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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits

Kristi Kates - August 22nd, 2011
Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits
Boyz II Men are prepping to celebrate 20 years in the music biz with - what else? - a new album - that’s set to include some new tracks and several revamped versions of their classic ‘90s hits. Simply named Twenty, the album will feature the Boyz - now a trio (Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris) following the departure of Michael McCary - mostly singing their standard romantic songs and hoping to both reach their older fans, plus a new generation…
Interlochen music festival faves Ra Ra Riot, still promoting their 2010 album The Orchard, have confirmed an extensive schedule of live shows that will keep the band on tour through most of this fall. While a new Ra Ra record isn’t in the works just yet, the band’s bass player, Mathieu Santos, has a solo album just out titled Massachusetts 2010. In the meantime, fans will be able to catch the band at the Fuji Rock Festival, East Hampton NY’s Music to Know Festival, and additional stops in Minneapolis (10/2), Grand Rapids MI (10/4), Toronto (10/6), Los Angeles (11/10), and Chicago (11/18)…
Switchfoot will release their eighth studio album, Vice Verses, this upcoming fall, and worked with Weezer producer Neal Avron on the set, which was recorded primarily in Switchfoot’s own San Diego home studio. Said to be an album of “polarity” and opposites - highs and lows - the band also plan to launch a fairly extensive world tour alongside the new album to help promote all of the new songs; the album itself will hit stores on September 27…
And Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch recently met with the British government to try and help prevent the same sort of situation that led to the recent death of the singer. Her father’s goal is to improve drug rehabilitation facilities in England in order to help keep young people out of drug and alcohol situations that “could be avoided.” Mitch Winehouse made the presentation in memory of his daughter; the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee agreed to take a second look at adjusting how accessible rehab facilities are to those in need…
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
For those of you who enjoy traveling to music towns, Austin, Texas is calling you September 16-18 for the 2011 Austin City Limits Festival. This year’s headliners include Coldplay, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, and the always-cool Stevie Wonder; get the full schedule (and more info on the whole event) at www.ACLfestival.com/schedule…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Alt-rockers Bush’s next album, The Sea of Memories, is now set for release in September on their own Zuma Rock Records as produced by Bob Rock…
Psych-popsters Real Estate will drop their latest set, Days, on October 18th, with the first single “It’s Real” preceding the album’s release…
Morrissey is reportedly planning to publish his autobiography in December of 2012…
The Drums will be returning with their sophomore full-length album, which they’ve dubbed Portamento, on September 13…
Lollapalooza guru Perry Farrell and his band Jane’s Addiction will return to the stores in September as well, with their next album, The Great Escape Artist, which will feature single “End to the Lies”…
The 2011 DeLuna Festival is now set for Pensacola Florida in October, and will feature over 80 bands in only the fest’s second year; 2011’s big ticket performers include Ra Ra Riot, Weezer, The Shins, Cut Copy, Manchester Orchestra, and Cake…

And these artists are now set to release their new albums this very week… 12 Stones’ Only Human… Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ Mirror Traffic… Ganglians’ Still Living… and Chelsea Wolfe’s Apokalypsis… 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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