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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Kristi Kates - April 1st, 2004
A toast to The Corrs

Irish sister-brother band The Corrs will be back this spring with their first album of new songs since 2000‘s *In Blue.* Producer Olle Romo, who has played as a musician on albums by the Backstreet Boys, the Eurythmics, and Shania Twain, teamed up with The Corrs to put together the album that they‘ve dubbed *Borrowed Heaven.* The new disc will reportedly include tracks “Long Night,“ “Hideaway,“ “Baby Be Brave,“ “Confidence,“ and the title track. The album‘s first single, “Summer Sunshine,“ will be accompanied by a music video as directed by Kevin Godley; *Borrowed Heaven* is expected in May, with the single and video out later this month...

While you‘re waiting for the new Polyphonic Spree CD, you can catch them on DVD as soon as April 6th - the band of nearly two-dozen members will release a CD/DVD called *The Adventure of Listening* that will feature lots of audiovisual extras along with Spree concert footage from a 2003 Chicago show. The catch? You can only get the DVD through the group‘s website or at a Polyphonic Spree live show. But hey, that‘s not so bad - check them out online at www.thepolyphonicspree.com , or catch them live opening for David Bowie, where their stops will include Philadelphia (3/29), Toronto (4/1), Los Angeles (4/22), and New Orleans (4/30)...

Campus music network MTVU will be sponsoring The Distillers upcoming North American tour, which is set to kick off on March 25th in Chicago. The band, touring in support of their latest album, *Coral Fang,* will hit Detroit (3/26), Toronto (3/30), Boston (4/3), Atlanta (4/10), and Minneapolis (4/17) before wrapping in Santa Barbara, California on April 25th. The U.S. dates will be followed by a pair of German dates in Cologne (6/14) and Hamburg (6/16). The Icarus Line will serve as The Distillers‘ opening act for all U.S. shows...

Blink 182 have announced that they will continue with at least some of their U.S. tour dates in spite of Travis Barker‘s recent mishap in which the drummer broke his foot, causing the trio to pull out of a number of shows in Japan and Hawaii. The band played one of their scheduled dates in Australia on March 13th, but were forced to cancel subsequent Aussie dates. The band all remain in support of Barker during his healing process, and they‘ll be playing selected U.S. dates between now and when they hook up with No Doubt for their upcoming co-headlining tour, which hits the road in Indianapolis on June 1st, with stops in Camden, New Jersey (6/6), Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (6/12), and Chicago (6/12)...

MINI BUZZ:
The Donnas will serve as reps for this summer‘s upcoming DayJams Rock and Roll Summer Camp, where eleven chosen girls will snag a new guitar and a trip to rock band camp...
Wilco will kick off a tour on April 21st in Maryland in support of their new album, *A Ghost Is Born*...
Alanis Morissette just shot a music video for her new single, “Everything,“ which precedes her new album, *So-Called Chaos,* which is due out May 18th...
Iceland‘s latest rock band The Singapore Sling have hit the studio to begin recording their next album...
Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, who had recently been touring with Queens of the Stone Age, will soon have a new album of his own out called *Bubblegum*...

And out this week are these new releases... ON CD: Living End drops *Modern Artillery*... Paul Oakenfold presents his *Greatest Remixes*... Chris Smither releases *Honeysuckle Dog*... and Gary Numan releases *Resonator*... ON DVD: U2‘s *Rattle and Hum*... *Switchfoot: Live in San Diego*... Bob Dylan‘s *MTV Unplugged*... and *Kelly Osbourne - Live at The Electric Ballroom*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*

 
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