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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Take a Chicago road trip to the Pitchfork Music Festival

Kristi Kates - April 5th, 2010
Take a Chicago Roadtrip to the Pitchfork Music Festival
The 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival has confirmed this year’s dates and artists, and it’s an event you’ll definitely want to save up and plan a road trip for. Set to be held at Chicago’s Union Park on July 16th through the 18th, tix are on sale already for the big show(s) at www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com, and you’ll likely want to get those tickets early so you can catch all three days of performances. Friday will feature top indie-rockers Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday will offer up shows by LCD Soundsystem, St. Vincent, Here We Go Magic, and a special appearance by the legendary Pavement on Sunday night. Even more bands will be announced and added to the schedule as the festival nears, so keep an eye on that web address, too...
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are planning out a collaboration with Yoko Ono; the trio will reportedly record a album together, a likely pairing since Ono has been an influence on Gordon’s vocals for years. Ono recently revived her Plastic Ono Band in Brooklyn, NY, with Sonic Youth as part of that show alongside an eclectic lineup that included Eric Clapton, Scissor Sisters, Sean Lennon, Paul Simon, Harper Simon, Bette Midler, and Martha Wainwright; that particular show marked Ono’s 77th birthday. As far as Sonic Youth’s performances go, they’ve got several tour dates planned, but not in the U.S. at the moment; you’ll have to go to Spain and Portugal to see them this April, where they have a quartet of concerts booked...
The Spice Girls are set to be the subject of a new musical show put together by the same producer that helmed “Mamma Mia!,” the megahit that paid musical-theater tribute to Swedish band ABBA. Producer Judy Craymer, working with American Idol creator Simon Fuller, are prepping the show, tenatively dubbed Viva Forever, as based on the songs of the British bubblegum-pop group; the band members themselves will not show up in Viva Forever, but will instead be a storyline following a similar friendship-based tale of “fact and fiction” according to Craymer. Viva Forever is set to debut on London’s West End, and will most likely head to Broadway shortly thereafter...
Former Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante is working on yet another band project; he’s dubbed this one Swahili Blonde, and plans to release the project’s debut album this summer. Although the band itself is actually a duo - Frusciante along with percussionist Nicole Turley - the album will feature guest appearances by Devo’s Alan Meyer and Duran Duran’s John Taylor, among others; the new album will be released on CD, LP, and digitally. Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers are still working on their latest studio album, which will be their first with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaces Frusciante in the RHCP...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The Apples in Stereo have made a trailer for - no, not a movie, but their upcoming new album, Travellers in Space and Time. The album is due out on April 20th on Yep Roc Records, but you can check out the video trailer now at www.stepthroughtheportal.com; the vid itself features The Apples in Stereo performing the album’s first single, “Dance Floor”...

MINI BUZZ:
Seattle band Minus the Bear have newly signed with Dangerbird Records, and will release their first set to their new label this spring...
Primal Scream are set to perform their classic 1991 album, Screamadelica, in its entirety in London on November 27th; it will mark the first time they’ve played the entire album live...
Indie-rockers The Hold Steady have completed their first album since the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay; dubbed Heaven is Whenever, it’s set to hit stores on May 4th...
For you country music fans, Jimmy Dean, Billy Sherrill, Don Williams, and Ferlin Husky will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year...
Madison, Wisconsin has drawn up an unusual resolution - one to make the members of Wilco honorary citizens of the city of Madison. The interesting part is that the mayor of Duluth, Minnesota recently made Wilco an official “Honorary Duluth Band” - so it’s basically a (humorous) battle between the cities to garner Wilco’s favor...
Speaking of Thirty Seconds to Mars, they’ve added a North American leg to their Into the Wild Tour, which will now include stops in Chicago (4/16), Detroit (4/17), Philly (4/24), Denver (5/7), and Seattle (5/10)...

And these new discs are being thrown ‘into the wild’ for your purchase this week... ON CD: Galaxie 500’s On Fire/Peel Sessions... MGMT’s Congratulations... Social Code’s Rock N’ Roll... and Pat Benetar’s Greatest Hits... ON DVD: The White Stripes’ Under Great Northern Lights Live... and Herman’s Hermits - Listen, People ... 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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