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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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Magic Numbers‘ Runaway set for July release

Kristi Kates - July 19th, 2010
Magic Numbers’ Runaway Set For July Release
The Magic Numbers have rescheduled the release date for their brand new album and its accompanying tour dates, after having previously planned to release it on June 7. Now, the album, The Runaway, will hit stores on July 26, with limited-edition versions of the set arriving with a four-track live CD as well. And those live dates have been pushed to September/October, with stops only scheduled so far in the UK...
Pearl Jam’s plans to release the shows from their current world tour have gotten more detailed over the past month or so, and now there are several options for fans to choose from. The “bootlegs” will be available in MP3, FLAC, or CD format, with prices beginning at $9.99; fans will also be able to order a box set of all four of the band’s shows at Philly’s Spectrum last October, which will run $60. If this is all too pricey for your wallet, check out Pearl Jam’s official radio station, which you can listen to for free on their website, http://pearljam.com...
Longing for guitar-playing talent, but it’s just not your thing? Then amp up, instead, for the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals, which this year will take place on July 22 at Irving Plaza in NYC. The regional winners have already been chosen, with the winner of this competition going on to rep the U.S. at the World Air Guitar Championships in Oulu, Finland in August. So what is an air guitarist judged on? According to the U.S. Air Guitar Finals, performers are assessed on a combo of technical merit, stage presence, and ‘airness’...
Indie rockers Nine Days will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, The Madding Crowd, with a special show in NYC on July 30, on which they’ll play every song from the album. The band will also play tunes from their other album releases; tix for the event will be limited and reserved, and can be snagged at www.boultoncenter.org...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The 2010 CMJ Music Marathon is now set to take place in New York City October 19 through the 23rd; you can register early at www.cmj.com to get the best deals, so if you want to see some of the best newbie bands around next fall, go online now and get a head start on all the other music fans...

MINI BUZZ:
Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin were recently inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame, where they’ll be honored alongside existing inductees, among them Smokey Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones...
Yeasayer has announced several U.S. dates for this fall; they’ll be performing shows in Columbus OH (9/29), Bloomington IN (9/30), and Atlanta GA (10/2), among other stops...
Brotherly trio Hanson, in promotion of their new album Shout It Out, will be embarking on a national tour July 21...
After half a dozen years off the charts, post-grunge Canadian rockers Big Sugar have confirmed several concert dates throughout this summer, after playing their first show since 2003 back in April at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Fest...
Delta Spirit and The Romany Rye are wrapping up their joint tour on July 23rd and 24th in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California...
Classic-rockers Aerosmith are hitting the road on July 23 in Oakland California for almost two months’ worth of concert dates...
And these artists are sending their CDs on a trek to win over your wallets... Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis... Department of Eagles’ Archive 2003-2006... and The High Confessions’ Turn Lead Into Gold... 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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