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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Ok Go, Bareilles, Dashboard go bananas

Kristi Kates - March 30th, 2009
OK Go, Bareilles, Dashboard Go Bananas
Kristi Kates 3/30/09

In another mixing of music and commerce, a number of indie-pop, classical, and rock musicians are set to become the faces of Banana Republic’s 2009 spring/summer ad campaign. The national commercial series will feature print ads, window displays, and billboards with the musicians wearing the company’s clothing. Among the artists set to model Banana Republic’s latest duds are popsters OK Go, Sara Bareilles, and Dashboard Confessional, plus saxophonist David Sanchez and edgy classical violinist David Garrett...
Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw is prepping to release a new set of “low-key” songs, dubbed Free, on March 31. DeGraw said that he “kept production minimal” in order to dispel with the usual “bells and whistles” and focus instead on the songwriting. Ten songs are tracklisted in the new set, which was recorded with a variety of DeGraw’s musician pals and collaborators; he also includes a cover of Chris Whitley’s song “Indian Summer.” DeGraw kicks off a North American tour next week in Portland, Oregon...
Pearl Jam have been constructing their upcoming new album in steps; from songwriting to recording some instrumental tracks last summer, putting demos to tape last December, and doing even more songwriting during a recent band trip to Montana. This is said to be the longest that the band has spent recording an album since their 1996 set, No Code, which was also tracked with their current producer, Brendan O’Brien; Pearl Jam is confident that the album will hit stores some time in 2009...
Franz Ferdinand, who have been critically acclaimed recently for their live performances, are taking those live shows on the road for a series of U.S. dates this April and May. The band will be playing plenty of tunes from their new album, Tonight, and they’ll be rocking stages in Seattle (4/13), Minneapolis (4/28), Chicago (4/30), Detroit (5/3), and Toronto (5/4), among other cities...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Michigan’s own Madonna will crank up her tour again this summer, adding another tour leg, which is an unusual move for the Queen of Pop. But with high demand for Maddie’s shows, she’ll play more dates in the U.K. and Europe throughout the summer season. Check out http://tickets.madonna.com for more info on her current and upcoming tour schedules...

MINI BUZZ:
The Foo Fighters have already been busily writing songs for the follow up to their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace...
West Coast punk-rockers The Bronx have confirmed the rest of the dates for their headlining tour; they’ll be rockin’ shows in Minneapolis (4/12), Chicago (4/13), Detroit (4/14), Philly (4/21), and Hoboken, New Jersey (4/22) among other stops...
The Crystal Method will offer up their newest album via Tiny E Records on May 12, complete with guest appearances from Peter Hook and Matisyahu...
Camera Obscura’s new album, My Maudlin Career is now due out on April 21, with tour dates in the UK and U.S. to accompany...
Kings of Leon plan to follow-up their U.S. breakthrough set, Only by the Night, with a new album set to arrive in fall of 2010...
Although several music festivals, including Scotland’s Hydro Connect Fest and the U.S.’s Langerado Fest, have been cancelled in the current downtrodden economy, several others are pushing forward, including All Points West (New York City), the Mile High Fest (Denver), and Michigan’s own Rothbury Music Fest, which will return on 4th of July weekend...

ON CD: Peter Bjorn and John’s Living Thing... So Many Dynamo’s The Loud Wars... Gavin DeGraw’s Free... Keith Urban’s Defying Gravity... Burn Halo’s Burn Halo... and Leonard Cohen Live in London... ON DVD, everyone’s live this week:... James Brown: Live at the Boston Garden 1968... Chris Botti Live in Boston... Leonard Cohen Live in London (the DVD)... and Stevie Nicks - Live in Chicago... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com


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