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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

4Play: Natalie Merchant, The Bird & the Bee, She & Him, Goldfrapp

Music Kristi Kates Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep - Nonesuch
Former singer for ’80s/’90s band 10,000 Maniacs, Merchant’s first studio album in over five years finds her adapting a variety of 19th and 20th Century American and British poetry into songs of her own. Ogden Nash, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Edward Lear are among the poets represented here, in such string-bedecked, Merchant-arranged tracks as the foreign-tinged “The King of China’s Daughter,” the folky “Peppery Man,” and the more poppy “It Makes a Change.” Merchant worked with 125 musicians in a wide range of genres for this set, and her enthusiasm for the project - not to mention her distinctive vocal talent - really shows through.
Monday, April 5, 2010

Africa meets Appalacia

Music Kristi Kates Africa meets Appalachia at the Dennos
By Kristi Kates
Jayme Stone’s Africa to Appalachia CD - on which he collaborated with
Mansa Sissoko – singer, kora player, and a ‘walking encyclopedia of
Malian songs’ – won Best World Music Group at the Canadian Folk Awards
late last year, a high honor for a journey that started with Stone’s
own musical mecca to Africa.
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

4Play: Squeeze, Stand, Them Crooked Vultures, DropKick Murphy‘s

Music Kristi Kates Squeeze - ArgyBargy (Deluxe Edition Remastered) - A&M
Originally released in 1980, Squeeze’s ArgyBargy spawned more than a
few now-classic tunes penned by the gifted Difford-Tilbrook team, and
this two-disc remaster does decent justice to the pep and vigor of
these pop songs. The first disc contains the original album, which
includes landmark Squeeze tracks “Another Nail In My Heart” and “If I
Didn’t Love You,” plus bonus tunes and B-sides including “What the
Butler Saw” and “Farfisa Beat.” Disc two adds to the retro fun by
offering up the band’s Hammersmith Odeon show from March, 1980.
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 29, 2010

Leslie Neilson‘s Inspired Living

Features Kristi Kates Leslie Neilson’s Inspired Living
By Kristi Kates
It was July of 2000 when former microbiologist-turned-importer and art
appreciator Leslie Neilson opened her first store, Bali and Beyond, in
Boyne City. Chock-full of beautifully-crafted mobiles, kites, wooden
carvings, and other treasures that Neilson found while on buying-trips
in Bali, the tiny shop in a back alley quickly became a local and
tourist favorite. For Neilson, it meant an equally quick expansion was
Monday, March 22, 2010

Berating Bowie

Music Kristi Kates Berating Bowie: Petoskey Professor Picks a Musical Fight
By Kristi Kates
North Central Michigan College Liberal Arts/Social Psychology
Professor Erick Haight is throwing down a musical gauntlet.
Specifically, a musical gauntlet against none other than innovative
50-year rock music veteran and legend David Bowie.
Monday, March 22, 2010

4Play: Madlib, OneRepublic, DJ Shadow, Beanie Segel & Freeway

Music Kristi Kates Madlib - Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta in Africa - Madlib
Medicine Show This is the third in Madlib’s Beat Konducta series, in
which Madlib constructs his own potpourri of remixes, beat tapes, and
other productions into a cohesive listen. The Africa*set pulls quirky
vinyl tracks from the afro-beat, prog-rock, soul, and funk genres,
bringing the listener music from Nigeria, Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia,
and the Ivory Coast, among other places. It’s interesting to see
Madlib’s personal stack of vinyl grow throughout his mixmaster
travels, and even more interesting to listen to what he builds out of it.
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 22, 2010

Tom‘s Mom‘s Cookies

Dining Kristi Kates Tom‘s Mom‘s Cookies Made Famous in Harbor Springs
By Kristi Kates
Located less than 75 miles south of the Canadian border, the sleepy
town of Harbor Springs, Mich. (pop: 1,600) may be known as the
birthplace of the Shay Locomotive, but today, it is also famous for
being the location of Tom’s Mom’s Cookies...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Between the Covers Bookstore

Features Kristi Kates Between the Covers: Pages of Persistence
By Kristi Kates
Founded in 1983 by Harbor Springs local resident Jeff Brearley - who
says that the enthusiasm in town back then about a bookstore opening
was so great that he was “selling books right out of the packing
boxes” - Between the Covers is truly the little bookstore that could.
Housed in a 100-plus year-old building on Harbor Springs’ Main Street,
the bookstore was the only other shop selling new books in the region
in the early ’80s, other than Horizon Books in Petoskey.
Monday, March 15, 2010

4Play: Broken Bells, The Courteeners, Monster Movie, Houston Brothers

Music Kristi Kates Broken Bells - Broken Bells - Sony Music
Danger Mouse teams up with The Shins’ James Mercer for this skillful side project band/duo, on which the pair play every instrument on the disc save for the string section. “The Ghost Inside” references Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” beat and pairs it with a snappy high vocal; “Citizen” is all patchwork samples and sharp harmonies; and the more subtle, quieter “Trap Doors” goes more gloom-pop. If you’re a fan of either artist, you’ll find both of their styles sonically reflected here, although the songs themselves are new and eminently interesting.

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

4Play: Massive Attack, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, MGMT, Free Energy

Music Kristi Kates Massive Attack - Heligoland - V Records
Massive Attack combine a plethora of electronica approaches into their latest disc, so many that perhaps that’s why it took them a half-dozen years to return with a new album. Also abundant are guest vocalists, from Blur/Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn to Hope Sandoval; Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) layers his vocals one over another on “Pray For Rain,” and Portishead’s Adrian Utley guests on guitar on “Saturday...,” which also features vocals from the aforementioned Albarn. And it’s all produced in spare fashion, all the better to showcase the talent.