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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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Muse Predict September date for a new set

Kristi Kates - March 23rd, 2009
Muse Predict September Date for New Set
Muse have been working diligently on their fifth studio album since last summer, and now are predicting a September release date for the new set, which will likely be followed by a European tour. Still untitled, the album has plenty of orchestral elements that will remain familiar to Muse’s existing fans, plus a song that the band says was written “in three parts” that’s been an ongoing process for several years; they hope to make this epic number the album’s closing track...
The Hold Steady are set to offer up their first live album and docu-DVD on April 7 via Vagrant Records. The disc, which showcases a Hold Steady Halloween show at Chicago’s Metro in 2007, has been titled A Positive Rage and will include plenty familiar Hold Steady tracks as well as a duo of unreleased tunes, “40 Bucks” and “Spectres.” The documentary portion of the set follows the band around during their 2006 international tour. Next up for The Hold Steady is teaming up with Counting Crows for a run of overseas tour dates in May...
OK Go are hitting the road this week for some tour dates that will help preview and test songs from their next album, which will serve as the follow-up to their 2005 set, Oh No. In a little change-up for the band, frontman Damian Kulash says they were influenced more by soul and Motown than by their own power-pop, so they’ve taken away a lot of their usual guitar work and replaced it with strings, horns, and club beats. The band will play around a dozen dates on the brief tour trek...
And Coldplay are set to kick off a big North American tour on July 10. Their dates will begin in Portland, Oregon, and will run so far through mid-August, with more dates TBA. Coldplay recently won three awards at the Grammys, and were also the feature subject of a special segment during the pre-Grammys episode of 60 Minutes. Coldplay’s tour stops will include San Diego (7/16), Dallas (7/21), and Toronto (7/29)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Indie rockers and Merge Records founders Superchunk will release a new 5-track EP of songs on April 7 via their own label. Leaves in the Gutter will serve as Superchunk’s first - and highly anticipated - release of tunes since their 2001 album, and will let fans hear the band’s new songs early. Check out all the info online at www.superchunk.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Scott Weiland has announced that Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert and Dean DeLeo have been writing music, and that the band will release a return album sometime in 2010...
American Idol runner-up slash-Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson is set to team up with R&B singer slash-Timberlake wannabe Robin Thicke for a five-week U.S. tour kicking off the end of March...
The National will trek around in May for a short North American tour in order to test out some new songs; tour stops will include Toronto (5/21), Boston (5/23), Washington DC (5/24), Atlanta (5/27), and Philly (5/29)...
TV on the Radio have been tapped to perform at Central Park’s Summerstage in NYC; they’ll play a benefit on June 5 to raise funds to assist the season of free entertainment that takes place in the park each year...
The Antlers’ new album, In the Attic of the Universe, is said to chronicle the band’s evolution from pop to shoegaze, and is in stores now...
And in spite of the demise of several summer music festivals already this year, the Bonnaroo fest will attempt to continue onward, with headliners Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, and Crystal Castles...
ON CD: Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted... Pet Shop Boys’ latest...... Dan Deacon’s Bromst... Royksoop’s Junior... The Get Up Kids’ Something to Write Home About... and The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love... ON DVD: Taylor Hicks’ Whomp at the Warfield... Hall and Oates’ Live at the Troubadour... Pete Doherty: Grace/Wastelands...and Neil Young’s Fork in the Road... 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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