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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Alex Turner: From Monkeys to Shadow Puppets

Kristi Kates - March 3rd, 2008
Alex Turner: From Monkeys to Shadow Puppets
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner is making good use of the band’s current temporary hiatus by kicking off a new band project that he’s calling The Last Shadow Puppets. Teaming up with his musical pal Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets are set to release their debut album, The Age of the Understatement, on Domino Records this upcoming May. Produced by James Ford and featuring the conducting skills of Owen Pallett, who conducted the London Metropolitan Orchestra on several tracks, the set will be prefaced by a single, the album’s title track, which will hit radio and digital download formats on April 15; other tracks set for inclusion on the album are “Calm Like You,” “The Chamber,” “Black Plant,” and “Meeting Place”...
Four long years after their last studio effort, Phantom Planet are making a return with their new set, Raise the Dead, on their new label, Fueled By Ramen, this spring. After a lineup change and some busy tour times with Sting and ‘60s band The Zombies, the band got back in the studio late in 2006, and took 18 months to record songs from “Geronimo,” to the album’s expected first single, “Do the Panic” - Raise the Dead is scheduled to hit stores on April 15. The band is also slated to take part in the upcoming Honda Civic Tour with tourmates Motion City Soundtrack, Panic! at the Disco, and The Hush Sound; that tour begins on April 10 on the U.S. West Coast...
A couple of festivals have solidified their plans for this upcoming summer; on July 11-13, Kinross, Scotland will be the place to be for the T in the Park Festival, which will feature the likes of Interpol, Aphex Twin, Kaiser Chiefs, The Fratellis, Stereophonics, Ian Brown, The Chemical Brothers, The Kooks, KT Tunstall, Counting Crows, Hot Chip, Ben Folds, and The Pogues, alongside headliners R.E.M. and Rage Against the Machine. T in the Park will also feature the NME/Radio 1 Stage, which will present sets from The Raconteurs, among others...
And back in the States, the All Points West Music and Arts Festival has announced its full lineup, which will take place not on the West Coast (as would be expected), but on the East Coast, namely Jersey City, at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. The weekend of August 8-10 will welcome this new event, as produced by the folks behind the Coachella Festival, with headliners Radiohead and Jack Johnson, and additional acts including Underworld, Kings of Leon, Youssou N’Dour, The Roots, Metric, The Go! Team, Mates of State, and plenty of others, with crowds of 25,000 expected per day...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
English singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt’s critically and fan-acclaimed album, The Beautiful Lie, was released back in 2006, but for one technical reason or another, never got a U.S. release date, forcing Harcourt fans to try and find the album as an import; now the disc is heading for America, with a June 3 release date and Harcourt himself appearing at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. Find out more about the album and Harcourt himself at
www.edharcourt.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Police have tacked on a string of summer dates for May and June in North America and Europe, and they’ve snagged Elvis Costello and the Imposters as opening act...
Wallflowers frontman (and Bob Dylan’s son) Jakob Dylan has finished recording his solo debut album, Seeing Things, and it will now be in stores on May 13, supported by a spring tour by the singer-songwriter...
The Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am has been tapped for his acting skills in the next X-Men movie; Will.i.am will play Wraith, a mutant with the power of invisibility in the spinoff X-Men movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with his co-stars including Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth, Danny Huston as Stryker, and of course Hugh Jackman as Wolverine himself...
Popster Justin Timberlake will be flexing his acting muscle in another movie, too, namely The Open Road, in which Timberlake will play a baseball player alongside co-stars Jeff Bridges and Mary Steenburgen...
Moby, Mos Def, and 311 rocked the crowd with their shared headlining duties at this year’s University of California Riverside’s Heat Festival last weekend...
Swedish modern rockers Shout Out Louds are prepping to release a new EP on April 8; their Impossible EP will include several mixes of the tune “Impossible” as well as “Hard Rain” and “December”...
And it’s possible that you just might want some of this week’s releases for your very own... ON CD: Heavenly States’ Delayer... Various Artists’ Funky Nassau: Compass Point Story 1980-1986... Beach House’s Devotion... American Music Club’s The Golden Age... Bell XI’s Flock... and Son Lux’s At War With Walls and Mazes... ON DVD: Nickelback: Ultimate Video Collection... America: Live in Central Park 1979... Take That - Beautiful World Live... and B.B. King Live... 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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