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A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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Three can‘t miss shows

- October 5th, 2009
3 Can’t-Miss Shows
10/5/09
Umphrey’s McGee brings on jam band sounds
A band has just got to be great to justify a weird name like Umphrey’s McGee, and word has it that the jam band from South Bend, Indiana delivers the goods.
According to their bio: “The band shuttles between styles with precision, from straight-up pop and rock to jazz, prog-metal, and classical. If you can name it, chances are Umphrey’s can play it.”
Drawn from students at the University of Notre Dame, the six-member band got its start playing college audiences in the late-’90s and were soon hailed as heirs to the Phish legacy. Through the years, they’ve been the toast of Rolling Stone magazine (as featured in the “Hot” issue), Blender, Billboard and other publications. The Washington Post named the band “rock’s undisputed lord of sonic shape-shifting.”
The band has appeared at both the Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo festivals. Currently, they’re promoting their 2007 album, Safety in Numbers - a double album that includes an acoustic and electric disc.
The band performs this Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the City Opera House in Traverse City, with the Macpodz opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 on the day of the show. Info: www.porterhouseproductions.com

Rains pours on the stories

Also from Indiana is Rains, headed up by tattoo artist Jeff Rains, who says his music is about “telling stories about dreams and friendship to failure and abuse.
Hailing from Fort Wayne, Jeff’s five-piece band includes his wife and brother. The act has been playing sold-out shows around the Midwest, including a prior appearance at The Terminal in TC. Musically, expect power-pop and modern rock sounds from tunes like “Hurricane” and “Look in My Eyes.” In fact, the band sounds eerily like The Verve Pipe, a ‘90s regional band that also specialized in “telling stories,” most notably with their hit, “The Freshmen,” about teen suicide.
Rains performs Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Terminal in TC in a free show for those 21 and up, with a $10 charge for those aged 18-20. See www.theterminaltc.com for info.

The Red Elvises bring Moscow rock
Back for their annual pilgrimage to Traverse City, The Red Elvises are a Russian/American band that kicks out a hard rock sound, along with surf-punk, rockabilly, reggae and corny lounge music -- always with a grin and a wink.
With songs like “Drinking With Jesus,” “I Wanna See You Bellydance” and “Twist Like Uma Thurman” along with a jumbo balalaika/bass guitar, the band treads ironic territory similar to that of The Electric Six.
The band is the brainchild of Igor Yuzov and Oleg Bernov, two Russians who were living in Los Angeles in 1995. Initially, they performed as street musicians at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Band members came and went through the years in a mix of Russian/American solidarity. In 1999 and 2002, the band released CDs in the Russian language, which went over well in their home country. Today, they perform in Russia every summer, employing a different lineup of Russian musicians. And every fall you’ll find them at Union Street Station in TC, with the upcoming show on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.
 
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