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Letters 8-18-2014

The Climate Clarified

Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine is incomplete, but what we know is useful...

Beware Non-Locally Grown

The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...

Media Bias Must End

I wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...

Proud of My President

The world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a free world...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

4Play: The Gaslight Anthem, The La‘s, Arcade Fire, We Are Scientists

Music Kristi Kates The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang - Side One Dummy
Despite looking like they were part of the cast of The Commitments (the 1991 movie about Irish rockers), The Gaslight Anthem is actually from New Jersey, where they’ve adapted bits of The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen both into their sound. Their sophomore set on the SideOneDummy label, this album is loaded with mean-street guitar riffs, soulful character sketches, and chugging rhythms. Highlights include the experimental “Diamond Street Church Choir,” the anthemic “Orphans,” and the memorable reminiscer “Old Haunts.”


 
Monday, July 26, 2010

Arcade Fire take their tunes to the suburbs

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Arcade Fire Take Their Tunes to The Suburbs
Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire have announced a short U.S. tour to support their new album, The Suburbs, which will hit stores on August 3 on Merge Records. The Suburbs was recorded with producer Markus Dravs, who also took the boards for Arcade Fire’s last album, Neon Bible. The band will take to the road the first half of August, playing shows in Boston, Philly, NYC, Columbia Maryland, Nashville, and Atlanta, Georgia, plus a stop at the Lollapalooza Fest in Chicago (August 6-8). Several of the dates will also feature Spoon as opening act...
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Peter & Paul

Music Kristi Kates Peter and Paul: Seeing what tomorrow brings without Mary
by Kristi Kates
Singer Mary Travers, one-third of the influential ’60s folk group
Peter, Paul, and Mary, passed away last September, after a life
well-lived and five decades of collaboration with her bandmates Peter
Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey.
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Cloud Cult

Music Kristi Kates Hazy Daze... Chasing indie-rock with Cloud Cult
By Kristi Kates
With a new album on the way in September (Light Chasers, on their own
Earthology Records), experimental indie-rockers Cloud Cult are doing a
great job of balancing life in the Midwest with being a swiftly-moving
national touring band.
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

4Play: Punch Brothers, Works Progress Administration, Cyndi Lauper, Chris Isaak

Music Kristi Kates Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic - Nonesuc
Recorded and mixed in Hollywood with legendary producer Jon Brion
(Fiona Apple, Kanye West), Chris Thile and crew’s latest manages to
converge the generally-divergent genres of pop and bluegrass with both
emotion and sheer get-up-and-go. Opener “You Are” blends staccato
guitar with strings, while “Don’t Need No” rallies up the beats and
“Next to the Trash” is the closest thing to “real” bluegrass you’ll
find on this outing. It’s quite an accomplishment for a string band to
actually make tracks that are this crossover-friendly and catchy, too.

 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Niagara

Art Kristi Kates Niagara Brings ‘Dangerous’ Art from Detroit
By Kristi Kates
Detroit performer Niagara isn’t one to pull punches. When asked how she feels about beating Lady Gaga to the scene - Niagara was doing avant garde performance art long before Gaga was even born - she bluntly replied, “I’m not about to jump on the Gaga bandwagon. She’s doing fine without me promoting her anyway.”
Niagara isn’t known for her subtlety. And that seems to be part of the flamboyant persona she’s fashioned for herself.
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Magic Numbers‘ Runaway set for July release

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Magic Numbers’ Runaway Set For July Release
The Magic Numbers have rescheduled the release date for their brand new album and its accompanying tour dates, after having previously planned to release it on June 7. Now, the album, The Runaway, will hit stores on July 26, with limited-edition versions of the set arriving with a four-track live CD as well. And those live dates have been pushed to September/October, with stops only scheduled so far in the UK...
Pearl Jam’s plans to release the shows from their current world tour have gotten more detailed over the past month or so, and now there are several options for fans to choose from. The “bootlegs” will be available in MP3, FLAC, or CD format, with prices beginning at $9.99; fans will also be able to order a box set of all four of the band’s shows at Philly’s Spectrum last October, which will run $60. If this is all too pricey for your wallet, check out Pearl Jam’s official radio station, which you can listen to for free on their website, http://pearljam.com...
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Johan‘s

Dining Kristi Kates Johan’s : A New Look for an Old Favorite
By Kristi Kates
New cathedral ceilings, bright and airy surroundings, more indoor seating, air conditioning, and outdoor patio tables are just a few of the offerings at the brand-new Johan’s location in Harbor Springs. Locals and visitors alike had been keeping an eye on the bakery’s remodel for the past several months, as the old Johan’s building was transformed into a gleaming new Johan’s worthy of their legendary donuts and other “must-have” baked goods.
“Even though the previous building was quaint, the new customers are in awe of the new store and all it has to offer,” says Johan’s Harbor Springs manager Kathy King.
 
