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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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This summer‘s Rothbury Fest not happening

Kristi Kates - February 15th, 2010
This Summer’s Rothbury Fest Not Happening
As Rolling Stone quoted last week, “Rothbury is not the new Bonnaroo,” as evidenced by the fact that the 2010 rendition of the newbie Michigan music fest has already been canceled. The official announcement from the Rothbury folks blames “the recording and touring schedules of various artists” for the cancellation, saying that the scheduling conflicts made it impossible for Rothbury to secure a “worthwhile” lineup. That excuse seems a little thin, since other summer music festivals seem to be doing just fine rounding up top-notch rosters of bands and performers (we’re thinking that the economy has a lot more to do with Rothbury’s demise.) But regardless, no Rothbury this year, so save your bucks for Chicago’s Lollapalooza fest and the usual plethora of local outdoor events...
In other festival news, the Strokes have announced their first live show in over three years, and it’ll be a big one, too - they’re taking over the Saturday night headline spot at the UK’s famed Isle of Wight Festival on June 11th through the 13th. They won’t be the only American (or NYC) band on the bill - both Jay-Z and Blondie are also scheduled to perform. Other artists set for the fest include Squeeze and Orbital...
Back stateside, modern rockers Green Day are launching their very own version of the Rock band videogame; Green Day: Rock Band is set for release later this year, and will allow players to rock along with the rock-punk trio’s 22 years’ worth of songs via Playstation 3, Wii, and XBox 360. Green Day themselves, of course, will appear as avatars. In other Green Day news, the band have announced that they’ll be heading overseas again for a UK tour in June 2010...
Canadian band Wintersleep, who hail from Halifax in Nova Scotia, have nearly wrapped work on their latest album, which they recently announced will likely hit stores in May. The band, who have yet to pick a title for the new set, are recording at Glasgow, Scotland’s Castle of Doom studio, and are probably completing the mixing stages of the album as you read this. If you’re just too impatient to wait until spring to hear new sounds from the Wintersleep bandmates, check out the new Postdata release from Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy and his brother Michael Murphy, now available through Sonic Records...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Just looking for a little love this Valentine’s Day? Angels and Airwaves can oblige - their third studio album, aptly titled Love, will be released on Valentine’s Day, and it’s even free. Blink-182 guitarist/Angels and Airwaves member Tom DeLonge produced the album, which he says is more progressive-rock influence than previous A and A efforts; snag the disc and a preview single at http://modlife.com/angelsandairwaves...

MINI BUZZ:
Grand Analog had a great 2009, with their songs being picked up by a number of TV shows and their live shows hitting the likes of the CMJ fest; this year, they’ll continue their streak with a series of tour dates, including Canadian stops in Kitchener, Ontario (2/20) and Vancouver BC (2/25)...
If you’re in the mood for an early spring road trip, consider Knoxville, Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival, taking place this year March 26th through the 28th; the event will feature sets from the likes of Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent, Javelin, Nico Muhly, DJ/Rupture, and more...
The Rolling Stones are planning a tour for this year, but it may not include guitarist Ronnie Wood, whose alcoholism issues may prevent the band from getting tour insurance...
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon is booking a series of European concert dates for 2010, the first time she’ll perform in Europe, to promote Never Been Gone, her latest album that features new arrangements of some of Simon’s biggest hits...
The first murmurs about the newest album from The Goo Goo Dolls are starting, with their latest set, Something for the Rest of Us, now due this spring...
And a new album from Bryan Ferry can be expected this year, too; it will feature guest appearances from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea...

ON CD: Field Music’s (Measure)... James Otto’s James Otto... The Game’s The Red Album... and Massive Attack’s Heligoland... ON DVD: New Kids on the Block: Coming Home ... 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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