Letters

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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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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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