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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Bono and The Edge bring Spiderman to Broadway

Kristi Kates - October 12th, 2009
Modern Rock
Kristi Kates 10/12/09
Bono and The Edge Bring
Spiderman to Broadway

More details are gradually being revealed about U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge’s venture into Broadway with their show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which takes Spidey from his comic book/movie roots to the big stage. Tix for the show are already in advance presale, even though Broadway previews don’t begin until January 16 of next year (the show officially opens February 18) - oh, and did we mention it’s a musical? Bono said in a recent interview that he and The Edge wanted to put the punk rock and comic book aspects of pop culture into a blender to see what they get. Keep an eye on all of the details - including casting, none of which has been confirmed as of yet, at http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com...
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently celebrating one of the most notable musical scenes of all time - namely the NYC punk scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Looking at Music: Side 2 is an exhibit devoted specifically to all of the music and artwork that happened during that era, and it will include exhibit items from the likes of CBGB, Patti Smith, Basquiat, and Sonic Youth, among others, plus dozens of old photos of iconic NYC bands as shot by the major rock photogs of the day. Visitors will also be able to hear stories by the artists themselves as told via an audio tour, and music that was recorded live at the city’s clubs. Looking at Music: Side 2 will run through November 30th of this year...
Massive Attack have revealed plans for an immense world tour to support the upcoming release of their fifth album, which will hit stores this fall. MA have already confirmed over 40 dates, beginning with three London shows, and they say that the full schedule is likely to include a whopping 150 shows, including U.S. dates and shows in Asia, and Eastern and Southern Europe. Massive Attack first debuted several of the new songs at their 2008 Meltdown Festival; the album will be released this month on EMI Records...
And the defunct Elektra Records label has returned after five years of being dormant - Fueled by Ramen President John Janick and A&R VP Mike Caren, they have teamed up to bring the label back to life. The iconic imprint was previously label home to such acts as The Doors, Missy Elliot, Bjork, and The Pixies, and the new label will be making an attempt to live up to such diverse signings; their new roster so far includes Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo, French electronica duo Justice, and dance-pop singer Little Boots...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you like George Harrison’s music, and you like electronica, then chances are you’ll really dig the band thenewno2. None other than George’s son, singer-songwriter Dhani Harrison, fronts the band (his main band collaborator is pal Oli Hecks, although the band itself expands even more for live shows), and the songs blend psychedelic guitars with ambient loops and dark, thoughtful pop; they recently made a great splash at this year’s Lollapalooza fest. Listen and see what you think at
www.thenewno2.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Mission of Burma are back this week with their new Matador Records album, The Sound, The Speed, and The Light; the album is broken up into four different suites of songs...
Indie duo Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) and Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian) have rebooked their earlier cancelled May shows for this month, in continued preview support of their upcoming November CD release, Sunday at Devil Dirt...
U2 are continuing their tour with more tour dates this month, including stops in Phoenix (10/20), Las Vegas (10/23), and Vancouver, BC (10/28)...
Kings of Leon have launched their own record label, a joint venture with an L.A. music publisher for which the first release will be the latest album from fellow Tennessee band The Features...
Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas’ first solo live performance DVD, Rob Thomas: Something to Be Tour - Live at Red Rocks is in stores now...
And if you’ve yet to snag a copy of Mos Def’s newest album, The Ecstatic, you can get it in a unique format - namely, a T-shirt, which embeds a URL and code in the shirt so purchasers can download the album’s music, and get some cool duds, too...
Hoping to be unique in your music collection are this week’s new discs... ON CD: La Roux’s La Roux... Air’s Love 2... Neon Indian’s Psychic Charms... and Lyle Lovett’s as-yet-untitled latest... ON DVD: Kurt Cobain: About a Son... and Wynton Marsalis - Chops ... 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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