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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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Crowes trek through North America

Kristi Kates - September 13th, 2010
Crowes Trek Tunes Through North America
The Black Crowes, who recently released Croweology, their newest album (a double one, no less) of all-acoustic tracks, are in the midst of a North American tour to which they’ve already added more dates. The trek, which will take the Crowes through Knoxville TN (9/15), Austin TX (9/25), Albany NY (10/15), Toronto (10/27), and a quintet of shows at NYC’s Nokia Theater (starting 10/31), will wrap up in mid-December with a whopping six-night stand at San Francisco’s famed The Fillmore, after which the Crowes will take a well-deserved break...
Madonna has co-written and is directing a new movie titled simply W.E., which began shooting a few weeks ago in London. The movie is set to feature James Fox as King George V, alongside Aussie actress Abbie Cornish as a modern-day New Yorker who becomes drawn to King Edward’s decision to abdicate the throne for his love.
Seal is set to release his sixth studio album, Seal 6: Commitment, this month on Reprise Records. The soulful singer, whose first single from the album will be the emotional “Secret,” says that the album’s title stems from his own life being “fully committed,” to his wife (model/actress/Project Runway hostess Heidi Klum), his family, his own well-being, and his music career. “I hope that the music strikes a chord with people,” Seal says...

And after much speculation and chat about Weezer going completely DIY/independent upon leaving their long time major label home of Geffen/Interscope Records, turns out the band has signed with Epitaph Records, and are dropping their debut disc on that label this month. The new Weezer album, called Hurley, has already offered up its lead single, “Memories”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida’s new album, Bury Me with a Gun, is just out, and Maida has put together a new website complete with musical snippets, news, and more at www.rainemaida.net...

MINI BUZZ:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have just kicked off their leg of Stone Temple Pilots’ tour, and they’ll be alternating dates with STP with their own solo headlining shows...
Speaking of STP, they’ve added several dates to that aforementioned tour, including stops in El Paso TX (9/21), Simpsonville SC (10/2), Raleigh NC (10/5), and Orlando FL (10/9)...
Dire Straits are rumored to be discussing a reunion and possibly some live shows to follow the release of their Brothers in Arms special edition album...
The Black Angels have announced a series of tour dates that will see them making stops in Seattle (10/21), Salt Lake City (10/23), and Iowa City (10/26)...
Justin Timberlake has been tapped to provide the voice of Boo-Boo in the upcoming Yogi Bear movie...
Actor, voice actor, and Family Guyguy Seth MacFarlane is adding another title to his resume - singer; MacFarlane has signed with Universal Records to release his debut album, a collection of 1940s and 1950s show tunes - and yes, it’s a serious record, not a comedy one...
These are “serious” records, too - meaning this week’s new CD releases, that is... The Killers’ Brandon Flowers’ solo release, Flamingo... Prince Rama’s Shadow Temple... and Sonny and the Sunsets’ Tomorrow is Alright... 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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