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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Arcade Fire take their tunes to the suburbs

Kristi Kates - July 26th, 2010
Arcade Fire Take Their Tunes to The Suburbs
Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire have announced a short U.S. tour to support their new album, The Suburbs, which will hit stores on August 3 on Merge Records. The Suburbs was recorded with producer Markus Dravs, who also took the boards for Arcade Fire’s last album, Neon Bible. The band will take to the road the first half of August, playing shows in Boston, Philly, NYC, Columbia Maryland, Nashville, and Atlanta, Georgia, plus a stop at the Lollapalooza Fest in Chicago (August 6-8). Several of the dates will also feature Spoon as opening act...
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway has been working on his debut solo album with producer Ian Davenport, recording the set at the band’s Oxford base, Courtyard Studios. The new album, which will include songs “A Simple Life,” “The Ties That Bind Us,” and “By Some Miracle,” will also feature contributions from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone, and will be dropped on August 30 of this year. Radiohead are currently working on their next album in Los Angeles...
Adam Young, aka Owl City, has gone back into the studio to start tracking on his sophomore album, which will serve as the follow-up to his platinum-selling debut disc Ocean Eyes. The self-admitted shy artist is reportedly glad to be back home and working on his next set, although he’s headed back out in the road in early August. Young/Owl City’s tour stops, on which he’ll be opening for a variety of (surprisingly badly-matched) major-label artists, will include a show in Clarkston MI (8/5 at the DTE Energy Theater with Maroon 5). For those who don’t want to wait, Young’s other musical project, Sky Sailing, is available now...
Musician pals James Mercer and Danger Mouse are beginning work on what will be the second Broken Bells album, their collaborative project that allowed Mercer to take a break from his work in The Shins. Mercer explained that they already have a lot of songs that are “too good for B-sides,” and that he’s also planning another Shins album, having recently revamped the band lineup with the addition of new members Ron Lewis and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Apparatjik, the new band featuring Coldplay’s Guy Berryman, A-Ha’s Magne Furuholmen, Mew’s Jonas Bjerre, and Martin Terefe, have announced the release of a free EP. Dubbed 4 Can Keep a Secret If 3 of Them Are Dead, the EP includes 3 songs and can be snagged for free at www.eyeoncommittee.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will be back this summer with a new album on Polyvinyl Records; Let It Sway will hit stores on August 17...
Underworld’s first new album in three years, Barking, will serve as the band’s follow up to 2007’s Oblivion with Bells, and will hit stores on September 13...
A Time and a Place is the title for a new four-CD box set of Emerson, Lake and Palmer that’s due for release on July 27; the set will include unreleased material from the band dating from 1970 to 1998...
New collaboration project Floored by Four, featuring the quartet of Minuteman/occasional Stooge Mike Watt, ex-Cibo Matto Yuka Honda, Dougie Brown, and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, will release their eponymous debut on September 28...
A Tribe Called Quest will play their first-ever Australian shows this August - August 11 in Sydney, and August 12 in Melbourne...
Jukebox The Ghost’s second set, Everything Under the Sun, is set to drop on September 7; they’ll also be making a stop at this year’s Lollapalooza fest...

And making a stop at your local multimedia store are this week’s new CD releases.. Charlotte’s Medusa Groove... Lachi’s Lachi... Tony Da Gatorra vs. Gruff (Super Furry Animals) Rhys’ The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness... 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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