duo will premiere the new score this week in Bristol, England, during a special screening of the film itself, and six electric guitarists will accompany them onstage, with the entire ensemble helmed by conductor Charles Hazlewood...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Dave Matthews Band has continued to add dates to their extensive summer tour; a new round of a whopping 49 shows has just been added, with the entire tour schedule now including stops in Toronto (6/1), Columbus OH (6/22), Clarkston MI (6/23 at the DTE Energy Music Theater), Pittsburgh PA (7/10), Washington DC (7/23), and Los Angeles (8/23); the tour will continue through mid-September, so to stay updated on all dates and updates, check out www.davematthewsband.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Prog-rock legends Rush are set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this month; Rush: The Documentary is also set for a tentative release date of May 18...
Lightspeed Champion will tour the UK this month, performing in support of his sophomore album Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You, which was released in February...
Italy’s Jammin’ Festival has selected their headliners, namely Green Day, Pearl Jam, and the Black Eyed Peas, for the event running July 3 through the 6th...
Crosby, Stills and Nash are returning to the stage with a short U.S. tour kicking off in May; their stops will include Phoenix AZ (5/29), Denver CO (6/2), and Seattle (6/10), and they’ll continue on from there to shows in Europe in July...
Dance-tronica band Gossip will continue touring this year in support of their newest set, 2009’s Music for Men, and have just been added to the schedule at this year’s Wireless Festival...
And James Murphy has solidified the release date for the next LCD Soundsystem album, which will hit stores on May 17...
But you won’t have to wait for this week’s new releases... ON CD: Big Audio Dynamite’s This Is Big Audio Dynamite: Legacy Edition... Ted Leo and the Pharmacists’ The Brutalist Bricks... and UNKLE’s Where Did the Night Fall... ON DVD: Rock n’ Roll High School 30th Anniversary Special Edition ... 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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