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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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TV on the Radio addresses science for next album

Kristi Kates - September 29th, 2008
TV on the Radio Addresses Science For Next Album
Brooklyn, New York band TV on the Radio have just hit the tour trail for a series of North American dates that will start off in Portland, Oregon, and make stops in Philly (10/10), Indianapolis (10/19), Chicago (10/22), and New Orleans (10/24) along the way, complete with opening acts The Dirtbombs and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. And the reason for all this busy activity? Well, the band has finally wrapped work on their third full-length album, Dear Science, which is set to arrive in stores on September 23 via Interscope Records...
The Decemberists are prepping to release a 3-volume series of singles, which will be available both digitally and on 10” vinyl records beginning October 14. Kicking off with “O New England,” the set, dubbed The Decemberists - Always the Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, will follow the first single (and its B-side) up with Volume II, “Days of Elaine,” on November 4th, and Volume III, “Record Year,” on December 2nd. The Decemberists will also make an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on the eve of Election Day, November 3...
Switchfoot have been busily working in a recording studio they’ve put together in San Diego, working on their next album, which they hope will be a spring 2009 release on their own label, the ATO-distributed Lowercase People Records. The band has been experimenting with infusing a variety of genres into their new songs, from old ‘70s rock to ‘80s pop like Devo; they started working with a couple of different producers, but eventually decided to produce the new set themselves. In addition to the new album, they took part in the Music Builds Tour to help support Habitat for Humanity, and have been assisting old label Columbia in putting together a Switchfoot Greatest Hits album that’s expected for release this fall...
And Blur’s Damon Albarn is having continued success with his pop-opera, Monkey: Journey to the West - so much so, that the show’s going to get its own purpose-built theater in London, right next to the O2 Arena in Meridian gardens. Monkey... is now set to be staged for live shows between Nov. 8th and Dec. 5th of this year, with tix on sale now at www.nme.com/gigs. Characters and music from the opera were also specially adapted for the BBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Dido is all ready to present her brand new CD - the long-awaited Safe Trip Home, which will include first single “Don’t Believe in Love” and which will hit stores on November 4th. Produced by Jon Brion and Dido along with her brother Rollo Armstrong (the trio work together under the moniker “Ark”), the album also includes one track co-written with Brian Eno. Snag a free sample track, “Look No Further,” now at Dido’s official website, www.didomusic.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Could Coldplay be ready to drop another new album in 2009, in spite of the fact that Viva La Vida just arrived? Word is that their Viva... sessions with Brian Eno were so productive, the band already has enough songs for another full-length CD...
Supergrass at set to play a one-night-only London show on December 10 in promotion of their sixth album, which hit stores earlier this year...
Snow Patrol’s latest set, A Hundred Million Sun,will drop on October 27, as recorded in Ireland and Berlin, Germany; single “Take Back the City” will precede the disc to radio...
Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has just announced details of a five-date tour set to kick off in his UK hometown of Sheffield, England on November 25; the gigs will feature fellow artists from Cocker’s record label, Rough Trade, as opening acts...
Stereophonics have just wrapped up a world tour of their own, and will now release their previously-unavailable UK chart-topping album, Pull the Pin, in the U.S. this week, to be followed by a best-of set on November 18...
And while your Express will likely stay the same size for quite some time, don’t be surprised if Rolling Stone magazine looks a little different next time you pick it up; the mag will be published in a smaller format beginning with its October 30 issue...
And here are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Oasis’ long-awaited Dig Out Your Soul... Mogwai’s The Hawk is Howling... Sarah McLachlan’s Closer (Best Of)... Mercury Rev’s Snowflake Midnight... Kaiser Chiefs’ Off With Their Heads... and The Police’s Certifiable (Live)... ON DVD: Lou Reed’s Berlin... Legends: Live at Montreux 1997... Talk Talk’s Live at Montreux 1986... and Michael Nesmith - Pacific Arts: Music and Videos... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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