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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Daft Punk goes live

Kristi Kates - August 30th, 2007
Daft Punk goes live
With their smash hit performance at this year’s Lollapalooza now behind them, Daft Punk is ready to take another robotic step forward, and this time it’ll be in the form of a live album. Their latest disc will offer up their June 14 performance in Paris in audio form, and there’ll be two editions of the album itself, one as a regular single disc and also a double disc set that will include the show’s incredible encore. An Oliver Gondry-directed video will accompany the disc’s first single...

Another band that was a buzz at Lolla were Cold War Kids, whose appearance there has likely helped them move on to what will be a mini-national tour for the band, complete with an upgrade to bigger venues. Currently promoting their debut disc, Robbers and Cowards, the band, whose video, “Hang Me Up to Dry” is also the talk of the indie-rock town, will stop by Madison, WI (9/8), Los Angeles (11/23), Philly (11/29), Boston (12/4), and Boulder, CO (12/11) on their swing through the nation...

Dual icons of different eras Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan are set to team up for a fall tour, which will kick off on September 22 and will continue through mid-October. Performances on the what is sure to be remarkable Costello-Dylan trek will include sets in Norfolk VA (9/25), Kingston RI (9/29), Worcester MA (10/2), and Rochester NY (10/9). In other Bob Dylan news, he’s got a 3-disc compilation CD on the way on October 1 on Columbia Records, and he’ll also be covered by the likes of Eddie Vedder, Mark Lanegan, and Michigan’s Sufjan Stevens on the upcoming soundtrack to the upcoming film I’m Not There,” which will be out on October 30...
And Shout Factory Records is gearing up to release (finally) a DVD of the annual SXSW show, which will showcase live performances from the March festival, which took place in Austin, Texas. Eighteen performances in all will be included on the disc, with the shows taking place at both the Bat Bar and the Lone Star Lounge in Austin. Available this week, the disc, which will also include plenty of interviews and nifty backstage footage, will offer up performances from, among others, The Bravery, Peter Bjorn and John, The Polyphonic Spree, Aqualung, Rickie Lee Jones, Razorlight, Mando Diao, and Marc Broussard...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic! Now you can watch Panic! at the Disco performing acoustically on the web, complete with an appearance from +44’s Mark Hoppus on bass - check it, yo at http://www.buzznet.com/web/foe/tours/civic/featuredmedia/17904581/

MINI BUZZ:
iTunes is now set to offer up John Lennon’s back catalogue of songs for digital download, including tunes from Lennon Legend plus 15 other albums soon to be added...
The Hold Steady are hopping on board with Art Brut for a U.S. tour that’s been dubbed the NME Rock n’ Roll Riot Tour, with both bands promoting new releases - The Hold Steady’s is, of course, their year-old Boys and Girls in America, and Art Brut’s is their new set, It’s a Bit Complicated - the bands will make stops in Pontiac, MI (10/29), Chicago (10/30), Minneapolis (11/1), Seattle (11/4), Los Angeles (11/7), and Dallas (11/14)...
Swedes The Shout Out Louds will be touring this fall, too, promoting their second disc, Our Ill Wills, which will be out in a couple of weeks - the fivesome will spend their October in the U.S., playing shows in Denver, CO (10/16), Minneapolis (10/18), Chicago (10/19), and Toronto (10/22), among other cities...
The reports are true that Madonna has sold her record label, Maverick Records, back to its parent company, Warner Music Group; but the rumors are not true that Madonna will be departing Warner; she’ll remain on the label’s roster to continue making music and setting trends...

Matchbox Twenty are releasing a new single for “How Far We’ve Come” that will also include two B-side covers, namely M20’s takes on David Bowie’s “Modern Love” and the Crowes’ “Remedy”...
And Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Rolling Stones concert documentary, “Shine a Light,” has now had its release date pushed back to mid-2008 (it was originally slated for release this September), in order to give the Stones themselves time to return and recover from their European tour so they can help promote the movie...

ON CD: Rilo Kiley’s Under the Blacklight... Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum... 12 Stones’ Anthem for the Underdog... Cartel’s Cartel... Caribou’s Andorra... and Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor... ON DVD: Loreena McKennitt’s Nights from the Alhambra... An Evening of Yes Music Plus... Elvis Presley’s It Happened at the World’s Fair... and The British Beat Live, featuring TV performances from Lulu, The Zombies, Petula Clark, The Troggs, and many others... 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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