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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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Electric Forest Fest Replaces Rothbury

Kristi Kates - May 9th, 2011
Electric Forest Fest Replaces Rothbury
A fest of special local interest for several years was the Rothbury Festival, several hours downstate right here in Michigan. Well, Rothbury itself is no longer, but another fest has sprung up in its place - the Electric Forest Festival, which will run June 30 through July 3 in… the town of Rothbury. With a focus on what appears to be a trifecta of sounds - bluegrass, electronica, and local-ish bands - the lineup so far includes The String Cheese Incident, Tiesto, Stephen Marley, Galactic, The Ragbirds, The MacPodz, and Railroad Earth, among others… get more info at www.electricforestfestival.com…
Perhaps the two most groundbreaking boy bands of their time (laugh if you must, but the genre opened doors for many of today’s male popsters, including musician/dancer/actor/comedian Justin Timberlake), New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, are being honored by their fans in a new pop “collaborative album” called NKOTBSB. The tracklisting for the set was in part determined by a 10-day online voting campaign called “Help Make the Album,” in which fans voted for their favorite tunes from both bands; a few new recordings are reportedly also in the works for the set...
Bruce Springsteen is perhaps a surprising guest on the newest album by the Dropkick Murphys; the band’s seventh album, Going Out in Style, hit stores a couple of months ago, and listeners are just now starting to realize that it’s Bruce’s voice on the other half of a duet with Murphys frontman Ken Casey, on which the two share the tune “Peg O’ My Heart.” The Murphys’ new album also features a less-distinctive vocal appearance from NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike…

The fourth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Fest in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is now set for August 12 through 14, with headliners Arcade Fire, Muse, and Phish the top trio of the weekend. Phish - as might be expected - will play not one, but two jam-band sets at the event. Other performers on the bill include Old ‘97s, OK Go, The Black Keys, The Roots, Erykah Badu, John Fogerty, MGMT, and The Decemberists, who, incidentally, will also be performing at Interlochen this summer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Canadian post-punkers The Stills have decided to end their ten-year run as a band, stating via press release that their breakup is an “amicable” one, and that they’ve mostly been keeping the band going the past year only out of respect for each other as friends. Look back on The Stills’ career (and check out their farewell letter) at http://www.arts-crafts.ca/thestills/index.php…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Not much in the mood for muddy boots, cold campsites, and tie-dye shirt hawkers? Then visit Bonnaroo this year in June online instead of in-person via Vevo, who will be streaming live and on-demand performances from the Tennessee festival on the internet…
Paul Weller will serve as opening act for Kings of Leon during the latter’s June shows in London’s Hyde Park this summer…
Suede will be releasing remastered versions of their five studio albums this June, from their eponymous 1993 debut to 1994’s Dog Man Star, 1996’s Coming Up, 1999’s Head Music, and 2002’s A New Morning…
Bright Eyes have added three new UK shows to their July schedule, including stops in Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham…
‘80s popster Gloria Estefan is working on her first English-language album since 2003 with none other than Pharrell Williams by her side in the studio…
Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor contributed original music to director Guy Bolongaro’s film The Last Emperor, which recently premiered at the London Independent Film Festival…
 And contributing their albums to your music collection this week (or so they hope) are these new releases… Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far... Sleepy Rebels’ Yellow Tree... Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’... Man Man’s *Life Fantastic*… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
 
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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