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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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Six Irish modern rockers

Kristi Kates - March 7th, 2011
Six Irish Modern Rockers
By Kristi Kates
Most modern rock fans are pretty familiar with great Irish bands like U2,
Snow Patrol, The Pogues, The Frames, and The Cranberries.
But each year brings a crop of brand “new” Irish bands, whether they’re
musicians who have been laboring at their craft well under the radar for
quite some time, or those who seem to have popped up out of nowhere. And
2011’s no exception - check out this year’s shortlist of what we think are
some of the coolest Irish bands around.

THE CORONAS
Hailing from Terenure, Dublin, Ireland, lead singer Danny O’Reilly and
crew’s 2009 album, Tony Was an Ex-Con, was recorded in Cornwall with John
Cornfield, but is now sharing its uber-catchy crop of songs a lot farther
afield. Formed when the bandmates were 15, the group began their career as
“Kiros,” but then decided to name themselves after the Corona typewriter,
perhaps a nod to their snappy, deft lyrics, Gary Lightbody-esque vocals,
and percussive, steady beats.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Won’t Leave You Alone,” “Listen Dear”

THE SCRIPT
Dublin, Ireland’s pop-rockers The Script have heard (seen?) their songs
included in a plethora of TV shows and movies, including The Ghost
Whisperer, Eastenders, and 90210. But while those are great coups, it’s
the songs themselves that matter, especially those from their brand-new
album, Science and Faith. Blending emotional, heart-on-sleeve lyrics,
vocals that resonate between fiddle and maudlin violin, and an
energetic live presence, they’re finally starting to get U.S. notice.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Breakeven,” “Live Like We’re Dying”

DIRECTOR
Taking a detour from the somewhat typical indie-rock/indie-pop that’s
prevalent among a lot of Irish export bands right now, Malahide, County
Dublin’s Director work their songs more along the art-rock genre, with
some of their more dim, moody songs reminiscent of The Smiths, and others
recollecting the sharp, white-room sounds of bands like Interpol and Wire.
While stateside success has eluded them to date, those in the know have
already picked up their most recent album, I”ll Wait for Sound.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Sing It Without a Tune,” “Reconnect”

THE BLIZZARDS
Hailing from Mullingar in Ireland’s County Westmeath, Niall, Dec, Justin,
Anthony, and Aiden have opened for the likes of Oasis and Kaiser Chiefs,
have snagged several awards, and hit platinum status for their music
overseas - but they’ve made barely a dent here. It’s a mystery why, as The
Blizzards’ music is the kind of catchy indie-pop that radio adores. The
secondary mystery is where the band’s been, as they reportedly went on
hiatus a year ago, and haven‘t been heard from since. Fortunately, you can
still buy their albums.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Trouble,” “Buy It Sell It”

THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD
What do you get when you bring together The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon
and Pugwash’s Thomas Walsh? Why, a new side project band named after a
cricketing term, ‘natch. Although they’ve only released one album to date
- a theme album about (what else?) cricket - it’s a wildly entertaining
concept set that’s as much show tunes as it is alterna-pop. As a bonus,
Duckworth Lewis Method listeners will also get to hear guest spots from
the likes of Matt Berry and Alexander Armstrong. Now that’s first class.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Test Match Special,” “The Age of Revolution”

DELORENTOS
Yet another Dublin band (must be something musical in the water there…),
Delorentos lean more towards alternative rock than their more indie-pop
cohorts, with opening spots for The Coral, Arctic Monkeys, and Supergrass
under their collective band belt. With choppy, guitar-based tunes and
loads of hooky turnarounds and harmonies, they’re kind of a Clash/Pixies
hybrid, if heavier on the post-punk influences and less so on the
Pixies-esque oddities. Listen closely, and you’ll get an earful of the
band’s subtle political jabs, too.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Stop,” “Eustace Street”



 
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