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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Monsters of Folk, Super Group give back

Kristi Kates - November 16th, 2009
Monsters of Folk
Supergroup Give Back
Monsters of Folk - the cool, folky supergroup that consists of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, singer-songwriter M. Ward, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James - released their debut album back in June, and have spent much of their fall on the road in America. The uber-collaborative band, whose live shows include them frequently switching instruments and trading their band roles throughout the set, have also partnered up with Air Traffic Control, a resource for musicians’ philanthropic work, to donate monies raised from their tour tix sales; the band will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to local non-profit organizations. More U.S. dates may be added, but for now, the Europeans are the lucky ones, as Monsters of Folk have just a few dates left in November, including stops in London (11/17), Paris (11/18), and The Hague, Holland (11/21)...
If you like music - especially that of Weezer - and if you like discovering new artists, then check out the complilation disc Fresh Cuts Volume 4, direct from the Guitar Center folks. Part of an ongoing series, the CD is part of Guitar Center’s GAIN program, which helps give Guitar Center employees an outlet for their own music; the current 18-track CD features recordings by a variety of GC staff, hand-picked by none other than Weezer from a pool of employee submissions. An exclusive track from Weezer, Everybody Go Away, is also included on the CD, but get yours quickly, because the album’s free, and once all 50,000 CDs are gone, they’re gone; check online for your local or regional Guitar Center at www.guitarcenter.com...
East Coast punk/cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls are set to reunite for a 2010 tour, the first time they’ll be working together since their self-imposed friendly hiatus in 2008. The band took a break so that singer Amanda Palmer could release her solo album (and spend some time with new writer boyfriend Neil Gaiman), while the other half of the pair, Brian Viglione, kept busy playing drums for the Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay on the latter’s solo album, and for his side project band the World/Inferno Friendship Society. No specific dates or announcements of new recordings have been posted yet for the Dresden Dolls, but we’ll keep you posted...

Tonic, who most recently released their Best Of collection, have begun work on a new album that will mark the band’s first new release together in a half-dozen years. The new set will also serve as follow-up to their 2002 Grammy-nominated set. The band plans to record the new tunes in both Los Angeles and Nashville, and to release it on their new label, 429 Records; Tonic says that they’ve already written some “good songs,” and they’re getting together to write more. The new Tonic album is expected to hit stores in early 2010...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Shawn Fogel, who plays guitar, bass, drums, synth, and saxophone, Golden Bloom’s new album was just released this past August, and the band is already raking in the praise from music publications nationwide. Download the cool free track “If You Believe” from GB’s album Fan the Flames and see what you think - snag the tune at www.goldenbloom.net...

MINI BUZZ:
The hip Asthmatic Kitty label has launched a new album series called Library Catalog Music that will feature instrumentals designed to accompany various happenings (dinner parties, movie premieres, etc.) or to “sell product”; the first three installments are by James McAlister and Pedro the Lion’s Casey Foubert...
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are now back on active duty, according to Pepper Chad Smith; RHCP have been pretty much inactive since September of 2007 in order to give the band members a break and allow them to work on various other projects, but now they’re doing some informal jamming as a precursor to beginning songwriting on a new set...
Kelly Clarkson has added more tour dates to her already-busy schedule, including stops in Calgary, Canada (11/20), Seattle (11/24), Reno, Nevada (11/28), Beaumont, Texas (12/5), and Columbus, Georgia (12/10)...
The Third Annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival (could their name be any longer?) has just been set for June 3rd through the 5th, 2010, in Enterprise, Alabama; headliners will include The Black Crowes, Jamey Johnson, and Kid Rock...
The Decemberists have a trio of tour dates happening this month - 11/18 at London’s Forum, 11/19 at the same city’s Coronet club, and on 11/21 at the European Crossing Border Festival...
Switchfoot are releasing their seventh studio album, Hello Hurricane, next week; it will be the band’s first album at new label, Atlantic Records...
And these are the discs hoping to be selected for your CD/DVD collection this week... ON CD: Michelle Branch’s Everything... Switchfoot’s Hello Hurricane... Say Anything’s Say Anything... Train’s Save Me San Francisco... and 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen’s eponymous debut, Kris Allen... ON DVD: Muse: Burning Skies and Elvis Presley - The Concise Elvis: Memphis ... 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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