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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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