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Letters 09-15-2014

Stop The Games On Campus

Four head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13 million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11 million...

The Truth About Fatbikes

While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...

Man Has Environmental Responsibility

I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...

The Bush & Obama Facts

Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...

Ban Pesticides

I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...

Respect for Presidents?

Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Brandi Carlile

Music Kristi Kates Brandi Carlile’s Story
By Kristi Kates
Brandi Carlile may be a relatively new face on the folk-rock circuit,
but she’s paid her dues with years of performing in obscurity.
Carlile started singing at the age of eight, picked up the guitar at
the age of 15, and snagged a gig as a backup singer for an Elvis
impersonator by the time she hit 16. She followed up that experience
with years performing around the Seattle club scene alongside twin
brother musicians Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Tron gets reboot with new film & soundtrak

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Tron Gets Reboot with New Film, Soundtrack
Tron: Legacy, the new Tron remake-slash-sequel, may not be on the way to theaters until this upcoming December, but Tron: Legacy the soundtrack will beat it to stores this fall. Penned by none other than legendary electro-pioneers Daft Punk, the soundtrack for the film will feature Daft Punk music exclusively, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, although the album itself won’t be available until November 23rd (with the movie’s release date being December 17th in both standard theaters and 3D IMAX)...
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Josh Turner

Music Kristi Kates Josh Turner Goes ‘Haywire‘
By Kristi Kates
It may seem to the casual country music listener that Josh Turner’s music just popped out of the woodwork recently. In fact, the musician has actually been simmering under the country radar for quite some time, having released four studio albums and charted ten times on the Billboard country singles charts.
His song, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” has been embraced by country and country-pop crossover fans alike; he’s currently on another one of his extensive tours, this one in continued promotion of his latest album, Haywire; and he was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, making him the second-youngest member of the Opry after fellow country singer Carrie Underwood.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

4Play: Sia, The XX, The Roots, Groove Armada

Music Kristi Kates Sia - We Are Born - Hear Music
UK-via-Australia singer Sia returns with her fourth set, as produced
by Kylie Minogue collaborator Greg Kurstin; Inara George and The
Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi also chip in. First single “Clap Your
Hands” sets the dance-floor-friendly tracklisting in motion, alongside
other disco-ish hits “You’ve Changed” and “The Fight.” Elsewhere, Sia
shows off her balladry skills on a Madonna cover as well as her own
songs “I’m Here” and “Stop Trying” - she may have started as a simple
pop singer, but she’s gradually gaining more depth with each album.

 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Hoxeyville

Music Kristi Kates Festival in the Forest: Hoxeyville’s Set to Rock
By Kristi Kates
Deadheads and noodle-dancers, folk fans and jam bands, chilled-out
campers and local music aficionados - there’s something for every
single one of you at this year’s upcoming Hoxeyville Music Festival as
it embarks upon its 8th year.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Reggae meets Finland

Music Kristi Kates Reggae meets Finland, eh? Take a multicultural vacation with Conga Se Menne
By Kristi Kates
It’s one thing to try and describe your average band to readers. One generally narrows down the band’s genre to something easy to describe, like “funk-rock group” or “folk four-piece.”
It’s another thing entirely to attempt a translation of Upper Peninsula band Conga Se Menne.
Formed in 1994 by Derrell Syria, Conga Se Menne takes Syria’s original compositions and songs, arranges them utilizing elements of both Finnish traditional music and Jamaican reggae, adds in comedy lyrics about “Yoopers” and other facets of U.P. life, and performs them on guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion instruments (and occasionally horns). Whew. So how did they get to this admittedly zany mix of musical styles?
“I am 100 percent Finnish - second generation American - and I’m influenced by many different genres of music,” Derrell Syria explains. “Our aim when Conga Se Menne was founded was to perform my tunes in a reggae-slash-traditional Finnish style. The name of the band is a play on words taken from the Finnish phrase ‘kuinka se mene,’ meaning ‘how are you doing?’”
Syria says that the band started out as a three-piece, but today has evolved into a “floating cast” of musicians, ranging from two to seven, depending on the gig and venue. They include Syria, Dave Ziegner, John Kumjian, Jerry Kippola, Gary Parkonnen, Paul Neumann, and Kay Smith.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba! Rockin‘ North America

