Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Regina Spektor performs for President & guests

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Regina Spektor Performs for President and Guests
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor performed this past weekend at the White House for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of prominent guests as part of the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish-American heritage. Spektor’s performance was especially poignant for many of the attendees, as she is a Russian-born Jewish performer who moved to the U.S. from Soviet Russia over twenty years ago. Spektor also recently dropped her fifth record, Far, and is set to embark on a European tour next month to support that very album...
Monday, May 31, 2010

Eels offer up a new album Tomorrow Morning

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Eels Offer Up New Album Tomorrow Morning
Eels are dropping their newest album this August, and will preface the album’s release with a world tour set to kick off on August 3. Eels frontman E (aka Mark Oliver Everett) says that the new set, Tomorrow Morning, will complete an album trilogy that began with 2009’s Hombre Lobo and January 2010’s End Times, and will be released on the Eels’ own E Works Records label. The tour itself will begin in Santa Ana, California, and will continue through a series of Japanese, Australian, UK, and European dates before returning to the U.S. in September for stops in Philly (9/22), Toronto (9/29), and Detroit’s own Crofoot on September 30...
Monday, May 24, 2010

The Roots return with brand new album

Modern Rock Kristi Kates The Roots Return With Brand New Album
The Roots new album is slated to hit stores in June - June 8, to be exact. The latest studio effort from the band, dubbed How I Got Over, will be the first since their 2008 set, Rising Down. In addition to How I Got Over and their current gig as house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have also started tracking with Booker T of Booker T and the MGs for another new album, this one expected to feature a plethora of guest vocalists in addition to The Roots’ contributions...
Monday, May 17, 2010

Roots welcome DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bajah to Picnic

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Roots Welcome DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bajah to Picnic
The Roots 3rd Annual Picnic Event is set to take place at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier on Saturday, June, 5, so if you’re a hip-hop fan plan and have been eyeing a trip to Philly, now’s the time. The all-day concert will feature sets from DJ Jazzy jeff, Pattern is Movement, Tune-Yards, MM Jamboys, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew, and of course The Roots themselves; The Roots will also continue their tradition of backing another legendary group for a live set (last year it was Public Enemy), so stay tuned...
Monday, May 10, 2010

Get your tix now for the White Stripes...Ballet?

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Get Your Tix Now for the White Stripes... Ballet?
Composer Joby Talbot released an album called Aluminum back in 2006, on which he recorded his covers of ten White Stripes songs alongside XL Recordings’ Richard Russell, a set that made a small rumble in the U.S. Unbeknownst to most White Stripes fans, however, Talbot also spent part of 2006 working with choreographer Wayne McGregor to put together a little something called Chroma, an actual ballet set to similar orchestral versions of Talbot’s interpretations of White Stripes songs. Got all that? As for actually seeing Chroma, you’ll have to road trip to Toronto, where the ballet will premiere November 24 at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts as part of the National Ballet of Canada’s 2010-2011 season.
Monday, May 3, 2010

Killers, Williams join Davies on Kink‘s cover set

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Killers, Williams Join Davies on Kinks Covers Set
The Kinks’ Ray Davies is prepping to release a new album late in 2010, in part inspired by last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, where Davies shared the stage with Metallica, who covered a couple of Kinks songs. For the new disc, Davies has already recruited The Killers, Lucinda Williams, and Jon Bon Jovi
Monday, April 26, 2010

Sting blends rock with orchestral on tour

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Sting Blends Rock With Orchestral on Tour
If you’ve always wanted to see legendary Police bassist/singer/solo artist Sting in concert, now’s your chance; Gordon Sumner himself will be hitting the road this year to perform both his own solo songs and Police tunes complete with an orchestra. Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Sting will be reworking tracks like “Every Breath You Take” and “Russians” as symphonic arrangements on a tour that will kick off in Vancouver, BC on June 2, and will continue through L.A. (6/15) and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival (7/17 and 7/18), among other dates...
Monday, April 19, 2010

U2 to perform in East Lansing & Chicago

Modern Rock Kristi Kates U2’s 360 World Tour is returning to North America this June, and the band has selected a plethora of opening acts to support their many shows. Lenny Kravitz will be first up, supporting 360 concerts in Salt Lake City (6/3), Denver (6/12), and Anaheim, California (6/6); The Fray will take on shows in Seattle (6/20), Edmonton (6/23), and Oakland, California (6/16); and Interpol will open the evenings in Toronto (7/3), Chicago (7/6), Miami (7/9), Philly (7/12), Minneapolis (6/27), and East Lansing, Michigan (6/30.) U2 will head back over to Europe in August, where they’ll play additional dates in Germany, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Spain, among other destinations...
Monday, April 12, 2010

