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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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Mexican pop rocks

Kristi Kates - May 2nd, 2011
Mexican Pop Rocks! Rock your Cinco de Mayo with these South of the Border bands
By Kristi Kates
Mexico isn’t necessarily the first country you might think to look into while searching for up and coming new indie pop and rock bands. But in recent years, and especially with the ever-growing influence of the internet, Mexico’s been fertilizing its own burgeoning crop of Mexican indie-rockers, and there are plenty of them cool enough for school - so, for our Cinco de Mayo issue, we’ve rounded up a few of the best for you to take a listen to, complete with a starting suggested single. Disfrutar de la msica!

LOS FANCY FREE
Born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, singer/songwriter Martin Thulin moved with his parents to Sweden as a youth, and returned to his homeland of Mexico in his later years. This makes for a pretty unique mix of Mexican-electro-pop music, influenced as it is by such a broad geographic range. Thulin’s tracks are reminiscent of ‘80s bands like the Human League and Soft Cell; Thulin himself reminds one of an elegant, Mexican David Bowie.
Suggested Single: “Voltage is Ok”

JOTDOG
Only formed in 2009, this Mexico City synth-pop band is also influenced in part by the music of the ‘80s (so much so that they recorded a version of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” for their debut album), primarily writing songs about romantic relationships set to festival-pop rhythms. In spite of their short career to date, they’ve already snagged nominations for the MTV Latin America Video Music Awards and the Latin Grammys.
Suggested Single: “Hasta Contar a Mil”

XYX
Mou Ortiz and Anhelo Escalante make up the noise-punk duo XYX, which hails from Monterrey, Mexico. Only two years old (the band itself, not the members), the pair of musicians - one on drums, and one on bass, with vocals - load up their respective instruments with piles of effects units (they’re particularly fond of delay), and charge through their tunes with the energy of those extra-sugary pink-frosted Mexican cupcakes.
Suggested Single: “Momento Acido Contemporaneo”

CHIKITA VIOLENTA
Mexico City indie-rockers Chikita Violenta are a quartet inspired by some of America’s most notable underground bands, such as Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Built to Spill. After snagging producer Dave Newfeld to helm a couple of their discs, attention on the band began to increase, enabling them to collaborate (to good measure) with such musical peers as Broken Social Scene, crafting even more of their anthemic, arena-ready pop-rock.
Suggested Single: “Laydown”

LOS DYNAMITE
Another Mexico City-based band, Los Dynamite take their musical cues from such East Coast post-punk bands as Interpol and The Strokes, singing in English and cheekily naming their debut album Greatest Hits. Frontman Diego Solorzano favors vintage wear such as leather jackets and old-school sunglasses on stage, while the music of his band focuses on jittery, agitated rhythms teamed up with hooky melodies and a city-fied retro approach.
Suggested Single: “Katatonic”

MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND
Helmed by Camilo Lara - who also just happens to be the head of EMI Mexico - MIOS fuses together chunks of sound into electronic musical patchworks, blending classic Mexican folk music samples from the ‘20s-’60s with various vocal samples, vinyl scratching, and beat loops. MIOS’ newest album, Pinata, even includes a little collaboration with someone else famed for experimental music - Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz.
Suggested Single: “Escribeme Pronto”
 
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