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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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