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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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The Firery Furnaces heat up summer

Kristi Kates - June 21st, 2007
Brooklyn modern rockers The Fiery Furnaces have wrapped work on their first album for their Touch & Go label home, and they’ve dubbed it Widow City. Set to hit stores this upcoming October, the disc will get plenty of early fans via FF’s longggg summer tour, which they’ve decided to call “The Fourth of July Tour” despite the fact that they’re not playing on the 4th of July. Longtime Fiery Furnace Fans will appreciate this continuation of the band’s usual irony, and will likely be out in droves to see the band live in Chicago (6/22), Ann Arbor, MI (6/23), Toronto (6/25), Boston (6/29), Washington D.C. (7/5), and Atlanta, GA (7/7)...

Disney is making an attempt at (ahem) hipness by planning out a live concert event that will pair up nearly a dozen of today’s alt-pop musicians with classic Disney songs. Set to take place on June 17 at the Southbank Center in London, the show, called “Forest of No Return: Hal Wilmer Presents the Vintage Disney Songbook,” performers will include Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, Bryan Ferry, Beth Orton, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, and Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty...

Surfin’ singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is currently in Los Angeles, recording his next (and fifth) full-length CD at Brushfire Records’ brand new eco-friendly recording studios. Working with his usual bandmates, plus new band pal Zach Gill on piano and accordian, Johnson has also brought in producer JP Plunier, who did the snazzy production duties on Johnson’s 2001 debut disc. Johnson’s still doing some of the writing for the new album on the fly, but he expects all of his new meles (that’s songs, for you non-Hawaiian folk) to be ready for release early in 2008...

And if you want to catch some big-name concerts without having to drive all the way to Detroit or Chi-town, you’ll find that Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids is unexpectedly and quickly becoming the next Midwestern site for some pretty terrific live summer music. After you take some time to stroll the immaculate grounds - which are full of not only amazing flower and plant exhibits but also sculptures and other quirky decorations, you can catch cool concerts by the likes of Bela Fleck and Chick Corea (June 18), Cowboy Junkies (June 28), Lyle Lovett (July 1), Nickel Creek with special guest Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips (July 15), and Los Lobos (August 23)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Send an S.O.S. to the world! The Police are slated to be on the next issue’s cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, which hits stands this week; and it’s also, notably, set to be the first issue of RS to be printed on carbon-neutral paper. Inside the mag, you’ll find an in-depth interview of the legendary (and kinda-sorta reunited) trio, and online, you’ll find a companion set of tons of Police extras, including a behind-the-scenes video from the cover shoot, an excerpt of the interview, and a Police photo gallery. Check it all out at www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily this week...

MINI BUZZ:
The new Transformers movie is arriving soon, complete with an accompanying soundtrack that’s been titled the oh-so-original Transformers - The Album - the set will include tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Mute Math, Muse, and the album’s first radio single, the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Before It’s Too Late”...
Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has announced that he will be touring this September in support of his solo disc Candylion, and he’ll be playing live shows in NYC (9/21), Toronto (9/25), and Chicago (9/27), among other stops...
Indie rockers Cold War Kids are raising their indie-rockin’ profile by hopping on board as support act for both the White Stripes and Muse this summer, and will also be making an appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza fest in Chicago...
Speaking of Muse, they’re going to be conveniently
taking advantage of their own upcoming Lollapalooza date to schedule a series of additional U.S. shows before n’ after Lolla, including sets in Missisauga, Ontario (8/1), Detroit (8/2), NYC (8/6), and Boston (8/11)...
Andre 3000, best known as half of hip-hopsters OutKast, has been tapped to play Sammy Davis Jr. in an upcoming biopic titled Sammy and Kim, which will be directed by Earle Sebastian...
Fifteen years since their last album was released, The B-52s, best known for such quirky summer hits as “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack,” are back at it, working hard in Athens, Georgia on what will be their big comeback album in 2008...
And here are this week’s new albums and film releases... ON CD: The Polyphonic Spree’s The Fragile Army... Paula Cole’s Courage... Lifehouse’s Who We Are... Dimitri from Paris’ Disco Cocktail... Xavier Rudd’s White Moth... and the White Stripes’ much-anticipated Icky Thump... ON DVD: Tom Jones’ This is Tom Jones... Santana: Hymns for Peace - Live at Montreux 2004... Duncan Sheik: On Stage at World Cafe Live... and Bryan Ferry’s Dylanesque Live - The London Sessions... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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