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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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On the Catwalk with Rockin‘ Fashions

Kristi Kates - July 12th, 2007
On the Catwalk with Rockin’ Fashions
Celebrating “the synergy that exists between music and fashion,” the 4th Annual Fashion Rocks event is now set to hit NYC’s Radio City Music Hall on September 6. Hosted this year by actor Jeremy Piven, the models will do their little turns on the catwalk to live performances from the likes of Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith, and Santana, among others. If you can’t make it to the actual event, you can watch what you missed the very next day, as CBS will be airing the show as a two-hour special event on Sept. 7...

A terrific box set is on the way from champion compilation label Rhino Records, who have put together tracks from a whopping 78 Britpop bands spanning the years 1985-2000. Titled The Brit Box: UK, Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit Pop Gems of the Last Millennium, the four-disc set will hit stores on Oct. 2 and will include tracks from - well, pretty much every notable British group you could think of, from The Smiths, The Charlatans UK, The Stone Roses, The Sundays, Ride, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin all the way up to Stereolab, Blur, Oasis, and Pulp...

Copenhagen indie rockers Figurines will be dropping their latest album this upcoming September; recorded in Sweden with co-producer Jeremy Lemos (whom the band imported all the way from - whee! - Chicago), the album will be prefaced by the first single, “Hey, Girl,” on Aug. 7. The single track will be available on iTunes, and the album, which will be accompanied by a statewide tour for the band, will be titled When the Deer Wore Blue...

And the 18th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards wrapped up in Toronto last week, with Toronto band Billy Talent heading the winners’ list by snagging three MuchMusic awards, including the People’s Choice Award for Top Canadian Band. The night’s other big winner included Avril Lavigne, who won Best International Video by a Canadian and Favorite Canadian Artist; performers for the evening included Maroon 5, the aforementioned Billy Talent, Belly, and Fergie, who later took the award for Best International Video Artist...


MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Iceland’s much-anticipated Airwaves Festival has announced the details for its 2007 event, which will now run from Oct.17 through the 21st; headliners include !!!, Of Montreal, Bloc Party, Mugison, Gus Gus, Annuals, and more TBA. Keep a chilly eye on the proceedings for more details at
www.icelandairwaves.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Beastie Boys, currently promoting their latest album, The Mix-Up, have extended their world tour and will now also play live in Philly (8/1), NYC (8/8), Denver (8/16 and 8/17), and Berkeley, California (8/25)...
Clap your hands loudly for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who will also be setting out on a national tour in support of their second album. The troupe will hit the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Aug. 4, and will then criss-cross the country until their last appearance at October’s Voodoo Music Experience Fest in New Orleans..
Just in case you weren’t already trying hard to choose which summer music fests you were going to attend, here’s another to consider - the brand new Treasure Island Music Festival will arrive on September 15th on its namesake island in San Francisco Bay, and will feature sets from Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, Spoon, and DJ Shadow, among others...
This year’s Siren Fest (which cool you, of course, already knew about) will take place again this year at New York’s Coney Islan. The free event will feature acts We Are Scientists, The Detroit Cobras, Elvis Perkins, and the Twilight Sad, as well as several DJ sets...
Beirut are prepping to release their next album, which will serve as the follow-up to their critical smash Gulag Orkestar. The new set will hit stores on October 9th, and has yet to be titled...
Yes, the rumors are true - it’s time to spice up your life, people of the world, spice up your life, every boy and every girl, with the reunited Spice Girls (all five of ‘em) who are setting out to re-bring Girl Power to the masses with an eight-country tour and an upcoming greatest hits compilation that should hit stores in November; it will be the first time the group has sung together since 1998...

And for their first time on CD stores shelves, we present this week’s new releases... ON CD: Crowded House’s Time on Earth... Ghosts’ World Outside... Velvet Revolver’s Libertad... Hawkwind’s Space Ritual... Silverstein’s Arrivals and Departures...and the soundtrack for the movie Transformers, with tunes from the likes of Mutemath, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, and Taking Back Sunday... ON DVD: Madonna: The Performance Review... Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer... Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron... and U2: The DVD Collector’s Box... 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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