Monday, July 12, 2010

4Play: Various Artists, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLachlin, Cowboy Junkies

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists - Lilith 2010 - Arista
Lilith Fair, the female-centric concert tour that hasn’t been active
in a decade, is now back and running this year, with over three dozen
U.S. dates. Much like the Lilith of yore, Canadian musician Sarah
McLachlan serves as headliner; the other acts rotate depending on the
city. Among them, the musicians included in this compilation album;
Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds (“The Coast”), jazz
standout Norah Jones, and singer-songwriters Brandi Carlile and
Corinne Bailey Rae (“Dreams” and “The Blackest Lily,” respectively.)

 
Monday, July 12, 2010

Find your inner drummer at Boyne

Music Kristi Kates Find Your Inner Drummer at Boyne
By Kristi Kates
“Our workshop is designed to give people the chance to engage totally in the drum process,” artist and Ayurvedic practitioner Rolinda LeMay explains.
The workshop LeMay is speaking of, the Drum Your Art Out event, will be taking place at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls this month, offering ample opportunity for those interested - musician or non alike - to learn about, craft, and how to play hand drums. And according to independent artist LeMay and co-presenter David Gierke of the Toledo School of the Arts, drumming is about far more than simply crafting rhythms.
 
Monday, July 12, 2010

Imogen Heap working on music documentary

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Imogen Heap Working On Music Documentary
Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, recent winner of the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, is currently working on a DVD documentary that was, surprisingly, fan-generated. As-of-yet untitled, the doc is being put together from over 350 hours of footage that was filmed from 2007-2009, while Heap was recording her current album, Ellipse. Fans emailed Heap and asked if she could please videotape some of her songwriting process and recording, so they could get a behind-the-scenes look at her album progress, and she did exactly that, filming from her first songwriting days through mixing...
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

4Play: Booka Shade, Kaskade, LCD Soundsystem, Minus the Bear

Music Kristi Kates Booka Shade - More! - GP Music
Booka Shade revamps their percussionist stance again on their newest set, which puts 90% of the emphasis on the beats and hands over vocal duties (for the most part) over to the likes of C. Jones and Yello. Although a couple of the tracks are just too plain weird to call up a proper description, the majority are strong, moody techno-electro numbers like the darkened “Regenerate,” the new-wave inflected “Bad Love,” and the synthy background that helps define the disgruntled vocal mumbles of Yello’s Dieter Meier on “Divine.”
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

OMD, Faces reunite for albums & live show

Modern Rock Kristi Kates OMD, Faces Reunite For Albums and Live Shows
OMD’s original line-up have gotten back together for some touring and are now slated to record, too - and, after a whopping 24 years off the charts, they’ll release a new album as a band again later this year. Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper, and Malcolm Holmes are all back on board again for the project, which will serve as the (much-delayed) follow up to OMD’s last set, 1986’s The Pacific Age. The new album will be produced by Arctic Monkeys’ producer Mike Crossey...
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Smokey‘s Grill

Dining Kristi Kates Flight Plan: All Headings Point to Smokey’s Grill
By Kristi Kates
Flying and food aren’t really two things that go together any more, at least not since the airlines traded proper beverage service for half-sized cans of Coke and full meals for miniature bags of pretzel sticks.
But if you’re traveling through Pellston Airport in Pellston, you can at least fortify yourself before you get on the plane (or, of course, after you disembark) at the new Smokey’s Grill, run by Boyne City Sammich N’ Sudz proprietors Jay and Lora Higdon.
“We took a few of our favorite sandwiches from Sammich N’ Sudz, put them on the (Smokey’s Grill) menu, and expanded to a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu to suit the needs of a full restaurant,” Jay Higdon says.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Mike Moran

Music Kristi Kates Ramblin‘ man Mike Moran
By Kristi Kates
Bouncing between two coasts these days is Mike Moran, the popular singer-songwriter whose alternating career ranges from Northern Michigan to San Diego.
Moran is scheduled to open the Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City this August, but for the time being, you can catch him at his new gigs in southern California.
Spending every summer in Northern Michigan was a rite of passage for Moran, who was born in Pontiac and attended high school in Clarkston. His parents fixed up a house in Bellaire - which turned into the family home while Moran was finishing high school - and it was shortly after graduation that Moran got into music while, as he puts it, “bouncing from college to college,” playing acoustic guitar and singing. Eight years ago, he decided to settle in Traverse City.
“I just felt at home there,” he says simply.
 
 
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