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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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Black Crowes get Stuck with the U.S.

Kristi Kates - September 7th, 2009
Modern Rock
Kristi Kates 9/7/09
Black Crowes Get “Stuck” With U.S. Tour
More Black Crowes news this week - the band have announced dates for their fall North American Stuck Inside Utopia Tour, during which they’ll play songs from their as-yet-untitled upcoming album as well as familiar Black Crowes songs from their extensive back catalog of tunes. In addition to the usual BC frontmen, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the band lineup this time around will also feature guitarist Luther Dickinson, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bass player Sven Pipien, and drummer Steve Gorman. Dates will include stops in Asbury Park NJ (9/5), Virginia Beach (9/6), Burlington VT (9/17), Nashville (9/26), and Atlanta (10/3)...
U.S. network Ovation TV has teamed up with the BBC for a deal via which the highly-acclaimed and immensely popular Later... with Jools Holland show - which features musical guests in performance- will run on Ovation for the next 27 new episodes, getting a regular Thursday night, prime-time spot as of September 10. Since Later...launched in 1992 in the UK, it’s become a favorite of music fans around the world for its great mix of music and encouraging host, who is also a popular pianist and a former member of the band Squeeze. The 33rd run of the series will feature the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Fleet Foxes, Kings of Leon, Natalie Cole, The Killers, and The Streets...
Aussie rockers Jet are returning soon with their third album, Shaka Rock, this week, and they’re releasing the disc through their own Horrorshow Records/Five Seven Music, which they’ve managed to snag distribution for through EMI. You might’ve heard their first single, “She’s a Genius,” which hit radio a few weeks back; but more so than the single, the band is telling press how enthused they are that they’re now “100 percent in control” of their music career due to the new label/distribution setup...
And the legendary Whitney Houston made her comeback on September 1 with a new, as-yet-untitled album on Arista Records. Houston will be working with the likes of Akon, Sean Garrett, and will.i.am on the new album; Akon told press that “the voice is there” in reference to Houston’s ability to hit the high notes, and a duet with him, “Like I Never Left,” may be included on the new CD. Houston’s last album was way back in 2002, with the low-selling Just Whitney; the new album will be previewed and counted-down on the singer’s official website, www.whitneyhouston.com...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Yo La Tengo’s new album, Popular Songs, is now set for a September 8 release date; but you can snag a free MP3 of one of the album’s new tunes, “Periodically Double or Triple,” on their official label website, www.matadorrecords, now...

MINI BUZZ:
As if Green Day weren’t busy enough, their new musical-theater version of American Idiot is now set to debut on stage on September 4, with a run through mid-October...
After wrapping a series of North American shows back in June, Fleetwood Mac’s tour dates are continuing into fall in England...
L.A. band Health, whose second album, Get Color, is due out on September 8th, will also be touring in support of the new set, with stops in Seattle (9/12), Minneapolis (9/17), Chicago (9/18), Toronto (9/19), and Philly (9/25)...
Noise-dance producer/artist Pictureplane will actually head out on tour with the abovementioned Health, in promotion of Pictureplane’s own new album, Dark Rift...
The Specials will hop on their ska-infused tour bus for a set of a dozen UK tour dates this winter, kicking the jaunt off in Wales on November 1st and wrapping it up in London the end of November...
Gainesville, Florida officials have renamed the city’s downtown plaza after late rock n’ roll legend and former Florida resident Bo Diddley; the locale has been named The Bo Diddley Community Plaza...
ON CD: The Elms’ The Great American Midrange... David Bazan’s Curse Your Branches... Creed’s Full Circle... Apples in Stereo’s #1 Hits Explosion... and Matisyahu’s Light... ON DVD: Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer ... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

 
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