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Letters 12-22-2014

Affordable Housing Alternatives In Scott Hardy’s opinion piece in the December 15 edition, he offered six concrete ideas to address the ongoing community discussion about increasing affordable in-town housing in Traverse City.

Powerful Homeless Event Homelessness is far more complex than we thought. “Everyone Has a Story—Sit and Share Our Bench” was a wondrous performance Sunday, December 7, that opened my eyes to a wide range of experiences with homelessness, bridging the gap between “us and them.”

Long-Lasting Effects of Measles I understand several cases of measles have occurred in Traverse City. I also became aware that in Michigan, persons are three times less likely to be immunized.

Changing The Electoral College Republicans are thinking about changing how Michigan allocates Electoral College votes. Michigan, like all but two states, gives all of its electoral votes to the statewide winner of the popular vote.

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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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