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Yo Gabba Gabba! Rockin’ North America
The rock-meets-education Nick Jr. TV show Yo Gabba Gabba!, which has featured musical performances from the likes of Weezer, The Aquabats, and The Shins, and Mos Def, Biz Markie, and Jack Black, is taking its live show across the U.S. and now into the fall. Subtitled There’s a Party in My City! the show has already snagged a sold-out debut performance at the White House and a highly-rated album, and will also be doing its part for the cause while on the road, with one dollar from every ticket sold going to the local city’s Habitat for Humanity fund. Dates on the Yo Gabba Gabba! There’s a Party... tour will include stops in Toronto (9/4), Cleveland (10/6), Detroit (10/8), Chicago (10/9), Huntsville AL (10/20), Atlanta (10/23), Los Angeles (11/26), and Houston (12/10), among other stops...
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Jolly‘s in Petoskey

Dining Kristi Kates Cookie Magic: Jolly’s opens in Petoskey
By Kristi Kates
“When you say the word ‘Petoskey’ downstate, it’s like throwing magic
in the air,” says Jolly’s Cookies and Cafe founder and owner Keith
Jolly. “People always get that dreamy look on their face. What’s not
to love about the Petoskey area? The scenery is spectacular, the local
people are a delight - it’s all here.”
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Sanborn‘s everything

Music Kristi Kates Sanborn’s Everything arrives at Interlochen
By Kristi Kates
Saxophonist David Sanborn’s studio and live performance resume reads like a Who’s Who of jazz, R&B, and pop/rock music.
He’s performed in-session and/or live with -- among others -- James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Carly Simon, The Eagles, Elton John, and, perhaps most recognizably, David Bowie, for which Sanborn contributed the distinctive sax solo on Bowie’s 1975 classic hit “Young Americans.”
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

4Play: Various Artists, The Ready Set, Various Artists, The Drums

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists - Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: The Songs of John Prine - Oh Boy Records
Progressive bluegrass/folk artist John Prine has been called one of the most influential songwriters of his time, and his poetic lyrics and tunes been compared to everyone from Neil Young to Bob Dylan. Today, a who’s who of current indie-rockers pay tribute to Prine’s songwriting, from The Avett Brothers’ version of “Spanish Pipedream” to My Morning Jacket’s attempt at “All the Best”; Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) take on “Wedding Day in Funeralville” to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s version of “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow).”

 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome to SOBO

Art Kristi Kates Welcome to SOBO: Northern Michigan’s hip new destination
By Kristi Kates
Barrios, quarters, districts, arrondissements, neighborhoods. No
matter what you call them or what geographic location you’re in,
chances are if you’re reading this, you’re part of a neighborhood in
your own community.
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Legendary Grand Ole Opry aims at return

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Legendary Grand Ole Opry Aims at Return
Nashville’s landmark Grand Ole Opry venue, which has hosted performances by everyone from Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and The Byrds to Josh Turner and Carrie Underwood, is in the midst of $17 million worth of renovations to repair the damage the Opry sustained during May’s Tennessee flood. The Opry was partially submerged under two feet of water, which destroyed the stage, store, dressing rooms, and most of the wiring throughout the building. Now, it’s set to reopen on October 1, so keep your eyes out for a revitalized show schedule...
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Walloon‘s new balloons

Features Kristi Kates Walloon‘s New Balloons: Aeronaut Lesley Pritchard offersan uplifting new business
By Kristi Kates
“I became involved with ballooning in 1968 when my father, Frank,
formed a balloon club in the Flint area with nine other men,” aeronaut
Lesley Pritchard explains, “it was a real quirk, as none of them had
ever even seen a balloon - yet they each contributed $500 and bought
one. Only my father and one other man learned to fly, so I had many
opportunities and I never passed them up.”
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

Red Wanting Blue

Music Kristi Kates Red Wanting Blue:Has Designs on Union Street
By Kristi Kates
“We have performed in Traverse City only once before, and fell in love
with the town,” Red Wanting Blue singer/guitarist Scott Terry says.
“This time it won’t be in the middle of winter, which we are excited
about.”
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

4Play: Sheryl Crow, Carole King & James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Lady Antebellum

Music Kristi Kates Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles from Memphis - A&M
Crow grew up 100 miles from Memphis, in a small farming town, and
returns on this set to the music she used to listen to then. Echoes of
those influences, from the Stax records to Stevie Wonder and Al Green,
are heard throughout these songs, with their funky/bluesy rhythms and
AM-radio retro arrangements. “Summer Day” is a well-honed pop-rock
number, while “Stop” shows off her vocal range. Crow’s friends show
up, too - old pal Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) stops by to add
distinctive guitar riffs to “Eye to Eye,” Justin Timberlake drops
backing vocals into Crow’s cover of D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name,” and
Citizen Cope duets with Crow on his shoegazy-blues tune “Sideways.”

 
 
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