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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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U2 to perform in East Lansing & Chicago

Kristi Kates - April 19th, 2010
U2 To Perform in East Lansing and Chicago
U2’s 360 World Tour is returning to North America this June, and the band has selected a plethora of opening acts to support their many shows. Lenny Kravitz will be first up, supporting 360 concerts in Salt Lake City (6/3), Denver (6/12), and Anaheim, California (6/6); The Fray will take on shows in Seattle (6/20), Edmonton (6/23), and Oakland, California (6/16); and Interpol will open the evenings in Toronto (7/3), Chicago (7/6), Miami (7/9), Philly (7/12), Minneapolis (6/27), and East Lansing, Michigan (6/30.) U2 will head back over to Europe in August, where they’ll play additional dates in Germany, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Spain, among other destinations...
The rustic-sounding (but actually quite hipster) inaugural Truck America Festival has been scheduled for April 30 to May 2 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York; the fest, which is the American sister event to Oxfordshire, UK’s Truck Festival, has already snagged White Rabbits, Mercury Rev, Neil Halstead, Hopewell, and The Joy Formidable for its show lineup...
Bombay Bicycle Club, whose latest album is 2009’s I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, are currently whipping together a quick acoustic album that they plan to offer up in May or June of this year. Guitarist Jamie MacColl says that the band are simultaneously working on their next full-length proper/regular studio album, too, for which they’re still seeking a producer...
And former Morcheeba vocalist Skye - aka Shirley Klarise Yonavive Edwards - is set to rejoin the band she helped make famous. She just performed with them for the first time since 2003 at Switzerland’s Caprices Festival last week, and is also working again with the band in the studio on a new Morcheeba album. The album, which is currently untitled, is due for release this summer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Broken Social Scene are offering up a free MP3 from their fourth studio album - namely, the over-six-minute-long “World Sick” track, which you can download at www.brokensocialscene.ca. The band’s album, tentatively titled Forgiveness Rock Record, is due in-stores on May 4...

MINI BUZZ:
Los Campesinos! are promoting their own newest album, Romance is Boring, with both North American and European tour dates this spring...
Jose Gonzalez is reforming his band Juniper with Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya, with an album expected later this year...
James Lavelle and Pablo Clements - better known as UNKLE - are dropping their latest electronica/hip-hop/psychedelia album, Where Did the Night Fall, on May 10; the set will include appearances from Autolux, The Black Angels, and Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan...
Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley is working with Ministry band member Chris Connely on a new band that they’ve dubbed The High Confessions...
Japandroids have announced that they’ve just started releasing a new series of singles for 2010, with each single set to contain a previously unreleased tune plus a Japandroids cover of various songs that influenced them as a band...
And Sigur Ros member Jonsi will promote his new solo album, Go, with a series of North American tour dates, including stops in Denver (4/21), Minneapolis (4/24 and 4/25), Chicago (4/28), Toronto (5/1 and 5/2), and NYC (5/8 and 5/9)...
ON CD: Disappears’ Lux... BoDeans’ Mr. Sad Clown... Peter Wolf’s Midnight Souvenirs... Monster Movie’s Everyone is a Ghost... Sevendust’s Cold Day Memory... and Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma... 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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