The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
It seems pretty balanced to me and clearly outlines his guilt and the investigation that let to his conviction. Outside of him saying, "It wasn't me," I don't see the article taking much of a position besides the presentation of facts which seem to speak for themselves.
The criticism was of the review not of the opener. The Small Ponds are a great band with wonderful songs and beautiful voices. Caitlin has had a number of solo albums of her own (released, in fact, on the very same Yep Roc that Kim Richey's new album is on) and Tres Chicas and is incredibly respected by artists and songwriters both locally and around the world. Matt Douglas is one of the most purely musical people I've ever met, plays jazz with The Hot at NIghts, and tours with Josh Ritter. Small Ponds are perfectly suited and an incredibly complementary choice to Kim Richey. There are way, way more relevant reasons that make them a "fitting opener" (their music, perhaps?) besides someone peripherally connected to someone in the band who used to be on a lousy label with the headliner. Its like saying that Neil Young would be a good opener for Bob Dylan because Neil used to be in a band with Stephen Stills who was once on Columbia Records with Bob.
The best reason the opener was selected that you can come up with is the fact that someone in the band was once in a band with a guy who was on the same label as the the headliner? Really?
The Koch Foundation is also a regular underwriter of Masterpiece and other PBS programs. It seems to be a large organization involved in a lot of activities so maybe there is some occasional nuance.
As someone who grew up with Transformers and holds it and the other 80s action figure based cartoons like GI Joe and Thundercats near and dear to his heart, a "fanboy" as you might say, let me say that as Michael Bay stands alongside George Lucas as another who has urinated over my childhood memories. I will always remember my first meaningful experience of mortality being the death of Optimus Prime in the still fantastic "Transformers: The Movie" featuring Orson Welles in one of his last roles.
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