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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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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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