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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Fiery Furnaces craft a sound of silence

Kristi Kates - January 18th, 2010
Fiery Furnaces Craft A Sound of Silence
The Fiery Furnaces are striking out to take a stand on file-sharing - although given the obscure wording of their recent press announcement, it’s a little difficult to tell which side they’re on - by making the production of their next album a “Silent Record” that will “consist of instruction, conventional music notation, graphic music notation...” and a good half-dozen other items. Once the album is released, the Furnaces will reportedly organize a series of “Fan-Band Concerts,” via which groups of Furnaces fans will “perform, interpret, contradict, ignore, and so on” the compositions that make up the Silent Record. Fans can write to the band at thefieryfurnacesemail@gmail.com to nominate their local venue (“post office break room, truck stop parking lot, municipal arts center, etc.) for one of the shows. Should be interesting...
The Cranberries began touring again for the first time in seven years in Baltimore, Maryland, this past November, complete with the band’s original lineup of guitarist Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, Fergal Lawler, and of course singer Dolores O’Riordan, and have been writing, as well. More touring is being planned for this year, including stops in Europe, South America, and Russia, as well as more possible North American dates; fans can expect plenty of Cranberries hits such as “Dreams,” “Linger,” and “Zombie,” as well as some of O’Riordan’s solo material and some Cranberries B-sides. As far as that writing goes, O’Riordan says the band will “move slowly” towards a possible new Cranberries album, so we’ll just have to wait and see...
The classical opera that pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been working on has finally been completed, and it’s pretty much pop-free, according to Wainwright; instead, it contains “elements of Puccini and Ravel” plus arias and duets. The opera, Prima Donna, is now set to premiere in North America in June of 2010 at the Luminato Arts Festival in Toronto, Ontario. In addition, the prolific musician recently released the live album and DVD Milwaukee at Last! on which he worked with documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles to record Wainwright’s performance with a seven-piece band in Milwaukee; and he’s also working on a solo piano and voice record that’s expected to be released this spring...
Kraftwerk were so encouraged by the success of their 2009 live shows that they’re now aiming at 2010 for the release of their first new album since 2003. Although the band has yet to hone in on a sound for the new set, they’ve already started making tentative plans for touring to follow the new album’s release. In the meantime, Kraftwerk fans can check out The Catalogue,the eight-disc boxed Kraftwerk set that was released late last year to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the band’s first hit; The Catalogue contains all the Kraftwerk albums released between 1974-2003, each remastered and with special packaging...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
A plethora of free outdoor concerts have been added to the schedule for the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games, which will take place this year in Vancouver and Whistler (Canada) from February 12 to the 28th. The Olympic concerts lineup will include Wilco, whose February performance will launch their 2010 TransCanada Tour, as well as additional shows from Sam Roberts Band, Malajube, and Blue Rodeo, among others; get more info on the games and associated events at www.vancouver2010.com...

MINI BUZZ:
The Courteeners have wrapped work on their sophomore set, and they’ve dubbed it Falcon; the new album, the band’s follow-up to their 2007 release, St Jude, will hit stores this upcoming February...
Kylie Minogue has just released a live album - Kylie Live in New York was recorded at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom during Minogue’s North American tour this past autumn, and the set is available as a download...
Brooklyn band The Antlers have snagged the opening band spot for hot British band Editors; the buzz bands’ tour will see them making stops in San Diego (2/9), Chicago (2/15), Toronto (2/16), Philly (2/20), and Washington DC (2/21)...
Influential classic rocker Eric Clapton has added dates to his tour schedule, including shows in Pittsburgh PA (2/15), Memphis TN (3/5), and Atlanta GA (3/9)...
Heavy rockers Like a Storm have snagged the opening spot for the 2010 tour of Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and Skillet, which will run January 22 through February 12th...
The Who have been confirmed as the half-time act for this year’s Super Bowl football game in February...
And if you’re looking to buy some new music, well, you’re in luck, because it’s a great week for new releases... ON CD: Editors’ In This Light and on This Evening... Eels’ End Times... and Spoon’s Transference ON DVD: Cliff and the Shadows: The Final Reunion ... 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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