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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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Sting blends rock with orchestral on tour

Kristi Kates - April 26th, 2010
Sting Blends Rock With Orchestral on Tour
If you’ve always wanted to see legendary Police bassist/singer/solo artist Sting in concert, now’s your chance; Gordon Sumner himself will be hitting the road this year to perform both his own solo songs and Police tunes complete with an orchestra. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Sting will be reworking tracks like “Every Breath You Take” and “Russians” as symphonic arrangements on a tour that will kick off in Vancouver, BC on June 2, and will continue through L.A. (6/15) and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival (7/17 and 7/18), among other dates...
The Strokes are currently recording tracks for their fourth album in their hometown of New York City, and have already completed the basics on a series of songs, with aim toward releasing a new Strokes album in September; the band are working with producer Joe Chiccarelli on the album. In the meantime, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has just wrapped a brief touring North America in support of his side project/solo album; additional live dates for both The Strokes and Casablancas are expected later this year, including a stop at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Fest in August (for the Strokes)...
Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs are in the studio, too, concluding a break that they began back in August of last year. Singer Ricky Wilson explained to the press that the band simply “got bored” after a couple of free months, and that they’re now recording new songs in drummer Nick Hodgson’s new studio. No release date has been secured for the next Kaiser Chiefs album as of yet...
And No Doubt are yet another band working on a new album, with singer Gwen Stefani explaining that this particular set is being influenced by ‘80s “one-hit wonder” songs. No Doubt has been slow to return to the studio since the group got back together in 2008, but now say that their next disc is due out some time before the end of this year...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Paul McCartney is at it again - touring, that is. McCartney’s new Up and Coming 2010 Tour aims to take the Beatle to cities he’s never performed in, and McCartney is also aiming to play “unique venues, places, and locations,” according to his tour info. Fans can expect to hear songs from The Beatles and Wings as well as McCartney’s solo career; for all the dates and details, stop by www.paulmccartney.com - and keep in mind that Macca says he’s going to quit touring by his 70th birthday in June, 2012, so don’t delay...

MINI BUZZ:
Coldplay reportedly hopes to have a brand new Coldplay album ready to go by December of this year; the band are currently writing and recording in a converted church in London...
Snow Patrol will play a homecoming gig in their hometown of Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland on June 5; the band will take over the town’s Ward Park for the first hometown show they’ve played since 2007...
The annual T in the Park Festival in Scotland has announced its roster and dates, with the likes of Muse, Black Eyed Peas, Vampire Weekend, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, and Thirty Seconds to Mars taking the stage(s) July 8 through the 11th...
NBC’s Today Show has announced its summer concerts lineup, which will include short outdoor shows from The Script, Train, and the aforementioned Sting...
Norway’s gigantic Oya Festival is set to hit Oslo, Norway’s Medieval Park August 10 through the 14th this year; the first lineup of acts has been named, and will include Pavement, The Gaslight Anthem, and Lindstrm, among many others...
And Manchester band Doves, while having yet to break properly in the U.S., have built quite an esteemed career in the UK, and are now releasing their own best-of, titled The Places Between: The Best of Doves - it’s available stateside this week...
ON CD: Keane’s impressively eclectic Night Train EP... Massive Attack’s Heligoland... the groovy A Smooth Jazz Tribute to Gorillaz... and Doves’ Best Of... 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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