June 26, 1999 |
Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and, of course, Sarah McLachlan, are musicians who readily pop into mind when someone mentions Lilith Fair. But what about Julia Fordham? The British singer-songwriter-guitarist played several Lilith dates last year. She also has sold a combined 2 million records and scored two top-40 hits (1988's "Happily Ever After" and 1989's "Where Does the Time Go").
May 17, 1999 |
Apparently nobody told the Everly Brothers before they came onstage Saturday at the Coach House that they are the keepers of a body of revered early rock classics that set the standard by which all pop harmony singing is still measured. Good thing.
March 15, 1999 |
The Doors were undoubtedly one of the most influential, controversial and popular bands to emerge from the '60s psychedelic-rock scene. Exciting and unsettling, the quartet's poetic, dark, sensual music eloquently captured the complexities of its hometown, the City of Angels. But after a brief elevator ride to the top, lead singer, poet and poster boy Jim Morrison reminded us of just how destructive the demons of self-indulgence can be.
March 8, 1999 |
I never did have anything, I never wanted much anyway, I never learned how to play the game, like the lucky few. But I know that I'll survive, I'm just glad to be alive, I won't be like you, one of the lucky few. * So sang Jann Browne sang Friday at the Coach House in the defiant anthem "The Lucky Few," and much of the song's lyric could serve as a manifesto for Browne and her co-billed musical cohorts, Chris Gaffney and Patty Booker.
October 9, 1998 |
Allison Moorer is this year's most highly praised newcomer in country music, on the strength of "Alabama Song," an album that has rallied critics frustrated with Nashville's slick, formulaic norms. Her firm grounding in traditional styles and an unswerving commitment to expressing authentic feeling in her own way make Moorer a rarity among emerging artists on mainstream country labels.
September 6, 1997 |
"Hey, (your city here), are you ready to rock?" "How are you all doin' tonight?" They're both rock concert standards. But David Byrne had a different question for the crowd Thursday night at the Coach House here: "How many of you out there have computers?" Posed near the end of an energetic performance that leaned toward the unusual, musically and theatrically, the query barely raised an eyebrow.
August 21, 1997 |
"Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" became a hit on Comedy Central after it was launched in 1993. When it moved to ABC in January, some observers wondered if the irreverent talk show would thrive. So far "Politically Incorrect," which airs weekdays at midnight, is more than holding its own in the late-night ratings game. The issue-oriented gabfest trails the "Tonight Show" but routinely beats "The Late Show With David Letterman" in the 17 markets in which the shows compete. "P.I."
June 7, 1997 |
In an impressive anatomy-of-funk lesson Thursday night at the Coach House, Me'Shell Ndegeocello and her band had the foot bone connected to the head bone. No, the shorn, bespectacled bandleader with the glitz-averse bearing of a jazz musician was not up there doing strange bodily contortions. But the D.C.-raised, L.A.-based performer took what James Brown called the "good foot" of body-motivating funk and connected it to purposeful, engaging subject matter.
May 2, 1997 |
Singer-songwriter Lisa Germano has written enough depressing songs to last a lifetime. Over the course of four albums, her brutally honest sketches have tapped into such painful experiences as alcoholism, abusive relationships and being pursued by a stalker. The trick is to present these demons as worthwhile art, and at the Coach House on Wednesday, an engaging, confident Germano did just that.
April 15, 1997 |
Duncan Sheik knows a lot about subtlety. At the Troubadour on Friday, however, the East Coast singer-songwriter's brand of low-key sensuality didn't translate into an electrifying stage show. One strike against the young musician was that he followed Jill Sobule, a woman who seems to love being on stage as much as Sheik tends to shrink from the limelight.