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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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C‘mon and listen to the music of The Who

Kristi Kates - February 8th, 2010
C’mon and Listen to the Music of The Who
There’s one modern rockin’ concert scheduled for New York City’s Carnegie Hall on March 2 - producer Michael Dorf has assembled quite an impressive list of performers for Music of The Who, which will pay tribute to the influential British rock band. No word yet on if Pete Townshend or Roger Daltrey will show up - but attendees will get to hear Who songs interpreted by the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, The Smithereens, Living Colour, Sondre Lerche, The Postelles, Gov’t Mule, and Robyn Hitchcock, among others. Dorf - who’s staged similar events to honor Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and R.E.M. - says the Who tribute performance will be “one of the most memorable shows yet.” For more info, check out www.carnegiewho.com...
Big news for Massive Attack fans this week - the band is releasing their fifth album, Heligoland, on V Records on February 9, and it’s their first studio full-length since 2003. MA collaborate with a pile of guests on this set, including Blur’s Damon Albarn, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and new tracks include “Flat of the Blade,” “Babel,” and “Psyche,” plus two tracks from the band’s previously-released EP, Splitting the Atom (“Pray for Rain” and the EP’s title track)...
In festival news, there’s one event that you won’t have to wait all the way until summer to see; namely, the charity-focused fest Harvest of Hope, which is set to run from March 12 through the 14th in St. Augustine, Florida. Echoing last year’s event, a large portion of ticket sales will go to the non-profit Harvest of Hope Foundation, which provides aid to migrant farmworkers. This year’s festival lineup will include sets from Billy Bragg, Rogue Wave, Anti-Flag, Delta Spirit, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Sea Wolf, and Matt Pond PA, among others - around 100 bands in all - and tix are on sale now at www.harvestofhopefest.com...
Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who’s been collaborating on a supergroup project called Them Crooked Vultures with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, says that the band isn’t just a one-off event, but will continue to crank out albums and live performances. The Vultures released their eponymous debut disc in November, and Grohl says that a second album is already in the pre-planning stages, as they have some unfinished songs left over from their first set of recording sessions for the debut CD...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Music for Relief is working in partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Central Emergency Response Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and Dave Matthews Band’s BAMA Works Haitian relief effort to offer Download to Donate Haiti: A Compilation of Unreleased Music on the www.musicrelief.org website. You’ll snag songs from Alanis Morissette, The All-American Rejects, Kenna, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Gabriel, the aforementioned DMB, and more, and you’ll also be assisting the struggling people in Haiti who are working to recover from the catastrophic earthquake...

MINI BUZZ:
The 2010 AltPress Tour is set to hit the streets in Dallas, Texas on March 19, complete with stops in Seattle (4/3), Chicago (4/10), Nashville (4/15), Pittsburgh PA (5/4), Toronto (5/5), and Detroit (5/6); bands on this year’s trek will include Hey Monday, Never Shout Never, and Every Avenue...
The Gaslight Anthem have reportedly already begun work with producer Ted Hutt on their next album, which will serve as the follow-up to their critically acclaimed set The ‘59 Sound; early hints from the band suggest that there may be a little of a disco influence on the new tunes...
Long-dormant singer Julian Lennon (yes, John’s son), who recently reentered the recording studio after a 10 year hiatus to record the song “Lucy” in tribute to the recently passed Lucy Vodden of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamond,” fame, stayed in the studio a little longer, and now has a new album on the way...
Peter Gabriel will drop an orchestral covers album next week; the set, titled Scratch My Back, includes Gabriel’s takes on songs by David Bowie (“Heroes”), Elbow (“Mirrorball”), and Talking Heads (“Listening Wind”), among others...
R.E.M. have released a free R.E.M. iPhone app that will include a tourist’s guide to the band’s hometown of Athens, Georgia, in addition to song clips, photos, vids, and recording updates...
And Billboard Magazine has named Nickelback as the biggest-selling band of the past decade - feel free to scoff if you must, but they sold over 30 million albums worldwide...
And hoping to sell at least a reasonable fraction of that amount are this week’s new releases... ON CD: The Silent League’s ...But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker... Sade’s Soldier of Love... and Hot Chip’s One Left Stand... ON DVD: Michael Jackson’s This Is It Widescreen... and If It Ain’t Cheap, It Ain’t Punk: Fifteen Years of Plan-It X Records ... 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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