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June 13, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Chris Isaak has a lot going for him. The singer-songwriter and part-time actor from the Bay Area is blessed with good looks and an otherworldly voice that recalls Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. "Wicked Game," his haunting, breakthrough single from 1989, can raise goose bumps. And when it comes to songs of unrequited love, few performers deliver as convincingly. In fact, Isaak's made a career out of an obsession with romantic turmoil.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1986 | JEFF SPURRIER
"If you get yourself stuck in a rut, that's it," says Adrian Remijio, 26, of the Wild Cards. "Everybody thinks you're one thing and if they like it they're not going to accept anything else from you." And for the Cypress-based Wild Cards, the "anything else" is clearly what it's all about. With a genre-bending sound the flows freely through swing, soul, jazz, funk and even a touch of rockabilly, the band is clearly playing by its own set of rules.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
An old notion--that competition is healthy--certainly applies to local rock bands. A "Finals Showcase" earlier this week at Bogart's in Long Beach featured six bands from Orange County and Long Beach contending for a chance to perform at a music festival in Toronto. It produced nothing but good-to-excellent performances, highlighted by an outstanding set from Ann De Jarnett. National Peoples Gang and Chain Gang also were first-rate.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1988 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
The Coach House, the leading club in Orange County for touring pop talent, will try to build an audience for home-grown music with twice-monthly bills featuring local rock groups. The first show, Dec. 23, will feature two bands from Orange County, Wood and Smoke and Imagining Yellow Suns, along with a Los Angeles group, One Day. "We'll give 'em decent days and keep the ticket prices down and see if we can make it work," said Ken Phebus, the Coach House's booking agent.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1997 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thank Frosty or Rudolph or whoever oversees these seasonal things that KROQ-FM didn't follow a few other "modern rock" stations around the country and turn the second night of its "Almost Acoustic Christmas" shows into Happy Ska-nukkah. But it might as well have.
SPORTS
August 12, 1990 | MIKE PENNER
The mystery of the missing scoreboard at Olympiastadion remains unanswered, so let's stick with the questions raised by Saturday's clueless affair at American Bowl '90. Was there no scoreboard because the Rams and the Chiefs made one unnecessary? Or did the Rams and the Chiefs stop scoring because there was nowhere to put the points?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Virtually the only time the four members of the Bell Jar will be found in the same nightclub at the same time is during one of their own performances. But it's not because the musicians don't enjoy one another's company. "We don't go to concerts together because none of us like the same music," said bassist Anastasia Moskewich during an interview in Huntington Beach this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1998 | ENRIQUE LAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The last time Colombian rock group Aterciopelados played at J.C. Fandango in Anaheim--the steady haven for Pan American bands in Orange County--singer Andrea Echeverri threw herself off the stage into the crowd. Fans held her above their heads like the hallowed diva, the "florecita rockera" (little rock blossom), she is for most Spanish-speaking rockers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1988 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
The catastrophic fire that razed Big John's Billiards in Anaheim on Sunday morning left Orange County's rock music community collectively stunned at the destruction of one of only two places in the county where young bands could play original music. "Oh, wow! This changes everything," said an audibly shaken Jim Palmer, the independent booking agent who had brought literally hundreds of aspiring groups into the pool hall that became a nightclub each Friday and Saturday night.
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