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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Storytellers and their songs return to VH 1 3/28/11

Kristi Kates - March 28th, 2011
Storytellers and Their Songs Return to VH1
VH1 is moving into the 15th season of its intriguing Storytellers series, which feature a wealth of stories, explanations on how songs were written/recorded, tales from the tour bus, and more in between performances of songs by a wide range of artists. This season’s roster will be kicked off in May by Kings of Leon, who will be followed in the 2011 lineup by the likes of Maxwell, Cee Lo Green, Ray LaMontagne, and Death Cab for Cutie…
The cast of Grey’s Anatomy have put together a musical episode that will air on March 31, perhaps a surprise to many fans of the show, but not to those who are aware of cast member Sara Ramirez’ Tony Award win (for the musical Spamalot). The other actors aren’t exactly slouches, either, reportedly having stepped up to the plate and surprising the producers with some of their singing skills. The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” (appropriately), Get Set Go’s “Wait,” and Gomez’ “How We Operate,” are three of the nine songs that will be featured…
Manchester band Oceansize have broken up after over a dozen years as a band, via an online announcement. While the band didn’t give a specific reason for the break, they did mention that the bandmates - well, bandmates no longer, one would suppose - will be pursuing other projects, which fans can check out via each musician’s individual project page at facebook.com/oceansizeuk. Oceansize’s last album, Self Preserved…”was released last year…

Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack album has been given the remix treatment, and is due to be re-released this spring. Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D features the Tron tracks retooled by the likes of Moby, Paul Oakenfold, Kaskade, M83, The Crystal Method, Photek, and Pretty Lights, plus a revamp of “Tron Legacy (End Titles)” by Sander Kleinenberg…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Gorillaz’ digital, iPad-recorded album, The Fall, was previously released for free to the band’s fan club members last December, but will now be released to all in April; the set will be dropped on vinyl first as part of Record Store Day (April 16), and will then be available via digital/CD the next week. Get more info on Gorillaz’ tunes and all of their projects at www.gorillaz.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Speaking of Jack White, he unveiled his Third Man Rolling Record Store truck at the SXSW Fest in Austin, Texas last week, as a branch of his Third Man record label/store in Nashville - but in (‘natch) a rolling yellow truck; look for the truck at other fests this summer…
Sarah McLachlan told a Canadian newspaper that she’s done with attempting to revive the Lilith Fair tour, which pretty much failed in its attempt to tour last summer…
The Essence Music Fest is still going strong, though, with its 2011 event set to take place in New Orleans July 1-3 with headliners Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Trey Songs; Boyz II Men, Parliament Funkadelic, Macy Gray, and Charlie Wilson will also be performing…
Well, at least he’s making good use of some of his celebrity; a lock of Justin Bieber’s hair sealed in plexiglas and signed by Bieber brought in $40,668.00 on eBay when it was auctioned off to benefit the charity The Gentle Barn, which rescues neglected farm animals…
Scars on 45 have added a lineup of new tour dates in support of their latest EP, Give Me Something; they’ll be supporting Ra Ra Riot and on some of the dates, which will include stops in Cleveland (4/8), Detroit (4/10 at The Magic Stick), Holland, MI (4/11 at Hope College), and Milwaukee (4/13)…
Of Montreal are offering up their much-anticipated five-song EP, thecontrollersphere, on April 26 via Polyvinyl Records…
And offering you their new CDs are this week’s new releases… Boxer Rebellion’s Cold Still... Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale... Mountain Goats’ All Eternals Deck... and Florence and the Machine’s Between Two Lungs... 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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