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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Got Foo? Get it at a theatre near you 3/21/11

Kristi Kates - March 21st, 2011
Got Foo? Get It at a Theater Near You
Foo Fighters revealed their documentary at SXSW (the South by Southwest Fest) last week, and now the masses will be able to view the band’s latest film project. Back and Forth, as the doc is titled, will now be showcased in theaters across the country, starting with a series of special screenings on April 5 during which the film will screen and will be followed by the broadcast of a live performance by the Foos themselves, who will perform their new album, Wasting Light, which hits stores on April 12…
Are they or aren’t they? The Darkness have been the subject of a plethora of internet rumors regarding whether or not they’ll be reuniting. But with a new website appearing online (theactualdarkness.com) that consists of a mysteriously floating, ‘70s-inflected band logo and not much else, save a few links to the band’s other pages - it seems like those rumors might be true. The names of the band members also come up in searches for the web domain. Very interesting…
Panic! at the Disco’s new album, Vices and Virtues has been moved up to a March 22 release date, prefaced by the band’s first new single, The Ballad of Mona Lisa, which you may have already heard on internet radio. The set is the band’s first new album in three years, was produced by Weezer collaborator Butch Walker and Neon Trees producer John Feldmann, and will be showcased on Conan O’Brien’s new late night show on March 28…
TV on the Radio are dropping their new set, Nine Types of Light, on April 12 on Interscope Records, with tunes including “Will Do” and “Caffeinated Consciousness.” After a landmark stop at Austin’s SXSW fest, the band will be performing a plethora of shows through the next few months, including stops in Providence, Rhode Island (4/15), Boston (4/16), Detroit (4/20 at St. Andrew’s Hall), Chicago (4/22 at the Metro), and Minneapolis (4/23 and 4/24)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Switchfoot are currently in the studio recording their next album, which they’re planning to take breaks from by doing a little touring in Australia and the Philippines this April and May. But if you’re stateside and not able to catch those live shows, you can still get a sneak peek of Switchfoot working on their new songs via a behind-the-scenes clip the band’s posted on their website; check it out at www.switchfoot.com…
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Singer Cyndi Lauper, currently on tour, cheered up stranded crowds at an airport in Buenos Aires by snagging a public-address microphone and singing her ‘80s hit song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to her smiling, singing-along fellow strandees…
The Monkees will be celebrating their 45th (what?) anniversary as a band (well, sort of) with a UK tour kicking off this spring; Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and “the cute one” Davy Jones will all be participating, with potential U.S. dates TBA…
The Strokes have set April 1 as their live show date at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, at which they’ll be testing out songs from their brand new album, Angles…
The 2011 T in the Park fest in Scotland has announced part of its roster for this year, which will include Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Brandon Flowers, Crystal Castles, Blondie, Bright Eyes, and Weezer, among others…
Radiohead guitar/instrument whiz Jonny Greenwood has been tapped to score the upcoming John C. Reilly film We Need to Talk About Kevin…
U2 have reportedly been working with producer Danger Mouse during their current studio sessions for the next U2 album…

And this week’s current new CD releases are ready for your purchase... James Blake’s James Blake... Edwyn Collins’ Losing Sleep... Josh Kelley’s Georgia Clay... Soundgarden’s Live on I-5... and The Strokes’ much-anticipated Angles... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com*
 
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