Ticket Master expands paperless concert tix

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Ticketmaster Expands Paperless Concert Tix
Don’t be surprised if you won’t be able to save all of your concert ticket stubs any more - because in many cases, they simply won’t exist. Oft-maligned concert ticket broker Ticketmaster have announced that they’re continuing to expand their paperless ticketing methods - in which customers purchase seats and gain admission to shows via their credit cards and IDs - in order to shut down ticket scalpers and overpriced ticket resales. 2009 saw the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Metallica utilizing the paperless tix for their gigantic show events, and 2010 is set to pull even more artists into the paperless ticket roster...
Monday, April 5, 2010

Take a Chicago road trip to the Pitchfork Music Festival

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Take a Chicago Roadtrip to the Pitchfork Music Festival
The 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival has confirmed this year’s dates and artists, and it’s an event you’ll definitely want to save up and plan a road trip for. Set to be held at Chicago’s Union Park on July 16th through the 18th, tix are on sale already for the big show(s) at www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com, and you’ll likely want to get those tickets early so you can catch all three days of performances. Friday will feature top indie-rockers Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday will offer up shows by LCD Soundsystem, St. Vincent, Here We Go Magic, and a special appearance by the legendary Pavement on Sunday night. Even more bands will be announced and added to the schedule as the festival nears, so keep an eye on that web address, too...
Monday, March 29, 2010

MTV officially gives up on music

Modern Rock Kristi Kates MTV Officially Gives Up on Music
MTV has finally done what most music fans have thought they should do
for years - removed the “music television” tagline from their MTV
logo. The VP of MTV finally admitted to the press that the network is
“not just about music anymore” (uh - how about at all), and that the
channel is “going in a new direction” - part of which is “no longer
being interested in Generation Y” - which, unfortunately, probably
means more episodes of Jersey Shore and other questionable reality
programming instead of music videos and coverage of actual musicians,
both something that the channel has been sorely lacking for a long
time now...
Monday, March 22, 2010

Fatboy Slim, Doves, Editors at snowboarding event

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Fatboy Slim, Doves, Editors at Snowbombing 2010
Haven’t had enough of ski/snowboard season yet? Well then, grab a
plane ticket and join Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, who will hit the
Austrian slopes (so to speak) between the Penken and Ahorn mountains
alongside Doves, Friendly Fires, The Enemy, James Zabiela, Editors,
and De La Soul at this year’s Snowbombing 2010 Festival bash. Slim,
who pulled out of the event last year to voluntarily enter alcohol
rehab, is back in fine, healthy form, and will contribute his DJ
skills while the rest of the artists will perform their own live sets
at the wintery musical celebration, which will take place at
Mayrhofen, Austria on April 5 through the 10th...
Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Bonnaroo lineup announced

Modern Rock Kristi Kates 2010 Bonnaroo Lineup Announced 2010 Bonnaroo Lineup Announced
The 2010 Bonnaroo Music Fest is set to take place on June 10 through the 13th this year in Manchester, Tennessee, a familiar destination to plenty of Northern Michigan concertgoers. 125 acts are scheduled to perform at this year’s event, including a rare festival appearance from Detroit’s own Motown icon, Stevie Wonder. Other sets will be presented from fellow Detroiter Jack White, whose The Dead Weather project will perform; as well as Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, the Dave Matthews Band, John Fogerty, and the Zac Brown Band. Flaming Lips will put on a special performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album, and reggae/ska fans will rejoice at the appearance of Jimmy Cliff...
Spoon have announced that they’re embarking on an extensive set of tour dates this spring in support of their new album, Transference, and they’re bringing a variety of musical pals - among them Micachu and the Shapes, the Strange Boys, and Royal Oak - along with them as opening acts. The tour itself will begin on March 17 in Austin, Texas, where Spoon will take on an SXSW performance; additional tour stops will include Washington DC (3/22 and 3/23), Toronto (3/29), Royal Oak, MI (3/30), Chicago (4/1), and Minneapolis (4/2 and 4/3)...
Monday, March 8, 2010

Gorillaz are back with Plastic Beach

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Gorillaz Are Back with Plastic Beach
For those of you who’ve been waiting for a new Gorillaz album - well, the wait is finally over. Plastic Beach is the animated band’s newest set - they call it the “most pop” thing they’ve completed to date - and it’ll be in-stores on March 9. You may have already heard the first single, “Stylo,” complete with cameos from Mos Def and Bobby Womack; other guests who collaborate with Gorillaz include Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and Lou Reed, among others...
Monday, March 1, 2010

Welcome back to indie rockers Rogue Wave

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Welcome Back to Indie Rockers Rogue Wave
After a long and quiet hiatus for indie-pop/rock band Rogue Wave - due to the kidney transplant of drummer Pat Spurgeon - the band is back and ready to go, with a brand new album, Permalight, on the way next week. Permalight, which was produced by Dennis Herring in Mississippi, will be released on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label on March 2, and Rogue Wave plans to make up for the lost time with an extensive tour of “the U.S. and beyond” - already-confirmed dates include shows in Brooklyn NY (3/2), Philly (3/4), Nashville (3/9), Minneapolis (4/15), Chicago (4/17), and Tucson AZ (4/24)...