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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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Shamrock & Roll with Dropkick Murphy‘s

Kristi Kates - August 15th, 2011
Shamrock and Roll
with Dropkick Murphys

St. Patrick’s Day will arrive a little early - namely this September - when the Dropkick Murphys host the first annual Shamrock-N-Roll Festival, set to take place September 8 and 9 in the band’s hometown of Boston, with several touring shows to follow. In addition to the Murphys, The Mahones, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, and several other national and regional acts will perform at the event, which will also include a boxing demonstration and autograph session with boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who inspired the movie The Fighter…
The Black Keys are back in the studio, working on a set that frontman Dan Auerbach has said is much faster and less soulful/rootsy than previous efforts. Fans shouldn’t expect guitar solos, mid-tempo balladry, or more Black Keys’ trademark musings; the next set has a more aggressive attitude, perhaps due in part to its helming production-wise by the equally peppy Danger Mouse…
If you’re an Angels and Airwaves fan - and you’re fortunate enough to be near one of the 460 movie theaters that will be participating (no exact word on which ones just yet) - you just might be able to watch the band live on-screen during their upcoming one-night, multimedia event in which the band will perform a trio of songs live from Boston to those aforementioned movie theaters across the country. A moderated question-and-answer session and the premier of the band’s new music video will also be on the program…

Austin, Texas post-rockers Explosions in the Sky have announced a U.S. tour for this fall, which will serve as nifty promotion for the band’s latest album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Kicking off in September at the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Arizona, the tour trek will see Explosions bringing along Baltimore folk-rockers Wye Oak as their opening act, and the tour itself will arrive hot on the heels of Explosions’ appearance at the UK’s Green Man festival in Brecon Beacons. Additional shows on the fall schedule for Explosions will include San Diego (9/2), Dallas (9/16), Toronto (10/7), Royal Oak MI (10/8 at the Royal Oak Music Theater), and Minneapolis (10/10)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Now is a great time to plan ahead for your winter vacation, with lots of deals going on and you getting a major head start on your plans. So why are we pitching travel in a music column? Well, because Weezer are launching their own cruise - dubbed, of course, The Weezer Cruise - which will ship out from Miami, Florida and will cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, complete with music from Lou Barlow, Wavves, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., and of course Weezer themselves. Get all the info, your tix, and bring your sweater on over to www.theweezercruise.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers will present a special whole-album concert in San Francisco this fall; the band will perform their Blackberry Belle set in its entirety at the Great American Music Hall on September 17…
Pearl Jam will kick off a South American tour on November 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, wrapping up in Mexico City on November 24…
Portugal. The Man will be touring this fall, too, starting a little earlier in California on September 27 to promote their newest set, In the Mountain on the Cloud…
Wyclef Jean is being a little cryptic about his next album - he’s titled it Feel Good Music, but is giving fans no clue as to the content of the album or its release date…
Mary J. Blige will be releasing a companion set to her sophomore album, My Life, with the October release of My Life Too: the Journey Continues…
Replacements founding member and Soul Asylum/Guns N’ Roses sometimes bass player Tommy Stinson will release his second solo album, One Man Mutiny, on August 30, with part of the album’s proceeds going to the Timkatec Schools in Haiti…
And these artists are releasing their own albums this week… Jeff Bridges’ musical efforts on Jeff Bridges… Gold Leaves’ The Ornament… Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor’s Overlook… The War on Drugs’ Slave Ambient… and CSS’ La Liberacion… 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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